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.
Medication taken in the right dosage together with a healthy diet and application of other interventions is necessary and can produce satisfying results. However, some individuals can reduce their medication intake and in some cases do away with it completely.
Proper medication dose
Commencing proper medication usually works best when the person accompanies it with a change in lifestyle. It makes a person feel comfortable. For instance, medication that boosts the person’s thyroid hormone production makes them feel good if previously there was low production. The medication is advantageous for a thyroid that is underactive, and when the person identifies the primary cause and treats it, he/she can do away with medication.
Things that one should know about their medication
- Regular doctors only treat thyroid symptoms by giving out medications rather than treating the root cause of the problem.
- About 97% of individuals taking thyroid medicines usually have Hashimotos’, nevertheless not all of them know about it.
- When there is a failure to treat Hashimotos’, the person becomes weaker in the long run, gains mass, experience memory loss, hair loss, puffy face and their general life becomes sluggish.
- Life increasingly becomes difficult as the body experiences pain, generating mood swings and depression.
- The person’s (woman) fertility is at risk as well as pregnancy and can cause miscarriages, baby deformities (given birth by mothers having poorly treated Hashimotos’).
- Hashimotos’ symptoms manifest even more when neglected; the more the lack of treatment, the more one exposes him/herself to worse symptoms and in rare cases, death.
The right medications
It is a prodrug containing T4 that is then converted to the highly active T3 thyroid hormone. Recent research has shown that people who take synthroid medication feel it is the best.
- Combination medications
The T3/T4 medication is an example and the person needs to obtain the ratio that is specific to his or her body. The person therefore needs to find a compounding pharmacist to know the right ratio.
Gluten- free foods are usually high in sugar, making them a huge risk for blood sugar than gluten. People that choose a gluten-free diet end up getting all the gluten free junk foods and this reduce Hashimotos’ symptoms but worsen other symptoms because of the imbalances in the blood sugar levels.
Therefore, the person should eat a real-food diet, doing away with bread made of rice flour, and switching to that made of almond flour. Almond is a good source of fats and proteins and does not shoot up the blood sugar level, unlike the rice flour bread. Alternatively, the person can stick to a Paleo-like diet instead of a gluten-free diet.
A good breakfast is that which does not turn the body into a blood sugar rollercoaster but rather stabilize the blood sugar levels. Therefore, the person can opt for eggs with avocado for breakfast, or beef hash instead of gluten-free foods like potato, corn, or rice. These gluten-free foods are starchy and affect the blood sugar levels in a negative way that inhibits diabetes and Hashimotos’ control.
Blood sugar swings
It is common in people having diabetes and hypothyroidism and as a fact, the type I diabetes is life threatening. A study in Poland reported that 50% of individuals with hypothyroidism have blood sugar problems. It implies that consuming carbohydrate foods increases the levels of blood sugar leading to the immediate release of excessive amounts of insulin. Such levels of insulin release cause low blood sugar, triggering anxiety, fatigue, nervousness, and lightheadedness.
Blood sugar swings weaken the immune system causing an inhibition to the adrenal’s potential to control the blood sugar swings. In the end, hormones of the adrenals run out causing a malfunction. The adrenals will therefore not have the ability to regulate body inflammation leading to an upregulation increase of the autoimmune attack on the thyroid. Regulating the blood sugar can prevent an autoimmune attack.