Autoimmune thyroiditis is endocrine disorder resulting from the body´s defenses attacking the thyroid gland. Even though scientist do not know for sure what causes the immunological reaction, they do know how to treat the endocrine deficiency. But endocrine treatment will not cure autoimmune thyroiditis because the underlying process will continue to harm you. This will leave you, the patient, dependent on medications for the rest of your life.
Before that happens you can do certain things and change some bad habits, in order to improve your health and quality of life. Lifestyle changes to reverse autoimmune thyroiditis are oriented to either decrease immunological hyperactivity or to ensure your thyroid gland´s function is optimal.
1. EARLY DETECTION
This is a key part in reversing autoimmune thyroiditis. The sooner autoimmune thyroiditis is detected, the higher are your possibilities of reversing it. In autoimmune thyroiditis, the immune system progressively destroys your thyroid gland. If enough time passes, the disease will not permit you to synthesize natural thyroid hormone. As a result, you will need endocrine therapy for the rest of your life.
Among the risk factor of having autoimmune thyroiditis are being a woman, being between the ages of 20-60, having a family history of autoimmune disorders or experiencing high amounts of stress (emotional or physical). If you have some of these risk factors, you should note if you have any symptoms related to autoimmune thyroiditis. Among these are fatigue, anxiety, infertility, sexual dysfunction, changes in the menstrual cycle, among others.
2. DECREASE FOODS THAT RAISE YOUR SUGAR BLOOD LEVELS
It has been observed that high sugar blood levels are associated with increased inflammatory state. This constant inflammation in your body can cause many diseases including autoimmune thyroiditis. Therefore, it is important to avoid sugary foods and drinks. Also, try to avoid foods with simple carbohydrates, instead look for complex carbohydrates in integral foods.
3. LIMIT EXPOSURE TO ALLERGENS
Allergens, such as gluten, can trigger immune hyperactivity in your body and harm your thyroid gland. To avoid this, a diet without gluten, grains and dairy can help reduce your immunological hyperactivity.
4. CONSUME HEALTHY FATS
Fats can be either harmful or beneficial in autoimmune diseases. This will depend on the type of fat you consume. Eating foods with omega-3 fatty acids (fatty fish) and medium-chain fatty acids (coconut) cam help reduce inflammation and reverse the immunological process causing autoimmune thyroiditis.
5. AVOID ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS
Even though this can something hard to do, evidence has proven that lots of that chemicals can cause great harm. Chemicals both increase inflammation increasing the destruction of your thyroid gland and disrupt intrinsic thyroid functions.
To avoid toxins do not drink or eat from containers with BPA. Also, if possible moving from industrial areas could help you avoid gases and water containing toxins.
6. TRY TO REDUCE STRESS
Persons with constant stress have been linked to numerous diseases such as obesity and diabetes. These effects are mediated by the dysregulation in your immune systems caused by the constant stress.
Yoga classes, meditation, prayer and even the spa can reduce your daily stress, helping you regulate your immune system.
7. ENSURE YOUR IODINE INTAKE
Iodine is a key component in your thyroid gland´s function. It is part of the components that will make up the thyroid hormones. By increasing your iodine intake, you can ensure your thyroid gland is in optimal conditions.
8. INCREASE YOUR SELENIUM INTAKE
Selenium is a mineral that has been observed to have a key function in regulating thyroid hormones. Additionally, it reduces the risk of suffering autoimmune thyroiditis. In patients with the disease, through an unknown mechanism, selenium lowers the immunological activity of the thyroid gland.
9. TAKE B VITAMINS SUPPLEMENTS
Supplementation with B vitamins has benefited both thyroid gland function and symptoms such as fatigue. B Vitamins are involved with energy production in cells, therefore assuring adequate intake will promote cellular health.
10. PREVENT VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY
Research has shown that most patients with thyroid dysfunction are deficient in vitamin D. Vitamin D is a precursor to a hormone that has interaction with calcium balance, endocrine, and immunological function. Spending safe amounts of time under the sun can boost your endogenous vitamin D production. (Remember UV radiation can cause skin cancer and aging, keeping a balance is essential). Additionally, you can supplement this vitamin in your diet.
11. CONSUME PROBIOTIC PRODUCTS
Finally, promoting a healthy microflora can be crucial in regulating both endocrine and immunological function. Your gastrointestinal microflora can be supported with both prebiotics and probiotics. Also, avoiding unnecessary antibiotic treatment is key to maintaining a healthy digestive microflora.
Following these step can help you stop and reverse autoimmune thyroiditis. However, these must be taken before the onset of the disease or at early stages. A prompt diagnosis from a physician will help you identify this disease and evaluate your thyroid function. Additionally, creating a nutritional plan will help you follow these steps without the need of buying supplements. Lots of the substances mentioned here can be acquired naturally from your diet. Therefore, a consult to a professional dietitian could help you reverse autoimmune thyroiditis.
Professional advice and management will help but you can only achieve truly optimal health levels through personal education along lifestyle changes