Symptoms, conditions and causes

What are the causes for Graves disease?

Hyperthyroidism is a condition where the thyroid is producing too much thyroid hormone. In the whole thyroid-generating cycle there is no turn-off switch to the production of active thyroid hormone (T3) so it keeps being pumped out more and more.


  • Irritability

  • Muscle weakness

  • Sleeplessness

  • Increased heart rate

  • Heart hypertrophy

  • Decreased tolerance to heat

  • Diarrhea

  • Eyes bulging out

  • Tremor

  • Panic and anxiety

Cause #1: Graves’ disease (autoimmune)

Graves disease is an autoimmune condition, which means that your own immune system attacks your own healthy body cells. This can affect your thyroid and can cause it to generate more active thyroid hormones than are needed, known as a hyperthyroid condition.


  • Improve your immune system by doing the following:

    • intermittent fasting

    • periodic prolonged fasting

    • vitamin D3 (15,000 to 40,000 IU / day)

  • Avoid the following to reduce overwork of the thyroid glands:

    • iodine

    • sea kelp

    • gallbladder support supplement or bile salts

    • foods with lectins

    • gluten (a type of lectin)

    • centroids

  • Consume cruciferous vegetables

Cause #2: Too much stress

If you undergo consistent stress, this can cause a hyperthyroid condition and overaction
of your adrenal glands. This is because your adrenals (stress-regulating glands) support other glands, for example the thyroid. If your adrenals are burned out (because of consistent stress) it will affect your thyroid.


  • Consume more vitamin B1:

• nutritional yeast

• benfotiamine

  • Improve sleep (take naps if needed)

  • Avoid things/people that stress you out

  • Take long walks outside daily (at least 45 minutes)

  • Avoid the following in order to reduce overwork of thyroid glands:

    • iodine

    • sea kelp

    • gallbladder support supplement or bile salts

    • foods with lectins

    • gluten (a type of lectin)

    • centroids

  • Additional Dr.Berg’s supplements to support adrenals:

    • Adrenal & Cortisol Support

  • Adrenal Stress Advanced Formula

Cause #3: Consuming foods with endocrine disruptors

Lastly, endocrine (hormonal system) disruptors are a major cause of thyroid problems. Endocrine disruptors are any chemicals that interfere with your body’s hormonal system. Consuming too much of these can cause hyperthyroid conditions.


Avoid the following:

  • hormones in animal products

  • GMO foods

  • pesticides in fruits and vegetables

  • soy

  • vegetable oils

  • BPA (found in plastics)

  • Consume organic foods

Cause #4: High-carb diet

If you consume a lot of carbs or you snack often, these can cause your body to produce insulin to lower the high amounts of blood sugar. Insulin is an inflammatory hormone, which means that the inflammation it creates can affect your thyroid, preventing it from working as it should.


  • Avoid sugar and refined carbs

  • Avoid snacking

  • Do the Healthy Keto® diet

  • Do intermittent fasting

Other causes:

  • Inflammation

  • Nodules

  • Consuming too much iodine

  • Toxins in the body

  • Consuming too much of a synthetic thyroid hormone

Last updated: Feb 15, 2024 16:07 PM