The thyroid gland sits at the base of your neck and is responsible for the production of hormones that help to regulate your metabolism. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, or Hashimoto’s Disease, is an autoimmune disorder characterized by the body attacking its own thyroid tissue. The result is hypothyroidism, or low functioning thyroid, which not only slows down your metabolism, but can have downstream negative implications on your cardiovascular and digestive systems.
Hashimoto’s Disease is the most common cause of hypothyroid among women in America and is 7 times more common in women than in men. This can be identified on a full thyroid panel by looking to see if thyroid antibodies are present. Typical dietary management here include elimination of gluten and other food sensitivities, repletion of nutrients that play a role in thyroid hormone production, and controlling the overactive immune system.
In Functional Medicine, it is believed that the development of chronic conditions, such as autoimmunity, begin in the gut. While you may have a genetic predisposition to something, which is like having a loaded gun, whether or not you pull the trigger of that genetic gun depends largely upon lifestyle factors (toxin exposure, stress, food choices) as well as the level of gut permeability (or “Leaky Gut”) you may have. Two of the three factors are manageable, so adopting a focus on nutritional and lifestyle therapy is helpful to managing Hashimoto’s.
Symptoms of Low Thyroid Include:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feeling cold all the time
- Coarse, dry hair
- Thinning hair
- Menstrual irregularities (lack of period, irregular periods, or abnormally heavy periods)
- Decreased libido
- Fluid Retention
- Weight Gain
- Fibrocystic breasts
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
- Feeling of rapid heart-beat or skipped beats
- Elevated homocysteine
- Galactorrhea (being able to express milk without being pregnancy or actually lactating)
Nutritional Therapy Discussions Include:
- The importance of the gastrointestinal tract on the management of autoimmunity
- Ways to optimize your bacterial ratios in the GI tract
- Foods to help “heal and seal” the gut
- The role of stress on the body
- Therapeutic foods to incorporate
- Foods to avoid for symptoms relief
- Targeted nutritional supplementation
What are the Suggested Lab Tests?
- LEAP MRT Food Sensitivity Test
- SpectraCell Micronutrient Panel
- SpectraCell Cardio-Metabolic Panel
- Diagnostics Solution GI-MAP Stool Analysis
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