Hashimoto's is an autoimmune disease in which antibodies attack the thyroid tissue. While many think that this is just a thyroid disease, the whole body is affected.
Symptoms vary in each individual; however common symptoms include:
-Sensitivity to cold
Doctors typically diagnose this by a full thyroid panel. This tests TSH, free T3, reverse T3, Free T4, and TPO antibodies. Those with Hashimoto's typically have hypothyroidism and elevated TPO antibodies.
From here, doctors typically treat their patients with thyroid medication and retest thyroid levels every 6 months to a year based on the individual.
While everyone's needs are different, these are the most common foods that harm and foods that help Hashimoto's.
Foods to avoid:
-Gluten: mimics the thyroid tissue, when in the blood stream the body recognizes this as a foreign substance and attacks.
-Dairy: mimics the thyroid tissue, when in the blood stream the body recognizes this as a foreign substance and attacks. -Bad Fat Oils (canola, vegetable, etc.): Highly processed and high in omega 6 fatty acids. This increases the inflammatory response associated with Hashimoto's.
- Processed Sugar: Pro-inflammatory, flares autoimmune diseases, causes hormonal imbalances, and harms good gut bacteria.
Food to Include:
-Ginger: a potent anti-inflammatory that has similar properties to pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory drugs.
-Turmeric: rich in curcumin, a potent anti-inflammatory.
- Seaweed: rich in iodine, helps thyroid function.
- Salmon: rich in omega 3 fatty acids, reducing brain fog and inflammation.
- Pineapple: rich in thiamine (B vitamin), helps increase energy.
Other helpful tips:
- Use clean non-toxic skin care products. You can test yours or find good ones on the ewg database.
-Drink lots of water
-Eat balanced meals- protein, fiber, healthy fat
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