The body needs sufficient nutrients to function efficiently. The presence of nutrient depletion inhibits the body’s ability to absorb nutrients properly. An autoimmune response may be triggered by certain deficiencies in the body.
Selenium deficiency is usually linked with Hashimotos’. Selenium is readily available and found in most foods. Since it is an antioxidant, it protects the body from reactive oxygen species. Low levels or a lack of it may lead to thyroid break down.
Gas, heartburn, and bloating are all symptoms of low stomach acid. Low stomach acid is a major deficiency that leads to depletion of nutrients. Low acid hinders the body’s ability to breakdown and absorb proteins. It also leads to acid reflux. Treatment entails taking enzymes to increase the production of the body’s digestive acid.
B12 is a nutrient that is mostly found in meat, fish, and dairy products. It aids in absorption through hydrochloric acid and enzyme protease present in the stomach. Its deficiency could lead to anemia, poor digestion, and underdevelopment of the villi.
Zinc is the catalyst for most enzyme reactions in the body. In addition, it also takes part in DNA and protein synthesis, immune function, and cell division hence it’s a vital nutrient. Zinc is necessary for taste and smell, healing of wounds and thyroid functionality. It is further required for the production of thyroid stimulating hormone; therefore people with hypothyroidism end up being zinc deficient due to elevated productions of TSH.
Zinc mineral can be found in meat and supplements are recommended for vegans and vegetarians. However, it is important to note that, zinc supplements can lead to iron and copper depletion thus should be taken with caution.
The human body does not produce iron, so when ingested it is stored by ferritin. Ferritin level required for the optimal thyroid function is between 90 – 110ng/ml. Antacids, supplements and certain foods may reduce or even hinder the absorption of iron in the body.