Without a doubt, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is the most prevalent autoimmune condition affecting nearly 80% of my clients.
In fact, low thyroid function, or hypothyroidism, has been estimated to afflict upwards of 300 million people worldwide. And up to 60 million of those live in America alone!
Hashimoto’s involves the production of the autoimmune thyroid antibodies Thyroid Peroxidase Antibody (TPOAb) and Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TgAb). When these antibodies infiltrate the thyroid gland, they cause damage to the tissue, which makes the thyroid unable to produce adequate thyroid hormones.
The signs and symptoms of Hashimoto’s include fatigue, sluggishness, increased sensitivity to cold, brittle nails, hair loss, unexplained weight gain, achy joints and muscles, a puffy face, loss of eyebrow growth – especially on the outer third of the brow, diminished sex drive and even depression.
But, know there is hope!
My Quick Fix – Many of my clients have done exceedingly well by simply adding 2 grams of Black Seed Oil to their daily diet. Black seed oil has long been hailed as a cure for “just about anything” and that includes Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.
Black seed oil contains thymoquinone (TQ), a potent phytochemical known for its anti-inflammatory effects, as well as for its antioxidant, antihistamine, antimicrobial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory effects.
In an eight week 2016 Iranian study, participants were given 2 grams of black seed oil per day. The group receiving the oil saw significantly lowered thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) levels, and raised T3 levels. Black seed oil was also found to reduce their thyroid antibodies.
Not only does black seed oil impact the thyroid directly, it also addresses the root cause contributing to Hashimoto’s – infections that can trigger autoimmune disorders. I recommend Amazing Herbs Black Seed Oil. Take 1 teaspoon per day.
I also recommend taking 600 mg of myo-inositol and 100 mcg of selenium twice a day. In a 2017 study published in the International Journal of Endocrinology, researchers found the combination of myo-inositol and selenium remarkably restored TSH, TPOAb, and TgAb levels and increased levels of thyroid hormones in patients diagnosed with autoimmune thyroiditis.
No wonder my clients now tell me they have a restored quality of life!
Now, let’s take a look at the other nine insidious thyroid thieves that may have derailed you to begin with, like a sluggish detoxification system, hidden dental infections, gluten sensitivities, lack of protein, adrenal burnout, dwindling probiotics, and fluoride, bromine and chlorine overload. Not to mention vitamin, mineral and amino acid deficiencies or hidden viruses.
1. Detox Your Body by Addressing Toxic Bile
Bile is a major vehicle for detox, grabbing and binding toxins for elimination. And bile is an unseemly brew of such things as heavy metals, drugs, foreign chemicals, food preservatives, contaminants – whatever the liver is getting rid of goes into the bile. If your bile is thick and congested, all that toxic sludge sticks around in your body.
If you suspect sluggish bile flow as a factor in your thyroid issues, I recommend UNI KEY’s Bile Builder. The unique ingredients in this formula provide optimum bile support and work to help your body produce, thin out and move bile efficiently for optimum gallbladder and liver health.
2. Get to the Dentist!
Find a holistic, biological dentist and have a comprehensive assessment to determine if hidden dental infections are causing anaerobic bacteria to seep into your system from root canals, implants and cavitations remaining from pulled teeth. Check to see if you may be burdened with heavy metals leaching copper and/or mercury from high amalgam fillings. Check out the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine to find a practitioner in your area.
3. Say Goodbye to Gluten
Go gluten free! Modern wheat contains 10 times more gluten than it did 50 years ago. And it’s high in gliadin, a protein that is foreign to our bodies. It highly resembles a crucial enzyme known as transglutaminase which is concentrated in the thyroid. As the immune system attacks the gliadin, antibodies also attack the thyroid.
4. Pump Up the Protein!
Protein is a major normalizer for overall thyroid function. It acts as an escort to transport the thyroid hormone to all bodily tissues. Make sure to have quality protein with every meal and snack. Two of my favorite clean protein sources are my Fat Flush Whey Protein and vegan Fat Flush Body Protein.
5. Address the Adrenals
Healthy thyroid function is intimately related to the adrenal glands, as they work synergistically to keep you functioning. When you’re under stress, your adrenals secrete cortisol which can block the thyroid’s T4 to T3 conversion, creating a vicious cycle that creates burnout for both your thyroid and adrenals. I recommend UNI KEY’s Adrenal Formula. Take 2 caplets three times daily.
6. Push Probiotics
Overuse of antibiotics can harm the beneficial bacteria strains you need in your microbiome. Sugar, stress, and even the medications you use to treat your autoimmune disease can also destroy these essential probiotics.
To create more diversity in your microbiome, you need a good probiotic like Flora-Key. It contains all of the research-backed strains that have been shown to support health when you have an autoimmune disease. This is the powdered probiotic I personally take to keep my gut healthy – and it tastes delicious sprinkled on a bowl of fresh berries.
7. Increase Stomach Acid
People with autoimmune diseases tend to have low stomach acid. Autoimmune reactions can cause gastric and intestinal linings to become inflamed, which decreases the secretion of stomach acid.
If you’ve had tests done that show you are low in iron, calcium, zinc, folate, vitamin B12, or protein, you likely aren’t making enough stomach acid. Supplementing with UNI KEY’s HCl+2 before each meal will help you digest protein and increase your ability to absorb nutrients. Take 1-2 caplets three times daily with meals.
8. Kick Chemicals to the Curb
Many of my clients are overloaded with fluoride, bromine and chlorine which negatively impacts the thyroid by competing with iodine. Some of the worst chemical culprits can be found in water, toothpastes, hot tubs, non-organic foods, soft drinks, teas, commercial breads, some medications and brominated vegetable oils.
Consider installing a CWR Under Counter AIO Water Filter with Metalgon in your home. There’s also a countertop model and a shower filter. They use four stages of advanced filtration to remove chlorine, chloramine, fluoride, glyphosate, pharmaceuticals, heavy metals and more.
9. Add Smart Fats, Vitamins and Minerals
And if there’s one thing we should all be taking daily, it’s a good quality multivitamin. A comprehensive formula with highly absorbable forms of the essential vitamins and minerals can help fill the gaps where diet just isn’t enough.
UNI KEY’s Advanced Daily Multivitamin includes additional nutrients that research has found to be important to all adults – whether you have Hashimoto’s or not.