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Giving Thanks – Every Day

Thanksgiving comes and goes. It is that one day of the year in which giving thanks becomes a huge deal. And, it feels good, doesn’t it? 

So, why do we stop? Why give thanks just for one day? And, what would happen if we were to give thanks every day? 

Believe it or not, living a life with gratitude may have a positive impact on our bodies – both mentally and physically. 

Think about it –

  • High blood pressure can lead to a heart attack or stroke if left untreated. And, we all know what is possible with those two events. 
  • Stress forces our body to release cortisol. Too much cortisol for too long in the body can lead to high blood pressure, fatigue, fluctuations in blood sugar, muscle weakness, weight gain, and more. 
  • The immune system is our body’s defense system. If it is not healthy enough to function properly, we can be left with all sorts of ailments and inflammation. And, we will find it harder to fight anything that comes our way.

Researchers have studied what happens when we show gratitude in our daily lives. And, over and over, it has been proven that a positive attitude may boost overall health. In fact, to be more specific, living a joyful, thankful life can… 

  • Decrease our blood pressure
  • Reduce our stress levels
  • Strengthen our immune system

Those positive thoughts are powerful, aren’t they?

For the rest of the holiday season – and for the days and months to come – try this: 

  • Be kind. 
  • Be positive. 
  • Spread some joy. 
  • Share a smile. 
  • Give a compliment.

Set aside 10 minutes – at least once each day – to ponder the things you are grateful for and write them down. Keep a journal, a notebook, or even just a scratch piece of paper and pen handy to make it convenient. The more intentional you are with this task, the more you will get from it.

By replacing negative emotions, such as fear, envy, and anger with more positive emotions, such as optimism, enthusiasm, joy, love, and happiness, we can change those around us and ourselves, physically and mentally. 

And, hey – do this long enough and it will become a habit! 

Learn how to naturally approach your health with Dr. Randy Hansbrough and his team. Call the office at (772) 287-7701 to schedule an appointment. Or sign up for a free, 30-minute consultation.

How Coffee Affects Your Thyroid

Are you a coffee drinker? Make your way past any of the big coffee chains in the morning and you will see that there are a lot of people out there who can’t make it to work without stopping for a cup of the good stuff.

Besides the fact that so many of the “fancy” coffee drinks, such as the frosty mochas and the caramel lattes, are usually full of dairy and sugar, what about the caffeine? Is drinking coffee bad for your thyroid?

How Drinking Coffee Impacts Your Thyroid 

For those who are currently taking prescription thyroid medication, you may want to look into absorption issues. There have been many studies about the impact of coffee on thyroid hormone absorption.

Most bottles of thyroid medication come from the pharmacy with a statement that the pills should be taken on an empty stomach. For those who wake up and drink their cup o’ joe as their thyroid medicine tries to kick in before they eat breakfast… well, it’s probably not happening like it’s supposed to.

Researchers are finding that those who consume coffee first thing in the morning with their thyroid medication will test at significantly higher TSH levels than those who wait 60 minutes before taking that first sip.

Should You Give Up Coffee? 

Should you give up coffee entirely? Let’s just say that there are better beverages out there that you could be consuming. But, one cup of coffee in the morning should be just fine. We know it’s good and that a lot of people have had it as part of their daily routine for many years.

However… this cup of coffee should not include dairy or sugar. Let those things go. Instead, opt for coconut milk/creamer or almond milk/creamer instead. Or, just drink it black.

Ideas for Coffee Alternatives

You know, it is hard to give up habits we have had for a long time or create new, healthy ones. But if you are interested, you can always consider looking for a coffee alternative that may prove to be more beneficial.

  • Herbal teas are a great option – and there are many different teas to choose from.
  • Warm (or hot) lemon water can surprisingly wake you up. And it may help your digestion system, too.
  • Raw juice is another idea. Why not get yourself a juicer and try making all sorts of new juice creations? There are tons of recipes online for great-tasting and healthy combinations. Though you can’t beat the benefits and jolt of energy you will receive from fresh green juice first thing in the morning.

Whether you want to get rid of coffee entirely or just switch it out for a couple of days a week – the choice is yours. Just remember – one cup in the morning, no dairy or sugar.

Learn how to naturally approach the condition with Dr. Randy Hansbrough and his team. Call the office at (772) 287-7701 to schedule an appointment. Or sign up for a free, 30-minute consultation.

 

What is Grave’s Disease?

