Tests, Foods and Herbs to Include for Grave’s Disease (plus a juice recipe!)
By Sheree Trask
Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disorder, wherein the immune system has an abnormal response that causes the thyroid gland to produce an overabundance of thyroid hormone. If left untreated, this disease can lead to over activity of the thyroid gland, otherwise known as hyperthyroidism.
Some of the symptoms include: irritability, unexplained weight loss, feelings of heat or frequent perspiration, erectile dysfunction and low libido, bulging eyes, frequent bowel movements, rapid or irregular heartbeat.
The good news is that for many, simple changes to diet and lifestyle can pay off BIG TIME, even reversing this condition and giving your body a chance to repair and rebuild itself, bringing you back in balance.
In addition to the standard tests for thyroid that your doctor will likely run ,which include: TSH and T4, it’s important to request a comprehensive panel to get a complete picture. I recommend requesting these labs as well: T3, Reverse T3, TPOAb, TgAb, TRAb, TSI, Iron, Ferritin, TIBC (total iron binding capacity), Vitamin D, Vitamin B12.
Additionally, doing an adrenal saliva cortisol test is a great idea, since your adrenal glands are part of the endocrine system along with your thyroid and hormones. Remember, we don’t work in pieces – we are one system.
INCLUDE MORE OF THESE IN YOUR DAILY DIET/LIFESTYLE:
Healing Fruits & Vegetables
Blackberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Leafy Greens
Ginger, Turmeric, Lemon Balm, St. John’s Wort
Other Healing Foods
Salmon, Mushrooms, Walnuts, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Turkey, Cod
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, make an appointment with your Naturopath of Functional Medicine Doctor to get to the bottom of it. Remember, symptoms are your body’s signals that something is off.
Healing Juice Recipe
- 1 cup blueberries
- 2 broccoli spears
- Large bunch dandelion greens
- 1” knob fresh turmeric
- Chop ingredients so they fit into your juicer.
- Pour into glass and enjoy right away, as is or over ice.
Decide to clean up your diet and lifestyle and commit to the process. It may not be easy, but it will be worth it. And so are you!
Certified Holistic Health and Lifestyle Coach; Writer and Editorial Director
It was through her own personal health journey with misdiagnosis and multiple autoimmune diseases that she found her purpose, which is to help educate, empower and encourage others to live a happy, healthy and fulfilling life. Sheree uses a whole-body approach to healing, focusing on food as medicine, positive mindset, daily movement, stress management, optimal sleep and spirituality. She specializes in a holistic approach to healing autoimmune diseases, with a focus on gut health.
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