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Are Vitamins and Supplements helpful for Graves’ Disease?

Which Vitamins and Supplements are helpful for Graves’ disease and Hyperthyroidism, when and how you should take them? 

vitamins and supplements for graves diseaseI am sure many of you consider taking vitamins and supplements, especially if you are diagnosed with an auto-immune disease like Graves’ disease. Needless to say, you are right because our food today is not as nutritious as it was decades ago and we are forced to consume genetically modified foods on many levels. However, vitamins and supplements alone will not cure your Graves’ disease or hyperthyroidism, as some people believe, while taking a handful with different colored pills. But they can definitely help some of the symptoms, and support the immune system to perform at its best possible level. So speaking, don’t rely exclusively on them, but DO use them, WISELY, same as with herbs and other complementary therapies.

I would like to share some useful information with you regarding which vitamins, supplements and minerals are considered the best for Graves’ disease/ hyperthyroidism and why. It also matters when you take them and how in order to get the most benefit from them. Follow the link below to find out more, and your comments are always appreciated:

Vitamins and Supplements for Graves’ disease and hyperthyroidism

Raw Juice Therapy for Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism

fresh-vegetablesRaw juice therapy is a method of treatment of disease through an exclusive diet or use of juices of fruits and vegetables. It is also known as juice fasting, when this is the only thing you consume. It is the most effective way to restore health and rejuvenate the body, but with Graves’ Disease and hyperthyroidism you have to be very careful. While I believe that raw juice therapy may be very useful, I don’t recommend the raw juice fasting for the cases of Hyperthyroidism and Graves’ disease. The problem is that raw juice therapy (used by itself only) has tremendous cleansing properties and if you have Graves’ disease and Hyperthyroidism you already have high metabolism and lost a lot of weight. In this case, if not monitored by a qualified practitioner,  it can easily exhaust your organism. But you can safely add 1 or 2 juices every day to your diet. However, if you are Hypothyroid right now (due to RAI, thyroidectomy or any other reason) and struggling with weight issues raw juice therapy, I believe, can help you tremendously.

The Gerson’s Therapy

Gerson’s Therapy, named after its inventor Dr. Max Gerson, relies exclusively on Raw juices (a coffee enemas) to treat and help conditions like cancer and other serious disorders and illnesses. The therapy approach was developed in 1920’s and now the non-profit organization is managed by his daughter, Charlotte Gerson. The book about Gerson’s therapy is available on Amazon, and the Gerson Institute itself is located, to the best of my knowledge in California, but had licensed clinics only in Mexico and Hungary. I will not go in details why the clinics are not in the USA, it’s a pretty ugly story, but if you have Netlix, or even on YouTube, there are numerous documentary videos about this issue. The only thing I know that this is a great loss for the American population and many people travel from the USA to Mexico, specifically to be treated for many diseases in this clinic. The link to their website is at the bottom of that page.

As juices are extracted from vegetables and fruits, they have certain medicinal characteristics that may benefit certain conditions. Besides specific medicinal virtues, raw fruit and vegetable juices have an extraordinary revitalizing and rejuvenating effect on all the organs, glands and functions of the body. For more detailed information, check on the links below.

How it works with Vegetable and Fruit Juices?

6 Main types of Fruit and vegetable juices 

10 General Recommendations for Raw Juice preparation

Fruit Smoothies and Raw Juices by Mariquit Losaria Orendain 

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Mariquit Losaria Orendain is my guest writer for this week on my blog. I invited her to share her Raw Juice and Smoothies recipes with all of us. She is  is from Philippines, 47 years old and she suffered from Hyperthyroidism for many years. I have the pleasure to present a few of her smoothies/ fresh raw juices which are very simple to make and the fruits/vegetables can be found anywhere in the world. You may experiment your own combinations as well. Enjoy!

Carrots, Orange, Green apple, and Pears Fresh Raw Juice

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Carrots and Pineapple Juice

N.B. Carrots are good for the eyes, because they contain Vitamin A in large quantities. Pineapple has anti- inflammatory properties and is also good for inflammation of the eye tissue.

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My smoothie of fruits combination..  Papaya, Banana and Cantaloupe ( Chinese Melon ) Taste good ..

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Vegetable and fruit combination for a juice in the afternoon.. Cucumber,Green Apple and Pears..  Cheers!

