Which Protein Is Safe for Hashimoto’s?


Before I received my Hashimoto’s diagnosis, I used to start each day with a protein smoothie.

In some ways, this was a very positive habit, but in other ways, it was very much detrimental to my health.

Protein is an essential macronutrient and helps us to build up our body to ensure that all vital processes are taking place. Protein is an important source of amino acids such as glutamine and L-tyrosine, which repair gut cells and creates thyroid hormones, respectively.

People eating the Standard American Diet, vegan and vegetarian diets may not get enough protein and can be at risk for protein deficiency. Some symptoms include: fatigue, trouble losing weight, brain fog, blood sugar imbalance, trouble building muscle, muscle wasting, intestinal permeability and hair loss. Sound familiar?

The Right Amount of Protein

  • For general health purposes, you should be consuming about 0.45-0.55 grams of protein per day, for each pound you weigh (the official calculation is done by kilograms of body weight: 1.0-1.2 grams of protein per kilogram). This translates to roughly 50 grams of protein per day for a person who weighs 100 pounds.
  • Higher protein intake, of 0.55 grams to 0.68 grams per pound of body weight per day is recommended for most older adults who have acute or chronic diseases (1.2-1.5 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight). In this case, a person who weighs 100 lbs should aim for 54-68 grams of protein per day.
  • Generally, the more active you are the more protein you need. Bodybuilders especially, need more protein, as much as 1 gram of protein per pound, so a 100 pound person would want to aim for 100 grams of protein each day!
  • Older people with severe kidney disease (who are not on dialysis) are an exception to this rule; these individuals may need to limit protein intake as their kidneys may not be able to properly process the protein.

Benefits of Protein Smoothies

Having a protein packed smoothie in the morning can help kick off our daily nutrition and keep our blood sugar balanced, as well as help the thyroid gland (if low protein was a contributing factor). A protein powder mixed with blended foods can provide the body with predigested nutrition, allowing for better absorption of nutrients, even when our digestion isn’t perfect.

The Right Kind of Protein

However, the wrong kind of protein can be detrimental as well. Back in the day, I used to put whey protein and yogurt in my smoothies, not realizing that I was sensitive to dairy! Dairy proteins casein and whey are highly reactive for up to 80% of people with Hashimoto’s! My “healthy breakfast” was causing my carpal tunnel, acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome and causing my thyroid gland to attack itself. Within three days of getting off dairy, my acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome disappeared, the carpal tunnel took a few months to resolve, and over time, I saw my thyroid antibodies reducing as well!

Most protein powders on the market contain soy and dairy, which are two very reactive proteins for people with Hashimoto’s. While egg white protein is also an option and can be less reactive, unfortunately those with Hashimoto’s who start using it often find themselves with new onset egg reactions, because egg whites are difficult to digest for people with intestinal permeability.

The protein powders that are best tolerated by people with Hashimoto’s, in my experience, are hemp protein, pea protein and hydrolyzed beef protein.

Hemp protein is vegan, gluten, dairy and soy free, but it has a strong taste that doesn’t blend well with most foods and can be an issues for some with estrogen concerns.

Pea protein is vegan, gluten, dairy and soy free, and has a mild taste. However, it is not compatible with the autoimmune Paleo diet.

Beef protein, on the other hand is Paleo and autoimmune Paleo friendly. The protein is derived from grass-fed meat, but it doesn’t actually have that strong beefy taste! It actually has a nice, mild taste that can be compared to the taste of collagen or whey protein.

In contrast to collagen (which is also well tolerated by people with Hashimoto’s), beef protein is a complete protein, meaning it contains the essential amino acids we need to survive. (Collagen protein is not a complete protein, so while it’s a great add-on to smoothies, I wouldn’t recommend it as a base for smoothies, unless you’re adding another complete protein source as the base). I came across the beef protein option when I was personally looking for a protein powder that I could put into smoothies.

Beef protein is gluten-free, soy-free and is also free of casein and whey, two very reactive proteins found in dairy products.

