What is The Candida Diet?

As I’ve  discussed in a previous post, Leaky Gut and more specifically, Candida (yeast overgrowth) is very common in thyroid patients. Particularly those of us with autoimmune hypothyroidism (which is around 90%). 

I thought for a long while that once I reached my optimal dosage on thyroid medication, with test results to match, that I would return to the level of health and fitness I had before. But, I didn’t. Even with optimal levels, I still had ongoing fatigue, poor stamina, cystic acne and irregular periods, which suggested that I needed to look at other issues and imbalances within my body.  

And this other major issue was Leaky Gut, in the form of too much yeast.

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Rachel is a Thyroid Patient Advocate and Expert with Six WEGO Award Nominations, a highly ranked writer appearing in the Top Hypothyroidism Websites and Top Thyroid Websites 2018. Currently studying to become a Life Coach, she has worked with The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, The BBC, The Mighty, Dr. Hedberg, Thyroid UK and ThyroidChange, to name just a few. She is well recognised as a trusted and useful contributor to the thyroid community and has relevant qualifications and certificates in Diet and Nutrition, Reflexology, Motivational Speaking and Positive Thinking.

Is Adrenal Fatigue a Real Condition?

I have spoken about adrenal fatigue countless times on my blog, and how, for so many thyroid patients, addressing their adrenal fatigue is a big part of their journey back to good health with hypothyroidism. After all, it is estimated that adrenal fatigue is present in 90% of us with autoimmune hypothyroidism.

The adrenal glands, which sit atop the kidneys, are responsible for producing hormones in relation to stress and the one concerned in adrenal fatigue in cortisol. Adrenal fatigue is a condition whereby the adrenal glands produce too much or too little cortisol, though not to the extent of Cushing’s or Addison’s Disease, but abnormal enough that it causes symptoms and issues all the same.

Adrenal fatigue is a condition not widely recognised by conventional medicine just yet, so time and time again I hear from people doubting its existence. Therefore, I reached out to Dr Kent Holtorf M.D., who is the medical director of the Holtorf Medical Group and the nation-wide Holtorf Medical Group Affiliate Centers, to ask if he would write a guest post debunking some of the myths and misinformation. He is also the founder and director of the National Academy of Hypothyroidism.

Written by Kent Holtorf M.D.

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Rachel is a Thyroid Patient Advocate and Expert with Six WEGO Award Nominations, a highly ranked writer appearing in the Top Hypothyroidism Websites and Top Thyroid Websites 2018. Currently studying to become a Life Coach, she has worked with The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, The BBC, The Mighty, Dr. Hedberg, Thyroid UK and ThyroidChange, to name just a few. She is well recognised as a trusted and useful contributor to the thyroid community and has relevant qualifications and certificates in Diet and Nutrition, Reflexology, Motivational Speaking and Positive Thinking.

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”

Rachel is a Thyroid Patient Advocate and Expert with Six WEGO Award Nominations, a highly ranked writer appearing in the Top Hypothyroidism Websites and Top Thyroid Websites 2018. Currently studying to become a Life Coach, she has worked with The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, The BBC, The Mighty, Dr. Hedberg, Thyroid UK and ThyroidChange, to name just a few. She is well recognised as a trusted and useful contributor to the thyroid community and has relevant qualifications and certificates in Diet and Nutrition, Reflexology, Motivational Speaking and Positive Thinking.

Migraines With Hypothyroidism

I hear from many underactive thyroid/hypothyroidism/Hashimoto’s patients who also experience migraines. Some frequent, some every now and then. 

But what’s the link?

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Rachel is a Thyroid Patient Advocate and Expert with Six WEGO Award Nominations, a highly ranked writer appearing in the Top Hypothyroidism Websites and Top Thyroid Websites 2018. Currently studying to become a Life Coach, she has worked with The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, The BBC, The Mighty, Dr. Hedberg, Thyroid UK and ThyroidChange, to name just a few. She is well recognised as a trusted and useful contributor to the thyroid community and has relevant qualifications and certificates in Diet and Nutrition, Reflexology, Motivational Speaking and Positive Thinking.

World Thyroid Day – 25th May 2018

Every year, the 25th May is recognised as World Thyroid Day. An international day for people to become more aware of what the thyroid gland is and why it’s so important.

It’s also a day to raise awareness of the conditions associated with it, such as hypothyroidism.

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Rachel is a Thyroid Patient Advocate and Expert with Six WEGO Award Nominations, a highly ranked writer appearing in the Top Hypothyroidism Websites and Top Thyroid Websites 2018. Currently studying to become a Life Coach, she has worked with The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, The BBC, The Mighty, Dr. Hedberg, Thyroid UK and ThyroidChange, to name just a few. She is well recognised as a trusted and useful contributor to the thyroid community and has relevant qualifications and certificates in Diet and Nutrition, Reflexology, Motivational Speaking and Positive Thinking.

