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Introduction to Graves’ disease

Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disease, the most commontype of hyperthyroidism (a disease in which the immune system mistakenlyattacks the thyroid gland and causes it to produce excessive amounts of thehormone thyroxine). This higher thyroxine levelcan greatly increase the body's metabolic rate, which may cause many otherhealth problems. It is rarely life-threatening, and it is most common inwomen over age 20. However, the disorder may occur at any age and affect men aswell. No one actually knows what the cause of this condition is, but extensiveresearch is being done to establish it.

The most common symptoms of Graves’ disease are: irritability, anxiety, fatigue,irregular heartbeat, brittle hair, frequent bowl movements, goiter, eye irritation,weight loss, shortness of breath, insomnia, increased sweating, etc. There isno treatment, that can cure this disease, but the treatments that are availableare designed to decrease the production of thyroxine or block its action. Inthat way, they can control and minimize the symptoms. One’s doctor willprescribe the best course of treatment, which may include anti-thyroidmedications, beta-blockers, radioactive iodine treatment or surgery, dependingon the patient’s overall health, age, and the stage of the disease.

Diet for Graves’ disease

The first thing one should do before changing their eating habits is gettingtested for food allergies. To do that, one must consult a healthcareprofessional, which will advise them in the best way of doing this. He mayprescribe a purification program, or an elimination diet, etc.Also, it is recommended that one eats as many of fruits and vegetablesas possible in this stage, as well as chicken and certain types of fish. If aperson eats a lot of junk food, it is recommended that they gradually reducethe amount of it in their diet, until completely eliminating it.

Here is an example of a healthy diet:

For breakfast, one should drink a protein drink (made of 2 cups ofwater, 1 teaspoon of flax seed oil, 1 cup of mixed berries and a healthy formof protein powder). Then, one should introduce a mid-morning snack, in whichraw sunflower seeds and organic apples should be on the menu. As for lunch, itis recommended that one eat grilled chicken sandwich. For mid-afternoon snack,one should drink another protein drink, whereas for dinner, organic roastedturkey and some kind of vegetable should be eaten. Also, one should introducean after-dinner snack in which they would eat 1 cup of raw nuts.

Of course, this is just an example. A person can modify it with the helpof their nutritionist. By combining a healthy diet and the medical treatment, the symptoms will be under control in no time.

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