Gluten is bad for people with Hashimoto’s. Unfortunately, gluten-free foods can include junk food rich in starch. So, observing a gluten-free diet will only improve some symptoms, but due to high blood sugar levels, it will make some symptoms worse.
Instead of a gluten-free diet, eat whole foods. For example, instead of bread made from rice flour, eat bread made from almond flour. Almond is rich in healthy fats and protein. With Hashimoto’s, a paleo diet works better than a gluten-free diet.
Carbohydrate-rich foods such as rice, once digested, are converted into sugar, which is not good for the body. Replace such foods with nutrient rich foods such as avocados and grass-fed beef. Gluten-free foods are often not good for both diabetes and Hashimoto’s patients.
Blood sugar swings
Spikes in blood sugar levels in diabetes and hypothyroidism patients should be avoided at all costs. For Type I diabetes patient, high blood sugar could translate to hospitalization or even death. 50% of hypothyroidism patients have blood sugar imbalance or glucose intolerance. When these patients take foods rich in starch their blood sugar levels, increase so much that too much insulin is released. Too much insulin leads to low blood sugar, which then causes fatigue, anxiety, and dizziness.
These blood sugar swings result in a nonresponsive immune system. The adrenal hormones will no longer respond correctly to blood sugar swings. After a while, the adrenal hormones will be exhausted, which is dangerous since adrenal hormones control inflammation. When all these responses occur, the immune system upregulates the attacks on the thyroid gland.
Blood sugar swings in thyroid disorders patients are the equivalent of pouring petrol on fire; they only make things worse. Gluten is not good for them, but the gluten-free foods, which are rich in carbohydrates, are worse for them. These gluten-free products, aside from causing blood sugar swings, they result in an increase in thyroid antibodies. Also, symptoms such as anxiety, fatigue, and hair loss increase.