Receiving a diagnosis of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis can leave you feeling frustrated and overwhelmed. Hashimoto’s Disease, an autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to attack healthy thyroid tissue, is the most common cause of hypothyroidism. Managing the many symptoms of this disease can be challenging and confusing.
One symptom that many Hashimoto’s patients deal with is increased inflammation in the body. Generally, inflammation is a healthy response to a virus or bacteria, however in people with autoimmune diseases, this inflammation can become widespread and may cause chronic inflammation.
When left unmanaged, chronic inflammation can result in raised reverse T3 levels making you even more hypothyroid. It can also cause joint pain and increase risk for cardiovascular diseases. Inflammation may also have a negative affect on mental health, an issue that is common for people with hypothyroidism.
Here are 7 ways to reduce inflammation in your body so that you can begin to regain control of your health.
Adding green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach, and romaine may help fight inflammation and are very high in vitamins and minerals like magnesium, calcium, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, among others. In addition, they are high in antioxidants (polyphenols) which may improve blood sugar levels, prevent cancerous cells, and improve heart health.
Adding these green veggies to each meal in addition to incorporating them into fresh juicing and smoothies will help ensure that you consume plenty of veggies each day.
Magnesium is a necessary mineral that our body must have in order to achieve optimal health. Beside reducing inflammation, it may help improve cardiovascular health, lower blood sugar levels, improve blood flow, reduce stress levels, strengthen bones, and maintain healthy brain function.
Magnesium deficiency is said to be linked to autoimmune diseases which may be why many people with Hashimoto’s disease are deficient in this important mineral.
Talk to your doctor at Paloma about how magnesium supplements may benefit your specific condition. Other ways to ensure that you receive the necessary daily allowance is by adding it to your diet. Foods such as avocados, salmon, bananas, and leafy greens are great sources of magnesium.
Sugar and empty carbs found in refined grain and processed food increases inflammation, contributes to weight gain, and leads to higher blood sugar levels. Removing these foods and replacing sugar with small amounts of healthy sweeteners like honey and stevia can go a long way in reducing widespread inflammation.
Consuming omega-3 fatty acids and lowering your intake of omega-6 fatty acids may help lower inflammation levels. Omega-6 fatty acids are found in red meat, processed foods, and dairy, so keeping these to a minimum are recommended.
To increase your omega -3’s you should consume foods such as wild caught fish, fish oils, navy beams, and walnuts.
People who practice yoga daily have been shown to have reduced markers of inflammation in their body. Yoga provides strength training and increases flexibility. Not only that, yoga has been shown to help fight depression and anxiety which is sometimes a major symptom of hypothyroidism.
Deficiency in Vitamin D, known as the sunshine vitamin, may be linked to autoimmune conditions and depression. It is also necessary that the body receive adequate amounts of vitamin D to help with the absorption of magnesium, calcium, and other nutrients. Getting plenty of sunshine by taking walks or even sitting outside for a few minutes will help raise your vitamin D levels. Good food sources include salmon, tuna, mackerel, nuts, and broccoli.
Because the thyroid regulates metabolic function, losing weight with hypothyroidism can be difficult. Reduced thyroid hormone and low energy levels may be to blame for weight gain and the inability to see the weight come off. Even with exercise hypothyroid patients can struggle to see the pounds drop.
Studies have shown that overweight people have increased inflammation levels and may be at higher risk for developing cardiovascular diseases. Working with your doctor to reach a healthy weight is important to your overall health. Our doctors and nutritionists can help you create a customized plan for your body and health by incorporating correct thyroids medication and dosage, establishing a healthy diet plan, and developing a fitness routine. A plan that is tailored to your body and health condition may be the key to achieving weight loss.
The ideas listed here are just a few ways to reduce inflammation. Talk with your doctor about adding these 7 steps to your daily routine and you may begin to see fewer inflammation related symptoms.
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