Hashimoto’s Disease: The Infection Connection

Hashimoto's Disease

Hashimoto’s disease can have many triggers including iodine, low birth weight, pregnancy, smoking, mercury, drugs, stress, leaky gut, environmental toxins, and of course infections.  This article will focus on the connection between infections and Hashimoto’s disease.

The infection connection and Hashimoto’s disease is something I have been investigating since 2005 when I first learned about the connection between Yersinia enterocolitica and Hashimoto’s disease.  Since then, I’ve been researching the infection connection to Hashimoto’s disease and science continues to shed more light on this area.

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Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Helicobacter Pylori

Hashimoto's Disease

Discovered in 1982 in those with gastritis and ulcers, Helicobacter pylori or “H. pylori” is one of the most common infections connected to Hashimoto’s disease and also Graves’ disease for that matter. Like Yersinia enterocolitica and Epstein-Barr Virus infections, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis can be triggered by H. pylori through a process called molecular mimicry which basically means that the infection looks similar to your thyroid tissue so the immune system attacks the infection and the thyroid gland.

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How to Improve Digestion

How to Improve Digestion

“All disease begins in the gut.” –Hippocrates

Was Hippocrates right over 2,000 years ago?  I would have to agree with him a majority of the time when it comes to chronic diseases.  A healthy digestive system begins with excellent digestion so let’s go over some tips to help you improve your digestion.  Firstly, I’d like to briefly cover the reason why your digestion may be out of balance.

What causes bad digestion?

Eating very quickly while on the run and not completely focusing on your meal will result in poor digestion.  You must be in a parasympathetic dominant state which is your “rest and digest” branch of your nervous system.  Many people are sympathetic dominant when they eat which is the “fight or flight” branch of your nervous system.

When your sympathetic nervous is revved up, your body produces adrenaline which takes blood away from your stomach and lowers stomach acid so you won’t digest food very well.  Watching television, reading, texting, checking Facebook etc. while you’re eating will draw you out of your rest and digest state resulting in poor digestion. Read more