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. There is a protein in gluten called gliadin which very closely resembles the thyroid gland. (1) The problem
with this protein is that when it 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. For someone with leaky gut (which happens to be most people with an autoimmune condition) these proteins may be recognized as foreign invaders. (2) The body will then make antibodies to these proteins, by the IgG branch of the immune system. This happens to be the same part of the immune system that mediates thyroid antibodies. 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. When your sugar levels are out of whack, it can also spike thyroid antibodies. (3) The issue with blood sugar imbalances is that many people will consume large amounts of carbohydrates to feel better. This adds fuel to the fire. In fact, Researchers in Poland reported that 50% of those with Hashimoto’s disease also had an impaired tolerance to carbohydrates. 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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- Chris Kresser (2010) The Gluten-Thyroid Connection
- Izabella Wentz (2015) Going Dairy Free to Reverse Hashimoto’s
- Izabella Wentz (2015) Blood Sugar Imbalances And Hashimoto’s
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