6 Signs & Symptoms of Hashimoto’s Disease (Plus 3 Supplements to Boost Thyroid Health)

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An in-depth look at Hashimoto’s Disease, what factors increase your risk, and what you can do to reverse the condition.

Over 30 million Americans struggle with a thyroid condition and many more are completely unaware. (1) Women are more affected, as one in eight will uncover a problem at some point in their lifetime. Interestingly, Hashimoto’s Disease conditions have increased dramatically over the past decade, raising your risk of a full-blown hypothyroid condition, as well as your risk of developing thyroid cancer. (2)

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This underlying condition can slowly develop over many years and can be difficult to uncover. Your thyroid gland communicates with every single cell in your body, so if it’s not firing on all cylinders your energy levels, waist-line and vitality will all suffer.


What Is Hashimoto’s Disease?

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An autoimmune condition occurs when your body, specifically your immune system, starts attacking itself. This “friendly fire” occurs when your immune system gets scrambled, and rather than sending out immune soldiers to fight off bacteria and viruses, the immune cells mistakenly attack your body’s tissues. Autoimmune conditions can impact various areas of your body – intestinal cells in Celiac disease, pancreas in type-1 diabetes, nerve cells in multiple sclerosis, or your thyroid cells in the case of autoimmune thyroid.

An autoimmune condition occurs when your immune system starts attacking itself.

Hashimoto’s disease (also called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis) is the medical term for an autoimmune thyroid condition, named after the Japanese researcher who discovered it in the early 1900s. Approximately 90% of patients with a hypothyroid condition test positive for autoimmune antibodies, highlighting the role of your immune system in the dysfunction.(3) Autoimmune conditions can build silently for 10-15 years before you experience exaggerated symptoms, such as; unexplained fatigue, sluggish bowels, brain fog, inappropriate weight gain, dry hair or hair loss, always feeling cold, high cholesterol, poor immunity or low libido, just to name a few.

What causes an autoimmune condition? Like most chronic diseases,  it’s multi-factorial. Let’s look at some of the common risk factors.


Causes of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

Leaky Gut

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Hashimoto’s conditions are not thyroid problems at all, as I discussed above, they’re immune system problems; your immune system is inadvertently attacking your thyroid. Over 80% of your immune system is in your gut, which makes your digestive health a top priority. Stress, a high-sugar diet, too much alcohol or caffeine, allergenic foods and a whole host of other factors can lead to dysbiosis – the build-up of bad gut bacteria – and ultimately a leaky gut.

Stress, too much sugar and caffeine can lead to a leaky gut, and ultimately a thyroid disorder.

A leaky gut occurs when contents from your intestine – undigested food particles, bacteria, viruses, etc. – make their way into your bloodstream through tiny holes in your intestinal wall. Imagine a long cheese-cloth lining your digestive system, from your mouth to backside, which keeps these unwanted particles out of your bloodstream and allows only the passage of nutrients into the body. Now imagine tiny holes in the cheese-cloth that let these foreign invaders penetrate the bloodstream. This is a leaky gut and it triggers a major inflammatory reaction by your immune system that sets the stage for autoimmune conditions like Hashimoto’s Disease.(4)

Gluten

Gluten, a group of proteins found in wheat, rye, barley and other grains – play a major role in thyroid autoimmunity. Gluten wreaks havoc your digestive tract by punching little holes the cheese-cloth that allows a leaky gut to occur.(5) The gliadin protein looks very similar to your thyroid tissue, and thus when your immune system decides to attack the gliadin protein, it mistakenly also attacks your thyroid gland. Alarmingly, leaky gut can occur in totally healthy individuals, and not just those with digestive conditions like Celiac disease.

Nutrient Deficiency

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Nutrient deficiencies are very common today and the depletion of nutrients, in particular minerals, from the soil is a major reason. Selenium is a key mineral in thyroid health, converting T4 hormone into T3, as well as quenching inflammation in the body. Low levels are often seen in clients with thyroid dysfunctions and low levels also increase your risk of thyroid cancer.(6) Selenium is protective to the thyroid, and you’ll see in the solutions section below, sometimes food isn’t enough if you suffer from Hashimoto’s Disease. Other key nutrients like iron, magnesium, vitamin D and CoQ10 are also important.

Fluoride

Your thyroid hormones are made from iodine, a member of the halogen family of chemical. Unfortunately, other halogen chemicals like fluoride and bromide compete with iodine binding, which is harmful to your thyroid. The fluoride in your tap water may be a root cause in impairing your thyroid function, a recent study finding higher levels of fluoride in drinking water predicting prevalence of hypothyroidism in the United Kingdom.(7)

Excess Iodine Supplementation

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One of the most common suggestions to clients looking to improve their thyroid health when they go to a pharmacy or health store is supplemental iodine. The average iodine intake in America is between 138-353 mcg, per person, per day.(8) Some practitioners or laypeople suggest taking mega doses of supplemental iodine, far greater than the recommended intake, which can wreak havoc on your thyroid. Studies show it may trigger a Hashimoto’s condition.(9)

Age

The risk of thyroid dysfunction increases with age. Women over 60 are at greater risk of diagnosis, therefore being proactive with your thyroid health is important as you get older.(10)


Supplement Support for Hashimoto’s Disease

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You can’t “cure” a Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis condition. The damage that is done to your thyroid is irreversible, however if you catch it early enough, you can bring it into remission. How do you know if you have Hashimoto’s Disease? This simplest way is to get a blood test (i.e. Anti-TPO) that will tell you if your thyroid is under attack. If your results are less than 35, that is the gold standard, however in clinical practice I see anything less than 300 as non-problematic. If your levels are greater than 500, you should think about additional protective support.(11)

Get an Anti-TOP blood test to find out if you have a Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis condition.

Like all thyroid dysfunction, If you’re struggling with Hashimoto’s, addressing your diet, movement and lifestyle factors are absolutely crucial to your success. However, supplement support can be highly beneficial in Hashimoto’s sufferers. Here is a list of the most beneficial to consider:

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is crucial for thyroid health and deficiency is very common. If you live in a northern city during the winter, or struggle with high blood sugar levels, chronic inflammation, or poor health then chances are you’re deficient in vitamin D. New research shows vitamin D provides a protective effect to the thyroid in those with Hashimoto’s, lowering antibodies levels in the blood.(12) Some people also have small “blips” in their DNA, called single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNiPs) that increase your risk of low vitamin D. (13) You can start by adding 1,000-2,000 IU of supplemental vitamin D daily. However, you should check with your doctor and get your blood levels check before increasing this dose further.

Selenium

Selenium is critical for healthy thyroid support, but also protects your thyroid when under attack from an autoimmune condition. Adding supplemental selenium has been shown to reduce inflammation and thyroid antibody levels.(14) Symptoms of low selenium include feeling sluggish, catching colds and flu easily, brain fog and poor fertility.

Iron

Iron is critical to produce hemoglobin – a protein carrying oxygen around the body via red blood cells – and myoglobin, an oxygen binding protein found in muscle. It’s also crucial for energy production in the mitochondria of your cells, the tiny furnaces that power your body. If you’re low in iron, it’s like having a poor cell phone signal… the connection is sluggish and leaves you feeling stuck in the mud. Furthermore, if your levels are low, your thyroid won’t be working as effectively because iron is also required to convert T4 into the “active” T3 hormone.(15) Common signs of iron deficiency are lightheadedness, fatigue, irritability, brittle hair and nails, and headaches.

The good news is a Paleo diet is the best platform to reboot your iron status, as organ meat, grass-fed beef, wild game, and seafood are the top sources. If you supplement with iron, your best bet is the iron-bisglycinate form. It’s well tolerated (doesn’t cause constipation) and absorbed very well by the body. (If you take thyroid hormone medications, remember to take your iron separately from the thyroid hormone, as it will interfere with your medication.)


