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Proven Strategies to Turn the Tables Towards Hashimoto’s Remission

By Sunny Brigham, MS, CNS, LDN

July 12, 2021


Hashimoto's Remission Checklist

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Once you FINALLY got diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, you probably started searching the internet for things that you can do to help yourself. This is because your physician likely gave you little direction on how to feel better. Or maybe even told you there’s nothing you can do to treat Hashimoto’s.

They wouldn’t be wrong...from a medical perspective. Your thyroid medications treat hypothyroid. They don’t treat Hashimoto’s. They don’t stop your immune system from attacking your thyroid gland. And they certainly don’t make you feel better. Many feel worse. There is no medical treatment for Hashimoto’s.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t feel better. Or even put your Hashimoto’s into remission. Remission is a tricky word because many don’t believe this is possible. Today, I’m going to share with you just how possible it is and what you can do to put your disease into remission. 

After reading this blog, you’ll learn the steps you need to take in order to lower your antibodies and feel your best by putting your Hashimoto’s into remission. 

What Does Remission Mean

Let’s start with figuring out what remission means to you. The definition of remission is where all signs of the disease are gone. This doesn’t mean that Hashimoto’s goes away and will never come back. It means that you’re feeling amazing and your antibodies are continuing to lower or are back to normal.

Many will argue that remission isn’t possible. I find this interesting because there’s nothing that states it isn’t possible. There’s also no research that says it is possible. The problem with research and Hashimoto’s is that there isn’t a ton available. Especially when it comes to lifestyle alterations.

But a quick internet search will give you story after story where women have put their Hashimoto’s in remission. It’s what I work on with my own clients. And I’ve done it time and again. 

Remission is possible. If you can believe that it’s doable, it’ll be doable for you! You’re not a lost cause to this disease and it doesn’t have to run your life. You can take back your life and your body!

Hypothyroid Medications

It’s important to think about Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism as two different medical issues. If you can reframe your thoughts this way, it will help you with healing. Hashimoto’s can (and usually does) cause hypothyroidism, but hypothyroid doesn’t cause Hashimoto’s. 

I mentioned earlier that hypothyroid medications don’t treat Hashimoto’s. And that’s true! If we look at the basis of Hashimoto’s, it’s your immune system attacking your thyroid. Plain and simple. 

And if we look at the basis of hypothyroidism, something is happening with your pituitary gland or thyroid hormone conversions. Your pituitary gland releases TSH. TSH then stimulates the thyroid to release both T4 and T3. Then, it’s up to your liver (and some other tissue) to convert most of that T4 into T3. T3 binds to thyroid receptor sites and signals back that all is well.  

When that conversion process doesn’t happen, the signals get crossed. And more TSH is pumped out. Medication is generally synthetic T4 or T3. The goal is to give the body more T4 to ramp up that conversion process to lower TSH. That’s it. 

You’ll notice that in this process, there’s no mention of antibodies or Hashimoto’s. And there is no difference in the medical treatment between hypothyroid that isn’t caused by Hashimoto’s and hypothyroid that is. 

Your thyroid medication doesn’t treat your Hashimoto’s. 

Hashimoto’s Remission

So what does? I’m so glad you asked!

Your day-to-day lifestyle does. Everything that you do each day will affect your Hashimoto’s. Things like…

  • How well or how much you sleep
  • The foods you choose to consume
  • Your level of physical activity
  • How you manage stress in your life

Those are the biggest influences on your Hashimoto’s. 

How you go about this will be different for everyone. Some are already excellent at prioritizing sleep and others aren’t. If you’re not a great sleeper, I’d start there. Maybe you sleep 10+ hours a night and still don’t feel rested. If that’s you, then sleep probably isn’t the issue for you. But, if you get less than 9 hours of sleep a night OR you wake up constantly throughout the night, then sleep is a great starting point. 

In the remission checklist, I give you a few sleep pointers. 

The next thing you want to focus on is your food choices. Now, some people are big advocates of the AIP diet, Keto diet, or the carnivore diet. I am not an advocate of any of those. Here’s why.

Those diets are a form of restriction. Restriction in your diet creates stress in your body. This could be from too little calories or the stress surrounding trying to find food or meals that are compliant with those diets. You can heal Hashimoto’s without going on a restrictive diet like those. I’ve done it. It’s doable. 

You focus on what you’re eating and how those foods are making you feel. This does require you to focus more on your body and the signals that it’s sending you. Your body is talking to you all day. Often, we just don’t listen well because we’re focused on things happening around us instead of inside us. 

In the remission checklist, I give you some tips on how to identify your food triggers.

Stress sort of goes with everything else. Last week, I talked about stress and inflammation. I also discussed all the different triggers of stress...sleep, food, movement, etc. Stress is really a very big player in Hashimoto’s and how you feel. It’s actually a big piece of the puzzle for many diseases today. 

I could go on here all day about stress. But, I’m going to give you some pointers and talk more about it in the remission checklist that you can download at the bottom of this blog. 

How Will You Know When You’re in Remission

This is a great question! If we look back at the definition of remission, it’s when you have no symptoms of the disease. Or, your thyroglobulin and TPO antibodies are back to normal. 

You don’t need both to be in remission but it does help. If those antibodies are normal, that means your immune system is no longer attacking your thyroid. 

So, Hashimoto’s remission means that you feel amazing. Like you did before your first symptom started showing. A bonus would be that your antibodies are normal. Now, your antibodies will lower as your body starts to turn a corner. The better you feel, the lower your antibodies will get. 

So...how do you get there? By doing the things I talked about above. Focusing on sleep, stress, and food. In the remission checklist, you’ll get an outline of what to start focusing on to improve your path towards remission. 

Remission Checklist

As I said, it’s possible! Remission is doable. But it’s going to take some work. This won’t happen overnight. And it certainly won’t happen without a few setbacks. 

With that said, I’ve got a checklist for you to follow of the things you need to do in order to work toward remission. As I mentioned, remission isn’t going to happen overnight. But, you can work toward remission each day. 

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