Lack of nutrients contributes to a myriad of health problems, among them being thyroid malfunctioning. Nutrients deficiencies cause hypothyroidism, intestinal permeability, adrenal stress, and detoxification problems. A balanced diet, and addressing specific nutrient deficiencies are significant steps towards putting Hashimoto’s and other thyroid disorders in complete remission.
A good, healthy, and balanced diet should provide the body with all nutrients. A paleo diet is a step in the right direction, and a paleo autoimmune diet is the best for Hashimoto’s patients. Food supplements are still needed since food provides some essential nutrients in subtle quantities or lacks some nutrients. Also, digestive issues such as acid reflux, and food sensitivity may cause poor absorption of some nutrients. Hashimoto’s patients require the following dietary supplements; Vitamin D, B vitamins, selenium, zinc, magnesium, and ferritin.
It was stated earlier that for autoimmune conditions to take place three factors must be present; good genes, intestinal permeability, and triggers. Nourishing the body with the correct nutrients can address intestinal permeability and food sensitivity, which is a trigger.
Gluten sensitivity can cause intestinal permeability. Some of the signs that someone has intestinal permeability include bloating, intestinal bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux, and stomach pains. By observing a gluten-free diet, Hashimoto’s patients can put the disease in complete remission. But gluten is not the only cause of intestinal permeability or food sensitivity. Other common causes include dairy products, nightshades, soy, seeds, and nuts. Each person has to identify what foods they are sensitive to.
In lay man’s terms, a leaky gut has holes. These holes allow undigested food particles into the bloodstream. These particles are foreign bodies to the immune system, therefore it launches an autoimmune attack.
Food sensitivities are one of the triggers. Nourishing the body with specific nutrients can help address this trigger, but some triggers such as the Epstein-Barr virus are hard to remove. Therefore, the most efficient way of treating autoimmunity is fixing intestinal permeability. Without intestinal permeability, autoimmunity cannot thrive.