Hydrolyzed beef protein offers a special advantage, as it is less likely to cause additional food reactions due to the hydrolysis process, which breaks the protein into tiny pieces. I recommend using hydrolyzed beef protein for building up your body in my new book, Hashimoto’s Protocol, in the Adrenal Recovery and Gut Balance Protocols.

However, many of the beef proteins currently on the market have added flavors and fillers, like Stevia, which some people may react to.

Many of you expressed interest in a protein powder that was autoimmune friendly and would adhere to the guidelines of the Autoimmune Paleo diet. And, as you likely know, this type of product has proven very difficult to find!

Many of you have also encouraged me to start my own supplement line, and one of my big dreams during pharmacy school was to create a new drug to help people! I have changed direction a bit since then, but the intent to create something unique and helpful is still a core of my life’s calling….

So I decided to create the ONLY autoimmune friendly protein powder!!

(This is a photo of me squinting with excitement when after three years of development and effort, I finally got the finished product last spring!!).

Developing the products, and later sourcing and inventory, has taken a lot of time and effort, but I have some amazing news for you… the time is finally here!

I am so excited to officially announce the three Hashimoto’s friendly protein powders that I’ve created under my new Rootcology line!

Over the last 5+ years, I have researched, evaluated, purchased, and tried a variety of medications, supplements, and lifestyle changes to determine which would be most helpful in overcoming Hashimoto’s.

Evaluating the safety, efficacy, and cost of various treatments was a large part of my training as a pharmacist. I have put my training to good use in overcoming Hashimoto’s and now in the development of my own supplement line! Rootcology is a blend of my two passions and areas of expertise: root causes and pharmacology!

Root…going after the root cause of disease…

cology (as in pharmacology) understanding how tiny molecules exert effect on the human body!

All of the supplement ingredients have been carefully chosen by yours truly to address the needs and sensitivities of people with autoimmune thyroid disease and are pharmaceutical-grade, tested by third party companies to make sure that they have what the label says they have (and nothing more), and formulated to be free of potentially harmful fillers!

So, as a first step in developing my Rootcology products, I wanted to make sure you all had access to a high-quality, autoimmune Paleo friendly protein. As such, Rootcology AI Paleo Protein™ came to be.

I’ve developed Rootcology AI Paleo Protein™ to contain hydrolyzed beef protein that is free of any fillers and compliant with even the strictest autoimmune protocol. It’s very tasty too! Surprisingly, it doesn’t taste like beef but has a slight milky taste—I personally love it. ; -)

Rootcology AI Paleo Protein™ is an ideal protein for those who:

  • Want a true Paleo protein source
  • Want a beef protein that’s antibiotic and hormone free
  • Are sensitive to dairy, soy, or eggs
  • Are working on building protocols (Adrenal Recovery and Gut Balance)
  • Are on an Autoimmune Paleo diet
  • Have many intolerances to foods and fillers
  • Have trouble with digestion

So now you can have your smoothies and your health too 🙂 Even if you’re following the autoimmune Paleo diet!!

I also have a vanilla flavored version of the hydrolyzed beef protein, but please note it does contain Stevia and some light additives. Some people do enjoy the extra flavoring and compare it to vanilla ice-cream!

Last, but not least, I also have Rootcology Organic Pea Protein, which is gluten-free, dairy free and soy-free and vegetarian/vegan friendly.

I wanted to develop an option for you that would be great a fit, regardless of the protocol that you are on!

It is my sincere hope that Rootcology helps get you one step closer to getting your health back!

As I mentioned, developing the products took a few good years! Additionally, sourcing and getting enough inventory for my readers has taken another year! One of the exciting things I’ve been able to set up is a subscription option, that allows you to automatically reorder (this allows me and my team to always have enough in stock for you).

To celebrate, I’m giving away a gorgeous eBook full of delicious smoothie recipes. Here’s a sneak peek of one of the recipes 🙂

Peach Coconut

  • 1 cup frozen peaches
  • Three dates, pitted
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • One scoop Rootcology AI Paleo Protein
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon