Hair loss and weight gain and low energy, oh my!

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Last week in my article about testosterone I mentioned briefly that I rely on supplements to support my thyroid health.

That’s because I’m one of the nearly 5 percent of people in the U.S. living with a thyroid problem. My thyroid gland can’t make enough thyroid hormone to keep my body running normally.

I’d had issues for years…

Energy drain… weight gain… ice-cold hands and feet… and sleepless nights. My hair was falling out in clumps and I struggled to stay mentally focused.

Doctor after doctor somehow just never ran a full thyroid panel… instead, they only checked my TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) numbers… and never all the other factors that go into a healthy thyroid balance.

Since my TSH was “normal,” these docs hinted that the problem was all in my head… and tried to prescribe me antidepressants and anxiety meds. That really made me mad!

I certainly wasn’t making up the 30 pounds I’d gained or all the hair in my hairbrush.

So, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I started getting my thyroid tested every month and tracking my results on a spreadsheet. When insurance wouldn’t cover the costs for the tests anymore, I paid out of pocket. I needed to understand what was happening to my thyroid.

And after 7 months of tracking, I saw a very scary picture…

My numbers were all over the place… they were nuts!

Everything I was finding out was pointing toward Hashimoto’s Disease, a disease I didn’t know much about until I did what I do best… research!

Turns out — it’s an autoimmune disease that attacks your thyroid hormone. Left untreated — it can completely destroy your thyroid function — even if you’re taking thyroid medicines. This all while your results are coming back “normal.”

After a Thyroid Peroxide Antibodies, or TPO, test, I was officially diagnosed by a functional medicine doctor with Hashimoto’s.

And as crazy as it sounds to say, I was thrilled with the diagnosis.

Because, first, it confirmed that I wasn’t making it all up like my doctor implied. I knew there was something going on with my thyroid — and now a scientific test finally identified what it was!

And second, I learned that Hashimoto’s can be managed with a change in diet and natural supplements!

Here are the steps you need to take to naturally boost your thyroid health…

#1 Repair your gut Poor gut health has been linked to autoimmune issues, including thyroid problems, so start repairing your gut today by taking a good quality probiotic.

#2 Reduce inflammation — As with many disease processes, your thyroid health is affected by the inflammation levels in your body. To reduce inflammation, avoid processed foods and sugar, take a high-quality omega-3 supplement and eat a diet high in antioxidants from fruits and vegetables.

#3 Get rid of the gluten One important key to winning the Hashimoto’s battle is to eliminate gluten from your diet. Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disorder (meaning the body attacks itself) that targets the thyroid gland. Since gluten protein and thyroid tissue look nearly identical, gluten causes the immune system to go on the attack… targeting the thyroid tissue in addition to the gluten and causing damage to the gland. It’s a case of mistaken identity.

#4 Supplement — Boost your thyroid health by supplementing for any hidden deficiencies. Ones to include are iodine, selenium, zinc, copper, ashwagandha and L-Tyrosine.

The good news is that the thyroid is highly receptive to dietary changes and the right combination of thyroid-supporting nutrients. In other words, if you give your thyroid what it really needs, it doesn’t take long to feel the positive results…

I feel so much better than I did before I figured out my thyroid issues… and I continue to feel better every day I do everything in my power to boost my thyroid performance naturally.