Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

What does the thyroid do?

The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland in our neck. The hormones it produces have a job to regulate our body’s digestive functions, metabolic rate, brain development, muscle functions and help us to maintain healthy bones.

What is Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis?

Hashimoto’s is a form of autoimmune hypothyroidism in which our own immune system attacks the cells of the thyroid gland leading to inflammation and insufficient production of the thyroid hormones.

Potential causes:

  • Genetic predisposition

  • Stress

  • High toxic load (mercury, lead),

  • Gut dysbiosis

  • Nutrient deficiencies such as selenium, potassium, iodine, copper, magnesium, zinc, iron, vitamin A, C, D and B

Signs and symptoms:

  • Fatigue

  • Unexplained weight gain

  • Brittle nails

  • Thinning hair

  • Dry skin

  • Constipation

  • Fertility issues

  • Irregular periods

  • Goiter (swollen neck due to inflamed and enlarged thyroid gland)

  • Thinning hair

  • Joint pain, stiffness

  • Muscle pain, tenderness

  • Increased cold sensitivity

What to to eat:

  • Fruits - ideally 2-3 portions a day. For example, apple, berries, pineapple etc.

  • Vegetables - ideally 8-10 portions a day (all colours of the rainbow)

  • High Quality Protein - beans and pulses, grass-fed, organic chicken and turkey,

  • Healthy Fats - fish (salmon, krill etc.), flaxseed, avocado, olive oil etc.

  • Fermented Foods - sauerkraut, kimchee, miso, tempeh

  • Spices and Herbs - garlic, turmeric, ginger, cloves

What to avoid:

  • Refined carbohydrates - sugar, white bread, pasta, white rice, pastries etc.

  • Fried foods - fish and chips, doughnuts, etc.

  • Processed foods and drinks - hot dogs, sausages, canned juices, etc.

  • Red meat - burgers, steaks etc.

  • Saturated and Trans Fats - margarine and lard etc.

Join us for our thyroid masterclass on 26th April 2022 where we will cover this in much more detail!

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