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”
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.
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.
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.
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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Before I read about the importance of balancing my blood sugar levels in James Wilson’s book, I used to eat so much sugar and carbs, basing all my meals around carbs and needing sugar a few times a day, as if I was addicted. In fact, sugar has been proven to be addictive.
I would get ‘hangry’ (hungry and angry) when I needed another fix, as my blood sugar would drop after a big spike from the sugar and carbs I was eating a lot of. Other symptoms include headaches, feeling faint and dizzy, feeling hungry again quickly after eating, feeling tired, grouchy and irritable. Until recently, I wasn’t aware that these low blood sugar moments were putting a lot of stress on my adrenals (not helping my adrenal fatigue!) and also likely contributing to my thyroid antibodies.
Since realising that I needed to adjust my diet to allow more protein and less sugar and carbs, my low blood sugar bouts, irritable moods, groggy feeling and slumps are gone. – Except when I have a bad food day and eat lots of sugar.. then it returns and I remember how bad it is! I feel sick, irritable, get a headache and generally just urgh.
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.
An untreated thyroid problem such as not adequately treated hypothyroidism (common for those on T4-only medication, Levothyroxine and Synthroid and not feeling better, unfortunately), can lead to a number of health problems. Understanding your symptoms of hypothyroidism and having regular tests to monitor it, will help to prevent any complications. I’m going to explore some known complications below.
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, more often referred to as just Hashimoto’s, is an autoimmune disease and considered to be the most common cause of Hypothyroidism (that’s around 90% of us), yet thyroid antibodies are often not tested by doctors, who refuse to acknowledge it’s importance.
You may be reading this right now and have no idea that you even have this autoimmune disease, Hashimoto’s. It is estimated that Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis causes 90% of all cases of hypothyroidism.
Hypothyroidism is more often than not caused by an autoimmune disease, and it’s suspected that the large majority, 90%, of those with hypothyroidism have Hashimoto’s as the culprit.