Although uncommon, taking thyroid hormone will lessen antibodies attacking the thyroid. For people to feel their finest quality, TSH should range between 0.5-2.0. Taking thyroid hormone relieves the thyroid because it over processes nutrients in an attempt to produce more hormones yet it is under attack. Thyroid hormone also alleviates the inflammation, even in thyroid-antibody positive people with normal hormone levels; hence your thyroid won’t have to overwork.
Levothyroxine (trademarked Synthyroid) contains T4 hormone but some people may also need to be medicated T3-thyroid hormone (Cytomel) to help with weight, hair and brain fog. The solution is combining T4-T3 or exclusively T3. Such can be made from naturally available medication or compounded medication in compounded treatment by the pharmacist.
There are many treatment options that can be formulated by a doctor who is well studied concerning thyroid hormones.
The Cause of Hashimoto’s
Hashimoto’s is caused when the body produces antibodies against the thyroid (it considers it as an invader) and attacking it. Consequently, the thyroid becomes destroyed and cannot produce thyroid hormone. Some of the causesare food allergies, depletion of nutrients, infections and toxins.
Research done shows that changing some aspect of your diet can be a remedy. For example transitioning to a gluten free diet can relieve some symptoms. It can also be proven that shifting your lifestyle can change how you become affected with side effects.
Research by Dr. Alessio Fassano provides three alternatives to managing Hashimoto’s; finding out what are the triggers, intestinal permeability and the right genes. Up to now it is impossible to reverse autoimmune reactions using genes, and has to be done by examining your intestinal permeability and identifying your triggers.
However, do not expect to feel healed right away as much has to be done in reviewing intestinal permeability and triggers. Several intervention measures alongside some supplements can help to heal your gut and immune deficiencies.
Two inexpensive antibody tests exist, the thyroid peroxidase antibodies (TPO) and thyroglobulin antibodies (TG) tests. The tests can show high levels, ten to fifteen years, before noticing any changes in the TSH. In normal circumstances, TPO antibodies are below 35 while TG antibodies are below 20. However, one should ensure to look at the reference range before going through any of the tests.
Statistics show that about 20% of patients have these antibodies. Upon experiencing symptoms, it is important for a person to take necessary action before medication. This prevents further damage to the thyroid. Early symptoms prevention ensures the avoidance of unnecessary medication in future. Therefore, one should always take the tests. Prevention of other autoimmune conditions is also necessary.
Free T3 and Free T4 Test
The T3 and the T4 are thyroid hormones found in a person. Normally, their levels should be within the reference range (upper half). The levels of thyroid hormones in the body can indicate the presence of a thyroid disorder prior to the other antibody tests. In some cases, a reverse T3 test can show an underactive thyroid where other lab tests missed. The reference ranges can vary but it’s vital to ensure that it is not elevated.
What if one is outside the Normal Range?
If there is a deficiency in thyroid hormones, the above situation occurs. The patient should take medication to stabilize the condition. For patients with Hashimoto’s, a gluten free diet is necessary. Gluten free diet also reverses celiac disease.
In molecular mimicry, the immune system identifies a foreign substance and takes its protein structure. The system then looks for cells with similar structure and attacks. These substances can occur in a pathogen resembling a thyroid or gluten.
Will Doctors Diagnose Hashimoto’s immediately?
Before a correct diagnosis, sometimes it can take up to 20 years. However, there is a possibility of getting the right one immediately. Women’s diagnosis with hashimotos’ occurs during postpartum. Failure can lead to postpartum psychosis and postpartum depression.
There is a strong connection between both Type I and Type II diabetes and thyroid disorders. Approximately 30% of people with Type I Diabetes also have autoimmune thyroid disease. The risk of thyroid disease increases to almost double in people with diabetes yet about 10-20% of the general population have thyroid disorders.
Typically, patients with Type I and Type II Diabetes have low thyroid function due to unknown thyroid problems. Patients suffering from thyroid disorders and Hashimoto’s are also at risk for dysglycemia or diabetes.
Studies have shown that if one has an autoimmune disease, they are likely to develop another.Hashimoto and Diabetes Type I are autoimmune diseases. Dr. Allesio Fasano described the three things that must be present for an autoimmune disease to manifest which include intestinal permeability, genes and environmental triggers such as infection and toxins. If these factors are removed, the disease progression can be slowed down or stopped completely.
What’s causes these issues?
If someone has a leaky gut, they are at risk for getting foreign bodies and improper contents in their circulation. Apparently, this condition is present in all autoimmune diseases hence anyone with an autoimmune condition should focus on getting rid of intestinal permeability. Removing environmental triggers like nutrient deficiencies and food sensitivities may help one get into remission.
These problems are common in patients with diabetes and thyroid disorders like Hashimoto’s. Most people with Type II Diabetes have low T3 levels and this may lead to altered carbohydrate metabolism since they break the equilibrium. Thyroid hormone has both anti-insulin and pro-insulin effects on different organs.
When the body has low thyroid hormone levels, it will produce more insulin to maintain normal blood sugar levels. Studies show that 50% of patients with low thyroid hormone have impaired carbohydrate metabolism. All diabetic patients should have their thyroid hormone levels evaluated such as by having TSH test.
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.