Hyperthyroidism Diet Tips and Hints!

Published: 01st December 2009
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Hyperthyroidism can be a serious condition. It is caused by an under production of the appropriate thyroid hormones by the thyroid gland. About 1 in 3 Americans suffer from hyperthyroidism today and while there is no magic pill, maintaining a healthy, thyroid specific diet can go a long way toward alleviating the condition naturally and gently. Most medical professionals and diet experts agree that using a hyperthyroidism diet, along with the appropriate thyroid hormone replacement therapy can increase thyroid production to near normal levels. Some experts also believe that certain died programs, programs that limit the amount of carbohydrates taken into the body, like the South Beach Diet, can also help limit these problems.

Which ever plan you are using it helps to know both what foods are beneficial and what foods actually suppress thyroid function. The following are lists of do´s and don'ts for creating your own hyperthyroidism diet.

The following Foods are rich in tyrosine and assist in increasing hormone production:

• Meats: Any lean meats, fish, chicken or turkey breast.

• Low-fat milk and/or yogurt

• Bananas, avocados, lima beans, pumpkin and sesame seeds, and lentils.

Other foods act to decrease the function of the thyroid by adding too much fiber to the system and overtaxing the thyroid. Here are some foods to avoid.

• Soy beans

• Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and turnips

• Peaches, strawberries and peanuts

• Radishes, tofu or spinach

• Any multivitamin with iodine

• Tap water which contains fluorine and chlorine

There are a number of other methods, combined with sticking to or avoiding the above foods, which you can take to increase the functioning of your thyroid. Instead of eating 3 big meals each day, cut down the amount of food in each meal and increase the number of food breaks. Keeping each meal to at or slightly below 300 calories with slow you metabolism and allow your thyroid to work more efficiently. Avoiding too much salt can prevent water retention and bloating. If you are taking any type of thyroid replacement drugs avoid using any calcium supplements or multivitamins that have calcium for several hours, at least, before or after using thyroid replacement medicine.

If you are suffering from hyperthyroidism and want to try to use hyperthyroidism diet to help get a handle on the condition, make sure to consult with your health care provider before you make any changes. Your doctor can give you a great deal of advice on what to eat and what to avoid

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