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Happy Juicing!

Do you have a favorite recipe that you found tasty or beneficial? Share it with us!

Want to be my guest writer? Please, contact me!

P.S. This is the link to Gerson Institute

Carbohydrate or Gluten Free diet for hyperthyroidism?

Carbohydrate or Gluten Free diet for Hyperthyroidism?

(What to eat or not to eat, that is the question!!!:)

Hyperthyroidism, as we all know,  is a complicated disease. Unfortunately, the traditional methods known today are not enough to deal successfully with this problem. To identify a drug that is safe, affordable and effective is a challenge to modern medicine today. In fact, it seems un-achievable. Thus, an effective diet when treating specific disorder is of great importance, or at least I think so. So here we go today:

Real Food for Hyperthyroidism Patients

Real Food for Hyperthyroidism Patients

In 1928 Henry Moll, MD writes an article about the different hyperthyroidism symptoms, and some of them he believes, to whatever reason, are overlooked by the present medical society. He insists that there are important reciprocal actions between the thyroid gland and the gastro-intestinal tract of which we have little knowledge yet, but which nevertheless demand a closer study of dietary in hyperthyroidism. Clever man!

For example dyspepsia (known also as indigestion, characterized by chronic or recurrent pain in the upper abdomen and sometimes accompanied by bloating, nausea or heartburn) is found to be one of the precipitating and most common symptoms of hyperthyroidism, often preceding the manifestation of the other well-known symptoms like palpitations, mental emotionality, moodiness and exophthalmos (Moll, 1928).

Dyspepsia in Graves’ disease patients can often be accompanied with hypochlorhydria (when the stomach is unable to produce hydrochloric acid) or achylia (absence of gastric juice or other digestive secretions). The achylia is also responsible for the fast stomach discharge, typical for hyperthyroidism patients. Dr. Moll suggests a diet, which is rich of carbohydrates.

This diet is of a caloric value of 2,700 calories, and consists of about 80 grams of proteins, 60 grams of fat, and 440 grams of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are typically found in whole grains, whole wheat, whole rye, brown rice, bulgur, wheat berries, vegetables, fruits and beans.  Easily digested refined carbohydrates from white bread, white rice and other refined grains, pastries, sugared sodas, and other highly processed foods may cause weight gain, interfere with weight loss, and lead to diabetes and heart disease (Moll, 1928). Well, this diet is quite the opposite of the Gluten-free diet, well known today. But, as you may have noticed already, many things were different back in 1928.

The improvements as a result of this carbohydrate diet diet should be mostly a reduction of mental symptoms, i.e. emotional instability, decrease of pulse rate, palpitations and by significant increase of weight. Which is ok with me, because I know how difficult can be to deal with all of them. And the diet also makes sense, because the products listed by Dr. Moll are considered “grounding”, specifically in mental aspect.  They also help maintaining the weight, if you lost too much.  (There is a link at the bottom of this post for the whole article, so feel free to read it).

Fresh Food for Graves' DiseaseNow, the opposite of this diet is the Gluten- Free Diet and it also makes sense to me. Dr. Moll lived almost a century ago when no pesticides were used for the crops and genetically modified foods were practically unknown. The soil and the waters were clean and not contaminated with mercury, copper and other harmful for our health substances. All the foods were “organic” and “natural”. Not so today.

 So, what would I do, if I were you? I will try both, gluten free and carbohydrate diet and I’ll see what works better for me. At least, we have a choice here. I am personally  more inclined to try the carbohydrate diet first. I like bread and all related products. I make and bake my own bread and I can’t leave without it. But- it’s your choice!

 So let’s see why gluten free diet might be applicable for Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism patients as well (click on that particular link). I write there about Celiac disease, leaky gut syndrome and all related problems…

The Gluten Free Diet

Reference:

Moll, H., A carbohydrate diet for hyperthyroidism. Retrieved: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2456150/

Meanwhile, as always, you are welcome to share your opinion!

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Simona’s story from Australia..touched my heart!

Ok, this will be a very short post today….

Graves' disease and overweight problems

Graves’ disease and overweight problems

I recently posted an article on my website about weight gain in hyperthyroidism. Many people responded with their stories, thank you so very much! I chose to publish one of them on my website, it touched my heart…This is Simona’s story (with the permission of the author of course!). I am sure you can learn a lot from this story, it has a lot to teach us all!

