The best diets for Hashimoto’s thyroiditis And Foods To Avoid

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Hashimoto’s disease is the most common autoimmune condition and the leading cause of hypothyroidism or an underactive thyroid. It is sometimes called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or shortened to Hashimoto’s.

The thyroid gland plays a major role in metabolism, hormone regulation, and body temperature. When a person has Hashimoto’s, their thyroid is chronically inflamed and cannot function as well as a healthy thyroid.

The thyroid often slows or stops the production of essential hormones, which can cause weight gain, dry skin, hair lossfatigueconstipation, and sensitivity to cold.

In this article, learn about what foods to eat and what foods to avoid to help ease symptoms of Hashimoto’s disease.

Best diets for Hashimoto’s thyroiditis

Image of salmon fillet which may be recommended for Hashimoto diet

The Paleo diet may be recommended to treat Hashimotos’s thyroiditis.

There is no specific diet proven to treat everyone with Hashimoto’s. An individualized approach to nutrition is necessary.

Some clinical evidence has shown that the following diets have helped some people with Hashimoto’s:

  • gluten-free diet
  • sugar-free diet
  • Paleo diet
  • grain-free diet
  • dairy-free diet
  • autoimmune modified paleo diet
  • low glycemic index diet

We take a closer look at some of these diets below.

Gluten-free or grain-free

Many people with Hashimoto’s also experience food sensitivities, especially to gluten. There is no current research to support a gluten-free diet for all people with Hashimoto’s unless they also have celiac disease.

However, in a survey of 2232 people with Hashimoto’s, 76 percent of respondents believed they were sensitive to gluten. Those respondents cited constipation, diarrhea, cramping, bloating, nausea, reflux, gas, headaches, fatigue, and brain fog as symptoms of their reactions to gluten.

Of the respondents, 88 percent of those who attempted a gluten-free diet felt better. Many people also reported improvements in digestion, mood, energy levels, and weight reduction.

Gluten-free diets remove all foods with containing gluten, which is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and other grains.

Gluten is commonly found in pasta, bread, baked goods, beer, soups, and cereals. The best way to go gluten-free is to focus on foods that are naturally gluten-free, such as vegetables, fruits, lean meats, seafood, beans, legumes, nuts, and eggs.

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