Misconceptions and Myths of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
One of the hot topics here on the blog over the last year has been thyroid health. So many of us deal with issues regarding our thyroid, whether it’s slightly slow, hypo/hyper-thyroidism, or a full-blown autoimmune disorder like Hashimoto’s we’re all looking for ways to get it to function better. And of all the issues, it seems that many of you are struggling to find help and resources for dealing with Hashimoto’s as most doctors don’t fully understand it (or even test for it!)
When I look for answers, I often look to people who have “been there, done that”, those who have been able to deal with the same health issues and overcome them. Sometimes what they did is exactly what I need to do, and other times their ideas and theories serve as a jumping off point for me, allowing me to see things in a different light and giving me the inspiration I need to keep going. For Hashimoto’s one of the people I tend to look for answers from is Magdalena from the Thyroid Diet Coach, who dealt with Hashimoto’s herself and now lives a symptom free life.
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When she told me about her newest program, Mastering Hashimoto’s, and the FREE workshop to kick it off, I thought I better share the news so that you too can chat with someone who’s been where you are.
**Update – while the live workshop has passed, you can still listen to the replay!
Here are a few common questions about Hashimoto’s:
“I’m already off gluten, dairy and soy but…?”
But, you are still not feeling good, right?
It’s great that so many of us make these life-altering nutritional changes.
For many, however, they do not produce desired results and this is when frustration and doubt step in. If you have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and/or any other autoimmune condition, chances are that you have had digestive issues or infections that triggered this conditions a long time ago. Integrative doctors say that we walk around with Hashimoto’s for an average of 8 years before getting diagnosed. During this time, the digestive lining gets damaged by the food we do not tolerate well (see more on this below), pathogenic bacteria, yeast overgrowth (aka candida) and parasites. Any of them can be the trigger for an autoimmune condition.
So yes, gluten, dairy and soy are considered big food triggers but, for many people, there may be more.
2. “I eat really well already.”
This is one of the first sentences that I hear from people who contact me. It’s not surprising; after all, if they did not eat well and have a love and appreciation for good food and nutrition, they won’t be searching for diet and thyroid-related solutions.
There are a couple of challenges with this belief: what does “eating well” really mean? Many people would perceive, for example, protein powders, to be healthy food. In my practice I see amazing results every time I switch a person from the “miracle product” marketing claims to real, unadulterated and whole food.
However, the bigger issue is this: for people with autoimmune conditions it is not so much what we eat but what our body does with the food we eat. Take eggs as an example. They are one of the superfoods, in fact, they are so rich in nutrients that we can survive eating eggs and nothing else. However, if our body does not tolerate eggs well they become a toxic substance that will inflame the immune system even further.
Sadly, the list of “good food” that many people with autoimmune conditions cannot tolerate is long and can include dairy, corn, soy, nuts, seeds, nightshade vegetables, legumes and grains. A simple elimination diet would help reveal what food a person is reactive to. For a person with an autoimmune condition, it is of paramount importance to remove food that causes digestive distress.
3. “I lost my thyroid, is there anything that I can do?”
The short answer is: absolutely YES! I want to empower you with some understanding why that is so:
a. Even if you lost your thyroid, the meds you are taking depend on your gut and your liver for proper breakdown and absorption.
b. If you are only on synthetic T4 (like Synthroid), your body still depends on the health of your liver to convert the inactive T4 hormone to the active T3 hormone utilized by your cells.
c. If you have/had Hashimito’s Disease, you have an autoimmune condition. Why would removing the thyroid gland stop this immune mutation? This is why 50% of people with Hashi’s develop other, often far worse, autoimmune conditions like MS, fibromyalgia, lupus, RA and so many more (it’s a pandemic now).
In all three points, nutritional changes can make a huge difference. Starting with cleaning up your gut and liver to maximize the drug (like Synthroid) utilization to preventing other autoimmune diseases from developing.
Hashimoto’s can definitely be difficult to figure out, especially on your own! So if you’re struggling to heal your body make sure you don’t miss her free workshop tomorrow, November 2nd at 12PM EST. This workshop looks awesome and there are even printouts available for you so that you can work through them during the call. She also mentioned that it will be recorded, so even if you can’t make it tomorrow afternoon, get registered to get information on the recording.