I’ll also be more than happy to publish your own story (anonymously or not), so other people can learn from experience as well. It doesn’t matter if you have Graves’ disease, Hashimoto’s or hyperthyroidism. On the bottom of that same web page there are links to similar stories people donated for the purpose of sharing their own experience and success. Happy reading! Click on the link below (or on the picture).  Here we go:

Simona’s Story

Can hyperthyroidism cause weight gain?

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Are you gaining weight instead of losing it?

Honestly, dieting is not my favorite activity and I’ve never been good at that particular sport. I am just not a serious “dieter” but I have never been seriously overweight either.  This, however, may not be the case for other people diagnosed with Graves’ disease and hyperthyroidism.

Patients, diagnosed with Graves’ disease, thyrotoxicosis, or hyperactive thyroid typically don’t have any dieting issues, I mean regarding gaining weight. Quite the opposite: one of the symptoms of thyrotoxicosis/hyperthyroidism (induced by whatever reason) is the uncontrollable weight loss. They are typically skinny, with high metabolism, enhanced craving for food (different foods) and very active, particularly in sports and all kinds of other activities.  They’re nearly always hungry,  at least I used to be when I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism 10 years ago.  My friends often  joked with me that I am just wasting the food and I am so very lucky for not gaining weight at all. I would not go in details how I felt back then though…But in their eyes, I was fortunate..

Anyway, several thyrotoxicosis/ hyperthyroidism patients (including Graves’ disease, hyperthyroidism, nodules etc.) recently reported precisely the opposite- gaining weight. Hyperthyroidism weight gain isn’t so rare nowadays, unfortunately. How this is happening though, if the metabolism is so accelerated due to the excessive release of endocrine/thyroid hormones in the blood? Why then many of us gain weight instead? For example:

“Hi, just wanted to find out what do you think about weight gain. When I first found out that I had a hyperthyroid I weighed a hundred and twenty lbs. Now, after about a year I can’t seem to loose any weight. I am up to one hundred fifty and I am sick of gaining more even though I work out like crazy. Doesn’t seem fair and I need some advice please!”

I receive numerous emails like this. And honestly, I can only guess why this is so…

Western medicine has no explanation about this phenomenon, because, in fact, there is no logic. But not everything is logical, right? Here are some of my ideas why this might be happening:

1. The clinical representation of the hyperthyroidism condition is different. “Clinical description” concerns the most typical symptoms, according to which the doctors determine their diagnosis (hopefully). For example, the classical clinical picture of celiac disease, which includes persistent diarrhea, has changed recently. Graves’ disease symptoms also can fluctuate; initially the patient can be diagnosed with certain symptoms that may change over time, become more or less serious, or new symptoms can appear and others to fade.

2. It is well known that the appetite of hyperthyroid patients increase dramatically and they eat more than usual. The problem is with the content and quality of the consumed foods. If a decade ago the foods were not so genetically modified and very close to “natural” or “organic” they can be easily discharged from the body, due to the increased metabolism. But in the past years it is well known that we consume foods that have no nutrients and are grossly genetically modified; they also contain a lot of processed sugars and artificial coloring, to name just a few of the substances causing troubles. The body, unrecognizing these materials as food, may store them, as it does with the aspartame. They are simply stocked in the body, regardless of the increased metabolism. This may dramatically cloud the clinical picture of hyperthyroidism and many people may remain undiagnosed due to this reason.

3. Medication: patients who are treated with medication (PTU or Methimazole) are still  considered hyperthyroid, and may be affected with this symptom because almost all anti-thyroid medications slow down the metabolism and block the thyroid hormone overproduction. To unknown irrational reasons some doctors may keep their patients on the same dosage anti-thyroid medication regardless of the fact that their thyroid tests are reading “normal” or even “hypo”. Probably just in case???

The other problem is that thyroid tests today (even the usual thyroid panel) may cost over $1500 (depending on insurance, deductibles, hormones tested,  etc.), which really shocks me, because just 10 years ago they cost $50-$60. I don’t really know what became so expensive to justify that dramatic increase. And if you are in acute hyperthyroidism state these tests should be performed every 4-6 weeks to adjust the medication, which it is very rarely done today by doctors because simply the insurance would not pay. That creates a risk for the patient to take medications that are not necessary or the dosage is not appropriate any more.

