I’m allergic to myself, in theory. Being diagnosed with Hypothyroidism and later Hashimoto’s hasn’t been a walk in the park. My entire body is at the mercy of my thyroid from weight loss to extreme fatigue. My body immune system is attacking my thyroid gland – as if it was foreign tissue and my immune systems ultimate goal is to eventually , completely destroy my thyroid gland.
Some days It seemed that I could muster up enough energy to take a shower, put on clean night clothes and lay back down in bed for the rest of the day watching Netflix on my days off from work.
I have tried it all from calorie counting, intermittent fasting, exercising every single day, not eating past a certain time, crash diets, starvation, low calorie diets and most importantly having unrealistic expectations.
I didn’t know that by eating a lower calorie diet this caused my body to become deficient in macro and micronutrients and inadvertently sending my body a message that I may be in famine therefore for my body to protect itself from dying it slowed down my metabolism in an effort to run on fewer calories to make sure that I didn’t starve. Which of course made my weight loss even harder and I was literally fighting against my own self.
Mentally I was exhausted from putting myself under so much pressure to be that thin girl again that I was before this disorder drastically changed my life. My weight seemed out of control and I was certainly struggling with it all.
When a person has hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s losing weight isn’t about self control, hard work, or willpower it’s about self love, rest, addressing digestive issues ( leaky gut), finding out what nutritional deficiencies you may have, not punishing your body with to much exercise , fixing adrenal fatigue, avoiding Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, adding needed supplements, addressing any food allergies, removing inflammatory foods, getting plenty of sleep, staying hydrated and eating real nutrient based foods that heal your body. You see our bodies need the proper nutrients to heal and thrive.
I stopped trying to lose weight and started to gain my health back by doing the needed things that above.
Let’s go over way you can start to regain your health back.
1.How do you avoid Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals?
Reduce Your Toxic Burden
These are commonly found in items like antibacterial soap, deodorant, lotions, and makeup. These things are poisonous. Your skin is the largest organ in the body. Whatever you put on your skin goes into your body. I can’t preach this enough. If you can’t eat it, then don’t apply it to your skin. I understand this might not be 100% doable but every little bit helps your body. Everyday we are exposed to a huge number of chemical toxins without our own doing. It’s in our water, the pollution in our air, the insecticides and herbicides that are is sprayed on our food and the chemicals that are spray on our lawns.
Environmental chemicals and toxins, pesticides, BPA, thyroid endocrine disruptors, iodine imbalance, other medications, fluoride, overuse of soy products, cigarette smoking, and gluten intolerance. All of these play a very important role in your thyroid health. A nonprofit group called Beyond Pesticides warns that some 60 percent of pesticides used today have been shown to affect the thyroid gland’s production of T3 and T4 hormones. Commercially available insecticides and fungicides have also been involved. Even dental x-rays have been linked to an increased risk of thyroid disorders.
3 tbsp virgin coconut oil
2 tbsp shea butter
3 tbsp baking soda
2 tbsp cornstarch
5 drops essential oil of your choice
Mix baking soda and arrowroot together. Melt your coconut oil & shea butter in the microwave in a microwave-safe bowl. Mix all ingredients (the baking soda and arrowroot powder) with the oil. Pour into clean small mason jar. Add your essential oil to the mason jar; close with the lid. Give it a good shake to combine the essential oil with the other mixture. By doing it this way, you can still use that bowl to eat with. Once you mix that essential oil in the bowl, it can only be used for the purpose of making your deodorant. Everything you’ve used is edible except the essential oils. Let cool.
Natural Peppermint Toothpaste
1/2 cup coconut oil
3 Tablespoons of baking soda
15 drops of peppermint food grade essential oil
Melt to soften the coconut oil. Mix in other ingredients and stir well. Place your mixture into small glass jar. Allow it to cool completely. When ready to use just dip toothbrush in and scrape small amount onto bristles.
** Start making your own all natural Cleaning Supplies.
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Lets talk about doing that right now…
Here are several tips you can start doing today to ACTIVELY avoid these chemicals that are likely interfering with your thyroid function:
1. Stop Touching Receipts
Receipts have Bisphenol-A (a known thyroid blocker) that is absorbed through the skin whenever you touch one. From here on out ask the cashier to put the receipt in the bag.
2. Drink out of Glass Containers/Cups
Avoid plastic containers, Water bottles and Canned foods. These contain BPA and/or Aluminum.
3. Drink Filtered Water Only:
Get a reverse osmosis filter for your home if possible. But remember that ANY filter is better than no filter, so just get something.
