I always advise clients with autoimmune-related hypothyroidism to strictly avoid gluten for four weeks. And if after totally avoiding gluten for this trial period they feel significantly better I encourage them to keep going with a gluten free diet as this food ingredient is likely a problem for them.
Gluten Is In A Wide Range of Supermarket Foods
Gluten is a common food ingredient. This protein is found naturally in a variety of grains including wheat, rye, spelt, barley, oats, and triticale, which is a cross between wheat and rye.
You will also find gluten in a range of processed foods such as bread, pasta, breakfast cereals, desserts, biscuits, sauces, and microwave meals.
Gluten Can Trigger A Wide Range of Symptoms
The problem with gluten is that it easily irritates, and damages the digestive tract. Once this happens the body reacts to gluten as something that is foreign, and launches a rapid immune response.
This then triggers inflammation which spreads like wildfire throughout the WHOLE body.
As a consequence, a gluten sensitivity not only causes specific digestive problems it can cause much broader health issues.
Are you concerned gluten may be causing problems for you?
You can learn more here: Problem With Gluten? Here’s A Quick Gluten Intolerance Checklist
The Gluten-Thyroid Connection
- Gluten easily causes destruction to the lining of the digestive tract.
This leads to malabsorption of a wide range of nutrients. This is not good news for your thyroid health as the thyroid is particularly sensitive to a drop in nutrient intake. For example, iodine, zinc and selenium are necessary nutrients to support ongoing thyroid hormone activity.
- Gluten can cause your immune system to start attacking the thyroid.
Research shows the body gets confused between gluten and the thyroid tissue. For some individuals, when they strictly eliminate gluten from their diet their thyroid antibody levels decrease.
- Digestive distress due to gluten can cause low intake of nutrients that support thyroid health.
The most common nutrient deficiencies due to low absorption include of iron, folate, B12, calcium, and essential fats. These deficiencies should improve by strictly adhering to a gluten free diet.
- Glyphosate residues in wheat and other crops are particularly damaging to the gut microbiome.
What’s really going on with gluten-containing grains, particularly wheat? The surge in gluten sensitivity is considered to be due to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup®. This broad spectrum herbicide is widely used on wheat and other crops. Studies show this chemical damages the gut microbiome. In other words, increased use of this broad-spectrum herbicide is the REAL reason we are seeing an epidemic of gluten intolerance.
A Gluten Free Diet Could Help Heal Your Thyroid
A gluten free diet strictly excludes all gluten. This may sound restrictive but fortunately, there are many gluten free alternatives now available.
The best news?
A nutritious, REAL food diet is naturally low in gluten. That’s because vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, seeds, meat, and some grains don’t contain gluten. Despite this fact, shifting to a gluten free diet is a big change, and it can take some getting used to. You may even feel downright deprived.
BUT many people find there are major benefits. Avoiding gluten can boost energy levels, reduce brain fog, put a stop to bloating, and assists long term weight loss.
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