Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

Hashimoto's disease, or clinically called Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system turns against the body's own tissues. In people with Hashimoto's, the immune system attacks the thyroid. This can lead to hypothyroidism, a condition in which the thyroid does not make enough hormones for the body's needs.  The thyroid is a key player in proper metabolism.

The most noticeable symptom of hashimoto’s is a goiter, which is a signal of the swelling of the thyroid and is visible as swelling of the neck under the adam’s apple.  Other symptoms include weight gain, fatigue, paleness or puffiness of the face, joint and muscle pain, constipation, inability to get warm, difficulty getting pregnant, joint and muscle pain, hair loss or thinning, brittle hair, irregular or heavy menstrual periods, depression and slowed heart rate.  Hashimoto’s is easily tested for by a doctor with a simple blood test.

Because hashimoto’s is believed to be a hormonal imbalance problem,many doctors will give you medication to help treat the disease.  However, as more research shows autoimmune starts in the gut, dietary changes can have a huge impact on thyroid function in general.  Detoxing can have a huge impact on general organ function and is a great way to reset yourself for rebuilding your health.  Foods high in iron, magnesium, selenium, zinc, vitamins A, B-12, D and omega-3’s are all great for your thyroid.  High quality proteins, especially powdered, are important as your body will not be able to properly utilize all of the nutrients from your food.  Variety of fruits and veggies is important, as well as quality fats.  Foods to add would be avocado, coconut oil, chia, flax, berries, bone broth, vegetable proteins.  Adding a high quality probiotic and kombucha tea and other fermented veggies can also be beneficial.  Spirulina, nuts, seeds, and B vitamin complexes will also benefit you.  

Avoid dead foods such as foods high in white sugars, breads, pasta, chicken, pork, ready-to-eat meals, canola oil, corn oil, fructose, etc.  Wheat, table salt, soy, aspartame and unsaturated oils are absolute thyroid poisons, and really negatively affect other areas of the body.


Resources:
http://www.webmd.com
http://www.mayoclinic.org
http://thescienceofeating.com/