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Gluten Causes Thyroid Disease

Gluten Causes

Different People React to Gluten in Different Ways

Much like the side effects from a drug differ in different individuals, side effects from gluten exposure in people can also differ greatly. There are over 200 conditions linked to gluten to date in the medical literature.

How does gluten contribute to thyroid disease
• It plays a role in the production of active thyroid hormone (see chart below).
• It is a powerful anti-inflammatory and helps to regulate immune function.
• It plays a role in blood viscosity (reduces excessive clotting of the blood).
• It drives the most powerful antioxidant system in the body.

Relationship Between Gluten, Selenium, and the Thyroid
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In previous posts we have discussed how going on a gluten free diet can lead to fat loss. This is one of those mechanisms as hypothyroid disease is a common manifestation of gluten intolerance.
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Other Nutrients Important for Thyroid Function –
1. Iodine – this mineral helps the body build T4 (the hormone that doctors commonly measure that floats through the bloodstream)

2. Vitamins D and A – these fat soluble vitamins allow T3 (the active hormone) to communicate with your DNA and increase your metabolism.

3. Zinc & Magnesium – these minerals help your body make TSH (the hormone made in your brain that tells your thyroid gland to make T4).

4. Protein – most Americans eat too many carbs and not enough protein. Protein is absolutely necessary to form the backbone of thyroid hormone. It also carries the hormone through the blood
stream to your tissues.

What Can You Do If You Have Been Diagnosed with Hypothyroidism?

Have your doctor perform the following tests –
1. Iodine loading test (urine test)
2. Spectracell (vitamin and mineral deficiency blood test)
3. Reverse T3 and thyroid antibody testing
4. Genetic testing for gluten sensitivity

It is time for doctors to start ruling out gluten sensitivity, celiac disease, and nutritional deficiencies in patients with thyroid disease. If your doctor will not investigate these areas for you, look for a functional medicine doctor who will.If you think that this information will help someone you love suffering with a thyroid problem, please forward this along.

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It is time for doctors to start ruling out gluten sensitivity and celiac disease in patients with thyroid disease. It is time for doctors to start recognizing the therapeutic benefit of a gluten free diet. If you think that this information will help someone you love suffering with a thyroid problem, please forward this along.


September 24, 2018
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