Graves’ disease is characterized by extreme fatigue, hair loss and bulging eyes. The muscles and joints in the arms and legs also become extremely painful and patient may be plagued by anxiety, breathing problems, mood swings, hot flashes and heart palpitations. Today I am going to talk about Graves disease diet plan, vitamins to take as well as some herbal remedies that can help you manage these symptoms.
Acupuncture is one of the natural treatment options for Graves and it can help with problems like bulging eyes, graves’ disease weight loss and even aching muscles and joints.
2. Apricot seeds
Start by consuming 4-6 apricot kernels in the morning and 4 in the evening and slowly increase the intake to 30 seeds per day. Apricot kernels help reduce bulging eyes and also reduce swelling in the joints. You must continue this remedy for life to prevent Graves’ disease symptoms.
This is one of the most important Ayurvedic herbs for Graves’ disease. Take a pill after breakfast to relieve stress and alleviate all other symptoms of GD.
Eat flaxseeds daily as they are rich in Omega 3 essential fatty acids which can alleviate joint pain. Flaxseed oil supplements are also available in the market. Take one tablespoon of flaxseed oil with breakfast and one after supper.
5. Vitamins for Graves disease
A patient with Graves and hyperthyroidism (having T4 level 3.7, T3 level 225 and immeasurable TSH) started taking the following vitamins for Graves and had much relief : Vitamin C, E and B complex alongside Calcium (take 1000 mg per day), Magnesium (300-500 mg per day), Omega 3, Chromium (25 mcg per day), Zinc Picolinate. These helped her manage her T4 levels. Other GD vitamins include Selenium (take 400 mg per day) –it is very important to prevent eye issues from worsening. Copper (2mg per day) is another essential supplement to take if you have Hypothyroidism with Graves. Potassium (Take at least 3000 to 6000 mg per day) can help manage the heart palpitations and iron can aid in anemia management. Take Vitamin D3 (2000 IU per day or 8400 IU per week).
6. Herbs for Graves’ disease
Herbal or all natural preparation for graves’ disease include: Echinacea, Burdock root, Garlic pills. A South American medicinal plant Maca can also help with energy and many GD patients have benefitted from it. Chinese herbs like Shizandra and Siberian herb Ginseng can also aid with fatigue. Take 1-3 capsules of Valerian if you suffer from sleeplessness and restlessness. Also take 20 drops of Bugleweed extract 2 to 3 times a day. Do consult a herbalist before taking any herbs. If you have high blood pressure, avoid taking Ginseng.
7. Take probiotic supplement
Many patients taking probiotic supplements are known to get relief from stomach issues related to Graves’ disease.
8. Get rid of excess Cadmium in the body
According to author of the book Living Well with Graves ‘ disease and Hyperthyroidism, Mary Shomon, Grave’s is a result of excess heavy metals like Cadmium in the body. A complete detox of the colon and liver can aid chelate these heavy metals. You can also do oil pulling which eliminates toxins from the blood.
9. Quit smoking
Tobacco and nicotine both add to Cadmium overload in the body. So quit smoking if you suffer from Hyperthyroidism or Graves disease.
10. Graves disease diet plan
Avoid green leafy vegetables like spinach as they contain cadmium. You must also follow a low Glycemic index diet plan-which means you must avoid following foods for Graves disease: sugar, starchy foods like breads and pasta, white flour, cereals, desserts, and sugar beverages. Instead, you must consume more lean meat like chicken, turkey, fish and low fat dairy, high fiber grains, certain fruits and vegetables. Consume more raw fruits and vegetables as well as high fiber whole grain breads like bran bread or cereals. Nuts, beans, apples, oranges, berries, Brussels sprouts, lettuce, carrots and yams are other good foods for Graves’s disease patients. Take a natural psyllium husk fiber supplement if needed. It is very important to keep hydrated-so drink at least 8 glasses of 8 oz each daily. This is important to prevent fatigue.
11. Keep a track of weight loss as well as what you eat
Many Graves’ disease patients tend to lose a lot of weight due to the low carb diet. It is important to talk to a nutritionist about a proper diet plan. More importantly keep a track of what you eat and make adjustments.
12. Green tea for bulging eyes
Some patients of GD brew green tea and put a few drops of it into their eyes at bedtime. This has helped many reduce the bulge and get their eye size back to normal. You can also apply brewed green tea bags on the eyes and relax for 10-15 minutes. This is a wonderful remedy which has shown great results.
Try these 12 natural Graves ‘disease treatment options to manage your symptoms.