Poor gut health can suppress thyroid function and is also part of the “trio” that collide to create the “perfect storm” for Hashimotos to develop:
The trio are:
1) A genetic vulnerability – there are certain gene types that leads an individual to be more susceptible to autoimmune development
2) A trigger/triggers – each person will have their own signs, symptoms and underlying triggers for the development of the condition.
Among the many are:
• Digestive imbalances
• Nutrient depletions
• Adrenal and blood sugar disruptions
• Food sensitivities or intolerances
• Environmental intolerances
3) A permeable Immune Barrier – the most significant of which is the Gastrointestinal Barrier aka leaky gut.
Based on most recent research performed by http://hashimotosinstitute.com
(with whom I am working currently on more specific training to bring to the UK in 2016), here’s a general outline written by Dr Izabella Wentz how she describes the mechanism behind Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism development:
1. “The gut, which is the “home” of our immune system becomes imbalanced, (the early warning signs of autoimmune disease are often gut related, and may include gut distress, acid reflux, bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, constipation). This may also be the beginning stage where fatigue will be seen as the body stops absorbing nutrients properly due to the gut imbalance. The TSH test will likely be normal, but thyroid antibodies will be present, however 99% of the time never run on a standard panel. This is the BEST time to act, work pro-actively with a trained practitioner as it’s so much easier to prevent damage at this point!
2. The immune system starts to attack the thyroid more aggressively (symptoms of anxiety, palpitations, irritability as the damaged thyroid releases hormone into the bloodstream). At this point, thyroid antibodies will likely be detectable, and a slight change in TSH may be seen.
3. The thyroid becomes severely damaged and scarred and can’t produce more hormones, and thus the person becomes hypothyroid (symptoms of hair loss, fatigue, cold intolerance, depression, brain fog, inability to lose weight, a.k.a. the “typical” low thyroid symptoms). At this point, a change in TSH is more likely going to be seen”.
Unfortunately, most people are not diagnosed until about the third stage of Hashimoto’s, that is, if their thyroid problem is uncovered at all!
When we work on at least two of the trio (we can’t do anything about the genes you are born with) – 1) THE TRIGGERS AND 2) GUT HEALTH through lifestyle recommendations to alleviate and reduce triggers together with restoring barrier integrity we can start to break various vicious cycles of inflammation. It’s not a one pill one fix approach, sure it takes time, BUT it’s proactive and is addressing causes rather than treating the end game!
Yours in health,