Graves’ disease has been around for years. In fact, it was discovered by an Irish physician – Robert Graves – more than 150 years ago! So, what is Graves’ disease? And who is at risk? Let’s talk about it.

Hyperthyroidism

There are many causes of hyperthyroidism, but Graves’ disease is the most common. This is when the thyroid over-produces hormones and sends them through the body. As a result, the body’s processes will speed up – and you will feel the effects.

Some common symptoms that are reported with hyperthyroidism are:

  • rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • increased sweating
  • hand tremors
  • nervousness
  • irritability
  • anxiety
  • goiter, or enlargement of the thyroid gland
  • heart failure

Without seeking treatment, this could leave one in a dire situation.

Other Symptoms of Graves Disease

While hyperthyroidism is one of the symptoms of Graves’ disease, there are two others worth noting, although they are not as common.

Graves’ disease can cause inflammation of the eyes – known as Graves’ ophthalmopathy or orbitopathy. The tissues around the eyes tend to swell and it makes the eyes appear as though they are bulging. This may lead to permanent vision problems.

A type of skin disease is another symptom of Graves’ disease that appears, referred to as Graves’ dermopathy. Though, it should be noted that this one is very rare. For those who have it, a thick layer of reddish-colored skin will appear on the front of the shins. This odd symptom doesn’t often hurt and is relatively mild.

Who is at Risk for Graves’ Disease? 

Anyone can be diagnosed with Graves’ disease, although it is more commonly found among people with certain risk factors.

Below are some of the risk factors associated with this disease:

  • Genetics. Family history plays a large role in determining risk. Researchers believe there could be a gene or genes that make someone more susceptible to it than others.
  • Age. As we stated above, it is most common for the disease to appear before the age of 40.
  • Sex. Women are at a much greater risk than men.
  • Other disorders. Those with other immune-type disorders, such as Type 1 diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and the like are at a much greater risk.
  • Smoking. Smokers have a greater risk of developing Graves’ disease. And, once they do, they are at greater risk for having eye complications.
  • Stress. Stressful events can trigger the onset of Graves’ disease in those who are at risk.
  • Pregnancy. For those who have other risk factors, pregnancy can increase the risk.

Treating Graves’ Disease

There are medications out there that are used to treat Graves’ disease, but they often come with their share of side effects and complications. More and more people are seeking alternate treatment. One of the best things you can do is work with a healthcare professional who will get to the root cause of your Graves’ disease through a series of in-depth bloodwork. Then, learning to heal your body naturally can prove to be very effective. In other words, paying attention to nutrition through the foods consumed and supplements.

Have you been diagnosed with Graves’ disease or hyperthyroidism – or believe you may have it?

Learn how to naturally approach the condition with Dr. Randy Hansbrough and his team. Call the office at (772) 287-7701 to schedule an appointment. Or sign up for a free, 30-minute consultation.

 

 

Sugar and Your Thyroid

Halloween will be here before you know it. And that means bowls of sugary treats gathered for a night of trick-or-treating are likely to be found everywhere you go. Deep down, no matter how good it tastes, you know that all that sugar cannot be good for your health. But, did you know that it can actually aggravate your thyroid? Before you reach for that chocolate bar, read this.

Thyroid Power

If there was a body part that was vitally important for your overall health, it would be your thyroid. Sure, your heart is important, too, as are all your other major organs. But it is your thyroid that keeps these organs working properly. A release of too much thyroid hormone and your body is working on overload. Your heart rate increases, you will feel weak, you may feel restlessness, and more. Not enough of your thyroid hormone and the body slows down.

See how much power your thyroid has over your body? This is why it is necessary to care for your thyroid – and avoid things that may negatively affect it. For example, sugar. 

The Impacts of Sugar

It is important to always remember that everything you put in your mouth will either be good or bad for your body. You can nourish it with things like whole grains, fresh produce, and lean meats. Or, you can consume lots of sugar – and deal with the result. The choice is ultimately yours. But, before you make your decision, keep reading to learn just how sugar affects the body.

So, how does sugar impact the thyroid?

First of all, sugar causes leaky gut. Artificial sweeteners do the same. It can reduce the number of good bacteria found within the gut, keeping your gut microbiome from maintaining its health. The result? Gaps in the intestinal walls begin to leak out bacteria and other toxins into the bloodstream. This can lead to all sorts of symptoms and ailments, but it also is believed to suppress thyroid function.

Second, researchers believe that there is a connection between your thyroid and diabetes – that one may make you susceptible to the other. And if you have both, the symptoms can be amplified.

