Nutrition
Thyroid Disease and Nutrition
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In all my doctor’s visits with about a dozen different practitioners not even one of them advised me on what to eat and what to drink, what vitamins to take, what to avoid. It’s a good idea to consult a knowledgeable naturopath or a nutritionist about your diet if you suffer from thyroid disease. I’ve discovered that allergies play a big role in symptoms severity. Western medicine dictates that the only way to treat thyroid disease or auto-immune disease is through medication that would alleviate some of your symptoms. But what about the cause of your condition? There’s a saying that “It all comes down to the gut,” and I completely agree with it. Most people aren’t aware of the fact that 60-70% of their immune system is located in the gut. It has to constantly  work to keep your body healthy.

When diagnosed with an auto-iimune condition such as Hashimoto’s or Grave’s disease, many people realize that they’ve become allergic or sensitive to foods that previously caused no problem. I myself realized that milk, eggs and gluten made me feel terrible. Allergy or food sensitivity is not always pronounced, I didn’t have hives, or eczema or any of the typical allergy symptoms, and yet these foods made me feel bad. There was  a post on a forum by a woman who was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s and was advised to eliminate gluten from her diet to see if her symptoms would improve. She wrote that she couldn’t possibly do that because she wanted to keep going to restaurants and eat anything she wanted. That’s obviously not a person who’s willing to get better or maybe her thyroid symptoms were not that severe yet. But if you are not treating the causes of your disease, you will have to struggle with it for life.

I cannot emphasize enough how important nutrition is when dealing with an auto-immune disease like Hashimoto’s and Grave’s. The first thing I did when I was diagnosed was to cut all sugar out of my diet except from natural sources like fruits. Sugar depresses your already supressed immune system, making it even harder to function. It also places a burden on your adrenal glands which work closely with your thyroid. A very important pointer I can give you is to avoid artificial sweeteners at all costs. Artificial sweeteners like Aspartame & Sucralose may lower the body’s immunity to viruses VERY QUICKLY. Please take the time to read this article on the dangers of artificial sweeteners over on Earth Clinic’s website. You’ll definitely think twice about gulping down that large diet coke next time. Processed foods have little to no nutritional value and should be also avoided.

I recently came upon the NAET website – it was actually featured on a TV show and many people claim to have had great results with it. NAET stands for Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques and  they believe that allergies are to blame for many ailments and health problems. It’s definitely worth looking into, especially after seeing the results of their 10-years study. I know some of you would probably think that this kind of stuff couldn’t possibly work and that’s fine – you’ve probably been trained by your doctor to believe that only drugs can manage symptoms and treat diseases. I myself like to keep an open mind, especially when it comes to one’s health and well-being. Traditional medicine has its place as well as alternative medicine.

The standard treatment for auto-immune diseases is immuno-suppressants – these drugs suppress your already depressed and malfunctioning immune system even further in an attempt to reduce the antibodies it produces. But when suppressing the immune system, it can’t do what it was designed for and that’s fight viruses, bacteria, etc. That leaves you stuck in a catch-22 situation. Emerging research shows that instead of suppressing patients’ immune systems further it should instead be stimulated and built to promote healing. While suppressing it may alleviate symptoms for a short period of time, normalizing it can be far more beneficial in the long run.

In order to maintain a healthy immune system you need to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, which contain essential vitamins and minerals. Vitamin C is a key component and some researchers even claim that high doses of Vitamin C can cure a wide range of diseases. I use ascorbic acid – Ascorbic Acid Powder. Probiotics and prebiotics also play an important role in improving immunity.  A product I like and personally use is Garden of Life Immune Balance – it supports a healthy immune system.

 

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Petra Mitova is the author of the best-selling ebook "Overcoming Hypothyroidism: The Ultimate Guide to Recovery." She's dedicated to helping patients empower themselves by providing patient-oriented information about thyroid disease - whether you suffer from hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism or any other form of thyroid disease, feel free to browse our website and learn about thyroid disease diagnosis, treatment options, natural remedies and more.

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