The Bottom Line

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis conditions are the most common form of thyroid disorder and are on the rise. If you uncover a Hashimoto’s condition, address the underlying root causes by upgrading your diet, movement and lifestyle habits, and adding supplemental support to protect your thyroid and overall health.

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Thyroid Disease Symptoms, Signs & Treatment

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It is estimated that 20 million Americans have a thyroid problem, and that 12 percent of the general population will develop a thyroid disease in their lifetime. (1) Those numbers only continue to grow. Autoimmune hypothyroidism, or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, is the most common autoimmune disorder that exists, primarily affecting women.

So what is causing the little butterfly organ at the base of the neck to be such a widespread problem?

The Thyroid: What It Is and What It Does

The thyroid is a small endocrine, or “hormone producing,” gland that sits at the base of the throat, with two “wings” that sit on either side of the windpipe.

The thyroid is responsible for producing triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4), the two main thyroid hormones. T4 is the inactive reserve form that is converted to T3 as the body needs it for energy and metabolism. The thyroid makes hormones when prompted from the pituitary gland, which is located in the brain.

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The thyroid is well known for being associated with metabolism, but it is responsible for much more than just the ability to lose weight. While it does regulate how the body uses energy—which is why a low-functioning thyroid can have symptoms of extreme fatigue, and those with an overactive thyroid might experience restlessness or an inability to sleep—the thyroid also influences how effectively the brain, heart, muscles, liver, adrenal glands, and reproductive organs function.


How the Thyroid Gets Messed Up

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The thyroid, like all endocrine organs, is very sensitive to the overall environment of the body. It can be especially sensitive to stressors and other issues, like inflammation, viral infections, or major hormone changes from pregnancy or menopause.

It is possible for people of any age or gender to experience thyroid problems, but the most common issues are seen in women over the age of 30.

Typical triggers for thyroid disease include:

  • Infection with a virus such as Epstein-Barr, cytomegalovirus, or certain members of the herpes virus family
  • Genetics, including a family history of anyone with an autoimmune disorder of any kind or thyroid problems
  • Pregnancy and postpartum changes
  • Environmental triggers like toxins or chemical exposure
  • Food allergy or sensitivity
  • Effects from another autoimmune or chronic condition, like celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, or fibromyalgia

While there may be other causes of an initial onset of thyroid disease, these are the most commonly found.


Hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease

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Hyperthyroidism occurs when the thyroid produces too many hormones, resulting in cells that are overstimulated. This effect passes throughout the body and can result in a heart that is also overstimulated, resulting in an increased heart rate. It can also result in feelings or symptoms of manic, anxiety, and an inability to be still and rest.

The thyroid has a lot to do with the quality of the mind, and an overactive thyroid often contributes to an inability to concentrate or to slow thoughts down. Thyroid disorders can often be misdiagnosed as mental or brain disorders because of how profoundly it impacts mood and stability.

An overactive thyroid can have its roots in hormone overproduction that is due to non-autoimmune reasons (like medication side effects, viral infections, or toxicity), or which are rooted in an immune system gone rogue, when the immune system produces antibodies to attack the thyroid.

Hormone overproduction from medications can cause an overactive thyroid.

Autoimmune hyperthyroidism is referred to as Graves’ disease. When the immune system is triggered, it attacks the thyroid and causes inflammation that enlarges the gland, resulting in higher levels of thyroid hormones than the body requires.

One of the common symptoms associated with Graves’ disease is an inflamed eye condition referred to as proptosis, where the tissue surrounding the eyes swells and causes the eyeballs to appear to bulge forward. This is reversible if treated early.

Hyperthyroidism and Graves’ disease are diagnosed by blood tests, and are typically treated with radioactive iodine or antithyroid medications.


Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

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Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid produces too few hormones, resulting in cells that are not receiving enough energy and end up in a slowed or sluggish state that can include mental symptoms like depression and weight gain without lifestyle changes.

An underactive thyroid can be caused by non-autoimmune reasons such as pregnancy or postpartum hormone changes, viral infections, medication side effects, or other reactions, or can be a result of an immune attack, resulting in autoimmune disease.

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, or autoimmune hypothyroidism, is the most common autoimmune disorder that exists, impacting roughly 14 million people, although many experts suspect that there are millions of people who are not getting proper diagnoses. (2)

The immune system responds to proteins in the thyroid gland that it mistakenly targets as foreign, slowly destroying the gland. In some people, the thyroid will completely cease to function, but in others, if diagnosed soon enough, autoimmune causes can be treated, and the disease can be paused or sent into remission. The result may be a partially functioning gland.

Hashimoto’s is diagnosed by blood tests, and in some cases, ultrasound or CT scan. It is often treated with lifestyle modifications to remove offending triggers, and can be modulated with thyroid hormone replacement.


Symptoms of Thyroid Dysfunction

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Common symptoms of an underactive thyroid may include:

  • Fatigue or excessive tiredness
  • Intolerance of cold, or feeling significantly colder than everyone else in the room
  • Cold extremities or poor circulation
  • Low pulse
  • Dry skin
  • Hair loss on the head and eyebrows
  • Brittle nails
  • Constipation
  • Weight gain and inability to lose weight
  • Intolerance of exercise or exertion
  • Poor concentration and memory
  • Inability to stay asleep or fall into restful sleep, despite fatigue
  • Depression

Symptoms of an overactive thyroid can include:

  • Nervousness
  • Irritability
  • Poor concentration and memory
  • Feeling excessively warm, warmer than everyone in the room, or having hot flashes
  • Increased heart rate
  • Diarrhea or irritable bowels
  • Insomnia or inability to relax and fall asleep
  • Weight loss without effort
  • Bulging eyes
  • Anxiety or panic attacks
  • Thinning hair
  • Reduced or irregular menstrual cycle

For some, many of these symptoms will appear, but for others, only one or two prominent symptoms will appear.


Foods to Eat for Thyroid Health

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While there can be conflicting opinions as to which foods are specifically good for the thyroid, the general assumption is that fresh, unprocessed foods are beneficial, while processed foods are best avoided.

A diet rich in clean, free-range proteins, healthy fats, and vegetables and fruits is the best way to naturally support hormone function.

Proteins: The thyroid needs the right amount of protein for blood sugar balance and energy, so it’s essential to consume protein regularly. As a nutritionist who specializes in thyroid conditions, I recommend protein with every meal. 10 to 15 grams of protein is a good baseline, but some people need significantly more.

Fats: Thyroid issues can be triggered by inflammation and can also contribute to increased inflammation. Healthy fats are highly anti-inflammatory, and should be consumed regularly. Coconut oil, avocado oil, and oils from fatty, wild-caught fish should be part of a healing diet for any thyroid disorder.

Carbohydrates: While super low-carb diets may be therapeutic for some conditions, thyroid disorders require carbohydrates. The thyroid requires a certain level of carbohydrates and glucose to synthesize hormones. While these can primarily be achieved from vegetables and fruits, they should be consumed in higher quantities than are typically found in low-carb or ketogenic diets.


Foods to Avoid for Thyroid Health

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Goitrogens get a bad rap in the thyroid community because they are reputed to reduce the thyroid’s ability to make hormones. The thyroid needs iodine, and it is suggested by some thyroid practitioners that goitrogens interfere with the ability of the thyroid to access iodine.

Foods that are considered to be goitrogens include cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts. Other goitrogens are flax seeds, peanuts, soy, spinach, strawberries, and sweet potatoes.

Goitrogens like Brussels sprouts might not be as bad for the thyroid as previously thought.

