Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is one of the Autoimmune Disease’s I have. I am glad I finally have some answers about what is going on with my body, but I can’t help but feel a sense of overwhelming anxiety about it. It seems that I am not alone because the first thing my doctor said was “this is the most common autoimmune disease in America”. Now that I am at peace with this part of my diagnosis, I am here to write about what Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is, how people can get it and what to do once you have been diagnosed.
What is Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis?
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is a condition of the thyroid gland caused by the formation of antibodies that make the thyroid attack itself. This usually can lead to hypothyroidism (aka too little thyroid hormone production).
Thyroid hormones help control how your body uses energy and without the hormones, your body cannot function properly. It is more commonly seen in woman than men and your chance of getting Hashimoto’s increases if someone in your family has it.
What are symptoms of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis?
Everyone has different symptoms, but these are the most common symptoms reported. The ones with green check marks are the symptoms I personally experienced the most which lead me to be tested for autoimmunity in the first place.
So what should you do if you have some of these symptoms?
At first, my doctor told me all of my thyroid levels were within the normal range, which concerned me because once again, I still had no answers about what was going on with my body. I went back and asked her to test for all antibodies and all autoimmune diseases
It is very important that you go and consult your doctor before self-diagnosing or self-healing. If you go to a traditional MD, ask them to test for autoimmune diseases. If you are specifically concerned about Hashimoto’s, ask them to test your thyroid hormones and antibodies.
The antibody test can show if your thyroid is beginning to attack itself without weakening the thyroids ability to produce hormones yet. Without the antibody test, I would still be undiagnosed because everything seemed ‘normal’ on my doctor’s tests. Once again, work with your doctor or seek help from an integrative practitioner or RD.
What do I do now?
Luckily, since it is the most common autoimmune disease, there are so many resources for you. It is important to get to the root cause of Hashimoto’s. Usually, Hashimoto’s can develop from improper gut health, improper nutrition, and hormone imbalances. It is very important to work with someone like me, a nutrition professional, that concentrates on autoimmune diseases.
Diet and nutrition are very important when it comes to healing and remission. And remember that everyone is different and has very different needs. Personalized nutrition is my number one recommendations when it comes to Hashimoto’s (or any other autoimmune disease/ imbalance).
Some of my popular Hashimoto friendly recipes:
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