Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

What is Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis?

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease, and is another form of Hypothyroidism (under active thyroid).

Being an autoimmune disease means that there is inherent inflammation in the body. When your body is in a state of inflammation, the adrenal glands release more cortisol (also referred to as the “stress hormone”) in an attempt to reduce the inflammation.

Your body will literally steer away from making other important hormones  in order to produce enough cortisol.

You also have less of the hormone, progesterone made in favour of more oestrogen.

Oestrogen plays a crucial role in thyroid health and when it is in excess, it can lead to decreased amounts of available thyroid hormone.

This increased production of cortisol and the changed production of hormones causes fatigue, trouble concentrating, general aches and pains, and also lowered libido.

Although this can occur at any age, it is most often seen in middle-aged women. And as already mentioned, it is caused by a reaction of the immune system against the thyroid gland.

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is the most common cause of clinical hypothyroidism in Australia. And here are some more of the signs and symptoms.

Signs and Symptoms of Hashimoto disease may include any of the following:

  • Constipation
  • Difficulty concentrating or thinking
  • Dry skin
  • Enlargement of the thyroid gland
  • Goitre
  • Croaky Hoarse voice
  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss
  • Lowered libido
  • Heavy and irregular periods
  • Intolerance to cold
  • Mild weight gain

How to help Hashimoto’s with Diet and lifestyle

  • The thyroid gland is very susceptible to toxicity, especially that of heavy metals. Reduce exposure to heavy metal toxicity, so our Integrated Detoxification program can help.
  • Identify dietary triggers to immune responses. This can be done using our special Elimination and Rechallenge Diet.
  • Avoid foods that may affect thyroid function – e.g., broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, kale, spinach, turnips, soy, beans, and mustard greens. These vegetables can affect the way iodine is used. So if these are your chosen vegetables, you may be able to counteract these effects using a good Iodine supplement.
  • Follow a diet of balanced healthy eating that helps balance blood sugars.
  • Manage stress, exercise and take the nutrients that help good thyroid health.

Give us a call on 9879 9596 or Contact us  here if you have have been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s or if you have signs or symptoms of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.

We can arrange a Laboratory test to check thyroid function. This includes checking your levels of:

  • Free T4, Serum TSH, T3, Thyroid autoantibodies
  • Additional testing may also be required depending on the individual.

How Naturopaths at Your Wellness Centre Treat Hashimoto’s

  • Support healthy thyroid function using appropriate herbs and supplements.
  • Manage autoimmunity assoc with Hash
  • Diet to reduce immune activation, inflammation and support thyroid function
  • Manage interference of stress
  • Check for toxicity and heavy metals
  • Help reduce excess body fat and maintain a healthy body composition.

Get in touch now

To make an appointment phone (03) 9879 9596.