The subject I would like to touch on today just so happens to be one of the most common problems in today’s society amongst woman. The thyroid… The thyroid controls almost all of the metabolic processes in our bodies. I myself have an auto-immune thyroid disease called Hashimoto’s and I’m not quite sure if it came from the damage I done to my body when I was a teenager, from when I was born and raised during The “Chernobyl” disaster in the 1980’s or maybe I just got it genetically from my mom who had the Hashimoto disease.
For years I struggled with crazy symptoms but never seemed to find help or a solution for it. I went from doctor to doctor and was diagnosed with everything from spastic colon, endometrioses, cold toes fingers disease and even hypochondria and being just plain crazy.
People with an underactive thyroid may develop memory problems and depression. When your hormones are not balanced you can really feel like you are “going crazy”. But before you let anyone tell you there is something wrong with you mentally, make sure you check your hormones first 😉
When I started living healthy I got to know my body really well and believe it or not but once you treat your body right it will give you signals as to what might be wrong with it, what ever is good or bad for you; you will just “feel it”.
Throughout my studies on thyroid I was able to learn a lot and change how I feel. Yes, there is hope and you can control your thyroid problems naturally.
So how do you know if your thyroid works how it supposed to? Symptoms usually begin slowly and you may not realize you have a medical problem for several years.
Common symptoms include:
Being sensitive to cold
Weight gain even when you eat little
– Slow movements and thoughts
– Muscle aches and weakness
– Muscle cramps
– Dry and scaly skin
– Brittle hair and nails
– Loss of libido
– Pain, numbness and a tingling sensation in the hand and fingers
– Irregular or heavy periods and PMS
If you have some of these symptoms you might want to check your blood for the thyroid hormones. Unfortunately misdiagnosis is very common in the management of hypothyroidism. Even worse, if you have hypothyroid symptoms but your lab tests are normal, you might be told you’re “fine”. If you insist you’re not, you might be sent home with an antidepressant, but no further clue or information about the cause of your symptoms. The thyroid physiology is very complex.
What you could do is the thyroid home test, first things first Get a good thermometer and place it next to your bed so you can grab it once you wake up; put it under your armpit for 10 minutes while you still laying down, resting. After 10 minutes check your temperature and write it down in your notebook together with the time and date. Do this for 5 days and try to do it around same time each morning right after you wake up. If on most of the days your temperature is less then 36.6 degrees Celsius it may be an indication of possible hypothyroidism. Temperatures higher than the healthy range (36.6-36.8) may indicate hyperthyroidism but it can also suggest a possible infection.
How to treat your hormone imbalances naturally?
If you suspect that your thyroid might not be working how it is supposed to, you will have to change your lifestyle a bit and because your body is more sensitive than the average person the food you eat and how your live is very important when battling this problem.
Here are some of the foods the thyroid doesn’t like:
– Dairy products
– Excessive sugar
– Processed foods
– Saturated fats
– Kale, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, sprouts (You can still eat small amount of these just make sure they steamed of cooked)
Please Keep in mind you don’t have to make any extreme changes all at the same time but try to build your new lifestyle slowly and with balance, although I do advise you to remove dairy products, gluten and soy from you diet completely because these products really can have a negative influence on your thyroid.
Trust me, after just 2 -3 weeks you will feel the difference. Some things, for example coffee or alcohol might be hard to avoid completely but try your best to lower the intake of them, also try green tea instead of coffee and if you drink alcohol choose wine over the cocktails and limit it to minimum.
Now here comes the good part!
Foods the Kasia Rain really “likes”:
– Fish (organic wild salmon, mackerel, sardines)
– Chicken (organic)
– Eggs (organic)
– Lean beef (organic)
– Beans (not too much)
– Vegetables (besides kale, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, sprouts)
– Fruit (not too much, best: berries, apples, mango, papaya)
– Healthy fats: avocado, olive oil, nut oils, seeds, natural nuts, coconut oil
– Superfoods: hempseed, chia, flaxseed
-Herbs: curcuma, cayenne, cinnamon, ginger powder, garlic
Exercise is also very important when keeping your hormones in check but again you wont be able to do everything “normal” people do (sorry!)
Because your thyroid is very sensitive to stress and some sports such as long distances running or heavy weight lifting will stress your adrenal gland that’s why you might want to avoid them.
You will be better off going for low impact aerobic exercises and strength training, also yoga and Pilates have a very positive effect on your hormones.
As I have said start with small changes and you will see and feel the difference that will motivate you to stick to your Healthy Lifestyle!