Our expert says:
I trust that you are receiving necessary medical treatment for your overactive thyroid gland? If not, please return to the medical doctor who diagnosed hyperthyroidism and ask him/her to prescribe the necessary treatment. As regards diet, there are 2 main concerns: a) That the patient should not ingest excess iodine, such as iodine-enriched supplements, kelp, excessive quantities of seafood or too much iodine-fortified table salt. Ingesting large quantities of iodine will stimulate the thyroid gland even more. b) If you have lost a great deal of weight because of the increase in your metabolism due to the hyperthyroidism, then it is a good idea to increase your energy intake by either eating larger portions of standard foods and having more healthy snacks, or by taking a liquid meal supplement IN ADDITION to your regular meals (not to replace meals). If you use a liquid meal supplement (e.g. Nutren or Ensure which you can buy at your local chemist), at the rate of 200 ml 3x a day, then you should gain 1 kg per week. Feedback from other Readers has indicated that they have successfully gained weight by using a meal supplement.
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