Author: Josh Redd, DC

How to find the right covid-19 antibody test

Antibody testing (referred to as “serology testing” by researchers) can play a critical role in addressing the prevalence of Covid-19 in our communities. However, many antibody tests lack the specificity and sensitivity to accurately assess past exposure to Covid-19. As a result, we are dealing with much misinformation regarding the prevalence of Covid-19 throughout the […]

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Test for Gluten Intolerance if You Have Hashimoto’s Low Thyroid

Many studies demonstrate a link between gluten intolerance and Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that damages the thyroid gland, causing low thyroid instinct. This is because gluten has a similar molecular structure to thyroid tissue — gluten intolerance triggers the immune system to attack the thyroid gland. Gluten is the problematic protein found in wheat and […]

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Viruses Trigger Celiac Disease and Hashimoto’s Low Thyroid

Autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s low thyroid are a modern epidemic. Hashimoto’s is a disorder in which your body’s immune system, which normally helps defend you from pathogens, mistakenly attacks your thyroid gland, causing hypothyroidism. Current research tells us multiple factors can play a role in causing autoimmunity, including viruses — we’ve long known specific […]

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The Right Co-Factors are Necessary for Healthy Vitamin D Levels when You Have Hashimoto’s Low Thyroid

Sufficient vitamin D levels require both a healthy diet and an adequate supply of sunlight, however modern life has made acquiring both difficult. About half the world’s population and three-quarters of the US population is deficient in vitamin D, even in sunny locales. Sufficient vitamin D is vital to dampening inflammation and taming autoimmune diseases […]

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Your gut bacteria play a big role in heart disease

Bad gut bacteria put you at more risk for hardening your arteries (atherosclerosis) than smoking, cholesterol levels, obesity, or diabetes. Atherosclerosis is the leading cause of heart disease in the United States. The root cause of heart disease and most health conditions today is inflammation. This includes arthritis, diabetes, obesity, dementia, depression, and inflammatory bowel […]

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Trauma can be passed down genetically for four generations; the impact on Hashimoto’s low thyroid

Traumas that happened to your recent ancestors could be affecting your health today —new research shows “epigenetic memory” can be passed down to as many as four generations. Epigenetics is the study of factors that can switch genes on and off. These factors can have played a role in your Hashimoto’s low thyroid and that […]

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Research Links Breast Implants to Autoimmune Disease and Immune Cancer

New rules that allow patients to report health complaints related their breast implants has resulted in an explosion of reported problems. This after decades of assurance from breast implant makers that they are safe. More than 10 million women worldwide having received silicone breast implants in the last ten years and research increasingly links silicone […]

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Are your low thyroid symptoms caused by Hashimoto’s?

Have you been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and suffer from weight gain, hair loss, fatigue, depression, and other symptoms? You may have been prescribed thyroid medication, but how do you know if Hashimoto’s low thyroid is causing your hypothyroidism? Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disease, meaning the immune system attacks and damages the thyroid gland, causing symptoms. […]

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Think twice before you Roundup some more oats if you have Hashimoto’s low thyroid

When you’re managing Hashimoto’s low thyroid it’s important to avoid toxins as much as possible as they have the potential to trigger thyroid inflammation. One new thing to be aware of is oats. Even if you eat all organic, many oat-based foods such as cereal, granola, instant oats, and bars contain glyphosate, the toxic weed-killer […]

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Six happiness habits to help you manage your Hashimoto’s low thyroid

Hashismoto’s hypothyroidism requires a comprehensive approach to manage inflammation and tame or prevent thyroid flares. However, one important but overlooked inflammation buster is your general happiness, well-being, and attitude. Studies shows happiness and positivity are correlated with better health, which means better luck managing Hashimoto’s low thyroid. This is because of the anti-inflammatory effects of happiness […]

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If you have been prescribed antacids to lower your stomach acid for heart burn or acid reflux, the actual problem may be that your stomach acid is already too low. Also called hypochlorhydria, low stomach acid is a common problem in autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s low thyroid. Adequate levels of stomach acid, or hydrochloric […]

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Do you have Hashimoto’s low thyroid and feel more depressed in summer?

