There are many toxins in the environment which can trigger an autoimmune disease. The body’s ability to handle these toxins is crucial in getting into Hashimoto’s remission. The major known toxins are fluoride, triclosan, BPA, phthalates and parabens.
Fluoride was once used as a treatment for thyroid patients because it suppresses thyroid function, but now, patients are advised to steer clear of fluoride products because of its link to the autoimmune disease.
Triclosan is also a toxin associated with the thyroid disease. BPA, parabens and phthalates are endocrines disruptors or triggers of Hashimoto’s. They often cause direct damage to the thyroid gland by suppressing its activities. They are known to interfere with the body’s hormones by mimicking estrogen which makes the body more estrogen dominant. This eventually leads to a thyroid condition and an autoimmune disease.
Considering all these facts, it is vital that priority is given to pathways that get rid of toxins. Detoxification is recommended in order to clear the toxic build up in some major organs; which will ensure smooth absorption of nutrients. The patient can start with soft liver detoxification which prepares the body for healing. Starting with intense detoxification is not recommended since it will only exacerbate the symptoms.
Gut permeability or a leaky gut
Food sensitivities can cause a leaky gut, and the converse is also true. Food sensitivities, digestive enzymes and nutrient deficiencies, infections, stress, imbalance of gut flora and being in a catabolic state are all core issues to a leaky gut.
The recommendations for healing a leaky gut usually include eliminating trigger foods that aggravate the condition, and observing particular diets like the FODMAPS diet, the SCD diet, the paleo diet and the Body Ecology Diet. A complete healing of the gut also includes the elimination of other underlying factors like infections. This is done by treatment to halt the vicious cycle which may cause a recurrence.