8 Natural Ways To Manage Grave's Disease
We have all recently heard the news that celebrity star Wendy Williams is taking a hiatus from public life to best deal with her recent Grave’s Disease diagnosis. We will miss her Hot Topics and catchy phrase, "How You Doin?" during her absence but only wish her the best and a prompt return to a healthier state.
What exactly is Grave’s Disease? Why would a diagnosis require such a sudden change of plans? Moreover, if we receive a positive Grave’s Disease diagnosis, what can we do to treat it and manage its symptoms?
Grave’s Disease is a common autoimmune disorder that mainly affects the Thyroid gland and its accompanying systems. Grave’s Disease occurs when your body’s natural immune response begins attacking an otherwise healthy thyroid gland. The primary side effect of this attack is a direct overstimulation of the thyroid, which becomes grossly enlarged and starts producing more hormones than your body can naturally manage.
The main symptoms associated with a positive Grave’s Disease diagnosis are:
- Weight loss
- Shortness of breath
- Muscle weakness
- Protrusion of the ocular sphere
- Palpable goiter
If left untreated, Grave’s Disease can potentially develop into a condition called thyrotoxicosis. Thyrotoxicosis is life threatening and causes severe cardiac and cognitive complications. Autoimmune disorders can often be particularly difficult to treat, but for the most part, clinical treatment of Grave’s Disease is well established. Frequently, treatment will consist of anti-thyroid drugs, radiotherapy, and surgical excision of the thyroid gland. However, there are less invasive and more natural ways to manage this condition.
Let us take a closer look:
- One of the most accessible techniques for the management of Grave’s Disease is to adopt an anti-inflammatory diet. Modern diets consist of food rich in inflammatory agents that further aggravate your body’s natural immune response. Avoid food that contain artificial flavorings, colorings, and other well-known irritants.
- Avoid stress at all costs. Patients recently diagnosed with Grave’s Disease often report having undergone some form of trauma or stressful situation.
- Increase your Vitamin D intake. Studies have shown that Vitamin D works as an effective thyroid regulator and immune modulator (Kivity, S., 2011).
- Quit smoking. A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggested that smoking adversely impacts the progression of Grave’s related ophthalmopathy (Bartalena, Luigi., 1998).
- Regulate your intestinal microflora. The antigenic properties of both bifidobacteria and lactobacilli can provide a significant boost to your immune apparatus (Kiseleva, E., 2011).
- Adopt a daily detoxification regime. Thousands of chemicals used in industrial manufacture come into contact with our bodies on a regular basis. The easiest way to offset this is to get in the habit of consuming all natural products.
- Grave’s Disease causes a pervasive inflammatory state. The skin and eyes are especially susceptible to inflammation. Supplementation with Beta-Alanine and EGEG has been shown to reduce cytokine inflammation and alleviate immune-related peripheral neuropathy (Pinn, G., 2001).
- Exercise regularly. One of the possible side effects of having excess thyroid hormone circulating throughout the body is the development of a calcium deficiency and diminished bone density. Regular exercise is a great way to strengthen your bones.
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