Hashimotos

What is it, and can it be helped?

 

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (HT) is an autoimmune disorder characterized by inflammation of the thyroid gland. It happens when the immune system produces way too many antibodies, which ends up attacking the healthy tissues of our body. This leads to an under-active thyroid. In other words, a lack of the thyroid hormone production in the body, or hypothyroidism. Hashimotos is the #1 cause of hypothyroidism.

Normally, our brains signal a release of the thyroid hormone, but with Hashimotos this process does not happen. That is why it is so important to get your labs checked to see if your thyroid hormones are low. But first, it might help to know the common signs of thyroid dysfunction..

What are the most common symptoms?

-unexplained weight gain
-fatigue
-increased sensitivity to cold
-constipation
-bloating
-muscle aches
-cracked, dry skin
-swollen face, eyes, or belly
-depression, anxiety
-difficulty exercising
-irregular/heavy menstruation
– problems with fertility
-Hair loss or thinning
-Frequent colds or illnesses

Hashimotos is more common in women than men, and many times is passed down genetically. But it can also stem from issues such as leaky gut syndrome and a diet of inflammatory, processed foods. That is why we will look to the gut as a first step in curing Hashimotos.

After getting your lab results, be sure to get a detailed analysis with a health professional such as myself, because Hashimotos is not something that should be left untreated for long.

Source material
American Thyroid Association. Hashimotos Thyroiditis (lymphocytic Thyroiditis)
https://www.thyroid.org/hashimotos-thyroiditis/ Accessed 6/18/2024
Dr. Axe. Natural Remedies for Hashimotos Thyroiditis by Jillian Levy.
https://draxe.com/health/hashimotos-disease/ Accessed 6/18/2024

 

 

 

 

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