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Over the course of the last 9 years, I have seen first hand the tremendous difference that lifestyle changes, addressing root causes and optimizing hormones can make on the health outcomes of a person with Hashimoto’s. I’ve found that the key areas to focus on are:

  • Educating yourself
  • Optimizing nutrition
  • Removing toxins
  • Managing the stress response
  • Supporting gut/digestive health and dental health
  • Hormone optimization
  • Identifying and treating contributing infections
  • Symptom management

I often receive questions from readers about how to get started with the Hashimoto’s journey, and which products I use in my day to day life. I created this page as a one-stop-shop that can hopefully point you in the right direction to helpful resources.

 

Healthcare Resources

Taking charge of your own thyroid health involves educating yourself, finding a like-minded practitioner that can help you, getting labs to determine your current thyroid function and potential triggers, using supportive supplements, cleaning up your home routine and optimizing your nutrition!

Over the last few years, I’ve put together a list of resources to help you, no matter where you are in your thyroid journey!

Educating Yourself

Root Cause Book – A groundbreaking manual that will provide you with a roadmap to identify and remove the triggers associated with causing thyroid autoimmunity, Hashimoto’s, and hypothyroidism.

Hashimoto’s Food Pharmacology – My cookbook and nutrition guide focuses on how to use food as medicine to reclaim your thyroid health. In it, you’ll learn how to tailor your diet to your needs, as well as how to address specific symptoms, with the power of nutrition. You’ll also find 125 delicious gluten, dairy and soy free recipes tailored to those with food sensitivities.

Hashimoto’s Program – The Hashimoto’s Self-Management Program is a step-by-step plan to help you navigate your thyroid or autoimmune journey. Course modules include: Testing, Mindset, Medications, Liver Support, Food, Nutrient Depletions, Antibodies and Nodules, Adrenals, Dental Triggers, Infections, Gut Healing and Next Steps – all designed to help you take charge and restore your health.

Getting Labs to Assess Current Thyroid Function, Track Progress and Identify Triggers

  • Ulta Labs for blood testing – This lab allows patients to self-order labs and the labs are then reimbursed on insurance (if your plan participates – be sure to check with your insurance first!) Some of the most important labs I recommend are:
    • Root Cause Thyroid Panel – A full thyroid panel is recommended to get a complete and comprehensive picture of your current thyroid health. This thyroid panel includes tests for TSH, Free T4, Free T3, TPO and Tg antibodies, and Reverse T3. (Read more on interpreting your labs in this post.)
  • Direct Labs – for functional medicine test kits:
    • The GI-MAP test (for gut infections) is especially helpful. Eradicating gut infections can reduce symptoms and put Hashimoto’s into remission, balancing adrenal hormones, helps with overall hormones, energy, mood, sleep as well as many other symptoms.
    • MyMedLab for food sensitivity and adrenal tests:
      • Removal of reactive foods can eliminate symptoms and reduce thyroid antibodies. The Alletess Food Sensitivity Tests are the most helpful and accurate tests I’ve seen on the market.
      • ZRT Adrenal Stress Profile – This saliva test checks for adrenal imbalances by evaluating one’s adrenal hormones DHEA-S and diurnal cortisol (morning, noon, evening, nighttime).

    Optimizing Thyroid Hormones

    While Synthroid continues to be one of the most commonly prescribed drugs year after year, it’s not always the best drug for each thyroid patient! I recommend working with a clinician that can help you get the right types of thyroid hormones for YOU, whether that’s T4 therapy, T3 therapy, natural desiccated thyroid (NDT) or compounded thyroid.

    I created an eBook about optimizing thyroid hormones to help you to find the ideal balance of thyroid medications that makes you feel your absolute best.

    The compounding pharmacy database can also help you find a pharmacy you can trust to deliver the right type of treatment to you!

    Optimizing Nutrition

    Nutrient deficiencies are a frequent occurrence in Hashimoto’s. As some of the root causes that can trigger Hashimoto’s can be somewhat elusive, addressing nutrient depletions is usually pretty straightforward. Best of all, when we address nutrient depletions, we can feel better really quickly, even when other underlying root causes are still present!

    There are a number of factors that lead to nutrient deficiency, such as taking medications, food sensitivities, poor digestion, gut infection, an altered gut flora, malabsorption, eating conventionally grown foods, and even hypothyroidism itself can lead to nutrient depletions.

