"Let food be your medicine and your medicine be your food. Each one of the substances in a person's diet, acts upon the body and changes it in some way, and upon these changes the whole life depends, whether in health, in sickness or convalescent."
Hippocrates 2 000 years ago.
A plain and simple answer to what is Graves Disease, is... that it is a dysfunction of the auto-immune process, which results in hyperthyroidism.
And that in simple layman terms means you have an overactive thyroid as a result of this auto-immune dysfunction.
Overactivity of the thyroid gland is known as hyperthyroidism, causing thyrotoxicosis. Graves' disease is another name for this disorder, and also one of the most common causes of hyperthyroidism.
Hyperthyroidsim occurs when the thyroid gland is tricked into thinking it must produce more and more hormone, causing the body to speed up.
And ladies, take care, you are far more likely than men to develop this condition.
We have now answered the question what is Graves Disease, so lets take a look at all the other issues surrounding this illness and see what we can do to help.
The thyroid gland, which is in front of the windpipe just below the Adam's Apple, produces iodine-containing hormones that control the body's metabolic rate i.e. the speed at which food and oxygen are burnt to produce energy for growth, exercise and times of stress.
Selenium is a trace mineral which is a vital antioxidant that protects the immune system.
Some of the foods containing selenium are brazil nuts, tuna, sunflower seeds, chicken livers, clams, avo's, eggs, garlic, onions and asparagus.
Vitamin A is needed for proper immune function and for healthy eyes, skin and hair.
It may be taken in a multivitamin complex and some of the foods containing this vitamin are: red peppers, carrots and tomatoes.
Zinc is a mineral that is an immune system stimulant and you should be eating oysters, eggs, nuts wholegrains and liver.