You have likely heard of SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, when the longer days of winter cause depression. But some people feel more depressed in summer, which is called summer SAD, or reverse SAD. While it’s unclear what causes it, Hashimoto’s low thyroid may contribute because your thyroid has trouble regulating your body temperature. Like […]

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Diet soda increases risk of dementia and stroke; avoid if you have Hashimoto’s

If you have Hashimoto’s low thyroid you’re supposed to drink diet soda because it’s better for watching your weight, right? Wrong — people who drink diet soda every day are three times more likely to develop dementia or have a stroke than non-soda-drinkers. Unmanaged Hashimoto’s low thyroid is hard enough on the brain. Don’t worsen […]

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Is work stress and “social pollution” hindering your Hashimoto’s low thyroid healing?

We know pollution from industrial life is harmful to health.  But studies show “social pollution” is proving to also be very harmful. Social pollution refers to too many work hours, lack of job security, out-of-control health care costs, chronic exhaustion, getting by in a gig economy, lack of support for parents, and never ending stress […]

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Improving your master antioxidant glutathione status to tame Hashimoto’s low thyroid

Antioxidant-rich supplements and foods will help you tame inflammation, buffer the damage from toxins, and help improve your symptoms of Hashimoto’s low thyroid, but the most vital antioxidant is the one we make on our own: Glutathione. Well known antioxidant sources are vitamins C and E, beta carotene, turmeric, resveratrol, and foods such as blueberries, […]

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Cholesterol, good fats, bad fats, and Hashimoto’s low thyroid

It’s time to let go of the belief that fat raises cholesterol. Research is clear it is fat, sugar and refined carbohydrates that cause unhealthy cholesterol and inflammation. Too much sugars and processed carbs lower good cholesterol, raise triglycerides, and create the small, dangerous particles that cause arterial plaque. These factors raise the risk of […]

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NSAIDs — know the dangers and alternatives when you have Hashimoto’s low thyroid

Chronic pain is very common — almost 50 million Americans suffer from it. Conventional medicine tells us to take NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), however, research increasingly shows NSAIDs come with many risks. It’s better instead to look for root causes of pain, especially if you are working to manage Hashimoto’s low thyroid. Many people use […]

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Chronic viruses linked to autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto’s

The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) affects more than 90 percent of people in the US by age 20, with at least a quarter of those developing mononucleosis, or “mono.” Recent studies show it can also trigger autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, Type 1 diabetes, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, and […]

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Address gut bacteria for joint pain and Hashimoto’s low thyroid

Osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease affects more than 31 million people and is the number one cause of disability. Treatment has always been aimed at pain relief but not the underlying cause. With Hashimoto’s low thyroid affecting an estimated 25 million people, perhaps you have both. Now however, new research demonstrates improving gut bacteria — […]

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Actresses Discuss Their Health Problems Related To Hashimoto’s Low Thyroid

When you have Hashimoto’s low thyroid, you may feel like you’re the only one. After all, a majority of autoimmune disorders, such as Hashimoto’s, show no symptoms. Although men can be diagnosed with Hashimoto’s low thyroid, it’s usually women who are diagnosed with the condition. Women are also ill-advised to complain, as they are considered […]

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Chemical Sensitivities Can Exacerbate Your Immune System and Hashimoto’s Low Thyroid Levels

Have you noticed that heavy perfumes, fragrances, gas smells, new car smells, car exhaust and other chemicals are making you gag, kicking your immune system into gear? Are you suffering from constant fatigue and headaches? If so, then you may be suffering from Hashimoto’s low thyroid. Many people notice that certain chemical orders are causing […]

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Hashimoto’s mom? Antacids, antibiotics and childhood allergy risks

Dealing the underlying causes of your child’s acid reflux or frequent illnesses instead of masking them with pharmaceutical drugs could save you both bigger headaches later — a new study shows antacid and antibiotic use in infancy and early childhood raises the risk of developing allergies. Children born to moms with autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto’s […]

