A brief guide to nutrition and lifestyle protocol for Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
Diet and healthy lifestyle must play a special role in Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Because in most cases, the causes of the disease lie in lifestyle, I want to give you a short blueprint to nutrition and lifestyle protocol for Hashimoto’s disorder.
In order to reduce Hashimoto’s symptoms and take the path to remission, it is important to remove all irritants from your environment. Environmental toxins, nutrition, food allergies and leaky gut syndrome are the most common triggers.
In addition, the body and thyroid require supplementation with all important nutrients. The aim of this article is to show you the different possibilities.
The ideal form of nutrition for Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
You will soon notice that most of the advice on nutrition and lifestyle leads to a specific form of nutrition, and in this case to the Paleo diet (Stone Age diet).
Why? The Paleo diet works well to banish the main causes of the disease and to supply the body and thyroid with the most important nutrients.
The Paleo nutrition is unfortunately misrepresented in the media and is not a pure “meat diet”. On the contrary: In our eyes, it is one of the most nutritious and healthiest forms of nutrition.
If you would like to learn more about the Paleo diet, you will find what you are looking for in the article below.
Let’s get to the scientifically proven foods, as part of the Hashimoto diet, which you can increasingly use to get a grip on Hashimoto:
Recommended foods that calm the immune system and support the thyroid
1- Unprocessed and natural foods, if possible in organic quality
2- Vegetables (the more colorful and greener the better, with the exception of cabbage)
3- Fish, twice a week (see chapter “Iodine and Hashimoto”)
4- Fatty, animal products, if possible in organic quality (e.g. braised meat, bacon)
5- Mushrooms and their extracts (red Reishi mushroom powder*, lion’s mane extract)
6- Lactic acid fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles
7- Bone broth and Kombucha (fermented tea)
8- Linseed oil and olive oil, extra virgin
9- Coconut oil, extra virgin
10- Bulbs (onion, leek, garlic)
11- Plentiful herbs and spices
12- Lemon juice
You can see what is important: fresh vegetables, raw, cooked or lactic fermented. Herbs, high quality, healthy fats; animal products from animal welfare.
More information on the Hashimoto diet with Hashimoto thyroiditis and on the Paleo diet can be found in the deposited articles.
Not recommended: Irritating foods for the immune system and thyroid
1- Heavily processed foods
2- Finished products such as frozen pizza, canned soups and peanut flips
3- Fast food and fried food
4- Isolated carbohydrates (baked goods, white rice, sugar, starch, pasta)
6- Lemonades and sugary drinks
7- Industrial edible oils (sunflower oil, rapeseed oil, nut oils, soybean oil, safflower oil)
8- Algae products (see chapter “Iodine and Hashimoto“)
9- Foods containing fluoride (fluoridated table salt, black tea)
10- Fish contaminated with heavy metals: tuna, swordfish, mackerel
11- Food allergens: Have a thorough food allergy test and minimize the consumption of foods that are allergen carriers.
With the change in diet, you have important causes of the disease under control, and this can greatly improve your symptoms. Next, we come to important lifestyle factors to go one step further.
Healthy living with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
A goal with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is to calm the immune system and inflammation of the thyroid gland to such an extent that the autoimmune process stops. This is possible, but it takes time and perseverance.
Therefore, in addition to an adapted diet, you must take care and live a healthy lifestyle.
Important factors of healthy living with Hashimoto
1- Healthy sleep (8 hours minimum per night)
2- Outdoor sports
3- Relaxation measures: relieving stress, coping with stress, meditation
4- Good social contacts
5- Regular sauna sessions
6- Abundant antioxidants through food
7- Active detoxification (see liver detoxification) through occasional fasting and healthy eating
8- Supplement with suitable nutrients
10- Irritant factors that you should avoid
11- Toxins, fine dust and heavy metals from the environment and air
13- Unnecessary stress in everyday life
14- Toothpaste and water containing fluoride
15- Bulk cosmetics – We recommend you gradually switch to cosmetics without toxic additives, or switch to natural cosmetics straight away.
Preparations that have proven themselves in Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
Protease tablets: Before every meal (to improve protein digestion)
For gastric acid deficiency: Betaine HCl before every meal. How to find out roughly fo you have a gastric acid deficiency, you can find out here: baking soda.
Curcumin/Turmeric: (reduction of inflammatory reactions in the body)
Reishi extract, lion mane extract
Studies and experience have shown that the nutrient preparations mentioned are very important. They can enable the thyroid to do a good job and calm the immune system.
Nutrition and lifestyle protocol for Hashimoto’s – our recommendations for immediate implementation
The starting point is the Hashimoto diagnosis and the prescription of L-thyroxine (Levothyroxine)
Take the L-thyroxine or other medication as directed by your doctor. If you have the feeling that L-thyroxine is causing you health problems, please inform yourself about the alternative therapy option. This includes natural thyroid extracts or the supplementation of L-thyroxine with Triiodothyronine (T3).
Stopping thyroid hormones without medical supervision can be problematic because your body can no longer produce enough thyroid hormones.
However, these are required for numerous processes in the body. If you follow the recommendations, you may no longer need to take thyroid hormones. But, you should only reduce the dose when the body is able to produce enough thyroid hormones again.
Find a doctor, functional doctor, alternative practitioner, mitochondrial doctor, endocrinologist or holistic doctor with Hashimoto experience in your area.
Ask your currently treating (general) doctor or use the Google search function. Look up, for example: “Holistic practitioner in Los Angeles area”.
Recommendations from other affected people, for example, from self-help groups, can also be very beneficial here.
Share your concerns, questions and progress here with us
You are also welcome to use our comment platform to exchange information with other parties concerned, and us, here.
Make sure that the therapist combines conventional medicine methods with the methods described in our Hashimoto posts (finding the cause, nutrition, nutrient therapy, lifestyle). The search for a suitable therapist can be lengthy, but it is worth it!
Consider a diet change or food intolerance test. If you find food that you are allergic to according to the test, you should avoid it for at least 30 days and watch whether your well-being improves.
You should also try a diet change consistently for at least 30 days before you can draw a conclusion.
Question everyday habits and causes that could have contributed to the disease.
Have an experienced therapist carry out a nutrient analysis and, hereby, replenish existing nutrient deficiencies.
Consider a heavy metal exposure test with a trained therapist. If the load is too high, detoxification under therapeutic guidance may be recommended.
Try to implement the advice on healthy living and gradually make your life healthier.
Document your condition with a diary. Observe the effects of certain habits and diet factors on your course of the disease and get to know your body and your illness better.
Get a medical exam at least every three months. The measures mentioned can, for example, reduce your need for thyroid hormones.
A dose adjustment is then urgently necessary so that you do not develop symptoms of an overactive condition due to excessive thyroid hormone intake.
I so hope, form the bottom of my heart, that this little blueprint can help many of you on your path to remission and better health.
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