Through my research, I’ve discovered that there is more to Hashimoto’s than just the thyroid.
Most patients with Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism will have acid reflux, nutrient deficiencies, anemia, leaky gut, food allergies and adrenal insufficiency. Symptoms of impaired digestion/absorption, anxiety, chronic fatigue and chemical/environmental allergies may be seen as well.
Hashimoto’s is a complicated condition with many layers that need to be unraveled. While conventional medicine only looks at each body system as a separate category, and is only concerned with the thyroid’s ability to produce thyroid hormone, Hashimoto’s is more than just hypothyroidism.
It took me three years to figure out the lifestyle interventions for Hashimoto’s and Hypothyroidism. The website, blog, and Facebook is a great place to begin.
HOW DO YOU FIND THE ROOT CAUSE OF YOUR CONDITION?
You have to DIG AT IT.
You start with the simplest modifications, by removing triggers, followed by repairing the other broken systems to restore equilibrium, allowing the body to rebuild itself. You will dig down to why the immune system is imbalanced in the first place and this will tell you how you begin to finally feel better, reduce your thyroid antibodies and even take your condition into remission.
You will have to create your own health timeline. Look back at your overall history as far back as you can remember. Look for infections, periods of severe stress, the use of medications (especially antibiotics, antacids, and oral contraceptives), accidents, and exposure to toxins. These are events that may have contributed to Hashimoto’s. Once you do, you will know what types of changes you need to implement to make yourself feel better.
SIX STEPS TO BREAKING THE VICIOUS CYCLE IN HASHIMOTO’S
Step 1: Correct Diagnosis
Getting the right diagnosis is the first step to getting your life back. Our aim is to help you understand your diagnosis and the implications associated with autoimmune thyroiditis so that you can be empowered to fight back effectively.
Step 2: Medication Management
Thyroid hormones affect every organ, tissue and cell in the body. Appropriate medication management will allow you to recover from the effects of hypothyroidism, giving you the energy, vitality and support to continue working on optimizing your health.
Step 3: Food Pharmacology
Optimizing your health starts with food. Figuring out which foods nourish you, and which ones cause you harm is the single most important thing you can learn in your health journey.
Step 4: Balancing your Adrenals
The adrenals are the glands that secrete our stress hormones. Excessive stress turns off the body’s ability to heal and wreaks havoc on our hormones. When you support your adrenals, your body will reward you.
Step 5: Healing Your Gut
Your gut is home to your immune system. When you heal and balance your gut function, you immune system recovers as well. Hippocrates said: “All disease begins in the gut”.
Step 6: Removing Toxins
Toxins can trigger autoimmune disease. Reducing your toxic burden allows the body to heal itself.
Knowing what you need to do is one important piece of the puzzle, implementing is yet another big piece. Sometimes things feel overwhelming when a multitude of systems seems to be broken. I wasn’t sure what I should do when I first started my health journey, and I get the same questions from many of you… “So many changes to make, so many symptoms, where do I start”.
Pace yourself. This is a marathon not a race. It likely took you many years to get to the current health you are in, and it will take you some time to straighten your body out. I recently learned that naturopaths will say that it will take 1-2 months of healing for every month a person was sick. This sounds about right to me.
Lifestyle interventions do work, but not as quickly as medications.This is why I always recommend optimizing your medications as the first step after getting a correct diagnosis.
Through much trial and error, I have found that this particular order works best for getting your ducks in a row. For example, some people have been drawn to detox as a first step since they have many symptoms of toxicity in the body, however, when their gut function is impaired their detox pathways won’t work as well. We often find that straightening out the diet will relieve many of the toxic symptoms. Thus, in terms of lifestyle change, we start with food. I know it seems scary, but give it a chance.
I wish you the best of luck in your healing journey!