Dr. Datis Kharrazian, a well-respected expert in the thyroid community, explains that thyroid enlargement is not caused by goitrogens in foods, but rather from inflammation in general. Unfortunately, many thyroid patients avoid eating all goitrogens and miss out on the anti-inflammatory benefits of cruciferous vegetables, which also help to remove toxins and chemicals from the body that can, in some cases, be causes of autoimmunity in the first place.

Instead of avoiding these healthy vegetables, thyroid patients should instead focus on avoiding foods that can trigger immune sensitivity and cause inflammation. These foods can include:

  • Processed foods of any kind
  • Sugar (even natural and artificial sweeteners)
  • Vegetable oils
  • Refined carbohydrates
  • Grains, especially wheat and gluten
  • Soy
  • Dairy
  • Legumes

Because the Paleo diet naturally excludes many of these foods already, it has become a go-to therapeutic food plan for anyone suffering from thyroid conditions.

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Lifestyle Factors and Thyroid Health

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The thyroid—and all endocrine organs—are extremely sensitive to sources of toxins and chemicals. While food can be a major source of this, chemicals from cosmetics, environmental sources, households, work spaces, and numerous other outside sources can accumulate in the body and contribute to inflammation, chronic conditions, and hormone imbalances.

When it comes to addressing thyroid health, it’s best to avoid synthetic ingredients of all kinds—especially in cosmetics or personal care products that touch the skin and can get absorbed.


Supplements for Thyroid Health

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Many patients dealing with thyroid disorders feel desperate to find relief. Supplements can be an alluring option since many make claims to provide relief or support for the thyroid.

While some supplements can definitely be beneficial, it’s essential to run any supplements by a practitioner who is skilled in thyroid wellness. Below I’ve addressed some of the most common supplements recommended for thyroid conditions.

Iodine: Many holistic practitioners recommend iodine to anyone with symptoms of thyroid disorders. This practice should be seriously questioned, however, since supplemental iodine can worsen autoimmunity. When iodine is consumed naturally from food sources, like sea vegetables, it can be highly beneficial. But in supplement form, when it lacks the other whole food components, it can increase inflammation in the thyroid.

Selenium: Selenium is one of the nutrients required by the thyroid to synthesize hormones. It is found naturally in foods like Brazil nuts, sardines, grass-fed beef, and chicken. It could be argued that anyone eating a Paleo diet will consume an ample amount of food-sourced selenium and does not need to take extra. However, in some cases of extreme deficiency, a practitioner may recommend a short course of supplemental selenium.

Magnesium: A mineral that is a common deficiency, magnesium is required for the conversion of T4 into the active T3. Without enough magnesium, thyroid hormone levels will likely not appear normal. Magnesium is found in foods such as leafy greens, avocado, dark chocolate, and seafood, and again, will typically be regularly consumed on a Paleo diet. But since deficiency is common, a high-quality magnesium citrate or magnesium glycinate supplement can often be beneficial for thyroid conditions.

Turmeric: Highly anti-inflammatory, turmeric is a potent medicinal supplement and food that is often beneficial for chronic conditions, including thyroid disorders. While it’s not safe for everyone (pregnant women and those on blood thinners should not take turmeric), it can be integrated into the diet and does not necessarily need to be consumed in capsule form.


Medication & Hormone Replacement

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Many thyroid conditions are treated medically. For some, this can take the edge off of numerous unpleasant and life-altering symptoms, but when thyroid problems are due to autoimmunity, medication alone will not be enough to reverse or completely remove symptoms.

Graves’ disease or hyperthyroidism can often be treated with thyroid blockers or radioactive iodine to downregulate the thyroid’s hormone production.

Hormone replacement therapy can help treat hyperthyroidism.

Hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis can often be treated with thyroid hormone replacement. There are a number of prescription medications available, most of which are either T3 or T4 (or a combination of both). Thyroid medication dosing is a temperamental process and there is rarely a one-size-fits-all dosage that works. Thyroid patients need regular monitoring of their levels to ensure that dosage is meeting needs, and not artificially creating hyperthyroid conditions.

Hormone replacement is often a long-term process, especially when Hashimoto’s has destroyed part or all of the thyroid. It’s essential for thyroid patients to work with their practitioner to find a hormone replacement plan that makes them feel well. Sometimes one medication won’t work, and the patient will actually feel worse. Expert thyroid practitioners will use their patients’ feelings as well as lab results to seek out a hormone replacement plan that is effective.


7-Day Thyroid Meal Plan

Day 1

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Breakfast: Zucchini Fritters with Kale and Mushroom Sausage Patties
Lunch: Sweet Honey-Baked Salmon with Baked Butternut Squash
Dinner: Crockpot Rosemary Citrus Chicken with Cauliflower Mashers

Day 2

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Breakfast: Salmon Eggs Benedict with Sweet Potato Muffins
Lunch: Rainbow Turkey Salad
Dinner: Coconut-Crusted Chicken Fingers with No Potato Salad

Day 3

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Breakfast: Savory Zucchini Pancakes with Bacon and Chives
Lunch: Chicken Mango Lettuce Wraps
Dinner: Avocado Bacon Burger with Cajun Sweet Potato Fries

Day 4

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Breakfast: Double-Meat Breakfast Burrito
Lunch: Salmon Burgers with Mango Jicama Slaw
Dinner: Crockpot Chicken and Cauliflower Rice Soup with Paleo Dinner Rolls

Day 5

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Breakfast: Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus Dipped in Soft-Boiled Eggs
Lunch: Taco Soup with Ground Beef
Dinner: One-Pan Maple Dijon Chicken and Brussels Sprouts

Day 6

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Breakfast: Bacon and Spinach Frittata
Lunch: One-Pan Lemon and Herb Chicken
Dinner: Mashed Garlic Cauliflower and Meatballs with Roasted Asparagus

Day 7

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Breakfast: BLT Breakfast
Lunch: Mushroom-Onion Hasselback Chicken with Brussels Sprout and Apple Salad
Dinner: Tangy Sweet Pork Chops with Beet Purée

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The Recovery Tactics That Help Keep My Autoimmune Disease In Check

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As anyone who lives with an autoimmune disease knows, stress and neglecting recovery are some of the worst things you can do to trigger your symptoms. Even without an autoimmune disease, those things can cause issues with digestion, fatigue, hormones, weight, and soft-tissue injury.

While I definitely believe in the power of active recovery when it comes to keeping fit, passive recovery is largely overlooked. Our world is so filled with stimuli: We’re attached to our phones for work and leisure, and for many of us, we don’t wind down nearly enough. After being in a constant state of “go,” your adrenals start to wear out and that all-too-familiar feeling of burnout and exhaustion start to creep in. That’s where passive recovery tactics come in.

The bodies’ balancing system.

Our parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems are part of our autonomic nervous system, which is the system in the body responsible for many of our internal organs’ vital functions like heart rate, digestion, respiratory rate, and arousal.

Think of sympathetic to parasympathetic as yin and yang: They are complementary systems. Your sympathetic nervous system is your adrenaline-fueled “fight-or-flight” response that gets triggered by mental or physical stress, and your parasympathetic nervous system is your “rest and digest” system that gets triggered by relaxation, rest, and comfort.

So why am I talking about this? Because our parasympathetic nervous system doesn’t get nearly enough time in the spotlight. And it asks for the least complicated things to help it do its job.

What exactly is passive recovery, and how can it help me?

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Passive recovery is pretty great. It involves sleeping, hanging out with our loved ones, snuggling with furry friends or lovers, reading books, and slow walks outdoors to soak up the scenery. Passive recovery is the non-activities that make you feel blissed out and relaxed. Yes, it actually is super important to just chill out and do nothing sometimes—not just for self-care Sunday and a mental reprieve but because your body physiologically needs time to spend in parasympathetic mode for recovery.

