Hashimoto Thyroiditis
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Stomach and Gut Issues
Hashimoto’s has been linked to low gut acidity, mal-absorption of foods, leaky gut syndrome, and toxicity.

When the liver is overloaded (which can occur with adrenal fatigue), more toxins and micro-organisms build up in the blood stream because the liver in unable to properly filter and/or detoxify the foods that enter. This will increase the immune system’s work, and potentially overload it.
Your Stomach and Immune System
When the immune system is in a hyper-stimulated state, it can create antibodies to cope. In the long run, the result is immune dysfunction which can be seen in allergies, inflammatory states, swollen glands, recurrent infections, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and of course autoimmune diseases (such as Hashimoto’s disease).

Immune dysfunction is exacerbated by poor food choices (processed and high fat diets), foods with a high chemical load and nutritional deficiencies. The result is often an inflamed digestive tract and low gut acidity that can pass toxins straight into the bloodstream. When toxins are in the blood stream, the immune system reacts to fight these toxins. This is a huge job for the liver, as it tries to detoxify.

When this occurs, you may experience other conditions (as well as your Hashimoto’s) including infections, food allergies, Crohn's disease, Celiac disease, dermatological conditions (e.g., eczema), colitis, or other autoimmune diseases (such as rheumatoid arthritis).

A damaged gastrointestinal tract is often associated with low stomach acid.  If your stomach acid level is very low, it will be difficult to adequately digest or absorb carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. This leads to malnutrition, continued toxins leaking into your blood stream, food lingering in the stomach for too long. If your stomach acid is low, your doctor may recommend a course of hydrochloric acid with your meals.

Naturally, the stomach and adrenals need to be corrected together, and if these issues are present with Hashimoto’s disease, you need to address all three.

It is well known that the brain directly communicates with the thyroid. The brain tells the pituitary to talk to the hypothalamus to tell the thyroid to release hormones. Kind of like a domino effect.

The brain also directly communicates with the stomach and intestines (which is called the gastrointestinal system) through the vagal nerve. The gastrointestinal system in patients with low thyroid symptoms is critically important.

The liver and spleen have a huge effect on the immune system, and are also directly connected to the brain through the autonomic nervous system. Researchers have known for years that if you damage the vagus nerve, you will have dysfunction of the liver & spleen. When those organs don’t function correctly, the thyroid health is directly and negatively impacted.

The gastrointestinal tract and liver also convert inactive thyroid hormones into active ones. So if they are not functioning correctly, you will not have enough active thyroid hormone to bind to the receptor sites. That will translate into low thyroid symptoms like brain fog, constipation, hair loss, weight gain, fatigue, insomnia, and all the other low thyroid symptoms.

Another important check is to see how the brain is functioning, particularly the cerebellum and the basal ganglia. Research has shown that these two areas in the brain can also be attacked just like the thyroid is attacked in people with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.

If you are still suffering with low thyroid symptoms, make sure you find a doctor that knows what we’ve just talked about. You want to make sure that you get more than just your TSH and free T3 and free T4 checked when you are trying to find the cause of why you are still suffering with symptoms of hypothyroidism.