The moment I was diagnosed with Hashimotos disease, my naturopath immediately started me on a gut healing protocol. For most people, it’s pretty standard and requires food, supplements and lifestyle changes. I was handed a bag full of gut healing supplements, told to avoid gluten, dairy, and sugar and sent on my way. I was already eating a Paleo diet, so this didn’t seem very hard for me.
About a month after my diagnosis, I decided to get a food allergy test to see what I was REALLY allergic to. My results showed that I was “highly” allergic to 89 out of 97 different foods. My doctor reassured me that I wasn’t in fact allergic to ALL of these foods and that this is very typical with Leaky Gut Syndrome. While freaked out by these results, I began doing some research and came across the Autoimmune Paleo Diet and decided to try it. This diet is an elimination diet that is basically Paleo on crack. It eliminates all of the foods that can be inflammatory to your gut. Ex: gluten, dairy, grains, eggs, nuts, seeds, nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants), beans, sugars, gums etc. (Click on the link to read more.) This diet might seem like a challenge, but there are A TON of resources available via social media as well as cookbooks. There is also research that supports this diet in healing autoimmune diseases.
Over the next couple months, I began to get itchy rashes all over my hands and arms, had anxiety, lost about 20 pounds and my face began to flush red. I began researching and came across histamine intolerance or Mast Cell Activation Disorder . I learned that the gut healing foods I was eating like spinach, avocado, and bone broth were “high histamine” and could be causing a reaction. When bringing it up to my doctor, she immediately put me on a low histamine protocol. This involved b5, b6, vitamin C, and liver support. I also was given a HUGE list of foods that should be avoided when eating a low histamine diet (click link for the list of foods).
Today, I still follow a low histamine diet/protocol. After a few months on this protocol, my rashes went away, my anxiety started to subside and I began to gain the weight back that I had lost. I have been able to successfully reintroduce eggs and seeds. I am working on reintroducing more foods as my body continues to heal. I am also currently doing a parasite cleanse as parasites can be a root cause of many gut issues. (more on this in a different post).
I wish I could tell you that healing your gut is easy, that there is one magic supplement, diet, doctor, or medication that fixes everything. Unfortunately this is not the case. When it comes to healing your gut, there is not a one size fits all model and everyone is different for what works for them. Healing takes time, patience, and mindfulness. If I could give any advice to those struggling, just know that there is HOPE and that your body can and will heal.
Disclaimer: All of this information is from my personal experience as I am not a licensed medical professional. Please consult with a medical professional to see what works best for YOU! Click the “Resources” tab on my page for medical professionals that I trust.