When dealing with a thyroid condition, and other autoimmune diseases, you’ll find that foods that cause inflammation need to be side-stepped.
What is Inflammation?
Inflammation is the body’s first response to an injury or disease. Inflammation informs you that you need to pay attention to an injured or diseased area so that you don’t continue to use it and worsen the problem.
Inflammation is an immune system response. Say you have hurt your shoulder and it’s “inflamed”, the inflammation is initially beneficial when your shoulder needs protection and care. But it can become self-perpetuating. The body creates more inflammation in response to the existing inflammation. Sometimes the immune system goes haywire and triggers an inflammatory response when there is no injury or disease process present. This is an autoimmune disease. Thyroid problems are in this category.
Certain foods can cause inflammation to get worse.
EGG YOLKS and INFLAMMATION
One of the highest Arachidonic Acid foods – those that cause inflammation in people with autoimmune diseases – are EGG YOLKS. 70 mg per yolk. Egg yolks are also Omega 6’s, which we tend to have too much of in our systems in the American SAD diet (Standard American Diet). Maybe you don’t eat egg yolks every day, but they are ingredients in many pre-packaged foods so count up over time.
Noticable symptoms from inflammation can include aching in burning in legs, joints, etc.
Effects of Inflammation: Symptoms, Conditions, and Related Diseases
There is a wide range of conditions and diseases that are linked with chronic inflammation or that have an inflammatory component:
- acid reflux/heartburn
- allergies and sensitivities
- Alzheimer’s disease
- celiac disease
- chronic pain
- Crohn’s disease
- dry eyes
- heart disease
- high blood pressure
- insulin resistance
- interstitial cystitis
- joint pain/arthritis/rheumatoid arthritis
- metabolic syndrome (syndrome X)
- Parkinson’s disease
- periodontal disease
- Sjögren’s syndrome
- spastic colon
- systemic candidiasis
Thyroiditis is not on this list, but fibromyalgia is, and all symptoms that become part of a thyroid condition over time are increased by inflammation.
Where to get Omega 3’s if not from Eggs
The total Omega Fatty Acids in an Egg Yolk:
- Omega-3 fatty acids = 554mg
- Omega-6 fatty acids = 8597mg
We need more healthy Omega-3s than 6s due to our pretty bad American diet which is overloaded with Omega-6s. So, some doctors claim that in order to process arachidonic acid correctly (a component in iodine that is in egg yolks), and get your supply of the Omega-3 fatty acids, is to find it in fish oil.
Eat Fish, Take Fish Oil
Eat 3-5 servings of fish a week, and/or supplement with high grade fish oil to boost brain power and other health goals and resolve problems with inflammation.
How many Omega Fatty Acids in the Egg White? ZERO!
What you do get from egg whites is protien plus a few vitamins but more minerals, like:
- Calcium 17.0mg 2%
- Iron 0.2mg 1%
- Magnesium 26.7mg 7%
- Phosphorus 36.4mg 4%
- Potassium 396mg 11%
- Sodium 403mg 17%
- Zinc 0.1mg 0%
- Copper 0.1mg 3%
- Manganese 0.0mg 1%
- Selenium 48.6mcg 69%
The problem, even with egg whites is that if the egg layer – the awesome chicken – is fed questionable grains laced with supplements, iodine, pesticides, hormones, GMO grains, etc. they are not healthy for you.
Find out about EGG YOLKS and IODINE too!
Can I Ever Eat The Whole Egg Again?
It’s not “never” eat eggs with the yolk if your body is symptom free, but mostly, if you’re going to eat eggs, eat the nutritious egg whites and buy organic-grass-fed.