When I was first diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, I didn’t realize that I also had leaky gut as a side symptom of my inflammation and weakened immune system. My body was constantly flared up, ready for a fight, and my sympathetic nervous system was ruling dominantly over my parasympathetic nervous system. I’m already the personality type to never be able to sit still, so this was a huge challenge for me.

But after I started incorporating things like a nightly meditation and journaling, slowly chewing my meals and relaxing instead of scarfing down lunch while doing emails on my phone, and immediately just sitting still for five minutes to decompress when I get home from a long day, I started noticing a huge difference in my digestion and inflammation. It’s also the type of cyclical practice where progress builds on top of progress. My increased ability to relax led to better sleep, which led to less fatigue during the day, which led to less reaching for sugars and caffeine in the afternoon, which then helps energy stability and lessened inflammation.

While I’m not saying that nightly meditation will magically cure your leaky gut and autoimmune disease, I am saying that incorporating passive recovery can be an extremely helpful tool for managing your symptoms, which aids in the path to healing. Give some of these practices a try, and see what you notice!

Want to understand recovery better? Here’s everything you need to know about active recovery.

Protein in Urine Linked to Increased Risk of Memory Problems and Dementia

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A recent study just revealed that the presence of protein in urine is linked to a slightly higher risk of developing dementia and cognitive problems.

The study further reveals that the presence of protein in urine also suggests kidney damage, and individuals with this problem also have a higher risk of developing memory damage, thinking impairments and dementia.

The medical experts conducting this study reviewed several studies that link up kidney damage and illnesses with a history or development of dementia and cognitive damage.

Their assessments revealed that kidney damage is a factor that increases the risk for dementia or cognitive damage, and chronic kidney disease and dementia share several symptoms. For instance, diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, along with affecting the brain in similar ways. It is likely that these two illness have similar vascular factors, or perhaps, it is even likely that kidney dysfunction directly effects the brain.

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The study reviewed more than 22 studies, of which five studies evaluated the meta-analysis of protein found in the urine sample of over 27,805 participants. Urine that contains protein is given the name of proteinuria or albuminuria. The results of the study revealed that the individuals who had protein in their urine had a 35% higher risk of developing dementia or cognitive damage as compared to those who didn’t have protein in their urine.

For certain other studies, the results and the estimated glomerular filtration rate did not seem to show any kind of connection. While in some studies regarding kidney function, serum creatinine, cystatin C and creatinine clearance, the researchers failed to conduct a meta-analysis because very few studies were available, and they couldn’t be compared because the methods used were entirely different.

The researchers concluded that the presence of protein in the urine indicates a slight increase in the risk for developing dementia and cognitive damage. However, extensive research is require to further validate the claims that kidney dysfunction is a risk factor and cause of cognitive impairments, or perhaps that both these diseases are caused by the same dysfunction mechanisms.

The Hashimoto’s Disease and Celiac Disease Connection

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hashimotos disease - The Hashimoto’s Disease and Celiac Disease ConnectionYou may not realize that two seemingly unrelated diseases might be related. Even though these diseases tend to affect different parts of the human body, they may both arise because of very similar inherited tendencies. In the case of Hashimoto’s and Celiac disease, it seems clear that the presence of one means that the other one should be tested for.

This is because both conditions tend to appear together in a significant number of people. They also frequently occur together because they are associated with similar genetic predispositions.

Before drawing a relationship between these two medical conditions, it might be helpful to understand them a little better. This article will explore the following topics:

  • The function of the thyroid gland
  • An overview of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
  • An overview of Celiac Disease
  • Scientific studies drawing a relationship
  • Steps to take if you suspect that you have one or more of these conditions

Prior to discussing the connection between Hashimoto’s and Celiac disease, it is helpful to understand the function of the thyroid gland. This small gland has the big job of regulating metabolism, and it does this job by producing T2 and T3 hormones. When the thyroid gland functions properly, the body gets the signal to produce a satisfactory amount of energy for whatever activities that it is called upon to perform. When the gland does not function properly, patients may suffer from health issues that require medical treatment.

What is Hashimoto’s Disease?

There are different types of thyroid diseases. Sometimes called Autoimmune Thyroiditis, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is the most common type of thyroid disease that is diagnosed by doctors today. As the first name implies, it is an autoimmune disease.

As this disease progresses, the thyroid actually enlarges, but it cannot produce enough hormones to regulate energy in the body. Eventually, a patient will suffer from hypothyroidism, and this needs to be treated by a medical doctor. Typical treatments will include medication and possibly diet changes.

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is actually a condition that causes the small intestine to become hypersensitive to dietary gluten. As this disease progresses, parts of the small intestine can actually become damaged. This makes it difficult for people who suffer from this disease to digest food properly.

Gluten is a very common ingredient in bread and other types of food. People who suspect they may suffer from this condition should seek treatment from a doctor. Treatment might include medication and/or a change in diet.

Is there a Connection Between Hashimoto’s and Celiac Disease?

The relationship between these two diseases has been established. The first clue is the significant number of people who suffer from both. Also, scientists have established that both diseases tend to arise because of common genetic predispositions. Scientists believe that the genetic links explain why celiacs tend to suffer from autoimmune thyroid disorders more than members of the general population.

Consider some findings from a variety of medical research studies:

  • According to studies Celiac disease occurs four to fifteen times as often in people with thyroid conditions than in the general population.
  • In the adult population, Celiac disease occurs between about 3.3 and 4.8 percent of the time in people who suffer from Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
  • The conclusions of these studies is that people who suffer from one of these conditions should be screened for the other condition.

What Should you do if you Suspect Hashimoto’s or Celiac Disease?

Of course, you should always visit your doctor if you are not feeling well for any length of time. Symptoms of Celiac disease might include bloating, abdominal pain, nausea, and other types of gastric distress. Symptoms of hypothyroidism may include fatigue, unexplained weight gain, and more. If you have already been diagnosed with one of these medical conditions, you should suggest checking for the other one.

In any case, you might try a gluten-free diet to see if that helps relieve your symptoms. Even people who have not yet been diagnosed with any specific disease are finding that a gluten-free diet helps alleviate digestive problems, but if you do have a tendency to develop Celiac Disease, you might need to stop eating gluten to avoid intestinal damage. As always, discuss any concerns you might have with your physician.

Do you think that you may be suffering from Hashimoto’s or Celiac disease? Contact us today to see what options Dr. Cohen may have for you.

Could Your Recent Weight Gain Actually be a Symptom of Hashimoto’s Thyroid Disease?

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hashimotos thyroid disease symptoms - Could Your Recent Weight Gain Actually be a Symptom of Hashimoto’s Thyroid Disease?All thyroid disease is not alike. One particular type of thyroid disease is actually an autoimmune condition where your body is attacking itself. This autoimmune thyroid disease, known as Hashimoto’s Disease, occurs when inflammation in the body causes an uncontrolled immune response. This results in the body’s immune system attacking its own healthy tissues. Along with the current obesity epidemic, hypothyroidism seems to be escalating wildly at the same time. Since a low functioning thyroid causes general weight gain, the two are intimately connected. Low thyroid function is not easily detected or diagnosed in its early stages. Hypothyroidism, when left untreated, may contribute to weight gain as well as various other debilitating symptoms, and could lead to serious health problems. It is therefore important for you to recognize the early symptoms since they may indicate the presence of an autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.

What Is Hashimoto’s Disease?

Hashimoto’s disease is a common disorder in which the thyroid gland is attacked by the body’s own immune system. This may lead to hypothyroidism, a condition in which the thyroid, under persistent immune attack, is unable to provide enough hormones for the needs of the body. The thyroid gland is responsible for producing hormones that control the body’s metabolism, including how fast the body burns calories from food.

What Is an Autoimmune Disease?

