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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Mental Illness Isn’t Black and White

Mental illness isn’t black and white. Sometimes we know what’s led to it, what has flared it up and sometimes we don’t. Sometimes it comes out of nowhere, sometimes we see it coming. It can be a chemical imbalance, a hormonal imbalance or even situational. But it’s never straightforward.

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The Issue of Fertility with Hypothyroidism

Thyroid function and fertility are closely linked. Abnormal thyroid levels can lead to miscarriage, pre-eclampsia, anaemia, stillbirth and the baby developing congenital hypothyroidism itself, yet many doctors don’t think to check thyroid hormone levels.  Continue reading “The Issue of Fertility with Hypothyroidism”

Series: My Acne. Entry 6: Update on My Acne and Sex Hormone Imbalance, Six Months Gluten Free

It’s now been six full months since I decided to go gluten free again and my skin/acne has recovered so well.  Continue reading “Series: My Acne. Entry 6: Update on My Acne and Sex Hormone Imbalance, Six Months Gluten Free”

Book Review of: The Hormone Cure by Sara Gottfried, MD

Dr. Sara Gottfried’s The Hormone Cure looks at her hormone-balancing programme for issues such as sex hormone imbalance, adrenal fatigue and thyroid issues. With a handy questionnaire to help you determine whether you have one or even several of these hormonal issues, this book is easy to digest and down to Earth. 

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FOR SALE: Endocrine System

FOR SALE/FOR FREE:

Does anyone want an endocrine system?

Free to a good home, this endocrine system comes complete with thyroid and adrenal glands that need some TLC. They’re not perfect, heck, they’re expensive to maintain and are a pain in the arse. They’ll give you lots to keep you busy including having to research their problems often online and in books, buying lots of supplements and self-testing and come complete with a full set of symptoms including: fatigue, brain fog, anxiety, aches and pains and hormonal imbalances of every kind.

I don’t want any money for them necessarily as I’d just be happy to do a straight swap with someone who has a healthy endocrine system, or just get rid of them altogether. 

I’m also throwing in an autoimmune disease for free.

Contact me for details! 

Series: My Acne. Entry 3: One Month into Going Gluten Free (Again!)

So I went gluten free on 12th September, meaning it’s been a month now, and I’m already seeing some positive changes.  Continue reading “Series: My Acne. Entry 3: One Month into Going Gluten Free (Again!)”

Where Can I Order My Own Tests?

Your doctor may not run all the thyroid tests you want – you want to make sure that TSH, Free T3 and Free T4 are done at the very least. Most patients benefit from being highly involved in their thyroid care and treatment, which is where self-testing and the ability to order your own tests can be critical tools for empowering a patient.

I have compiled the below list of places to order your own tests from. It’s legal for you to do so. Most tests require blood, but saliva is highly recommended to test cortisol (a 24 hour, 4 point saliva test should be completed for cortisol/adrenals).12063615_10209343858020577_4075257906833691094_n

I do not endorse any of these labs, nor do I have experience using most of them. This list has been compiled from thyroid patients who have told me where they order their own tests from.

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10 Things You Shouldn’t Say to Someone with an Underactive Thyroid

There are some things you just shouldn’t say to hypothyroid patients. Those of us with an underactive thyroid have a hard time already, trying to cope with managing the condition. We really dislike hearing any of the below annoying, frustrating and hurtful comments.  Continue reading “10 Things You Shouldn’t Say to Someone with an Underactive Thyroid”

How Do You Treat Hashimoto’s?

Patients with Hashimoto’s, which by the way is approximately 90% of all Hypothyroid patients, tend to have the regular load of hypo symptoms, but also tend to have things like acid reflux, brain fog, a leaky gut, nutrient deficiencies, anaemia/low iron, food allergies/sensitivies and adrenal fatigue as well.

You can find out if you have Hashimoto’s by completing two blood tests: TPOAB and TGAB. If they are over the range, you can assume your autoimmune culprit for your hypothyroidism is Hashimoto’s. More info about Hashimoto’s can be found here

In this post, I’m going to cover ways in which you can treat, manage and help your Hashimoto’s and its symptoms. There is no cure for Hashimoto’s, but it can be put in to remission; basically, antibodies lowered and kept more under control and better managed. 

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