Your Thyroid on Gluten with Whitney Morgan
When it comes to the foods we're supposed to avoid as thyroid patients, gluten tops the list. Why is that?
The thing about gluten is that because even a tiny amount can spark an inflammatory reaction that lasts for months, many thyroid experts take a hard-line approach to this food, recommending that we eliminate gluten 100%.
That's a tough pill to swallow for those of us who still rely on wheat as a dietary staple. Is there some way we can have a little wiggle room? Are there some cases where eating less gluten (vs. zero gluten) is okay?
That's what we're going to explore.
While expert opinions vary on this topic, most seem strongly in favor of eliminating gluten. In patient surveys, most but not all of us report feeling better after eliminating gluten, especially when autoimmunity is present. What's the underlying story with your thyroid on gluten, and what's the science behind it?
If we're going to make a significant life change like eliminating gluten, we're a lot more likely to succeed if we have a clear understanding of why. That's why I wanted to hear from an expert who knows all the ins and outs of this topic, and who takes that hard-line approach.
In this week's episode of Thyroid-healthy Bites, I'm interviewing the perfect guest to help us all better understand, "Your Thyroid on Gluten," and why it's a big deal.
Whitney Morgan is the founder of Morgan Nutrition and the creator of the Thyroid RebootMethod. She’s helped dozens of women with chronic Hashimoto’s, and other autoimmune conditions, bust through the obstacles keeping them from the life they want by uncovering the root causes of their symptoms and eliminating their unique triggers.
Whitney is a licensed acupuncturist, a functional nutritionist, and a certified gluten-free health coach. In addition to her private practice, she serves as a clinical advisor and instructor for the Association of Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioners. She's also walked her own harrowing path through several autoimmune diseases, and came out the other end victorious and healthy!
Whitney shared in our interview that because of her clinical advisor position, she gets to see not only the test results of her clients but of hundreds of clients, via the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioners (FDN-Ps) she advises. This experience has given her a birds-eye view into countless case studies and has only further cemented her no-go, hard-line stance on gluten for thyroid patients. Enjoy the show!
- The gluten and thyroid connection
- Whitney's zero gluten stance for thyroid patients
- Testing options for gluten sensitivity
- Why celiac testing is not enough
- Tips for going gluten-free
- Common mistakes when going gluten-free