Your immune system is your body’s defense against external and internal invaders that can cause harm to the body. Its function is to clearly distinguish between friendly and unfriendly invaders and to eliminate those that are a threat. When autoimmunity occurs, the immune system becomes dysfunctional. Instead of fighting an infection or allergen, your immune system becomes confused and directs a hostile attack on the joints, gut, skin, thyroid, brain and often against the entire body.

Many conventional drugs, when used selectively, are able to help individuals deal with the symptoms, but they are not a long term solution. These drugs should be used as an interim intervention to cool off inflammation while the root cause of the disease is found.

What Are the Symptoms?

Symptoms of Hashimoto’s can often be silent in the beginning stages of the disease, but eventually the following symptoms will become evident:

–              Fatigue and poor stamina

–              Weight gain

–              Lower voice tone

–              Depression

–              Cold or hot feelings

–              Dry skin and hair

–              Constipation and diarrhea

–              Anxiety, fidgetiness, or panic

When the thyroid cells become unable to convert iodine into hormones, a person will slowly develop hypothyroidism and may experience some or all of the following symptoms:

–              Anemia

–              Chest pains

–              Brain fog (sluggish thinking, forgetfulness, lack of a zest for life)

–              Exhaustion

–              Graying hair, hair loss, weak brittle nails

–              Low basal temperature, cold and heat intolerance

–              Headaches, migraines, frequent colds or flu, slow recovery from infections

–              Low libido, infertility, miscarriage, severe PMS

–              Tenderness, muscle cramps, tired aching muscles

–              Sleep disturbances

–              Restless leg syndrome and ankle reflexes

–              Slowed speech

–              Seasonal exacerbation of symptoms (cold or hot weather)

–              Severe weight gain

Less frequent symptoms include excess ear wax and increased blood pressure.

How is Hashimoto’s Disease Treated?

Although there is no cure for Hashimoto’s, medication can be used to regulate hormone levels and restore normal metabolism. Types and strengths will depend on your weight, age, severity of symptoms, other health problems and other medication which may interact with synthetic thyroid hormone medication. A TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) test will monitor your thyroid function to determine the dosage. It may take many months for symptoms to subside.

It can also be extremely useful to reduce inflammation in the body. This might mean eliminating gluten or other possible foods or environmental toxins that produce inflammation.

Other treatments include:

–              Improving gut health

–              Acupuncture

–              Lymph massage

–              Contrast hydrotherapy

–              Stress reduction, good sleep, exercise

–              Homeopathy

–              Chiropractic

The Role of Chiropractic in Treating Hashimoto’s Disease

In some cases an imbalance in the spine may lead to thyroid dysfunction or be the cause of a weak immune system. Chiropractic belief is that all cells and tissues are controlled by the nervous system and an imbalance can cause health issues. Therefore many people who suffer from a hypothyroid condition will benefit immensely from receiving chiropractic care to help achieve overall optimal health as chiropractic is all about balancing the interaction between the nervous system and every cell and tissue of the body, including the thyroid.

An imbalance in the nerves that serve the thyroid gland may result in a malfunction. This should be looked at particularly if you are on a nutritious diet, exercising well, controlling stress levels and still having problems with your thyroid. If the nervous system is out of balance, it often results in a weakened immune system, which makes the body more prone to chronic diseases which in turn may trigger autoimmune response dysfunction.

A nervous system that is out of balance can also make a person more susceptible to stress which sometimes causes a leaky gut. The leaky gut can then produce an autoimmune condition such as a thyroid dysfunction.

If you have Hashimoto’s and would like to find the root cause of the condition, it may benefit you to visit a chiropractor as part of your healing program to determine whether an imbalance in the nervous system could help alleviate some of your symptoms.

If you are at all concerned about your symptoms, talk to your medical practitioner first in order to determine whether there are other factors to consider regarding your condition.

In most cases Hashimoto’s can be well managed with medication, lifestyle changes and functional medicine, as well as natural remedies and holistic treatments. A successful outcome will involve: a clinical assessment, a treatment plan that integrates detoxification, improvement in receptor site sensitivity, thyroid gland support, and effective conversion of T4 cells to T3. As each person will react differently, there is no treatment plan that will fit everyone. An individual with Hashimoto’s has to actively take part in the healing process by doing everything possible to calm down inflammation, detoxify the body, eat a nutritious diet and get support from health care professionals as well as family members to restore their health.

The Symptoms and Treatment of Addison’s Disease

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Addison’s disease is an endocrine disorder that effects a very small percentage of the population. Only between one and four in 100,000 people are diagnosed with it. When the adrenal cortex does not produce enough hormones addison’s disease is likely present.

The symptoms show up much more clearly if someone is going through some type of trauma. Another event that will cause the symptoms of addison’s disease to surface is a period of metabolic stress.

When the adrenal glands cease to function normally a person can become extremely ill. The adrenal glands produce cortisol which is vitally important to the function of your body. Without cortisol your body would have trouble regulating the metabolism of carbs, fat and protein. Cortisol is also responsible for helping the body respond to stress, keeping the blood sugar level normal and mobilizing nutrients.

Addison’s disease goes through three stages of symptom’s depending on how serious it is. At first sign of addison’s there might be loss of weight, pain in the abdomen, muscle weakness and dizziness when standing up. As Addison’s becomes more serious the symptoms become more acute. During the middle stages of Addison’s you might see dehydration, drop in blood pressure, end of menstruation, depression and darkening of the skin.

Addison’s is often not diagnosed early and makes itself known during an Addisonian crisis. This is the final stage that the disease goes through and is critically dangerous. If you are having loss of consciousness, extreme blood pressure shifts, severe back pain, abnormal heart rhythm, severe pain in the abdomen or kidney failure then you might be having an addisonian crisis. It goes without saying you need to be in the emergency room immediately.

Addison’s disease is not something that goes away or can be cured. If you are diagnosed with it you will have to go through therapy to replace your steroids for the rest of your life. Cortisol and aldosterone are chemicals your body must have to continue functioning. A combination of homeopathic remedies and conventional medicine can help you lead a productive life, once again.

Cortisone acetate tablets or hydrocortisone are used to replace the cortisol in your body. The aldosterone is replaced with a medication called fludrocortisone acetate tablets. Some natural medicine’s that will help with your addison’s include: borago officinalis, eleutherococcus senticosis and astragalus membranaceous.

All three of these support the adrenal glands and help to combat normal daily stress. Another helpful herb is ginger which is good for helping with your digestion and fighting against nausea.

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Causes of Parkinson’s Disease

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Parkinson’s disease is a neurological degenerative disease that often develops gradually, starting with a barely noticeable tremor. But although an individual may notice the tremor first, upon further examination with the physician, doctors are often able to discern earlier symptoms which indicate the progression of Parkinson’s disease.

Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

Family members can also notice that your faith begins to show little or no expression and that your arms don’t swing when you walk. Speech will often become soft and mumbling and individuals can begin to have difficulty with swallowing.

The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are a result of the loss of a neurotransmitter. A neurotransmitter is a chemical in the neurological system that is basically a chemical messenger. These messengers communicate across the neurological synapses to produce muscular movements. In this instance the neurotransmitter which is lacking is called dopamine.

There are specific brain cells that produce dopamine in the brain making the neurotransmitter unavailable for use. When these specific brain cells die or become impaired dopamine is no longer produced, or usable by the brain. This loss of dopamine results in the symptoms which individuals experience when they have Parkinson’s disease.

The area of the brain that produces dopamine is called the substantia nigra. The dopamine is responsible for the coordination of bodily movements. Other centers of the brain that control body movements are affected when dopamine is no longer available.

Causes of Parkinson’s

Although scientists are able to pinpoint why the dopamine is no longer being produced they are on able to determine a cause for the death of his substantia nigra and the subsequent loss of dopamine. This lack of ability to document a cause for cell damage is called idiopathic Parkinson’s disease, which means no specific causes found. Rarely however, causes such as head trauma, toxins or drugs can induce the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. At other times there are genetic causes that may be suspected.

