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.