Why are so many women getting thyroid disease pt. 2
Your digestive system is full of bacteria, proteins, and broken-down nutrients. Digestive issues such as leaky gut syndrome can create a mess out of the immune system and lead to an autoimmune response in the entire body, which may be a cause of your Hashimoto’s disease.
An imbalance in the gut microbiota, known as dysbiosis, can also trigger an autoimmune response if there are not enough healthy bacteria to out-colonize the invasive pathogens. Either of these conditions can trigger the gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT), which is the immune system in your gut. They can be caused by food intolerances, processed or artificial foods, infections or taking too many antibiotics.
Many products that we use in our everyday lives contain synthetic estrogen-like chemicals known as xenoestrogens. These chemicals are found in cosmetics, fragrances, and even plastic containers. Xenoestrogens are pro-inflammatory and play a role in the development of autoimmune diseases by affecting the immune cells. Even natural estrogen can trigger autoimmune disease in some women who have more of the pro-inflammatory estrogen type.