Is Your Thyroid Behind Your Acne?

I’ve been very open about my battles with taming acne, over the past couple of years. As a teenager, I didn’t have more pimples than my friends as such, and as a young adult, although I would get a few pimples, it was never an alarming amount. It wasn’t until I decided to come off the combined contraceptive pill in December 2015 after being diagnosed with an underactive thyroid, that my skin started to go crazy.

Unearthing a sex hormone imbalance, a leaky gut and developing gluten sensitivity, I was able to slowly piece together the puzzle in why my skin had broken out so badly. 

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Some Days You Just Have To Admit Defeat

Although I’m not one who likes to dwell on the negatives or things that I cannot change/have not much control over, sometimes I do have to admit defeat and give in to my health conditions. I prefer to look at how having such chronic illnesses such as hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s and adrenal fatigue have changed me for the better, taught me things or otherwise helped develop me as a person. But today, I just had to admit defeat to them and put off today’s plans until tomorrow.

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International Women’s Day and How Thyroid Disease is a Feminist Issue

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’.

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The Truth Behind Social Media and Chronic Illness

An underactive thyroid. Autoimmune disease. Adrenal dysfunction.

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I Tried a Wake-Up Light to See If It Helped Me with Fatigue on Early Mornings

Since having thyroid and adrenal problems, I’ve found mornings to be the hardest time of day by far. They’re indescribably difficult, although they never used to be, pre-chronic illness days. I was one of those weird kids (and teenagers) who woke up early on weekends and jumped out of bed with energy. I could get going early in the morning without much of an issue, but these days, I wake up feeling low in mood, groggy, foggy-headed, nauseas and generally just bleh. 

So for a while now, I’ve wanted to try a ‘wake-up lamp’ to see if it helps with this. What the hell is a wake-up lamp? you ask. Well.

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General Update #20

It’s been over four months since I last checked in with you on how I’ve been doing with my thyroid health, adrenal health, sex hormones and even mental health, so this one is going to a bit of a long one.

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I Was Interviewed by the BBC About Gigi Hadid but Here’s What We Need to Remember

Today has been a bit manic; waking up late morning due to my current Hashimoto’s flare up, I answered a call from the BBC, wanting to interview me on living with Hashimoto’s. Last night, model Gigi Hadid responded to negative comments concerning her weight fluctuations, which she explained are due to her thyroid condition, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (and I’m assuming hypothyroidism). 

 

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Leaky Gut, Candida and Autoimmune Hypothyroidism

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.  

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My Trip to Frankfurt

Last month, I went to Frankfurt for four days to visit the famous Christmas Market. It was a trip I’d wanted to do for a few years – hearing great things about the huge festivities they have there. But with my health, and especially how I’d done on the holiday to Morocco in the summer, I was understandably a bit concerned about how I’d do on this trip, especially as it was going to be cold and on the warmer holiday, I still experienced ill health.

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