The Hashimoto’s diet is one one of the most discussed topics in the treatment of Hashimoto´s thyroiditis amongst patients seeking treatment for Autoimmune related Hypothyroid disease. And it makes sense – there is no activity that has a deeper impact on our physiology then our daily nutritional intake.
Lazy doctors, short appointments and finding my way to the Hashimoto’s Diet
A big part of treating Hashimoto’s with a Functional Medicine approach is a highly personalized nutritional approach that will deliver nutrient dense, delicious and satisfying low inflammatory meals on a daily level.
Personally I have greatly benefitted from the hashimoto’s diet. It´s a nutritional approach that is based on the latest findings in functional medicine treatment and nutritional science that is focused on treatment for autoimmune related conditons.
After my diagnosis of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis in 2012 I was surprised when my doctor could not really give me any lifestyle related interventions.
He just informed me that it is enough to follow my prescribed treatment of thyroid hormone replacement therapy. I was not very satisfied with this answer. To me this sounded like advice from a lazy doctor.
The whole follow up visit outlining the treatment plan fro my condition lasted 5 minutes. Do you think that is enough to to identify root causes of a complicated autoimmune condition? I don’t think so… So I started to investigate myself.
The Hashimoto’s Diet: Reversing Hypothyroid Autoimmune Disease through Nutrition
When I started to do my own research I discovered many success stories of patients that experienced a dramatic improvement of symptoms after following the Hashimoto’s diet.
The impression I got was that it is possible to reversing Hypothyroid related autoimmune disease through applying a personalized nutritional protocol.
I developed a keen interest to succeed at stopping the advancement of the destruction of my thyroid gland and improving my overall metabolic function via tweaking my diet.
Treating Hashimoto’s disease with a therapeutic Hashimoto´s diet
I discovered a lot of material in the functional medicine circles of various doctors that outlined a clear course of action of implementing a therapeutic Hashimoto’s diet.
What motivated me to investigate were countless stories of patients that had success. This anecdotal evidence was a stark contradiction to what I heard from my endocrinologist at that time.
In the end I knew that only trial and error and my experience could be my guide. My doctor did not suffer from this condition so he had no real life experience in this matter.
The benefits of following the Hashimoto’s diet:
- It can help you to overcome depression, fatigue and inflammation
- It can heal leaky gut in a gradual way
- It will lower inflammation in your whole body
- Dr. Datis Kharrazian recommends it to all his Hashimoto´s patients
The Hashimoto´s Diet can help you to overcome depression, fatigue and pain
What I read about the most in the online forums, videos and books were from patients and functional medicine doctors alike gave me hope and motivation to investigate further.
According to what I learned it was possible that the Hashimoto´s diet was able quickly improve regards to the major symptoms realted to Hashimoto´s disease: depression, fatigue and pain.
I mainly suffered from fatigue and depression but already experienced occasional bouts of joint pain and inflammation. So I had nothing to loose and everything to gain.
In some reported cases the Hashimoto´s diet even cured Hashimoto´s and got it completely into remission!
Dr. Datis Kharrazian and the Autoimmune Gut Repair Diet
The huge body of work created by Dr. Datis Kharrazian was instrumental to give me clear direction and focus.
Dr. Kharrazian is a functional medicine doctor from California that created some of the most authorative scientific publications in the area of autoimmune related hypothyroid treatment.
When I started to implement the Autoimmune Paleo Protocol which he generously outlined for Hashimoto’s patietents around the whole world on his website I started to imidiate witness improvements.
Especially a 5 day fasting program on maple water made it very clear how much my symptoms improved through giving my digestive system a rest to regenerate and heal.
The connection between Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Leaky Gut
According to Dr. Kharrazian there is a strong connection between a condition called leaky gut and autoimmune thyroid disease. In his books he cites ample scientific research articles to proof his methods.
The work of Dr. Fasano related to the gut, immunity and nutrition has contributed on a global scale that many patients suffering from autoimmune disease are implementing now with confidence gut healing protocols to improve their overall health.
I can say with confidence and conviction that leaky gut is the lynchpin in the fight against autoimmunity and Autoimmune throid disease.
I can only encourage any patient suffering from Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis to investigate this matter deeply. Through doing your own research, studies and diagnostic tests it will make sense to you.
Implementing the therapeutic approach of a diet that ensured optimal gut function and applying a gut healing protocol to reversing leaky gut was the back bone in regards to reclaiming my own health. Read more about my simple Hashimoto’s Diet Tips to get sarted the simple way!