You might be familiar with Hashimoto’s thanks to Sarah Wilson, TV personality and founder of I Quit Sugar, who has battled this condition and is successfully managing it naturally.
Hashimoto’s is actually one of the most common causes of underactive thyroid, or Hypothyroidism, and it’s certainly on the rise in my experience. So what is it, and what should you do if you suspect you might be suffering from it?
What is Hashimoto’s Disease?
Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune condition where the immune system becomes confused and starts to attack the thyroid gland. This leads the thyroid to produce less thyroid hormone, often to the point where synthetic thyroid hormone replacement needs to be taken.
What causes Hashimoto’s Disease?
Basically, no one knows, but there are a lot of likely suspects. Recent research suggests one possible cause could be the increasing number of chemicals and toxins in our modern environment, while other studies suggest bacteria, infections, a parasite in the gut or the Epstein Barr virus could be to blame. Another likely trigger is the high stress of daily life that is so often a factor in thyroid diseases.
Symptoms of Hashimoto’s Disease
The problem with Hashimoto’s is you might not notice the symptoms right away, as it typically progresses slowly over several years. The main symptoms include fatigue and difficulty losing weight. People suffering from Hashimoto’s feel the cold more, and often experience constipation, depression, dry skin, brittle nails and hair loss, as well as menstrual and fertility issues.
Natural therapies for Hashimoto’s
Doctors treat Hashimoto’s by prescribing thyroid hormone replacement medication, but this only treats the symptoms and not the cause.
Natural remedies for Hashimoto’s Disease focus on supporting thyroid function, while working to ‘turn down’ the autoimmune response which is attacking the thyroid. It is a complex process that involves balancing your immune system while supporting healthy thyroid function with diet, lifestyle and natural medicines.
While your Naturopath can guide you through this process, there are a few things you can do for yourself to start to heal.
The first step is to get a blood test so that you know what you are dealing with – make sure it includes TSH, T4, T3, antibodies and if you are under high levels of stress, reverse T3.
Next, the best thing you can do for yourself is to take a look at your diet. We recommend our modified elimination diet as the first step in reducing foods that may place a strain on your gut and your immune system. It involves ruling out gluten and dairy, processed foods, additives and preservatives, as well as alcohol, caffeine and sugar.
Finally, it’s important to balance your immune system with natural medicines such as specific probiotics, herbal medicines, practitioner-strength Zinc and Vitamin C, while Fish Oil can work to reduce inflammation associated with autoimmune conditions.
If you want to know more about how our Naturopaths can help treat Hashimoto’s, you can call to book a free 15 minute chat with a Naturopath on (02) 4961 4075.
Do you want to find out how natural health can help treat your thyroid condition and discover some of the super foods to eat and diet principles to follow to help balance your immune system?
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