Eliminating Gluten, from the Diet can relieve many symptoms and potentially cause a complete remission of Hashimoto’s. Even if blood testing does not reveal Gluten sensitivity, simply eliminating Gluten for 3 weeks will help decide if Gluten sensitivity is present.
In addition, eliminating other foods that include Soy and Dairy may be necessary. A good Functional medicine approach will include testing for multiple Food sensitivities. Once those foods are identified, eliminating such foods can result in remission of Hashimoto’s.
Eliminating toxins like Mercury, Lead, Fluoride and Chlorine from water by eating organic foods, filtering water and eating detoxifying foods can help heal the Thyroid.
Stress inhibits the conversion of T4 to T3, increases Cortisol levels, increases Inflammation and lowers Testosterone levels. It is very important to address Stress to effectively treat Hypothyroidism.
Chronic stress causes Adrenal fatigue which reduces Immunity and the ability to cope with stressful situations. Therefore it is advisable to adopt methods of relaxation (Meditation, Yoga, Breathing exercises) that can reduce Stress and Anxiety.
Exercise & Sauna
Having an Exercise regimen that causes profuse sweating, stimulates Thyroid hormone secretion and increases the sensitivity of tissues to Thyroid hormones. Steam or Sauna baths, promote sweating which is a great way to flush out those pesticides (Organochlorines) and PCB’s which are stored in the fat tissue.
These toxins lower the T3 levels, which further decreases BMR (Basal Metabolic rate) and the ability to burn Fat. Detoxification eliminates these toxins, decreases their impact on T3 leading to more fat loss.
Nutrition & Supplementation
- Nutritional deficiencies (Protein, Mg+, Vitamin B12, Zinc, Iodine, Vitamin B2, Vitamin C, Selenium, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Iron, Tyrosine, B vitamins) can cause oxidative damage to the thyroid which produces antibodies against its own thyroid tissue. Maintaining adequate nutrition by eating the right kind of foods is crucial
- Protein, Magnesium, Vitamin B12 and Zinc are required for TSH activity
- Iodine, Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) and Vitamin C are required for T4 production
- Selenium is required for conversion of T4 to T3. (Selenium is present in Brazil nuts, Smelt, herring & Scallops)
- Vitamin D & Vitamin A are required for the binding of T3 to the receptor on the nucleus of every cell in the body (Vitamin A is present in Dandelion, mustard and dark leafy greens)
- Omega 3 fatty acids decrease Inflammation, increase Immunity, increase production of T4 & T3 and enhance Thyroid hormone uptake by cells
- Eating an Organic, whole foods diet will provide all the above required nutrients
- Thyroid boosting foods that contain Iodine are Seaweed, Sea vegetables. Fish (Salmon and Sardines) contain Iodine, Omega 3 fats and Vitamin D
- Avoid foods containing Gluten, GMO Soy (Genetically modified)
- If there is associated Adrenal fatigue due to Chronic stress, adaptogenic herbs (Siberian Ginseng, Rhodiola) can help the patient feel much better
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