    The six most important nutrient deficiencies are:

    • Selenium
    • Thiamine
    • Magnesium
    • Vitamin D
    • Vitamin B12
    • Ferritin (the iron storage protein)

    Nutrients that generally do not require lab testing and monitoring and are safe to take by most:

    • Selenium deficiency has been identified as an environmental trigger for Hashimoto’s. A dose of 200-400 mcg per day has been found to reduce thyroid symptoms and Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPOAb) by about 50% within 3 months! It can also help people with Hashimoto’s-induced anxiety feel calmer, grow their hair back and reduce brain fog. Patients do not generally need to measure selenium levels as lab measurements are not usually reliable.
    • Thiamine, also known as B1, is a vitamin that has been found deficient in people with Hashimoto’s and Crohn’s disease. A dose of 600 mg per day has been found to improve fatigue and low blood pressure around in 3 to 5 days. Thiamine promotes energy and digestion, stimulates the production of red blood cells, works as a powerful antioxidant, and so much more. Patients do not generally need to measure thiamine levels as lab measurements are not usually reliable.
    • Magnesium can help with making you more calm, reduce stress, help with promoting healthful sleep, and prevent the incidence of headaches and menstrual cramps. I recommend a dose of 400 mg or 1 to 4 capsules daily, with meals. Be sure to space it apart by at least 4 hours from thyroid medications, as magnesium can block their absorption. If loose stools are an issue, you may want to consider Magnesium Glycinate. Patients do not generally need to measure magnesium levels as lab measurements are not usually reliable.

    Nutrients that require lab testing and monitoring:

    • Vitamin D deficiency is more commonly found in people with Hashimoto’s and may be a factor in causing autoimmune disease. I generally recommend a dose of 2000 IU to 5000 IU and spending time in the sunshine to get Vitamin D if you have Hashimoto’s. Vitamin D supports the immune system, is good for bone health, improves cognitive function and supports a positive mood. Patients should measure and test their blood levels before supplementing.
    • Vitamin B12 helps with our energy production while reducing fatigue, helps maintain a healthy digestive system, is essential for healthy hair, skin, and nails, and low levels are commonly associated with Hashimoto’s. I find a dose of 5000 mcg daily for 10 days, then 5000 mcg weekly once per week for 4 weeks, then 5000 mcg monthly for maintenance to be very helpful. Be sure to use the sublingual version—swallowing B12 may result in inadequate absorption. Patients should measure and test their blood levels before supplementing.
    • Ferritin is our iron storage protein. Low levels are commonly associated with Hashimoto’s fatigue, hair loss and shortness of breath. Take 1 to 3 capsules daily in divided doses with meals, and keep out of reach of children and pets. Ferritin helps maintain your immune system, plays a major role in the storage of iron in the cells, and helps improve energy. Patients should measure and test their blood levels before supplementing.

    All three of these nutrients can be tested via Ulta Lab.

    Protein Digestion Issues

    Protein deficiency and malabsorption is a frequent occurrence in Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism and may lead to deficiencies in important amino acids such as L-tyrosine (a component of thyroid hormones) and L-glutamine (a component of gut cells), leading to hypothyroidism and intestinal permeability, respectively. In order to address this issue, I recommend a high-quality hypoallergenic protein powder and protein digestive enzymes.

    • High-quality hypoallergenic protein powders – Most protein powders on the market contain soy and dairy, which are very reactive proteins for people with Hashimoto’s. Egg white proteins are less reactive, but unfortunately, those with Hashimoto’s who start using them often find themselves with new-onset egg reactions, because egg whites are difficult to digest for people with intestinal permeability.The protein powders that are best tolerated by people with Hashimoto’s are pea protein and hydrolyzed beef protein. Both are hypoallergenic and easy to digest. You can add them to your Root Cause Green Smoothies. I recommend using the pea protein for cleansing (Liver Support Protocol) and the hydrolyzed beef protein for building (Adrenal Recovery and Gut Balance Protocols).

    Educating Yourself

    Root Cause Book – A groundbreaking manual that will provide you with a roadmap to identify and remove the triggers associated with causing thyroid autoimmunity, Hashimoto’s, and hypothyroidism.

    Hashimoto’s Food Pharmacology – My cookbook and nutrition guide focuses on how to use food as medicine to reclaim your thyroid health. In it, you’ll learn how to tailor your diet to your needs, as well as how to address specific symptoms, with the power of nutrition. You’ll also find 125 delicious gluten, dairy and soy free recipes tailored to those with food sensitivities.

    Hashimoto’s Program – The Hashimoto’s Self-Management Program is a step-by-step plan to help you navigate your thyroid or autoimmune journey. Course modules include: Testing, Mindset, Medications, Liver Support, Food, Nutrient Depletions, Antibodies and Nodules, Adrenals, Dental Triggers, Infections, Gut Healing and Next Steps – all designed to help you take charge and restore your health.

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