What Is Hashimoto’s Disease And How Can You Help Your Thyroid?

Thyroid problems are a much more common problem than you might think. According to The American Thyroid Association, about 20 million Americans have some kind of thyroid issue … and 60 percent of those people have no idea that they have a problem. Women are particularly at risk for thyroid problems such as hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid, and their risk tends to peak around middle age.

The leading cause of hypothyroidism in people of all sexes and ages is Hashimoto’s disease. The disease is a precursor to hypothyroidism, but it isn’t the only cause. It is, however, a massive contributor, with 14 million Americans estimated to suffer from Hashimoto’s, according to Endocrineweb. Whether you’ve recently been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s or you just suspect something may be off with regard to your thyroid, here’s a little information you probably should know.

It’s an Autoimmune Disease That Affects The Thyroid

First, a little bit of background about the thyroid. Your thyroid is located near your Adam’s apple, and is part of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system directs the symphony of reactions and messages orchestrated by your hormones. The thyroid is responsible for the production of numerous hormones, so when it’s not functioning optimally, your hormonal balance will be thrown out of whack.

In a person with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune reaction causes the body to attack its own thyroid. The reasons for this are unknown, but Hashimoto’s is particularly prevalent in middle aged women and people who’ve been subjected to abnormal amounts of radiation. However, people of all ages and sexes have been known to develop Hashimoto’s.

Autoimmune diseases cause widespread inflammation in the body. Inflammation can manifest in a number of health problems, as can hormonal imbalance. Some of the symptoms of Hashimoto’s are joint pain, depression, muscle stiffness, excessive tiredness, hair loss, pale skin, menstrual disorders, constipation and unexpected weight gain, according to the Mayo Clinic. The effect of this autoimmune attack is that the thyroid becomes under-productive, resulting in hypothyroidism.

It’s Diagnosable

Fortunately, Hashimoto’s is pretty easy to detect. Doctors can test for two factors: hormone levels and white blood cell count. Abnormal hormonal levels are a signal that Hashimoto’s is pronounced and has affected the sufferer’s ability to produce hormones, while a high white blood cell count is a clear sign of autoimmune response.

It’s a Medical Condition That Should Be Treated

If you have Hashimoto’s, it’s important to work with your doctor to treat the problem. Unfortunately, many people with severe thyroid problems find that they will need to remain on hormone replacement therapy for the rest of their lives, as ignoring the deficiencies can only make problems worse. Don’t attempt to treat Hashimoto’s on your own.

Instead, work with your doctor to develop a care routine (if necessary), and then start partaking in gentle, non-invasive and healthy practices to help coax your thyroid back into good health. If your disease is not extremely advanced, your doctor may advocate for a “watch and see” approach to your thyroid issues. If this is the case, now is the time to supplement your program with these gentle practices.

There Are Gentle Ways to Supplement Your Care Routine

So what are some of the healthy practices that can boost your thyroid health? First, as inflammation is at the core of many thyroid problems, you will want to remove inflammation-causing foods from your diet and try to rebuild your gut health.

Dr. Axe recommends removing foods containing sugar, gluten and dairy. Even people who do not have Celiac disease experience a mild inflammatory response to gluten, as it is notoriously difficult for the body to digest. Dairy is similar in this way. Try removing these foods from your diet while adding in gut-healing foods such as vegetables and fruits.

You’ll probably also want to make an effort to eat more probiotic-containing foods, such as sauerkraut and kombucha. Simultaneously, eat a varied diet containing prebiotic foods that will feed those gut bacteria (such as onions, sweet potatoes and leafy greens).

Finally, hormones are very sensitive to stress. Add self-care practices such as calming baths, massage, yoga, meditation and visualization into your daily routine. Learning how to manage your stress levels will be a key component in the healing process. As you clean up your diet and learn to manage stress more effectively, you may start to see your thyroid and hormonal health improve right alongside the program you’ve figured out with your doctor.

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Jack Y4 months ago

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Jim Ven2 years ago

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Marie W2 years ago

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Quanta Kiran2 years ago

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Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

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Helga Ganguly2 years ago

My husband is 5' 7". He weighs about 145. He weighed about 128 and wore child's 20 when we married-hey-cheaper! Sometimes on sale sore $1 for pants and shirts. No kid wants to wear it. No 24 year old man notices it. I cut the size label out. He's matured to a 32 inch waist. He had his cardiac stress test today since he had a stent put in place and a stroke and the doctor said the stent was completely clear. It's been 10 years. My sister's husband had the same thing done and they live a very structured life. It's based on their schedule and training and diet since he had his heart stent 6 years earlier. No one ever handed me a diet to follow for him. If he eats more salt or reaches for another helping of rice, I speak up. We eat fresh fruit several times a day. But my legendary 12 qt pots of Sambhar and Iddli are real and frequent.And all they have is 2 tbsp of olive oil.So that doctor needs to learn to listen. But I gave him 2 chances.The 3rd time his nurse passed a message on to me to eat less fatty foods. Yeah. Next time I'll leave out the olive oil. and add suet. The Dr. assumes I eat all day. I had squash and rice and oranges and pumpkin and grilled cheese today. Real cheese. Tillamook.

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Debbi -.
Debbi -2 years ago

I heard about Hashimoto disease years ago but have never known anyone with it. At least it's treatable.

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