Still Struggling with Hashimoto’s — Even When You’re Doing Everything Right?
I think I’m doing everything right, but I’m still not feeling any better!
I hear this from my clients and community sometimes, and it’s a desperate cry for help. These women have tried literally everything to heal their Hashimoto’s: they’ve changed their diet, changed their lifestyle, balanced their hormones, addressed their adrenals…
But they’re still feeling sick, rundown, and their numbers haven’t improved. Talk about frustration!
While addressing the three essential pillars of thyroid healing are important first steps, if you’re not seeing marked improvement within 3–6 months, it’s time to — as my friend and colleague Izabella says — dig deeper.
The root causes of Hashimoto’s
Scientists who study autoimmune diseases often say that there are three ingredients necessary for an autoimmune problem to manifest:
- Your genetics
- A trigger
- A leaky gut
Obviously, we can’t change our genetics. But the other two are things we can address.
I talk a lot about how to heal your leaky gut through diet and lifestyle, but what do you do when that’s not enough?
You search for the trigger.
The problem is, there isn’t just one trigger for an autoimmune condition like Hashimoto’s. Science has found strong links between Hashimoto’s and:
- Gluten sensitivity
- Other food sensitivities (to cross-reactive proteins)
- Vitamin and mineral deficiencies, including zinc, glutamine, and vitamin D
- Bacterial infections
- Fungal infections
These conditions are triggers for autoimmune disease because of something called molecular mimicry. Molecular mimicry is the theory that certain foreign proteins, bacteria, or other microbes that enter our body are similar in structure or appearance to our own cells (namely thyroid cells), and so when the immune system programs itself to fight the invaders, it mistakenly attacks healthy body cells as well.
For example, the gluten protein is widely believed to “look” like thyroid cells to our immune system. So when gluten escapes your digestive tract through a leaky gut, and shows up in the blood stream where it’s not supposed to be, the immune system goes about eliminating it.
But when there is too much gluten protein in the blood over a long period of time, the immune system gets overzealous, attacking anything that even resembles it — including your thyroid — resulting in conditions like Hashimoto’s.
Any one of these triggers could easily go undetected or misdiagnosed in the course of regular doctor’s visits; they require specific testing to uncover. In other words, your doctor has to be looking for these problems if he wants to find them.
The good news is that many of these triggers can be addressed. Some, like gluten sensitivity and other food allergies, can be addressed by simply removing the offending protein from your diet. Others can be more difficult to treat, like the Epstein Barr virus or lyme disease, but treatments are available.
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Uncovering your trigger
If you’ve addressed your leaky gut and still aren’t seeing the results you want, I highly recommend digging deeper to uncover your trigger so that you can treat the root cause of your Hashimoto’s.
My friend and colleague, Dr. Izabella Wentz, has developed a program called Hacking Hashimoto’s. It’s a 12 week course to help people with Hashimoto’s uncover their triggers and get their life back.
I went through it and It’s pretty fantastic for those who are doing “everything right” but still haven’t unlocked the root cause of their thyroid or autoimmune condition. Izabella reports that when she surveyed her students, 75% were able to reduce their fatigue and 56% saw a reduction in thyroid antibodies within three months, among many other improvements.
If you feel like diet and lifestyle changes haven’t been enough to heal your Hashimoto’s I encourage you to check out Hacking Hashimoto’s & Izabella’s Root Cause book to uncover the trigger and root cause of your disease — so that you can begin to treat it and start living your best thyroid life!
Whether you have already made some diet and lifestyle changes to support your thyroid health or are just starting out, I also provide a ton of resources on healing, including:
- Our totally free Thyroid Healing Type Assessment, Report and Coaching Sessions
- Right here on my blog, where I talk about what’s worked best for me and my clients, as well as the latest research and resources I come across. You can subscribe to get new blog posts delivered right to your email by signing up on the righthand side of the page.
- My book, Healing Hashimoto’s Naturally — part memoir, part instruction manual for how I personally healed my Hashimoto’s disease.
- My exclusive free 6 Thyroid Myths That Can Keep You From Healing workshop — with info on the comprehensive Thyroid Fix in 6 program, which walks you through, step-by-step, the exact actions you need to take to heal your thyroid and get your life back! We’ve seen hundreds of participants in the Thyroid Fix in 6 avoid, decrease, or even eliminate the need need for thyroid medications.
- The incredible Your Best Thyroid Life Video Bundle, in which I personally invited 27 of the world’s top health experts to share their best tips for living with and healing thyroid disease.
Healing your thyroid is a big-picture game.
You must address your leaky gut problems with diet and lifestyle changes — but you also need to investigate and discover the root causes of your disease if you want to truly heal. My resources above and Izabella’s Hacking Hashimoto’s course can help you do exactly that!
Jen Wittman is a Certified Holistic Health Expert, Chef, Author & Vitality Coach, who teaches women how to reverse thyroid and autoimmune conditions naturally. She’s helped hundreds of women decrease (or even eliminate) their thyroid medications and has helped others stay off thyroid medication entirely.
Through her free Thyroid Healing Type Assessment, Jen teaches easy and simple steps to thyroid healing that can fit into your busy day. She also provides print outs to bring to your next doctor’s appointment so you can get the support and respect you deserve.