Before I received my Hashimoto’s diagnosis, I used to start each day with a protein smoothie.
In some ways, this was a very positive habit; but in other ways, it was very much detrimental to my health, and I didn’t even know it.
Protein is an essential macronutrient and helps us to build up our body to ensure that all vital processes are taking place. Protein is an important source of amino acids such as glutamine and L-tyrosine, which repair gut cells and create thyroid hormones, respectively.
People eating the Standard American Diet, or vegan and vegetarian diets, may not get enough protein and can be at risk for protein deficiency. Some symptoms include: fatigue, trouble losing weight, brain fog, blood sugar imbalance, trouble building muscle, muscle wasting, intestinal permeability, and hair loss. Sound familiar?
The Right Amount of Protein
- For general health purposes, you should be consuming about 0.45-0.55 grams of protein per day, for each pound that you weigh. (The official calculation is done by kilograms of body weight: 1.0-1.2 grams of protein per kilogram.) This translates to roughly 50 grams of protein per day, for a person who weighs 100 pounds.
- Higher protein intake (0.55-0.68 grams per pound of body weight, per day) is recommended for most older adults who have acute or chronic diseases. In this case, a person who weighs 100 pounds should aim for 54-68 grams of protein per day.
- Generally, the more active you are, the more protein you need. Bodybuilders need even more protein — as much as 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight — so a 100 pound person would want to aim for 100 grams of protein each day!
- Older people with severe kidney disease (who are not on dialysis) are an exception to this rule — these individuals may need to limit their protein intake, as their kidneys may not be able to properly process the protein.
Benefits of Protein Smoothies
Having a protein packed smoothie in the morning can help kick off our daily nutrition and keep our blood sugar balanced, as well as help the thyroid gland (if low protein is a contributing factor). A protein powder mixed with blended foods can provide the body with predigested nutrition, allowing for better absorption of nutrients, even when our digestion isn’t perfect.
The Right Kind of Protein
The wrong kind of protein can be detrimental as well. Back in the day, I used to put whey protein and yogurt in my smoothies, not realizing that I was sensitive to dairy! Dairy proteins, casein and whey, are highly reactive for up to 80 percent of people with Hashimoto’s. My “healthy breakfast” was causing the autoimmune attack on my thyroid gland, and was also causing my carpal tunnel, acid reflux, and irritable bowel syndrome. Within three days of getting off dairy, my acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome disappeared! My carpal tunnel resolved a few months later, and over time, my thyroid antibody levels decreased.
Most protein powders on the market contain soy and dairy, which are two very reactive proteins for people with Hashimoto’s. While egg white proteins are also an option and can be less reactive, unfortunately, those with Hashimoto’s who start using them often find themselves with new onset egg reactions, because egg whites are difficult to digest for people with intestinal permeability.
The protein powders that are best tolerated by people with Hashimoto’s, in my experience, are hemp protein, pea protein and hydrolyzed beef protein.
- Vegan, gluten, dairy and soy free, but it has a strong taste that doesn’t blend well with most foods and can be an issue for those with estrogenic concerns.
- Vegan, gluten, dairy and soy free, and has a mild taste. However, it is not compatible with the Autoimmune Paleo diet.
- Paleo and Autoimmune Paleo friendly.
- Gluten free, soy free and free of casein and whey (two very reactive proteins found in dairy products).
- Is a complete protein, meaning it contains the essential amino acids we need to survive.
- Hydrolyzed beef protein offers a special advantage, as it is less likely to cause additional food reactions due to the hydrolysis process, which breaks the protein into tiny pieces.
I recommend using hydrolyzed beef protein for building up your body in the Adrenal Recovery and Gut Balance Protocols of my book, Hashimoto’s Protocol. However, many of the beef proteins currently on the market have added flavors and fillers, like stevia, which some people may react to.
Many of you have expressed interest in a protein powder that is autoimmune-friendly and would adhere to the guidelines of the Autoimmune Paleo diet. And, as you likely know, this type of product has proven to be very difficult to find!
So, last year, I created the ONLY autoimmune-friendly protein powder on the market! We have sold thousands of this product and have been able to help so many, which makes me incredibly happy!
(This is a photo of me squinting with excitement when, after three years of development and effort, I finally got the finished product!)
I’d ask you to trust me on this, but hey, I’d rather you decide for yourself. In fact, there is zero risk because every product in my Rootcology line has a 30-day, 100% satisfaction guarantee!
All of the supplement ingredients have been carefully chosen by yours truly to address the needs and sensitivities of people with autoimmune thyroid disease. They are pharmaceutical-grade, tested by third party companies to make sure that that they have what the label says they have (and nothing more), and formulated to be free of potentially harmful fillers.
Rootcology AI Paleo Protein contains hydrolyzed beef protein that is free of any fillers and is compliant with even the strictest autoimmune protocol. It’s very tasty, too! Surprisingly, it doesn’t taste like beef, rather, it has a slight milky taste — I personally love it. 😉
Rootcology AI Paleo Protein is an ideal protein for those who:
- Want a true Paleo protein source
- Want a beef protein that’s antibiotic and hormone free
- Are sensitive to dairy, soy or eggs
- Are working on building protocols (Adrenal Recovery and Gut Balance)
- Are on an Autoimmune Paleo diet
- Have many intolerances to foods and fillers
- Have trouble with digestion
So now you can have your smoothies and your health too — even if you’re following the Autoimmune Paleo diet!
I also have a vanilla flavored version of the hydrolyzed beef protein, but please note that it does contain stevia and some light additives. Some people do enjoy the extra flavoring and compare it to vanilla ice-cream!
I wanted to develop an option for you that would be great a fit, regardless of the protocol that you are on!
Don’t forget, it’s a win-win with our 100% satisfaction, 30-day guarantee.
I hope you check them out!
P.S. You can also “Subscribe and Save” and get 10% off discount on your order. This is a great way to reserve your protein each month.
P.P.S. What are people saying?
- Jeri S. shared with me, “Thank you for the Pea Protein Powder. I love the taste and it makes me feel great. No digestive issues like some protein powders I have tried. Thank you. I look forward to purchasing it again.”
- Dorrie S. shared about the AI Paleo Protein, “I have had a progressively advancing autoimmune disorder for 20 plus years and tried all protein powders out there. This is the only one I did not react to and feel great taking. I have the confidence I’m getting what my body needs.”