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Graves Disease Diet

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A menu for someone with Graves Desease Awareness RibbonGraves Disease should consist of foods that what will help in boosting the immune system.  Fruits and vegetables obviously are a great way to get the vitamins and minerals your immune system needs, and drinking eight to ten glass of water daily is highly recommended for those with Graves Disease.  Those with thyroid issues need to avoid gluten as much as possible.  A diet for someone with Graves Disease needs to include fish, lean meat, turkey and chicken.  Eating corn, beans,  rice, unprocessed cheeses, milk and  fresh or frozen fruits or vegetables are a good example of what should encompass a gluten free diet.

Some good breakfast ideas should incorporate rice products or cereal, along  with fruits and milk or dairy products. For lunch, rice and a lean meat or fish are recommended.  Dinner ideas are beans, nuts, rice, lean meats and legumes.  Fresh fruits need to be consumed in two to three servings daily.  Brussel sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, turnips and the like are Goitrogenic.  These are thyroid antagonists that create less toxicity when they are cooked.  People with Graves disease should eat these foods in moderation.

Foods To Avoid With Graves Disease

Foods that have a high iodine content, like iodized salt, red meat and sea foods, should be avoided.  Also, soy should be avoided as well, because that can cause allergies.

Nutrition

When you have Graves’ disease, your nutrition needs to be strictly monitored after treatment has begun.   Because with  thyroid therapy,  there is a very good chance you are going to gain weight .  Therefore, any calories that are consumed  through your food need to be reduced by cutting the consumption of fatty foods.   Eating excess sodium may result in swelling or edema, so if you do find out self with an overabundance of sodium in one particular meal, double up on your water consumption.  But preserved and canned foods are best avoided altogether.

Vitamin Supplements For Graves Disease

In order to stay in shape, a suitable exercise regime should be implemented, and Vitamins A and D and iron should be taken in daily consumption.

Graves  Disease is the inability of the body to absorb most nutrients.  Vitamin B12 deficiency is common in people with this condition, and with this comes a severe form of anemia .  It is important to note that  Vitamin B12 is vital for the development of the immune system and the healthy functioning of thyroid gland. Vitamin D deficiency is also common with Graves Disease, and Vitamin D is necessary for the proper absorption of calcium in the body.  Therefore, those with  a hyperactive thyroid need to take these supplements, or eat foods rich in these vitamins.  It’s hard for those with a thyroid condition to think about bone health or iron deficiency, but it goes hand in hand with the disease.   Vitamin A, B, C, D and E supplements should be the key vitamins to focus on when battling this condition.

It may be overwhelming to think about trying to control your thyroid condition along with maintaining the proper diet, taking the right vitamins, and incorporating an exercise regimen.    Bottom line is this is all manageable if you do your research and develop a routine.   Everyone should be incorporating healthy foods rich in vitamins and minerals into their life anyway, so think of this as a healthy lifestyle change that will eventually fall into place.  Graves Disease isn’t easy, but it is manageable.

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