Hypothyroidism

Living with a Hypo- thyroid isn’t easy and 5 million Americans suffer from Hypothyroidism. There are many side effects and frustrations that come along with this autoimmune disease. I personally have Hypothyroidism as does my Mother. I have been lucky to not have serious hypothyroid symptoms aside from weight gain and cold hands and feet but many of my clients experience significant symptoms. Hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid does not produce enough thyroid hormone, which is necessary to help our bodies convert beta-carotene (a nutrient found in orange and yellow fruits and vegetables) into vitamin A. Because this conversion wasn’t happening in my body, one of my symptoms was yellow hands!

Many thyroid medications contain common allergens such as gluten, lactose and cornstarch (and we all know that people with hypothyroidism are sensitive to gluten and dairy (which contains lactose). Synthroid (T4) is filled with both lactose and cornstarch and Cytomel (T3) is filled with modified food starch, which contains gluten as a filler. Even natural products such as Armour may cause issues in your body due to their fillers.  Armour, for instance is filled with dextrose and methylcellulose fillers that can cause reactions inside our bodies. This happened to me since I have a sensitivity to dextrose and methylecellulose. Your best option when it comes to medication is to work with your Integrative M.D. and ask them about compounded pills that you have to purchase from a compounded pharmacy using fillers that you aren’t sensitive to. Many insurance companies don’t cover compounded prescriptions so this can be quite expensive- but remember it’s your health and it’s worth it, believe me- you’ll end up spending a ton of money in a few years when you get very sick due to years of ingesting these ingredients.  If your doctor puts you on Armour, Cytomel or Synthroid,PLEASE make sure the prescription does not contain gluten or dairy. Check with the prescription company because these fillers are most likely to be in your prescription. My best friend, Kirstin from the blog, ‘My Gluten Free Family’ has taught me so much about thyroid health- she is a wealth of information and has helped heal my thyroid the past few years.

When you visit your Integrative Medical doctor, make sure to ask for the proper thyroid panel, which should include tests for a number of thyroid hormones: TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone), Free T4, T3, TPO (thyroid peroxidase antibodies), and reverse T3 (RT3). Most Western medicine doctors do not run all of these tests- my doctors didn’t even know what these meant or how to test for them. Once I switched to Integrative M.D.’s they ran these full panels and were able to see exactly what was going on. For instance, your TSH may be normal in blood work, but you can still have hypothyroidism, which is why it’s crucial to get this full panel done to see how your T3 and T4 are functioning. Be sure to ALWAYS get a copy of your blood work from your doctor and don’t rely on getting the results via phone. I spent 10 years of my life not knowing the results of my blood work and simply just relying on what my doctor said- this was a huge mistake because when I looked back at my results, there were numerous numbers that were out of range and needed attention.

After years of trying every trick in the book, I’ve been working to heal my Hypothyroidism. Some days I feel great, others not so great but I stay positive and push through it by not exhausting myself and taking ME time each and every day through meditation, walks, massage or relaxing. I always get quality sleep; I get at least 8-9 hours of sleep every night.

Here’s how I manage my life with Hypothyroidism when a flare up occurs:

  • Acupuncture as often as possible. Ask for attention on your adrenal points. Check out my Adrenal Fatigue Page for more info.
  • Eating lots of organic green leafy vegetables.
  • Drinking organic green juices. Check out my Fresh Juices Page for more info.
  • Cooking all cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts and not eating them raw, which can effect and slow your thyroid.
  • Remove sugar, gluten and alcohol from my lifestyle. Check out my Sugar-Free How To Page and Gluten-Free How To Page for more info.
  • Drink organic dandelion root tea.
  • Daily walks and meditation.
  • Taking daily Epsom salt baths.
  • Taking Gaia Herbs Adrenal Support supplements. Check out my High-Quality Supplements Page for more info.
  • Taking Gaia Herbs Milk Thistle to support my liver and detox stored toxins.
  • Finding a balance with Selenium/Zinc in my body to support my thyroid.
  • Removing parabens from all beauty products including makeup, shampoo, conditioner, soaps, sunscreen, dish soap, etc. Check out my Toxin-Free Beauty Page for more info.
  • Using organic dyer sheets and organic laundry soap from Seventh Generation.
  • Using organic cotton shower curtains, towels and sheets.
  • Using infrared saunas weekly to help detox and assist with auto-immune symptoms.

Here are Some Symptoms of Hypothyroidism:

  • Cold hands and feet/ Sensitivity to cold
  • Constipation
  • Dry skin
  • Puffy face
  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness
  • Join pain, swelling or stiffness
  • Thinning hair
  • Impaired memory
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Unable to loose weight
  • Tired or fatigued
  • Depression

Here are a few Integrative Medicine Tests that I asked my Integrative M.D.’s to check me for- these tests were crucial in finding out what was causing my pain.

It is essential to work with a nutritionist and an Integrative M.D. because I am sharing general information that is not intended to be medical advice. This information is only given for informational purposes.

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Heather Burkhardt September 20, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Hi Amie,
I am loving your blog!!! Later will look into your recipes! My daughter and I are both hypothyroid and are doing Auto Immune Paleo Diet and working with a functional medicine doctor. We have both have multiple food intolerances and have been working hard to heal our leaky gut. Despite all our efforts, it looks like we both need to take thyroid hormone. She only needs a T4 med and I will most likely need a T4 and T3. I am even leary of the gelatin capsules from a compounding pharmacy. I have made numerous calls, making a nuisance of myself, trying to get assured that their brand of gelatin is not made from corn…WOW, so much to be aware of. Time for me to go though, because I need to make some food and eat and keep my blood sugar steady in order to help my adrenal fatigue!!! ;) It is almost comical. Wish us luck. I look forward to exploring your site further. Thank you.

