Improving Gut To support Thyroid

Healing the thyroid is going to be a big needle mover for you if you have a Thyroid condition.  The thyroid has an effect on nearly every process in the body from digestion to reproduction to mental health.

 

If your thyroid isn’t working properly you might be suffering. The beauty of functional medicine and being a health coach is being able to get to the root problem. With the thyroid, this means looking at the underlying health of the gut and the menstrual health, as well as stress and toxin exposures you might be exposed to.

 

Improving Gut Function

Eating a diet that supports the thyroid

Stress management

Detoxification

Improving Menstrual Health

 

IMPROVING GUT FUNCTION: 

Gut dysbiosis can interfere with proper thyroid function. When the gut bacteria is imbalanced, food isn’t well absorbed. Larger molecules are able to cross through the gut wall and inflammation in the body increases. This can provoke an immune response and can cause autoimmune conditions if left untreated.  

 

If the client already had an autoimmune condition, GUt dysbiosis can make it worse.

 

To help Improve Balance in the GUT

♦ Include Fermented foods or probiotics

♦ Avoid sugar in all forms

♦ Increase Fiber intake

♦ Eliminate

♦ Gluten

 

Fermented foods and probiotics are beneficial for healing the gut. Fresh fermented food, such as sauerkraut, yogurt, kefir, and Kimchi can help shift the intestinal flora from the bad bacteria that can affect both the immune system and the thyroid, to the beneficial bacteria that can keep the gut in tip-top shape.

 

Try adding 1-2 tablespoons of sauerkraut or kimchi to each day. These foods may take a little getting used to but the benefits are worth it. Or you can even try to make your own fermented vegetables, which can be empowering and fun. The instructions are easy and can be found online on a number of websites.

 

As a reminder, prepared yogurts tend to have a lot of sugar and very little bacteria.  Plain full-fat yogurt is always a better option or non-dairy.

 

PROBIOTICS are beneficial bacteria that help the gut repopulate the good microbes, and eliminate the bad ones.

 

People with low immunity have been found to have lower amounts of bacteria lactobacillus and Bifidus and higher amounts of opportunistic e-coli and prodiac bacteria. E Coli and prodigious species are often referred to as opportunistic pathogens because they only become pathogenic when the opportunity is just right. If they are outnumbered by probiotic bacteria they behave like good citizens of the gut. But in times when they outnumber the probiotics, they start damaging the gut wall leading to gut permeability.

 

This is why probiotics can be so helpful in supporting a client with an autoimmune thyroid disorder.

 

Probiotics come packed in capsules, liquids, and in yogurt.

 

Probiotics can have some side effects, such as diarrhea, nausea, bloating, and headache. It’s important that you start at a low dose of 10 billion colony forming units or CFU, and then work your way up to a higher dosage to avoid side effects.

 

Avoid sugar in all forms: 

It is not friendly to the gut. Eating sugar increases inflammation in the GU tract and shifts the balance in the gut bacteria.  Harmful bacteria grow rapidly on a diet of sugar displacing the good gut bugs.  

 

Over time insulin resistance can develop, where sugar is knocking on the door of the cells, but the cells are just ignoring it.  The body then makes more insulin, but the sugar stays high.  This high sugar, high insulin state can contribute to autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and Graves disease.

 

It also contributes to inflammation in the gut and brain and exhaustion of the adrenal glands and interferes with detoxification pathways.  As you can see, it disrupts overall metabolism and wellbeing.

Sugar is hidden in a lot of foods that are not even sweet, such as tomato sauces and dressings.  It is essential to take the time to learn to read labels and take the time in purchasing good quality food, not junk (avoid hidden sugars).

Your health is in your hands and making “smart” purchases at the grocery store is where it all starts.

 

Fiber is beneficial to the Gi tract:  

There are 2 types of fiber: soluble and insoluble.

 

Soluble Fiber:  dissolves in water and helps to keep the GU contents moving.

 

Insoluble Fiber: Insoluble fiber is more gritty.  Scrubs the walls of the colon clean as it moves through.

 

You need a balance of both to keep good colon health.

 

A lot of foods have both soluble and insoluble fibers such as leafy green vegetables, fruits, oatmeals, and lentils.

 

Be mindful for a moment of the amount of fiber you are having in a day and try to work your way up to 40-50 grams per day.

 

ELIMINATE GLUTEN from “diet”

I do not like the word “diet”. But I am referring to your daily intake of food.

 

You can better serve yourself by eliminating Gluten from your “diet” because it contributes to leaky gut and dysbiosis and autoimmune disease.

 

A KEY Factor in healing the thyroid is to avoid wheat and possibly any other grain products. Depending on you and your unique sensitivities.

 

FACT

Did you know that people with untreated celiac disease are 3 times more likely to have thyroid disease and it gets better when they eat a gluten-free diet, in fact, some people have even seen a complete remission in their autoimmune thyroid condition after removing gluten from their diet? Talk about healing from nutrition/ food as medicine.

One way to improve thyroid function is to support optimal GUT function!

This blog is for educational purposes only.  This blog is not a substitute for professional care by a doctor or other qualified professional care.  This blog is provided with the only understanding that it is not to replace medical or other professional advice or services.