Hashimoto’s disease has no unique symptoms but shows a progression in advancement divulging the disease. “There’s a slow damage to the thyroid cells. It’s like this castle wall has been breached and it starts to leak out the insides, (that’s) the fluid, the thyroid hormone. Some people can experience rapid thyroid destruction and symptoms of hyperthyroid. Those might include anxiety, insomnia, a racing heart, fatigue, weight loss and irritability,” says Dr. Jill Carnahan.

Carnahan has extensive education and certification as an MD, ABFM, ABIHM, IFMCP. She adds, “As that thyroid hormone drains out of the thyroid that person becomes depleted. When those hormones are depleted that person goes into full blown hypothyroid. Those symptoms are fatigue, cold intolerance, constipation, dry scaly skin, unexplained weight gain, hoarse throat, joint stiffness, irregular cycles, heavy menstrual bleeding, hair loss and elevated cholesterol levels.”

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The beginning of Hashimoto’s involves the swinging of the thyroid hormone. Carnahan says sometimes people get misdiagnosed with being bipolar during this time. Checking the thyroid gland when a person feels these emotions is vital. The problem with this is thyroid tests often show false negative results, click here to read more.

The misdiagnosis of bipolar during this time is because this early Hashimoto’s is often accompanied with fatigue and extreme irritability.

She says women are more likely to develop Hashimoto’s than men. Susceptiblity windows include time near pregnancies including 8-10 weeks after pregnancies, those over 50, family history, smoking, iodine deficiency, stress, and intestinal issues as well as really bad PMS.

Carnahan says adding a good probiotic but also drinking herbal tea can help detoxing every day. At the same time watching for sensitivities to wheat which could mean you carry the gene that could be the trigger for Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. She says genetic makeup as well as environment instigators both cause damage.

Choosing a probiotic that does not feed bad bacteria in the intestinal tract is key. Click here, here and here for the top ranked options.

Nourishing foods that are dense in nutrients like this list of nutrient dense foods are optimal nourishment and key to avoiding inflammation through low food intolerances.

In hypothyroidism people often have intestinal challenges as a result of slow moving food in the small intestines as well as Leaky Gut. She says if your stomach doesn’t have enough stomach acid to break down food it could be a deficiency in Hyperchlorhydria (HCl) which is vital. This leads to small intestine bacterial overgrowth and hypothyroidism.

Betaine HCL or Betaine HCL with pepsin, fix the low stomach acid, an underlying cause, which allows the body to access its own natural healing. Carnahan says they, “Start to destroy those unwanted microbes and will activate the pepsin which will break down protein. The other important thing is it increases absorption in minerals. If you don’t have HCl you can’t absorb calcium, magnesium and zinc.”

She says intestinal permeability is a key factor to disease but can also trigger migraines from a low grade infection in the gut or chemicals from food and sensitivities. She says if you have Hashimoto’s gluten is a problem and says, “I really encourage them to go off gluten.”

Her focus is looking for warning signs leading up to disease saying there is no need to keep monitoring the signs until there is full blown illness. She says patients are healthier when they combat the warning signs pre-disease and act accordingly instead of waiting until the full blown disease state.

“Doctors are paid to diagnose. All of the system is based on getting a code, the goal is finding that label, putting it on paper. That’s what gets your reimbursement,” Carnahan says. She says functional medicine doctor looks at the underlying inflammation and genetics, the base of the disease.

At the same time switching to gluten free packaged foods isn’t a solution. “The problem is it’s still junk,” she says. Her recommendation is a real food diet of nutrient dense foods with limited grains as well as healthy fat. She says butter and coconut oil should be freely eaten.

In the book Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause, Izabella Wentz PharmD and Marta Nowosadzka MD say supporting the thyroid and adrenal glands are of utmost importance in addition to a diet of nutrient dense foods.

The adrenals can be supported through  herbal supplements like this one however some people do not experience support from this product while others say it works for them. Taking ashwaganda, an adaptogen that supports the adrenals, provides assistance to the endocrine system that shows remarkable results. Taken along with Thytrophin the system receives full support. All of these are important to take along with a physician’s care.

Dr. David Brownstein, thyroid specialist and author of The Iodine Crisis says the thyroid needs iodine in order to function properly but with the addition of fluoride and bromide in our diets iodine uptake is suffering. He recommends the oldest form of iodine used in the medical community to support the thyroid feeding it the iodine it desperately needs. Click here to read more.’

Brownstein, MD, says it’s important to take your iodine with minerals, like this one, and selenium like Brazil nuts. When you add the iodine it will kick out the halides, bromine and fluoride, sometimes causing a detox effect.

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*Nourishing Plot is written by Becky Plotner, ND, traditional naturopath, GAPS who sees clients in Rossville, Georgia. Since her son was delivered from the effects of autism (Asperger’s syndrome), ADHD, bipolar disorder/manic depression, hypoglycemia and dyslexia through food she continued her education specializing in Leaky Gut and parasitology through Duke University, finishing with distinction. This is not a news article published by a paper trying to make money. This blog is put out by a mom who sees first hand the effects of nourishing food vs food-ish items. No company pays her for writing these blogs, she considers this a form of missionary work. It is her desire to scream it from the rooftops so that others don’t suffer from the damaging effect of today’s “food”.


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