It is commonly seen in individuals with Hashimoto’s that they also suffer from nutrient deficiencies and those deficiencies often compound the problems. The most frequently lacking nutrients including selenium, ferritin, and B and D vitamins. These vitamins all play a crucial role in the ways our bodies perform and to lack in any can cause a chain reaction of failures. Fixing the nutrient deficiencies (and the root cause of them) can be one of the most critical steps in allowing the body to heal.
Why do these nutrients matter? Selenium behaves as an antioxidant, neutralizing hydrogen peroxide, vitamin D is used in thousands of our genes, while ferritin assists in the storing and usage of iron. All of these vitamins play a significant, vital role in the continued operation of our bodies and when it comes to individuals with Hashimoto’s these are often under attack. So how do you combat these deficiencies?
Vitamin D is one of the easier vitamins to supplement for. The first step is to soak up some sunny rays. With that taken care of, vitamin D rich foods like cod liver, fish, dairy, orange juice, eggs all can provide an extra dose. This deficiency may not be solely because of lack of intake. Autoimmune diseases can also cause complication in converting vitamin D to its active form.
Selenium is an antioxidant that is crucial for those who suffer from thyroid disorders. As our body takes in foods containing iodine, it produces hydrogen peroxide to break the iodine into a usable form. Hydrogen peroxide is reactive and can cause oxidative damage as it floats about our bodies. Selenium counters this. When selenium deficient, our body has no other means of combating this damage, triggering inflammation of the thyroid tissue and autoimmunity begins.
When low on B12, symptoms such as anemia, digestive problems, or inflammation develop. B12 is released during hydrochloric acid and protease, however Hashimoto’s patients are frequently low in hydrochloric acid with increases the likelihood for B12 deficiency. The easiest way to replenish this vitamin is through diet; fish, meat, egg, poultry, milk and the like. Otherwise supplements are necessary.
Ferritin is the nutrient for iron reserve protein. If your body isn’t making enough iron, it will instead pull it form other iron-rich areas of your body such as hair. Iron levels can be effected by a number of changes in the body, including pregnancy or heavy menstruation, and common items in the diet block the absorption of iron. To address this deficiency, diet is again key. Eating foods rich in iron like liver over beef, turkey, and chicken can bring the levels back into normal faster. A supplement will also work wonders.
Vitamin deficiencies are one of the key complicating factors in individuals with Hashimoto’s, compounding their problems. By addressing these levels, health can be rebuilt on a solid foundation with the body running optimally. Whether through diet or supplementation it is crucial to get the nutrients back on track.
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