Hashimoto’s Contributing Factors
The gene factor
One of the three foundation stones of autoimmune attacks is a genetic predisposition. People with MTHFR gene mutation are some of the people genetically predisposed to autoimmunity. Autoimmune attacks are hereditary if one family member has Hashimoto’s it is likely some other members will develop the condition.
A leaky gut results in a dysfunctional immune system. The immune cells are unable to properly recognize unwanted bodies and end up attacking body organs and nutrients. A person must have a leaky gut (intestinal impermeability) to develop Hashimoto’s and any other autoimmune attack. Signs of a leaky gut include bloating, acid reflux, IBS, and constipation.
People become sensitive towards certain foods because of intestinal sensitivity. With intestinal impermeability, some foods get into the circulation without proper digestion. The immune system registers such foods as foreign bodies and attacks. Some major culprits of food sensitivities are gluten, dairy products, and soy.
Gluten can cause intestinal permeability and other infections along the digestive tract. Also, it has a similar molecular structure as the thyroid gland. So if the person has gluten sensitivity and the immune system attacks gluten, the thyroid gland will also be attacked. Eliminating gluten from the diet reduces thyroid antibodies.
Celiac disease and Hashimoto’s are closely connected. Celiac disease causes molecular imitation. It can result in Hashimoto’s when the thyroid gland is attacked. More than 3% of Hashimoto’s victims suffer celiac disease. When this people stop taking gluten, Hashimoto’s disappeared in 20% of them. A gluten-free diet makes many Hashimoto’s patients feel better.
Hashimoto’s patients should do their best to eliminate milk products from their diet. Dairy products are known to trigger Type I diabetes, which is an autoimmune condition. Science is yet to prove if these foods can trigger Hashimoto’s. However, when Hashimoto’s patients stop taking milk products, some symptoms such as irritable bowel syndrome and bloating disappear. For better chances of Hashimoto’s going into complete remission, patients should observe a gluten-free and dairy-free diet.
Soy causes inflammation of the thyroid, resulting in Hashimoto’s. It is safe to say soy poisons the thyroid gland. These three foods, dairy products, gluten, and soy are not good for the thyroid. They cause intestinal impermeability, which is one of the three foundation stones of an autoimmune attack. Some of the other foods that may cause food sensitivities include tomatoes, eggs, pepper, seeds, nuts, grains, and potatoes.
Testing food sensitivities
An Elimination Diet is the best method of testing food sensitivities. However, there are other tests for testing food sensitivities. Alletess Labs food sensitivity tests provide reliable results. Remember, observing a healthy diet, free of dairy, soy, and gluten can reverse thyroid disorders.
Lack of specific nutrients can trigger autoimmune attacks. Zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, and glutamine can help heal a leaky gut. Thyroid activity can be improved by zinc supplements as zinc helps the body convert T4 to T3.
Hashimoto’s patients should also take selenium supplements as it helps reduce thyroid antibodies. A 200 mg dose can help to reduce these antibodies by half over a 90-day period.
Stomach acid imbalance is common in Hashimoto’s victims, and it affects the absorption of nutrients. Betaine with pepsin can help balance this stomach acid. Other supplements thyroid disease patients should take include iron as it helps reduce hair loss, ferritin as it helps transport T3, and Vitamin D.
Impaired ability to handle stress
Stress results in conflicts with loved ones, irritability, and also autoimmune diseases. In Hashimoto’s patient’s, stress may increase the severity of some symptoms. To reduce stress one can just walk, take some yoga classes, go for a massage session, or do any other activity that makes them happy and relaxed. A positive approach and attitude towards every difficulty in life prevents stress.