I’ve often been asked what is the ideal diet for Hashimoto’s. There is no single cure-all diet for any autoimmune condition but changing the way you eat is very important, particularly if you have an autoimmune condition. 70-80% of your immune system lives in the lining of your gut. Hence, having a healthy gut microbiome and reducing inflammation in your gut will go a long way in strengthening and calming your immune system.
The most basic diet I recommend in Hashimoto’s is the anti-inflammatory diet which is similar to the mediterranean diet with its focus on fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain carbs, organic proteins and health fats. It is important to avoid processed or refined foods including fast foods, soda and diet soda. You can find more information on this diet here: https://www.drweil.com/diet-nutrition/anti-inflammatory-diet-pyramid/dr-weils-anti-inflammatory-diet/
For more severe cases of autoimmune thyroid disease, it may be helpful to eliminate gluten which is a highly inflammatory macronutrient for many people. The AIP (autoimmune protocol) diet is ideal if you are suffering from severe inflammation including persistent IBS-like symptoms, rashes and joint pains. It is a challenging diet to follow so it may be advisable to work with a nutritionist if you pursue this diet.
What other questions do you have about Hashimoto’s or other autoimmune conditions?
Yours in good health,
Dr. Ashita Gupta