In the case of idiopathic Parkinson’s disease some researchers theorize that free radicals, those molecules which are unstable and potentially damaging at the electron level, are responsible for damaging the substantia nigra. Others believe that dysfunctional anti-oxidative mechanisms, also associated with free radicals, that are associated with Walter age may suggest that the acceleration of age-related dopamine production can be a factor.

Research is currently under way to evaluate exposure to environmental toxins such as pesticides that may inhibit dopamine production and produce free radicals.

Approximately 1/5 of patients with Parkinson’s disease have at least one relative with the symptoms suggesting that a genetic factor may be involved. However, at this. No genetic markers have been identified. For the most part however, researchers believe that most cases are not caused by genetic factors alone. This means that although an individual may be predisposed to Parkinson’s disease, researchers believe that other environmental factors must trigger the response in the brain to develop the disease.

Although researchers are not able to definitively pinpoint a clause for Parkinson’s disease, and therefore cannot begin to identify ways to prevent or cure the disease, they do will understand the factors behind the symptoms and can therefore develop effective treatment protocols that help individuals with Parkinson’s disease to function better in their environment. Unfortunately, the body becomes unable to use the external dopamine that is supplied via pill form for extended periods of time. Research is currently underway to develop more effective treatment protocols.

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Do YOU Have Celiac Disease or Gluten Intolerance? (+ Video!)

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UPDATE: New video added below with Dr. Tom O’Bryan answering questions on the safety and gluten content of millet, oats, quinoa, ancient wheat (frankenwheat), sprouted grains, chia seeds, and amaranth.

If you were to ask most people what Celiac disease is, the chances are they won’t know. In fact, unless you or a loved one has Celiac disease (and are actually aware that you have it) you may not know much about it either.

The same can be said about gluten intolerance. Unless you’re faced with it, you may not be aware of it or even know what it is.

Celiac disease and gluten intolerance aren’t new conditions but they are now becoming more readily known. It’s not uncommon to go to a grocery store now and be able to find foods which are gluten free.

Learn the facts about Celiac disease and gluten intolerance by continuing to read. You may be surprised at what you learn. And you may be even more surprised to learn that you have been dealing with some of the symptoms of one of these two disorders!

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is a disease affecting the digestive system. Not only does it damage the small intestine, but it also keeps the nutrients in the food from being absorbed. The main culprit in the development of this disease appears to be gluten as there is an abnormal immune reaction to it.

Gluten is a protein found in barley, rye, and all forms of wheat (durum, semolina, spelt, einkorn and faro). You may think gluten is only found in foods but it can also be found in lip balms, vitamins and medicines as well.

How does the body react when someone with Celiac disease eats gluten? Their immune system destroys the villi, the tiny fingers which line the small intestine, which are necessary for food absorption. If the villi are destroyed, due to Celiac disease or any other reason, the small intestine does not absorb the nutrients from the food which is eaten and the person very quickly becomes malnourished. No matter how much food they eat, or the quality of that food, their body simply will not receive the benefit of those nutrients.

From everything scientists can determine, Celiac disease is hereditary and will run in families. It can affect children and adults alike. Once the disease becomes active it will continue to manifest itself throughout the remainder of that person’s life. Doctors believe the disease may be triggered by common occurrences in life such as surgical procedures, pregnancy and childbirth, severe emotional trauma or viral infections.

It is believed one out of every 133 people in the United States is affected by this disease. Celiac disease is not an allergy to gluten which can be outgrown. It is an autoimmune disease which can adversely affect one’s life if not treated. Some doctors recommend that everyone in the immediate family of someone diagnosed with Celiac disease be tested since the disease is so prevalent among family members.

If someone has Celiac disease, whether diagnosed or not, continuing to consume gluten can lead to other complications such as anemia, some forms of cancer, and osteoporosis. It is for this reason anyone having a reaction to gluten would want to check with their doctor about the possibility of their having Celiac disease.

What is Gluten Intolerance?

Many people believe Celiac disease and gluten intolerance is the same thing. While those with Celiac disease are intolerant to gluten, it is much more than that. Gluten intolerance can include any sensitivity to gluten no matter how small. So, even though there are some similarities between gluten intolerance and Celiac disease, they aren’t the same thing.

Some people who have intolerance to gluten may test positive to Celiac disease but most don’t test positive. People who are sensitive to gluten but do not have Celiac disease are called Non- Celiac Gluten Sensitive (NCGS). As many as 15% of all people will have some type of sensitivity to gluten but will not be diagnosed with Celiac disease.

The number of people with diagnosed Celiac disease could be as high as one in every 200 people. For NCGS, the numbers are nearly 30% higher with as many as one in seven people having this condition. The symptoms of either condition, if they go undiagnosed, the potential for damage continues to increase.

What are the Symptoms of Celiac Disease?

It is possible that symptoms of Celiac disease can vary greatly among people with the disease. Obviously there will be some symptoms which are associated with the digestive system but there may be symptoms in other areas.

Infants and children are somewhat easier to diagnose and those symptoms may include, but not be limited to:  Abdominal bloating and pain, chronic diarrhea, vomiting, or constipation. Symptoms may also include pale, foul-smelling, or fatty stool and weight loss. The children can also become irritable.

If a child is not diagnosed properly their body will cease to absorb the nutrients their body needs. This will lead them to be diagnosed as failure to thrive or delayed growth. They may be short compared to their peers and reach puberty much later. They may also have damage to their teeth’s enamel which could lead to problems with their permanent teeth when they come in.

Celiac disease is a multi-symptom, multi-system disease. Rather than having only symptoms associated with their digestive system, adults will experience seemingly non-related symptoms in other parts of their body.

Symptoms of celiac will include, but not be limited to:

  • Arthritis including bone or joint pain
  • Osteoporosis or bone loss
  • Fatigue
  • Unexplained anemia
  • Recurring bloating, abdominal pain or gas
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Tingling or numbness in their hands and feet
  • Missed or cessation of menstrual periods
  • Unexplained weight loss or weight gain
  • Canker sores in the mouth
  • Infertility or spontaneous abortion (miscarriage)
  • Seizures
  • Vitamin K deficiency
  • Dermatitis herpetiformis, an itchy skin rash
  • Behavior changes including depression or irritability
  • Tooth discoloration or loss of enamel which protects the teeth

Not all people with Celiac disease experience these symptoms. This doesn’t mean the disease isn’t wreaking havoc in their body, however. In fact, people with undiagnosed Celiac disease still experience the long-term complications associated with malnutrition. They may become anemic, develop osteoporosis, experience miscarriages, or develop life threatening diseases such as liver disease or cancer of the intestines.

People with family members who have been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Thyroid Disease, Peripheral Neuropathy and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus may be more likely to develop Celiac disease. The disease is also less commonly associated with the following diseases:  Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Active Hepatitis, Addison’s disease, Sjogren’s syndrome, Alopecia Areata, Scleroderma, and Down syndrome.

How common is Celiac disease?

Celiac disease can be found in people all over the world. There aren’t certain areas which are more likely to have people affected. There is an estimate of approximately 1 out of 133 people in the United States who are affected by this disease, which equals about 2 million people. Reports of people with Celiac disease are not known in less-developed nations although it is expected the numbers are comparable.

Can Celiac disease be prevented?

Although research continues into the development of Celiac disease, doctors don’t know if there is a specific way to prevent the disease. Some scientists, however, believe extended exclusive breastfeeding and delaying the introduction of gluten-containing foods might be the best way to avoid development of this disease.

By withholding foods containing gluten until well after four months of age, a mother is giving her child’s digestive system time to mature before introducing it to gluten. Scientists surmise that allowing the digestive system to develop fully before allowing a child to eat gluten, they may be less likely to develop Celiac disease later in life. No definitive prevention is known at this time.

