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Functional Medicine and Hashimoto’s: Addressing Root Causes for Natural Healing

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is a common autoimmune condition that affects the thyroid gland. Functional Medicine offers a comprehensive approach to treating Hashimoto’s by addressing the root causes of the condition. Here are some ways Functional Medicine can help with Hashimoto’s naturally, backed by scientific studies.

What is Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine is a holistic approach to healthcare that focuses on identifying and addressing the underlying root causes of disease. In Functional Medicine, practitioners use a combination of conventional and alternative therapies to treat the whole person, rather than just their symptoms. This approach considers each patient’s unique health history, genetics, lifestyle, and environmental factors when developing a treatment plan.

Addressing Root Causes of Hashimoto’s

Functional Medicine practitioners take a comprehensive approach to Hashimoto’s by looking for and treating the root causes of the condition, such as:

  • Infections: Chronic infections, such as gut dysbiosis or viral infections, can contribute to autoimmune conditions like Hashimoto’s. A study published in the Journal of Immunology Research found that gut dysbiosis can play a role in autoimmune thyroid diseases.
  • Food Sensitivities: Functional Medicine practitioners may use specialized testing to identify food sensitivities, which can contribute to inflammation and autoimmune conditions. A study published in the Journal of Thyroid Research found that food sensitivities are common in people with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
  • Chemical Exposure: Exposure to chemicals, such as toxins in the environment or heavy metals, can contribute to autoimmune conditions. A study published in Environmental Health Perspectives found that exposure to chemicals like bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates can disrupt thyroid function.

Natural Approaches to Treating Hashimoto’s

Functional Medicine also emphasizes natural approaches to treating Hashimoto’s, such as:

  • Diet and Nutrition: Functional Medicine practitioners may recommend an anti-inflammatory, nutrient-dense diet to support thyroid function and reduce inflammation. A study published in the Journal of Thyroid Research found that a gluten-free diet may improve thyroid function in people with Hashimoto’s.
  • Lifestyle Modifications: Stress management techniques, exercise, and sleep hygiene can all help support thyroid function and reduce inflammation.
  • Herbal and Nutritional Supplements: Certain herbs and supplements, such as selenium and omega-3 fatty acids, may help support thyroid function and reduce inflammation.

Final Thoughts

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis can be challenging to treat, but Functional Medicine offers a comprehensive approach that addresses the root causes of the condition. By identifying and treating infections, food sensitivities, and chemical exposure, Functional Medicine practitioners can develop personalized treatment plans that support thyroid function and reduce inflammation. If you are struggling with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, consider working with a qualified Functional Medicine practitioner to address the root causes of your symptoms.

Meet the Author

Dr. Matz DC

Dr. Jeffrey E. Matz, DC, MS, is a Board Certified Chiropractic Physician. He is licensed to practice in SC, NC, and GA. Dr. Matz is passionate about functional medicine and strives to help patients achieve optimal health. His focus is on helping our members with hormone imbalances, autoimmune conditions, chronic pain conditions, and diabetes. Among the thousands of people Dr. Matz has treated include Carolina Panthers football players, PGA Tour and Champions Tour golfers, collegiate athletes, and local and international celebrities. Dr. Matz was a semiprofessional cyclist, and has competed in triathlons for the last 7 years, including completing an IRONMAN triathlon.

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