A healthy blood sugar level is important for both diabetes patients and thyroid disease patients. The most efficient way of addressing blood sugar is changing the diet. Once the blood sugar is in check, some symptoms such as anxiety, palpitations and hair loss will disappear. Blood sugar surges cause a multitude of health issues in diabetes patients and a rise in thyroid antibodies in thyroiditis patients.
Experts recommend a green vegetable smoothie, say kale smoothie, for breakfast. Avoid anything that could cause high blood sugar like carbohydrates and fruit juices. Yes, taking fruit juice for breakfast could cause hyperglycemia. Also, one should avoid foods that cause sensitivities because they can trigger autoimmune attacks.
Unfortunately, the standard American diet encourages taking a lot of sugar at breakfast. Coffee with sugar, orange juice, and cream cheese form a standard American breakfast. Stop and think the amount of sugar and calories in that meal, the figure is overwhelming.
Eat a healthy breakfast. An example of a healthy breakfast is bacon and eggs accompanied by a cup of coffee sweetened with stevia instead of sugar. Keep a diet journal, which is a journal where one jots down how they feel after every meal. The journal can help point out food sensitivities.
Here are guidelines to follow in observing a blood sugar regulating diet
- Start by eating after two or three hours
- Include fat and protein rich foods in the diet
- Cut down the intake of caffeine
- Avoid grains
- Do not fast
- Do not take candy before bedtime
- Fruit juice is not good
- Take a fat and protein rich snack after two or three hours
- Take breakfast immediately after waking up and no later than an hour
- Breakfast is mandatory
- Observe a carbohydrate to protein ratio of 2:1
- Eat a meal with a glycemic index below 55
Nuts, boiled eggs, protein shakes, jerky, and seeds are healthy snack options.
The thyroid gland secretes thyroid hormones that speed up or slow down the body’s metabolism. There are two major diseases affecting the thyroid gland that is hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. In hyperthyroidism, the metabolism rate increases and one might feel irritable, nervous and a rise in the pulse rate while in hypothyroidism, metabolism rate decreases which slows down activities like digestion and thinking. Thyroid dysfunction is thought to be the major cause of depression.
It’s an autoimmune disorder whereby the immune system attacks the thyroid gland thus inhibiting the production of thyroid hormones. According to Dr. Fasano, autoimmunity results from a combination of environmental triggers, intestinal permeability and genes. However, the main focus is on intestinal permeability since triggers are hard to uncover and genes can’t be changed.
In order to allay the symptoms of depression, it’s necessary to heal the gut and this begins by finding the root cause particularly deducing what causes the leaky gut and triggers. This can be done by determining the type of changes that help one feel better such as toxins.
Symptoms of Hashimoto’s disease
- Weight gain or inability to lose weight.
- Hair loss.
- Gut problems such as acid reflux and constipation.
- Depression, panic attacks and anxiety.
- Brain fag
Symptoms of depression and mood disorders
During the early stages of Hashimoto’s, the thyroid gland is attacked by the immune system then breaks down the thyroid causing an influx of thyroid hormones into the bloodstream thus leading to hyperthyroidism. Once the hormonal level goes high, it stabilizes and there’s no more production thus causing hypothyroidism.
In the late stages, one may manifest symptoms of depression, brain fag and apathy.
Thyroid conditions can imitate bipolar disorders
It is crucial for doctors and psychiatrists to figure out the root cause to avoid misdiagnoses because patients may present with symptoms of bipolar disorders or schizophrenia yet it’s a thyroid imbalance.