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Is your thyroid sluggish – Hashimoto’s disease could be the cause.

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Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease the causes the of destruction of the thyroid gland by the immune system.

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is believed to be the most common cause of hypothyroidism in North America.

Symptoms of Hashimoto’s include:

  • fatigue
  • weight gain
  • cold intolerance
  • joint and muscle pain
  • constipation, or fewer than three bowel movements a week
  • dry, thinning hair
  • heavy or irregular menstrual periods and problems becoming pregnant
  • depression
  • memory problems
  • a slowed heart rate

Symptoms can range from mild to severe depending on the individual.

Treatment

The most well recognized treatment for Hashimoto’s is the the use of exogenous T4 by prescription (common brands are Synthroid, or Eltroxin).  This does provide benefit to many who thyroid gland is no longer functioning.

Another option for treatment for Hashimoto’s is dessicated thyroid hormone (derived from a porcine source).  Desiccated thyroid contains a mixture of both T4 and T3 hormones along with several other normally occurring hormones.

In many cases autoimmune disorders respond well to dietary changes, in the case of Hashimoto’s this can mean prevention of further thyroid gland destruction.

Diet also plays a significant role for anyone dealing with an autoimmune condition.  Autoimmune conditions are the result of our body “overreacting to something” and as result mounting an immune response.  Foods that are commonly linked to autoimmune conditions are wheat, dairy, eggs, and soy.

Nutritional/Supplemental Support in many cases autoimmune conditions can be traced back to “leaky gut” or intestinal permeability syndrome.  Choosing nutrient dense foods, or in some cases individually selected supplements can make a significant change to health.

For more information on thyroid health contact me.

 

Resources:

https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/endocrine/hashimotos-disease/Pages/fact-sheet.aspx

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