Over activity of the thyroid gland causes hyperthyroidism. This is more popularly called “Grave’s Disease”. Thyroid glands secrete certain vital hormones that are crucial for controlling several metabolic processes. When there is an over activity of thyroid glands, these enzymes are produced in excess leading to hormonal imbalance. This can throw several internal body mechanisms out of gear.
Insomnia, hypertension, irritability, drastic weight loss, palpitation, bulging of eyes, increased sweating, uncontrolled movements of fingers and toes are some of the common symptoms associated with Grave’s disease.
Being an autoimmune disorder, this is largely prevalent in children and adolescents. The disease is a little tricky to diagnose. In most cases, these symptoms are easily confused with other diseases, delaying the treatment. Women are more easily susceptible than men.
Although the disease is not treatable, it is very much controllable. Bringing about constant modifications in diet and lifestyle will have a positive effect on the mind, allowing the body to cope with the disease condition.
What Foods to Avoid?
Some foods possess the ability to aggravate the condition by stimulating the thyroid glands unnecessarily. Certain vegetables have goitrogens. These vegetables have the ability to instigate the thyroid glands, making it hyper active and over sensitive. Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and other vegetables belonging to the Brassicacea family have to be avoided to prevent aggravation of the disease condition. Other food items include rutabaga, mustard, kale, turnips, soy and all types of soy products. Iodine rich foods like iodized salt and sea foods are also detrimental. These food items should be minimized or restricted to see a significant improvement in the disease condition.
What Not to Avoid?
While many people take painstaking efforts to figure out what foods they should avoid, not many pay importance to the foods that need to be consumed to prevent aggravation of the condition. So here is a list of food items that you should NOT avoid.
Fresh vegetables are excellent sources of fiber and antioxidants. They provide the necessary vitamins and minerals. You can include all types of vegetables in your diet except the vegetables that have been previously mentioned above.
Lean meats like chicken and turkey provide the crucial proteins and energy required for your body to get going and not feel excessively lethargic or tensed. These symptoms are commonly associated with Grave’s disease. Proteins are required for tissue and muscle building. This will prevent excess weight loss.
Foods like oatmeal, brown bread, whole wheat flour are excellent sources of complex carbohydrates. Unlike their refined counterparts, these foods are rich in complex sugars. These sugars take a long time to breakdown inside your body. This means you will get a constant flow of energy throughout the day, without you feeling lethargic or worn out quickly.
Fruits ‘N’ Nuts
Unsalted nuts are great protein contributors. Fruits on the other hand provide sufficient minerals, vitamins and fiber. Dried berries can be taken liberally. Strawberries are known to worsen the condition and are better to avoid.
Nothing can be changed without changing your attitude. Develop a positive attitude and do not let the disease overpower your emotions. Feeling bright and cheerful sends positive signals to your brain, making the foods looks and taste a lot better than previously expected. Following an active and healthy lifestyle are crucial factors in alleviating the symptoms associated with Grave’s disease.
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