23 September 2021

The influence of stress on Hashimoto’s disease

Magdalena Irminska

How stress influence Hashimoto’s disease?

An intensive lifestyle and the huge amount of stimuli around us affect our health and also the functioning of our thyroid gland. Symptoms such as fatigue, sleeplessness, difficulty concentrating may be caused by overwork and negatively influence the aforementioned organ, which will even worsen the problems. How does stress affect Hashimoto’s disease. You will learn in the following article. 

 

Types of stressors that have the effect of impairing thyroid function:

  1. Sleep disorders

Insomnia, shift work, sleep apnea or sleep deprivation are the fastest way to damage your thyroid gland. Do you know that your thyroid gland, after one sleepless night, has to increase its work intensity for the next 5? 

 

  1. Mental stress

Feelings such as guilt, fear, grief, anxiety, embarrassment and excitement lead to stress. Your perception of reality, over-sensitivity, ambition, perfectionism, social anxiety, unexpected new situations, personal problems are all the causes of stress. By minimising these events that you have an impact on, you will reduce your intensity to stress each day. 

 

  1. Glucose disturbance

A significant proportion of people with Hashimoto’s disease have insulin resistance. This is manifested by too high levels of insulin in the blood. Insulin regulates blood sugar by transporting it to the cells. Insulin resistance causes inflammation in the body, which is also a stressor for the body. Therefore, balancing insulin levels through diet will reduce insulin levels and therefore inflammation, which will also have a positive effect on thyroid function. 

 

  1. Inflammations

Chronic inflammation may lead to joint pain, strain on the body, obesity, deterioration of the digestive tract and more. 

 

How to minimize the effects of stress on Hashimoto’s disease? 

 

Rest

The easiest way to worsen thyroid disorders is not enough sleep. Therefore, the best way to improve its work is sleep. When you sleep, your body regenerates. A minimum of 7 hours of sleep per night will help your thyroid function. Also take care of your sleep hygiene by going to bed at 10pm without your phone or music, just relax. 

 

Take care of your carbohydrate balance

Insulin resistance is a condition that often co-occurs with Hashimoto’s disease. It causes inflammation in the body which is a stress for the body. How to prevent the progression of insulin resistance. In other words start by the elimination of sugar from your diet and make sure you have a proper meal composition consisting of whole grain cereals, healthy fats and protein. 

 

Reduce stress

The best way to deal with fatigue is the reduction of stress. This is often the most difficult strategy to implement. It often involves changing your lifestyle, taking care of yourself and your time. We recommend yoga and relaxation to welcome and finish the day. Simple and enjoyable actions will help you change your mindset, calm you down and get rid of frustrations and dissatisfaction.

 

Summary

 

To sum up, excessive stress and lack of adequate regeneration are factors that negatively affect thyroid function. And although stress is omnipresent in our lives, minimizing it and introducing adequate regeneration can be helpful for people with Hashimoto’s disease.

Do you want to learn how to skillfully manage your stress? We will soon be able to help you with our program ‘Step by step to remission’. We will teach you everything about the thyroid gland in an interesting, unconventional and interactive way. What’s more we will guide you through the most important healthy lifestyle issues and habits that, when implemented together, will lead you to a significant improvement in your well-being, a reduction in inflammation and antibody titre characteristic of Hashimoto’s disease.

We guarantee that this will have a beneficial effect on your quality of life and health. Don’t wait, just start changing your habits with us for the sake of your thyroid health! 🙂

Magdalena Irminska

Magdalena Irmińska is a clinical dietitian - she received her education at the Medical University of Warsaw. In addition to the diet therapy of hormonal disorders, she is passionate about pediatric dietetics and building good relationships with food in children. Moreover, she is a professionally active flautist. In Hashion, Magda creates content for the "Step by step to remission" program and searches scientific databases in search of news about Hashimoto's disease.