This condition currently affects over five million Americans. Women make up the largest percentage of sufferers, usually between the ages of thirty and fifty.It is important for you to know that 80 percent of all hypothyroidism cases are actually cases of the autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. This is often overlooked because most physicians only measure thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels. In order to find out if you have autoimmune thyroid disease, ask your health care provider to test for TPO and TG antibodies. If you have antibodies, you have Hashimoto’s disease and must address it differently than straightforward hypothyroidism.

There is a strong connection between gluten sensitivity, or even celiac disease, and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Your first line of defense is to eliminate gluten. It is even suggested that you eliminate all grains. Keep in mind that 50 percent of all people who are sensitive to wheat gluten are also sensitive to dairy. The purpose of eliminating these specific offenders is to calm and heal the gut. Over 75 percent of your immune system resides in your gut, so taking steps to remove offending foods that cause inflammation and leaky gut, which has been implicated in most autoimmune diseases, is imperative to help to stop the autoimmune attack upon your thyroid.

What is Hashimoto’s disease?
Again, Hashimoto’s disease, also called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis,thyroiditis, or simply “Hashimoto’s,” is an autoimmune disease in which the thyroid is attacked by the body’s immune system. In this instance, the antibodies in the immune system react to the proteins in the thyroid and begin to destroy thyroid cells.

This condition takes some time to develop. At first, you may experience no symptoms. Then you may notice hyperthyroid symptoms, such as panic attacks, anxiety, a fast heartbeat, sweating, shaking, diarrhea, or weight loss. This is because the damaged thyroid cells, when attacked, release their thyroid hormone.

However, over time, as more thyroid cells are killed, the thyroid cannot produce enough hormone and will slip into hypothyroid mode. These symptoms include fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, constipation, brain fog,and memory loss.

In Hashimoto’s disease, you may notice your symptoms shifting between hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. You may also develop a goiter, which is a large swelling of the thyroid area.

Hypothyroidism is similar to Hashimoto’s thyroiditis minus the autoimmune attack. Symptoms of this often diagnosed disease include profound fatigue, weight gain with slow metabolism, depression, cold hands and feet, constipation, hair thinning or loss, and enlarged thyroid gland.