Boost SIgA levels to better manage Hashimoto’s

In the midst of flu season, many people’s attention turns to the flu vaccine. But there is a way to improve your immunity against not only the flu, but also other viruses, bacterial infections, yeasts, environmental toxins, food sensitivities, and even Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism flares. The secret lies in what immunologist Aristo Vojdani, PhD calls nature’s vaccine — secretory IgA (SIgA).

SIgA natures vaccineSIgA are immune cells that are the first line of defense between you and the world. They primarily reside in mucus membranes, including the digestive tract, respiratory tract, urinary tract, prostate, and vagina. SIgA cells are found in mucus, tears, saliva, sweat, breast milk, and other secretions.

SIgA cells are the first to encounter invaders and sequester them so they are not dangerous to the body. This helps prevent the immune system from over reacting so it is not prone to food sensitivities, chemical sensitivities, and autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism.

Many people have low SIgA

Unfortunately, having low SIgA levels is pretty common these days. It’s most often seen in individuals with adrenal fatigue who show symptoms of chronic tiredness, low blood sugar, difficulty getting up in the morning, depression, anxiety, salt cravings, and chronic illness. Many people with Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism also have adrenal dysfunction.

Taking corticosteroid medications can also lower SIgA levels.

Low SIgA levels increases cold and flu risk

Chronically low SIgA levels has a number of consequences. The most obvious is that you are more likely to get sick frequently. For instance, if your respiratory tract is low in SIgA cells, the viruses and bacteria it encounters are going to have an easier time invading your system.

Low SIgA leads to food and chemical sensitivities

What’s perhaps more frustrating is that low SIgA levels can lead to the development of food and chemical sensitivities. Why? Your SIgA play a pivotal role in your ability to tolerate the world around you while responding appropriately to pathogens.

When there are not enough SIgA to neutralize incoming bacteria, viruses, yeast, undigested food, chemicals, and so on, the immune system must deploy its more aggressive immune cells. It’s like calling in the Navy Seals because the police force has gone missing.

The result is a hyper reactive immune system that creates a permanent loss of tolerance in the bloodstream to certain foods or chemicals. Many people with Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism are also sensitive to or intolerant of a number of foods and environmental chemicals because their immune system is reacting to them.

Low SIgA raises risk for Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism and other autoimmune disorders

One of the more unfortunate risks of SIgA is that it raises your risk of developing autoimmune disorders such as Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism.

With a diminished defense from low SIgA, your immune system is on constant red alert and your body is more vulnerable to pathogens. Between the increased exposure to pathogens and a hyper reactive immune system, it’s just a matter of time before it starts attacking your thyroid tissue in the case of Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism. Other tissues in the body are also vulnerable depending on your genetic predisposition.

Contact our team for ideas on how to test for and increase your SIgA levels and better manage your Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism.

2018-02-12T07:44:43+00:00 0 Comments

About the Author:

Joni Labbe
Dr. Joni Labbe is a board-certified clinical nutritionist specializing in science-based nutrition with a focus on women's health issues. She has successfully helped pre-menopausal and menopausal women regain and maintain their health since 1995. Dr. Labbe is the author of the Amazon #1 Best Selling book Thyroid & Menopause Madness and It’s Not Just Menopause: It’s Your Thyroid. She is also a professional speaker, radio personality, fitness expert, and former host of “Healthier Way With Dr. Labbe.” Dr. Labbe is one of the country’s leading authorities on thyroid disorders, including Hashimoto’s disease. Dr. Labbe has also authored numerous articles and blogs on health, nutrition, and thyroid health, as seen in Naturally Savvy, Thyroid Nation, and Fox News. She is a Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Doctor of Chiropractic, and has post graduate training in Functional Neurology, Functional Endocrinology, Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis, and earned a Diplomate and Fellow in Nutrition from the American Association of Integrative Medicine.

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