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What is The Best Diet for Hypothyroidism?

One of the most common questions I am asked is:

What is The Best Diet for Hypothyroidism?

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Many people with hypothyroidism and often also Hashimoto’s are keen to know whether a change in their diet could yield reduced symptoms of fatigue, joint pain and indigestion, among many others.

It’s worth noting that I personally choose to avoid focusing on chasing weight loss as a thyroid advocate, so when I use the word ‘diet’, I am referring to the food that makes up what we eat day to day, and not a weight loss diet.

A result, I do not discuss or promote diets such as the ketogenic diet which is a low-carb, moderate protein, higher-fat diet designed to help you burn fat. I discuss dietary changes in regards to improving your health with hypothyroidism (that is, reducing thyroid symptoms and improving your quality of life).

Now, first and foremost, I have to make it clear that there is no magical diet that’s going to cure your hypothyroidism, no matter what you read online. 

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Chronically Healing Podcast Episode

I have another podcast feature to share…

Talking on the Chronically Healing Podcast, it covers:
  • Dogma in chronic illness and specifically, Hashimotos
  • How to be your best advocate and listening to our body’s whispers (before it starts to scream)
  • How to care for ourselves as an HSP with thyroid issues
  • Blood work isn’t the only thing we have to pay attention to with Hashimoto’s
  • Movement and food – why “calories in, calories out” isn’t successful for those with thyroid issues and not all movement is created equal

Rachel Hill on Chronically Healing Podcast

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An Open Letter to Mothers with Hypothyroidism on Mother’s Day

Originally published on 31st March 2018

Last updated on 27th March 2022

To the mother with hypothyroidism this Mother’s Day,

I know at times you feel tired, achy, frustrated and strained. You push yourself each and every day to keep on going, keep on raising your family with love and kindness despite your own body fighting against you.

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Thyroid Medication Options

Originally published on 24th March 2016 

Last updated on 22nd March 2022

Did you know that there are multiple medication options for hypothyroidism? 

Are you on the right one for you?

Could a change in medication change your life?

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The First Trimester: My Pregnancy on Armour and Levothyroxine

This set of blogs cover my second pregnancy. To read the blogs about my first pregnancy, please click here. The biggest difference is that I was on NDT (Armour) alone for my first pregnancy. I am on a combination of Armour and Levothyroxine for my second pregnancy.

Going through a pregnancy with Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism and being on unconventional medication for this (a combination of Armour NDT and Levothyroxine) definitely presented some extra questions and challenges.

However, with this being my second pregnancy, I was more confident in that I could indeed have a healthy pregnancy and baby at the end of it all. I knew what bumps we may come up against, based on my first pregnancy experience, and was overall less anxious about navigating pregnancy with Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s and on privately prescribed Armour and Levothyroxine.

Just like last time, I wanted to blog about my experiences of going through a ‘thyroid pregnancy’ to give an insight in to how my thyroid medication worked for me during this time, but also as to how medical professionals managed me and what the overall experience was like.

Read about my first pregnancy here.

 Related Article: Were My Thyroid Pregnancies What I Expected?

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What Happens If You Stop Taking Your Thyroid Medication

Originally published on 7th February 2017 

Last updated on 22nd March 2022

It’s a question that’s been asked many times:

What happens if you stop taking your thyroid medication?

For one reason or another, you might be wondering if you can get by without it. Perhaps you don’t feel any better on it, perhaps you feel worse or that it gives you some side effects. It could be expensive for you to maintain or you might not be keen on taking any pills for whatever reason.

You may even be wondering how long can I go without thyroid medication?

I’m often asked:

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Book Review: An Unexpected Outcome: The Heel Prick Test by Penny Walter

This is the first children’s book I have reviewed and it’s a rather special one.

An Unexpected Outcome - Children's Thyroid Book

Written for children born with congenital hypothyroidism, it explains what it means to have this diagnosis.

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International Women’s Day and How Thyroid Disease is a Feminist Issue

Originally published on 8th March 2018

Last updated on 8th March 2022

The 8th March marks International Women’s Day, commemorating the movement for women’s rights. Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s affects a lot more women than men (7-15 times more women), but sadly a lot of women, when they go to the doctor complaining of tiredness, depression, brain fog, memory problems, weight gain etc. are made to feel as if they are hypochondriacs. 

Disbelieved Women

Myself and many other women have been made to feel as if we’re making up our complaints of thyroid symptoms or are brushed off with “Well this is all normal for a woman your age”, “It’s all in your head”, “Just eat less and move more” – all of which are utterly wrong and disgusting. Read my article about medical gaslighting here.

Middle aged women are especially likely to be told that it’s all normal for someone their age and then sent back out the door with nothing more.

As someone who had symptoms since my teen years, I also experienced difficulties in getting diagnosed and being listened to, as doctor’s felt that I was too young to really be experiencing all the symptoms I said I was (muscle cramps, heavy fatigue, poor stamina, irregular periods, depression, anxiety, acid reflux, brittle nails, aches and pains). I was told that it was ‘all in my head’. It wasn’t. Continue reading “International Women’s Day and How Thyroid Disease is a Feminist Issue”

Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month 2022

March is Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month, which is important and relevant to many of us with hypothyroidism.

This is because 90% of us with hypothyroidism also have the autoimmune disease Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. [1] 

However, a lot of thyroid patients still do not know if their hypothyroidism is autoimmune, even though this can play a part in the managing of their thyroid condition.

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The Thyroid Tests You Need Doing This Month

Originally published on 1st March 2020 
Last updated on 1st March 2022

Many people living with hypothyroidism, also known as an underactive thyroid, are not receiving full thyroid testing and monitoring. Even though the full thyroid panel (also referred to as a ‘thyroid function test’ in the UK) consists of five tests, a lot of doctors only run one; TSH.

The luckier thyroid patients among us may manage to get them to test two or three, but rarely are all five checked routinely. The problem with this? We’re not getting the full picture of our thyroid health, including whether we’re bring optimally treated and on a path back to good health with a thyroid condition.

A Thyroid Blood Testing Kit

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