Gluten Free for Hashimoto's?

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I was recently diagnosed with Hashimoto's after many years of being hypothyroid. I've been taking synthroid and symptom free until two years ago,  but now tired all the time despite normal levels.

There is a body of opinion the recommends going gluten free for Hashimoto's.

Has anyone tried it? Did it help and how long before any benefits experienced?

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    Dave64969, maybe you should check out a protocol called AIP, autoimmune paleo. It's more complex than simply going gluten-free, but it seems to have helped several people with Hashimoto's.

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    Hi Dave, strict glutenfree diet does help by calming the immune system. The paleo diet is also helpful, because the high protein and veggies nourish the body. By eliminating all grains, your further reduce crossreactivity of gluten reactions. I definately agree with IV's recommendation! Give it a try. Absolutely no cheating on the gluten!

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      Dave, I noticed a way clearer head about 4 days after I went off gluten. However, I still wasn't convinced. Two weeks into going off flute, and eating only home prepared meals, I tried gluten free dining out. Six hours later, I realized just how damaging the gluten is, when I woke up with a severe belly ache. I've had accidental gluten exposure periodically, and it reminds me just how important it is to avoid gluten.

      My my point is that gluten reaction is not immediate, it takes a minimum of six hours. By then it's too late  do anything.  Initially, it takes a while for the gluten reaction to calm down in your system, days, weeks? I don't know. I just know that all the reading I've done says that the gluten protein is similar to thyroid cell surface proteins and gut proteins, to name a few. So it causes your immune system to attack your own cells if you have a tendency towards this, which you do because all thyroid disease is autoimmune.

      I feel this is one piece of the puzzle and that in addition to calming the immune system, you also need to support the immune health and thyroid health. 

      Put another way, although, I don't feel the gluten free diet has cured me, I am absolutely positive that a gluten free diet has slowed the progression of the thyroid disease.

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      Dave, sorry for the weird auto corrects. It should be... " two weeks after going off gluten..."

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