If you are anything like me, you have been seeking a Hashimoto’s natural treatment for a long time. I have tried many things and removing gluten from my diet has been the number one most effective action I have taken.
I can’t express how life changing this has been.
Removing Gluten From My Diet
Removing gluten has had the most impact on my overall energy levels than anything else I’ve tried and I feel the gluten free diet benefits far outweigh the downsides. Hashimoto’s and gluten are natural enemies.
What is Gluten?
Everyone talks about gluten, but many people don’t actually know what it is. Gluten is found in wheat, rye, and barley. A full definition can be found on celiac.org.
Think breads, bread products, etc. Gluten can be found in items like oatmeal that are considered gluten free, but are processed in factories that process a lot of wheat products, so the cross contamination can be so bad that they are indistinguishable from products that contain gluten.
What Happens When You Eat Gluten?
This can vary from person to person, but studies like those mentioned in this article have revealed that when eating gluten, your body reacts with an autoimmune response and your thyroid can be a victim of that autoimmune response.
In my personal experience, when I eat gluten (I still have a bite here and there, even though I know I shouldn’t), I get immediate headaches, brain fog, and muscle soreness will slowly creep in within an hour.
If I eat gluten a few days in a row, even if it’s just a few bites, I now
Does Gluten Affect You?
The best way to know for sure is through trial and error. I’ve read many times that once you have one autoimmune disease, like Hashimoto’s Thyroidits, you are prone to other, like say, Celiac Disease. You may want to get tested for Celiac first before giving up gluten.
I found this out after I had given it up for a long time, then I come to find out that you have to be eating gluten for at least 6 weeks to be tested for Celiac. There’s no way I could function normally if I had to do that.
I tested this a few times to be sure I absolutely had to give up bread and bread products. It wasn’t easy. I gave it up kicking and screaming. It was the hardest dietary change I have ever had to make.
Does a Gluten Free Diet Actually Make a Difference?
I removed it from my diet for three weeks at a time, then I re-introduced it for at least three weeks. It was shocking how much of a difference it made me in my energy levels. I found that the gluten free diet benefits me so greatly that it’s no longer worth eating gluten.
Here are the results from removing gluten from my diet:
- Headaches were significantly reduced in frequency, from almost daily, to once every few weeks.
- Muscle soreness and sensitivity to touch was reduced significantly as well. My massage therapist even made a comment.
- Mental clarity increased
- My never ending hunger subsided
- Energy levels in general went up so significantly that I don’t even want things with gluten in them anymore. When I think about how I’m going to feel if I eat gluten, It’s REALLY not worth how good it will taste
- I started sleeping more soundly and needed less sleep
- I had less of a “dragging myself around” type of feeling
- The fatigue I felt on my morning commute was severely reduced
- I stopped getting sick so often (headaches, stomach aches, sinus infections, colds, etc…)
The Gluten Free Diet and Your Thyroid
In all the research I have done, one thing is certain, a gluten free diet benefits anyone who has thyroid issues or any autoimmune disease.
The good news is that they make TONS of great gluten free products and with so many people suffering from Celiac disease, it’s so much easier to find good gluten free stuff than it was just a few years ago.
I don’t think eating a ton of processed foods is a good idea, but if you NEED crackers, buy gluten free ones, or if you NEED cake on your birthday, get some gluten free cake mix or go to a gluten free bakery. They make tons of delicious gluten free rice noodles.
Summary of the Best Hashimoto’s Natural Treatments
Cutting out gluten was so life changing for me that I’m barely even tempted by breads anymore. I have such a negative association with eating bread, it’s just not worth the pain I go through.
I’ve read that others have had the same results with cutting out dairy. I have not done that yet, but it’s on my list. But if you are here, then you are curious on how to feel better, so give it a try.
At this point, I’ve also cut out caffeine. That has had a significant impact as well and you can read about it here.
I highly recommend trying one thing at a time. I wouldn’t cut out bread if I didn’t need to, and testing it revealed it’s true effects. If I had cut out gluten and caffeine at the same time, I would never have known which of the two were making the difference.