Avoiding excess sugar can help keep your glucose in check (as well as your weight) and keep you from exacerbating the conditions you have – or developing new ones.

Other Sugar Dangers

You may not currently have a thyroid condition or diabetes. Does that mean you can continue to eat sugar in mass quantities without issue? Not at all. Sugar is bad for you and should be eliminated from the diet as much as possible. Let’s take a look at some of the ways it impacts your health:

  • Impairs your immune system.
  • Makes you age faster as it causes the skin to lose elasticity.
  • Leads to tooth decay.
  • Increases risk of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.
  • Leads to increased anxiety and irritability.
  • Severely affects your glucose levels.
  • Can lead to vitamin and nutrient deficiencies.

Developing New Halloween Habits

You can still partake in the Halloween festivities without harming your body with sugar. We could tell you to enjoy your candy in moderation, rather than gorging yourself. And, while that seems like it may be ok, we are not all fortunate enough to have the self-control to do so. Besides, it doesn’t change the fact that sugar is damaging to your body – so why have any at all?

Consider alternate ways of celebrating, such as playing games, watching scary movies, or making delicious – and healthy – sweet treats that you can have without harming your thyroid or your body as a whole.

 

Interested in learning more about caring for your thyroid health, naturally? Contact Dr. Randy Hansbrough and his team at (772) 287-7701. Or sign up for a free, 30-minute consultation.

Exercise and Your Brain

We have heard many times over just how much the body needs exercise. It gets the muscles and the joints moving – and the blood flowing throughout our cardiovascular system. But, did you know that your brain can actually benefit from exercise, too? It’s true – there are many neurological benefits to staying physically active.

The Benefits

When the impact is so positive, narrowing down the benefits can be a chore. Where do you start? When it comes to staying physically active and the impact it can have on your brain, here are a few of the most impactful benefits.

Reduces Your Stress. Carrying a lot of stress is never healthy – especially for your brain. However, when you begin exercising regular, your body will let that stress go, shedding it and keeping it from impacting your health.

Increases Quality Sleep. Sleep is so important for your body – and so many reasons. Though, many find getting a good night’s sleep difficult. By adding more physical activity into your life, you may find that getting a full night of high-quality sleep is not so tough after all.

Reduce Anxiety. Anxiety is a common problem for those with certain thyroid conditions. By engaging in fitness and stimulating the brain, you may actually reduce anxiety. Depression, too.

Increases Focus. Believe it or not, the part of your brain that measures your ability to concentrate and focus can be measured. This is called your individual alpha peak frequency, or iAPF. When you exercise, iAPF increases — helping you to pay attention better.

Increases Memory. The hippocampus is the part of the brain that is tied to our ability to learn and remember things. As we get older, it begins to shrink – hence the fact that learning and memory become issues as we age. But with regular exercise, we can actually help the hippocampus to grow!

Reduces Chance of Memory Diseases. Things like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are linked to certain unhealthy conditions, such as obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes. By remaining active, you can reduce your chance of getting one of these diseases.

What Type of Exercise Should I Do? 

When we say you need to be physically active and exercise, we don’t mean you need to start training for Iron Man Challenge – or give up hours each day to spend at the gym. We are talking about as little as 30 – 60 minutes each day doing something active.

  • A brisk walk
  • A bike-riding challenge
  • Circuit workouts
  • Kickboxing
  • A dance class
  • Group fitness
  • Swimming laps

These are all great examples. You want something that is going to get your heart rate up. If it helps, consider investing in a fitness watch with a heart rate monitor. Not only will this entice you to get more steps in and stay more active, but it will let you know when you are getting the right kind of exercise for your brain. After all, there is a big difference between an evening stroll and a brisk morning walk. They are both wonderful, but the latter is more beneficial to your brain.

What exercise will you do to promote brain health? 

 

 

 

Difference Between Hypo- and Hyper-thyroidism

We hear the terms hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism tossed around so much that we may not even realize that there is a difference. And those who don’t hear well (or those who don’t pay much attention) may not even realize they are two different words.

Truth is, while they both refer to the conditions of an ailing thyroid, there is a huge difference between hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.

Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is a condition of the thyroid when it does not release enough hormones to keep the body running efficiently. Since your tiny thyroid has a big job, when it doesn’t provide what the body’s organs need, it is going to lead to some big impacts on your overall health.

