Carbohydrate or Gluten Free diet for Hyperthyroidism?
(What to eat or not to eat, that is the question!!!:)
Hyperthyroidism, as we all know, is a complicated disease. Unfortunately, the traditional methods known today are not enough to deal successfully with this problem. To identify a drug that is safe, affordable and effective is a challenge to modern medicine today. In fact, it seems un-achievable. Thus, an effective diet when treating specific disorder is of great importance, or at least I think so. So here we go today:
Real Food for Hyperthyroidism Patients
In 1928 Henry Moll, MD writes an article about the different hyperthyroidism symptoms, and some of them he believes, to whatever reason, are overlooked by the present medical society. He insists that there are important reciprocal actions between the thyroid gland and the gastro-intestinal tract of which we have little knowledge yet, but which nevertheless demand a closer study of dietary in hyperthyroidism. Clever man!
For example dyspepsia (known also as indigestion, characterized by chronic or recurrent pain in the upper abdomen and sometimes accompanied by bloating, nausea or heartburn) is found to be one of the precipitating and most common symptoms of hyperthyroidism, often preceding the manifestation of the other well-known symptoms like palpitations, mental emotionality, moodiness and exophthalmos (Moll, 1928).
Dyspepsia in Graves’ disease patients can often be accompanied with hypochlorhydria (when the stomach is unable to produce hydrochloric acid) or achylia (absence of gastric juice or other digestive secretions). The achylia is also responsible for the fast stomach discharge, typical for hyperthyroidism patients. Dr. Moll suggests a diet, which is rich of carbohydrates.
This diet is of a caloric value of 2,700 calories, and consists of about 80 grams of proteins, 60 grams of fat, and 440 grams of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are typically found in whole grains, whole wheat, whole rye, brown rice, bulgur, wheat berries, vegetables, fruits and beans. Easily digested refined carbohydrates from white bread, white rice and other refined grains, pastries, sugared sodas, and other highly processed foods may cause weight gain, interfere with weight loss, and lead to diabetes and heart disease (Moll, 1928). Well, this diet is quite the opposite of the Gluten-free diet, well known today. But, as you may have noticed already, many things were different back in 1928.
The improvements as a result of this carbohydrate diet diet should be mostly a reduction of mental symptoms, i.e. emotional instability, decrease of pulse rate, palpitations and by significant increase of weight. Which is ok with me, because I know how difficult can be to deal with all of them. And the diet also makes sense, because the products listed by Dr. Moll are considered “grounding”, specifically in mental aspect. They also help maintaining the weight, if you lost too much. (There is a link at the bottom of this post for the whole article, so feel free to read it).
Now, the opposite of this diet is the Gluten- Free Diet and it also makes sense to me. Dr. Moll lived almost a century ago when no pesticides were used for the crops and genetically modified foods were practically unknown. The soil and the waters were clean and not contaminated with mercury, copper and other harmful for our health substances. All the foods were “organic” and “natural”. Not so today.
So, what would I do, if I were you? I will try both, gluten free and carbohydrate diet and I’ll see what works better for me. At least, we have a choice here. I am personally more inclined to try the carbohydrate diet first. I like bread and all related products. I make and bake my own bread and I can’t leave without it. But- it’s your choice!
So let’s see why gluten free diet might be applicable for Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism patients as well (click on that particular link). I write there about Celiac disease, leaky gut syndrome and all related problems…
The Gluten Free Diet
Moll, H., A carbohydrate diet for hyperthyroidism. Retrieved: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2456150/
Meanwhile, as always, you are welcome to share your opinion!