Overactive thyroid attacks all physical and mental functions.
Symptom Quiz & Video
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How to Correct an Overactive Thyroid
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A thyroid gland that is overactive results in hyperthyroidism, a common form of which is an autoimmune disorder called Graves' disease.
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Which of These 15 Overactive Thyroid Warning Symptoms Do You Actually Have?
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The thyroid gland consists of two lobes at the base of the front of your neck. It secretes hormones that control your metabolism. Therefore it controls all the processes that result in your growth, energy production and waste elimination.
Doctor's Diagnosis Required
Only a doctor can diagnose an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism). The quiz indicates only the possibility that you have a thyroid imbalance, which you should discuss with your doctor.
Be sure to try the self test described in the box below. It's a very good indicator of thyroid function and sometimes detects a mild imbalance which might not show up on the blood test.
The Underarm Temperature
Test for Overactive Thyroid
A simple method for testing thyroid function:
- place an old-fashioned analog thermometer (not a digital thermometer) under your arm for ten minutes before getting out of bed in the morning
- Shake down the thermometer the night before and leave it beside your bed do that you will not move around before taking your temperature.
- Normal body temperature ranges for this test are between 97.8F (36.6 Celcius) and 98.2F (36.8 Celcius).
- A reading below 97.8F (36.6 Celcius) may indicate an underactive thyroid.
- A reading above 98.2F (36.8 Celcius) may indicate an overactive thyroid.
- Do the test four of five times in a row for accuracy.
- If you are menstruating do not take your temperature on the first day of your period.
- The underarm temperature test can often detect a mild (sub-clinical) imbalance which might not show up on a blood test.
The thyroid gland also prevents the buildup of calcium in your blood. It's a very important gland and must neither be underactive or overactive -- either condition can result in major problems.
Thyroid Controls Physical
and Mental Growth
Note that the thyroid gland controls both physical and mental growth. In fact, it is involved in almost every body function and it is important to correct any imbalance.
Steps to Take For An Overactive Thyroid
- Eat a diet very high in:
- green and yellow vegetables (at least five to six half cup servings daily)
- brown rice
- other whole grains
- Zinc deficiencies are often associated with an overactive thyroid. Some good sources of zinc are:
- wheat germ
- brewer's yeast
- pumpkin seeds
- sunflower seeds
- poppy seeds
- caraway seeds
- Raw vegetables contain goitrogens, substances which can help balance an overactive thyroid, vegetables such as:
- Brussels sprouts
- Cut back on stimulants such as:
- red meat
- and other fatty foods
- refined foods (such as white bread, white pasta and other foods made with white flour)
- cut back on junk foods.
- Many over-the-counter diet pills can cause thyroid imbalance as well.
- Nutritional supplements to support your thyroid include:
- B complex (50mg daily with a meal)
- vitamin E (200mg daily with a meal)
- vitamin C with bioflavonoids (500mg 2-3 x daily)
- zinc picolinate (25mg daily with a meal, for two to three months only)
- Also consider a strong anti-oxidant such as co-enzyme Q10 (60mg daily for two to three months) to boost your immune system.
- There are a number of herbal supplements which work extremely well to balance an overactive thyroid (when used in conjunction with diet improvements), but they should be prescribed by a holistic doctor such as a naturopath or homeopath.
- Regular exercise such as a daily, brisk walk will also help balance your thyroid.
- Early morning sunlight is also very therapeutic.
Symptoms Respond Well
to Dietary Changes
An overactive thyroid (if symptoms are not pronounced) often responds very well to diet improvements and supplements. It is essential to correct any nutritional deficiencies.
As You Age
The thyroid gland tends to weaken with age. However, a nutritionally sound diet will help keep your thyroid healthy.