Hypothyroidism is the kind of disease that carries a bit of mystery with it. Hypothyroidism means your thyroid is not making enough thyroid hormone. Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of your throat. It makes the hormones that control the way your body uses energy. Basically, our thyroid hormone tells all the cells in our bodies how busy they should be. Our bodies will go into overdrive with too much thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism) and our bodies slow down with too little thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism).
Around 20 million Americans and 250 million people worldwide will be affected by low thyroid function or hypothyroidism. One in 8 women will struggle with a thyroid problem in her lifetime, and up to 90% of all thyroid problems are autoimmune in nature, the most common of which is Hashimoto’s. Many people don’t know that hypothyroidism is an autoimmune disease and the reason why most doctors don’t mention is because it’s simple: it doesn’t affect their treatment plan. Traditional medicine treats autoimmune disorders with steroids and other methods that suppress the immune system. The number of people suffering from hypothyroidism continues to rise each year. Levothyroxine is the 4th highest selling drug in the U.S. Every Cell in your body responds to your thyroid hormones. These hormones have a direct impact on every major system in your body.
People and their doctors sometimes disregard these side affects that come along with hypothyroidism as a natural ageing process. There are close to 300 symptoms that you can experience with hypothyroidism. Many people suffer from fatigue, weight gain, depression and memory loss to just name a few. Some of these symptoms are a side affect as we age, our bodies do start to wear down. You don’t have to accept these seemingly “age-related” diminishes as part of your everyday quality of life.
I was always tired, no matter how many hour of sleep I got each night. I had constant brain fog. I was always cold when others weren’t. No matter what I did I couldn’t shed the lbs. These issues go hand in hand with my diagnosis of hypothyroidism. After being prescribed my hypothyroidism medications I still was having problems. It wasn’t getting any better. Many doctors over look adrenal fatigue since it is so similar in comparison with my hypothyroidism. The tests for thyroid and adrenal fatigue are often difficult to understand. The two are often confused or misdiagnosed. So, which one do you treat 1st? The chicken or the egg?
According to the Endocrine Society, adrenal fatigue is a myth promoted by health books and alternative websites. ” There is no scientific facts to support the theory that long-term mental, emotional , or physical stress drains the adrenal glands and causes many commons symptoms,” the society says on the Hormone health network website.
Symptoms of adrenal fatigue are very similar to symptoms of hypothyroidism. People might experience all of these are just a few. Some of the common ones are:
- trouble concentrating
- find it difficult to obtain quality sleep
- racing thoughts
- decreased sex drive
- body aches
- extremely tired
- moodiness and irritability
- feeling overwhelmed
- hormone imbalance
- cravings for sweet and salty foods
So what can you do about it? Although Extreme Exhaustion is very common with people who have hypothyroidism. There are ways that you can start fighting back.
- Start eating foods that help replenish your energy so you can give your system a chance to come back to full health.
- Next start removing food that are toxic to your body
- Avoid environmental chemicals
- Avoid caffeine
- Avoid sugars and artificial sweeteners
- Avoid microwaved foods
- Avoid processed foods
- Avoid Hydrogenated oils
Now, you need to start adding nutrient-dense foods that are easy to digest and have beneficial healing qualities. These foods are low in sugar and have healthy fats along with much needed fiber.
- Cooked Cruciferous vegetables (Limit this to no more than 2x per week)
- Fermented foods
- Fatty fish (e.g., wild-caught salmon trout, tuna and mackerel. )
- Chicken and Turkey (organic hormone & Antibiotic free)
- Grass Fed Beef
- leafy greens
- Nitrate free bacon
- Nuts, such as walnuts and almonds
- Seeds, such as pumpkin, chia and flax
- Coconut Flour, Almond Flour and hemp seeds
- Chia Seeds
- Kelp and seaweed
- Celtic or Himalayan sea salt
- Low carb fruits and vegetables
- coconut oil
- organic butter (preferably Grass fed)
- Bone Broth
- Eggs: Look for pastured or omega-3 whole eggs. (if you don’t have a food allergy)
- Cheese: Unprocessed cheese (cheddar, goat, cream, blue or mozzarella).
- Fish oil (EPA/DHA)
- Vitamin B Complex
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D3
- Ancient Nutrition- Bone Broth Collagen Loaded with Bone Broth Co-Factors
Another thing you want to keep in mind is supplementing with the right supplements. of course, eating the right foods will start to heal your body. it’s sad but try most of the fruits and vegetables that we consume don’t have the same amount of nutrition as they once did 50 years ago due to soil depletion (from over-farmed and unhealthy farming practices.
Some supplements will help give your body an extra boost. These supplements are:
- Fermented fish oil
- holy basil
- Vitamin B5
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D3
Lastly, you want to start giving you mind and body a rest.
- Try to rest when feel tired.
- Try to sleep 8–10 hours per night.
- Try to avoid staying up late and stay on a regular sleep cycle .
- Try to watch funny movies and laugh with friends and do something fun every day.
- Try to minimize work and relational stress.
- Try to exercise
- try to avoid negative people and negative self-talk.
- Try to do something relaxing.
- Try to talk with someone for any traumatic experiences
- Try to find a support partner
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