I want to dedicate this blog post for all of you lovely ladies out there who suffer from Hashimoto’s; an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system cells attack the thyroid, leading to an underactive thyroid. Hashimoto’s is a relatively unknown but very common condition, and as sufferers know, it can be extremely hard to find answers about it. Hashimoto’s is very complex and can cause a myriad of problems such as
- Weight gain (particularly around the abdomen)
- Low body temperature
- Decreased metabolism
- Increased appetite (mainly for sugar)
- Severe fatigue
- Eyebrow thinning
- Menstrual irregularities and infertility
- High cholesterol and high blood glucose
Basically, the thyroid gland interacts with nearly every system within the body, and when it is under attack, all of these systems are affected in one way or another.
When looking for answers, most doctors will put you on thyroxine and tell you to stop reading so much guff on the internet. They will most likely tell you to lose weight by eating less and moving more, lower your cholesterol by limiting saturated fats and eating more ‘heart healthy’ polyunsaturated fats and prescribe the oral contraceptive pill to help menstrual irregularities.
As you probably already know, I suffer from Hashi’s, and after years of trying many therapies, conventional and alternative (thyroxine, acupuncture, desiccated thyroid extract etc etc etc), I found the only way I could feel completely better was through T3 only supplementation.
However, after having a complete diet overhaul (low-fat to high-fat, high carb to low carb), I found that this way of eating went hand in hand with my medical supplementation. So, in my quest to help you help yourself, I have put together this ‘how to’ post to eat your way to Hashimoto health!