That’s a question that I’ve been asked a lot recently. I did some research and here are my thoughts on the subject:
If an individual has a healthy intestines and stomach, products like wheat, rye and barley are very unlikely to cause any problem. However, if there is an inflammation of the intestines or because of the over-processed and canned foods we constantly eat, there are no healthy bacteria to help the digestive process.
Such a person may develop the so called leaky gut syndrome. This leaky gut syndrome will occur if the lining of the intestines become impaired or inflamed and this will allow toxins and gluten, as well as other substances that are not supposed to be there to enter the blood stream, thus, alarming the immune system that there are invaders in the blood.
I would think that this is how some of the autoimmune diseases are born, or at least that could be one of the reasons. Celiac disease, accordingly, is connected with this leaky gut syndrome and in general pertains to allergic reaction to gluten. It usually affects the small intestine and prevents to organism to properly absorb food. Other symptoms of celiac disease is diarrhea, abdominal pain, gas, irregular menstrual periods, weight loss, muscle cramps, skin problems of different kinds, mostly rashes. These symptoms, as you may have noticed already, are very similar to some of the hyperthyroidism symptoms. So can gluten-free diet help hyperthyroidism?
I would suggest everyone who is diagnosed with hyperthyroidism to get tested for celiac disease, just in case.
Celiac disease is also believed to be a great companion of other autoimmune disorders like Lupus, Graves’ Disease, Diabetes I, and Rheumatoid Arthritis etc. If you don’t want to get tested to whatever reason (the test is actually a biopsy of the small intestines), try to be on a gluten-free diet for at least a month or 6 weeks and see if your symptoms improve or not. You may not have celiac disease, but you can just be sensitive to gluten products.
It is believed that the leaky gut syndrome is caused mainly by antibiotics, which can destroy the healthy bacteria in the large intestine, create conditions for yeast overgrowth and cause finally celiac disease. While I do believe that antibiotics play certain role, that’s not all. The average person today consumes daily all different medications ranging from painkillers to antidepressants and anxiety medications.
If you think that these medications are not affecting the stomach flora, think again. Plus, you can add all the foods (all, with an exception of organic), sold in the food stores, that contain all kinds of preservatives, stabilizers and chemicals that nobody knows what are there for. When the yeast (so called candida albikans) in the large intestines overgrows due to the above mentioned reasons it causes inflammation of the small intestine, which, in other perfect conditions will prevent the toxin and chemicals to get into the blood stream.
Most doctors believe that celiac disease is incurable. I don’t know that, but if you try to eat gluten- free products (specifically avoid products with wheat, barley and rye) for some time and also use probiotics to support the digestive process you may eventually see great improvement.
Probiotics are also found in the yogurt that contains “live cultures” like Streptococcus Thermophilus, Lactobacillus Bulgaricus, Lactobacillus Lactis, Lactobacillus Casel, Lactobacillus Acidophilus and Bifidobacterlum spp. The yogurt containing these cultures will say on the label “live and active probiotic cultures”.
I personally take additionally probiotics daily, as I have mentioned before, because the most of the foods, sold in most of the stores are “dead” food for me. Even though I mostly make my food from scratch, I can’t avoid completely the artificial products, stabilizers, coloring and flavors that are used in food processing today.
Another product that can greatly benefit your stomach and intestines is the Aloe Vera gel, which I already mentioned for other purposes. As you can see it doesn’t have only one benefit, but many for that matter.
You also may need to consider a yeast- free diet through which you can reduce also the problems in your intestines. That yeast free diet will be elimination of sugar- containing products and desserts, yeast containing products, vinegar, mushrooms and coffee (also tea). There are many recipes available on Internet for both diets, yeast free and gluten free diet, so take some time and find a few that can work for your life style.
There are also other diets that are recommended for Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism, like the Carbohydrate diet. You can check more about that on my blog (and share your thoughts of course!):
More recipes and recommendations about healthy foods and dieting for Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism you can find on my newly updated book: