Last year I went through a rough patch of exhaustion. I felt completely flat, void of my personality and so soooo tired. I had to force myself out of bed in the morning and struggled all day long.
My thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) was WAY off and I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s, a condition in which your immune system attacks your thyroid gland. Hashimoto’s causes an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) which simply put means my body wasn’t producing enough thyroid hormone. Hardly any at all. And guess what the doctors attribute it to? The severe stress I endured during the heart attack.
I immediately began researching the disease with the hopes of figuring out how I could motivate my gland to start doing its job on its own. In the meantime, I began taking synthetic thyroid in the form of a common little pill called Synthroid. I take it right after I open my eyes in the morning because they say it’s best to take on an empty stomach. In addition to that, I met with a nutritionist and a holistic doctor to learn how to better my lifestyle in effort to help my thyroid. Here are the changes I’ve made:
Selenium (in the form of 2 Brazil nuts a day)
Selenium helps remove thyroid-harming substances and supports normal thyroid structure.
A daily probiotic (like cocobiotic)
20% of thyroid function depends on a sufficient supply of healthy gut bacteria; a probiotic helps with that. I take this on an empty stomach in the morning to get the most benefits.
Vitamin D (I like this dropper)
Vitamin D is a critical regulator of your immune system and research has already established that Vitamin D deficiency is highly associated with other autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto’s.
The enzymes in iodine are essential for the activation of thyroid hormones. I get it in the form of seaweed, seafood, eggs, asparagus, lima beans, mushrooms, spinach, sesame seeds, summer squash, Swiss chard, and/or garlic.
Protein transports thyroid hormone to all your tissues and eating more of it can help normalize thyroid function.
Exercise is a natural and extremely effective way to combat stress and can help stimulate the secretion of thyroid hormones.
The molecular composition of thyroid tissue is almost identical to that of gluten. So for those with Hashimoto’s, it’s a case of mistaken identity. Eating gluten can increase the autoimmune attack on your thyroid.
Raw cruciferous veggies like cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts, kale and cabbage
They contain natural chemicals called goitrogens (goiter producers) that can interfere with thyroid hormone synthesis.
Also a goitrogen (see above).
Toxins like BPA, fluoride, and pesticides
These can have a detrimental effect on the thyroidum thyroid.
If I’m getting an x-ray I ask for a radiation collar and when on a plane, protect my neck. Apparently radiation can weaken the gland.
Stress is actually a hormone response that may negatively impact thyroid function so I upped my meditating, downtime, etc. Major key!
I was diagnosed ten months ago and have since gotten my thyroid to a healthy place but it’s something I’m constantly working on. I have blood tests every month and while I take synthorid, I continue searching for natural remedies. If any of you have thyroid issues I would love to hear about how you treat your condition. Please share in the comments? And if anyone has tried thyroid neck yoga, please spill!