Autoimmunity is most likely to be experienced by someone in an environment with toxins. Research has shown that 81% of the children exposed to Chernobyl at some stage suffer from thyroid antibodies. The numbers are quite huge.
Toxicity has become common especially to people living around petroleum plants and factories that manufacture chlorinated and brominated compounds. Also, nuclear wars and radiation are a contributing factor. In as much as people cannot do anything about the toxicity, it affects their thyroid. They however can help the liver detoxify.
Initially, fluoride was added in toothpaste and water so as to reduce cavities. Fluoride suppresses the effect of cavities as a result of eating a lot of processed foods, sugars and eating an imbalanced diet.
A majority of the countries in Europe consider fluoride a drug and hence they do not add fluoride into the water. Research conducted shows that thyroid issues are more rampant in areas where fluoride has been added to the water and toothpaste.
Since tap water already has fluoride, it is recommended to get an osmosis filter to do away with some fluorides. Fluoride is harmful since it can lead to inflammation, bind thyroid receptors, and suppress thyroid functions.
Personal Care Products
Toxins are also present in personal care products. Thyroid immunity has links with triclosan and a couple of parabens are associated with endocrine disruptors. It would be healthier if people switched to organic products for beauty if they cannot beauty detox. There is more harm than good.
Applying anything on one’s skin, means it definitely gets into their blood stream. Research shows on average a lady uses 12 cosmetics and personal care daily that amounts to a total of 168 chemical ingredients.
How to remove toxins
Now that the toxins are there, how does someone get rid of them? There are some nutrients and vitamins that help such as methylfolate that help methylate the toxins in human bodies. Drinking lemon water in the morning is also helpful since it boosts the liver’s ability to detoxify. Eating broccoli and drinking smoothies are the simple things that could go a long way in detoxification.
MTHFR genes show that there is one or two copies of gene mutation. It leads to methylation impairment. The body will then be incapable of activating Vitamin B sources such as B12, B6 and B5 including folate; the vitamins that are responsible for energy production. This implies that one’s body will have a problem detoxifying heavy metals, which trigger autoimmunity.
If one has MTHFR gene, it is advisable to take a methylated version of folate and vitamin B. In case they are genetically predisposed and this acts like their trigger, they should balance the folate levels correctly. It is recommended that they test their levels of homocysteine, that at times is linked to heart issues and clotting of blood.
They should avoid any synthetic folate versions, folic acid, and processed foods. These are mostly bread and multivitamins.
If one has been taking supplements and has been adhering to a better diet and still their thyroid and gut issues are not fading away, they should shift the focus to infections.
Blastocystis hominis is an infection that has been found among most patients with Hashimotos’ and chronic Epstein Barr Virus. It is a parasite that can be noticed through gut testing. Blastocystis can slow or can totally make patients not heal since it is responsible for causing leaky gut. They will probably find themselves restricting their diet since the parasite makes them react to almost everything that they eat. If they have a chronic illness, it is most likely to weaken their adrenals making it harder to get rid of the parasite.