Does Hashimoto’s Weaken Your Immune System?
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Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune condition, causes a consistent immune response, weakening the immune system. Common triggers include gluten exposure, food sensitivities, and overworking. With at least 42 known triggers, the immune system is under constant strain, which can increase susceptibility to illnesses such as colds and flus, ultimately leading to increased health risks.

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Does Hashimoto's weaken your immune system? Yes. Yes, it does. So Hashimoto's, it's an autoimmune problem. So basically what happens in an autoimmune
problem is the immune system actually flares Up when it is triggered by whatever trigger
that particular immune condition. So let's use Hashimoto's for example, and
one of the well known triggers for Hashimoto's Is gluten exposure because gluten has something
called molecular mimicry with your thyroid. It looks exactly like your thyroid tissue. So every time you eat a piece of gluten, it
gets attacked, your thyroid gets attacked, You have this immune response. So your immune system is continually flaring
up to attack you because very few people who Have autoimmunities, especially Hashimoto's,
very few people have exposure to one trigger. They have food sensitivity triggers, some
people have small intestinal bacteria overgrowth, Some people don't. You have inflammatory proteins on the inside
of your intestines. You have food sensitivities. You have a lot of things that not only trigger
immune responses against your thyroid, but Also trigger inflammatory responses. And then you trigger the inflammatory responses
and then they trigger immune responses against Your thyroid. And you have all this stuff going on, which
is putting a strain on your immune system. So you have a system that is continually flaring
up. You want your immune system to be balanced. And so as your immune system keeps getting,
as your adrenals and your thymus and all the Lymphatic parts of your immune, as all these
things keep getting taxed and taxed and taxed And taxed, they get tired. They get tired. It's like a factory that just keeps putting
out 24 hours a day and never gets a break. And eventually the mechanisms of the machinery
starts to get weak. They start to break down and so on and so
forth. It's the same with your immune system. It's not unusual for me to run what's called
a secretory IgA. So IgA are antibodies that are specific to
the inside linings of your intestines and

Your esophagus and your nasal passage, because
that's where most of your immune system is On the inside linings of all this, most of
it, as you well know by now, is in your intestines. So this secretory IgA is that 75% of your
immune system. And when you have autoimmune patients, whether
they're Hashimoto's or not, when you have A Hashimoto's patient, their immune system
is continually getting beat up and it's continually Getting exacerbated, depending on which stage
of Hashimoto's damage they're in. And so that secretory IgA when it's tested
is low. It's just like crushed. It's interesting, and when you get steroids,
what the doctors do is they'll give you steroids And it dampens inflammation. And then it allows that system to start working,
because the system is already kind of crushed, Overactive, crushed, overactive, crushed,
overactive. So if you can take the inflammation away,
then you'll find that the system will start To stabilize itself. And then over a long period of time, even
that's not a good thing because eventually That will start to affect your system. So Hashimoto's, there's so many triggers to
Hashimoto's. There's 42 triggers that we know of. And every time you're exposed to a trigger,
it puts a demand on your immune system, and Then over a period of time, it just wears
it out. And does that make you more susceptible to
flus and colds and stuff like that? Yeah. Yes, it does. It does make you more susceptible to all kinds
of things because your immune system it's Being called upon, I won't say 24 hours a
day, but I ask my patients to do a daily log Just for one day. I have them, "I got up in the morning, this
is what I ate, this is what I did at work." So sometimes overworking is a trigger. Sometimes I'll see that eight of the foods
that they ate that day is on their food sensitivity List. And there's more, that maybe they couldn't
sleep all night. Insomnia can be a trigger. So you're getting these triggers all the time,
all the time, all the time, all the time. And eventually the effect that we just described
is what happens, it fatigues.

Now you become much more vulnerable to other
sickness and disease. So yeah, it definitely causes a negative effect
on your immune.