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Use exercise to reverse aging of your heart if you have Hashimoto’s low thyroid

Aging causes muscles to stiffen, including the heart muscles. But there is something you can do — a new study showed middle aged adults who began a moderate- to high-intensity exercise program developed the heart flexibility of someone 15 to 20 years younger. High intensity interval training can also help you better manage autoimmune diseases […]

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Leaky gut of Hashimoto’s low thyroid also raises heart disease risk

Many people think of  heart disease risk in terms of cholesterol, smoking, and blood pressure. But your heart health is also highly dependent on your gut health. Digestive problems, multiple food sensitivities, and chronic pain and inflammation, are signs your gut health is endangering your heart. Poor gut health is linked with autoimmune diseases such […]

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The connection between Hashimoto’s and increased heart risk

Sometimes autoimmune disease can attack the heart tissue and cause heart disease. These people  may not have the usual risks of high cholesterol or high blood pressure. However, people with Hashimoto’s low thyroid should pay attention as having one autoimmune disease raises the risk of others, including autoimmunity to the heart.  If you have Hashimoto’s […]

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The addictive qualities of gluten and dairy with Hashimoto’s low thyroid

Scientists have demonstrated what many patients with Hashimoto’s low thyroid have discovered: Gluten, dairy, and processed carbohydrates trigger the brain to have an addictive response. Foods that are high in processed carbs and fat are the most addictive, and the most addictive foods contain cheese. Researchers dubbed pizza the most addictive. This is because these […]

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Boost your SIgA — nature’s vaccine — to better manage Hashimoto’s low thyroid

As many people struggle with the flu, talk of the flu vaccine is popular. But did you know you can  improve your immunity against not only the flu, but also other viruses, bacterial infections, yeasts, environmental toxins, food sensitivities, and even Hashimoto’s low thyroid flares? The clue lies in what scientist Aristo Vojdani, PhD labels nature’s […]

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Spore probiotics give extra boost to good gut bacteria for Hashimoto’s low thyroid

We have learned much recently about how important it is to cultivate good gut bacteria, or “gut  microbiome” in order to better manage Hashimoto’s low thyroid. Spore-based probiotic supplements have been shown to especially boost your good bacteria. “Spore” comes from the word “seed,” and spore-based probiotics deliver spores of healthy gut bacteria that germinate […]

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Don’t believe the sugar industry’s lies if you have Hashimoto’s low thyroid

An investigation published in 2018 shows the sugar industry was successful in shifting the blame for heart disease to dietary fat using skewed and incomplete science; all along they knew the real culprit was sugar. This corporate deception went on to create more than 50 years of a domestic “low-fat” nutritional policy that played a significant […]

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Avoid canola oil if you have Hashimoto’s — it worsens memory

We’ve long been told canola oil is healthy. After all, Whole Foods proudly displays it as an ingredient in all their prepared foods. But scientists have revealed a darker truth: Canola oil worsens memory and promotes amyloid plaque, a primary marker of Alzheimer’s disease. This means canola oil should be avoided by those with Hashimoto’s low thyroid, […]

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Cannibinoid receptors and Hashimoto’s — no cannabis required

Research of medical marijuana has taught us about our own endocannabinoid system (ECS) — cell receptors that play a vital role in inflammation, appetite, pain, mood, memory, and even cancer prevention. Cannabinoid receptors respond to compounds in cannabis, or marijuana, but the good news is you don’t require cannabis to activate them. Because of their […]

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Counting carbs? Look at carb density instead with Hashimoto’s low thyroid

Are counting carbs to lower inflammation, lose weight, or manage Hashimoto’s low thyroid? If so, researchers say to look at carbohydrate density instead. Carbohydrate density measures how many carbohydrates are in each 100 grams of food. Low carb density foods are better for you because they don’t raise inflammation and trigger Hashimoto’s low thyroid flares. […]