So, if you are gaining weight, regardless of the reason, these are my short and simple suggestions to control your weight:

vegetable-fairy1. Eat HEALTHY in order to help symptomatology of hyperthyroidism or Grave’s Disease. Try an elimination diet, or gluten free diet for that matter (more about that in the next post).

2. Try probiotics, they are known to enhance the “good bacteria” in  the intestines and to help the elimination of substances that no longer need to be present in your stomach.

3. Consume a lot of fibers, or foods containing fiber. Try cleansing the body with dieting, oil pulling or other methods.

4. Grow your own sprouts, and eat them of course, they are the best source for vitamins and minerals.

5. Drink plenty of water and herbal teas.

6.  Eat less meat, more green leafy vegetables (I am not saying you have to become vegetarian).

7. Exercise regularly. For example I try to swim twice a week, dance tango once, play volleyball and do meditation and yoga (to balance the active part). But I don’t have the palpitations now, so if you do, stick with yoga and meditation.

Of course, these are general suggestions, but if there isn’t anything else you can do or don’t know how, at least you can do your best.

And by the way, do you have any experience  with a similar problem? What food makes you feel good and what makes you feel bad, or loose/gain weight?

Share your thoughts and secrets with us- it may help other people as well!

If fact, I just finished the update of my book “Ultimate Diet Secrets for Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism”, with the newest research on the subject, including the gluten free diet and carbohydrate diet for hyperthyroidism (that’s an old one from 1928), why you should use probiotics, new herbs found to help hyperthyroidism, etc.  So speaking, that’s what I have been doing the past two months…

So here we go:  (Click below on the book)  to get your own copy of the updated August, 2013 version).

Ultimate Diet Secrets for Graves' Disease and Hyperthyroidism

Aloe Vera, Thyroid Antibodies and Immune System

  As we all know by now, Graves’ disease is an auto- immune disorder, in which the     immune system due to whatever reason is attacking its own cells. The immune system can be under-active (not fighting well with cancer cells for example), overactive- producing diseases like allergic asthma, or when is performing an inappropriate action attacking its own tissues like arthritis, lupus or Graves’ disease.

I’ve been asked many times by clients and patients if there is anything to be done to boost the immune system and help recovery, or just “make the immune system do its job right”. I didn’t know such a method…

Until today, when I read a book about Aloe Vera by Dr. Peter Atherton “The essential Aloe Vera”. You know that I like reading. So this is what I have found today and I have to share with you, because I believe that this is a valuable information about Aloe Vera:

Aloe Vera is not a magical plant, but it has two main effects on human health and organs that need to be mentioned here: it works on surfaces and membranes (like skin) and on disordered immune system (which is the case with Graves’ Disease). I am not going to list all its healing properties, they are many, but among them is another, very interesting one as well: anti-inflammatory (extremely important when dealing with Thyroid Eye Disease).

How exactly it works? Now I’ll make Biology easy for you:

The most important for the immune system are cells called lymphocytes, which are made of B cells and T cells, found in lymphoid tissue and the blood. The other important cells are called phagocytes– some found in the tissue, others in white blood cells circulating in the blood.  B lymphocytes produce antibodies, while T cells help B cells in this antibody production. They also find and destroy viruses, they control the level and quality of the immune responses. In general they tell your immune system what to do and when.

Now here comes the Aloe Vera gel in action. Aloe Vera contains a very important substance, called acemannan, found in its sugar part. It is a long chain polysaccaccaride and acts as an immune modulator. Meaning that has the power and ability to slow down or enhance the immune system response. In our case- should be able to manage the immune system to recognize its own cells and not attack them. It acts however it is required by the immune system!

The importance of acemannan is supported by the research of Carrington Laboratories in the USA, and a drug was produced named “Carrisyn”, licenses by FDA and given to AIDS patients. If it is assumed that it may help AIDS patients, I believe that drinking Aloe Vera can help Graves’ Disease patients as well.

Not to mention the Aloe Vera anti-inflammatory effect….on Thyroid eye disease for example.

aloe-vera-gelAm I drinking Aloe Vera gel? Yes, I am- at least for the last 3 years, every single day, between 30-60 ml, depending on how I feel. Not that I knew about its immune action, or  some of its  positive effects. I like it and find it very useful- I haven’t been sick for a very long time. After reading the book I mentioned above I also believe that it can help Graves’ disease by modulating the immune system to “take proper decisions” and anti- inflammatory for Thyroid Eye Disease as well.