Potential Causes:

Although hypothyroidism can result from several things, there are a few common causes of this condition. They include:

  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Thyroiditis
  • Issues or damage concerning the pituitary gland
  • Abnormal levels of iodine
  • Radiation treatment
  • Removal of the thyroid
  • Genetics
  • Certain medications

Symptoms:

Hypothyroidism slows the body and its processes down. This results in common symptoms like:

  • Fatigue
  • Slow heart rate
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Joint pain
  • Weight gain
  • Brittle nails
  • Hair loss
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Constipation
  • Feeling cold

It is important to note that these are just a few of the most popular symptoms. There are many different ways in which the body can react to the slowing of thyroid function.

Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism is the opposite. Rather than slowing the body down, hyperthyroidism speeds everything up. It releases too much of the thyroid hormone, overloading all the organs and processes throughout the body.

Potential Causes:

What causes the thyroid to overwork itself? Well, there are several things that can lead to hyperthyroidism, including:

  • Autoimmune disease
  • Thyroid nodules
  • Thyroiditis
  • Abnormal iodine levels

Keep in mind that this list is not exhaustive.

Symptoms:

If you are wondering what it feels like when your thyroid is working overtime, here are a few of the most commonly reported symptoms:

  • Increased sweating
  • Increased heart rate/ heart palpitations
  • Feeling warm
  • Weight loss
  • Anxiety/nervousness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Diarrhea
  • Hair loss
  • Insomnia

Common Misdiagnosis

Each person will experience both of these thyroid conditions differently. And many times, presenting at a medical doctor’s office with these general symptoms can lead to misdiagnosis. So many of the symptoms are general that can also signal other conditions, too. Without doing additional bloodwork to get to the root cause of the health concern, it may end up being a case of only treating the symptom.

You are the only one who knows when something doesn’t feel right. Sometimes going outside the box can help you get to the bottom of your health concern and help you begin healing from the inside out.

Ready to learn more?  Learn more about a natural approach to your thyroid and your overall health.  Contact Dr. Randy Hansbrough and his team at (772) 287-7701. Or sign up for a free, 30-minute consultation.

Seasonal Affective Disorder – Or Your Thyroid?

Seasonal Affective Disorder, also fittingly referred to as the acronym SAD, is a type of depression that occurs with the seasons. It can, of course, happen during any season, but most individuals experience symptoms during the fall and winter months. And, its onset and conclusion can easily be matched up with the same seasons every year. As we are heading into the time of year when the sunlight ends early, we thought it may be fitting to discuss. 

There is no definite answer as to how people become depressed during the various seasons, but researchers are confident that sunlight plays a huge role – either too much or not enough. See, the light from the sun is known to give us Vitamin D, help our body process vital nutrients and minerals, as well as affect our circadian rhythm.

The SAD symptoms

When it comes to Seasonal Affective Disorder, you must know the symptoms. After all, if you don’t know what to look for, then how will you know how to spot it – or seek treatment? Because SAD can occur in two different seasonal times – and with different symptoms – let’s break it down a bit. 

Fall and Winter SAD symptoms may be: 

  • Cravings for carbohydrates 
  • Weight gain
  • Frequently oversleeping 
  • Low energy/lethargy
  • Heaviness in arms and legs 
  • Lack of interest in normal activities 
  • Feelings of despair and/or worthlessness
  • Irritability and persistent low/bad mood 
  • Frequent thoughts of death or suicide

Spring and Summer SAD symptoms may be:

  • Difficulty falling – and staying – asleep
  • Lack of appetite 
  • Weight loss
  • Irritability and negative mood
  • Increased anxiety
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

How to Battle the Symptoms

First and foremost, if you think you are suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder, you must talk to your healthcare professional. Depression is a sign of an ailing thyroid. So, rather than just treating the symptoms, it is important to get to the root cause of your health concerns. You may very well have SAD, but you could also very well have a thyroid condition that needs to be addressed.

For help with the symptoms of SAD, try this:

Sunlight! You are going to want to get lots of light. If you reside in an area that doesn’t often see the sun in the wintertime, consider the use of light therapy. No less than 20- to 60-minutes every single day.

Start eating better. Avoid cravings for heavy carbs, sugar, dairy, and soy. Rather, stick to a healthy, whole-food diet full of rich, leafy greens.

Get moving. Whether indoors or out, moving your body can get your blood flowing and your body revved up. Even when you don’t feel like doing it, do it. You will feel better afterward. 

