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Graves Disease Healing Diet

Submitted by Loring A. Windblad on March 19, 2010

Graves Disease Natural Cures And Effective Home Remedies

Grave’s disease results from over-activity of the thyroid gland or hyperthyroidism. The thyroid hormones are involved in the regulation of metabolism. They are control body temperature and are necessary for proper growth of the body and for fertility. However, when these hormones are produced in increased amounts, they can cause burn-out which occurs as a symptom of grave’s disease.

The exact trigger of this condition has not been ascertained.

However the immune system is thought to be involved. Antibodies which trigger activity of the thyroid gland are usually found in people with grave’s disease. This disease results in symptoms such as increased activity and nervousness.

Moistness of the skin, anxiety, elevated heart rate, fatigue, shakiness, sensitivity to heat, loss of appetite and problems in sleeping are some of the other symptoms that occur.

Those with grave’s disease find it difficult to maintain their weight. Following a proper diet is necessary for maintaining one’s ideal body weight so that the symptoms of the disease may be reduced and overall health improves.

Complex carbohydrates such as those contained in whole grains assist in regulating weight. Whole grains must be incorporated into the diet in the form of cereals or whole grain bread. Avoid products that are made from refined white flour such as white bread.

Fiber is an important part of a healthy diet.

Fiber must be consumed daily through the diet so that digestion takes place properly. Fiber supplements may also be taken after discussing with the doctor. The daily consumption of fruits and vegetables must be increased. This helps to provide the body with energy and also prevent weight gain. Also drink plenty of water every day as grave’s disease is insulin resistant and keeping the body hydrated is essential.

Lean meats such as turkey, chicken and fish are great sources of energy and they also allow you to feel full much quicker. Cook them by steaming or baking rather than frying. The intake of iodine through the diet must be restricted as it hampers thyroid gland functions. Foods rich in iodine such as beef liver, broccoli and asparagus must be avoided. Since grave’s disease is thought to be an autoimmune disease, many doctors believe that food allergies may be involved in triggering the symptoms.

Such allergies include lactose intolerance, gluten intolerance, wheat allergies, peanut allergies and allergic reactions to food additives. These allergies must be indentified and the foods that trigger them must be eliminated from the diet.

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