4 factors that cause thyroid disease
Hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid gland produces insufficient amount of thyroid hormone. The common symptoms are weight gain, fatigue, bad memory, hard concentration, hair loss and even infertility and depression. Almost 90% of hypothyroidism cases result in Hashimoto’s disease, which is immune disease, when he thyroid gland is being attacked by the immune system. Here are the most common triggers for Hashimoto’s disease.
Some cases of hypothyroidism are caused by iodine deficiency so the first logical thought would be the more iodine – the better. But most people with Hashimoto’s do not have iodine deficiency. In fact, taking iodine can make Hashimoto’s worse.
According to the different studies Hashimoto’s rates has tripled after the iodization of salt. Eating iodine-rich food like kelp, seaweed, and iodized salt can actually increase the autoimmune attack on the thyroid, leading to rapid destruction of thyroid tissue. Limiting iodine is often helpful for reducing hypothyroidism in Hashimoto’s for people with adequate or high iodine levels.
2. Gut Imbalances
A lot of sugary food, coupled with too many antibiotics and prescription drugs, can result in a disruption of balance on the beneficial bacteria that lives inside of our intestines. A lack of these bacteria hurts our gut health and impairs the body’s ability to produce digestive enzymes and also affects the immune system.
3. Food Intolerance
People with Hashimoto’s autoimmune condition will often show intolerances to multiple proteins, such as dairy, eggs, soy and gluten. This kind of proteins is not broken down properly and results in inflammation in the intestinal tract, which intensifies the autoimmune attack on the thyroid and prevents the absorption of many nutrients such as the B vitamins, iron, selenium and zinc. These particular nutrients are required for proper thyroid and immune system function.
If you suspect you have food intolerance – try an elimination diet. Cut out the suspected foods one by one for 3 weeks and introduce the potential trigger foods in one at a time every 4 days.
4. Standard American diet
Standard American Diet (SAD) is a diet consisting of high levels of nutrient-deficient processed foods. It may be partially to blame for a rise in autoimmune conditions, Hashimoto’s disease in particular.