Archive for October, 2012

How to manage Hyperthyroidism Palpitations

Tips to manage your Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism Palpitations- Basic Life Style Suggestions

Palpitations are probably the one of the worst symptom of Grave’s Disease, not to mention Thyroid Eye Disease. Palpitations usually strike when you are resting, but not always. When they come you panic, probably feel urged to do things, and move. But should be doing exactly the opposite. Hyperthyroidism Palpitations are still manageable and controllable, with or without beta- blockers. Beta- blockers are usually prescribed by doctors to treat anxiety and in severe cases you should take them as prescribed, but here I’ll give a few other tips that can help you calm down and manage the your hyperthyroidism palpitations.

For the purpose of this writing I will assume that you are working full time, with family and kids. This probably is the worst case scenario, because you have to take care of so many things, many of them even out of your control, I know it from personal experience. So here we go:

  1. Morning: if you have to get up at let’s say at 7 a.m. set your alarm clock (not cell) 15 or more minutes earlier. Take your time to wake up completely and stretch, don’t just run out of bed. This is important to keep your stress levels down starting in the morning. If you can, I would also advise you to buy one of these natural sunlight alarm clocks. I am not suggesting any particular company, but they can be found for around $40.  They are worth the investment.
  2. So now, open your eyes and tell me what you see in your bedroom? Whatever you see must be pleasing for your eyes. Clean up messy bedrooms as the energy there is stuck, move out all TVs, computers, cell phones or any other technical machines. You don’t need them but they literally bathe you with electricity and interfere with your sleep.
  3. Look around your bedroom again- what colors are prevailing? For now I would adivise you to stick with green, light blue, light purple. I am not going into details why, there is an article on my website especially about color (chromotherapy). And yes, it does matter.
  4. Go on with your usual routine. If you are drinking coffee, substitute with decaffeinated. If you drink tea- let this be Lemon Balm tea or Chamomile tea. Or Nettle tea. Nettle tea can be bottled, refrigerated and drank instead of water. I highly advise you to do so as it nourishes the adrenal glands like no other herb. I make 2 bottles with Nettle tea, refrigerate them (you don’t have to) but it just tastes better for me. Tea must be fresh for the day. No Green tea, no black or grey. Forget about this for a while. No sugar or artificial sweeteners, you are only allowed honey.
  5. On your way to work, if you stay in traffic for an hour, turn off that radio and put some classic or calming music, whatever you prefer. If you don’t have a CD player, just stay in silence. If you travel in a public transportation- isolate yourself with Ipod with that same music I mentioned above, and close your eyes. You don’t have to look at all these already nervous, anxious and frustrated people. It is contagious.
  6. At work: Limit your activities to the minimum required by your job. No overdoing, no multitasking, it’s not the time for that. If a colleague gets on your nerves, just walk away. If you are given tasks way below your abilities don’t be scared to talk with the manager and supervisor and explain your situation. They are all people and in most of the cases will understand.
  7. Breaks: take them, there is a purpose for them. Lunch break- go for a walk or just isolate yourself in some private place and put your Ipod on. Zone out. Do not engage yourself in meaningless conversations, or online shopping. Get off this computer. Eat slowly, take your time. No sodas, no coke, nothing that contains aspartame. What you should eat and diet is another topic.
  8. On your way home: same as above. Do not try to kill your time in traffic talking to people on the phone. Deep breathing. It is proven it is the best way to kill stress.
  9. When you get home, before starting your second full time job with the family- cooking, cleaning, homework, etc. just lie down, dear, lie down and close your eyes for about 30 minutes. Everything else can wait. This is your time to recover. Most of our problems come from chronic exhaustion, nothing else. Depression, anxiety, you name it, is usually due to chronic fatigue and tiredness, or at least one of the reasons. After this 30 min you can go back to your usual routine.
  10. Sleep- you must spend at least 8 hours in your bed (resting and sleeping). If you go to sleep usually around 11, that means you must be in bed at least 1 hour earlier. Drink a cup of Lemon Balm or Valerian Roots tea, glass of wine is allowed too if you prefer, or warm milk with a spoon of honey. No TV, but you can watch movies (not in bed though). Avoid excessive noise, it hurts.
  11. On Sundays, sit down and write 3 things that you love doing: massage, reading, movies, knitting, dancing, and scrapbooking- your choice. And put them in your schedule for the next week. Make sure that they are your priority.
  12. Take frequent walks in nature, which helps a lot. Do meditation, regularly 15- 25 min (I mean every single day). I suggest no treadmills, no running, and no aerobics type exercises- you can do them another time. I did not list these activities in the above routine but you can make some space and time for them in your schedule.

This is the most simplified version of a recovery routine to manage palpitations. Do it for 2 weeks and let me know how you feel. You’ll see results,  I guarantee you.

For more alternative therapies visit:

15 Natural Remedies for   Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism

Graves Disease Anxiety. How to fight anxiety without  pills!

Graves’ Disease Stress Management

Graves’ Disease Palpitations. A reason for Thyrocardiac Disease?


