We wanted to share this article from Dr. Izabella Wentz, The Thyroid Pharmacist, about Hashimoto’s and reasons why you may not be getting the proper nutrition:
Throughout my journey to heal from Hashimoto’s, I’ve been able to eliminate all of my symptoms and get my condition into remission, using a variety of interventions. The most profound of these strategies were those that were centered around food and nutrition.
I have come to believe so strongly in the healing power of nutrition, that I’ve focused a large part of my work around teaching people which foods are most beneficial for gut healing, which nutrients are required for proper thyroid function, and which foods are commonly problematic for those with Hashimoto’s. I’ve even written my own cookbook to share my favorite recipes and strategies for using food as medicine with my readers — that’s how passionate I am about the healing potential of food!
However, eating all the organic and nutrient-dense foods in the world won’t do us any good if our bodies aren’t able to extract the nutrition we need from them. The truth is that nutrient depletions are almost always a factor in Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. In fact, I would argue that due to our current farming practices and Western diet, most healthypeople have nutrient depletions, too!
Eating conventionally grown foods, taking medications and having food sensitivities can affect nutrient extraction. Gut inflammation, poor digestion, malabsorption issues, gut infections, and even hypothyroidism itself, can also influence it. For many people with Hashimoto’s, a crucial step towards healing will be addressing digestive challenges that may be preventing them from absorbing the nutrients they need.
In this article, I will explore the role nutrients play in thyroid health, including:
- The types of nutrients our bodies need
- How nutrients are extracted from the foods we eat
- The many causes that affect the extraction of nutrients from food
- The most common nutrient depletions in Hashimoto’s
- How having nutrient deficiencies could be a sign of being in “survival mode”