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Anemia Is A Common Roadblock to Treating Hashimoto’s Low Thyroid

For those people suffering from Hashimoto’s Low Thyroid, there is usually one course of action—an anti-inflammatory treatment plan.  This involves consuming gut healing foods and removing foods that destabilize the immune system.  However, there’s one oft-overlooked factor that causes major complications: anemia. Anemia is problematic for Hashimoto’s patients because it blocks the cells from receiving […]

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Stress, PMS and menopause, and Hashimoto’s low thyroid

Navigating female hormones is no walk in the park sometimes — between the cycling up and down each month with PMS and then throughout a woman’s lifetime from puberty, through childbirth, and then through menopause, symptoms can range from mildly troubling to incapacitating. Additionally, if you have Hashimoto’s low thyroid, life can seem doubly unfair. […]

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Study proves an anti-inflammatory diet tames Hashimoto’s low thyroid

A 2016 study showed what we have long known in functional medicine — a diet that is low in carbohydrates and inflammatory tames Hashimoto’s low thyroid. The study showed it lowered thyroid antibodies, the marker for autoimmune  Hashimoto’s. Autoimmune Hashimoto’s low thyroid happens when the immune system damages and destroys the thyroid gland. Hashimoto’s causes about […]

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Healthier alternatives to NSAIDs when you have Hashimoto’s

It’s common for doctors to prescribe NSAIDs, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, for mild to moderate pain. But this doesn’t mean they’re safe. Taken long term, especially if you have Hashimoto’s low thyroid, NSAIDS can raise the risks of numerous health disorders.  Common NSAID brands are ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and naproxen (Aleve). Celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac (Cataflam, […]

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Bust the blood sugar highs when you have Hashimoto’s

The path to chronic disease — from obesity to Hashimoto’s low thyroid — is cobbled with sugar and refined carbohydrates. It’s a slippery slope that leads directly to insulin resistance syndrome, given the right conditions, mainly being inactive and overweight. The avalanche of events that leads to chronic diseases such as Hashimoto’s happens way: Carbs […]

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Exercise upper airway muscles to combat snoring when you have Hashimoto’s low thyroid

People snore when the throat and palate tissues and muscles become too lax  when you’re  sleeping and vibrate. Studies show simply exercising these muscles can restore enough tone to significantly reduce snoring. If you have Hashimoto’s low thyroid you may also snore due to swelling of the thyroid. Increased weight gain from slower metabolism may […]

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Why female Hashimoto’s low thyroid patients opt for functional medicine

Functional medicine draws primarily women. Why? Chronic health symptoms affect more women than men and the treatment of women in the standard health care model often ranges from disappointing to dehumanizing. We hear this over and over from our patients who come to our offices with Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism. Conventional medicine lets down women with Hashimoto’s […]

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Avoid feminine products loaded with toxins if you have Hashimoto’s low thyroid

Every day millions of women and girls deliver high amounts of toxins into their bloodstream thanks to chemically laden tampons and sanitary pads. These products contain high amounts of industrial contaminants that enter the body through a highly permeable tissue — the body absorbs more toxins through the vaginal wall than through the digestive system. […]

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Do you know what’s in your supplements when you have Hashimoto’s low thyroid?

When you’re managing autoimmune Hashimoto’s low thyroid, you’ll see recommendations for supplements to tame inflammation, support adrenal health, and repair the gut. It’s important to know about supplement quality. The U.S. enjoys liberal production of and access to nutritional supplements. We can buy virtually any supplement from multiple sources either at the local grocery store or […]

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The best exercise for aging with Hashimoto’s low thyroid

Aging with Hashimoto’s means looking after your mitochondria — the energy factories in your cells. Mitochondria function diminishes as we age, however, new research shows regular bursts of high intensity exercise improve mitochondrial function. Regular exercise is a magic bullet when it comes to staying physically and mentally agile into the elder years. Any exercise is better than none, but some forms […]

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Hashimoto’s and fatty liver — the culprit is not dietary fat

