There is a strong link between (AITD) Auto Immune Thyroid Disorders (both Hashimoto’s and Graves’) and gluten intolerance. The link is so well-established that researchers suggest all people with AITD and sub clinical thyroid dysfunction be screened for gluten intolerance, and vice versa.
So let’s explain the connection?
It’s a case of mistaken identity.
The protein portion of gluten called gliadin closely resembles the molecular structure of the thyroid gland. The immune system responds to gliadin by producing antibodies that can also attack thyroid tissue. This means if you have AITD or Thyroid dysfunction and you eat foods containing gluten, your immune system will attack your thyroid.
Foods that contain gluten (both whole grains and flours) contain substances that inhibit nutrient absorption, damage our intestinal lining and can cause an autoimmune response.
Gluten intolerance goes undetected in so many cases as it is a mistaken belief that it only causes digestive problems. But gluten intolerance can also present with inflammation in the joints, skin, respiratory tract and brain – without any obvious gut symptoms.
The good news is that if you remove gluten completely your health will dramatically improve. And it can be easier than you think.
How to treat Gluten intolerance/allergy
By following an easy 4 Step Plan that incorporates nutritional and herbal remedies the best results are achieved.
How to treat Thyroid problems
In the clinic Trish our naturopath can order specific blood tests (not only TSH) for all your hormones involved in proper thyroid function. Often blood tests reveal a normal level of TSH but more extensive testing shows the other thyroid hormones are out of balance.
Through these tests and with her experience Trish gets a clear picture of how your thyroid is working. This means she can be very specific about what nutritional/herbal, dietary and lifestyle support you need for the relief of symptoms and for your thyroid to function properly.
As a sufferer of Hashimotos herself, Trish has extensive experience and knowledge, which has helped her achieve great success in treating Thyroid conditions.
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