Most people who have been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s will have some or all of the symptoms of acid reflux, nutrient deficiencies, anemia, intestinal permeability, food sensitivities, gum disorders and hypoglycemia in addition to the “typical” hypothyroid symptoms such as weight gain, cold intolerance, hair loss, fatigue and constipation.
This is because the body winds up stuck in a chronic state of immune system overload, adrenal fatigue, and gut dysbiosis (permeability). This leads to impaired digestion, inflammation, and thyroid hormone release abnormalities.
This cycle will continue causing more and more symptoms until it is disrupted and something intervenes and breaks the cycle apart.
Unfortunately, simply adding thyroid supplement to the mix will not result in full recovery for most thyroid patients. Additionally, supporting just the thyroid may weaken the adrenals and immune balance, which will in turn perpetuate the vicious cycle. A new diet and certain lifestyle changes have to occur.
We need to start with removing triggers, and follow with repairing the other broken systems to allowing the body to rebuild itself. If you have Hashimoto's, you may have noticed that stress is particularly difficult to manage. For example, what may have been stressful but manageable five years ago, now leaves you in bed for a week. When we are out of homeostasis our stress response is much more amplified and it takes longer to return to a healthier state. When Hashimoto's is triggered into action in our body, we have it for the rest of our lives. The first step to managing Hashimoto's and becoming more resilient is calming down our over-reactive physiology to reduce the amount of stress and destruction.
By the time someone has developed Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, the body has been out of whack for quite sometime and cannot get back into balance by itself.
So a plan… Nourish your body the right way, nourish your soul, manage your stress.