  If you have Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism and struggle with excess weight or high blood sugar, your blood tests show may also show fatty liver (high liver enzymes). Although fatty liver has no overt symptoms, a liver filled with fat hinders detoxification, promotes inflammation, may increase gallstones  and increases heart attack risk. So a fatty liver means […]

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Nitric oxide for Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism

When it comes to Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, taming inflammation is the name of the game. This can be difficult because the body creates vicious cycles where inflammation keeps feeding more inflammation. This makes halting the progression of Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism difficult…but not impossible. However, we now know about nutritional ingredients that can boost anti-inflammatory efforts. These ingredients act […]

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Intermittent fasting when you have Hashimoto’s low thyroid

  Fasting has long been a normal event for humans, due either to religious reasons or lack of food. Today, people fast for health reasons using a form of fasting called intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting is becoming increasingly due to its anti-aging and health benefits. Intermittent fasting, also known as IF, integrates fasting into your everyday […]

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Gluten-free for Hashimoto’s and eating rice-based substitutes? Beware arsenic

If you’re addressing your Hashimoto’s low thyroid through diet and lifestyle in addition to medication, it’s likely you’re gluten-free and consuming rice-based substitutes. If you are eating them regularly, you may be consuming unsafe levels of arsenic. A 2017 study showed those who follow a gluten-free diet consuming rice-based products regularly showed almost twice as much arsenic in their urine compared to […]

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Got Hashimoto’s low thyroid and hemorrhoids? Here’s what to know

Hemorrhoids are an embarrassing subject but they can make you miserable. Although the issue tends to run in families, there are steps you can take to relieve and prevent hemorrhoids. When you have Hashimoto’s low thyroid, addressing root causes of hemorrhoids can also help you manage your autoimmune thyroid disease. Hemorrhoids are swollen and inflamed veins […]

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How to buffer the damage of everyday toxins when you have Hashimoto’s low thyroid

Sadly,  eating organic food and using non-toxic household and body products is not enough to keep us toxin-free when working to manage Hashimoto’s low thyroid. While those measures certainly are necessary, the truth is we are overwhelmed with unprecedented levels of toxins in our air, water, food, and environment. Numerous studies connect toxins with many health problems, including Hashimoto’s […]

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Do you feel worse on the AIP diet for your Hashimoto’s low thyroid?

Although the autoimmune paleo (AIP) diet is well known for reducing symptoms of Hashimoto’s low thyroid, some people are discouraged to find it makes them feel worse when they begin it. Why? The sudden change in foods can upset your body chemistry and expose health problems. If you have been used to consuming gluten, dairy, grains, sugars, and processed foods, suddenly going off […]

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Are you coping with Hashimoto’s low thyroid and daylight saving aftermath? You’re not alone

If you have Hashimoto’s low thyroid and are still feeling tired from daylight saving  you’re not alone. Changing the time throws a kink in the biological clock, leaving many people feeling tired for a few weeks. That one hour sleep change can cause insomnia and groggy, tired days. Scientific studies the the bi-annual time change messes with our health, […]

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Gluten is the first thing to go with Hashimoto’s low thyroid diagnosis

Low thyroid function has received a lot of attention online since the publication of Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? by Datis Kharrazian in 2009. While many considerations should be managed with hypothyroidism, the first and one of the most important is a gluten-free diet. About 90 percent of low thyroid function cases are caused by an autoimmune disease, Hashimoto’s, that destroys […]

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Is excess iron hindering your Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism protocol?

