The effect of the AIP diet on Hashimoto

The effect of the AIP diet on Hashimoto thyroiditis

31 July 2023

Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system attacks and damages the thyroid. Read more in this blog about what an autoimmune disease is. This condition is named after the Japanese physician Hakaru Hashimoto, who first described it in 1912. A change in your diet should help reduce symptoms of Hashimoto's disease. Therefore, this blog will address the question of what the effect of the AIP diet is on Hashimoto. Read this article about the effect of the AIP diet on fibromyalgia.

Hashimoto symptoms

People with Hashimoto can experience a range of symptoms, varying in intensity and frequency. A common symptom is fatigue, which often does not improve even after a good night's rest. A good night's rest can be achieved with good nutrition. Read about this in here. Other symptoms can be: weight gain, muscle pain, stiffness, weakness, sensitivity to cold, changes in the menstrual cycle, dry skin, and hair loss. Hashimoto can also affect a person's mood and mental clarity. Some people may feel depressed, anxious, or irritable. They may also have trouble concentrating, and their memory and mental clarity may decline. Additionally, people with Hashimoto may experience digestive problems such as bloating, constipation, and diarrhea.

Fatigue Hashimoto

Hashimoto’s disease: therapy

Although Hashimoto's disease cannot be completely cured, the symptoms can be treated with thyroid hormone therapy. This means that people receive synthetic thyroid hormones to supplement the hormone deficiency in the body and reduce the symptoms.

Effect of the AIP diet on Hashimoto’s disease

In addition to medication, lifestyle changes such as adopting a healthy diet and reducing stress can also help alleviate the symptoms of Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Within these lifestyle changes, the Autoimmune Paleo (AIP) diet offers potential relief of symptoms. This has also been demonstrated in research on the effect of the AIP diet on Hashimoto's disease. Therefore, the Autoimmune Paleo diet can be used as an additional treatment for Hashimoto's thyroiditis. The AIP diet focuses on reducing inflammation in the body and avoiding foods that may trigger the immune system. This can help reduce inflammation in the thyroid and improve thyroid function.

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The AIP diet can help with symptoms of Hashimoto

If you have been diagnosed with Hashimoto, it is important to consult an endocrinologist and not stop the treatment of your thyroid hormones without their guidance. The AIP diet can complement medical treatment, but should never be used as a replacement. In short, the diet is not a substitute for medication. If you have been diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease, you should always discuss treatment with your doctor before making changes to your diet. However, the AIP diet can be a very useful addition to the treatment of Hashimoto's thyroiditis and can help reduce inflammation in the body and, therefore, alleviate symptoms of Hashimoto.

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