Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism (HH)
What did you say? Hashi- what? What does that mean?! Sounds intimidating… Sorta.
Also called Hashimoto’s disease, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease, a disorder in which the immune system turns against the body’s own tissues. In people with Hashimoto’s, the immune system attacks the thyroid. This can lead to hypothyroidism, a condition in which the thyroid does not make enough hormones for the body’s needs.
So that’s what I have. In people with HH, it’s not uncommon to continue to have hypothyroid symptoms even though you are chemically corrected (on the right medicine, with the proper dosage). I’ve read quite a few blogs and lots of medical articles discussing the fact that an autoimmune protocol (AIP) diet can significantly help people still experiencing issues.
The thyroid AIP diet is complicated. Too complicated, in fact. So I decided to take it one step at a time. First, go gluten-free and low dairy. Then if I’m still experiencing some of the same issues I’ll try to cut out nightshade vegetables and all the other stuff you’re not supposed to have. This blog documents some of my wins and fails while trying to find my way.