Do you suspect you have Hashimoto's?

October 23, 2016

 

Are you on thyroid medications and diagnosed having Hashimoto’s? Being on thyroid medications doesn't particularly decrease this autoimmune condition except on lab tests, because drugs only suppress symptoms, not treat the underlying cause. Autoimmune diseases are rampant in this country due to lifestyle, stress and food choices. In the case of Hashimoto’s, the autoimmune condition destroys thyroid tissue and hormones stored in the gland flood the bloodstream. This is shown as an excess of thyroid hormone (TH). Even though you would think having an excess of TH in the bloodstream would manifest itself as hyperthyroid, having too much in the system wreaks havoc. 

 

What is an autoimmune (AI) disease anyway? This term has now been thrown around like the next fad like gluten free, skinny jeans and Pokémon Go. However many Americans suffer with autoimmunity issues. There are about 80 recorded autoimmune diseases. The body deals with autoimmune diseases in different ways throughout the body. Some autoimmune conditions are manifested through the skin, bowels, gland or organ dysfunction. Psoriasis, eczema, celiac, lupus, arthritis, and even vitiligo are all common diseases resulting from the body attacking itself. Because the body is constantly under attack, the immune system is over taxed resulting in being hypersensitive to multiple factors. 

 

Testing for Hashimoto’s can be negative, even if you present most of the symptoms. Hashimoto’s also fluctuate week to week, so you can be presented as “normal,” on a blood panel. If you suspect you have Hashimoto’s and have been tested as negative, consume foods like dairy and gluten; wheat, spelt, kamut, triticale, barley, rye, grains and oats. These can flare up most autoimmune conditions resulting in a positive blood test. 

 

 

Some triggers of Hashimoto’s are:

  • gluten intolerance

  • estrogen surges

  • insulin resistance

  • PCOS

  • low Vitamin D

  • environmental toxins

  • chronic infections

  • inflammation

  • genetics

  • stress

 

 

Stress in all cases, suppresses immunity, promotes immune imbalances, weakens and atrophies the thymus, and can thin the layers of the gut, brain and lungs. In the case of gluten, the body sees this as a huge stress on the system. The molecular structure of gluten so closely resembles the thyroid that the mistaken identity of undigested gluten slips into the bloodstream. The immune system response to gluten can last up to 6 months after each ingestion. This weakened intestinal tract from a poor diet now creates inflammation which causes a red alert to to the immune system thus attacking itself. In some cases, the immune system can be so worn out, that the total number of antibodies being produced is low- which can show a false negative on a blood screen. This is why the complete and 100% removal of dairy and gluten is so vital. Even a little splurge can set someone with Hashimoto’s back. If you rolled in poison oak once a day or once a week, wouldn’t the result be the same? 

 

Having sufficient Vitamin D levels help keep the immune system balanced. Found in grass fed/ pasture raised liver, organ meats, lard, seafood, butter, egg yolks, and adequate sunlight are all sources of day to day options. Avoid ergocalciferol (Vitamin D2), but instead cholecalciferol (the absorbable form of Vitamin D3). You need more Vitamin D if you have darker skin and/or live more north of the equator. Keep in mind that a poor diet, gut permeability, adrenal stress and higher fat on the body can lower your Vitamin D status and raise your overall body inflammation.

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