The Hyperthyroid Diet

If you are currently in the throes of hyperthyroidism and are thyrotoxic, it's important to note that your thyroid helps to control gastric emptying, secretion of digestive juices, and motility of the digestive tract. When you're thyrotoxic, despite a voracious appetite, you might lose weight and experience hyperdefecation (frequent bowel movements). While thyrotoxic, increase your calcium intake by having more dairy products. This is more important for women who are at risk for osteoporosis (see Chapter 14), which can be aggravated by thyrotoxicosis. This will also help to keep your weight up. Peanut butter, mayonnaise, and animal fat can help as well. To reduce diarrhea, cut down on fruit juices and fresh fruits. Peanut butter is also good for binding. Sometimes, thyro-toxic people will develop sudden lactose intolerance. This can lead to gas and other unpleasantness. Eliminate all milk products in this case, and take a calcium supplement while getting your fat from the other foods mentioned previously.

Stay away from caffeine, alcohol, and cigarettes, all of which may stimulate your heart. You may want to take vitamin supplements as well. (Vitamins A, D, and E are stored in body fat and can be lost through excretion if you are thyrotoxic or hyperthyroid.) When you are in balance again, you will need to cut down on your fat and calcium intake.

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