Alignment of blood glucose should be one of the first priorities of anyone who hopes to overcome autoimmune thyroiditis (and adrenal fatigue). It was one of the first things I tried to do to cure my own thyroid disease, and it made a big difference to help reduce my anxiety level and my antithyroid antibodies.
HOW DO SUGAR IMBALANCES AFFECT HASHIMOTO’S ACTION?
Research has shown that almost 50% of people with Hashimoto have carbohydrate intolerance. This means that when we eat a high-carbohydrate meal, our blood sugar tends to grow rapidly, causing low blood sugar (reactive hypoglycaemia), as well as feelings of nervousness, dizziness, anxiety and fatigue.
The imbalance in blood glucose has been described by many practitioners focused on the reversal of Hashimoto syndrome, adding “fuel to fire” in autoimmune diseases of the thyroid.
Blood glucose and thyroid are intimately linked. In fact, a study examining the current literature on the relationship between thyroid dysfunction and metabolic disorders has highlighted the fact that diabetic patients were up to three times more likely to develop thyroid disease.
This correlation is largely due to the fact that increased stress on the body will damage the thyroid. When blood sugar fluctuates constantly, the body experiences chronic stress. When the adrenal glands (the glands responsible for the release of stress hormones) become stressed, they release an excess of cortisol hormone, which can also lead to increased production of inflammatory proteins associated with an increased immune response. This trend eventually leads to a modified release of cortisol, which can lead to many symptoms, including chronic fatigue, mood swings and increased thyroid antibodies. (The weakened adrenal glands can also weaken the thyroid!)
Stabilizing blood sugar is an important part of protecting your adrenal glands against excessive stress and healing of hypothyroidism. Improvements in mood, energy, brain function and weight are positive side effects of good glycemic control.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR BLOOD GLUCOSE IS OUT OF BALANCE?
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes or prediabetes, you will probably know that your blood glucose is unbalanced. If you have Hashimoto, blood glucose abnormalities are extremely common and many people with Hashimoto will experience hypoglycaemia (hypoglycemia) at an early stage. It is an early risk factor for the development of diabetes. This also aggravates the problems of Hashimoto and other autoimmune diseases.
SYMPTOMS OF HYPOGLYCEMIA INCLUDE:
- Fancy sweet foods
- Irritability and dizziness if meals are missed
- Caffeine dependence
- Need food to relieve fatigue
- Feeling shaky, trembling or trembling
- Nervousness or agitation
- Blurred vision
- Mental fog
- Cold ends
TIPS FOR BALANCING BLOOD GLUCOSE WITH DIET
Are you ready to start talking about your blood sugar? You should keep in mind some important dietary rules that will help you stay balanced throughout the day:
- Include fat and protein at every meal – good sources include eggs, nuts, seeds, fish and meat. Protein powders are another great way to consume protein in your diet! You can read about the safest protein powders for Hashimoto here.
- It is important to eat every two or three hours. Small, low-carb snacks between meals and before bedtime can help stabilize blood sugar and manage Hashimoto’s symptoms. (Protein and fat-rich snacks are excellent.) Rootcology’s Organic Pea Protein Powder or Rootcology Beef Protein Green Smoothies are my favorites!)
- Do not eat sweets less than three hours before bedtime to avoid fluctuations in blood sugar that could elevate stress hormones and prevent sleep.
- Avoid fruit juices because most fruit juices are loaded with QUICK-burning sugar.
- Limit your caffeine intake as it stimulates the adrenal glands to make stress hormones restore blood sugar levels, creating a cycle of imbalance. You can read more about Hashimoto coffee and coffee here.
- Limit the number of grains and avoid gluten, dairy, soy, corn and yeast, as these foods are usually high in carbohydrates and may be food-sensitive for many people with Hashimoto.
- Never skip breakfast. Take your breakfast less than an hour after waking up (but not within 30 minutes of taking thyroid medications if you take them in the morning).
- Always combine carbohydrates with lipids or proteins. Never exceed a 2: 1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein. In other words, aim for more protein and less carbohydrates.