Hashimoto’s Flare-Ups: What You Need to KnowHashimoto’s flare-up is characterized by worsening symptoms triggered by stress, sleep problems, dietary changes, or other lifestyle changes. You may notice that your existing symptoms become more severe, or that new ones appear. The symptoms vary from person to person but often include: fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, depression, dry skin, muscle aches, headaches, feeling cold, hair loss, and more. In some cases, flare-ups also lead to depression and anxiety, which only heightens physical symptoms. A functional doctor can help identify the triggers behind these flare-ups while suggesting suitable dietary and lifestyle adjustments. This might include elimination diets or supplementing certain vitamins known for reducing inflammation.
Common Triggers or Causes of Hashimoto’s Flare-UpsThe flare-ups of Hashimoto’s disease can leave you feeling helpless. However, here are common triggers we can identify to take charge of our health proactively:
1. Sensitivities to food and glutenIndividuals with Hashimoto’s disease may experience worsening symptoms due to food sensitivities. Dietary and lifestyle choices practiced by many Americans may precipitate food sensitivities. Certain foods can trigger flare-ups in Hashimoto’s disease, including gluten, soy, corn, eggs, dairy, nuts, and bad oils can create inflammation and prevent the thyroid from functioning properly. It is imperative for individuals with Hashimoto’s disease to identify and avoid these trigger foods to manage their symptoms effectively. Working with a healthcare professional can help develop a personalized nutrition plan that meets individual needs and supports overall health.
2. StressWhen the body is under stress, cortisol levels rise, which can suppress thyroid function and worsen Hashimoto’s symptoms. Stress can come in the forms of physical, chemical, and emotional stress.
- Physical stress can cause symptoms like bumps, bruises, aches, and pains from physical activity, injury, or illness. It is important to address these symptoms promptly to prevent further damage and ensure optimal physical health.
- Chemical stress can come from toxins, chemicals, pesticides, and preservatives found in our diets which can harm our bodies. Being mindful and choosing healthier options can reduce exposure to chemical stress.
- Emotional stress can stem from trauma, and stressful jobs may experience flare-ups of Hashimoto’s disease and can impact physical health, so it’s important to manage stress effectively.