Graves Disease Diet – Proper Nutrition Optimizes Your Health


A Graves disease diet is becoming increasingly popular among those that have been diagnosed with this condition. According to medical professionals, Graves Disease is considered to be the single most common type of
Hyperthyroidism.

This means that the thyroid gland experiences constant bouts of being overactive. If you have been diagnosed with this condition, it is critical that you learn the goals associated with a Graves Disease Diet and that you follow this diet closely. By doing so, you have the ability to optimize your health.


The Goals of a Graves Disease Diet

If you are planning to utilize a nutritional approach to treating your disease, you should know and understand that there are goals that you should keep in mind in regards to your diet.


The goals are as follows:


  1. It is important to remove or eliminate substances or foods that are considered to be toxic.
  2. You should focus on a diet that will be beneficial in strengthening your immune system.
  3. If you have any types of allergies or food sensitivities to specific products or ingredients, these items should be avoided.
  4. It is important that you focus on utilizing supplements that will enhance the amount of nutrients that you digest in your diet.

By focusing on these goals, you may find your symptoms to be reduced and you may start to feel more balanced overall.



Condiments and Foods to Avoid

In determining what foods should be avoided in a Graves Disease Diet, it is essential that you learn which ones are
considered to be toxic.

It is important to avoid foods that are identified as “Goitrogens”. Examples of this include cauliflower, cabbage, and broccoli.

One of the main products that increase the amount of toxicity is soy. The reason that this is harmful is because it interferes with the basic functioning of your gland. It does this by acting as an inhibitor to what is medically termed “Thyroid Peroxidase” or “TPO” reactions that are necessary for the proper synthesis of the hormone produced by your thyroid.

Be aware of any processed foods that you consume as many highly processed foods contain soy as a filler ingredient to boost the amount of protein in prepackaged items. It can be hidden in the ingredient list.


Optimizing your Immune System

Many individuals do not realize it, but there are certain foods that may trigger an abnormal immune system response. Since Graves Disease is an autoimmune disorder, it is essential to avoid ingredients that trigger the development of potentially harmful antibodies that may result in the thyroid attacking its own tissue.


Your eating plan should be as similar as possible to the diet that is identified in the medical community as the “Paleolithic Diet”. This means that lean meats, lean fish products, various types of nuts and an assortment of produce should be consumed. Many people refer to the Paleolithic Diet as eating like the cavemen did. Many of us have resorted to using processed foods to save time however we may be paying the price now with our own health.



In addition to the aforementioned areas of concern, your diet should also include various types of nutritional supplement products. According to medical professionals, items such as flaxseed oil, Vitamin C, EPA/DHA,
GLA, Magnesium and Vitamin E should be included your diet.



It is also important to consume whole foods. Think of foods that grow on a tree, in the ground, animals that walk the earth or swim in the oceans and nuts and seeds in their raw and natural state. By following these tips you will be able to create a Graves Disease Diet that will make you stronger, healthier and will hopefully reduce many of the symptoms you may be experiencing.


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