So, back at Easter-time, I found out I had the autoimmune disease, Hashimoto’s, which is the most common cause (90%) of hypothyroidism cases. My antibodies were crazy, at >1300, and going gluten free has been reported to help control antibodies/lower them, as well as help relieve hypothyroid symptoms, by many sources (Dr Kharazzian, STTM, Hypothyroid Mom etc.)
Well, I said I’d give it ago.
It’s been fourteen weeks. Three and a half months.
The verdict? It did nothing at all for me! Nada. Diddly squat.
I was going to phase going gluten free in, but I decided to go full cold-turkey and just stopped gluten on Good Friday, going gluten free from then on.
I really hoped that it would help my on-going slight fatigue (which is the only hypo symptom i have left now), but it didn’t, which I feel a bit disheartened about, but this does seem to be improving with magnesium malate and vitamin C supplementation. On the other hand, it does mean that if gluten free makes no difference for me, then I can go back to a simpler life in terms of eating out and eating round other peoples’ houses.
But let’s be serious; Dr Kharrazian has stated before that you can trigger the effects of being gluten-sensitive at any time, so I could see the effects of eating gluten later on in life. This I am aware of and will be keeping a close eye on. He mentioned it in his seminar that I watched for the Healing Hashimoto’s summit, held June 13th-20th 2016.
I also haven’t retested my antibodies, so there’s no way of knowing if being gluten free helped that either.
However, a lot of hypothyroid patients do state that going gluten free helps them with symptoms such as fatigue and brain fog, and although a lot of others also claim that it doesn’t help them, it is worth bearing in mind that going gluten free has others benefits anyway, whether you have Hashi’s or not. I’d say it’s always worth a try. I’m glad I tried it. it is helping many thyroid patients worldwide. Just google ‘thyroid and gluten’ and you’ll get loads of evidence come up.
A friend of mine’s functional medical practitioner said that by cutting out gluten, it helps the body, as our bodies have not evolved to tolerate gluten very well. He said that it has only been around for about 400 years, and as years go by, processed foods and gluten are increasingly sensitive to our bodies. More so if you have an autoimmune disease, so even if we don’t see an effect by going gluten-free, it implicates autoimmunity massively. This is due to proteins in gluten being similar to thyroid enzymes and confusing our body, so it can lead to increased antibodies.
I can’t tell you how true that is, as I don’t know personally, but it is an interesting thought.
Anyway, I’m going to go and eat some cheesecake, pastries and pasta now (I joke, obviously).
EDIT: I have since gone gluten free again, to much better effect. Please read about this, here.
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Written by Rachel, The Invisible Hypothyroidism
Rachel is a Thyroid Patient Advocate and Expert with Six WEGO Award Nominations, a highly ranked writer appearing in the Top Hypothyroidism Websites and Top Thyroid Websites 2018. Currently studying to become a Life Coach, she has worked with The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, The BBC, The Mighty, Dr. Hedberg, Thyroid UK and ThyroidChange, to name just a few. She is well recognised as a trusted and useful contributor to the thyroid community and has relevant qualifications and certificates in Diet and Nutrition, Reflexology, Motivational Speaking and Positive Thinking.