If you have Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism and hemochromatosis, it’s important to know that excess iron is very inflammatory. Consistently high iron levels can be due to a genetic condition called hemochromatosis, in which the body absorbs too much iron. Hemochromatosis is relatively common, affecting about a million people in the U.S. Symptoms may include joint pain, fatigue, heart flutters, […]

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Five ways eating more vegetables improve well-being when you have Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism

New research shows eating more fresh fruits and vegetables can improve your well-being in as little as two weeks. Previous studies show eating ample vegetables influences the health of the brain, immune system, and gut — all of which affect your mood. When you have Hashimoto’s low thyroid, this is an especially good reason to make include plenty of vegetables with […]

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Hydrochloric acid (HCl) and enzymes may help patients with Hashimoto’s low thyroid

Do you have Hashimoto’s low thyroid and also deal with acid reflux, indigestion, constipation, or feeling like there’s a brick in your stomach after you eat? Or are you on a restricted diet to manage your Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism but find you’re still reacting to an ever shrinking list of foods? If so, your digestion needs work. Many things impact digestion, including […]

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Why functional medicine lab testing is key with Hashimoto’s low thyroid

Lab testing is fundamental when you have Hashimoto’s low thyroid and use using functional medicine to manage it. Lab testing shows you the cause of symptoms, if you are headed toward other diseases, track how well you’re doing on your protocol, and help you be compliant with your protocol. There are many different types of lab tests. Examples of […]

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Why you should care about leaky gut when you have Hashimoto’s low thyroid

Leaky gut is what it sounds like — the contents of the small intestine leak through the intestinal wall into the sterile environment of the bloodstream. This triggers inflammation that can not only flare your Hashimoto’s low thyroid, but also cause other chronic disorders. Leaky gut is linked to a variety of symptoms. including: Hashimoto’s low thyroid Skin […]

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Three ways to use the placebo effect when you have Hashimoto’s low thyroid

The placebo effect is a target of scorn but research shows it has become more effective in recent years, particularly in the United States, where some drugs in clinical trials barely outmatch placebos. This is actually good news for people with Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism. Fortunately, researchers have also studied how and why the placebo effect works. By embracing the […]

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Ditch the diet sodas if you have Hashimoto’s low thyroid

Diet soda is commonly consumed because people think it’s better for them, and the soda industry spends millions of dollars to keep this belief alive. Research, however, shows a different story — diet sodas can make you fat and are dangerous for your health. If you have Hashimoto’s low thyroid, make sure to leave this chemical concoction out of […]

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High TSH? Why functional medicine is important for Hashimoto’s low thyroid function

Do you have high TSH and have you noticed the term “functional medicine” popping up more? Functional medicine is different from regular medicine in that it looks for root causes instead of just addressing symptoms. This is important to know  when managing Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, which may be the reason your TSH is high. By managing […]

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Undiagnosed gluten sensitivity and Hashimoto’s raises risk of needing gallbladder surgery

Gallbladder surgery is one of the most common surgeries today and considered almost commonplace. But did you know you actually really need your gallbladder? And that going gluten-free can considerably lower the risk of needing gallbladder surgery? This is especially true if you have Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism. Autoimmune Hashimoto’s thyroid disease causes the liver and gallbladder […]

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What you need to know if you have Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism and breast implants

Do you have breast implants and Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism? Or are you thinking of getting breast implants?  If so, take note that both silicone and saline can make you sick and may raise the risk of autoimmune disorders such as Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism. Breast implants eventually break down. They can also leak or burst. Or your immune […]

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Election recovery tips when you have Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism

Has getting through one of the most acrimonious elections in U.S. history been hard on your Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism condition? Fortunately, functional medicine offers some tips to help you rebound from the stress and improve your autoimmune thyroid condition. The election caused prolonged stress  fear, anger, and negativity in many people. These states harmfully impact the […]

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New immune trigger discovered in wheat; gluten is not the only one

You probably know someone who is gluten-free and avoiding wheat and wheat-like grains for better health. Gluten-free products have exploded on grocery store shelves. But new research shows gluten may not be the only source in wheat triggering an immune reaction. A family of proteins called amylase-trypsin inhibitors, or ATIs only make up four percent of […]

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Newer research shows cell phone cancer risk legitimate

People used to think worrying about cell phone safety was conspiracy theory or quack science. That’s not the case anymore based on new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The AAP now advises caregivers limit children’s cell phone after a large government study linked cancer with cell phone radiation. The study found exposure to radiation […]

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