The thyroid is the master gland in the body. It impacts everything in the body from metabolism, to temperature regulation, to our menstrual cycle. If our thyroid gland is running a little sluggish, we might find ourselves with a diagnosis of hypothyroidism.
If we have Hashimotos Thyroiditis, we have an autoimmune condition where the bodies immune system attacks the thyroid gland, leading to compromised function.
As a result, we may bounce back and forth between experiencing symptoms of hypothyroidism (like cold intolerance, depression, hair loss, etc), as well as hyperthyroidism (anxiety, heart palpitations, increased appetite, etc).
It’s important to not only test TSH, Free T3, and Free T4 — but also to test thyroid antibodies (TPO, TGAB) for a proper diagnosis regarding thyroid function.
Common Triggers of Hashimoto’s:
Poor Gut Health – Dealing with tons of gas, bloating, food sensitivities, and digestive woes? Underlying causes might include candida, h.pylori, SIBO, parasites, low stomach acid, intestinal permeability, or dysbiosis. Consider stool testing, such a GI-MAP test, and also don’t be afraid to snag a copy of Dr Ruscio’s Healthy Gut Healthy You.
Vitamin & Mineral Deficiencies – Those struggling with Hashimotos may struggle with deficiencies in vitamin D, B vitamins, selenium, magnesium, zinc, ferritin, and more. Make sure to get regular blood work, and consider supplementing to bridge the gap.
Diet – Those with thyroid issues may feel better being gluten and dairy-free. Some women see immediate improvement in symptoms after removal, so don’t be afraid to test things out and see how you feel. Cholesterol is a precursor for hormone production and regulation, so make sure to be eating ample dietary health fats from sources like avocados, salmon, olive oil, etc as well.
This is just scratching the surface, of course. Others triggers may include hormonal imbalance (especially estrogen excess / estrogen dominance), HPA axis dysfunction, blood sugar dysregulation, and environmental exposures.
Avivva Romm’s Adrenal Thyroid Revolution, as well as Izabella Went Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Hashimoto’s Protocola are fantastic reads for more information.