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Overactive Thyroid Diet: 7 Foods You Need

By    |   Thursday, 28 Apr 2016 05:17 PM

A healthy diet plays a role in reducing symptoms of an overactive thyroid, especially since hyperthyroidism can cause increased appetite and weight loss because the excess thyroid hormone speeds up the body’s metabolism.

Certain nutrients added to the diet may also help relieve other overactive thyroid symptoms, which include irritability, insomnia, anxiety, and rapid heart rate, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.

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These seven foods work should be beneficial in the diet of an overactive thyroid patient:

1. Fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants that protect the body’s cells from damage. An overactive thyroid affects the cells throughout the body. The UMMC recommends such antioxidant-rich foods as cherries, blueberries, tomatoes, squash and bell peppers.

2. Whole grains
help avoid the mood swings that may accompany hyperthyroidism, says Livestrong.com. Refined grains lose nutrients because they are processed and contribute to changes in blood sugar levels. Stay with whole-grain breads, whole-grain pastas, and whole-grain cereals in an overactive thyroid diet.

3. Salmon has vitamin D to protect against bone loss and osteoporosis, which may result from an overactive thyroid, the Mayo Clinic notes. Tuna and mackerel also contain vitamin D. For people who don’t like fish, vitamin D can be found in milk fortified with vitamin D, egg yolks, cheese, and beef liver.

However, food allergens in hyperthyroidism might include dairy products, so patients need to be tested for allergens, UMMC recommends.

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4. Turkey provides a rich source of protein necessary for energy that can be lost through an overactive thyroid, writes Dr. Daesman N. Suri for EndocrineWeb, an information site for endocrine disorders.

5. Beans are also an excellent source of protein. Along with lean meats and cold-water fish, they make a healthy substitute for high-fat red meats and processed meats.

6. Yogurt provides calcium to lower the risk of brittle bones from an overactive thyroid. Low-fat yogurt has heart-healthy benefits as well.

7. Use olive oil for cooking in an overactive thyroid diet, says the American Heart Association. Olive oil contains healthy monounsaturated fats, also known as the “good fats,” which are beneficial to the heart.

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