There are over 157 autoimmune disease’s now, up 53 from just a few years ago. Hashimoto’s disease is just one on the ever growing list that includes Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, ADHD, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, autism, movement disorders, chronic fatigue, MS, Celiac disease and other conditions.
To find the answers to our myriad of symptoms we must now rely on functional medicine to find answers that cannot be found in traditional medicine from “regular” doctors. They just are not trained in autoimmune diseases and especially, for you and for me, thyroid conditions.
If you have a doctor who does not understand you and your health symptoms,
find a thyroid trained practitioner here.
HOW TO GET YOUR HEALTH BACK — THROUGH YOUR GUT
“Death begins in the colon” is a very good synopsis of where we need to start and put our attention to get our health back and to rebuild our thyroid, brain and body health immediately.
If you are not on a thyroid reset diet, I have created it for you in my Get Your life Back! Thyroid Health manual here.
Why the colon?
If your GUT, your intestines/colon are not healthy, and compromised to the “leaking gut” stage, you cannot be healthy body or brain.
Your colon and intestine, your GUT, is home to trillions of bacteria that determine which of your genes will be turned on and off. Dysbiosis is always a factor (an imbalance of good vs. bad bacteria in the gut).
Research shows how autoimmune disease can be induced by one type of gut bacteria, and erased by the introduction of another type. Individuals in remission were found to have the right balance of normal bacterial flora, and those that were sick and experiencing a multitude of symptoms had an abnormal balance.
If your gut is not healthy, you are not healthy.
GUT, BRAIN, AND AUTOIMMUNE DISORDERS: THE ROLE OF FOOD
Two ways to get bacteria back into your gut doing their great job:
Find high quality brands in your health food store.
2. Fermented foods
Sauerkraut, pickles, salsa, to name a few.
Fermented foods are some of the best chelators available. The beneficial bacteria in these foods are very potent detoxifiers, capable of drawing out a wide range of toxins and heavy metals. According to Dr. McBride, the GAPS Nutritional Protocol restores your own detoxification system in about 90 percent of people, and the fermented/cultured foods are instrumental in this self-healing process.
“The cell wall [of the bacteria] have chelators; molecules that grab hold of mercury, lead, aluminum, arsenate, and anything else toxic. They hold them until they’re removed through stool.”
ELIMINATE WHEAT AND GRAINS
Dr. Davis, the author of Wheat Belly has plenty to say about the origin of wheat and theory that humans should not eat any grains.
According to Dr. Davis, human beings did not evolve to eat grasses such as wheat, corn, or rice. He believes that most of the modern diseases are due to grain consumption, and that gluten-free is a sliver of what we need to do to restore the gut and our health.
To really heal your Hashimoto’s disease, going 100% grain free is the best, and true for all autoimmune diseases. Today’s wheat and grains are not the same as decades and centuries ago.
Like a three-legged stool, 3 things MUST be present in order for autoimmunity to occur,
1. Genetic predisposition
2. Environmental triggers
3. Intestinal permeability (leaky gut)
When you remove one of these, you can prevent or stop autoimmune disease.
While we can’t change genes, if we know the trigger ,we can remove it. Dr. Fasano, who’s research shows that autoimmune diseases can be reversed, estimates that up to 20% of people with autoimmune conditions, the trigger may be gluten, and removing gluten will reverse the autoimmunity.
Of the 3 factors listed above, genetic predisposition is 20% of our problem, we can’t change these.
But, for #2 and #3, environmental triggers and intestinal permeability (leaky gut), which are 80% of the problem, we have control. So, let’s take control!
FOOD – FRIEND OR ENEMY?
It’s both, and you are in charge of it, and so your health.
- Make your gut as healthy as possible. It truly holds the key to your overall health.
- Remove the food triggers
- Heal intestinal permeability and leaky gut
- Stop, or reverse autoimmunity