Hashimoto’s Disease is an autoimmune disorder which causes the bodies antibodies to attack healthy thyroid tissue. One of Hashimoto’s characteristic symptoms is rough, cracked or scaly skin which occurs due to a reduction in blood supply to the skin. In advanced cases this reduction can be as much as 75-80%, leading to the skin being unable to replenish its supply of healthy cells due to the inadequate level of blood flow. However, there are some changes you can make in your life that can minimise the effect of Hashimoto’s Disease on your skin.
To allow your body’s immune system to recover and thyroid glands to normalise it is important to control Hashimoto’s Disease by controlling your diet. The first step is eliminating gluten. Gluten is one of the biggest autoimmune and allergen triggers which can result in gut inflammation. Similarly, dairy foods and unsprouted grains also act like gluten in the human body which leads to gut issues and inevitably auto-immunity disorders.
Gut healing foods include fruits and vegetables and are excellent for someone suffering Hashimoto’s as they are foods that are easy for your body to process. They are also easy on the guts, making them less likely to cause allergic or autoimmune reactions. Foods that fall under this category include seaweed, coconut oil, probiotic rich foods such as yoghurts, bone-broth, sprouted seed and fish.
Supplements are an excellent way of reducing the damage of Hashimoto’s disease as it allows you to acquire specific nutrients and supplements that reduce autoimmune reactions. Selenium stands out in this regard, as the thyroid requires selenium to function adequately. A test found that after treating a selenium deficiency through supplementation, patients saw a 40% reduction in thyroid antibodies.