How is Celiac disease diagnosed?

One of the problems doctors face when someone comes to them for help is that many diseases have similar symptoms. This is definitely the case with Celiac disease. Since Celiac disease can be misdiagnosed as a number of conditions including iron-deficiency anemia, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis, chronic fatigue syndrome or intestinal infections. In the past the disease has been either under diagnosed or misdiagnosed but newer tests is making this less likely to happen.

Blood Tests

While the person continues to eat a diet containing gluten products such as bread and pasta, a doctor will take blood tests looking for a higher than normal level of anti-tissue transglutaminase antibodies (tTGA) or anti-endomysium antibodies (EMA). These antibodies react and work against the body’s cells or tissues. These blood tests may be repeated if the first blood test comes back negative but Celiac disease is still suspected.

Intestinal Biopsy

An intestinal biopsy will be performed if the blood tests come back positive for Celiac disease. This biopsy will confirm the diagnosis by removing a small piece of the intestine to check for damage to the villi. The sample is obtained by using an endoscope which is a thin, long tube which is placed in the mouth, run through the stomach, and into the small intestines. The sample is removed and brought out through the endoscope.

Screening

If someone in your family has been diagnosed with Celiac disease the likelihood of others in the family having it increase. Therefore, doctors may screen for the presence of the auto-antibodies in the blood. The possibility of someone being diagnosed with Celiac disease is four to twelve percent higher if a first-degree relative has been diagnosed.

What is the Treatment for Celiac Disease?

People who have been diagnosed with Celiac disease often wonder how they can treat their disease. It would be great if there were a simple pill those with Celiac disease could take to alleviate their suffering and reverse any damage. At this present time, however, the only course of treatment is to avoid gluten by following a life-long gluten-free diet.

A gluten-free diet will relieve symptoms in most people with Celiac disease. However, a small number of patients won’t improve with this type of diet because they suffer from refractory sprue.

Patients with this diagnosis may not have been diagnosed in time and the damage to the lining of the small intestines is damaged too much to heal any longer. Another possibility is that the person also has an allergy or intolerance to another substance such as eggs, soy or milk.

Currently there are clinical trials being conducted to develop a medication for those with Celiac disease to take. Other research is attempting to develop an enzyme to break down the protein within gluten that causes the intolerance and damage to intestinal villi. Scientists in the United Kingdom have been prescribing a medicine which does this for those with severe symptoms.

What is a Gluten-Free Diet?

Since a gluten-free diet is seemingly the only treatment for Celiac disease, you may want to know what a gluten-free diet is. Basically all gluten is removed from the diet which will allow the small intestine to heal. Your doctor may also recommend specific nutritional supplements to take along with your new diet.

Changing over from a gluten-rich to a gluten-free diet is not going to be easy. However, the prospects of developing osteoporosis, malnutrition and worse could encourage you to stick to this new diet. You’ll likely feel like you’re entire lifestyle has to change, but soon you’ll be in the habit of reading labels and learning which foods you can eat and which ones to avoid.

Here is a list of ingredients which have been known to cause problems for people with Celiac disease:

  • Starch (often unidentified)
  • Binders and fillers
  • Excipients and extenders
  • Malt

If you have doubts about whether or not gluten in included in any food product don’t hesitate to contact the manufacturer. They will be able to tell you whether or not gluten is included in their foods. Since more people are being diagnosed with Celiac disease, you can also look for foods which are made specifically for people with gluten intolerance and are labeled “gluten-free.”

Your doctor may recommend you visit a professional dietician if you’re newly diagnosed with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance. The dietician will teach you to properly read the labels for the foods you eat and identify any foods which may contain gluten. This knowledge will help you to be able to make informed choices in regard to the food you purchase at a grocery store or when you go out to eat.

Once you remove all gluten from your diet, it’s possible for the small intestine to begin healing in as little as three months in children. Expect healing to begin after several years in adults. Remain off gluten for the rest of your life and you can expect a full reversal of the condition. Adding or failing to remove all gluten from the diet, however, can leave you with little to no benefit.

In some rare instances, people who have been diagnosed with Celiac disease will continue to have problems. The intestinal injury continues despite having removed gluten from their diet. These people are said to have Refractory Celiac disease. These people will require nutrients to be added intravenously until appropriate medications can be developed.

Video: Dr. Tom O’Bryan answers questions on the safety, nutritional benefit, and gluten content of millet, oats, quinoa, ancient wheat (frankenwheat), sprouted grains, chia seeds, and amaranth.

The Realities of Going Gluten-Free

As stated before, gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Some foods which are thought to be safe for those with gluten intolerance to eat may also cause problems because they are processed on the same machinery as gluten-filled foods. If you’re one who loves bread, grains, cereal, pasta and processed foods, these will have to be given up or alternative foods found.

What is left to eat on a gluten-free diet if you can’t eat processed foods or those made with barley, rye or wheat? You’ll be amazed that the diet of someone with Celiac disease can still be well- balanced. Rather than reaching for breads made from wheat, try potato bread. You can also eat rice, soy, amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat or bean flour.

Look for products which are specifically labeled “gluten-free” on them. Many companies are beginning to realize the vast number of people who need this type of product and they’re finally offering them. You can also purchase organic foods or order foods from specialty foods companies which can be found online.

Someone with Celiac disease can also eat meat and fish which are not breaded, rice grains, fruits and vegetables. As long as the foods do not contain gluten, they’re safe to eat. Do you love oatmeal? You can eat small amounts of oats as long as they haven’t been processed with wheat gluten or on the same machines. Talking with your doctor and dietician will let you know if and how much oat products you can consume.

While you don’t have to wear a sign stating you’ve been diagnosed with Celiac disease, it is important to let the people in your life know. This means your family and friends you spend a good amount of time with. You may also want to inform your boss at work so they’ll be aware should there be an occasion to have food.

Find a support group for those suffering from Celiac disease. These people who have been living the gluten-free life will be able to give you advice to help you and your family to learn to live with the disease, as well. Don’t be afraid to ask a waiter how a meal is prepared if you’re unsure. If they can’t answer your questions, it is well within your rights to ask to speak with the chef.

Most people probably only think of gluten being a part of foods. It can also be an additive in medications, lipstick and play dough. Be sure to read the labels to avoid as much gluten as possible.

If you’re having problems making heads or tails out of the labels on foods, don’t despair. The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) is working toward getting all food properly labeled. Beginning in 2006, FALCPA worked toward getting all food labels to clearly identify which foods contained wheat or other food allergens. Because of this act, you can look on food and other labels and supposedly know which ones contain gluten and which ones don’t.

For those with loved ones who have been diagnosed with Celiac disease, there is plenty you can do to help them. Begin with learning as much as you can about this disease and what foods they can and can’t eat on a gluten-free diet. You may have to learn to read labels, as well, but the health of your loved one is that important.

What else can you do?

Even though it may be more difficult for the entire family, you could begin to eat a gluten-free diet with the person who has been diagnosed. If you can’t completely switch over your entire family’s diet, you can do the following:

  • Be careful not to prepare foods containing gluten in the same area as those without it. You may want to prepare gluten-free foods on one side of the kitchen and foods with gluten on the other side. The goal is to totally avoid contaminating the gluten-free foods with any type of gluten.
  • When preparing food for someone on a gluten-free diet, start with a clean surface. Use clean pots, pans, bowls and utensils. You probably don’t have to use an entirely different set of dishes for gluten-free cooking unless someone has severe Celiac disease.
  • Prepare gluten-free meals separately from those containing gluten. This will ensure there is no cross-contamination.
  • Eat foods as close to natural or raw as possible. The fewer ingredients a food has the lower the chance of contamination.
  • Look for hidden sources of gluten including: H.V.P – or hydrolyzed vegetable protein, H.P.P – hydrolyzed plant protein, malt or malt flavoring, modified wheat starch or other starches.
  • Gluten can also be found in bouillon cubes, sliced luncheon meats, Worcestershire sauce, baking powder, salad dressing, soups or gravy bases, seasonings and soy sauce.
  • Use a natural remedy such as AllergyEase Grain & Gluten to help prevent and treat symptoms of gluten sensitivity.

