What is the right diet to heal Hashimoto’s?
This question is very complicated, and unfortunately, nutrition is the only science where multiple answers can be both correct and wrong.
In other words, there is more than one way to skin a cat, and one man’s medicine may be another man’s poison.
We are all different, and although we may have the same condition, different interventions may be required for each of us to heal.
Multiple diets have been reported to reverse Hashimoto’s and/or other autoimmune conditions, including a gluten-free diet, iodine-free diet, Feingold Diet, Specific Carbohydrate Diet, GAPS Diet, The Paleo Diet, Autoimmune Paleo Diet, soy-free diet, dairy-free diet, low-FODMAPs Diet, the Body Ecology Diet, vegetable juicing and elemental diets.
The connecting thread behind these diverse diets is that they all remove various reactive foods. Most of the diets also include animal proteins, are more nutrient dense than the Standard American Diet, and remove processed foods.
While vegan and vegetarian diets have been reported to be extremely helpful with autoimmune and chronic conditions, I have not been able to find reports of people recovering from Hashimoto’s by following a vegan diet. Even devout vegans who are nutritionally conscious still struggle with low body temperatures, hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s.
Additionally, many former vegans have reported improved symptoms of Hashimoto’s following transitioning to a Paleo diet. Based on this, I believe that animal proteins must play an important role in building back the health of people with Hashimoto’s.
That said, while meats and fats are important for healing, eating them exclusively will produce an acidic environment in the body; hindering healing, and thus the diet should be balanced with plenty of nutrient rich vegetables (suggested ratio may be 20% meat/80% veggie).
Additionally, vegan and raw vegan diets can be extremely helpful for cleansing and detoxifying, especially for those with persistent protein digestion issues (very common in Hashimoto’s).
Another approach may be to follow a “semi-vegan” diet or the “Morning Vegan” approach, where one eats primarily vegan foods (nuts, seeds, veggies) for breakfast and lunch but consumes a meat based meal for dinner.
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