Grave's Disease

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Grave’s Disease is a debilitating auto-immune disease with a range of unpleasant symptoms.  Along with red, irritated and bulging eyes, people suffering from Grave’s have to endure mood swings, hot flushes, insomnia, muscle weakness and rapid weight loss.

It’s a nasty ailment that can crop up at any time and is directly associated with hyperthyroidism or the oversupply of thyroid hormones.  An oversupply of hormones means that all bodily functions speed up.

Sleep deprivation equates to watching Netflix or redeeming Intertops casino bonus codes at 2 am in the morning.  An insatiable appetite translates into five or six meals a day – with plates literally piled with food.  Bathroom breaks increase four-fold and tachycardia, or an accelerated heart-beat, is a normal event even when the body is in repose.

Conventional Medicine Treats the Symptoms

Conventional treatments include thyroid drugs, high dosages of steroids, radiation of the muscles around the eyes and the surgical removal of fatty tissue behind the eyes.

None of these treatments cure the disease, they merely treat the symptoms.  What’s worse is there’s no guarantee any of these ‘treatments’ do in fact work and all come with a long list of sides effects.

A Co-Ordinated Natural Approach to Treating Grave’s Disease  

Thankfully, there’s an alternative way of dealing with the disease… and that’s naturally.  Instead of relying on chemicals or surgery to dampen the symptoms of Grave’s, supplements, tinctures, eye drops and a few timeless techniques can work wonders in controlling and eventually reversing the effects of the disease.

A co-ordinated approach by an integrated medical practitioner is often the best solution – and that means a change in diet and a lifelong commitment to a healthier lifestyle!

Grave’s Disease Treatment Tips – Boost the Immune System

Here are a few tips that’ll help you manage the worst effects of Grave’s Disease:

As we’ve already mentioned, Grave’s is an auto-immune problem.  That means boosting the immune system is the first step to health and wellness.

Supplements like selenium and astaxanthin are powerful antioxidants that protect cells against free radical damage.  They’re affordable, effective and readily available at retail stores, pharmacies and online marketplaces.

Selenium has been particularly successful in supporting the immune system of people living with HIV and AIDS. It’s also been scientifically proven to benefit Grave’s sufferers.  A daily dose of around 240 mg is recommended.

Astaxanthin is a type of Hawaiian kelp.  It’s renowned for its awesome anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidant activity, particularly on the eyes, brain and central nervous system.  Two capsules or a daily dosage of 8 mg is about right.

Taken together, these two natural supplements are powerful enough to repair free radical damage and support a healthier and happier you!

Control the Thyroid

As we now know, the real culprit when it comes to Grave’s Disease is a malfunctioning thyroid gland.  Excessive amounts of thyroid hormones result in the body’s immune system attacking itself.  To contain and reverse the effects of the disease, you have to rectify the thyroid.

A GP or endocrinologist usually prescribes pills like Neo-Mercazole or Carbimazole to treat a hyperactive thyroid.  The problem is prolonged use of these drugs can affect the white blood count, cause serious liver damage and result in hair loss.

An integrated medical practitioner will also prescribe the same pills but supplement the chemicals with a plant-based tincture containing bugle weed and various other plants that are known to heal the thyroid.

The practitioner will slowly increase the dosage of the tincture and decrease the dosage of the pills according to the results of blood test measuring the levels of thyroid hormones in the blood.  The idea is to wean you off the chemicals completely and rather rely on the plant-based remedy to support normal thyroid function.

Lubricate the Eyes and Body

One of the worst symptoms of Grave’s is dry, red and swollen eyes that effectively bulge out of their sockets.  A good lubricant – both inside the body and in the eyes themselves – lessens the effects of the disease.

Natural tears applied liberally during the day rehydrates and lubricates the eyes, leaving them feeling cool and refreshed.  At night, you can get the best results by applying an ocular gel and placing a slightly damp cloth over the eyes.

In addition to eye drops and gel, the daily intake of salmon oil capsules rich in EPA and DHA is recommended. Alternatively, evening primrose oil or any other omega-3, -6 and -9 oils are great for keeping the entire body healthy and functioning optimally.

Support a Healthy Gut  

Scientific studies have proven that most chronic conditions and deadly diseases stem from a compromised gut – and that includes certain cancers, diabetes and even heart disease.  When the gut isn’t working as it should, toxins infiltrate the body and wreak havoc on our overall health and wellness.

Supporting the gut is as easy as taking one or two probiotic capsules every day.  To get the full benefits of the so-called healthy bacteria found in probiotics it’s essential to take capsules containing live culture.  For the live culture to survive, the capsules have to be kept in the fridge.  Any other type of probiotic is not effective and is a waste of time and money.

Follow the natural and integrated approach to fighting Grave’s Disease and you’ll be amazed at how quickly the symptoms improve… and sometimes even disappear!