Well, I thought an update on my general thyroid and related health was needed!
I’ve since been exploring naturopathy and spoke with a herbalist this morning who believes she can help me to lower the elevated cortisol I have. She also believes that my worsening skin (horrendous, painful acne), irregular periods and PMT is being caused by low progesterone (oestrogen dominance), which is being caused by my high cortisol.
She said she can definitely help me to fix that, and is eager to see me. I’m going to discuss this with my partner and have a think. I think I’m going to ask the GP to check my sex hormone levels anyway.
I’ve been taking Ashwagandha now for a few weeks and I feel calm enough and am getting to sleep OK, but obviously this needs to be carried on for a few months and then my adrenals need retesting to see if it is actually working.
In terms of my iron issues, as detailed here, I have since started taking Bisglycinate ‘Gentle Iron’, and have had no side effects. I’m going to have my blood test end of next month as originally planned when the doctor put me on Ferrous Fumarate (a different type of iron), to see if these over the counter iron tablets do much.
I’ve also got an update on my Vitamin C search; after trying Garden of Life, Alive! capsules and Alive! powder, I’ve switched to Solgar’s Vitamin C now. It’s high dose which is good, and I can take multiple a day, but it is ascorbic acid, which is kind of controversial, as some sources say that raw food Vitamin C is best, and as you know, I tried raw food and didn’t get on with one brand and the other two I tried were too expensive to maintain long term.
So I’m giving Solgar’s Vitamin C a go – I do like Solgar’s other supplements and they are well rated. A friend who is a nutritionist assured me that there is nothing wrong with ascorbic acid. I’ll see how I get on with them.
I also decided to lower my Vitamin D supplements. After finding my Vitamin D levels low (41, bottom of the ‘normal range’) in January, my endocrinologist and GP said I could safely dose with up to 10,000iu a day, so I have done this for over six months and started to suspect that I needed to drop it again soon.
After having my levels tested, they’re now optimised again, so I have dropped it to 5,000iu a day.
I also bought an at-home blood sugar testing kit, and apart from my blood sugar levels being on the low side of the normal range occasionally, it seems fine and my diet is well-balanced, so I don’t think my blood sugar is necessarily an issue.
I’m having my thyroid levels tested again at the end of this month, so we’ll see if those levels are still optimal. I feel great in terms of my thyroid health.
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