Diet plays an integral role in every aspect of health, so it only makes sense that there is a specific diet for Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Specific dietary strategies can greatly reduce symptoms, and even possibly eliminate the need for medications. Food is just one of the things we can take control of. It’s up to us to decide what we feed our body. If you suffer from Hashimoto’s dietary choices are even more important. I am going to share a Hashimoto diet plan with you to help get you on the right track with your thyroid health.
The Importance of Diet
Diet is not only important when you suffer from an autoimmune disease but in every other area of your health. When you make healthier dietary choices, you are less likely to suffer from certain health conditions. When you eliminate your known trigger foods, autoimmune conditions have the potential to go into remission.
With Hashimoto’s disease, eliminating your food triggers is such an important piece to healing from this condition. The last thing you want is to add more inflammation to your already inflamed thyroid.
Let’s take a look at the Hashimoto’s diet I recommend as well as some of the dietary changes I recommend all people with Hashimoto’s make.
Diet for Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
While no one diet fits all, the diet I recommend my clients following when dealing with Hashimoto’s disease is a Paleo style diet. This dietary approach removes many of the commonly consumed inflammatory foods which allows the overactive immune system time to settle and the thyroid to heal.
A Paleo style diet works so well because it removes many of the foods that don’t mix well with this autoimmune thyroid condition. Let’s look at these foods more closely:
Gluten is something that absolutely should be removed from the diet when dealing with Hashimoto’s
disease. Gliadin is a protein found in gluten which happens to resemble the thyroid gland once ingested. This is where problems come in with those who suffer from thyroid disease. When this protein passes through the gut lining and into the bloodstream, the body attacks this protein. Not only is the immune system on a path of destruction for gliadin, but for the thyroid as well.
Another problem with gluten is that the immune system can respond to gluten for up to 6 whole months after consumption! This is why it’s so important to completely eliminate gluten, and not just reduce it. With a Paleo diet, gluten is completely out of the question.
Another food item eliminated from this Hashimoto’s diet approach is dairy. One of the many issues with dairy is the fact that cow’s milk contains different proteins than the proteins found in human milk which can be a huge issue for anyone who suffers from digestive issues which a large majority of those with autoimmune disease do. An immune response can be triggered by these foreign proteins and cause chaos in the body. When dealing with Hashimoto’s, it’s a good idea to eliminate dairy. Eliminating dairy can help heal the gut and the immune system at the same time.
A Paleo style diet urges you to eliminate all processed and artificial sugars. This is great news for those with Hashimoto’s as sugar does not work well when trying to heal from this condition.
One of the many reasons sugar should be out of the question is the concern for balancing your blood sugar. Anyone who is looking to reduce or even eliminate Hashimoto’s symptoms will need to work hard to balance their blood sugar. The issue with blood sugar imbalances is that many people will consume large amounts of carbohydrates to feel better. When you consume carbs to try to boost your energy levels, you may be causing your blood sugar to spike too suddenly at the same time.
It’s a vicious cycle you do not want to be a part of. This is where the Paleo diet comes in. By following this Hashimoto’s diet approach, you will be consuming fewer carbohydrates and more protein, and healthy fat to keep your blood sugar levels steady throughout the day.
You will learn how to manage your blood sugar levels by using food as fuel. It’s amazing how quickly many people feel better with simple dietary modifications.
Addressing your dietary choices is a huge part of overcoming Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. By working with a functional medicine practitioner who has extensive experience in thyroid health, you can start your own Hashimoto’s diet to start the healing process.
It all starts with the foods we choose to eat, so the sooner you balance your diet, the faster you can balance your health and get well!
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I know exactly where you are because I’ve been there myself…I remember being so tired that I could barely function. I gained 30 pounds out of nowhere and had a severe case of brain fog. I also started to get severe anxiety and panic attacks. I was driven and motivated…until I wasn’t. I didn’t know what was happening to me. All I wanted was to get my life back…
Finally, I learned about functional medicine and found a practitioner that I hoped could help me. They ran specialized tests that were far different than I had ever had before. When I got the results back, it turned out I had candida, parasites, high cortisol, the Epstein Bar Virus and many food intolerances. I also had an issue with my thyroid that no one found before because they were using the conventional medicine lab ranges which are way too broad….which I now know is one of the leading causes of hypothyroid misdiagnosis.
I went through treatment of all of these things and it completely changed my life. I immediately lost the 30 pounds I had gained plus more, I had a lot more energy, and my brain fog was gone. I felt amazing and knew that I wanted to help people find the underlying causes of their symptoms and disease.
- Chris Kresser (2010) The Gluten-Thyroid Connection
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