4. Avoid Plastic Whenever Possible
This means plastic toys, food stored in plastic, food wrapped in plastic, etc. And never reheat or microwave food stored in plastic (this causes more chemicals to leach out).
5. Say No to Hand-me-Down Plastic Toys
Soft rubber manufactured before 2009 is made with Phthalates (another known thyroid blocker). This would be things like rubber duckies, not hard legos made of plastic.
6. Eat Organic Food and Grass-Fed Meats, if you Tolerate Dairy Make Sure it is Organic or Fermented
Or better yet just ditch the dairy because it’s probably causing inflammation in your body. But at least make sure to buy organic whenever you can.
7. Avoid Fragrance
If you see the word “fragrance” or “parfum” on the label, run the other way. This is code word for Phthalates.
8. Check your Cosmetics for Chemicals
Use the resource Skin Deep by the Environmental Working Group to grade your cosmetics based on how many hidden chemicals they have.
In my book Awareness has Magic, I will teach you have to how to blend oils and natural scents where you can make body butters, lip balms, rose water, body butters, anti-aging facial creams, shampoo’s, detox baths, Vanilla grapefruit linen spray, Kombucha deodorant, toothpastes, non-toxic cleaning recipes and many, many other wonderful things.
Not to mention YOU’LL ALSO LEARN ESSENTIAL OIL BLEND RECIPES.
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Homemade Anti-Aging Face Cream
Makes about ½ cup (lasts about 3 months)
¼ cup almond oil or jojoba oil ( find jojoba oil here)
2 tablespoons coconut oil ( find coconut oil here)
2 tablespoons beeswax ( find beeswax here)
½ teaspoon vitamin E oil ( find vitamin E here)
1 tablespoon shea butter ( find shea butter here)
1/2 teaspoon Maluka honey ( find maluka honey here)
2 drops of organic lemon essential oil ( find lemon essential oil here)
Place all ingredients in a glass jar. Bring a pot filled about 3-4 inches with water to a simmer. Put the jar, without its lid, in the pot, and let it sit there until the ingredients have melted. Stir occasionally. Once the mixture has melted and all is evenly combined, pour it into a small glass jar. Let it sit at room temperature until the cream hardens, close the jar’s lid, and store in a cool place. Apply morning and night after washing.
2.How do you practice self love when your body doesn’t love you back?
Start educating yourself about your disorder.
Practice healthy habits like eating nutrient based foods and exercising regularly
Making time to take care of yourself and do activities you enjoy — whether it’s doing yoga, meditating, gardening, reading a good book, or socializing with friends — this can help relieve stress associated with managing a chronic condition like hypothyroidism.
Practice positive self-talk. Be gentle and encouraging in your thoughts to yourself. Stop the self hatred. There is only one your and love who you are. If there is something about yourself you want to improve then great. Work on that.
Researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that positive thinking can lead to an optimistic outlook on life and has many health benefits, including decreased depression, better psychological and physical well-being, and improved coping skills in tough times.
Join a support group. Surround yourself with people who understand what you’re going through can help you that you are not alone and can help guard against feelings of isolation.
A 30 Day Hypothyroidism Self Love & Advice Challenge That You Can do That Will Actually Work!
3. Fix your gut
Probiotics can help to begin repairing the lining in your gut. This also aids in helping to balance your hormones. if someone has leaky gut syndrome it allows undigested food particles to leak through your gut into your bloodstream and in return creates disease-causing inflammation that will have a impact on your body — especially your thyroid glands where they are very susceptible to inflammation. Did you know that your gut is the largest component of your immune system? It introduces friendly bacteria into your digestive system that helps to keep illness’s at bay and they are rich in live bacteria that help us absorb nutrients along with maintain proper microbiome gut balance. Research has proven that gut health could affect inflammation, allergies and autoimmune disorders in the body as a whole. Around 1,000 different species of bugs live in your gut. Your gut has been linked to contributing to weight loss and for overall improvement of numerous symptoms, including depression, anxiety, brain fog, skin problems, hormonal issues, immune weaknesses, digestive problems, and fatigue.
Gut-Healing Vegetable Broth
- 12 cups filtered water
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 red onion, peeled and cut in half
- 1 garlic bulb smashed
- 1 chilli pepper roughly chopped
- 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger roughly chopped
- 2 cups of watercress
- 3-4 cup mixed chopped vegetables and peelings I used carrot peelings, red cabbage, fresh mushrooms, leeks and celery
- 1/2 cup dried shiitake mushrooms
- 1/4 of a cup dried wakame seaweed
- 1 tbsp peppercorns
- 2 tbsp ground turmeric
- 1 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar
- A bunch of fresh parsley
Simply add everything to a large pot. Bring to a boil then simmer, with the lid on, for about an hour.
