When Carrie Vitt was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease, she was put on an elimination diet to cleanse her system that removed gluten and grains. Failing to find recipes that followed her strict diet guidelines and still were delicious, she began experimenting in her own kitchen. Through organic, unprocessed, grain-free foods Carrie has healed Hashimoto’s, chronic migraines, IBS, and eczema. Her cookbook The Grain-Free Family Table is filled with 125 recipes that helped Carrie regain her health.
Carrie shares her top 20 tips and resources that helped her heal thyroid disease.
Written by Carrie Vitt, Deliciously Organic
Thyroid disease is becoming a major health issue. 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease and it’s estimated that 14 million of those have Hashimoto’s disease. When I first read these stats, I was shocked. We need to raise awareness and help others get to the root of their health issues so we can turn this trend around!
Here are some of the steps and resources I used to help me while I worked to heal Hashimoto’s disease. If the list is overwhelming, think about finding just one change or resource each week. After about 6 months, you’ll have made a wealth of changes and will hopefully be on your way to better health.
20 Tips and Resources to Help You Heal Thyroid Disease
2. De-stress – I’ve never been good at this one, but I’ve learned the hard way that it’s really ultra-important – Stress can cause your thyroid to perform at a sub-optimum level. Do what you need to do to relieve the stress in your life.
4. Add grass-fed gelatin to your diet – Gelatin has also been shown to benefit the digestive tract, immune system, heart, liver, muscles, and skin. It also helps aid in detoxification. It’s odorless and flavorless so it can be added to any type of dish. It’s important to purchase from the right source, though. Bernard Jensen and Great Lakes gelatins both come from grass-fed animals and don’t contain MSG (most other brands of gelatin contain MSG).
5. Eat saturated fats at every meal – I could go on for days about the many benefits of saturated fats from the right sources: organic butter, coconut oil, ghee, lard, tallow, etc. In a nutshell, they help reduce inflammation and nourish the body. Here’s a fantastic resource with dozens of peer-reviewed studies demonstrating the health benefits of saturated fats.
6. Anytime you take a prescription drug, over-the-counter drug or get a vaccine, read the insert and know the ingredients you’re putting into your body – You might find gluten, egg, soy, bovine cells, pig cells, human cells, heavy metals, etc. used in these products. Depending on your condition, you might consider other alternatives.
7. Use healthy cookware and bakeware – Most of us spend lots of time addressing the foods we eat but very little time thinking about the pots and pans we cook and bake them in. Take a look at your cookware and bakeware – make sure it doesn’t contain metals or chemicals that might leach into your food.
8. Read the book Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause – Dr. Wentz discusses how to find the root cause of your disease and how to treat it.
9. Reduce your caffeine consumption – Caffeine can cause stress on the adrenal glands which can in turn cause stress on the thyroid. It’s a good idea to decrease your coffee consumption, enjoying it only occasionally.
10. Eat unprocessed sea salt – Conventional salt is a processed food that usually contains anti-caking agents and dextrose (a sugar derived from corn). An unprocessed salt, like Celtic Sea Salt provides about 80 different minerals for the body.
11. Consider having your amalgam fillings removed – Amalgam fillings can cause inflammation in the system as they continue to off-gas each time you eat or drink. If you get them removed, it’s imperative you go to a dentist who is trained to remove them safely (I learned this the hard way). If you have them removed, follow the advice of your dentist and also follow up with a heavy metal detox protocol. My favorite is The 5-Day Dental Detox written by Dr. Louisa Williams.
12. Check Your Adrenals – Adrenal issues and thyroid disease can go hand-in-hand. The thyroid needs the adrenals to be working properly – sending the right signals to the thyroid to secrete the proper amount of hormones. A saliva cortisol test (you can order an Adrenal Fatigue Stress Test here) is a great place to start.
13. Remove all sugar from your diet – Sugars can cause inflammation in the body, so it’s a good idea to remove them from your diet to give your body more resources for rest and healing.
14. Make sure you’re getting enough carbohydrates – Sometimes when eating a grain-free diet, you can get too few carbohydrates to fuel the adrenals and other organs of the body. Try various quantities of carbs to find the right balance for your body.
15. Read this article by the Weston Price Foundation – It discusses alternatives to medicine for treating thyroid problems, the tests necessary to establish the health of the thyroid and the different types of Hypothyroidism.
16. Find a holistic practitioner to work with – Here are some resources to help you find a practitioner in your area:
19. Read Chris Kresser’s thyroid posts – He’s got some great articles on the thyroid, gut and reducing inflammation.
20. Read The Grain-Free Family Table – I wrote this book after reversing Hashimoto’s disease using a grain-free, nutrient-dense diet. It contains recipes, resources, and encouragement for your journey.
What are your best tips and resources? Please share so we can all learn from one another!
About Carrie Vitt
My health struggles and path to healing led me to write my book, The Grain-Free Family Table: 125 Delicious Recipes for Fresh, Healthy Eating Every Day. In this book I share my entire story of recovery, tips to help reduce inflammation and encourage recovery from disease, and over 125 grain-free recipes to get you moving on this new path. Join me on my blog Deliciously Organic.