Hashimotos Thyroiditis and Selenium Supplementation
Greetings, friends. I’m Nik Hedberg, and today’s Hashimoto’s tip of the day is selenium supplementation. Selenium is really a thyroid antioxidant, and it’s involved in the activation of thyroid hormones. It’s very important. Selenium was also looked at in one study, at it’s effects on thyroid antibody levels, and so they gave the subjects selenium supplementation. They monitored their antibody levels for about three months. They found that selenium supplementation significantly reduced their thyroid antibody levels. They also found that the subjects reported an improved sense of overall wellbeing and a better mood.
It’s really important to understand the type of selenium to take because there is the risk of toxicity. I recommend selenomethionine. That’s the best. That’s the safest form of selenium, and there’s very little risk for toxicity. The amount of selenium that you take, and that they used in the study, was about 200 micrograms a day. You don’t need more than that. That’s a safe and effective dose of selenium. Of course, you want to discuss this with your , but selenium is really the most important supplement you can take if you do have Hashimoto’s. I hope you enjoyed Hashimoto’s tip, and I will see you next time. Take care.
Hashimotos Thyroiditis and a GlutenFree Diet
Greetings, friends, I’m Nik Hedberg, and today’s Hashimoto’s tip of the day is going on a gluten free diet. One of things we know about not just Hashimoto’s, but many autoimmune diseases, is that there’s a connection between eating gluten and either triggering or perpetuating the autoimmune disease. Gluten is a protein found in a variety of grains, like wheat, barley, rye, oats, spelt and it’s in many, many packaged foods. It’s hidden in a lot of places and people don’t know that they’re getting any exposure.
One of the best things you can do if you have Hashimoto’s is to go on a gluten free diet. Removing gluten from the diet will do a few things. Number one, one of the things that happens with autoimmune disease is that people develop what’s called leaky gut syndrome, and gluten can contribute to leaky gut. By giving up gluten, it allows your digestive system to heal and that should reduce inflammation and really help with the autoimmune condition. The second thing it does is that you’ll see improvements in antibody levels. So, in some cases, you will see their thyroid antibody levels come down significantly.
The third thing is just improvement in symptoms. A lot of the symptoms of Hashimoto’s are things like fatigue, inability to lose weight, hair loss, constipation, cold hands and feet. A lot of symptoms that many people deal with, with Hashimoto’s, get much better on a gluten free diet. That’s our Hashimoto’s tip of the day. Hope you enjoyed it, and we’ll see you next time.