I have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis disease, which is an autoimmune disease where your body attacks your thyroid. Your body creates antibodies towards your thyroid. The more antibodies it creates, the worse off your thyroid is. It’s not a thyroid disease per se, but a organ that is targeted. As your thyroid is targeted and destroyed slowly, you will eventually develop symptoms of hypothyroidism. Some people are prescribed hormone replacement drugs, and others are told to keep checking it since it will be destroyed eventually if you have the signs of hypothyroidism (weight gain, hair loss, cold extremities, loss of outer 1/3 of brow, fatigue). Eventually, if your thyroid keeps becoming destroyed, you might even be told by your doctor to have it eradicated, and be on thyroid hormones for life. Yet there are the few people out there who have mastered how to manage the triggers. This is no different than one with rheumatoid arthritis, who is never really cured, but might notice certain things or foods trigger flare ups. Hashimoto’s is a lot harder to tell what a trigger may be, at least for me personally and in my opinion. Between the research and food reactions, I don’t always have food reactions. But when I eat the offending food daily, over time my symptoms worsen. It’s like a very slow process, and it tricks me. However, some people may have obvious reactions to food, or they may also have celiac disease which is commonly associated with Hashimoto’s. That can be very useful knowledge in mastering and taming the disease.
This was diagnosed after I had my child, so my pregnancy triggered this gene I already had. I had profound changes in myself from before pregnancy to after, including depression, weight gain, extreme fatigue, and oversleeping. I am also cold when everyone else is warm, and mostly my extremities. Hashimotos is most common in women, some kind of psychological or physiological trigger might turn the gene on, and once you have that gene turned on, its on for life. That goes for any autoimmune disease like diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, eczema, etc. You can always manage the disease, but it will never be ‘cured’. I’ve learned that Hashimotos is largely missed by doctors because it is not routinely tested in the so called ‘full thyroid panel’ and that 90% of hypothyroid patients have this autoimmune disorder. The good news is that there are dietary measures you can take to downplay the destruction of your thyroid, and if you work with a healthcare practitioner (could be a ND, DO, chiropractor, or health coach) who is well educated in leaky gut syndrome, (there are some, but few MD’s that could help, look up functional MD’s) you may even come to find out more details about what triggers an autoimmune response in your own body. I am working with a chiropractor who is a functional neurologist, and I will be taking a list of supplements that were specific to my labs as well as doing the repairvite diet for 30 days to begin healing the gut, deinflaming the body, which will in turn balance my hormones and perhaps I could finally lose weight!
One experiment I did earlier this year was I joined Orange Theory Fitness which is an intense one hour session of half cardio and half weight lifting using your heart rate as a measure for exertion. I had spent 6 weeks here and attended 3x week. I was using a foam roller for recovery, branched chain amino acids as well, and was taking Epsom salt baths frequently. I was also doing the Alternate Day Diet which I wrote a blog post earlier about. Three times a week I ate 500 calories in the form of a liquid meal. This intense class combined with this diet left me feeling extremely exhausted, and sore most of the days. I still pushed on. I am very disappointed to report that I lost zero pounds and zero inches. As a matter of fact I ended up gaining 2 pounds at the end of that challenge. How in the world was that possible? This led me to my holistic Dr, a chiropractor/functional neurologist who specializes in Hashimoto’s. He explained to me that everything that was happening to me made sense and with my disease what goes with it is that adrenal fatigue is common, and weight loss will not happen when the body is in this high state of inflammation. The intense exercise kept me in that state of inflammation. The 500 calories 3x a week stressed my body out. It just didn’t work for me, although it may work for some. Makes sense, so how do I fix this?
After drawing some labs and ordering supplements he prescribed after reviewing those labs, he also prescribed the Repairvite leaky gut protocol, which I must start for 30 days, then we could add foods back in one at a time. I am choosing Monday December 21 as my start date. I know its tough with the holidays, but I think I’m tired of feeling bloated and sick already. Knowing how difficult this is going to be, I purchased this book:
I’m going to need all the help I can get! Whatever way you need to stay on track, exhaust all avenues! Meditation, journaling, and hypnosis are other great ideas to help keep you on track. These are all forms of self care. If you can feed and take care of your spiritual self, it is easier to take care of your physical self in the face of temptation. I’m not saying temptation free, but helpful, and easier.
Repairvite Diet Protocol on next blog post!
This information should not replace your healthcare practitioner’s advice!