Hyperthyroidism in Women: Symptoms and Recommended Food

· August 8, 2014
Iodine is a necessary element for the production of thyroid hormone. Nevertheless, both its deficit as well as its excess can be detrimental. Hyperthyroidism can appear from an overproduction of this element.

Hyperthyroidism is a very common disease that affects the metabolic system and is characterized by an abnormal production of thyroid hormones. This means that they produce a series of consequences in our body that can be serious according to the alteration of our endocrine gland.

For women, the impact is greater due to the constant hormonal changes throughout their lifetime, an aspect that we should definitely keep in mind. Therefore, we would like to give you a little bit of information about this disease so that you are aware of the symptoms and so that, if you already suffer from it, you know some simple diet tips that can help you.

Hyperthyroidism Symptoms in Women

  • – Swelling in the neck, probably the most obvious symptom.
  • – Increase in appetite.
  • Hair loss.
  • – Small mood swings.
  • – Change in Menstrual cycle: it is late or lasts longer…
  • – Weak muscles.
  • Sleeping problems.
  • – Diarrhea.
  • – Trouble breathing.
  • – Feeling more restless or hyper.
  • – An exaggerated sensitivity to heat.
  • – Possible infertility.
  • – Hand shakiness.
  • – Constant urge to urinate.
  • – Sweating more than usual.
  • – Tachycardia.

We should mention that it is not necessary to experience all of these symptoms to be diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, each person is different and we all know our own body enough to know when something abnormal is happening. Just be aware.

Treating Hyperthyroidism in Women

Your doctor will be the person who diagnoses you after respective analyses with hyperthyroidism or not. The most common exam is a simple blood test to analyze our TSH: thyroid stimulating hormone, which will tell you if you are in the first phase or if it is more advanced. Medicine is very advanced and aside from taking the proper drugs, there is the possibility of surgical intervention to solve your thyroid gland problem.

Ideal Diet for Hyperthyroidism in Women

According to various clinical and nutritional studies, there are various foods and plants that are very good for treating hyperthyroidism. The following is a list of them:

Vegetables from the Cruciferous Family

This food has a high amount of chlorogenic and caffeic acid that make the absorption of iodine more difficult. Absorption of iodine is the triggering factor for hyperthyroidism disease. Where can I find these acids? In cabbage, radish, Brussels sprouts, cauliflowers, broccoli… So, try to make plenty of salads with these vegetables and most importantly, don’t forget to include radish, since many studies show that it regulates excessive production of the hormones that produce hyperthyroidism.


According to nutritionists, in the case of hyperthyroidism, it is essential to consume the following products: lentils, garbanzo beans, soy beans, beans…

Recommended Seeds and Dried Fruits

It would be beneficial to introduce peanuts, millet, flax, and pine nuts into your diet because they inhibit the production of thyroxine.

Fruit and Raw Food

According to traditional Chinese medicine, they say that raw food is more refreshing and possesses more nutrients, since it tends to calm our thyroids. Thus, we recommend putting, for example, raw peppers, carrot, spinach, beets, cabbage, etc. into your salads.

Recommended Plants for Hyperthyroidism

Gypsywort, (Lycopus europaeus) is ideal for inhibiting iodine’s action on the thyroid. You can consume it in infusions, like tea, but it is also sold in herbalist stores in liquid form. 30 drops a day is recommended.

Lemon balm: It is much more effective combined with mint. You can have 3 cups a day.

Prohibited Food for Hyperthyroidism

  • Seaweed and shellfish, since they have a lot of iodine.
  • – Iodized salt.
  • – Garlic, oats, cashews, almonds, pistachios.
  • – Cinnamon, coffee, and all hot spices.