What’s the Best Diet for Hashimoto’s? (That Gets Results!)


– Know you need to change your diet, but you don’t know where to start? You’re not the only one. In this video, I’m gonna teach you the best diet for Hashimoto’s that will actually get you results. If you want the most up-to-date
and natural strategies to help support your thyroid, subscribe to my channel and ring the bell. That way you won’t miss any of my videos when I release them every Thursday. I help women who are struggling
with thyroid symptoms every single day in my clinic.
And the way that we do that is we provide them information to better understand
their thyroid condition, but we also provide strategies that are holistic in nature and address all factors of their health. One of those big pieces is diet, and if we don’t get our diet right, it’s gonna make our ability to get well very, very challenging. So with that being said, let’s jump right into things and start discussing the
best diet for Hashimoto’s. When it comes to autoimmune
conditions like Hashimoto’s, what we have to understand is that our immune system’s tolerance for environmental stressors, whether that’s food,
chemicals, or infections, has become diminished. It’s more sensitive than it used to be. This is why someone with Hashimoto’s may catch a cold, but it may take them longer to get over it and their symptoms could be worse. It’s because their immune system isn’t functioning like we want it to. It’s for this reason that when we choose an
optimal diet for Hashimoto’s, we have to select one that reduces the overall stress or the overall immunogenic
load on the immune system. And that’s where a low immunogenic diet or autoimmune paleo, comes into play. The advantage that
these types of diets has for people with Hashimoto’s is huge. We know that on our day-to-day lives we are going to be exposed to different types of triggers, different types of
environmental allergens, and these things are gonna
flare up our immune system. But if we can control what we’re actually putting in our body and the things that have
a direct interaction with our immune system, we’re going to have a huge shot at lowering that, as we said,
overall immunogenic load and allow our immune system
to function more normally. Now before I dive into the
exact details of the diet and what it entails, I wanted to let you guys know that you shouldn’t get hung
up on the minute details that vary from different providers or different websites online. Sometimes people come to me and they’ll say, “Dr. Brad, “I want to make some of
these dietary changes, “but some people say coffee’s okay, “other people say eggs are okay. “Which one do I have to follow?” Don’t stress the nuance there.
The best thing that we can do is to start making changes and then refine it as we go. But if we get too hung
up on the differences, it’s gonna make it very difficult for us to ever get started. So what is actually included
in a low immunogenic diet, commonly known as
autoimmune paleo, or AIP? Well, of course we’re going to
be avoiding processed foods, refined sugars, and processed oils. No matter who we are or
what we’re dealing with, we don’t wanna be consuming too many foods that come from a box, a bag,
or were chemically processed. So that goes without saying. But where autoimmune paleo
starts to make a distinction is in the selection of avoiding foods that have a high likelihood
of causing an immune response. So that was a little confusing, but any food that has a higher likelihood of flaring up our immune system, we want to avoid that food thus low immunogenic. So some of the biggest foods that can cause immune responses include things like wheat, other gluten-containing
compounds like barley and rye, and non-gluten containing grains like millet, sorghum,
buckwheat, and quinoa, essentially all the
things that you’ll find in your processed, gluten-free treats. The other category that can be huge for people with Hashimoto’s is dairy. So we’re not saying that some people may do better with cow’s milk, goat’s
milk, or sheep’s milk; I’m not here for that argument. Any milk from any animal is something that we should avoid, at least in the beginning, and that includes all the
products from that milk. Other big hitters that we should avoid include things like corn, soy, alcohol, caffeine from any source, and yes, coffee. Coffee is known to be an immune stimulant, and it can be a problem for
people with Hashimoto’s. Not for everyone, but definitely there are
some people out there who do not tolerate it very well. Sorry about that one. But by this point you might be saying, “Dr. Brad, this is pretty
much stuff that I knew about.” Well, let’s jump into
the category of foods that most people regard as healthy but can still cause immune responses, so we have to be aware of them. And there’s three categories. The first one is nuts and seeds. I know, I’m not saying that
almonds are bad for everyone. I’m not saying they’re not nutritious. What I’m saying is that
there is a higher likelihood that they could be
causing a problem for you, and we need to use some caution. Also, some people may respond
to almonds but not cashews, or vice versa. Therefore we take them out as a group, and that allows us a better understanding of how you as a individual
will respond to them when you bring them back into your diet. The second category is eggs. And again, this is one
that’s kinda like coffee. People really don’t like
giving up their eggs. But when we look at the research, eggs, whether it’s the whites or the yolk, both have proteins that can
cause irritants to our system. So when we’re dealing with a
system that’s hypersensitive, we have to use caution and we have to be careful with eggs. The last category is
nightshade vegetables. So nightshade vegetables include things like tomato, white potato, eggplant, bell peppers, spicy peppers, and paprika. All of these things, again, can cause immune response, can be an irritant to our gut, and therefore we need to
remove it from our diet, even though we generally
think of ’em as healthy. Now I know that’s a lot of information, but I was curious. How many of you guys have