Once everything has been cooked down, strain the liquid into a large bowl.
There are different types of probiotics. Some are pills, powders, or capsules that contain billions of live bacteria and will help to replenish your microbiome. Fermented foods are more of a nature type of probiotic. They carry live bacteria plus many other crucial nutrients. Many cultures all around the world has its own recipes for fermented foods.
Garden Of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics Once Daily Women’s, 30 Count
4.Address Food sensitivities
If you allergic to certain foods it is will involve your the immune system. Your know that your immune system controls how your body defends itself. Your body see’s inflammatory foods as invaders and will kick in your autoimmunity responses. For example if you have a food allergy to cow’s milk, your immune system will see cow’s milk as an invader. In-return your immune system overreacts by producing antibodies called Immunoglobulin E (IgE). These antibodies travel to cells that release chemicals, causing an allergic reaction to start fighting for your body. Being tested for food allergies seems to be easiest way to check to see if you have any food allergies so you can start avoiding these foods and help your immune system become strong again.
Avoiding Food Allergens*
Many people are unaware that certain foods are actually working against their bodies. You should see a specialist and be tested to ensure you have no food allergies. Your lymphatic system can also be affected by your gut. If your gut is inflamed and not healed this is taxing on your immune system which in return is taxing on your lymphatic system. Consider adding prebiotics and probiotics to help support gut health along with eating properly and avoiding these common food allergens. In this book, you will find all the recipes have been created and catered around these common food allergens along with being Keto. I’ve taken them out. After 1 month you can slowly add some back in and see how you react. This certainly wasn’t an easy task but one that I am most proud of.
Common food allergens that can contribute to an inflamed gut are:
You can find great inflammation and recipes in my book
5.Start Supporting my Adrenal Glands
Your adrenals produce over 50 hormones that tell almost every bodily function what they need to be doing. These hormones affect every function, organ and tissue in the body. Eating refined foods and sugars will cause a spike in your blood sugar levels, which in return cause the body to release insulin and as a result the adrenal glands will release more cortisol. When your adrenal glands are compromised this puts your body in a catabolic state. Which means your body is breaking down. Since your thyroid glands controls the metabolic activity of the body, it will attempt to slow down the catabolic state by slowing down your metabolism. Many of the foods that I had been eating blocked nutrients from being absorbed such as whole grain bread, beans and tofu/soy products. These foods also created inflammation in my digestive tract. When there is inflammation in the digestive system undigested proteins leak into the blood stream creating a heightened immune reaction that often exacerbates thyroid issues. I had to focus more on eating the most nutrient dense foods possible and find my trigger food sensitivities. lastly, eliminate all processed food, high carbohydrates, gluten, corn, soy and sugar, plan meals around protein and healthy fats then load up my plate with vegetables.
I had to start eating nutrient-dense foods that were easy to digest and have healing qualities such as
- homemade bone broth
- grass fed meats
- pastured meats
- wild game
- pastured organ meats
- natural fats such as coconut oil
- grass fed butter/ghee
- full fat grass fed dairy
- mineral rich Himalayan sea salt
- wild fish
- Cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, etc.) Cooked…. (Limit 2x week)
- Fatty fish (e.g., wild-caught salmon)
- Organic hormone free Chicken and turkey
- Seeds, such as raw pumpkin, chia seeds and flax seeds
- Kelp and seaweed
- Celtic or Himalayan sea salt
- fermented foods
- leafy greens
- Nitrate free bacon
- Nuts, such as walnuts and almonds
- Coconut Flour, Almond Flour , hemp seeds and Chia seeds
- bone broth
6.Reduce your inflammation
Chronic inflammation can spread and have more harmful effects than just one area in your body. Your body can experience things like higher blood pressure , allergies, create autoimmune issues, experience joint pain, cause heart problems, harmful swelling, bone loss, it can lower your iron levels and it just have a negative impact on your entire well-being. Did you know that chronic inflammation can also raise your reverse T3, which means this might be the reason why your hypothyroidism was created in the 1st place. We must get the inflammation under control. Cut out foods like gluten, sugar, refined carbs, fake foods, soy, and vegetable oils and add in fresh whole fruits, healthy fats and fiber. Start creating your own body lotions and cleaning supplies.