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Finding Natural Healing

It is so important that you do what you can to keep yourself healthy. But, when something starts to feel off, seek a healthcare professional. Conditions like Seasonal Affective Disorder can appear out of nowhere, but so can thyroid conditions, too. And they can have many of the same symptoms. So, work with someone who will get to the root cause of your health concerns, rather than just masking them or nudging them aside.

To learn more about a natural approach to your health, contact Dr. Randy Hansbrough and his team at (772) 287-7701. Or sign up for a free, 30-minute consultation.

 

Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism and Glutathione

If you or someone you love suffers from hypothyroidism caused by the autoimmune condition Hashimoto’s, then you understand just how important it is to take care of your health.

Hypothyroidism creates a lot of unpleasant symptoms and if Hashimotos is left untreated, it can cause many health concerns – some of which are very serious.

So, what can you do to make life a bit easier by relieving many of the symptoms associated with Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism? One particular antioxidant, glutathione, may be able to help.

What is Glutathione? 

Glutathione is an antioxidant. And while we hear a lot about antioxidants these days – including that they are good for us – we don’t really know what they do.

Antioxidants help to get rid of free radicals in the body. When molecules go through oxidation, they produce toxins known as free radicals. Sure, they are naturally occurring in the body, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should welcome them with open arms. Free radicals can actually damage cells and throw the immune system out of whack. Serious health issues can result. And, this is why consuming antioxidants regularly is so important.

Now, back to glutathione. Are you ready to learn how amazing our bodies are? Glutathione is a compound that is actually made by the body to protect it from these free radicals!

Glutathione Supplement? 

Here’s a great question – If glutathione is made in our body then why would we need a supplement?

In an ideal environment, our bodies would produce the perfect amount of glutathione to take care of the free radicals and keep our immune system healthy. Unfortunately, our world is far from ideal. No matter how hard we try, we will always come in contact with too many toxic chemicals in our environment, including our food and water.

And, let’s be real – unless you are restrictive and closely monitor what you eat (which is important for Hashimoto’s, by the way) most diets include some amount of sugar and processed foods full of chemicals. These lead to things like food intolerance, leaky gut, and chronic inflammation.

The result? Depletion of glutathione.

This all-important antioxidant can be negatively impacted and reduced due to various other reasons, too, including:

  • Age
  • Massive injury or trauma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Crohn’s disease, colitis, and other gut conditions
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Alcoholism/liver disease

Use Your Glutathione Wisely

Take steps in your lifestyle that will allow you to use your glutathione wisely. For instance, don’t continuously eat highly processed, sugary foods. Stop smoking, get the proper amount of quality sleep. Reduce your caffeine and alcohol intake. And, address food intolerances.

Since there is a big connection between Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism and celiac disease or gluten intolerance, you may want to consider removing gluten from your diet. Otherwise, these ailments can also aid in depleting the body of glutathione. This simple step can actually have an incredible impact on the body and how you feel overall.

Boosting Your Glutathione

Boosting your glutathione levels involves much more than just popping a pill from a bottle that says, Glutathione. But taking a step in the right direction can help you start to keep those free radicals at bay – and your health ailments, too.

Let’s talk about it.

To learn more about a natural approach to your Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism or your thyroid health in general, contact Dr. Randy Hansbrough and his team at (772) 287-7701. Or sign up for a free, 30-minute consultation.

 

How Lifestyle Impacts Thyroid Health

Your thyroid controls so many areas of your body — and will determine just how well you feel. And for many, these nagging symptoms make life tough to swallow.

Fatigue, chronic pain, sensitivity to cold, brain fog, weight gain, and more can make you feel less than thrilled about making lifestyle changes even when you know it may make you feel better. The truth is, pushing yourself to make lifestyle changes can have an incredible impact on your overall health. And, once you get that thyroid in check, everything is sure to fall in place.

Watch What You Eat

You are what you eat. How many times have you heard that phrase throughout your lifetime? It is one of those phrases that so many of us dismiss. But, had we known how true it was — maybe thyroid conditions and other diseases may not be so prevalent.

Our body requires a certain level of nutrition to work properly. This is especially true for the thyroid. For example, selenium, zinc, and iodine are all important for thyroid function, but many people have very low levels. Incorporating healthy eating habits into your life and undergo thorough blood testing to check the levels of your nutrients are great places to start.

Avoid highly processed food, as well as sugar, dairy, and gluten. Instead, indulge yourself in clean, whole foods like fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and so on.

