How Do You Treat Hashimoto’s?

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Patients with Hashimoto’s, which is approximately 90% of all people with Hypothyroidism, tend to have the regular load of hypothyroid symptoms, along with

and more.

In this post, I’m going to cover ways in which you can treat, manage and help your Hashimoto’s and its symptoms. There is no cure for Hashimoto’s, but it can be put in to remission; basically, antibodies lowered and kept more under control and better managed.

How Do I Know If I Have Hashimoto’s?

You can find out if you have Hashimoto’s by completing two blood tests: TPOAB and TGAB. If they are over the range, Hashimoto’s is diagnosed.

More info about what Hashimoto’s is can be found here.

If your doctor will not conduct these tests, you can order them yourself here (for Europe) and here (for the US).

Gluten and More 

One of the first things you may want to think about if you have Hashimoto’s, is going gluten-free and free from other problem-causing foods, too.

Going gluten-free at first was really confusing for me, but it’s easy once you know what you’re doing. You soon become accustomed to it and do it without even thinking. Check out my easy ‘How-To’ article here.

A lot of people find going gluten-free helps their Hashimoto’s in terms of brain fog, fatigue, muscle aches and pains, and helps lower antibodies.

Gluten sensitivity (common with Hashimoto’s) is different to Coeliac Disease, in the way that you are generally diagnosed with Coeliac Disease if you have an intolerance to gluten, with symptoms of diarrhoea, bloating, bad wind etc. and positive testing for Coeliac’s, but a sensitivity can mean symptoms such as increased fatigue, swinging lab results (also swinging symptoms in feeling hypo one day and hyper the other), goitre, swelling in the throat, aches and pains, brain fog and poor gut health, even with negative Coeliac Disease testing.

In addition to gluten sensitivity, you may also be sensitive to other proteins including grains, such as rice, quinoa, and corn.

Other people may also react badly to dairy, soy, nightshades and even eggs.

Soy and goitrogens are also big ones for having thyroid inhibiting effects.

It’s always worth going completely free of any of these for three or more months to check if you do indeed have a sensitivity to them.  See if you notice any difference or any symptoms after consuming them. It could be hours or a day later, but does it make you feel extra tired or give you acid reflux? Keep a food diary and try an elimination diet.

Some people go Paleo or implement the AIP and say this helps with their management of hypothyroidism/Hashimoto’s, too.

A lot of you won’t like this next one, but avoiding/eliminating caffeine is also an important consideration. Caffeine can interfere with your metabolism and place stress on your adrenal glands.

Gut Health

Hippocrates said: “All disease begins in the gut”

Your gut is home to your immune system, so when you heal and balance your gut function, it can improve your immune function too. Stress and an imbalance of gut flora can lead to a leaky gut. I have experience with Candida (yeast overgrowth) and leaky gut. Addressing this played a big part in getting my health back from Hashimoto’s.

Supplements 

As having Hashimoto’s means having possible damage to your gut lining, loss of absorption from vitamins and minerals can also occur. Because of this, there are many that you may wish to supplement. These include B12, D (always take with Vitamin K), Selenium, C, zinc, iron etc. Probiotics and Prebiotics are often recommended to help maintain a healthy gut.

Selenium has also been shown to help lower thyroid antibodies, as has Vitamin D.

Infections

It is also be worth checking for infections anywhere in the body from the mouth to the gut, and treating them appropriately. From mouth ulcers to tooth infections and H Pylori, they can all affect gut health and overall health and wellbeing.

Toxins 

You should try to sweat toxins out on a daily basis. If you don’t do this a lot normally, try physical exercise, hot baths (detox baths with a cup of Epsom Salts to draw out toxins) and saunas. If we don’t sweat enough, we don’t get rid of enough toxins.

Westlab Epsom Salt Resealable Stand Up Pouch, 1 kg – Pack of 1

Many sources say to avoid fluoride, so you may wish to avoid this where possible. Fluoride is seen as a toxin.

Beauty Products 

Organic beauty products tend to be best, so try to go for them where you can. A lot of people live by ‘if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin’, with the idea that what we put on our skin ends up in the body anyway.

If you have Hashimoto’s then you are more likely to have dry skin conditions, break-outs, rashes, hives etc. especially if your thyroid levels are not optimal and you are not absorbing vitamins and nutrients correctly (see above about a damaged gut and absorption). You can try the oil cleansing method like I have.

Bowel Movements 

You should address any constipation or diarrhoea, and be sure to be going to the toilet regularly to be flushing toxins out your body that way, too. Everyone should drink at least two litres of water a day.

Optimal Thyroid Hormone Levels 

Make sure you’re on the right thyroid medication for you, and that your levels are optimal

This doesn’t mean simply falling ‘in range’, but being in the place within the range, that you feel best.

To get your levels right, you may need to switch medication type (with the guidance of a doctor, obviously). A lot of patients have low Free T3 levels when on T4-only medication like Levothyroxine or Synthroid, as they fail to covert it to T3. So they do better when adding in T3 to their T4, switching to T3 altogether, or switching to natural desiccated thyroid. It’s about finding what works best for you. We’re all different. You should work with your doctor to do this if needed.

Adrenals

It’s not only crucial to make sure your thyroid levels are right, but also your cortisol levels.

Having high or low cortisol can wreak havoc and cause a lot of similar symptoms to hypothyroidism. Read more here.

You can do a 24 hour saliva cortisol test, testing 4 key points throughout the day, to test your adrenal function. Once you know if you have highs, lows or a mix, you can work on addressing it, and in turn, getting rid of some of those other pesky symptoms.

The adrenal glands are also part of the endocrine system, like the thyroid, so they work together. You need to look after both. After all, the body relies on both of them to do so much.

Spend time outside, find ways to destress regularly and spend time with people who make you happy. These things will help your adrenals to remain healthy. Avoid as much stress as possible.

Blood Sugar 

Blood sugar imbalances are also common for those who have adrenal fatigue (though it is more accurately referred to as hypothalamic-pituitary axis dysfunction). If you feel a low blood sugar moment, eat protein and not sugar. Eating sugar will only make it worse.

Sex Hormones 

Many thyroid patients also have oestrogen dominance. Addressing this was another huge piece of my own thyroid health jigsaw puzzle.

You can try to avoid using plastic to store food and drink, as plastic used over time can disrupt hormones. There has also been some controversy on antibacterial products, such as soaps, that use triclosan, so many sources say to avoid using them.

LDN

Due to Hashimoto’s being an autoimmune disease, LDN can be beneficial for those with Hashimoto’s by reducing high antibodies, stopping the progression of the autoimmune disease or even reversing the disease. Besides improving endorphin production, LDN can also help reduce inflammation and encourage healing.

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Read about how I got my Hashimoto’s in to remission here. 

What have you found to help manage your Hashimoto’s?

You can click on the hyperlinks in the above post to learn more and see references to information given.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3066320

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Written by Rachel, The Invisible Hypothyroidism

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