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Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

We have learned that in cases of Hashimoto’s ( Autoimmune thyroid disease) – as with all autoimmune conditions the problem is in the immune system not the thyroid.
Autoimmunity may be triggered by food sensitivities and nutrient depletions.
Some nutrients are essential to thyroid function, while others are required for proper immune function, gut and adrenal function, so a depletion may be affecting thyroid function directly or indirectly.
Appropriate nutrient supplementation can be helpful in not only improving symptoms but also reducing antibodies toward the thyroid itself and improving thyroid function.
What are some of the causes for nutrient depletions?
Commercial farming practices with synthetic fertilizer use and pesticides which can reduce the nutrient content of our foods.

Food processing can strip away nutrients from our grains.
Additionally, high carbohydrate diets, oral contraceptives, antibiotics and acid suppressing meds can impact the type of bacteria that we have in our digestive tracts. The good bacteria in our guts are responsible for extracting vitamins from our foods.

Acid reflux is very common in our American society. And acid-suppressing meds suppress stomach acid which is necessary to break down foods, especially proteins. So when one takes meds to block acid production you are starving your body of essential nutrients and amino acids.

I have seen people start to turn around Hashimoto’s disease by removing gluten and processed foods from their diet.
Wouldn’t you rather make dietary changes vs be on a lifelong medication to support your thyroid? I believe the bulk of you will answer yes.

How does lack of nutrients Affect Your Mood?

As you can imagine diet and nutrition can have a huge impact on our moods and our well being.
We truly are what we eat or don’t eat. For instance water soluble B vitamins are very important for our brain and overall health. Water soluble means we urinate them out, so they need to be replaced often. In todays society with most of us being overweight, over stressed and fatigued and eating poorly – we turn to our doctors for help. Unfortunately a lot of Drs. prescribe prescription meds with out looking for the root cause of the illness.
For instance proton pump inhibitors – such as Nexium, Prilosec etc. These are often prescribed for heart burn. No specific work up is done to look for the cause and then the patient is put on a medication that is now possibly increasing our risk of dementia, osteoporosis and bowel infections.
One reason we believe these meds may contribute to dementia – is that they suppress stomach acid, which blocks the absorption of B12 from our foods.
B12 in particular – is needed to make red blood cells, and is used in the production of the lining of nerve cells. B12 works to protect the brain, and nervous system. It regulates rest and mood cycles and keeps our immune system functioning properly.
Severe B12 deficiencies can lead to depression, memory loss and paranoia, as well as possible brain shrinkage and dementia.
Please talk to your Dr. or even better – a functional medicine practitioner about better ways to treat heart burn and improve your mood.

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

The gut is 15 -20 feet long and has been called the second brain because of it similiarity to the brain. The gut houses 95 % of the serotonin in our bodies, this chemical is also found in our brains. Additionally the gut houses over 100 million nerve cells. The gut is a hollow tube that starts at the mouth and ends at the anus. It is lined with cells that have tight junctions that open and close to allow food particles to reach the blood stream. The lining acts as a selective barrier to allow the right form and type of particles to enter. If toxins or foods damage these tight junctions then you have a “leaky gut” which allows food proteins, parasites, and harmful bacterial to enter into your blood stream that should not be there. Once in the blood stream the immune system reacts to attack these particles since it is not recognizing them as safe. With continued exposure to these substances you can increase your risk of developing autoimmune diseases. This is where the immune system gets confused and starts attacking itself such your joints, your thyroid etc.
Some things that can damage the gut lining and lead to leaky gut include gluten, ibuprofen and also antibiotics if used too frequently. Additionally chronic stress, infections, alcohol and overgrowth of bad bacteria can also be triggers.
With better education on nutrition of what to eat and what to avoid you can protect this very important organ. Doing so will although you to live a healthier and more comfortable life.

Gluten – Why are we hearing so much about it?

The reason you are hearing so much about gluten – is in part due to the science of agriculture and genetic modification. The genes in the seeds have been altered to make the crops grow bigger, and more resistant to disease. The problem for our bodies is that wheat now contains altered proteins that are not natural to the plant. Once in our bodies the protein is hard to digest which can lead to digestive symptoms such as bloating, heart burn and gas. What is more scary – we now have evidence that these modified proteins can cause immune reactions in the gut that can lead to autoimmune disease.
One very common autoimmune disease is Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism. I have seen first hand in my practice – patients developing antibodies against their thyroid – the definition of an autoimmune process. Once I advise that they give up gluten for 1- 3 months their numbers start to normalize. Granted they may complain about the challenges of a gluten free or gluten reduced diet – but I tell them it is their decision to make. I tell them they can feed their bodies differently and possibly avoid the need to take life long thyroid medication.
My goal is to help educate people on how to eat better in our current world. I tell them – I wish we did not have to avoid foods that we have eaten our whole lives and enjoy. But today’s reality is that many of these foods are leading to chronic disease. The proof is in the pudding, when people stop or reduce gluten they feel better.

How to get a good nights sleep?

In today’s competitive world, sleep is more of a luxury than a necessity. Sleep is important for the well being, both emotionally and physically for an individual. Insufficient sleep or no sleep has long lasting health and psychological disorders. If you have been experiencing insomnia, it may be due to a number of factors, including stress, anxiety or depression. In order to address your sleep problem, it is best to consult an experienced psychologist who can help you change your behaviour, manage feelings and emotions that may interfere with your sleep.

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Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

We have learned that in cases of Hashimoto’s ( Autoimmune thyroid disease) – as with all autoimmune conditions …

How does lack of nutrients Affect Your Mood?

As you can imagine diet and nutrition can have a huge impact on our moods and our well being. We truly are what we eat or …

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

The gut is 15 -20 feet long and has been called the second brain because of it similiarity to the brain. The gut houses 95 …