tried to change your diet to better support your thyroid? Let me know in the comments below, and let me know what the
biggest obstacle you have faced when you’ve been trying to
make some of these changes? Now that we’ve covered what you can’t eat, let’s cover what you can eat. And for those of you who
are brand new to this, it may seem limiting at the start. But trust me, there’s a lot of options; we just have to get creative. So starting at the top
of the list, vegetables. You can consume just about
any vegetable that you like. You just have to avoid the
ones that we already mentioned, which are our nightshade vegetables. I recommend picking five or
six that you really enjoy and rotating through them. You don’t have to eat all the vegetables; just find ones that work best for you. Next on our list is fruits. Now it’s true that some people will need to moderate
the amount of fruit sugar that they take in, but as long as we’re doing that, fruits are less likely to
cause an immune response, and so typically they’re
well tolerated on this diet. Before we move on from fruits, I’d like to give a special shout out to coconut and avocado. These foods are typically well tolerated by people with Hashimoto’s, and they’re very high in healthy fats. It’s common for people
when they’re transitioning to a low immunogenic diet to notice that they may feel
a little bit more fatigued, a little more restless at night, and maybe notice some brain fog. The reason for this is commonly because they’re not getting enough
calories in their system; they’re too low on fuel. So the way that we fix that is we improve our fuel levels. And coconut and avocado are a great way to do just that. So make sure you’re
including them in your diet, whether you’re cooking with coconut oil or mixing in your avocados
to your smoothies. Both are great options. Next on the list is animal protein. And the nice part about this section is they’re really aren’t too many rules. Whether it’s beef, chicken, pork, or fish, you can include any of these. Shellfish is also included, but we need to be aware that some people do not
tolerate those very well. However, in general, animal proteins are not immunogenic and so they are very well tolerated by most people with autoimmunity or with Hashimoto’s. Next is herbs and spices, and this is a category that commonly gets forgotten by people, but it shouldn’t be. If we can do a good job
at using herbs and spices, it will dramatically improve
our enjoyment of this diet, and it will allow us to take
recipes that are similar and create a new flavor palate. I often joke with my patients that we can do chicken and broccoli, but both of us will probably start to tear our hair out pretty quickly. If we change that chicken and broccoli to add a little bit of
garlic if it’s tolerated, maybe a little basil or thyme, a squeeze of lemon, add salt and pepper as needed, it can make the meal much
more enjoyable for you. So go that route rather
than going too plain. Our last category is kind of
our miscellaneous category, and it includes things like olive oil, as long as it’s cold
pressed or extra virgin; coconut oil, which we mentioned before; avocado oil, ghee, vinegars
like apple cider vinegar or balsamic vinegar, as long as there’s no
caramel coloring in it, and teas that don’t
have any caffeine in it, so things like herbal teas. So there you have it, the low immunogenic or
autoimmune paleo diet. You’re gonna consume lots
of vegetables, fruits, animal proteins, and
healthy fats and oils. You’re gonna avoid things
like processed foods, grains, dairy products, corn and soy, eggs, alcohol, nightshade
vegetables, and nuts and seeds. But the tricky part isn’t understanding what’s in the diet, it’s always implementing the diet. But I’d like to give you a quick tip: Done is better than perfect. Understand that you’re
gonna make mistakes, and that’s okay. Go in with a plan, and when you do hit a bump in the road, learn from it. Use that experience and move on. You’ll continue to improve, and you’ll continue to be able to refine what is best for you. I hope this video gives you
a great jumping off point to start changing your diet and helping to support your Hashimoto’s. But if you feel like you still
need a little bit more help, I’ve written Dr. Brad’s
Dietary Strategy Guide. I know, maybe not the best name for it, but still working on it, and it will detail all the foods that we discussed in this video. If you’re interested in checking that out, just click on the link
in the description below and you’ll have access
to all that information. As always, if you like this video, hit that Like button,
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friend or family member who could really benefit from learning a little bit
more about their thyroid. I’m Dr. Brad Bodle, and I’m looking forward to
talking with you real soon.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. Wondering if this differs if you have hypothyroidism but not hashimotos… I’ll keep watching and maybe you will say. 😜

  2. I have never heard of the before. thanks for the information. But don't know if I could every give up cashews.

  3. Thanks for the great information. Very clear and concise instructions and not dogmatic like so many experts in the nutrition world.

  4. Make the food yummy. My partner on the website, www.ThePrimalDesire.com, has Hashi and we have a paleo and AIP recipes.

    If it doesn't taste good, you're not going to do it.

  5. I've been listening to Jessie and Marnie for some time now on their podcast, Ultimate Health Podcast and they talk about Hashimotos and some of the ways to maintain a healthy gut- something I really need to work on. I have been struggling with giving up coffee and really like my eggs but something I need to work on.

  6. Wow. This is overwhelming. But thank you for the great information! As I listened to this, I was eating a red bell pepper with some tomatoes. Seriously. 😮 (I was trying to "eat healthy" and those have been my veggies of choice for years.) I am completely open to change though so look forward to learning as much as I can to improve my recently diagnosed thyroidism and weight gain. 🙁