"Thyroid disease is more common than diabetes or heart disease."

~ American College of Endocrinology

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More than 30,000,000 people in the US and 200 million worldwide have a Thyroid Disorder Most affected are women. Some estimates are over 50 million in US and over 200 million worldwide, and growing.

Estimates vary widely as most patients are misdiagnosed or undiagnosed because doctors don't know what they are looking for.

Thyroid disease is also an autoimmune disease. This means that over 27 million people have one or more of the over 105 known autoimmune diseases.

Are you one?

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Have You Been Getting Glutened?

Getting “Glutened” is a Thing!

Sadly for us, unable to eat gluten, 99% of that food will be gluten rich. With a thyroid condition, and especially Hashimoto’s disease, we miss out on most of the baked and other traditional and even ethnic family gluten foods. It’s a vigilant work to stay away from gluten and though we can “accidentally” ingest some while trying foods and nibbling at events away from home. It’s to our best interest to stay away from it 100%.

Gluten is in everything! There’s actually a term for eating gluten when we’re not supposed to, did you know that? It’s being or getting “glutened”.

I’m sure you know exactly what being or getting glutened feels like. Here are reminders if you don’t… and of course they are a bit different for everyone. The variety of symptoms includes

  • weight gain
  • brain fog
  • blurred vision
  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • headache
  • rash
  • weakness
  • joint pain
  • swelling
  • swelled tongue
  • vomiting
  • fatigue

And that’s just the symptoms you’re aware of.

For us, yes, there’s more, gluten is a disaster to the gut. Gluten causes inflammation and damage to the intestines leading to leaky gut which can trigger or cause a flare up in autoimmune disease. It can also cause your immune system to attack your thyroid, worsening thyroid dysfunction symptoms.

How long does it take the gut to repair after gluten exposure?

It depends, for healthy individuals, healing likely takes only a couple of weeks. For those with Celiac disease (and perhaps autoimmune diseases in general), fully healing the lining of the small intestine may take years. All the rest of us are in-between.

Staying away from, and not playing with eating even “just a little” gluten, ridding yourself of this inflammatory protein, reducing inflammation, and healing your gut from the damage are essential to your recovery more quickly.

It’s just too easy, especially during special events, celebrations and holidays to loosen our willpower and try a little of this and a little of that. “It won’t hurt me.” It’s easy to get back into thinking “fat and calories” is the big problem. They are not! It’s your complete health rooted in immune and gut health that you and I cannot afford to play with. The damage is unseen, but is disastrous over time.

Choose wisely the foods you know you can eat and stick with your plan. If you don’t know what to eat I suggest my Thyroid Diet found in my Get Your Life Back Manual. The slips in food choices you make can affect you for a lifetime.

By the way, no, I don’t like it either! I have my “why me?” moments, and have to muscle through some of them to let them go and stick with the plan! I have to remember the outcome and results I want at the end of the day.

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