The thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland that is positioned in the throat. But its size does not devalue its importance to the body. If it isn’t functioning properly, it can have a serious impact on a person’s physical and emotional health.
Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism
One of the most common diseases that affects the thyroid gland is called “hyperthyroidism.” This disease is hereditary, but it can also be caused by nodules that have formed on the surface of the gland. The main symptom of hyperthyroidism is the presence of excessive levels of thyroid hormone in the body. This disease differs from hypothyroidism where the body does not produce enough thyroid hormone. According to the American Thyroid Association some of the other notable symptoms that a person with hyperthyroidism will experience include:
- Rapid heart rate
- Muscle weakness
- Intolerance to heat
- Anxiety and irritability
Treatment for Hyperthyroidism
Many use Tapazole (methimazole) or Propyl-Thyracil or PTU (propylthiouracil) medication to cause your thyroid gland t make less thyroid hormone. But if you’re doctor has not prescribed you medication, you may prefer trying a natural tea treatment, that will help you control the excessive thyroid hormone production in your body.
One particular treatment for hyperthyroidism that is highly recommended by Healthy Food House. It can be made right in the comfort of your own home using ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen cabinets. Start by heating two cups of water in a pan on the stove. Then, stir in the following ingredients:
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
- 1 cup cranberry juice
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Remove the tea from the heat. Let this mixture steep for 20 minutes before stirring in about a tablespoon of orange juice and a quarter of a teaspoon of lemon juice.
A person’s diet can also be modified to help reduce the amount of thyroid hormone that is produced. All types of seafood should be avoided since it contains high levels of iodine, which increases thyroid production. Instead, Endocrine Web suggests eating a diet rich in cruciferous vegetables, Omega-3, and Vitamin D. These foods can naturally act as gentle goitrogens, which lower the amount of thyroid hormone that is produced.
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