Can recipes with gluten be modified for those with Celiac disease?

Luckily for people with Celiac disease, most foods containing gluten can be modified to meet a gluten-free diet. Look for cooking and baking ingredients which are specifically marked “gluten- free.” If you can find these in your local markets, you can modify nearly every recipe you can think of.

Gluten-free flours are used one-to-one when compared with normal wheat, barley or rye flours. There are some companies which specialize in gluten-free products and they are easy to find on the internet by doing a search for “gluten-free flour.” Of course, these companies offer other gluten-free products besides just flour, but flour is a common ingredient in many recipes so you’ll most likely want to get some.

You can also find gluten-free cookbooks if you’re looking for a particular recipe. The cookbook authors will have made any substitutions for you so it will make cooking gluten-free recipes much easier. And the easier it is find a recipe and make it, the more likely you’ll be to continue following that specialized diet.

The dietician you first see when you’re initially diagnosed with Celiac disease will also be able to give you ideas on how to modify recipes to make them appropriate for you. They may also provide you with recipes or sources to find the products you need. A qualified dietician can be a wealth of information if you take the time to speak with them about your condition.

Benefits of a Gluten-Free Diet

Many people find being on a gluten-free diet for a couple of weeks can result in their feeling better than they have in years. They may find other symptoms they’ve experienced – abdominal cramps, fatigue, and flatulence and catching nearly every ‘bug’ that comes along – may also disappear.

Once the small intestine begins healing itself you’ll probably also notice a spike in energy. Your body will begin absorbing the nutrients it needs so you’ll begin to feel ‘normal’ again. Once the digestive tract returns to doing the job it was created for, you’ll begin to feel healthy and determine never to return feeling ill like that again.

Those who have recognized the symptoms and seen a doctor in order to receive a proper diagnosis will heal quicker than those who didn’t. And that’s the biggest benefit of following a gluten-free diet – the change in how you eat can definitely reverse the symptoms and damage done previously.

Celiac disease has been a concern for people from all walks of life for a long time. In the past the disease had either been under diagnosed or undiagnosed. People have suffered needlessly until recent years when tests were designed to properly diagnose this disease. Since Celiac disease runs in families you may also want to have others in the family tested.

It is quite possible that the entire family will want to make some lifestyle changes when one person in the family is diagnosed with Celiac disease. Doing so will make the transition from a gluten-filled diet to one that is gluten-free much easier. Even if other people in the family do not have the disease, they can still benefit from eating a gluten-free diet.

You may even be surprised to find that everyone in the family, whether they have Celiac disease or not, notices some big changes in the way they feel once they begin a gluten-free diet. Renewed energy and less gassiness are two benefits everyone in the family can look forward to.

The facts about Celiac disease and gluten intolerance are not difficult to learn. If you’re concerned about someone in your family having this disease, be sure to speak with a doctor as soon as possible. The quicker you get tested and proper diagnosis made, the quicker you can change your diet and begin to heal. The added benefit is that the healing can come quickly and can almost totally reverse the symptoms associated with this disease.

Naturally Treat Symptoms of Grain and Gluten Sensitivity

AllergyEase Grain & Gluten is a safe, non-addictive, natural remedy containing 100% homeopathic ingredients especially selected to temporarily relieve symptoms of grain and gluten allergies in children and adults.

Formulated by our team of experts in natural medicine, AllergyEase Grain & Gluten is a FDA-registered OTC homeopathic medicine that naturally offers fast-acting relief of mild grain and gluten allergy symptoms experienced when eating foods that contain wheat, barley or rye. This safe and effective remedy should be used as directed to provide relief without the risk of addiction and other side effects.

AllergyEase Grain & Gluten is taken internally and helps restore balance at a cellular level. Presented as a taste-free medicine in a pure water base, it is easy to ingest and hassle-free with no artificial colors or preservatives.

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Naturally Dealing With the Circulation Problems of Raynaud’s Disease

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Raynaud’s disease affects the circulatory system and causes the skin to be deprived of the many benefits that normal blood flow usually supplies.

This results in numbness in both the feet and hands.

It is usually more noticeable when an individual is faced with cold temperatures or stress and the result is their toes or fingers feeling extremely cold or becoming numb.

When Raynaud’s attacks the body the arteries and capillaries become narrower and this is the primary cause in loss of blood flow.

This tightening up of the capillaries and arteries is the body’s normal response when it is trying to conserve heat.

If stress is part of the cause, the body does the same thing, lessening the blood flow to the extremities and conserving it for use by the vital organs and muscles.

A person who is suffering with Raynaud’s deals with exaggerated symptoms which occur at inappropriate times. The lack of blood to the fingers and toes can cause them to take on a bluish tint or look pale.

Symptoms of Raynaud’s Syndrome:

People with Raynaud’s syndrome may notice their skin changing color, first it becomes pale and then it changes to blue, when they are cold or stressed – most noticeably in the fingers. They may feel a prickly numbness in toes and sometimes a stinging pain with throbbing and redness when they begin to relax or warm up as blood returns to the extremities.

Symptoms of Raynaud’s occur in the extremities and may include the following in affected areas.

  • white or bluish color
  • numbness in toes or othere extremities
  • loss of sensory perception
  • mild swelling
  • redness with sensations of throbbing and/or tingling once blood flow returns to normal

It is really hard to diagnose this disease because it cannot be traced by a blood test. The only way to determine whether or not it is Raynaud’s is by way of the symptoms. Your doctor will have to go by a description of the symptoms and rule out other medical conditions. A test that is often performed involves placing your hand into cold water in order to see it in action.

Doctors are not sure about why this medical condition develops but it is understood that it is caused by the blood vessels overreacting to stress and cold. This is normal except that the response is more severe and untimely causing symptoms that can really trouble an individual.

Raynaud’s comes in two forms primary and secondary. The former develops without any other medical conditions involved and the latter happens alongside other medical conditions.

Your treatment plan will be based on treating the underlying medical condition in secondary Raynaud’s and it will also be important to keep the attacks from occurring as often. In extreme cases, the doctor will be focused on keeping the tissue from being damaged. There are many ways to go about treatment including natural remedies, conventional medicine and biofeedback.

Natural Raynaud’s Syndrome Treatment

As Raynaud’s Disease is related to poor circulation, the most successful treatment methods are those that provide long-term assistance with circulation problems. Herbal and homeopathic remedies specific to the condition and containing ingredients such as Rosemary, Ginger, and Ginkgo biloba can do just this – in a natural manner!

Used regularly, these work to effectively restore the function of the circulatory system; improving blood flow to the extremities while helping to prevent tissue damage. These herbal ingredients also address the underlying triggers of Raynaud’s by reducing inflammation and stress levels while working to guard against cold fingers and toes.

Circu-Live is a natural, safe and effective herbal remedy for improving circulation and treating Raynaud’s Disease.

Use Circu-Live to improve circulation to all areas of the body; As a tonic for the heart, blood and blood vessels; To treat all circulatory conditions including Raynaud’s Disease; and to increase healthy circulation to the extremities.

Formulated by our team of experts in natural medicine, Circu-Live is pharmaceutically manufactured to the highest standards.

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One way she chooses to help is by offering information on the benefits and uses of natural health and healing methods for the well-being of both people and pets.