The Most Common Low Vitamin Levels with Hypothyroidism

There are certain low vitamin levels that are common in existing alongside hypothyroidism, especially autoimmune hypothyroidism, as it can be tied in to gut health and how well you absorb certain vitamins and nutrients. Problems with intestinal permeability can lead to numerous deficiencies.

Below are the most common vitamin deficiencies that I suggest you check out if you’re still feeling unwell. You can also find a list of recommended supplements here, but please do not supplement unless you’ve confirmed low/deficient levels.  Continue reading “The Most Common Low Vitamin Levels with Hypothyroidism”

Starting Thyroid Medication: How Long Will It Take Me to Feel Well Again?

Receiving a diagnosis for hypothyroidism, an underactive thyroid, Hashimoto’s, subclinical/borderline hypothyroidism or thyroid disease in the form of low thyroid, can create a whole mix of emotions. 

As well as feeling relieved that you finally have an answer for why you’ve been feeling so unwell, patients often report that they feel impatient about waiting for their thyroid medication to ‘kick in’. 

So, how long after starting thyroid hormone replacement medication, will it take for you to get back to how well you used to feel?

(For those of you reading this who have been on medication for a while and are shouting at the screen “Never!”, please read to the end of this article)

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What Happens If You Stop Taking Your Thyroid Medication

It’s a question that’s been asked many times on my Facebook group:

What happens if you stop taking your thyroid medication?

For one reason or another, you might be wondering if you can get by without it. Perhaps you don’t feel any better on it, perhaps you feel worse or it gives you some side effects. It could be expensive for you to maintain or you might not be keen on taking any pills for whatever reason.

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Hair Loss and Hypothyroidism

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”

How I Lost The Weight I Gained From Hypothyroidism

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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/hypothyroidism, along with many others. Continue reading “How I Lost The Weight I Gained From Hypothyroidism”

General Update #8

Well, I thought an update on my general thyroid and related health was needed! 

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What Can We Do to Change How Hypothyroidism Is Perceived?

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?”

An Update on My Vitamin C Search

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.

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Acid Reflux, Low Stomach Acid and Hypothyroidism

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/hypothyroidism/Hashimoto’s. Continue reading “Acid Reflux, Low Stomach Acid and Hypothyroidism”

What Supplements Should I Take For My Thyroid?

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. 

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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. 

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