The Winter and Your Thyroid

The weather is getting colder and so you may be wondering what you can do to help, since you have hypothyroidism. 

I’ve put together some information on keeping warm and looking after your thyroid health this winter.

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Series: GU. Entry: 2. A General Update on My Thyroid, Adrenal, Sex Hormone, Acne, Mental and-Everything-Else Health

It’s been almost three months since my last general update but it feels like just a month in my time. It’s been a very up and down time indeed. 

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Are You Over Exercising and Damaging Your Thyroid?

Whilst exercising is well known to be beneficial and in fact crucial for good health, there is such a thing as over exercising.

Could you be pushing your body too far and causing more harm than good?

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The Power of Epsom Salts

You’ve probably heard about them before and wondered “What on Earth is that?!” 

Epsom salt usage is becoming increasingly popular, and there’s good reason why. I myself use Epsom salts once or twice a week in a bath, and as and when I feel I need it in a foot soak, too.

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Hair Loss and Hypothyroidism

Losing your hair can be very upsetting. It’s not just vanity, but it also contributes to your identity. I’m going to cover the many possible causes and treatments for hair loss.  Continue reading “Hair Loss and Hypothyroidism”

Hypothyroid Patient Checklist

On thyroid medication and still feel rubbish? Wondering if there’s anything else you should try/investigate to see if it would help how you feel? 

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Series: My AF. Entry 8: An Update on My Adrenal Fatigue and Underactive Thyroid (8 months on NDT)

Well, I thought an update on my general thyroid and related health was needed! 

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Book Review of: Why Do I STILL Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests Are Normal.. by Datis Kharrazian, DHSc, DC, MS

 This book explores more in-depth, what could be causing your underactive thyroid, namely Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, and what has led to it. Dr Kharrazian particularly focuses on how diet and lifestyle changes could potentially reverse your condition so you no longer need thyroid medication. IMG_5922

This is a popular thyroid book.

I’ll reference back to this book and what I’ve learnt from it throughout my blog posts.

I bought this book last winter and have only just gotten round to finishing it. I’d started a few books and this one was put on the back burner whilst I finished those.

Although very scientific at times, this book is eye-opening and explores what could have started or contributed to your hypothyroidism and/or autoimmune disease Hashimoto’s, and what you could do to reverse this, so that you no longer need thyroid medication.

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Caffeine and Your Thyroid

If you have thyroid issues (especially Hashimoto’s), adrenal fatigue, insomnia or trouble sleeping, anxiety etc. it’s important to be aware of the impact of coffee on your thyroid and thyroid medications.  Continue reading “Caffeine and Your Thyroid”

Series: My AF. Entry 7: Well.. That Didn’t Go as I Thought: An Update on My Adrenal Fatigue and Underactive Thyroid

After finding out I had adrenal fatigue in the form of high cortisol all day, back in January, I worked on lowering this. I took Seriphos, among many other vitamins and supplements, I implemented a stricter bedtime schedule and diet and have been dealing with stress a lot better/constructively.

I’ve come on in leaps and bounds with how I feel, and I saw it in my thyroid blood tests too, when my pooling Free T3, came down to normal levels. I’ve been symptom free and living without any interference from my thyroid and adrenals for a while.

So when I got my latest adrenal stress test results today, I was devastated to see that my cortisol had not come down. It’s actually kind of got worse.

In January, I had elevated cortisol at all four tested points of the day. For my June readings, I show elevated cortisol three times of the day, with the other one now optimal (good). But the elevated ones have got worse. They’re ‘more elevated’. I just don’t understand it! I feel so much better and I’m sleeping better. Confused is an understatement.

I think I could have blood sugar imbalances, after reading about it in Dr Datis Kharrazian’s book, and I think I might get hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) when I eat refined carbs and sugar. My diet for the most part these days is good, but I want to rule out low blood sugar, still. When you have low blood sugar, the adrenal glands produce extra cortisol, so I need to check if this is what’s causing it, and if not, well, then I can tick it off. So, I’ve ordered an at-home blood sugar testing kit. 12418071_10209343858540590_183329346683076889_n

I also had some more bloods taken last week and it found my MCH (Mean corpuscular hemoglobin) is below the ‘normal range’, and my ferritin is also low in range at 47. Sources like STTM recommend it being 70-90 for optimal iron levels. So my doctor has given me some iron tablets to see if they help.

After returning to two NDT tablets a day for my thyroid, my full thyroid panel reads well and I’ve been feeling good, so my thyroid seems under control for now.

Just these darn adrenals!

I knew it was too soon to say I was feeling completely better! Well, I guess I am feeling completely better, it’s just that the high cortisol is still concerning as long term, if it stays elevated, it could progress in to combined and then low cortisol which isn’t good. So I need to catch this in the bud. I’m also going to start Ashwagandha which is an adaptogen. These help even out your cortisol levels, so lower high and raise low. STTM have more info here. I have some Holy Basil and Seriphos left but I’m going to try Ashwagandha alone for now.

The bottle says to take 2-4 a day for at least three months, so I’m going to take 3 a day, 1 at each high cortisol reading I have. Then retest my cortisol levels.

These are the ones I got from Amazon – ORGANIC INDIA Ashwagandha Herbal Supplement Veg Capsules, Healthy Stress Response- 60 Capsules

I’ve been reading that low blood sugar can cause high cortisol and vice versa, plus high cortisol and low blood sugar can cause high blood pressure. And back in May my BP was still a bit too high. My GP says low blood sugar causing high cortisol is possible, so encouraged me to monitor my blood sugar levels at home and make adjustments where necessary.

Sigh. Round two, commence.

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