The NUMBER 1 Thing you Can Do to Feel Better If you Have a Thyroid Problem
There is no one-size-fits-all answer for individuals with hypothyroidism. Research does show, however, that most people with hypothyroidism may benefit from a gluten-free diet. In fact, one study showed that 88% of those with hypothyroidism felt better on a gluten free diet. Only 44% felt better on the most commonly prescribed medication, a synthetic form of T4 thyroid hormone like Synthroid. To me, this suggests that a gluten free diet is a home run!
Some studies suggest that individuals with autoimmune thyroid disease, such as Hashimoto's thyroiditis, may be more likely to also have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. For these individuals, avoiding gluten may help alleviate symptoms and improve their overall health.
In addition, those with intestinal permeability or "Leaky Gut" may notice that as Gluten or specifically the Gliadin protein in gluten leaks into the bloodstream, the immune system is stimulated to attack it. That protein looks very similar to the Thyroid gland, which may prompt the destruction of Thyroid tissue. That triggers autoimmunity, which is responsible for 80-90% of Hypothyroid problems.
In addition, Wheat products (Gluten) are sprayed with a nasty chemical called glyphosate that can contribute to instestinal permeability and is an endocrine disrupter. Translation: This glyphosate may cause leaky gut and mess up hormones. That's the main reason I avoid the elimination of wheat products for all my patients. Wheat is also commonly genetically modified, so you end up eating genetically engineered food that is sprayed with glyphosate. That's a hard pass for me.
What does a gluten free diet mean? It means no foods that contain wheat (even whole wheat). If a labels lists any kind of wheat, that food has gluten. Most packaging will now say "Gluten Free" so look for that. It takes a bit of diligence, as wheat seems to be in a lot of foods. Fresh produce, protein sources and foods prepared at home are your best bets.
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