When it comes to thyroid health, Hashimoto’s and thyroid antibodies can be a bit confusing. In this post, I will share with you key things about what does it mean if you have elevated anti-TPO and anti-TG , how to lower thyroid antibodies naturally and how long it may take to get rid of them completely.
What are thyroid antibodies?
In general, antibodies are proteins that signal your body to fight bacteria, viruses and protect you against infections. However, sometimes when your immune system is not functioning well it may not be able to recognise what is actually a threat and what is not. As a results it may mistakenly attack your own tissues.
Hashimoto’s is the common autoimmune disorder where your body produced thyroid antibodies that are aimed to attack your thyroid gland. With time, Hashimoto’s and elevated thyroid antibodies if left untreated can lead to hypothyroidism and thyroid gland damage. As results, you may start experiencing variety of symptoms, including fatigue, weight gain, depression, and more.
What is anti-TPO and anti-TG?
Thyroid peroxidase (TPO) is an enzyme that is essential in producing thyroid hormones. TPO converts iodide ions absorbed from food into an active form of iodine that can be used by the body. Thyroid hormones are made from two molecules iodine and tyrosine (amino acid). With elevated anti-TPO your body’s ability to produce thyroid hormones becomes impaired. Similar with thyroglobulin (TG) -another important molecules that stores iodine and plays role in thyroid hormone production. As long as anti-TPO is closely linked with Hashimoto’s and targets thyroid gland specifically, anti-TG does not directly cause thyroid damage. However, it’s very common to see elevated both ant-TPO and ant-TG in Hashimoto’s
Can thyroid antibodies go away?
Yes! The good news is that they certainly can go away. Presence of anti-TPO and anti-TGO is your body’s response to excess chronic inflammation. Once you manage the inflammation, thyroid antibodies will go away. So the question is what causes inflammation with Hashimoto’s? There is actually lots of things but the most commons are:
- Gut dysbiosis and leaky gut
- Food intolerances
- Heavy metal overload
- Chronic infection: virus or bacteria
- Excess sugar, alcohol and processed foods
- Chronic stress both emotional and physiological
Click here if you would like to read more about root causes and natural treatment for Hashimoto’s
How long it takes for antibodies to go away?
Usually it takes minimum 3 months to see decrease, in some cases it may take up to a year or even two in severe cases. However, with the right diet, supplements and lifestyle changes they can certainly go away. The good thing is that your thyroid can regenerate. So depending on the degree of thyroid gland damage and how long the auto-immune condition has been present you can also restore your thyroid function back to optimal
How to lower thyroid antibodies anti-TPO and anti-TG naturally?
There are certain steps you can take to lower thyroid antibodies naturally and even get rid of them altogether. Some of the most common ways include:
- Taking thyroid supplements that contain selenium and zinc.
- Natural anti-inflammatory supplements for Hashimoto’s like curcumin and omega
- Natural ant-inflammatory foods and spices: pineapple, blueberries, broccoli, avocado, extra virgin olive oil, oily fish (click here to find out what are the least contaminated fish, safe to eat), ginger, turmeric, apple cider vinegar.
- Exclude trigger foods with the most common being gluten and dairy,
- Getting enough sleep every night
- Reducing stress levels
Stress is one of the most important non-dietary factors playing big role in developing auto-immune condition and later preventing you from healing. At the same time fairly hard for many people to reduce or eliminate it. If you are looking for holistic approach to treat hashimotos and lower antibodes naturally, stress shouldn’t be ignored.