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”
Weight gain. It’s the first symptom people who don’t have hypothyroidism, think of when they hear the term ‘thyroid problem’. It’s often one of the most upsetting symptoms and side effects of poor thyroid function and/or medication, that thyroid patients put up with.
Thyroid disease is often used as a joke or a scapegoat for weight gain. People throw it around, and as such, it’s not taken very seriously.
Many people think it’s just an excuse for being overweight.
But weight gain is a legitimate symptom of an underactive thyroid, along with many others. Continue reading “How I Lost The Weight I Gained From an Underactive Thyroid”
Well, I thought an update on my general thyroid and related health was needed!
What Can We Do to Change How Hypothyroidism Is Perceived?
Isn’t that a question. I’ve made it no secret that as hypothyroid patients, we often feel put down, not listened to and belittled. So what should we do to change that? Continue reading “What Can We Do to Change How Hypothyroidism Is Perceived?”
Following on from my experience of painful urination using Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw Vitamin C, I decided to try Alive!
I’ve been using the Alive! C capsules for a few weeks now, and I’m sure it’s having a positive effect.
Stomach acid is needed in the body to break down food and get rid of bad bacteria. It is made as and when you eat, but many hypothyroid patients have low stomach acid, which leads to GORD, GERD, acid reflux, heartburn, indigestion, acid regurgitation, difficulty swallowing, chest pain/discomfort, cough and even hoarseness.
Research has found that the older your body gets, the lower your levels of stomach acid can become, but many hypothyroid patients are surprised to learn that their acid reflux can be related to a poorly treated underactive thyroid. Continue reading “Acid Reflux, Low Stomach Acid and Hypothyroidism”
There are certain supplements that support thyroid function and maintaining optimal levels. It’s important to consider other possible problems, so not just your thyroid, such as low vitamin levels and other health conditions that can cause symptoms similar to hypothyroidism.
Supplementing may help with symptoms.
I would always recommend consulting your doctor, pharmacist, a medical professional etc. before making any changes to your health regime. It can be dangerous if you take supplements and already have high/sufficient levels.
If you’re gluten or dairy free, or have any other restrictions, do also always check that all supplements you take are free of the substance, too.
Most vitamins can be tested via doctors’ tests to learn your levels.
I was a stable 63kg for years until I became full-blown hypothyroid and went on Levothyroxine, which is when I gained 12.5kg, two stone, in five to six months.
I was already eating well and had quite a healthy lifestyle, but it was switching thyroid medication from Levo to NDT, that corrected my thyroid hormone levels, and kick started my weight loss of that 2 stone.
Obviously having the optimal levels of a TSH below 2, a Free T3 in the top quarter of the range and a Free T4 mid-range or a bit higher, which ensures your metabolism is then working as correctly as possible, is important, as well as Reverse T3. Then low vitamin/nutrient levels need addressing, so supplementing things like Vitamin C, D, Iron, Selenium, Zinc can also help.
And don’t even get me started on adrenal fatigue.
Once you have those in place, you should start to see some results, given that you are sticking to a healthy diet and moving enough. The average woman needs to consume 2000 net calories a day to maintain her weight, but this differs, depending on your age and height. For me, its around 1900 to maintain my weight, and 1500 to lose 1-2 pounds a week.
An app like My Fitness Pal is handy in helping you work out how many calories you should be consuming for weight loss. It also helps you track what you’ve eaten so you’re not over-eating.
With those basics, here are some more tips I have found to be helpful. Some are already well-known and some I’ve learnt myself.
I do want to just say though, that I don’t advocate for people to be stressing over weight loss, especially when you’ve gained it through ill health etc. Usually, it will come off when you’re healthier and happier and of its own accord, but sometimes we do need to take control ourselves. Just remember that you are worth more than your weight or a number.
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.