Tips from Functional Doctors on How to Treat a Hashimoto’s Flare-Up

Treating Hashimoto's flare up with functional medicine
It’s estimated that 20 million people in the United States are currently battling some form of a thyroid disorder. This alarming rate of thyroid issues shows no signs of slowing down. Amongst this wave of autoimmune diseases, there’s one particular problem that stands out above the rest: Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is a chronic autoimmune disorder that affects the thyroid gland. This condition occurs when the immune system attacks the thyroid gland, causing inflammation and damage to the thyroid tissue. It is important to note that a Hashimoto’s flare-up requires ongoing management. But the good news is that there are ways to effectively manage flare-ups and get back on track with your health. Functional doctors are the solution to your Hashimoto flare-ups. The goal of functional medicine is to address the root cause of your symptoms, healing your body naturally and sending those irritating symptoms into remission once and for all! We at Twin Oaks Health, have the expertise to pinpoint what triggers your Hashimoto’s flare-ups and create a customized treatment plan that caters to managing symptoms while enhancing overall health and wellness.  

Hashimoto’s Flare-Ups: What You Need to Know

Hashimoto’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-Ups

The 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 gluten

Individuals 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.     Stress

When 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.
 At Twin Oaks, we treat Hashimoto’s flare-ups and work with you to manage the stress in your life using holistic techniques such as meditation and yoga–or recommending mental health professionals.   

3.     Infection in the Gut

Infections caused by viruses, parasites and bacteria in the gut have the potential to trigger an autoimmune response, leading to severe exhaustion and illness. This can be a debilitating experience for those affected. Infection in the gut can be a serious health concern, but with prompt medical attention and preventative measures, it can be effectively managed and treated.  

Addressing Hashimoto’s with Functional Medicine

There are some tips on how to treat Hashimoto’s flare-up from functional doctors. A few of the most common include:  

1. Diet Adjustment

At Twin Oaks, we recommend adjusting your diet by eliminating foods that can aggravate your immune system–such as dairy, gluten, or grains. It is also important to consume nutrient-rich foods–including fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy fats like olive oil and coconut oil, complex carbohydrates, and proteins such as fish and nuts.  

2. Supplements

Certain supplements and herbs, such as iodine and kelp, can stimulate thyroid function and worsen Hashimoto’s symptoms. Supplementing with vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, selenium, and probiotics may help to combat flares. Also, they reduce inflammation and support thyroid health.   At Twin Oaks, we suggest natural remedies and probiotics to support healthy digestion and strengthen the immune system. Our goal is to provide personalized care that addresses the root cause of any health concerns.  

3.  Stress Management

It is crucial to recognize that mental health is just as significant as physical health when it comes to managing a Hashimoto’s flare-up. Stress can have a significant impact on the body, and it is essential to manage it effectively to prevent exacerbating symptoms. Therefore, incorporating stress management techniques into your daily routine can be incredibly beneficial in managing Hashimoto’s disease.  We can also guide lifestyle modifications that can help you manage stress levels more effectively. At Twin Oaks, you can gain a deeper understanding of your body and develop a personalized plan for optimal health to support your wellness goals.  

4.  Non-Toxic Products

By choosing safer alternatives–especially in beauty and personal care items that penetrate directly into your skin–you can reduce harmful toxins from entering your body. This simple change will not only decrease chronic inflammation but also improve detoxification pathways for a healthier lifestyle. Start prioritizing yourself with clean living choices now!  

5. Enough Sleep and Exercise

Getting enough sleep is crucial for handling Hashimoto’s flare-ups. Aim for at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Regular exercise can help reduce inflammation in the body and improve overall health.  

What do I do Today to Handle Hashimoto’s Flare-Ups

The advice of Dr. Forrest Sauer and his team is clear: take control of your health for a better life! To boost healing, it’s crucial to eliminate harmful foods like gluten, dairy products, and processed items in favor of anti-inflammatory options such as leafy greens, nuts, or fatty fish.   But that’s not all – self-care activities are just as important! Prioritize getting enough sleep and indulging in hobbies you love; these small steps will do wonders for overall wellness while improving the quality of life. Start taking proactive measures today toward optimal well-being with this powerful approach recommended by experts.  

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