Hashimoto’s and nutrient deficiency – why do I have anaemia?
Do you suffer with hashimoto’s thyroid disease? Have you also been told your fatigue could be related to iron deficiency or anaemia?
Research says that there is an association with antibodies to parietal cells (stomach cells) in autoimmune thyroid disease. This means that the immune system is recognising the thyroid gland and the stomach cells as a foreign invader and mounting an attack on these tissues in the body. This can lead to an underactive thyroid and mal-absorption of nutrients along with high levels of inflammation and oxidative stress in the body.
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease affecting the thyroid gland. There is an increased risk of anti-parietal cell antibodies (APCA) in autoimmune thyroid disease.
Key nutrients including iron, zinc and vitamin B12 depend on adequate levels of hydrochloric acid (stomach acid made from stomach cells) for absorption. In clinic we often see hashimoto’s patients who also have deficiencies in these important vitamins and minerals. Hydrochloric acid is also important to keep your microbiome (the good bacteria in the gut) healthy! It helps to reduce any bad bacteria in the gut and promote a healthy digestive and immune system. If you don’t have enough stomach acid or if you have anti parietal cell antibodies you may experience an imbalance of gut bacteria leading to gas wind and bloating that can further increase inflammation and irritate the immune system.
If you have hashimoto’s thyroiditis your naturopath will assess and monitor your gut health, iron, zinc and vitamin B12 levels as part of your holistic treatment plan. The number one priority is to regulate the immune system to prevent destruction of tissues and address underlying causes and triggers of the imbalance.
Consider also that the thyroid gland is the master regulator of metabolism in the body. This means that when the thyroid is underactive metabolic processes including digestion are slowed and increase the likelihood of gas wind and bloating, poor nutrient uptake, constipation and disturbed gut. This makes digestive function an intrinsic part of your treatment plan.
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Disclaimer: this information is general and for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for personal health advice. Please seek advice from your healthcare provide for personal health advice.
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