It’s a common argument: “You don’t need to take supplements if you eat a good diet.” Although a good diet is foundational to good health, supplements play an instrumental role in managing your Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism.
People who don’t understand the value of supplements think they exist only to profit off of “suckers for snake oil.” To be sure, those products exist. Others view them as dangerous and unregulated compounds that should be taken off the market. Those products exist as well.
The United States is unique compared to the rest of the west in terms of of the freedom of our supplement market. Supplement availability in Europe and Canada is severely limited compared to the United States. With this comes pros and cons.
How to be a smart supplement shopper when you have Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism
The key to understanding supplements is to understand the underlying causes of your Hashimoto’s.
For instance, ten different people can each have different factors that play a role in Hashimoto’s and thyroid inflammation. Buying a “depression supplement,” or an “energy supplement,” can result in failure and frustration.
Also, quality matters. Supplements from your local chain supermarket are not going to meet the same standards of quality, care, specificity, and educational support of supplements sold through a practitioner.
The good news about our supplement market is we have access to high quality supplements and education.
Why you may need supplements for Hashimoto’s
Here are some reasons you may need supplements for Hashimoto’s even if you eat a pristine whole foods diet.
Because you are aging. As we age certain functions start to diminish, such as digestion, brain function, recovery time, hormone balance, and more.
Digestive supplements support diminishing hydrochloric acid and pancreatic enzyme support. Brain nutrients help support oxygenation and activity of the brain (although they won’t compensate for poor diet and lifestyle). Various herbs support hormone balance and energy production. Supporting these facets of health can help you better manage Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism.
Because we live in a stressful, toxic world. We are dealing with extreme levels of stress and toxic chemicals in our food and environment. This contributes to such conditions as Hashimoto’s, chronic pain, inflammation, and brain dysfunctions. Many supplements are designed to buffer the effects of the stressful and toxic burdens we deal with daily.
Because many of us grew up eating a crap diet. You may eat a good diet now, but if you grew up on junk food and a sedentary lifestyle, you may have sustained metabolic damage, such as unstable blood sugar, hormonal imbalance, poor stress handling, chronic inflammation, autoimmunity, and more. These likely contributed to your Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism and don’t always reverse themselves through diet alone.
Supplements geared toward stabilizing blood sugar, supporting stress handling, and taming inflammation can super charge your whole foods diet.
Because our foods are compromised. Even if you eat the perfect diet, studies show our foods aren’t as nutrient dense as they were in the past. You still may benefit from at least a good multi-vitamin and multi-mineral supplement to support Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism.
This is a broad overview of ways supplements can help you manage Hashimoto’s. Most supplements consist of herbs and other natural compounds that have scientific support and have been used throughout history. While pharmaceuticals have been a vital boon to medicine, they are also relative newcomers.
Ask my office for advice on how to supplement smartly for Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism.