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.
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
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.