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.
Remove foods that trigger Hashimoto’s flares
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.
The Hashimoto’s low thyroid diet calms inflammation
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.
The rewards of feeling better outweigh the downsides of the Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism diet
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.
Supplements to enhance detox diet
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.
Foods to avoid on the Hashimoto’s low thyroid diet
- Sugars and sweeteners, including honey, agave, maple syrup, coconut sugar, etc.
- High-glycemic fruits: Watermelon, mango, pineapple, grapes, canned and dried fruits, etc.
- Tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplant, and other nightshades
- Grains: Wheat, oats, rice, barley, buckwheat, corn, quinoa, etc.
- Dairy: Milk, cream, cheese, butter, whey
- Eggs or foods that contain eggs (mayonnaise)
- Soy: Soy milk, soy sauce, tofu, tempeh, etc.
- Lectins: Lectins are compounds that can promote leaky gut. Avoid nuts, beans, soy, nightshades, peanut oil, peanut butter, and soy and soy products while on the diet. You may be able to add some or all back in later.
- Coffee: For some coffee over taxes the adrenal glands. Many instant coffees contain gluten.
- Processed and canned foods
Foods to eat on the Hashimoto’s low thyroid diet
- Most vegetables (except nightshades and mushrooms): Asparagus, spinach, lettuce, broccoli, beets, cauliflower, carrots, celery, artichokes, garlic, onions, zucchini, squash, rhubarb, cucumbers, turnips, watercress, etc. Eat with every meal!
- Fermented foods: Sauerkraut, kimchi, pickled ginger, fermented cucumbers, coconut yogurt, kombucha, etc. You must make your own or buy one of the few available truly fermented brands. (If you have histamine intolerance you may need to avoid these.)
- Meats: Grass-fed and organic chicken, turkey, beef, bison, lamb, etc., and wild fish
- Low glycemic fruits sparingly: Apricots, plums, apple, peach, pear, cherries, berries, etc.
- Coconut: Coconut butter, milk, cream, oil
- Herbal teas, non-stimulating, non-caffeinated
- Olives and olive oil
- Ghee (butter oil) unless severe dairy allergy
How to learn if you have Hashimoto’s low thyroid
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.
About Dr. Josh Redd, Chiropractic Physician — Utah, Arizona, New Mexico functional medicine
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.