You may think you have hypothyroidism, which could be due to iodine deficiency or cortisol imbalances and more. This can be tested for by evaluating antibody levels against your enzyme TPO or TG.
TPO = thyroid peroxidase
Antibodies are proteins in your body that look like the shape of the letter Y. They are there to spot foreign invaders that should not be in your body. Antibodies seek these invaders and tag them for destruction. It’s a good thing, not to be feared. You need antibodies!
When your immune system is healthy it tags “self” and “nonself.”
Unless (drum roll) there is some invader like a germ, gluten or dairy protein that has taken up residence in your thyroid gland. That’s when your antibodies note an invader and tag it for destruction. They aren’t really doing something bad; they’re doing what they’re supposed to be doing. Your immune system now goes on a seek and destroy mission to kill whatever is tagged, but unfortunately your antibodies have tagged your own thyroid gland for destruction. Boom!
That’s when the symptoms begin. Part of my action plan is to reduce the microscopic food particles that lodge within your thyroid. It’s hard to do, but a good start would include a diet free of gluten and dairy. Taking digestive enzymes would be enormously helpful. I’ll expand on that shortly.
When your immune system targets Thyroid Peroxidase Enzyme, it causes Hashimoto’s disease, which over time causes hypothyroidism, and you have that condition forever. Whenever I think of our incredible immune system turning upon itself, that song by Chris Isaac pops into my head, “Baby did a bad, bad thing!”