I heard Dr. Tom O’Bryan say in one of his interviews that he knows people are thinking that he believes everything bad is caused by gluten! I remember when I first heard about gluten sensitivity I was really annoyed. I honestly couldn’t believe the “staff of life” was being targeted as the opposite of life. It didn’t make sense. I remember completely dismissing the thought for a while especially since I loved to bake so much. After all, I still needed to perfect my sourdough loaf and my vintage recipe for braided egg bread must never be a suspect for dietary deletion. No way. Not EVEN going to think about it. Subject closed.
Some people who have Hashimotos Disease and also know they have a Leaky Gut decide to take on the GAPS Diet. But before you make that decision too quickly, please consider the check list I feel is most important when approaching this diet ahead of time so you are prepared emotionally, physically, and financially, for such a decision.
Well, this time I really did it! Hashimotos Thyroiditis isn’t the only culprit in my health woes! It took a very scary few months to finally allow the thought that mercury could very well be poisoning me and even more so while eating a healthy, thyroid-friendly diet! Why now? Why worse? Well, in the spring of this year I began a diet intended to detox my body and lead me into better health. The only problem was that I didn’t take into account that I already knew I had extremely elevated mercury levels. How did I know that? Take a look at this test taken a couple years ago. I know, I know….you’re thinking to yourself, “why in the world would she not remove the mercury after she saw those results?” But, you see, removing 8 fillings is very expensive and I thought I “had time” to think about it or save for the event, not really understanding the tremendous amount of damage this issue may have been causing my health. It’s one thing to see it on paper; it’s another thing to understand what exactly the symptoms would be for something like mercury poisoning. That is, unless they presented themselves in a drastic way! And, so they did…when I began my very serious detox diet. That’s what this post will talk about.
You would think we have enough to worry about just watching the test results of our TSH and antibodies having Hashimotos Thyroiditis – but there is a “new” kid in town – and one that might be even more important to watch when you have this disease. I doubt many of us would be surprised to hear the answer but what I am talking about is gluten ingestion.
I think this post would be better named “food for thought” since it is really hard to wrap my brain around the idea that the “staff of life” is quickly becoming instead a “death trap” for many, many people, especially those with autoimmune diseases like Hashimotos Thyroiditis and others. How could it be as simple as eliminating gluten from your diet in order to feel so much better? But for many gluten intolerant people, that has been ALL it took! For me, my main symptoms have almost disappeared after going on 6 months gluten free.
I can’t begin to tell you how much this post means to me after living with Hashimotos Thyroiditis for over 15 years! Now, before I attempt to answer this question, let me remind you that I am NOT a doctor and cannot give a definitive answer myself. But if you’ve ever wondered, “How Can I Reverse Hashimotos Thyroidits?”, this is the post for you! I am sure once you watch the video at the end of this post from someone much more capable of answering this question, you will be as excited as I am.