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Hashimoto's Disease and Gluten: A Hidden Link to Hypothyroidism

By    |   Tuesday, 28 Jun 2016 06:24 PM

Research has linked gluten consumption to Hashimoto’s disease; gluten is found in such grains such as wheat, barley, and rye.

The disease, also called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, causes the immune system to attack the thyroid gland, which produces hormones directly related to metabolic function.

Hashimoto’s disease is considered the most common cause of hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid, in the United States.

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Gliadin, a protein in gluten, has a similar structure to that of thyroid cells, writes “The Microbiome Diet” author Dr. Raphael Kellman, in The Huffington Post.

"As ... the immune system tags gluten molecules for destruction, thyroid cells get destroyed too. The more gluten you eat, the more antibodies you will make and the more the thyroid will be attacked," said Kellman, describing the autoimmune response that contibutes to Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.

Kellman says he treats Hashimoto’s patients by eliminating gluten in their diets as well as other inflammatory foods, toxins, or medications that may contribute to the disease.

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Gluten intolerance can be mistreated or misdiagnosed because people may think it only causes digestive problems. However, it may not have any digestive symptoms while causing inflammation in the joints, skin, and respiratory system, according to Chris Kresser, a best-selling author on the subjects of ancestral health and nutrition.

Kellman recommends finding a doctor who understands the underlying causes of Hashimoto’s disease and its connection to hypothyroidism.

A gluten-free diet is the first step in treating Hashimoto’s disease and hypothyroidism, according to Dr. Nikolas Hedberg, a practitioner of functional medicine in Asheville, North Carolina. Tests for other food allergies can eliminate offenders. Sometimes foods need to be removed from the diet on a trial-and-error basis.

Hedberg also recommends eating vegetables and healthy proteins at every meal while balancing fats with one-third each of omega-3 fatty acids, monounsaturated fats and saturated fats in a diet for Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism.

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