Hashimoto’s Disease And Nutritional Therapy
If you have received a Hashimoto’s diagnosis, then you were probably told that you have a problem with your thyroid gland and the solution is to take a thyroid pill— for life. Hashimoto’s specialist alongside nutritional therapy looks at this differently.
Using a functional medicine principles, the nutritional therapy sees Hashimoto’s not as a thyroid gland issue, but as an autoimmune disease. If we can address and turn off the underlying triggers of the autoimmune process, then we can reverse Hashimoto’s disease.
What is Hashimoto’s Disease?
Your thyroid is a gland that is small and shaped like a butterfly in your neck. It is responsible for several hormones such as triiodothyronine (T3), and thyroxine (T4) and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH).
Thyroid hormones are responsible for body temperature, metabolism, brain and growth development, how fast your heart beats and for other body functions.
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis also known as Hashimoto’s disease, is an autoimmune disease in which the immune cells of the body damage the thyroid gland and result in its chronic inflammation.
Over time, this reduces the thyroid’s ability to make hormones, and leads to a gradual decline in function and eventually an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism).
What is Hypothyroidism and how it linked to Hashimoto’s Disease?
Hypothyroidism is when not enough thyroid hormone is being produced, this can be due to the body attacking the thyroid cells (autoimmune conditions such as coeliac disease, type 1 diabetes or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis), radiation therapy of the head & neck area, some medications including lithium which is used to treat psychiatric conditions.
Almost 90% of Hypothyroidism is caused by Hashimoto’s disease.
Who is at risk of getting Hashimoto’s?
Hashimoto’s disease is more common in women than men. The disease more often develops in women ages 30 to 50. However, Hashimoto’s may occur in children and teens.
These factors may contribute to your risk of developing Hashimoto’s disease:
- Gender, as women are much more to get Hashimoto’s disease
- Middle age, between 30 to 50 years
- Having other autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes or lupus
- Exposure of excessive levels of environmental radiation
What are the symptoms of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis?
Many people with Hashimoto’s disease have no symptoms at first. As the disease progresses, you may have one or more of the symptoms of hypothyroidism or presence of goitre.
The following symptoms may also be present with normal thyroid function tests and also once the antibodies have triggered damage that shows with raised TSH levels.
Symptoms may include:
- Fatigue and sluggishness
- Depression or anxiety
- Poor brain function, low concentration or memory
- Unexplained weight gain
- Trouble tolerating cold
- A puffy face
- Enlargement of the tongue
- Pale, dry skin
- Brittle nails
- Dry, thinning hair or hair loss
- Heavy or irregular menstrual periods or fertility problems
- Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness
- Joint pain and stiffness
According Hashimoto’s specialist, the triggers of developing Hashimoto’s Disease are?
These below triggers are the key areas that lead to Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, as well as other autoimmune diseases. In my clinical practice, working as Hashimoto’s specialist, I discovered that Hashimoto’s disease can be reversed once all of these areas are addressed.
Triggers may include:
- Gluten or other food sensitivity
- Dietary proteins
- Nutrient deficiencies
- Blood sugar imbalance
- Gut health, leaky gut
- Chronic infections
- Estrogen dominance
LIFESTYLE & ENVIRONMENT
- Emotional stress and adrenal fatigue
- Lack of rest
- Not enough sun exposure and Vitamin D deficiency
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Drug use
- Living near petrochemical environment
- Air pollution
- Heavy metals
- Synthetic pesticides
- Viruses such as Epstein-Barr virus, Cytomegalovirus, Herpes-virus-6, Hepatitis C
- Bacteria such as H pylori, Candida albicans, Toxoplasma Gondii, Yersinia Enterocolitica
To diagnose Hashimoto’s requires various testing, but first intake forms and detailed medical history should help determine which testing is necessary.
Full thyroid panel (THS, FreeT4, FreeT3, Reverse T3), thyroid antibodies such as Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPOAb) and Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TgAb), inflammatory markers and key micronutrients for thyroid function.
- Comprehensive Stool Test
- Mould test
- Toxic Metal Test
- Environmental Pollutants Test
How I can help you as nutritional therapist, Hashimoto’s specialist
We are all different in genetics, lifestyle and eating habits. Nutritional therapy approach to healing process is by examining the individual lifestyle, diet, genetic factors that are unique to you, and looking for underlying triggers or root causes.
I have specially designed an Autoimmune Protocol that may help you get to the root cause of your symptoms. As Hashimoto’s specialist I packed The Autoimmune Protocol with step-by-step resources that will allow you to deal with the root causes and support your immune system.
The Autoimmune Recovery Programme focus on:
- Start healing the gut by identifying the foreign substance or infection that is permeating the gut and causing it to attack itself.
- Focus on the blood sugar balance as imbalance can lead to systemic inflammation, hormone imbalances and immune flare ups.
- Trying an elimination diet (Autoimmune Paleo Diet) that would eliminate anti-inflammatory foods that may be causing sensitivity.
- Optimising Nutrient density. Micronutrient deficiencies are common in autoimmunity, therefore the elimination diet focus on including nutrient-dense foods to help your body to heal and support immune function.
- Work on the environment you live by removing environmental toxins or chemicals that can be causing the issue.
- Providing stress management techniques to learn how to cope with stress