Hey, guys. axe here, of functional medicine and founder of draxe . today i’m going to share with you the three steps you need to follow to overcome hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s disease, and I’ll go through the top diet, supplements, as well as natural treatments to do so. So the first thing you’ve got to do, we’ve got to know what causes hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s disease. And to be honest, 90% of hypothyroidism is an autoimmune form of.
Hashimoto’s disease. that’s where your body is autoimmune. it is attacking itself, which is causing issues with the thyroid. Hippocrates is famous for saying, All disease begins in the gut. And so I believe if you have a thyroid problem, a big part of that is starting in your gut, and it can be caused by a condition called leaky gut. So, if you’re going to fix your thyroid, you’ve first got to fix and heal leaky gut. We’re going to do that, again, with diet, supplements, and.
Then removing toxins from your body. So let me talk about diet and why this is so important. When you have leaky gut, what can happen is the holes in your intestines become larger, and particles like gluten can get through. This is why a lot of people with thyroid issues will notice, if they go on a glutenfree diet, they will notice immediate results with their thyroid. So diet wise, the first thing you’ve got to do is remove those things that are causing inflammation.
Of your gut and the things that are causing more autoimmune responses within your body. So I recommend going glutenfree and overall grain free for a period of time, for a total of 90 days, and glutenfree just long term period. But gluten is one of the biggest culprits. So again, if you’ve got hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s disease, go glutenfree to start is so important. Also, look for other foods that can act like gluten in your body or that cause gut inflammation. Regular grains are one of them, especially if they’re not sprouted.
Or fermented, like ancient grains were. then also, just other foods. fast foods, too much sugar. Excess sugar in your diet will undoubtedly cause inflammation of the gut, which then, in turn, will cause some of those thyroid issues. The best diet to follow if you have hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s disease is a diet that’s high in vegetables, fruits, as well as things like bone broth and organic meats. These are the things that are easiest for your body to digest. That’s what you want to focus on, is letting.
Your system rest and doing things that are easy on your gut and your entire body, if you want to heal the thyroid. So the type of diet you should be trying to follow is something very similar to what’s called the GAPS diet. Again, it’s an ancient diet that’s full of fruits, vegetables, organic meats. So doing things like bone broth soup is fantastic, as well as also eating some probiotic rich foods, like a yogurt that’s been fermented for 24 to 29 hours, as well.
As ancient, fermented dairy products like kefir. those probiotic rich foods can really help support the healing of the gut. So again, if you want to know more about a hypothyroidism diet, what I would do is recommend looking up things like the Leaky Gut Diet and GAPS diet, and those are the sort of diets you want to follow for thyroid issues. Now, the second step in helping heal and repair your thyroid is getting specific nutrients.
And supplements, and there are three main supplements you should consider taking. the first one is a supplement that has selenium. Selenium has been shown to help regulate the hormones T3 and T4 in your body. So selenium is an essential mineral for really supporting thyroid function and for balancing out thyroid hormones. So selenium is the first one you should take. The second supplement is called ashwagandha. Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb that’s.
Hashimotos Thyroiditis and Iodine Supplementation
Greetings, friends, im nik hedberg and the hashimotos tip of the day is iodine supplementation. A very, very controversial topic, so lets stick with what the research shows because thats the most important thing, especially when were talking about iodine. One of the things we know about iodine is that if you give iodine to someone with Hashimotos, the research shows that this will increase what we call lymphocytic infiltration into.
The thyroid gland and increase activity. What that means is that in Hashimotos, there are lymphocytes sort of attacking the gland, so to speak, and this causes inflammation. And we know that if we give iodine to someone it increases that attack, that activity and the inflammation. This is why well see antibody levels skyrocket and the patients symptoms get much, much worse. Im of the school of thought that we avoid iodine supplementation in Hashimotos.
Because there is a risk of increasing inflammation and destruction in the gland. Some multiple vitamins have small amounts of iodine, somewhere around 150 to 200 micrograms. I havent seen that to cause any problems. Its the much higher doses that people are using, 6 milligrams, 12.5 milligrams, 25 milligrams, 50 milligrams, very, very high doses of iodine and I recommend that you stay away from that and be very safe when youre dealing with iodine and Hashimotos.