So last week we discussed how leaky gut is responsible for autoimmune thyroid problems and pretty much all autoimmune issues. By the way, you can have more that one autoimmune disorder so be careful…bad situation to be in. I talked about gluten and casein being triggers and so now we need to discuss how to eliminate them from your diet and how to heal with supplementation.
Going gluten free doesn’t mean grain free although I think eating less grain in general is not a bad idea. Gluten is in wheat, rye, barley and some other grains. There is no gluten in rice or quinoa so you can use those grains in moderation. I don’t think it’s a good idea to over use these grains to replace gluten containing grains. You are still consuming a lot of starch then and it’s still grain. So careful there…some is ok. When I talk about the Paleo diet I’m referring to a vegetable based Paleo diet…no not vegetarian but not overly heavy on proteins either. There are studies that show that high protein diets can be cancer causing. So moderation please. If I’m looking at my dinner plate, I see some chicken (1/2 breast) or some other protein (grass fed organic beef, lamb, fish), a big mixed salad with homemade dressing, some steamed veggies. I might include some spaghetti squash, yam or sweet potato or quinoa. Sometimes some rice but my fave is wild rice because it’s not a grain and it’s really good:) I’ll be providing some recipes next week and menu plans.
Dairy free might be a bit harder for some of you. There are alternatives though but stay away from soy based cheese replacements. Almond milk, cashew milk, macadamia milk, coconut milk, etc. are good alternatives. You will need to do some research into replacing dairy in your recipes. I’ll help in the next blog.
We need to know if you have any underlying infection/infestations (bacteria, parasites, fungus, adrenal issues) and a few other details. Please complete the Infection-Infestation-Endocrine Questionnaire so some supplementation decisions can be made. The questionnaire has all the info re how to supplement.
Some key nutrients for optimal thyroid & immune function are B vitamins, EFAs, Iodine, Iron, Selenium, Tyrosine, Vit A, Vit D, and Zinc. These can be considered on a case to case basis.
So stay tuned for next week when I give you some recipes and menu plans.