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thyroid disease

For some, the gluten-less living of so many of us Los Angelenos may seem as vapid as our collective Snapchat presence. But behind the trending that happens when a star touts the benefits of their new way of life, there’s a whole population of folks who need to avoid gluten for serious health reasons. While gluten sensitivity may sound foreign (and maybe even feigned) to some, the epidemic of modern health woes rooted in inflammation caused by glutenous foods is all too real.

Actress Zoe Saldana recently opened up to Net-A-Porter’s The Edit about being diagnosed with the autoimmune condition called Hashimoto’s. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, a condition in which the immune system attacks the thyroid gland, is often found in relation to gluten sensitivity. “Your body doesn’t have the energy it needs to filter toxins, causing it to believe that it has an infection, so it’s always inflamed,” Zoe explained to The Edit. “You create antibodies that attack your glands, so you have to eat clean.”

We love that Saldana is bringing up the issue and giving those who are suffering but are undiagnosed a little food for thought. Hashimoto’s is a treatable condition – over twenty-million Americans are reported to have it – but subduing the symptoms often requires nixing gluten and dairy. For people with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, gluten and dairy can cause inflammation (and a whole slew of problems because of it) and often leads to Hypothyroidism.

If you’ve ever wondered about these gluten-related conditions and how to manage them, first, consult with your physician. Get the proper medical consult you need, then check out some of our suggested resources to learn more…

A personal journey with Hashimoto’s Health counselor Jessi Heinz walks us through her healing journey with Hashimoto’s disease. Read here

WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE HYPOTHYROIDISM Eating Clean, Amie Valpone, spent a decade navigating her way from chronic illness to holistic wellness. Read here

WHAT TO DO ABOUT GLUTEN INTOLERANCE Amie valpone walks us through the first five steps to start going gluten-free. Read here


naturally gluten-free foods list 
Grains, pastas and condiments that are naturally free from gluten and ready to eat. Read here


Gluten-Free Recipes Galore
Explore all our cake, pasta, muffin and waffles recipes that are totally gluten-free and completely amazing. Read here

What do you think of the gluten-free movement? Have you had any success in managing your gluten sensitivity? And what do you think of celebrities talking about their diets?
Leave us your comment below!

The Chalkboard Mag and its materials are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. 
All material on The Chalkboard Mag is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, exercise or other health related program.


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  1. Thanks for bringing awareness, it’s nice to see although with limited information. After years of feeling burnt out and tired (even after 12 hours sleep!!) I never wake feeling refreshed, (I have always been fit and healthy). I researched so much into health given the lack of knowledge from doctors and the sheer lack of options besides antibiotics. I finally figured out what it could at least be and the signs all pointed to hypothyroid. I have since started on natural herbal supplements and an even healthier lifestyle but it doesn’t matter if I green juice everyday or take all the natural herbs, I still seem to struggle. Hopefully at some point I will feel myself again but one things for sure I do feel better when avoiding gluten and I’ve realised how much we don’t need gluten in so much of our food and how the western diet has contributed to many health problems.

    Elizabeth | 08.05.2016 | Reply
    • Hi Elizabeth,

      Check out the Autoimmune Paleo community. They are doing incredible things for those of us with autoimmune diseases. I can’t recommend them enough.

      I wish you well.

      Gilda | 08.06.2016 | Reply
  2. Excessive iodine. Research suggests certain drugs and too much iodine, a trace element required by your body to make thyroid hormones, may trigger thyroid disease in susceptible people.

  3. I am so pleased that this disease is coming into view. Doctors didn’t believe me because my symptoms were quite generic to them. I felt like death and at 30, that seemed appalling. After being dismissed many times, I took it upon myself to find an answer. I finally ordered my own antibody tests and sure enough, I had Hashimoto’s. The Autoimmune Protocol alleviated 60% of my symptoms over the course of a year and was an invaluable resource during my healing journey. I still didn’t feel totally well and believed there had to be a root cause to this disease so I spent 6 months doing research to discover a very common genetic mutation called MTHFR and it’s relationship to autoimmune diseases. If you are suffering from lupus, MS, autoimmune diseases, depression please consider getting the 23 & Me gene test. I am now 32, and wake up feeling alive every morning, something I thought would never happen again. The rest of my symptoms are gone because I have gotten to the root of the problem, which was at a cellular level. TCM, thank you again for bringing this up. To those with Hashimoto’s, keep fighting for answers! You deserve to feel well again and you’re not alone. Please look into the amazing community Mickey Trescott and Angie Alt have created. They are incredible people doing wonderful work.

    Gilda | 08.06.2016 | Reply
  4. I’ve had hypothyroidism and adrenal fatigue since I was 15 years old which is when i was first diagnosed, but I definitely felt symptoms around probably 14? Way too young I must say. I’m now 23 years old and still struggling with it. I have been to multiple doctors, have had so much blood work done, and have tried so many different medications/natural herbs, etc. One thing I have noticed is how incredibly hard it is to go the natural route and not go broke. I support myself and thankfully have pretty good insurance due to my job (that pays little), but almost every doctor I want to see (I do my research and want to see doctors who know how to treat what I have) is either not covered by insurance or charges extra $170+ holistic fees per session. When they are recommending going in to see them every two weeks that gets incredibly expensive. I was doing the totally natural route for some time, but that was costing me $350+ per month solely on vitamins, herbs, acupuncture, etc. Basically what I’m trying to say is I wish we were talking about these health issues way more as well as making it a lot easier/less expensive to handle them. I love that the Chalkboard community talks about these issues because I learn new things about how to better maintain my thyroid.



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