Thyroid Eye Disease Treatment- Lutein and Zeaxanthin can help

 Lutein and Zeaxanthin for Thyroid Eye Disease

I have been asked many times by Thyroid Eye Disease (Graves’ Eye Disease) sufferers if there is anything else that can do to improve their eye condition besides the usually recommended Flax Seed oil, eye exercises, cold compresses etc. As a former Thyroid Eye Disease sufferer and a member of the International Thyroid Eye Disease Society I have been researching this topic for years.

Well, it appears that there is something that can improve your condition: Lutein and Zeaxanthin, important nutrients mostly found in green leafy vegetables and all those from Brassica Family (broccoli, spinach, and kale). The last are not only good for inhibiting the overproduction of thyroid hormone, but they appear to positively influence our eyes as well. So, what exactly are these strange sounding and not so popular nutrients?

As the American Optometric Association advises us, these carotenoids actually filter the harmful high-energy blue wavelengths of light and act as antioxidants in the eye, helping protect and maintain healthy cells. They also appear to reduce the risk of chronic eye diseases including the including age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts. Of the 600 carotenoids found in nature, only two are deposited in high quantities in the retina (macula) of the eye: lutein and zeaxanthin.

Speaking of which,  do you think we should take them as supplements? I say yes, and I have tried them on my own as well. Recently I had to read a lot on the computer and sometimes spent more than 10 hours daily, which for me is a lot. Of course, I don’t have the Thyroid Eye disease any more, but my eyes will get so tired by the end of the day that I can hardly read my books. So I decided to give it a try for a few months. Needless to say my vision became better, I did not have to wear computer glasses all the time and the tiredness was reduced significantly. Plus, sometimes in the evenings it’s difficult for me to drive, but now I have noticed that this inconvenience disappeared as well. What to blame? I say- the Lutein and Zeaxanthin, which I’ve been taken daily for the last 2 months as supplements.

Unfortunately, the human body does not synthesize the lutein and zeaxanthin it needs, which is the reason why green vegetables are essential to good nutrition. Daily intake of lutein and zeaxanthin through diet, nutritional supplements, or other foods and beverages is important for the preservation of good eye health.

How this actually works and how cataracts for example could be prevented, not to mention the blurry vision that pretty much all patients with Graves’ Eye Disease have.

The primary function of the natural lens in the eye is to collect and focus light on the retina. To appropriately provide this function throughout life, the lens must remain clear. It’s like cleaning your windows from time to time, because they become dirty. As for the eye it happens through oxidation and this is the major cause of cataracts, which cloud the lens. As antioxidant nutrients neutralize free radicals associated with oxidative stress and retinal damage, lutein and zeaxanthin likely play a role in cataract prevention. In fact, a recent study demonstrated that higher dietary intakes of lutein and zeaxanthin and vitamin E was associated with a significantly decreased risk of cataract formation.

Lutein and Zeaxanthin also help the Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Recently the The National Eye Institute conducted a second large human clinical trial, Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS2), to confirm whether supplements containing 10 mg a day of lutein and 2 mg of zeaxanthin per day affect the risk of developing of mascular degeneration. Beyond reducing the risk of developing eye disease, separate studies have shown that lutein and zeaxanthin improve visual performance in AMD patients, cataract patients and individuals with good health. Though there is no recommended daily intake for lutein and zeaxanthin, most recent studies show a health benefit for lutein supplementation at 10 mg/day and leaxanthin supplementation at 2 mg/day.

You may say that Thyroid Eye disease has nothing to do with cataracts and aged-related muscle degeneration, but trust me, it does. With Thyroid eye disease your vision is blurred, clouded, and your eye muscles have been extended (as the eye is pushed out of its socket) and they can hardly contract to normal position again without surgery for example. But this is what lutein and zeaxanthin actually do- they prevent the muscular degeneration, and I would say improve as well.

Lutein and zeaxanthin as a combination are sold over the counter in many food or general stores (Walmart, Walgreens, Right Aid, ect.) in the USA and they are pretty affordable as a price, depending on the producer. Follow the instructions on the label.

As disclosed by the American Optometric association the following table contains the amount of these two important nutrients in our food:

Lutein and Zeaxanthin Foods
Food Serving mg
Kale (cooked) 1 cup 23.7
Spinach (cooked) 1 cup 20.4
Collards (cooked) 1 cup 14.6
Turnip greens (cooked) 1 cup 12.2
Spinach (raw) 1 cup 3.7
Green Peas (canned) 1 cup 2.2
Corn (canned) 1 cup 2.2
Broccoli (cooked) 1 cup 1.7
Romaine lettuce (raw) 1 cup 1.3
Carrots (cooked) 1 cup 1.1
Green beans (cooked) 1 cup 0.8
Eggs 2 (large) 0.3
Source: USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 22 (2009)

For more information about Thyroid Eye Disease Remedies, check the following links:

Thyroid Eye Disease Natural Cures

Flax seed oil and Thyroid Eye Disease

Thyroid Eye Disease Remedies

10 Ways to improve Thyroid Eye Disease

Thyroid Eye Disease Healing

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