My Top 7 Treatments That Put My Hashimotos Antibodies in Normal Range
Hashimotos Thyroiditis is a complicated ailment that cannot be ignored! It has been said that 90% of those diagnosed Hypothyroid also have the autoimmune condition Hashimotos which means there are damaging antibodies floating around your body attacking your thyroid and causing it to malfunction.
When I got diagnosed with Hashimoto’s many years ago, my endocrinologist at the time would test my TPO and TGaB antibodies every time I would go in for thyroid labs. I went into his office every six weeks. Each time the results came back he would simply show me the numbers and say they were a little high or they were very high and that it continued to confirm I had Hashi’s. After his results report I would proceed to tell him all of the symptoms I was suffering with and he would reply, “Hmmmmm, those have nothing to do with your thyroid, so I can’t help you there.” He was one of the top endocrinologists to one of the top Major League Baseball Teams! He was supposed to be the BEST!
Much to my dismay and regret, I ignorantly trusted him and was not my own advocate at the time. Had I known what I know now, I never would have submitted to the fact that all my symptoms were unrelated to my thyroid and antibodies. Instead, I would have simply changed my lifestyle to get my antibodies down and my thyroid numbers where they needed to be for my body to feel better.
After needlessly suffering for many years and increasing the damage to my thyroid, by the Grace of God, I was able to find several ways to actually reduce my antibodies which in turn reduced the damage being done to my thyroid and eliminated the myriad of symptoms I was fraught with. At one time, I could fill an entire college ruled, lined piece of paper, front and back, with my symptoms! It was absolutely debilitating and awful. You can explore more of my healing journey if you’d like.
How to Heal Your Thyroid
Healing your thyroid has many facets and is very much an individual process. By that, I mean that all the things that helped me may not have the exact same effect on you. They could certainly help but you may have other facets to explore and deal with in addition to these things or you may have less to deal with than I did.
Healing Hashimotos and Hypothyroidism are multi-faceted and are actually quite complicated and there is no one size fits all treatment. My hope in sharing my experience is to give you ideas you might want to explore that can help you feel better and reduce, if not eliminate the antibodies damaging your thyroid gland which are causing your inflammation.
My Top Seven Treatments That Put My Hashimotos Antibodies in Normal Range
Eliminating ALL Inflammatory Foods
Inflammatory foods include:
- Grains (including corn and pseudo-grains like quinoa)
- Nuts & Seeds
- Starchy vegetables
- All processed foods.
Eliminating my personal trigger foods and allowing my gut to heal is how I saw the fastest and most amazing results.
I used the GAPS diet to help me eliminate these foods. Within three days of eliminating my trigger foods, I could not believe how my energy was starting to come back and my fatigue was getting left behind. Before taking these foods out of my diet, my exhaustion was so bad that in between teaching homeschool subjects, every single one of them, I would have to go lay on the couch and take a nap. I would sleep for at least 13 hours per night and still wake up exhausted. My body was working overtime trying to process all the foods that I was eating that were causing inflammation in my digestive system.
Due to how sick I was at that time, I literally went cold turkey overnight and dropped all foods that were not allowed in the Intro GAPS diet which was stage 1 with cooked vegetables.
Eliminating trigger foods doused the fire of inflammation for me which in turn caused my antibodies to decrease and allowed my gut to heal.
*Read my health journey for more on this but GAPS is meant to be a temporary diet and not all the foods you initially eliminate will be permanent. The goal is to heal the gut and be able to reintroduce most of the foods.
Consume Lots of Homemade Bone Broth
During the 7 months I was doing the GAPS Diet (stage 1 and 2 only), I drank a great deal of homemade bone broth. I was making 21 quarts of homemade bone broth every four days!
Introducing bone broth into my diet was one of the most powerful ways to heal my intestines. When you deal with autoimmunity, intestinal permeability (a.k.a leaky gut) is always involved and it’s important to heal your gut in order to feel better. Drinking broth multiple times a day repairs the tight junctions in your intestines. It is filled with collagen, gelatin and minerals that help rebuild and protect your gut lining, reduce inflammatory symptoms like joint pain, eczema (which I had in an awful way), and it also helps to detox as well as aid in a good night’s sleep. Homemade bone broth is powerful!
I still incorporate bone broth in my diet every day. Sometimes in soups or even a cupful with a meal during the day. Bone broth was one potent key to reducing my antibodies!
