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Link between Gluten Intolerance and Thyroid Disease?

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

thyroidAITD (Auto-Immune Thyroid Disease) and Gluten Intolerance

There have been several studies conducted which have shown the strong link between gluten intolerance and autoimmune thyroid diseases or AITD such as Grave’s and Hashimoto’s diseases. The researchers in the study highly recommend that anyone diagnosed should also be checked for AITD and vice versa.

Apparently the cause is a case of mistaken identity. This is because gliadin, which is a type of protein found in gluten has a close resemblance with that of the thyroid. When gliadin penetrates into the bloodstream by breaking the protective barrier that is found in a person’s gut, the immune system will immediately target it for destruction. After an intolerance occurs, if you keep on eating foods that contain gluten, your immune system will also keep on attacking your own thyroid.

Unfortunately, our body’s immune response to gluten may last for six months. Sadly, the 80/20 rule does not apply to intolerance. This would mean that a diet that is “mostly” gluten-free does not completely put an end to this autoimmune attack.

If you really want to prevent the immune destruction of your thyroid, you have to be firm about being 100% gluten-free.

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