The thyroid glands located in the neck and chest are essential to proper metabolism and overall good health. If the thyroid glands are not balanced, they can produce too much thyroid hormone, which causes hyperthyroidism. This means the metabolism will speed up. As opposed to hypothyroidism, where the metabolism is very slow, hyperthyroidism can cause your body to work excessively, and degenerate the bones, over tax the heart and cause your mood to plummet. But you can rest assured that natural solutions could solve the problem.
When people suffer from hyperthyrodism, they often develop Grave’s disease. This disease causes protruding eyes, restless sleep, muscle weakness, and increased heartbeat, and irritability, just for starters. This is most common in women, and usually happens in people over 60 years of age, but can be diagnosed at any time.
If you experience the aforementioned symptoms, along with any of the following, you may have an overactive thyroid:
- Heart palpitations
- Shortness of breath
- A swollen thyroid gland
- Over-sweaty skin
- Tremors of shakiness
- Increased appetite while consistently losing weight
- Bulging or swollen, red eyes
- Changes in your menses
- Thicker skin over shins, back of feet, the hands or even the face
- In rare cases, delirium
An over active thyroid is thought to be caused by an antibody that accidentally stimulates the thyroid to produce an overabundance of triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) hormones which this endocrine gland secretes. The pituitary can also be involved, over-riding the releases of hormones from the thyroid.
Many times pharmaceutical drugs or even a very invasive surgery are used to eliminate the non-cancerous tumors which can form in the thyroid glands, but studies have shown that two simple herbs can calm an over-active thyroid quite significantly. Along with increasing your intake of B-vitamins and iron, while reducing trans fatty acids, (fake fats) found in junk food, two herbs – both green tea and lemon balm – are life savers.
- Green tea (Camellia sinensis) standardized extract, 250 – 500 mg daily, for antioxidant effects. Use caffeine-free products.
- Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), 300 – 500 mg 3 times daily, to normalize an overactive thyroid. Steep 2 tbs. lemon balm in one cup of boiling water. Strain and cool. According to Hamilton College, this herb can inhibit the production of thyroid hormones.
Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.