May 21st – 27th is International Thyroid Awareness Week 2018

International Thyroid Awareness Week 2018 begins on May 21st and continues through to May 27th.

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Rachel is a Thyroid Patient Advocate and Expert with Six WEGO Award Nominations, a highly ranked writer appearing in the Top Hypothyroidism Websites and Top Thyroid Websites 2018. Currently studying to become a Life Coach, she has worked with The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, The BBC, The Mighty, Dr. Hedberg, Thyroid UK and ThyroidChange, to name just a few. She is well recognised as a trusted and useful contributor to the thyroid community and has relevant qualifications and certificates in Diet and Nutrition, Reflexology, Motivational Speaking and Positive Thinking.

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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Rachel is a Thyroid Patient Advocate and Expert with Six WEGO Award Nominations, a highly ranked writer appearing in the Top Hypothyroidism Websites and Top Thyroid Websites 2018. Currently studying to become a Life Coach, she has worked with The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, The BBC, The Mighty, Dr. Hedberg, Thyroid UK and ThyroidChange, to name just a few. She is well recognised as a trusted and useful contributor to the thyroid community and has relevant qualifications and certificates in Diet and Nutrition, Reflexology, Motivational Speaking and Positive Thinking.

Is Your Thyroid Behind Your Acne?

I’ve been very open about my battles with taming acne, over the past couple of years. As a teenager, I didn’t have more pimples than my friends as such, and as a young adult, although I would get a few pimples, it was never an alarming amount. It wasn’t until I decided to come off the combined contraceptive pill in December 2015 after being diagnosed with an underactive thyroid and Hashimoto’s, that my skin started to go crazy.

Unearthing a sex hormone imbalance, a leaky gut and developing gluten sensitivity, I was able to slowly piece together the puzzle in why my skin had broken out so badly. 

Rachel standing in a garden with trees behind her. The sun is breaking out over the top of them and lighting the sky behind her.

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Rachel is a Thyroid Patient Advocate and Expert with Six WEGO Award Nominations, a highly ranked writer appearing in the Top Hypothyroidism Websites and Top Thyroid Websites 2018. Currently studying to become a Life Coach, she has worked with The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, The BBC, The Mighty, Dr. Hedberg, Thyroid UK and ThyroidChange, to name just a few. She is well recognised as a trusted and useful contributor to the thyroid community and has relevant qualifications and certificates in Diet and Nutrition, Reflexology, Motivational Speaking and Positive Thinking.

Is Dieting Making You More Hypothyroid?

Weight gain and fluctuations are a very common symptom of an underactive thyroid or hypothyroidism. However, many patients taking to dieting, i.e. cutting out calories or certain food groups in an attempt to shift pounds, are likely making their hypothyroidism worse.  Continue reading “Is Dieting Making You More Hypothyroid?”

Rachel is a Thyroid Patient Advocate and Expert with Six WEGO Award Nominations, a highly ranked writer appearing in the Top Hypothyroidism Websites and Top Thyroid Websites 2018. Currently studying to become a Life Coach, she has worked with The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, The BBC, The Mighty, Dr. Hedberg, Thyroid UK and ThyroidChange, to name just a few. She is well recognised as a trusted and useful contributor to the thyroid community and has relevant qualifications and certificates in Diet and Nutrition, Reflexology, Motivational Speaking and Positive Thinking.

What Is a Thyroidectomy?

Surgery performed on the thyroid gland is known as a thyroidectomy. This usually involves removing all (a total thyroidectomy) or part (half – a Subtotal/Partial Thyroidectomy or quarter – Thyroid Lobectomy) of the thyroid. A thyroidectomy may be performed as treatment for thyroid cancer, when a goitre or nodule is causing problems or as a form of treatment for hyperthyroidism (it could be after trying radioactive iodine therapy and/or antithyroid drugs, with no success).

A total thyroidectomy is most common, and most commonly performed for thyroid cancer or hyperthyrodism. Continue reading “What Is a Thyroidectomy?”

Rachel is a Thyroid Patient Advocate and Expert with Six WEGO Award Nominations, a highly ranked writer appearing in the Top Hypothyroidism Websites and Top Thyroid Websites 2018. Currently studying to become a Life Coach, she has worked with The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, The BBC, The Mighty, Dr. Hedberg, Thyroid UK and ThyroidChange, to name just a few. She is well recognised as a trusted and useful contributor to the thyroid community and has relevant qualifications and certificates in Diet and Nutrition, Reflexology, Motivational Speaking and Positive Thinking.