Hashimoto’s Specialist

Hashimoto’s disease
, also called chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, is an autoimmune condition that attacks your thyroid. The thyroid is an important gland in your endocrine system which regulates many of your body’s activities through the production of hormones. The thyroid gland is responsible for everything from metabolism to heart rate, and much more. Hashimoto’s disease can be devastating to a person’s body, brain, digestion, and lifestyle. 
Hashimoto’s disease is an underactive (hypo) thyroid disorder. It is the most common hypothyroid disorder in the US and affects women at seven times the rate as it does men. Diagnosis is done through blood tests which detect elevated levels of anti-thyroid peroxidase antibodies.

What are the symptoms of Hashimoto’s?

  • Weight gain
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling cold
  • Constipation
  • Dry, brittle hair
  • Hair loss
  • Hoarse voice
  • Dry, pale skin
  • Depression
  • Puffy face
  • Stiff joints
  • Irregular or heavy menstruation
  • Slow heart rate
  • Fertility problems

Beyond these symptoms, Hashimoto’s is also related to other conditions. Some are caused by the ongoing symptoms while other conditions have an exacerbating relationship, where multiple conditions create and worsen one another. These include things like: acid reflux, nutrient deficiencies, leaky gut, anemia, impaired digestion, anxiety, chronic fatigue, brain fog, food allergies, and environmental allergies.

Hashimoto’s disease has also been shown to cause brain swelling. While many of the negative impacts of this condition are obvious, what many people don’t know is that frontal cortex swelling also leads to slower gastrointestinal function, resulting in gas, bloating, fermentation of undigested food, and leaky gut syndrome

Because symptoms are so pervasive, yet vary from person to person, Hashimoto’s often goes undiagnosed. Many people are treated for their GI problems as a completely separate issue, while brain conditions are often seen as a regular part of aging. That is why seeing a Hashimoto’s specialist who understands the interrelatedness between these symptoms is the best way to begin getting them under control.

What can a Hashimoto’s Specialist do to help?

Hormone replacement can be an effective piece of the treatment puzzle for Hashimoto’s patients, however, it should not stop there. Hashimoto’s is a complicated autoimmune disorder. It is impacted by diet, stress, spikes in insulin, and even fillers found in some hormone replacement medications. Depending on your hormone levels, even specific herbs meant to improve hormone function can have a negative impact for certain people. That is why having a Hashimoto’s specialist help you navigate a treatment that is right for your individual condition is so important.

Hashimoto’s treatment will likely include dietary restrictions, such as a gluten-free diet. In addition to gluten, alone, there are other foods that may negatively impact your hypothyroid condition. These may include rice, sesame seeds, eggplant, soy, and corn. A Cyrex lab test narrows down food sensitivities, and is an integral part of developing a management plan that is right for your body. Other treatment options may include stress reduction training, supplements, methods of regulating blood sugar levels, and balancing the beneficial bacteria in your digestive track.