Powerful Gut Healing Supplements
The following supplements help with ideal gut health which translates to optimal thyroid health. Each of these three supplements has a different purpose and no doubt helped tremendously in healing my gut and lowering my Hashimoto’s antibodies. Introducing these into your daily regimen will potentially help reduce your inflammation which will reduce your antibodies.
I took 5,000mg L-Glutamine daily, in powder form in a glass of water. L-Glutamine is taken to heal and seal the gut lining which is yet another way to recover from intestinal permeability. This supplement can be a bit controversial because, at high doses, 10,000mg and above per day, it has been found to increase the risk of cancer. Regardless, I personally found it to be helpful taking it while healing. It’s certainly a personal choice.
Usually, with Hashimotos you will also have low hydrochloric acid (HCL) levels in your stomach. HCL is one of the initial factors that helps break down the food we eat. We need it to obtain the nutrients from our food. Because my HCL levels were low, I took Betaine HCL with Pepsin which, in turn, helped to break down the protein that my damaged digestive system found hard to process. Betaine is something I took at the end of every meal. I started by taking 5 capsules and if I felt a little burning (not painful) in my stomach I would taper off one capsule the next meal. I did this until I found my optimal dose. Eventually, as your digestive system heals, you’ll be able to remit taking this supplement or at least only take one capsule per meal.
Another part of our digestive system that helps to break down foods is digestive enzymes. Often with autoimmunity, there aren’t enough of these either so it’s helpful to supplement. Digestive Enzymes are to support the already ailing digestive system in breaking down, proteins, fats, sugars and carbohydrates. If you don’t have enough enzymes or stomach acid you will see undigested food in your stool. The problem with that is you are not absorbing nutrients from the food you eat. I take 2 of these capsules, 5-15 minutes before I start to eat.
Only Use Body and Cleaning Products Pure Enough To Eat
What we put on our body is just as crucial to healing and what we put in our body. There are thousands of chemicals in cleaners, cosmetics, perfumes, skin care, shampoos, deodorants and our body will absorb every single one of them. Those chemicals cause oxidative damage and negatively affect our endocrine system, fertility and gut among other things. One negative effect is increased thyroid antibody levels!
I got rid of every single product in my home that had chemicals in it. Now, I only use products that are rated a 2 and lower on EWG and I also make a lot of my own self-care and cleaning products like deodorant, & all of my home cleaners.
Over the course of months, I changed all my make-up, my shampoo and conditioner, my face wash, my toothpaste, my laundry detergent and more. Basically, we had 365 days of change around here!
I used water and a washcloth to wash my face and we invested in a filter for all our showers so when I took baths I wasn’t soaking in chlorine. Other products I addressed as I had the energy were our kitchen pans and food storage. We got rid of all the toxins we could control in our home.
Lowering oxidative damage in my body by eliminating chemicals in my home helped lower my thyroid antibodies. Educate yourself and make these changes in baby steps over time. Visit my Pinterest boards if you want help finding Safe Cosmetics and Skincare or making your own homemade toiletries.
Take Epsom Salt Baths with Filler Free Essential Oils
My body was already overloaded with stress physically and mentally especially in the beginning of this healing journey. When I was at my worst I could only take a “half bath.” It was one where the water didn’t touch my arms, neck or face because my skin, due to eczema, was raging, raw, itchy and extremely painful. Even the half baths with pure Epsom salt and soothing essential oils were efficient in helping me heal and helped my body to detox and my cortisol levels come down.
*Only buy Epsom salt with no added ingredients like “essential oils,” etc. The essential oils added to Epsom salt are synthetic and merely a fragrance rather than an ingredient that is actually therapeutic.
Baths should be warm and not hot and usually have about 3/4 – 1 cup of Epsom salt in them. Add doTERRA Lavender, Bergamot and/or Rosemary Essential oil (which are therapeutic, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, great for thyroid support and non-toxic) to your bath and soak in it for at least 20 minutes.
These daily baths will help you continue to purge toxins, give your body a magnesium mineral boost (which helps with digestion) and start or end your day on a relaxing note. The result is that these baths will work wonders for reducing your thyroid antibodies! I still take them multiple times a week and recommend you taking time out to take a soothing Epsom salt bath.
Evaluate the Supplements You Take
Supplements, whether they are vitamins or minerals or even medications can have hidden ingredients that can cause inflammation in your body. You need to be sure to get rid of the supplements that have hidden trigger ingredients and replace them with supplements that have clean ingredients and will promote good health rather than hinder it.
