Hashimoto’s disease is a condition that causes the immune system to
attack the thyroid gland. Over time these attacks damage the gland,
rendering it no longer able to produce the hormones necessary for several
bodily functions. Out of all the hypothyroid cases, about 90% are autoimmune. My own journey
with Hashimoto’s is what has inspired me to work with and support people who struggle with
similar symptoms that have been plaguing them for years. I was diagnosed with
hypothyroidism in my early 20’s, eventually leading to Hashimotos. I know first hand how
Hashimotos can affect your life and prevent the optimal functioning of other systems in our
body. The following are some triggers that have been shown to trigger Hashimoto’s Disease.
There are several potential triggers for Hashimoto’s disease, including:
Leaky gut, or increased intestinal permeability, which allows bacteria and toxins to “leak” through the intestinal wall and cause inflammation.
Nutrient deficiencies, particularly in vitamins and minerals that support thyroid gland function.
Toxins and chemicals in the environment and lifestyle that impact the immune system and its ability to detoxify.
Hormone imbalances that affect thyroid function.
Chronic stress and its effect on inflammation and the immune system.
Food sensitivities, particularly to inflammatory foods such as gluten-containing grains, dairy, and others.
Blood sugar imbalances that cause inflammation and hormonal imbalances.
Chronic infections that can reactivate and stress the immune system.
Genetics, although no single gene has been identified as causing Hashimoto’s.
It is important to work with a functional medicine practitioner to identify and address the specific triggers for your condition and create a plan to support optimal thyroid function through nutrition and lifestyle changes. At Turnpaugh Health and Wellness, we can assist in identifying and addressing these triggers.