What does going gluten, dairy, soy and sugar-free do for your Hashimoto’s?
Getting rid of all gluten, dairy, soy and sugar could be the key to feeling better.
Let’s start with gluten.
You may say you don’t have Celiac’s disease so it’s not necessary to cut gluten out of your diet. It could still be a big deal in helping you put your Hashimoto’s into remission because of a condition called non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS). NCGS is basically causes uncomfortable symptoms after eating gluten. See this USA Today article to find out what NCGS is.
Going gluten-free also gets rid of a lot of processed and inflammatory foods by default.
It also may help treat a condition you may be unaware you have SIBO or small intestine bacterial overgrowth. It’s estimated that up to 50% of Hashimoto’s patients have SIBO.
Going gluten-free reduces inflammation and helps you absorb more nutrients which both help thyroid function.
Dr. Westin Childs goes into more depth in this subject.
Why cut out dairy?
According to Izabella Wentz dairy is the second biggest problem food in people with Hashimoto’s. Reactions to dairy vary. Some people get symptoms in their gut like bloating, diarrhea and acid reflux. I personally get bad headaches and post-nasal drip. Sinusitis, asthma and coughing, eczema and skin rashes can be caused by eating dairy.
You really will have no idea if it’s the culprit unless you go off dairy for a few weeks and reintroduce it. I remember thinking “no way is dairy bothering me” but after Cutting it out it was clear that it really did bother me. I personally don’t even feel like I’m missing anything because that hideous headache is gone.
Let’s face it sugar isn’t nutritious at all. There is no benefit. I loved sugar and it was very hard for me to eliminate it. Today it seems too sweet and I prefer the taste of honey and maple syrup but I don’t crave sweets like I used to so I rarely have them.
Sugar Causes inflammation, it rips apart your gut and it causes insulin spikes which are bad for your thyroid and your adrenals. Sugar is no good, very bad for people with Hashimoto’s.
If you still aren’t convinced read this Hypothyroid Mom article.
And last is soy.
Soy contains goitrogens even after cooking which aren’t good for your thyroid. For some it can cause extreme tiredness the next day after having it.
You’re probably thinking cruciferous vegetables are What does going gluten, dairy, soy and sugar-free do for your Hashimoto’s? too. They have been identified as goitrogens because they block iodine production. See this article by Izabella Wentz. Cruciferous veggies are fine if fully cooked or fermented if you are iodine deficient. Otherwise you can feel safe eating them.
But avoid soy always!
Avoiding these foods has made a world of difference for me. I can’t say it was easy in the beginning but the benefits have outweighed the perceived loss. I hope you choose to at least try to cut these out if you are feeling horrible. It may be your magic in fighting Hashimoto’s.
Here is a good starting point: recipes