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Amie September 23, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Thank you Heather; so nice to hear from you! Keep your head up and stay positive. oxoxx Keeping you in my prayers!

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Diana Smith Hill October 1, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Thank you for this article! I have Hashitmo’s Thyroiditis- hypothyroidism. I am scheduled to have my thyroid out next month. Needless to say now I am scared to do it, since I also have IBS, which came on out of nowhere and now I know it’s because of the medication for my thyroid. Scheduled for removal means I will be on this medication the rest of my life causing more IBS. Clearly I need to have another talk with my doctor about this before going forward.

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daiva October 8, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Hi,

First of all, thank you for your page and help that I found here. However, I wanted to ask, what do you order when you go out? How to address that you have thyroid when visit friends or meeting boyfriend’s family who have a whole feast prepared? I feel so uncomfortable with it, but don’t want them to think that I am sick or something…..

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Amie October 8, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Thanks Daiva; great to hear from you! I always order organic chicken, turkey or fresh fish with organic avocado and lots of organic veggies! Dark chocolate for dessert is the best. I love the Justin’s Nut Butter cups! Hope that helps!!

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daiva October 9, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Amie, thank you. Your page is so great! I feel like firing my doctor now! I am still in a process to figure it all out, but you made it look so easy, hopefully I will get there.

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The Healthy Apple October 9, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Thank you Daiva!!!

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Teresa November 28, 2013 at 8:09 am

I just came across your blog after googling healthy diets for hypothydroidism. Yours was at the top of the list. In Dec, my full thyroid will be removed. My thyroid levels are perfect however I have abnormal cells in my biopsies so out it comes. Reading this post I’m now concerned about the medication because although I do know that I have trouble with gluten and lactose and avoid them as much as possible. Not only do I not know what to eat … now I am also concerned about the contents of the medication.

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Amie November 28, 2013 at 10:56 am

Thank you Teresa; great to hear from you! My suggestion is to remove gluten and dairy completely as well as eat 100% organic so that you are not harming your cells with pesticides, antibiotics and growth hormones in food. xoxo

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Sabrina December 14, 2013 at 9:39 pm

Hi..! I’m reading your blogs and I learned a lot from it. Right now I’m taking this medicine Thyroxine because my doctor said I’m having this hypothyrodism. I just want to ask not having menstrual period for 3 mos, constipation and dry skin are the symtoms? my doctors recommend me to take medicines like lactolose for constipation and
Meddroxyprogesterone for menses

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Amie December 14, 2013 at 9:52 pm

Thank you Sabrina; yes those are all symptoms. Make sure to have your reverse T3 checked along with T3, T4 and TSH to make sure your thyroid is getting better. Also make sure to check for thyroid antibodies.

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Renee February 17, 2014 at 3:54 pm

Well hello! I’m glad I found you. I’m currently hypothyroid and trying to transition to a hypthyroid/gluten free/ low carb diet. I had my thyroid taken out 2 years ago and have had too many issues to name. I’ve decided to throw my hair up, put on my reading glasses, learn’ and get down in the kitchen! I have printed out your “in my fridge” list and will obtain the list over the next month. I’m looking forward to a life change and eating and cooking healthy for my family as well as myself. You’ve gained a regular reader!

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Amie February 19, 2014 at 11:53 pm

Thank YOU Renee; so happy to hear. Hugs!!!

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Judy February 20, 2014 at 2:15 pm

Amie great information. Am going to try the Epsom salt bath. I noticed my skin has gotten little bumpy blackheads on legs and back of arms. Do you know if this is associated with hypothyroidism? Any suggestions? Wondering if the bath will help with this. Thanks. Judy

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Amie February 22, 2014 at 8:29 pm

Thanks Judy; that’s a sign of detox needed. It’s toxins coming to your skin. Try the epsom salt bath and put organic coconut oil all over your body in the bath. It will help! xoxx

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ashley March 12, 2014 at 2:26 pm

I was just wondering if you knew where to get any dinner recipes for a hypothyroid diet im having trouble fining them

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Amie March 13, 2014 at 8:59 pm

All of my recipes are for hypothyroid Ashley; enjoy!

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Dazzler March 13, 2014 at 5:17 am

This is an amazing website by the way

I have a question. I eat lots and lots of food (mostly good I should ad) and never gain weight. I am 6ft 2 and naturally slim and toned. I have some of the following symptoms but not sure if its related to thyroid?

Natually the above would suggest that I do not fit the mould of Hypothyroidism!?!?

Cold hands and feet/ Sensitivity to cold
Dry skin
Thinning hair
Impaired memory
Tired or fatigued
Depression

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Amie March 13, 2014 at 8:59 pm

Yes that is ALL thyroid! Look at my Hypothyroid page for info and testing.

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Dazzler March 14, 2014 at 5:11 am

Is this not the hypothyroid page? But you mention that hypothyroid is linked to weight gain?

I was recently diagnosed with food intolerance to dairy and yeast so I’ve began cutting these foods out of my diet while working on strengthening my gut / immune system. Is that the right way to go?

I have asthma too and just cannot seem to shake it :-(

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Lori April 3, 2014 at 6:50 am

Enjoyed reading your blog :)

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