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In all honesty, there is no one “best” way to lose weight — what works for you might not work for someone else. Understand that you’re worth more than others perception of you, and that weight is literally just a number. You are so much more than just a illness.
What tests should I have ran for my thyroid?
Basic Thyroid Panel:
1). TSH: for diagnosis of hypopituitary, NOT to diagnose or dose your hypothyroidism (unless it’s high). If you allow a doctor to diagnose or dose you by this lab test and range i.e. to say you are normal simply because it’s in range or below 10…you could still be hypothyroid.
2). Free T4 and Free T3 (note “FREE”–important since it measures what is unbound and available.)
3). Reverse T3: to be done at the same time you do the Free T3. Then calculate your ratio with the results and measurements.
4). Thyroid Antibodies: anti-TPO and TgAb will help diagnosis Hashimotos. You need BOTH, not just one of them. You can add TRAb and TSI for the Graves antibodies–some people have all three.
5). Four iron labs: Ferritin, % Saturation, TIBC and serum iron (sometimes the latter will just say Iron, or total iron). A high ferritin can also point to inflammation. Up to five days off iron supplements is necessary to see what your body is holding onto.
6). Adrenal Cortisol levels: Saliva, NOT blood. Blood is measuring both bound and unbound cortisol and does NOT give results you can go by. You’ll need to be off all cortisol-containing supplements for two weeks before testing.
7). B-12 and Folate
You NEED to have your Vitamins and MINERALS checked.
8). Magnesium and Potassium, plus Calcium, Sodium, Glucose, etc (All the latter are part of the Comprehensive Metabolic Profile–CMP blood test. You can also ask for the RBC (Red Blood Cell) versions of Mag. and Pot, which measures cellular levels. For potassium, make sure the rubber tourniquet is not left on more than 60 seconds, says this study. Also note that the Buccal Mg lab test is finally available and seems to be more correlated to cardiac health than RBC Mg, but is expensive and not always easy to get.) You will want to be off these mineral supplements for several days so you can measure what your body is hanging onto.
9). Vitamin D3 (25-hydroxyvitamin D lab test) and read why you may need another Vitamin D test.
10). Sex hormones: progesterone, estrogen, testosterone, etc. (If you are a woman who is still menstruating, the reproductive hormones should be tested 19 to 21 days past the first day of your last period)
11). MTHFR gene: if you have high levels of mercury, copper, lead, iron or B12 and/or a strong family history of cancer, heart disease, stroke, miscarriages, IBS. 60% of the population has a MTHFR mutation. It will help guide you in your treatment.
PLUS: others your doctor may recommend, including tests for Lyme disease, heavy metals, Candida, food sensitivity, etc.
Ultrasound of the thyroid gland
Our issues are H.A.T. – hormones, adrenals and thyroid. You MUST treat your adrenals before your thyroid meds will work. When one is out of balance, it can throw the others out of balance
For Hashimoto’s disease – Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPOAb), Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TgAb)
For Graves’ disease – Thyroid Receptor Antibodies (TRAb), Thyroid Stimulating Immunoglobulins (TSI)
**If your iron, ferritin, Vit D, Vit B12 are too low, you may have trouble with thyroid hormone replacement. They need to be in optimal ranges for your body to tolerate and utilize thyroid hormone properly.
***Low or high cortisol (adrenal hormone) can present a problem as well. Cortisol levels should be at the highest when you wake in the morning and gradually come down throughout the day, with the lowest level between 10 and midnight. A 8-9am and 4-5pm serum cortisol test is recommended. A 24 hour saliva cortisol test is best. Reproductive hormones also need to be balanced. Low cortisol is a sign of low T3.
10 Monitoring Tests You May Need if You Have Hypothyroidism To keep on top of other aspects of your health, consider talking with your doctor about these 10 tests, most of which use blood or urine samples:
1. Lipid panel. This test looks at the lipids, or fats, in your blood. People with hypothyroidism may have elevated total and LDL cholesterol levels. Total cholesterol, which includes your good HDL cholesterol, should be below 200 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) and LDL cholesterol below 130 mg/dL. If your cholesterol is high when you start thyroid treatment, your doctor might test again after thyroid hormone levels stabilize. “A lot of patients with high cholesterol can have their cholesterol reduced just by treating their thyroid,” says David Borenstein, MD, an integrative medicine physician in private practice at Manhattan Integrative Medicine in New York City.