You can buy Aloe Vera  pretty much from everywhere, but to be sure in its healing properties, follow this suggestions:

– make sure it’s certified by International Aloe Science Council (IASC), for Europe  the “Kasher” organization

– Contains at  least 97% pure Aloe Vera gel

– Comes from Aloe Barbadensis Miller type plants

aloe-vera-peachesI personally buy it from Forever Living Products and I am happy with them- their products exceeded my expectations through the years (at least those I have tried). I am not endorsing that particular  company, but if you want to sign as a distributor and save 15% ( I do get some credit for that, not sure what though), here is the link:

https://www.foreverliving.com/marketing/Home.do

You can use my personal distributor # 001 002 401 252.

And this bottle on the left is my favorite (with peaches).

The above article is my own production- that means I am just following the simple logic of healing..One thing for sure-Aloe e 100% safe, to the best I know.

3 “Hyperthyroidism Herbs”- worth growing, owing and drinking!

I’m a lot into alternative and herbal medicine, just experimenting all the time. You probably know me by now.:). But that’s me- so, regarding the information below- use your own judgement, of course. 

There are in fact many herbs, that can positively influence hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease but there are 3 that are “must have” in your herbal kitchen and use them regularly, instead of all the sodas and artificial juices sold in the stores.

 Motherwort (Leonurus cardiac) – it is a member of the mint family. You can find this plant pretty much everywhere on the planet, in all continents. It can be also cultivated in your garden. Motherwort balances the hormones generally and helps palpitations; it strengthens the heart beat without increasing the pulse.

Motherwort helps bring on a delayed or suppressed menstrual flow, especially when someone is anxious and tense, it’s also used to improve fertility and anxiety, it helps also the hot flashes in menopause. You can use it as a tea, or a tincture, or even make your own.

It reduces blood pressure. Do not use if you are pregnant. Bitter taste. It also has sedative and antispasmodic properties.

Hawthorn (Crataegus species) has been used to treat heart disease as far back as the 1st century. By the early 1800s, American doctors were using it to treat circulatory disorders and respiratory illnesses. It’s a thorny three, which gives red berries in late summer, early fall. It contains compounds that support the heart and circulatory system. It’s found to be beneficial for heart muscle weakness, for pressure, tightness in the chest and for mild arrhythmia. In some scientific researches it’s found that hawthorn interact with key enzymes in the heart to increase pumping force of the heart muscle and it also works to dilate the blood vessels. Hawthorn also helps painful joints and stabilizes the collagen in the bone itself. It also helps bloods shot eyes, glaucoma, swollen ankles and varicose veins. It can be used as a substitute of a beta- blocker. 

It’s available in capsules, tablets and tinctures, but my favorite is Hawthorn tea, some of the capsules include not only the berries, but also leaves and flowers.

To make a tea from these berries, you generally use a teaspoon per cup. Let it brew for a few minutes before drinking.

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) (The officinalis stands for “officially recognized as a medicinal herb”).

This is one of my favorite herbs and I already have written about it a lot. It’s an “easy herb”, you can grow it in a pot on your window, or in your garden. Lemon balm has been used for centuries to relieve anxiety and sleeplessness; it has mild sedative effect, relieves menstrual cramps, fights cold sores, relaxes nerves, and eases indigestion. Combined with Valerian roots it’s often used for insomnia treatment. It also helps hot flashes associated with menopause. 

The flavonoids and polyphenolics found in the Lemon balm have been identified as inhibiting the excessive thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH).  The TSH is blocked for further stimulating the excessively active thyroid gland. Generally it helps the action of the anti-thyroid drug, and acts like one in mild cases. I’ve been using that herb as “sleep helping tea” for many years and I also know that it’s gentle on children and even babies.

I would not suggest combining and drinking these herbs altogether for “faster results”. I would suggest  trying them on for a few days, i.e drink Hawthorn tea for a few days (only), Lemon Balm tea after that, Motherwort for the next 3 and see how you feel. We are all different as people, we feel differently. Try it cold, hot, as an infusion, or you can even steep it overnight.  

Happy “tea”ing! Happy drinking! See you soon…

Svetla

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