OK guys… today we’re talking about how her stomach issues are likely a by-product of Hashimoto’s.


When my wife Stacey was initially going through all her crazy symptoms, her stomach was one of the things that went whacky.


She was dealing with…


  • Being exhausted after eating
  • Running to the toilet after eating a meal
  • Having to get our meal to go at a restaurant right after we started to eat


This was before we realized that foods with gluten (bread, pasta, donuts – basically anything with wheat)  can cause a lot of problems for people with Hashimoto’s.


Once we removed gluten from Stacey’s diet, within about a week, she started noticing her energy starting coming back – which was super encouraging.  Also, her anxiety reduced by 50%!!! (Yes, food can cause anxiety)


Here’s her story about that… (5 minutes)


Gluten is something you can remove for about a month to see if your woman feels better.  It’s truly one of the easiest shortcuts you can do right now to help her feel better.  I’ll have a separate article to address how to prepare/attempt that because our world pretty much revolves around gluten.


Back to today’s article…


One of our gut’s important jobs is keeping foreign objects out of our body.  Remember swallowing a penny as a kid? It came out the other end because it had no value to the body.  If somehow parts of that penny got into our blood stream, our body would seriously protest by mounting an autoimmune response.


The cycle can look like this…


  • If you have Hashimoto’s (low thyroid), it can cause leaky gut.
  • Leaky gut can allow food particles into the blood stream, which…
  • Causes the body to have an immune response and the stomach gets inflamed (not fun)
  • The leaky gut and inflamed stomach interferes with the ability absorb food properly (which affects how much of thyroid pills actually get into our body).  Which can take you back to the top of the list with low thyroid again.


Here’s a graphic that shows how these can affect each other in a vicious cycle

From chriskresser.com

From chriskresser.com

So, what’s the take away?

Since 70% of our immune tissue is in our gut, if you’re going to address Hashimoto’s, you need to address the leaky gut issue as part of the plan back to health and wholeness.


Now, this is a deep subject.  My example is simplified, and it’s more complicated.  Here are more articles that go into this in more depth.


The Four Best Probiotics For Hashimoto’s – The Role of the Gut – Izabella Wentz, Pharm D

The Thyroid-Gut Connection – by Chris Kesser,M.S., L.Ac

The Gut-Thyroid Connection – by Aviva Romm M.D.

Is Your Thyroid Destroying Your Gut Function? – Steve Wright

The Gluten, Gut, and Thyroid Connection – Amy Myers, MD


Well, if your woman just seems out of it and can’t get up off the couch or bed, she may be dealing with serious energy issues as a result of her thyroid being out of whack.

If that’s the case, you’re going to need to reset your expectation of what she can get done until she gets back into the energy zone.  Also, having some understanding of what it’s like on her side will help keep you out of the doghouse.

Here’s a great article from Christine Miserandino called “The Spoon Theory”.  This is about a woman dealing with Lupus, but it’s the same idea if your woman has serious thyroid fatigue going on.


OK, guys.  Your woman has been having crazy symptoms – hot, cold, tired, wired, joint pain, constipation, and on and on…


What the heck is going on?


Short version is that the symptoms she’s going through are just pieces of the puzzle of the bigger thyroid picture.

We’ll go over the difference between Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s in another article, but what you need to know is this – 9 out of 10 thyroid patients with Hypothyroidism have Hashimoto’s, so it’s worth looking at the symptoms of both.

Here’s a quick guide of the major symptoms of the Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism…

This will help narrow down what’s going on quickly and give you a big picture overview of the symptoms.

Keep in mind, in the beginning, she may only have a few of these, but as the disease progresses, there are more and more.  This is often where women feel like they’re going crazy trying to figure out what’s going on – that’s a post for another time how these symptoms often get misdiagnosed.

Symptoms and Signs of Hypothyroidism

  • Fatigue, feeling “wiped out”
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Require excessive sleep
  • Gain weight easily
  • Neck and back pain
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Headaches which are worse in the morning and improve throughout the day
  • Dry/thinning hair
  • Dry skin
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding or irregular periods
  • Hoarse or raspy voice
  • Yellow skin
  • Slower thinking
  • Slower speech or movement
  • Slow heart rate
  • Infertility
  • Intestinal problems including bloating and heartburn
  • Osteoporosis
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Neuro-degeneration (nerve damage and death of neurons found in Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s disease)


Symptoms and Signs of Hyperthyroidism

  • Heart palpitations (experienced as a “pounding” of the heart)
  • Irregular heartbeat (Arrhythmia)
  • Feeling “hyper”
  • Increased heart rate-tachycardia (above 100 beats per minute)
  • Nervousness
  • Unusual sweating
  • Loss of weight
  • Insomnia
  • Intestinal problems (diarrhea, increased frequency of bowel movements, bloating)
  • Depression
  • Changes in menstrual patterns
  • Increased sensitivity to heat
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of mental clarity (brain fog)
  • Weakness
  • Bulging eyes
  • Skin rash



Click here to see the original articles…

Is My Thyroid to Blame? 38 Most Common Symptoms (Dr. Frank Lanzisera)

Do You Have Hypothyroidism Or Hashimoto’s Or Both? (Dr. Izabella Wentz, Pharm D.)