It’s estimated that 13.4% to 38% of the population is affected by Hashimotos, making it the most common autoimmune disease in the U.S. but also the world. One in five women experience this autoimmune condition throughout their lifetime! The most common way to remedy this is through prescription medication, or synthetic hormones, that must be maintained for life!
In this episode, we’re going to talk about why so many people are affected by underactive thyroid and Hashimotos and how you can support yourself naturally.
Hypothyroidism happens when the thyroid is under-active and becomes swollen. The most common cause is an autoimmune condition called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. This is when the body starts to create large amounts of inflammation that attack the thyroid and wears it down.
Common symptoms of Hypothyroidism are cold hands and feet, weight gain, diminished fertility, lack of appetite, depression and fatigue. If you struggle with Hashimotos or an underactive thyroid, you’re not alone. While most people are often put on prescription medicine that must be maintained to regulate hormone production, that doesn’t have to be the end-all be-all for you. In our practice, we have seen people immensely improve their thyroid health through diet and other lifestyle changes–and that’s why we’re discussing 3 ways to support your body so that you can strengthen thyroid health.
The liver is the number one detox pathway in the entire body but sadly, the majority of americans’ drainage pathways like the liver and gallbladder are not working properly.
Your liver works tirelessly for you, every second of every day. It filters blood and toxins that we come into contact with whether that be from environmental toxins or chemicals from conventional products or food.
When you don’t support your liver with healing foods, it becomes sluggish and can not optimize detox. It’s crucial to support your liver so that it can remove toxins that wreak havoc on the body. And it’s even more crucial for those with an autoimmune condition due to their higher than average toxic load.
To help support your liver, move away from processed foods and processed personal care products. This means no more bad fats and fake foods. Instead, boost iodine through natural sources like seaweed and kelp. Boost selenium in your body with brazil nuts, sardines, halibut, eggs, spinach, turkey, and chicken. And of course, switch from conventional perfumes, shampoos, styling aids and synthetic fragrances to all-natural, healthy products.
The number one way to support your adrenals is by getting some good ole’ fashioned sleep! Rest up! No more action movies or crazy thrillers at night. Instead, try reading a book or journaling before bed so that you can get the best sleep possible.
Check out these articles on our blog to learn how to get the best sleep possible:
The gut plays a huge role in all autoimmune conditions, and it’s no different when we’re talking about the thyroid. Trans Fats, gluten, conventional dairy, and processed foods are all foods that compromise the integrity of the gut lining, allowing for food particles that are not fully digested to pass into the bloodstream which causes an autoimmune reaction.
Eating the right healing foods will help support and build that good gut lining foundation for high nutrient absorption and thyroid support. Opt for wild-caught fish, bone broth, coconut oil, olive oil, low sugar fruits, and fermented foods. Avoid foods in the goitrogens category which block the body’s ability to create thyroid hormones. These include cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, brussel sprouts, chinese cabbage, and kale. If you absolutely love these, steam them to take most of the bad stuff out.
This episode mentions…
Hashimoto’s Protocol by Isabella Wentz
The 30-Day Thyroid Reset Plan by Becky Campbell