While blood work is critical for identifying the issue, it is important to be mindful of what foods one is eating. For the past few years, there has been a lot of hype promoting a gluten-free diet. Gluten is found in wheat, rye, several whole grain foods, and barley to name a few. There is good reason for the hype, as it originated when there was a connection discovered between gluten intolerance and Thyroid diseases like Hashimoto’s and Grave’s Disease (when TSI antibodies attack the thyroid and send it in overdrive). Specifically, a portion of the gluten molecule closely resembles molecules of the thyroid.
When foods with gluten are consumed, and the gluten is released into the bloodstream, and the body senses it as an invader. When antibodies are released to attack this “foreign invader”, because of its structural similarity, it ends up attacking its own thyroid tissue too. While consuming gluten does not always mean an autoimmune disorder, it can lead to other symptoms such as diarrhea, bloating, skin irritations, and abdominal pain.
If you are experiencing any of these, we encourage you to ask one of our Team Members about Thyroid Testing, as well as, learn more about the right diet and foods to incorporate into your lifestyle! Individual results vary by patient. Ask your Tampa Rejuvenation practitioner about your specific health concerns.