A standard nutritarian diet will be helpful for all thyroid disorders as well as Graves’ disease; but Graves’ disease patients especially benefit from goitrogenic food as they help discourage thyroid hyperactivity. While there is a lot of confusion surrounding the benefits of goitrogenic food, they are in reality only problematic in people who already have iodine deficiency. This problem is unlikely to occur in individuals who used iodized salt. Here’s a, by no means exhaustive, list of widely available goitrogenic foods.
What to Avoid to Protect Your Thyroid
Pesticides: opt for organic or grown your own food
Chlorine: Chlorine can potentially disrupt thyroid function – perhaps not in all people but if you are already suffering from thyroid dysfunction it would be best to avoid
Many theorize that Graves’ and other autoimmune disease are a response to the overwhelming amount of toxic substances in the environment. Obviously there are other pieces to the puzzle but it certainly won’t hurt to reduce the amount of poison in your life.
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Your body may look impermeable to the naked eye; but, it is not. Products applied to the skin and nails make their way into your bloodstream. According to Cancer Treatment Centers of America ‘after using cosmetics everyday for a year your body can absorb as much as five pounds of makeup chemicals, chemicals that include carcinogens, pesticides, endocrine disrupters and reproductive toxins.’ It is theorized that a number of health conditions (autoimmune conditions like Graves Disease included) are exacerbated by, if not induced by, toxic overwhelm due to poison exposure in one’s environment – food supply, beauty products, home cleaning products etc.
I’m very focused on supporting remission of my Graves Disease diagnosis right now; so, I’ve been zeroing in on and eliminating known toxins from my environment. Part of this process involved finding a nontoxic way to keep my mani/pedi situation under control . Previously I was a fan of the flawless albeit plastic look of acrylics. But the older I get the more granola I become. I lost interest in that look and feeling like I was choking on fumes for an hour. These days I try only to engage in beauty routines that I thoroughly enjoy without detriment to my overall health.
While I think dedicating large amounts of time to pursuing ever elusive beauty standards is a waste, I think it was a great use of your time to engage in rituals that make you feel luxurious. Because having someone else care for my nails makes me feel like I’ve made it, I didn’t want to give it up. I started hunting around for non-toxic alternatives to conventional nails salons and found Pretty Natural Nails. I loved getting the service and learning nail care tips that will serve me well in between visits. I was so impressed with the owner I requested an interview so I could share some of her handy (pun intended) organic and natural nail care tips with everyone.