Could Milk Be Making Your Symptoms of Hashimoto’s Worse?

Could Milk Be Making Your Symptoms of Hashimoto’s Worse?

I was fortunate to be a guest speaker at a local conference this past week. Why was I fortunate? Because I was able to get this message out to hundreds of women who were suffering needlessly. The number of women who came up to me afterwards to express their gratitude for either shedding light onto their existing thyroid condition, or pointing out an area where there may have been some undiagnosed concerns. Did I mention I love what I do?


With all the gluten free, fat free, sugar free advice that is out there the one thing that still seems to confuse people is dairy. While some swear it’s the devil in sheep clothing and we just don’t need it, others swear by the raw stuff. What you might want to know that some people suffering from Hashimoto’s ( a thyroid autoimmune disorder) may notice a celiac-like intolerance to milk proteins. It all boils down to the protein (gluten is a protein as well in case you were not aware). You see the whey and/ or casein is a protein that triggers, much like gluten, soy and even egg proteins. We need to remove all triggers in order to get back to optimal health.

We continue on a trend of being gluten free (it has been shown to help alleviate symptoms of hypothyroidism) but we forget that there are other underlying triggers that if gone unresolved or not removed from our diet, can cause these symptoms to persist and continue to cause health issues. 

Many of my clients come to me saying they had their allergy testing done and they are ok on the level of IgE, which is the indicator for a "true allergy". However there are also two other parts of the immune system that also react to food, IgA and IgG. These are often labeled as "food sensitivities" and while much less attention is paid to them they are indeed very real. 

Did you know that the IgA reaction works mostly in the intestines? Remember all disease begins in the gut, starting as early as childhood in some cases- as does the majority of our immune system. An IgA reaction is one that results in irritation and inflammation of the intestinal tract every time you eat a specific (or multiple in some cases) food. The end result is damage to the intestinal tract, which leads to an inability to absorb those much needed nutrients, can lead to leaky gut and increase your risk of autoimmune diseases or even cancer.

What are some symptoms? IBS, gas, bloating, IBD, nausea, skin rashes, acne, respiratory conditions such as asthma and nasal congestions, irritability, headaches, vitamin/mineral deficiencies, diarrhea, loose stool, acid reflux and the list continues.

For those with Hashimoto’s not only is celiac common but so is an intolerance to dairy, egg and soy proteins. While the medical community has yet to put an actual name to this type of intolerance or sensitivity, it is real and all too common.


For those the of you who say that you are lactose intolerant and just use lactaid instead, these are two different uses. Lactose intolerance and intolerance to the protein in dairy are different. Lactose is a milk sugar, digestion is dependant on having the enzyme lactase. Where it does cause bloating and diarrhea, it does not lead to the intestinal tissue being damaged or the inflammation.  Now to get technical; IgA food reaction may be termed as PAIR (Protein-Mediated Autoimmune Intestinal Inflammatory Reaction.

So if you are dealing with Hashimoto’s and have gone gluten free and it’s just not cutting it, try eliminating dairy ( I would throw soy in there for good measure) 


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