2. Complete blood count (CBC).“With more severe hypothyroid disease, you are at risk for mild anemia and bleeding problems, and that can have an effect on clotting factors and platelets,” says Dr. Smallridge. A CBC examines five blood components with the following normal ranges:
Red blood cell count: 3.9-5.69 millions per cubic milliliter
Hemoglobin: 12.6-16.1 grams/dL
Hematocrit: 38-47.7 percent
White blood cell count: 3.3-8.7 thousands per cubic milliliter
Platelet count: 147-347 thousands per cubic milliliter
3. Liver enzyme exam. Liver function tests check on the health of this organ. Not only does the liver play a role in the chemical process that develops thyroid hormones, but untreated hypothyroidism can cause problems in liver function over time. Additionally, sometimes people with hypothyroidism also have liver problems that need attention. The results of a liver panel test can’t diagnose a condition, but the pattern of results along with symptoms will help your doctor decide on any next steps. This blood test can look at alanine aminotransferase(ALT), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), bilirubin, albumin, total protein, gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT), lactate dehydrogenase, and prothrombin time.
4. Prolactin test. This hormone stimulates lactation, or breast milk — and people with hypothyroidism often have increased prolactin levels. Normal levels for women who are not pregnant are 0 to 20 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL) and for men,0 to 15 ng/mL. Because galactorrhea (spontaneously producing breast milk)improves with thyroid treatment, your doctor might not test for this unless the problem persists.
5. Vitamin B12 test. Your doctor may test your levels of B12 and other B vitamins because they playa role in managing thyroid hormones, Dr. Borenstein says. B12 deficiency also can be related to anemia. Reference ranges can vary widely. Talk to your doctor about your lab results.
6. Vitamin D check. Early research has shown a correlation between hypothyroidism and vitamin D deficiency. The two conditions could be separate conditions occurring at the same time or contributing to one another — researchers don’t understand the relationship yet. However, your doctor might want to check on your vitamin D levels as well. A 25-hydroxyvitamin D level of 20 nanograms per deciliter or greater is necessary for skeletal health. Some doctors recommend a level of 20-40 nanograms per deciliter, while others recommend 60-70.
7. Sodium test. Sodium (salt)is essential to your body’s management of water or fluids. Normal sodium bloodt est results are 135 to 145 milliequivalents per liter (meq/L), but sodium levels might be lower than normal with hypothyroidism.
8. Magnesium check. People with hypothyroidism and certain other deficiencies might also have too little magnesium, an essential mineral. Normal blood test results are 1.8 to3.0 mg/dL.
9. C-reactive protein (CRP) test. This test measures inflammation in your body. Most people who are not fighting off an infection or living with an inflammatory condition have low levels of CRP. Increasing levels suggest increased inflammation in your body. An integrative medicine specialist might want to address overall inflammation with changes in diet and lifestyle in addition to thyroid treatment.
10. Sleep disorder testing. You also may need sleep testing in addition to lab tests. Sleep apnea and disordered sleep can result from hypothyroidism, says Claudia Cooke, MD, an integrative medicine specialist in private practice in New York City. This is because hypothyroidism can affect the tongue’s mobility, causing it to block breathing at night. A sleep study can help you find out if this is an issue by monitoring your sleep in a sleep lab or at home using portable equipment. This test could be warranted if you’ve had thyroid treatment and your TSH levels are acceptable and stable, yet you wake up tired, feel tired during the day, and your bed partner tells you that you’re snoring considerably.
When you go to the new doc take these with you:
A list of your FAMILY history (Mother, father, grand parents. If you have cousins with Autoimmune Diseases add them to the list)
A list of YOUR medical history
A list of what you are taking currently (take the bottles too)
A list of your symptoms, ALL of them A copy of your labs IF they are recent
A list of what you would like to talk about (that’s so you don’t forget)
A list of tests you would like done.
***** Keep these lists saved in your computer so you can easily update them. I suggest saving them with the DATE in the name of the file.
Call the new physicians office and be SURE they do FT3 before you even go. If they don’t, do not waste your money or co-pay.
I don’t know where to start.”
Hang in there. This wont happen overnight.
I know, there is so much information overload that most people are confused as to where to start. You can start by taking ownership of your health. I wanted you to understand or get a idea of how everything has a part to play in your body. I am on a path to help you, lead you and inform you through this terrible illness. Being diagnosed with hypothyroidism isn’t just here take this pill and it will fix your issues. Hypothyroidism has a root cause. Once you start addressing the root of your problems then your body can start healing itself. Your body is an awesome design but there is a complex balance between everything. It’s a domino affect. If you have something in your body that is overworked it will cause a major shift in your body. Don’t worry the good news is it can be healed.
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