More Self-care for adults:
For vomiting, follow these instructions in order:
- Do not eat or drink anything for several hours after vomiting.
- Sip small amounts of water or suck ice chips every 15 minutes for 3-4 hours.
- Next sip clear liquids every 15 minutes for 3-4 hours. Examples include water, sports drinks, flat soda, clear broth, gelatin, flavored ice or apple juice. Do not drink citrus juices. Increase fluids as tolerated.
- When you can tolerate clear liquids for several hours without vomiting and if you’re hungry, try eating small amounts of bland foods. Try foods such as bananas, rice,applesauce, dry toast (these foods are called BRAT diet), soda crackers. For 24-48 hours after the last episode of vomiting, avoid foods that can irritate or may be difficult to digest such alcohol, caffeine, fats/oils, spicy food and dairy products. Dry crackers in small amounts may decrease nausea. That’s because foods high in starch, such as crackers or toast, can help absorb stomach acids If eating crackers works, you may have only have been hungry, not ill.
- When you can tolerate bland food, you can resume your normal diet.
Retake medications if vomiting occurs within 30 minutes of taking usual medication. If you vomited after taking oral contraceptive pills, use a back-up contraception method for the rest of the month.
If diarrhea is the only symptom, try Imodium, a non-prescription (over-the-counter) medication available at the Pharmacy according to package directions. Follow a bland diet (see 4 above). After the passage of a soft, formed stool, you can resume a normal diet.
Seniors are at increased risk of becoming dehydrated because they may not be as sensitive as younger adults to the sensation of thirst. In addition, age-related changes in the body’s ability to balance water and sodium increase the danger. The present trend of alt reduction may cause an inadequacy of iodine in your Body causing your thyroid problems,,
The thyroid gland, about the size of the knot on a man’s tie, is found in the front of the neck and produces hormones that control your metabolism. Too much thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism), and metabolism speeds up. Too little (hypothyroidism), and metabolism slows down.
Hyperthyroidism? It causes muscle fatigue and weakness, which you may notice first in the thighs. Exercises such as riding a bike or climbing stairs become more difficult. Other symptoms include unexplained weight loss, feeling warm all the time, increased heart rate, shorter and less frequent menstrual flows, and increased thirst.
.Hyperthyroidism is most commonly diagnosed in women in their 20s and 30s, but it often does occur in older women and men too,
If hyperthyroidism is left untreated, an overactive thyroid can cause a loss of bone mineral density, which, over time, can lead to osteoporosis. Hyperthyroidism can also result in an irregular heartbeat, which can lead to stroke or heart failure. Unintended weight loss almost always accompanies an overactive thyroid. So if you’re losing weight but not dieting, your heart frequently beats rapidly, or you’re always hot even when people around you are cold, don’t just blame menopause. “There’s a difference between the intermittent flushing and sweating associated with menopause and being hot and sweating all the time that is not menopause,”
What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism?
This condition causes fatigue, an inability to concentrate, and muscle soreness, even with minor activity. Other symptoms include weight gain due to water retention, feeling cold all the time (even in warmer weather), heavier and more frequent menstrual flows, and constipation. Hypothyroidism is most common in women over age 50. In fact, as many as 10% of women past 50 will have at least mild hypothyroidism”
Hair loss may also be a symptom of an underactive thyroid, and is caused by the low levels of thyroxine being produced by the thyroid and circulating through the body. Even subtle changes in thyroid function can affect hair. Complaints of dry skin or brittle nails are also common when the culprit is hypothyroidism.
If hypothyroidism is not treated, it can raise your cholesterol and increase your risk of heart disease. It can also lead to a decline in memory and concentration.
Which tests help detect a thyroid problem?
Your doctor can give you a blood test called TSH, or thyroid-stimulating hormone. If it comes back abnormal, then you most likely have a thyroid disease. Whether your TSH is on the high side or on the low side of normal tells you which of the two main thyroid diseases you may have, each of which is treated differently..
If TSH is below normal, it means there’s too much thyroid hormone, and production slows down to compensate for the excess. This is hyperthyroidism. Women over 50 with hyperthyroidism are at greater risk for osteoporosis because the body breaks down bone faster than it can make it.
If TSH is above normal, the thyroid is underactive (hypothyroidism). The pituitary gland sends more TSH into the bloodstream when it senses that levels of the thyroid hormone thyroxine are low.
How do you treat hyperthyroidism? The approach to treating hyperthyroidism depends on the severity of the condition–it may involve ongoing treatment with medication, one treatment with radioactive iodine, or surgery?
How do you treat hypothyroidism?
Treatment of hypothyroidism is relatively simple–the drug levothyroxine (Synthroid). Because the disorder isn’t curable, you need to take it for life, says Walsh. He recommends monitoring the dosage by having your TSH level regularly checked–usually once a year.
What are natural remedies for hyperthyroidism? Lemon balm appears to calm an overactive thyroid? Ask your doctor first if you take thyroid medication, as the botanical may change the amount you need
What are some natural remedies for hypothyroidism?
Talk to your doctor about whether taking mineral supplements such as iodine, iron or selenium before going on meds might be for you, or whether natural thyroid glandular supplements,
“The thyroid glandular supplies the raw materials needed to optimize thyroid function, so taking one or two capsules three times daily between meals could start the process of kicking your thyroid back into gear within a month,”
Remember, never start or stop taking a medication without consulting your doctor: If you’re at risk for heart disease, taking thyroid hormone could trigger heart palpitations or even a heart attack or angina.
Three supplements that may help are Riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin (B3), and pyridoxine (B6) because they all play roles in making thyroid hormone. B vitamins may also help boost energy. You can cover your bases with a daily B-complex pill, which contains all the B vitamins.
Thyroid health is important, because if your thyroid isn’t functioning properly it can lead to developmental defects or weight gain. Food is our medicine, so consuming the proper foods will help support your thyroid to ensure it remains in tip top shape. Carrots contain ample amounts of beta-carotene which is the precursor for vitamin A in the body. If you are low on vitamin A, your ability to produce thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) is limited. This vitamin is required by the body to convert T4 to T3.
B-complex vitamins are required for good thyroid function. Cucumbers contain B vitamins, so they are a good choice when trying to nourish the thyroid glands. Without B vitamins the thyroid and adrenal glands fail to secrete their hormones, and won’t be able to utilize its iodine raw material efficiently to make hormones. B vitamins are especially useful in individuals with an overactive thyroid.
Possible help- THYROID JUICE REMEDY?
– 1 cucumber
– 5 stalks celery
– 5 carrots
– 1 cup young thai coconut water
– 1 lemon
Juice the above ingredients, and add coconut water last!
Certain foods known as goitrogens may interfere with thyroid hormone production and make symptoms worse. These include cruciferous vegetables (such as cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts), peanuts, and soy. Enjoy reasonable amounts of these, but don’t go overboard.
Chronic stress may decrease thyroid hormone production. If you have hypothyroidism, practice a positive relaxation technique, like meditation. More sleep and Exercise can also help,
Where can I go to find out more?
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