Thyroid Health Healing, Symptoms and Thriving

I was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid (helloooo awful Hypothyroidism symptoms) in my 20’s. Fabulous, I thought. I had no idea what it was, what I was doing or how to help myself. I went to a random Western medicine MD who gave me Synthroid and I took it. I didn’t ask questions, heck, I didn’t even know what to ask back then. Now, I’m in charge of my health and I’ve got my Integrative MD’s on my time and I question and challenge everything they say, do and tell me. Why?

Because I’ve learned the hard way–that you’ve gotta be your own doctor. You can’t rely on a doctor to figure you out because we’re all different and one thing for me might not work for you. Catch my drift?

Now, let’s talk about this little bugger called the THYROID.

It’s a complicated thing and it’s not as easy as giving someone a prescription drug to make it ‘better’ because that most likely won’t work. The goal is to reset your thyroid so you don’t need drugs to get you through your day to keep your fabulous thyroid at optimal health.

Thyroid issues can lead to an infinite number of health issues from mental health to chronic physical pain. It’s a tricky little bugger and SO many doctors do not do the right tests therefore your thyroid levels could look perfectly fine to them but you’re tired, loosing hair, loosing or gaining weight, etc….so, I’m gunna whip you into shape with a little Thyroid 101.

Who’s with me?

Here we go!

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HORMONES

You’ve got these lovely thyroid hormones called T3 and T4 that convert oxygen and calories into energy. They work to increase your basil metabolic rate, which is the amount of energy you burn when you’re sittin’ still and not doing a thing. They determine the growth of lots of tissues in your bod pod, including your bones and brain.

So, TSH (aka Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) is produced by the pituitary gland, which stimulates production of your thyroid hormones T3 and T4. Now, what produces these hormones is dependent on enough iodine intake from your food and/or supplements. Then these T’s try to regulate cell development and growth by converting your carbs, fat and proteins into energy. Vitamin D is SO important here; without vitamin D, these hormones can’t do their job.

So, for all of you healthy thyroid folks, your T3 and T4 hormones are fabulous and working well but for those of you with thyroid problems, there’s a few things to learn and know so that you can take charge of your own health.

HYPOTHYROIDISM

a.k.a. An underactive thyroid, which means your thyroid isn’t making enough T3, T4 or both. It’s caused by radiation exposure, an autoimmune disease of the thyroid called Hashimoto’s, removal of the thyroid, inflammation of the thyroid or other reasons.

Symptoms include hot and cold sensitivity, weight gain, memory loss, high cholesterol, vision problems, dry hair and skin, depression, joint pain, throat tightness, irregular periods, infertility and more.

Usually high TSH and/or low T4 indicate a hypothyroid.

Treatment is very individualized. For more info on Hypothyroidism, check out my Hypothyroidism page.

HYPERTHYROIDISM

a.k.a. An overactive thyroid, which means your thyroid is making more thyroid hormone that it should which causes lots of problems because your body functions get sped up. You’re more likely to get hypothyroidism if you have a B12 deficiency, you were pregnant in the last 6 months, have type 1 diabetes, over age 60 and your a woman. Symptoms include heat intolerance and goiter–swollen thyroid gland, taking too much iodine or too much synthetic thyroid hormone to treat your hypothyroidism, irregular and rapid heartbeat, mood swings and irritability, weight loss, nervousness, insomnia, Graves’ disease and more.

Usually low TSH, high T3 and T4 and abnormal radioactive iodine uptake indicate hyperthyroid.

Treatment is very individualized. For more info on Hyperthyroidism, check out my Graves’ disease page.

The blood tests you need to ask for when checking your thyroid are below. It’s SO important to get the FULL thyroid panel done because 99% of doctors do not run the full panel and you won’t be able to tell what’s going on inside your thyroid without all these tests.

BLOOD TESTS: FULL THYROID PANEL

  • TSH
  • T4
  • Free T3
  • Reverse T3
  • Antithyroglobulin antibodies (anti-TG)
  • Anitthyroid peroxidase antibodies (anti-TPO)

How to Help Your Thyroid Heal

Eat Organic! Pesticides, herbicides, growth hormones and antibiotics in the foods you eat harm your thyroid gland.

Eat enough complex carbs like brown/wild/black rice, quinoa, millet, teff, sorghum, etc. Your thyroid needs carbs to function properly!

Eat A LOT of good fats like organic coconut oil, olive oil, raw nuts and seeds, and avocados. Fat is healing to your thyroid!

Remove gluten. That’s a no brainer!

Remove stress from your life or manage your stress via sleep, naps, yoga, meditation and laughing!

xo

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Hi, I'm Amie!

I’m here to share my story of healing with you. I know what it’s like to suffer and not know what’s going on with your body. I’ve been there. I was lost, searching for answers and alone for 10 years until I learned how to get my body working for me, not against me—to address the underlying symptoms instead of using a Band-aid approach to reclaim my vitality. I want to show you that eating and living clean feels incredible. Once you see life this way, you’ll never go back. Ever. Come play along with me on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter. I’m here for you. xo

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10 comments

  1. Thank you for the comprehensive information . I had my thyroid removed and have to take synthetic thyroid .

    Would love to try the new Manitoba harvest Hemp heart bites!

  2. This may sound silly, but with so much controversy about carbs these days, how do I know how much complex carbs are enough but not too much?

    1. Not silly at all, Karo. Great question! That depends on your metabolic type and how low/high your thyroid is. I’d make sure to eat complex carbs (brown rice, quinoa, etc.) at every meal. Stat with 1/4 cup of those or a slice or 2 of whole grain sprouted gluten-free bread or sweet potato at each meal. Make sense? xoxo If you feel too full or that’s too much then cut the portion in half and use for the next meal. xoxo HUGS!!!

  3. This is truly incredible info.I experienced adrenal exhaustion for a long time and this is the sort of counsel that truly helped me to beat my issue. In this way, to all you sufferers, YES! There is trust! Simply don’t lose confidence and realize that your body can mend itself. I was fortunate to locate some incredible counsel that helped me beat my adrenal weariness and show signs of improvement.

  4. Thank you so much for this valuable information.

    It is people like you that really make a difference in the lives of people with hypothyroidism.

    I suffered for 12 years from hypothyroidism and nothing I tried worked.

    Drugs, nutrition, all types of doctors…you name it–the suffering never really went away.

    Fortunately, I found out about a natural way that finally got rid of my hypothyroidism for good.

    Keep up the good work!

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