Shortly into my lifestyle change, I discovered that supplement and medication ingredients were something I had to pay particular attention to. I remember reading Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBrides GAPS book and that she said do not compromise your health progress with one supplement or medication that has inflammatory ingredients in it. Spend time reading ingredient labels and pay close attention to the “other ingredients” on a label because one pill can hinder your progress in healing.
I became an avid label reader. In doing so, I was shocked that many companies who claim to have non-toxic or clean ingredients are actually not non-toxic.
I got rid of all my supplements and medications that contain dye. Did you know that Synthroid/Levothyroxine have different colors for different dosages?
I also replaced supplements that had the following in them with ones that did not have any of these:
- Gluten (hides in many different words like natural flavors, etc.)
- Chemicals like Polysorbate 80 which is linked to cancer, infertility and chronic estrogen stimulation
- Dairy which is highly inflammatory for those with autoimmunity and often full of hormones and antibiotics as well as GMO’s
- Corn- which is always GMO and found hidden in maltodextrin and dextrose among other things
- GMO soy which is found is soy lecithin
- Grains like rice flour which contribute to leaky gut
- Sugars like dextrose
- Yeasts which are generally grown on GMO corn and can contribute to a microbiome imbalance which can decrease healing.
Lastly, I make sure that none of my supplements are sourced from India or China as they are almost always contaminated with heavy metals which can alter the function of your thyroid and cause an increase in antibodies.
Don’t listen to anyone say, “It’s only a small amount” when referring to ingredients in a pill. Even that small amount can hinder an already inflamed gut and cause antibodies to rise. Consider this – even a tiny crumb of gluten can put a person who has Celiac disease into flu like symptoms for days! Additionally, those small amounts of ingredients add up in a big way when you have them in your supplements, medications, toiletries, and more.
Read all labels and if possible, get your thyroid medication compounded so it doesn’t have fillers or dyes in it.
Prioritize Rest and Sleep
God designed our bodies to have a resting phase every single day. During our sleep time, many of systems go into a relaxed mode which allows energy to be allocated to our brain for detox as well our cells to purge the free radicals and contaminants they have come in contact with that day. If we deprive our bodies of sleep and rest, we don’t give ourselves a chance to heal and get rid of the contaminants bogging out body down.
The toxic build up is often why we get sick in the first place. It compromises our immune systems and impedes proper function. Your nightly detox happens usually around 10 pm-2 am (I’ve also read, 4 am) every night. During this time your body regenerates and replenishes itself.
How I Made My Body Sleep Soundly
When I was so badly sick and suffering I would always get up in the middle of the night. What I found is as I implemented treatments 1-7 in this post including no screen time at least an hour before bed, I wasn’t getting up inadvertently at night anymore and that solid REM sleep that I needed was happening. This change did take some time as I was suffering from adrenal fatigue too but I started feeling better because my body was able to truly rest. If you want to learn more visit my Adrenal/Sleep Pinterest Board.
While dialing in solid sleep during the night, you’ll also need to build in some rest time during your day. During the first year of my healing, I made sure to lay down for a half hour each day. This helped with my adrenal fatigue because it allows the adrenal glands to function better and helped my mind to slow down. Due to cortisol levels lowering, my antibodies also came down. If you work, you could go to your car or maybe close your office door to rest or even go home for your lunch hour and take a half hour to lay down. You don’t actually have to sleep but just the process of resting helps to rebalance your cortisol levels in your body. Don’t use a screen during this half hour! Pick up a book, do heart math, or even close your eyes and do some biblical meditation.
Prioritizing sleep and rest will have profound effects in lowering your thyroid antibodies because you will allow your body the time it needs to clean itself up and focus on healing.
Putting Your Hashimotos Antibodies in Normal Range
As you have seen, getting your thyroid antibodies to come down will happen through a multifaceted approach. As I said, in the beginning, there is no one-size-fits-all formula but I guarantee if you do these things you will feel better and see positive results in your overall health.
If you want your thyroid antibodies to come down and potentially disappear or get into normal range then you’ll need to eliminate all inflammatory foods, consume lots of homemade bone broth, use the powerful gut healing supplements, purge your toxic products, take Epsom salt baths with thyroid supporting essential oils, ditch the inflammatory supplements and prioritize your rest and sleep.
You got this! Take baby steps and I promise, it will be well worth it because thriving in life is better than just merely surviving!