Learn more about the autoimmune thyroid condition, Hashimoto’s: How Women are Affected and What You Need to Know, and learn more about how The 30-Minute Thyroid Cookbook: 125 Healing Recipes for Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s can help you restore your health.
Note: This post was written in help of my intern Sarah Gellar, Dietetic Intern.
Hashimoto’s: How Women are Affected and What You Need to Know
What Exactly is Hashimoto’s?
Hashimoto’s disease, or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, is classified as an autoimmune disorder that often causes hypothyroidism, also known as an underactive thyroid.
The thyroid functions as a hormone-regulator, affecting many organs within the body. When the thyroid is underactive, not enough hormones are being released, leading to problems beyond the thyroid.
Signs and Symptoms to Be Aware Of
How do you know if you have Hashimoto’s?
There are a variety of signs and symptoms linked to Hashimoto’s, however, there are often no evident symptoms at first. Before being diagnosed, the thyroid typically gets larger. The enlarged thyroid is called a goiter.
Symptoms of hypothyroidism, which is associated with Hashimoto’s, include tiredness, weight gain, joint and muscle pain, constipation, dry and thinning hair, and heavy or irregular menstrual periods.
Why it Matters
Hashimoto’s is seen in around 5 out of 100 people and it is the most common reason why people experience hypothyroidism. In the U.S., over 14 million people have been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s. Women are more likely (about 8x to be exact!) to have Hashimoto’s than men.
The disease is more prevalent for women between the ages of 40 and 60.
Studies have found that genetic factors contribute to a person’s likelihood of developing the condition, in addition to environmental factors and other autoimmune disorders. More recent studies have looked into nutrition as a factor in the development of Hashimoto’s.
While there is still a lot of research being done on nutrition and Hashimoto’s, researchers have found evidence that certain micronutrient levels play a role in the disease. High iodine intake and deficiencies in selenium, iron, and vitamin D have been linked to Hashimoto’s.
Diet can also help in the treatment of Hashimoto’s disease, which is why I wrote the book: The 30-Minute Thyroid Cookbook: 125 Healing Recipes for Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s which is available for preorder now.
Important Nutrients to Consider
Iodine intake is very tricky for people Hashimoto’s because individuals should take in less iodine, but it is also important to ensure you are consuming enough.
The main food sources of iodine are seafoods (seaweed, scallops, shrimp, salmon, and tuna), animal products (yogurt, milk, eggs), and fruits like cranberries and strawberries. You should also watch out for iodized salt, which is a major source of iodine.
People with Hashimoto’s can benefit from adding more selenium to their diet.
Selenium is found in soil and gets passed on to plants. Foods high in selenium are Brazil nuts, oysters, tuna, whole-wheat bread, sunflower seeds, meats, and mushrooms.
Vitamin D –
People with Hashimoto’s are encouraged to increase their intake of vitamin D. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that supports the body’s absorption of calcium.
The easiest way to get vitamin D is to step outside into the sunshine!
However, those of us that live in places with cold, dark winters need to find other ways to get our vitamin D. Food sources of vitamin D are fish (cod liver oil, wild salmon, sardines) and dairy products.
There is not clear evidence that a gluten free diet can prevent autoimmune diseases, such as Hashimoto’s. Yet, a connection has been found between Hashimoto’s and Celiac disease (an autoimmune disorder where the intake of gluten damages the small intestine).
Due to this finding, people with Hashimoto’s are advised to follow a gluten-free diet as a part of treatment, along with getting tested for Celiac disease. Gluten is found in wheat, barley, rye, and oats that are not certified gluten free. These grains are often in breads, pasta, cereals, and baked goods to name a few.
Be sure to look for gluten free certification, especially if you are diagnosed with Celiac disease, or a gluten free label on packaging at the grocery store.
Additional Nutrients –
Additionally, foods high in phytonutrients, quality fats, and probiotics are all beneficial to people with Hashimoto’s. An overall nutritious diet full of fruits, veggies, healthy fats, and whole grains can benefit everyone, especially those with an autoimmune disorder.
While diet can help increase or decrease your intake of micronutrients, some patients may benefit from additional supplementation as part of an individualized treatment plan when working with their registered dietitian.
The Bottom Line
Food is medicine!
The prevention and treatment of different diseases includes a nutritional approach more and more these days. People are becoming more proactive and the medical field is catching up to the philosophy that medical problems should be prevented rather than treated. Medicine is becoming less reactive, and we have discovered that prescribing medications to treat a problem is not a long-term solution.
For those who are diagnosed with Hashimoto’s or any other autoimmune disorder, diet can make a difference and help to treat a disorder and therefore, relieve symptoms.
That is where the importance of The 30-Minute Thyroid Cookbook: 125 Healing Recipes for Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s comes in.
The 30-Minute Thyroid Cookbook
The 30-Minute Thyroid Cookbook offers the fastest, everyday recipes to take control of hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s symptoms for long-term relief.
When you’re dealing with symptom flare-ups, the last thing you want to do is spend hours cooking. The 30-Minute Thyroid Cookbook offers quick recipe solutions to manage hypothyroid and Hashimoto’s symptoms, so that you can get in and out of the kitchen and back to your life.
From Crispy Baked Tempeh Fingers to Rub Roasted Pork Tenderloin, these no-fuss recipes combine quick and easy prep and cook times for table-ready meals in 30-minutes or less. Complete with a guide to setting up a thyroid-friendly kitchen, plus tons of tips and tricks to make home cooking easier, The 30-Minute Thyroid Cookbook is an everyday solution to get long-term symptom relief.
The 30-Minute Thyroid Cookbook includes:
- An essential introduction that explains the thyroid-diet connection, and offers instruction on foods to eat and avoid, along with guidelines for preparing your pantry and eating out.
- 125 recipes that are all gluten-free and dairy-free, and ready to eat in 30-minutes or less.
- Quick reference labels that allow you to choose what to eat based on your needs, with labels for Paleo, Autoimmune Protocol (AIP), Elimination Provocation (EP), and more!
Don’t let a busy day get in the way of eating foods that support optimal thyroid function. Heal your body with nourishing, quick and easy recipes from The 30-Minute Thyroid Cookbook.
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