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What’s going on with her stomach?

Woman having stomach pain

26 Apr What’s going on with her stomach?

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

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