By Josh Redd, DC on December 28, 2016
Do you have Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism and are you ready for a health reboot this new year? The autoimmune diet calms Hashimoto's inflammation, stimulates recovery, repairs leaky gut, and boosts well being.
Many foods can trigger Hashimoto's low thyroid flares as well as cause fatigue, rashes, joint pain, digestive issues, headaches, anxiety, depression, and more.
Most people with Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism react to gluten, dairy, different grains, eggs, nuts, or nightshades. Sugar, sweeteners, and sweet fruits can also trigger autoimmune thyroid flares.
People wonder what there is to eat on this diet. Luckily, there is still plenty to eat. In fact, the Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism diet more closely resembles what people have eaten for most of human history.
The diet is based on grass-fed and organic meats, wild fish, healthy fats, fermented foods, and plenty of vegetables. Eating ample veggies will develop good gut bacteria, detoxify the liver, and improve your tolerance for a wider variety of foods.
Healthy fats to eat include coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil, and ghee (if tolerated). Avoid processed vegetable oils and strictly avoid hydrogenated oils, or trans fats.
While the Hashimoto's low thyroid diet is more work than fast food or microwave meals, the rewards are worth the effort. Couple this with a trip to a wellness center for hashimoto's disease, this diet will help you better manage your Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism.
This Hashimoto's low thyroid diet requires planning and preparation. In the beginning, you may experience cravings, lower energy, and symptoms of detox. Online support groups can be very reassuring and helpful.
However, most people soon experience an increase in energy and well being and lessening of Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism symptoms.
Follow the diet for 30 to 90 days. At that point, you may add in some of the eliminated foods — one at a time every 72 hours — to see whether you react. Through trial and error you can customize a diet for life that is healthy but satisfying. Many with Hashimoto’s low thyroid find being at least gluten-free and dairy-free diminish symptoms substantially.
Certain supplements can aid in your diet and Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism management. Supplements can help with liver detoxification, gut repair, blood sugar balance, and stress handling, all of which can help manage your Hashimoto's low thyroid. Just call my office for advice.
Many patients are not diagnosed with hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s until after several years and going through several doctors. It is a demoralizing journey richly illustrated in my book The Truth About Low Thyroid: Stories of Hope and Healing for Those Suffering With Hashimoto's Low Thyroid Disease, through real-life stories from patients in my practice. Managing Hashimoto’s goes far beyond using thyroid medication as you must work to stop the immune system from attacking the thyroid. For more information on identifying and managing Hashimoto’s low thyroid, contact my office.
Dr. Joshua J. Redd, DC, MS, DABFM, DAAIM, author of The Truth About Low Thyroid: Stories of Hope and Healing for Those Suffering With Hashimoto's Low Thyroid Disease, is a chiropractic physician and the founder of RedRiver Health and Wellness Center with practices in Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. He sees patients from around the world who suffer from challenging thyroid disorders, Hashimoto's disease, and other autoimmune conditions. In addition to his chiropractic degree, Dr. Redd has a BS in Health and Wellness, a BS in Anatomy, and a MS in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine. He speaks across the nation, teaching physicians about functional blood chemistry, low thyroid, Hashimoto's, and autoimmunity. You can join his Facebook page here.