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Managing Graves' Disease

 

 

 

How Graves' disease effects the thyroid (Source: WikiHow)

Robert Graves', an Irish physician, first identified Graves' Disease around 150 years ago. Its symptoms can vary a lot from individual to individual, and will depend on the severity of the disorder, but several studies in both animals and humans have revealed that stress can set off autoimmune reactions and worsen inflammation, so sufferers need to focus on reducing theirs.

Combatting and Controlling Stress

A very high percentage of people suffering from Graves' Disease report either trauma or chronic stress before this disorder develops, and it is known that the resultant psychological and physical changes seriously impact how immune systems work. A downstream of neuroendocrine alterations occur that can up leading to an array of autoimmune disorders along with long-term damage to tissues. 

Stress raises levels of adrenaline and cortisol, which disturb the functioning of our neurotransmitters and worsen thyroid disease symptoms. To manage yours, make sure that you have stress-reduction practices built in to your day. Include natural stress relievers like entertainment in the form of the online slots Australia has to offer, for example, exercise like yoga, and even volunteering for a cause close to your heart. 

Adjusting Your Diet

This is one of the best ways to enhance the functioning of your immune system, create a healthy environment for your gut, and manage your Graves’ Disease symptoms. Inflammation can partially be traced to microbiota in our gut, caused by nutrient deficiencies, and allergies to certain foods, or even just sensitivities to them. 

Try and enter unchartered territory and to steer clear of common allergens like gluten and dairy products, since your immune system can actually register these as a threat when they are not digested properly. Allergens in turn contribute to Leaky Gut syndrome, which sees small particles being leaked in to the bloodstream through a series of minute openings in the lining of your stomach, which triggers autoimmunity processes. 

Adding Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Eliminate foods that contain gluten, added sugar, and GMO ingredients, and introduce those high in iodine instead. Iodised salt, seaweed, and egg yolks are great examples of these, and fresh vegetables and green juices provide essential nutrients and combat inflammation. 

Fresh fruit is a great source of electrolytes and antioxidants, but try to steer clear of processed fruit juices. Add basil, oregano, parsley, and rosemary to the list of herbs you use, and spice your meals up with garlic, ginger, and turmeric. Bone broth is an excellent way to heal your gut and improve detoxification, and probiotics will balance the bacteria in your digestive tract and fight Leaky Gut syndrome, too. Make sure you’ve got healthy fats like Omega 3’s in your diet as well. 

Get a Little Exercise In

Exercising is a great method of controlling stress and lowering your inflammation, just make sure you are enjoying it, and you’re not overtraining, since this will heighten your levels of irritation, which will already be raised thanks to the Graves’ disease. You don’t need to be Iron Man or Wonder Woman, you just need to get your heart rate up and the endorphins flowing. Do something that makes you happy, combats anxiety, and, hopefully, helps you get the sleep you need. Yoga, dancing, and swimming are great options.

 

 

 

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