Gluten and Hashimoto's
One of the most important actions you can take after a Hashimoto's diagnosis is to eliminate gluten from your diet.
Research shows ninety percent of hypothyroidism cases are due to an autoimmune disease that attacks and destroys the thyroid gland. This disease is called Hashimoto’s.
Numerous studies have linked an immune reaction to gluten with Hashimoto’s. Whether it’s a gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, gluten triggers an autoimmune attack on the thyroid gland in many people. Most of these people do not even know they are sensitive to gluten.
Getting Off Gluten
The protein structure of gluten closely resembles that of thyroid tissue. When your immune system reacts to gluten, it may start erroneously reacting to thyroid tissue as well (or vice versa). This will cause the immune system to attack and destroy thyroid tissue in a case of mistaken identity.
Studies, clinical observation, and patient stories make a very strong case for the benefits of going gluten-free to better manage your Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism symptoms.
Often, patients find they feel even better if they also eliminate dairy, which can also mimic thyroid hormones.
For those serious about managing their Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, a gluten-free and dairy-free diet frequently results in profound alleviation of symptoms, if not total remission.
What Is Left To Eat?
Fortunately, there are lots of healthy, wholesome foods left to eat! At our clinic, we help our patients customize their nutrition plan so their bodies are fueled and their tummies are happy!
Ask my office for more information about implementing a gluten- and dairy-free diet.