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The most common cause of hypothyroidism in America is Hashimoto’s Disease. Hashimoto’s disease is an Hashimotos Diseaseautoimmune condition in which the body’s immune system makes antibodies that attack the thyroid, leading to hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid is not able to produce enough hormones that help the body control metabolic processes. Basically, your body is attacking its own thyroid which then cannot produce enough hormones to regulate your body.

Some symptoms of Hashimoto’s include:

  • Fatigue
  • Poor concentration or memory
  • Brain fog
  • Difficulty losing weight
  • Increased sensitivity to cold
  • Constipation
  • Pale, dry skin
  • A puffy face
  • Muscle aches and stiffness in your joints
  • Excessive or prolonged menstrual bleeding
  • Depression

Since Hashimoto’s is thought to be hereditary, if a family member has it you are likely to have it too. It can also be caused by pregnancy. A diagnosis is made on blood tests that measure levels of thyroid hormone and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) and positive autoantibody tests.

Sometimes the thyroid is no longer producing or not producing adequate hormones which may require the use of hormone replacement therapy. In others, dietary changes and gut healing can help offset the autoimmune response brought on by Hashimoto’s. Some beneficial dietary changes include:

Foods to eat:

  • Most organic vegetables
  • Organic meats
  • Fermented foods
  • Olive oil and olives
  • Coconut oil and coconut milk
  • Low glycemic fruits (apples, berries, avocados, etc.)

Foods to avoid:

  • Gluten
  • Grains
  • Dairy products
  • Sugar
  • High glycemic fruits
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Beans and legumes
  • Soy
  • Mushrooms
  • Nightshade vegetables
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol

If you think you have Hashimoto’s, get a blood test to verify the condition. Before taking replacement hormones, I suggest you try the dietary changes listed above for 30 to 60 days. Then you can start reintroducing foods to see which ones your body reacts to. If you need more support and guidance, feel free to contact me so we can work together to help you live joyfully and successfully with Hashimoto’s.

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