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Some of the questions you’ve likely wondered since being diagnosed with hypothyroidism and/or Hashimoto’s:
- Should I go gluten-free?
- Should I try NDT?
- Should I try the Paleo diet?
- Should I find another doctor?
- Should I supplement Vitamin D, B or C?
- Should I try Selenium?
- Should I try a functional practitioner?
- Should I ask my doctor to increase my thyroid medication?
Do your research, absorb the information and decide what is best for you. Give things a go, work out what works and don’t compare yourself to others. We’re all different.
The amount of information out there can be overwhelming. Once you start digging in to thyroid research, books, articles and patient stories, you find this never-ending stream of information.
And while this can be great (it’s what gets a lot of us better in fact), it can be confusing.
You can feel like unless you follow all advice given, that you’ll never be well again.
Is This true? We’re All Individual!
I share all sorts of information I find and learn about, on this blog, in my book and in my online thyroid courses, but it doesn’t mean I necessarily adhere to it all myself, because we’re all individual.
I share whatever I learn and what I think others will also benefit from knowing. What works for one, might not work for another.
I’ll try most things, though.
NDT medication definitely saved my life, but for things like cutting out fluoride, when it’s in my water supply, most bottled water, toothpastes, etc. even though it is a toxin that can affect thyroid hormone conversion, it’s not something I’ve personally decided to take on. But I’m still feeling pretty darn good despite this. Could it be affecting me and I don’t know? Sure. Could it affect me over time or in the future? Sure. But, to me, life is for living, too and there’s a balance to be had.
If I worried too much and implemented every single recommended thing in every thyroid book, article, study, podcast and more, I’d be miserable.
Completely avoiding all the many chemicals we’re told to, that are in non-organic food, water, make up, bath products, hand washes etc. for the sake of my endocrine health, as well as avoiding many types of food (gluten, grains, corn, dairy, eggs), alcohol… I’d be miserable!
Can you imagine how difficult I’d be to buy presents for?! How hard (and expensive) it would be avoiding all of that every single day forever? Everything would have to be organic and completely free of anything unnatural. Can you imagine ever eating out or round someone else’s house?
I hold my hands up to anyone who does do all of this.
Whenever I consider a new lifestyle change that could help me, I start to weigh up whether the stress of managing all of things I’m juggling is really worth how much benefit it gives me in the end.
I am in brilliant thyroid health right now and I haven’t implemented everything I’ve read. I’ve done a lot: I’ve gone gluten-free, I take supplements, switched to NDT, maintain optimal thyroid levels, lowered stress levels, eat healthily, lowered my high cortisol etc. but I haven’t done everything I ‘should’. And I still feel great. (Read all the things I’ve done in great detail, which has my Hashimoto’s in remission, in my book.)
Why? Because we’re all different.
Trial and error what works for you and what helps you. Get the balance right. Give things a go and see what helps you. The information is out there, now it’s up to you what you do with it.
Stress is a huge thing for me. I know I’m easily stressed which in turn causes extra adrenal and thyroid problems, so it’s important for me to minimise stress where possible. I will try most things and implement anything that helps me, but within reason and balance.
It’s up to you to read what is presented to you, and make up your own mind. Gain knowledge, gain power.
You can click on the hyperlinks in the above post to learn more and see references to information given.
The book Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate: When You’re Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired, which builds on this article in detail. Reclaim your thyroid healthy life.
Rachel Hill is the highly ranked and multi-award winning thyroid patient advocate, writer, speaker and author behind The Invisible Hypothyroidism. Her thyroid advocacy work includes authoring books, writing articles, blogging and speaking on podcasts, as well as being a board member for The American College of Thyroidology and The WEGO Health Patient Leader Advisory Board. Rachel has worked with The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, The BBC, The Mighty, Yahoo, MSN, ThyroidChange and many more. She is well-recognised as a useful contributor to the thyroid community and has received multiple awards and recognitions for her work and dedication. She has authored two books: ‘Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate‘ and ‘You, Me and Hypothyroidism‘. Rachel is British, but advocates for thyroid patients on a global scale.