Nutrient depletions hinder the body’s potential of absorbing nutrients. Deficiency can trigger an autoimmune response.A significant deficiency linked with Hashimotos’ is Selenium (antioxidant). Antioxidants act as radicals and protect the body from oxygen reactive species like hydrogen peroxide. A deficiency in antioxidants can cause damage to the thyroid. Vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, manganese and beta-carotene are antioxidants. To reduce the level of antibodies, an individual should use 200mcg each day of the mineral selenium for three months.
Low stomach acid (hypochlorhydria achlorhydria) contributes to acid reflux. It hinders the body’s capability of breaking down and absorbing nutrients (proteins). Low stomach acid causes a depletion of iron, zinc, amino acids, and protein nutrients.
Symptoms of low stomach acid are; heartburn, gas, stomach heaviness and bloating. It is important to use Betaine with Pepsin to increase stomach acid. Furthermore, consumption of apple cider vinegar and lemon juice assist in producing digestive juice.
B12 deficiency leads to poor digestion and anemia, villi underdevelopment and poor digestion. B12 helps in absorption via the stomach’s enzyme protease and hydrochloric acid. Deficiency in stomach acid and presence of Hashimotos’ signals a deficient in B12. B12 is present in fish, meat, and dairy products. It is, therefore, important to support digestion by ensuring that the body is not nutrient deficient.
Zinc is a catalyst for enzymatic reactions and has an active role in DNA synthesis, protein synthesis, immune function, and cell division. Zinc assists in tasting, smelling, detoxing, wound healing and thyroid function. Zinc is necessary for the production of TSH. Having hypothyroidism generates TSH, which can make the body zinc deficient. A deficient in zinc cause high risk of infection and a leaky gut. Zinc is present in meat.
Storage of Iron is through ferritin. The optimal level of ferritin is 90-110 ng/ml. The body needs ferritin to transport T3 to cell nuclei. A deficiency in iron causes heavy menstruation. One should use probiotics and Opti-Ferrin to regulate iron levels. It is deadly to overdose iron, therefore one should seek medical advice prior to consuming it.