For many autoimmune hypothyroid patients (around 90% of us with an underactive thyroid), following a gluten free diet and lifestyle is key to helping them feel better and manage their condition more effectively.
But what happens if you’re ‘glutened’ by mistake?
Continue reading “What to Do After Being ‘Glutened’”
The 8th March marks International Women’s Day, commemorating the movement for women’s rights.
I’d also like to touch on the fact that Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s affects a lot more women than men (7-15 times more women), but sadly a lot of women, when they go to the doctor complaining of tiredness, depression, brain fog, memory problems, weight gain etc. are made to feel as if they are hypochondriacs.
I myself and many other women have been made to feel as if we’re making it all up or are brushed off with “Well this is all normal for a woman your age”, “It’s all in your head”, “Just eat less and move more”, which is utterly wrong and disgusting.
Middle aged women are especially likely to be told that it’s all normal for someone their age, even, and then sent back out the door with nothing more. As someone who had symptoms since my teen years, I also experienced difficulties in getting diagnosed and being listened to, as doctor’s felt that I was too young to really be experiencing all the symptoms I said I was (muscle cramps, heavy fatigue, poor stamina, irregular periods, depression, anxiety, acid reflux, brittle nails, aches and pains). I was told that it was ‘all in my head’.
It wasn’t. Continue reading “International Women’s Day and How Thyroid Disease is a Feminist Issue”
As well as getting the correct type of thyroid medication for you and the optimal dosage, it’s also important to address other factors that can be contributing to you feeling unwell. Even on thyroid medication and at an optimal dosage.
I thought for a long while that once I reached my optimal dosage on NDT, with lab results to match, that I would return to the level of health and fitness that I had before. But, I didn’t. Even with optimal levels, I still had ongoing fatigue, poor stamina, cystic acne, irregular periods etc. which suggested that I needed to look at other issues and imbalances within my body.
Continue reading “Leaky Gut, Candida and Autoimmune Hypothyroidism”
January is Thyroid Awareness Month, a whole month dedicated to raising awareness about that little butterfly shaped gland in your neck, which is responsible for SO much. Continue reading “Thyroid Awareness Month (2018)”
I’ve already written some tips about travelling abroad with hypothyroidism, but I still get asked the same question often: “If I was questioned about my NDT at the airport, could they take it off me?”
Going on holiday with unconventional medicine can be anxiety inducing, especially if you’re one of the many thyroid patients who self-source their NDT or T3 thyroid medication. Continue reading “Thyroid Patients Who Self-Source: Asking Your Doctor for a Letter of Medical Necessity”
Having a hypothyroid patient on your Christmas shopping list can seem daunting, especially if they follow specific diets or avoid certain chemicals, to help manage their condition/s.
So here I am with a list of ideas for present buying this Christmas season. I hope you find it useful!
(Pssst! If you’re a thyroid patient, you may want to pass this on to your friends and family!)
Continue reading “Christmas Gift Ideas for Hypothyroid Patients”
As well as thyroid hormones, many other hormones are also part of the endocrine system, which all work in a delicate balance with one another. They regulate body temperature, metabolism, energy and reproduction and many thyroid patients are learning that they actually have more at play than just thyroid issues. They also have something called Oestrogen Dominance.
Continue reading “Oestrogen Dominance and Hypothyroidism”
How difficult can it be, right? You just swallow your thyroid medication with water and that’s that.
Advice on how to take your medication, whether given by doctors, pharmacists or even on medication box leaflets, can be confusing and contradicting. Let’s explore various factors that can influence our thyroid medication and how best to take it, so that you’re getting the most out of it as possible.
Continue reading “Are You Taking Your Thyroid Medication Properly?”
As a thyroid patient, there are a few different types of doctors you may see for your condition. Some can be more useful in addressing different areas of the condition than others and different patients find different success with different types of doctors. You may have tried a few of these already, but I’m going to sum up what each one is, how they look at hypothyroidism and why they may be helpful to you.
Continue reading “Types of Medical Practitioners You May See as a Thyroid Patient”
We often see infographics and articles shared around the internet about foods that we should avoid when we have hypothyroidism, such as goitrogens, soy and gluten, but what about foods that are good for us?
Give us the list of stuff we can eat without feeling guilty!
Continue reading “Good Foods for an Underactive Thyroid”