Natural MD Radio: The Gut Thyroid Connection

Hippocrates said 2,500 years ago that all disease begins in the gut. 2,500 years ago! We have known the importance of the gut and the digestive system for that long. But it has only been in the last 10 years there has really been a return towards that idea, and Western Medicine has begun to realize the important connection between the health of the digestive system and the rest of the body.

Evidence of this “gut brain” and the human micro biome has led to a growing holistic way of thinking about health and disease. Today I want to help you take your health back into your hands by explaining the relationship between your gut and your thyroid, and how you can help heal both with food, exercise, and supplements.

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“We do know that Hashimoto’s disease is a result of disruption in the immune system, leading your own immune system to turn on your thyroid.” – Aviva Romm

Show Notes:

  • What we don’t know about gut and thyroid health
  • The gut contains the majority of the body’s immune tissue
  • What is gut associated lymphoid tissue?
  • What is leaky gut?
  • The effects of celiac disease on cause leaky gut and thyroid problems
  • How antibiotics can disrupt the gut lining and intestinal flora
  • The negative side effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS)
  • Why you should eat less sugar and more vegetables and fiber

“The gut is the home to 70% of the body’s immune tissue.” – Aviva Romm

  • The danger of overexercising and stress
  • The importance of gut healing as a part of your thyroid disease treatment plan
  • What is your micro biome
  • When your body is stressed, it goes into an energy storage mode
  • How to heal the gut thyroid connection in four steps
  • Remove the leaky gut triggers
  • Replace your gut flora and healthy digestive enzymes
  • Reinoculate with probiotics: saccharomyces boulardii, lactobacillus, and bifidobacteria and add lactofermented vegetables like sauerkraut and kimchi
  • Repair with herbs and supplements: curcumin extract, ginger root, zinc carnosine, l glutamine, marshmallow root, and chamomile

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“When you’re under a lot of stress, this can affect your gut.” – Aviva Romm

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Love this!! Thank you so much for sharing all this incredible information!! Gratefully, Deb


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Lee Bednar

I've been on Synthroid for about 22 years. Will I see a difference in my thyroid levels after practicing the 4R program, if the drug is essentially controlling my thyroid function? (That's what the endocrinologist says) Separate question, can I continue to eat sourdough when I cut out gluten products? I make my own starter and ferments. Thanks! I love this new podcast!


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    Megan Liebmann

    Hi Lee, Working with the 4R program is of HUGE benefit for healing the gut no matter what medication you are on. And, to answer your question about sourdough, unfortunately, no matter how fermented or homemade your sourdough bread is, unless it is specifically gluten free, it will contain gluten. I myself and gluten free and sourdough bread is one of the foods I miss most!! Warm wishes, Megan- Aviva Romm’s Executive Assistant and Online Nutrition Expert


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I love your new podcast! It would be SUPER helpful if you could put a direct download link to each episode in your blog posts. iTunes always crashes my computer and SoundCloud does not seem to provide a download link (which is weird). I like to download podcasts and put them on my phone or MP3 player so I can listen when I am outside or in the car. Just a suggestion! Keep up the awesome work! :)