Get Moving

You may not feel like getting up and exercising, but it is vital that you do. Believe it or not, pushing yourself to get moving – whether it is a walk around the block, a game of kickball with the family, or even swimming laps in your pool. Activity and movement can greatly impact your overall health.

Get Enough Sleep

When you sleep, your body is restoring itself. So when you don’t get quality sleep or you don’t get enough sleep, your body doesn’t have that opportunity. This can increase your feelings of fatigue.

Develop a nighttime routine that favors good sleep. If you don’t know where to start or you have other concerns about your sleep, it is a good idea to speak to a health professional.

Reduce Your Stress

When you are constantly stressed, your body has a regular flow of cortisol flowing through it. While cortisol is fine in small spurts, it is not meant to be a constant in your body. Especially because it harms your thyroid function.

Too much cortisol for too long can lead to an increase in your thyroid symptoms.

Take steps to get your stress under control. Understandably, some life situations won’t allow that, but change what you can and learn coping skills and stress management skills to dampen the impact of stress on your body.

Final Thoughts

Making lifestyle changes is not always an easy thing to do. And it is even more difficult when you are dealing with all the bothersome symptoms of an ailing thyroid.

It is important to remind yourself, though, that these small changes will lead to big changes in how you feel. Aren’t you ready to feel better?

 

To learn more about a natural approach to your thyroid, contact Dr. Randy Hansbrough and his team at (772) 287-7701. Or sign up for a free, 30-minute consultation.

Together, let’s change your life!

Hashimoto’s and Gluten Don’t Mix

Gluten seems to be under attack these days – banished from dinner plates everywhere. Though most people who refuse to eat it probably can’t tell you why they made that decision – it’s just the trendy thing to do.

You are free to eat as you wish. Indulge in bread, or don’t. Is it good for you? Bad for you? The research is out there for you to form your own opinion.

However, if you have Hashimoto’s, a thyroid condition, or an autoimmune disorder in general, your dinner plate should be void of gluten. It’s true – Hashimoto’s and gluten do not mix. 

What is Gluten? 

To stop eating it, it’s a good idea to learn what gluten is. Sure, we know bread usually contains gluten, but taking a moment to learn where else you may find gluten can help you better your health.

Gluten comes from wheat, barley, rye, triticale, and some oats. It is important to note that oats are often gluten-free, but may grow near other fields and lead to contamination. Look for “gluten-free” when you purchase your oats.

Gluten can be found in:

  • breads
  • pastas
  • cereals
  • baked goods
  • soups
  • sauces
  • salad dressings
  • beer
  • malt

Start paying attention to the ingredients or look for the words “gluten-free” on your packaging.

Why Gluten is Bad for Hashimoto’s

Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disease that negatively impacts the thyroid, hence the low productivity or hypothyroidism. Those with this condition usually have an intolerance for gluten.

So when you consume gluten – which has a relatively close molecular structure to your thyroid tissue – your body goes on the attack. And, it attacks your thyroid.

While the body is fantastic at protecting itself from foreign invaders, this can be an issue if it sees itself as the invader, as with autoimmune conditions.

Signs of Gluten Intolerance

If you have Hashimoto’s, you should be checked for gluten intolerance, gluten sensitivity, and even celiac disease as all of these are commonly found together.

Below is a list of symptoms that are commonly experienced with gluten intolerance. Keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list – and one may experience only some, but not all.

  • Fatigue
  • Bloating
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Feelings of general malaise
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Brain fog
  • Numbness
  • Confusion
  • Headaches
  • Joint and/or muscle pain
  • Skin rash

There are various terms that all mean relatively different things, such as gluten intolerance, gluten sensitivity, and gluten allergy. Most commonly with Hashimoto’s, gluten intolerance is present.

Following a Gluten-Free Diet

If you feel as though you are ready to feel better and want to remove the gluten from your diet, then stock your kitchen with the foods that will help you succeed. In today’s world, a gluten-free diet is not hard to follow – especially since there are now so many products that offer gluten alternatives such as lentil pasta.

Enjoy a diet rich in:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Beans
  • Lentils
  • Brown rice
  • Quinoa
  • Lean meats, poultry, and fish

A quick Google search can help you find recipes for healthier home creations of some of your favorite foods, dressings, and sauces.

 

If you have been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, feel like you have a gluten intolerance, or just want to discuss your health concerns, contact Dr. Randy Hansbrough and his team at (772) 287-7701.

Schedule your free, 30-minute consultation.