What Is Hashimoto’s?
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is the inflammation of the thyroid gland. However, that doesn’t tell you much, does it? If you’re like me, you want to know why it became inflamed and what you can do about it.
So, why does your thyroid gland become inflamed?
There are a couple of possibilities: it can be overworked or your body is attacking it.
If your thyroid is being overworked causing thyroiditis, one of two scenarios is likely…
- Your body is not converting T4 (hormone your thyroid stores and releases) to T3, which is the more biologically active hormone.
- Your body is becoming inefficient at using glucose (sugar) and fat as an energy source and using thyroid hormone as a substitute.
The first scenario is what is called a conversion problem. Your body is not converting thyroid hormone (T4) to the more active form, T3. T3 is the hormone your body uses to operate; think of it as an energy source.
Well, if your body can’t get enough of T3 to run properly, it will send a message to your brain telling it the body needs more. This message causes the thyroid to release more T4. However, at some point your thyroid runs out of hormone and it gets worn-out.
This process can cause inflammation.
The second scenario that causes thyroiditis is when your body becomes inefficient at using glucose or fat as an energy source.
When this happens, your body will look for alternative energy sources like T3. However, as you know, your thyroid can only give so much thyroid hormone before it gets overworked.
However, the most common cause of thyroiditis is Hashimoto’s.
Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disorder. An autoimmune disorder is when your own body attacks itself; the immune system is going haywire. In your case, your body is attacking your thyroid.
This attack on the thyroid causes the inflammation. Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to why this happens. However, you should know that there is something you can do about it.
Your doctor will most likely run tests and give you a pill, but this is not a complete treatment. Start by understanding your condition and what natural alternatives are available, including diet.
Diet plays a big role in helping you convert T4 to T3 and calming down your immune system if you have Hashimoto’s. Of course, supplements will also help your problem, but I suggest that you start with your diet.
Remember, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an immune system problem.
The best way to support your immune system is to give your body the nutrients it needs, and remove any offenders. This is the best way to reduce Hahsimoto’s.