Regarding gluten sensitivity –
the target organs are not limited to the gut, but include thyroid, liver, skin and reproductive and nervous systems…
Regarding selenium deficiency –
Thus, selenium malabsorption in CD (celiac disease) can be thought as a key factor directly leading to thyroid and intestinal damage.
Source:Ann Ist Super Sanita. 2010;46(4):389-399. It is no medical mystery that gluten can cause vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Selenium is a mineral with multiple functions within the body. A short list of some of selenium’s more common roles is listed below:
- It plays a role in the production of active thyroid hormone (see chart below).
- It is a powerful anti-inflammatory and helps to regulate immune function.
- It plays a role in blood viscosity (reduces excessive clotting of the blood).
- It drives the most powerful antioxidant system in the body.
Other Nutrients Important for Thyroid Function –
- Iodine – this mineral helps the body build T4 (the hormone that doctors commonly measure that floats through the bloodstream)
- Vitamins D and A – these fat soluble vitamins allow T3 (the active hormone) to communicate with your DNA and increase your metabolism.
- Zinc & Magnesium – these minerals help your body make TSH (the hormone made in your brain that tells your thyroid gland to make T4).
- Protein – most Americans eat too many carbs and not enough protein. Protein is absolutely necessary to form the backbone of thyroid hormone. It also carries the hormone through the blood stream to your tissues.
What Can You Do If You Have Been Diagnosed with Hypothyroidism?Have your doctor perform the following tests –
- Iodine loading test (urine test)
- Spectracell (vitamin and mineral deficiency blood test)
- Reverse T3 and thyroid antibody testing
- Genetic testing for gluten sensitivity