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Relationship of Gluten and Hashimoto’s Disease: How the thyroid diet can help?

Gluten is a type of protein food source derived from wheat, barley, rye, triticale, spelt, kamut, semolina, wheat germ/bran and oats.

It is one of the most common food sources in the modern diet. From bread to beer. Most people easily eat 5-7 serves of gluten based products each day.In the thyroid diet we recommend removing all sources and you will soon learn why.

The most common sources of gluten include:

  1. Pasta
  2. Bread
  3. Couscous
  4. Flour tortillas
  5. Cookies
  6. Cakes
  7. Muffins
  8. Pastries
  9. Crackers or biscuit
  10. Cereal
  11. Oats (unless specified as gluten free)
  12. Beer
  13. Gravy
  14. Dressings and Sauces
  15. Battered foods
  16. Some stocks
  17. Some candies or lollies
  18. Some deli meats and hotdogs
  19. Vegetarian sausages, patties and meat alternatives (check for gluten free)
  20. Malt
  21. Most “seasoned foods” such as chips and rice mixes
  22. Soy Sauce

Unfortunately however many people with underactive thyroid symptoms need to remove gluten from their diet. In particular if you suffer from Hashimoto’s disease, which many experts believe that almost 90% of all people suffering from underactive thyroid symptomsdo.

Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune disease that enables your own immune system to target your own thyroid gland leading to underactive thyroid symptoms. It is the most common cause of an underactive thyroid. Treatments usually include thyroid diet foods and thyroid replacement therapy.

If you have Hashimoto’s disease, it is advisable to avoid gluten food products in your diet and follow a thyroid diet. The molecule gliadin found in gluten foods mimics the protein found in your thyroid. Once you have gluten intolerance, your body will produce antibodies to fight against the protein found in gluten. However, these antibodies will also target the protein found in your thyroid gland thus worsening your condition.

So it is vital if you wish to achieve your optimal health and weight that you remove all gluten from your diet. This also means that you really need to stick to this long term. Some specialists believe that eating just one serve of gluten will react in the body for up to six months. While I recommend that you should have a least one “cheat meal” per week it is important to make sure that it is still gluten free.

There are some amazing gluten free products that are now readily available at most supermarkets. The taste and texture of these products has improved incredibly in the last few years. While they are gluten free and taste great be sure that you only include these as part of your “cheat meal” as they generally have high amounts of fats and sugar in them.

Signs of Gluten Intolerance and Sensitivity

Many people believe that the only sign of a gluten intolerance is bloating, indigestion and stomach cramps. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. These conditions have also been related the gluten intolerance.

  1. Constipation
  2. Fatigue
  3. Brain fog
  4. Rheumatoid arthritis
  5. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  6. Eczema and psoriasis
  7. Dizziness
  8. PMS, PCOS and unexplained infertility
  9. Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia
  10. Swelling in the joints
  11. Anxiety and depression

Gluten Free Foods to Enjoy on the Thyroid Diet

The thyroid diet gives you plenty of tasty and easy gluten free alternatives so that you will never get bored. Some of these include:

  1. Quinoa
  2. Millet
  3. Buckwheat
  4. Sweet Potato
  5. Tamari Sauce
  6. Brown rice
  7. Rice noodles

The thyroid diet program will give you some great recipes to include these easily into your daily life.

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