I discovered another reason I may have low thyroid that I hadn’t read before. It may be that I have leaky gut syndrome, which is an inflammation of the gut caused by stress, toxins, bacterial imbalances. Leaky gut has been tied to hypothyroidism, or low-thyroid issues. I did not know this until very recently after finding Dr. Axe’s webpage about this connection between low-thyroid and leaky gut syndrome.
I had been treating my low-thyroid only and did not know that I should also treat my intestines making sure that the lining of my intestines were a healthy barrier against toxins.
Outside of trauma, the body maintained a wonderfully effective selective barrier in the small intestine, one that allowed nutrients to enter, but kept out metabolic wastes and microbial toxins rampant in the intestines. – Functional Medicine University
Eating the wrong foods like the typical American diet can cause leaky gut. Basically, the lining of the intestines become more porous, allowing tiny particles of food to enter the bloodstream and toxins to enter the small intestines where they don’t belong.
An autoimmune response that can create illnesses, such as asthma, food allergies, chronic sinusitis, eczema, urticaria, migraine, irritable bowel, fungal disorders, fibromyalgia, and inflammatory joint disorders including rheumatoid arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), according to a website page published by Functional Medicine University.
I felt better when I quit eating prepared meals from the freezer section of my grocery store, as well as any breads, cereals, processed cheese, processed yogurt, and quit eating the candy left out at work on the desk where I work. Sugar is pretty much gone from my diet; I have switched to stevia only. I also didn’t get enough rest, which added to the stress of daily living.
Instead I’ve amped up juicing where I have my juicer where I regularly juice foods every day, and I’ve added what Dr. Axe says is beneficial to treat leaky gut syndrome, and that is drinking bone broth. I made a special trip to my local health food store and bought chicken and also beef bone broth. Dr. Axe says to drink this every day, even go on a fast using bone broth.
I also make sure to eat plenty of raw fruits and vegetables. I lightly steam cruciferous vegetables because they are supposed to be harder for those of us with low-thyroid, where eating raw cruciferous vegetables might block the thyroid functioning so that they block thyroid hormones from being produced.
I find I need plenty of protein in the form of meat, fish and eggs. I feel better with protein. I read somewhere that some of us low-thyroid people need more protein, and I agree.
Now that I have started eating better for my leaky gut, I feel a lot better. My waistline has also decreased and my pants fit better. I feel truly less bloated, and I have more energy.
I think eating clean foods and being aware of what leaky gut syndrome is has helped me feel better in the long run. I can digest my food better and generally feel more energy.