Last Updated on December 23, 2021 by Renee’
A Little Personal History
When I was first diagnosed with Hashimoto’s & Hypothyroidism, I had no idea what caused it. I had been sick for about 5 years with symptoms & an enlarged thyroid. My doctor would test my TSH every year & it would be normal. I was told I was depressed &/or going through peri-menopause.
I was put on anti-depressants & birth control pills (seriously?). Finally, I was sent to an endocrinologist & was put on Synthroid (a synthetic thyroid medicine). More about that later.
I felt a little better but not much. My hair was falling out, I had put on 25 lbs. & felt like death. I didn’t want to get out of bed much less try to exercise (which I did force myself to do most of the time). I learned that not only was hair loss a symptom of hypothyroidism & Hashimotos it was also a symptom of taking Synthroid. Are you kidding me? That’s all I needed.
It took many years of listening to doctors’ advice & not getting any better until I stopped listening to them & took my health into my own hands.
After firing my first endocrinologist & my gynecologist I found a new gyno that believed in a more natural approach. I asked her if she would write me a prescription for a natural thyroid medication that I had read about, Nature Throid. I started feeling better than I had in a long time. Synthroid is the number #1 prescribed thyroid medicine. It is synthetic & only treats the T4 hormone. You need to treat the whole thyroid not just part of it.
Now, I am going to a Functional Medicine Doctor now & have switched to NP Thyroid which doesn’t have dairy. Unfortunately, Nature Throid has dairy in it from what I understand.
What I hated was that it is a silent disease. Most people don’t even know you are having issues or they just think you are lazy. I definitely wasn’t!
What I found out was that my symptoms were a result of Thyroid Hormone imbalances, Nutrient Deficiencies, Food Sensitivities, Leaky Gut, Emotional Stress, Adrenal Issues, Environmental Toxins, & Chronic Infections.
It took several years, switching to a natural thyroid medication, changing my diet, repairing my gut, removing toxins from my home, changing out my personal care products to natural ones & taking good supplements to address deficiencies to finally put my Hashimoto’s in remission. It can be done, just be patient, Hashimoto’s didn’t happen overnight!
- Food sensitivities
- Poor Diet (Nutrient deficiencies)
- Emotional Stress
- Chronic infections
- Intestinal permeability (Leaky Gut)
- Hormone Imbalances
- Lack of Exercise
- Adrenal Issues
- Depression and anxiety
- Weight gain
- Goiter (nodules)
- Muscle aches and tenderness
- Kidney problems
- Stiffness and swelling in the joints
- Hair loss
- Dry, Rough, cracked skin
- Trouble breathing
- Changes in the menstrual cycle
- More frequent cold or flu due to low immune function
Top 6 Supplements:
People with Hashimoto’s usually have a Selenium deficiency. Symptoms of Selenium Deficiency are Hair Loss, Skin & Fingernail discoloration, Brain Fog, Fatigue, Reproductive problems, Thyroid Dysfunction, Muscle Pain, Weakened Immune System & Other Mineral Deficiencies such as Magnesium, Calcium, Iron, Copper & Zinc.
Best Food Sources are Brazil Nuts (at least 3 a day), Crimini & Shiitake mushrooms. Seafood such as shrimp, sardines, salmon, halibut and tuna. Free-range turkey and chicken, beef liver, grass-fed beef & pastured eggs. Also sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, broccoli, asparagus & spinach. This is the supplement I take.
Most people with Hashimoto’s have Magnesium deficiency. It can cause anxiety, depression, migraines, headaches, sleep disorders, menstrual cramps, chronic fatigue, joint pain, intolerance to loud noises, impotence, constipation, leg cramps & a ton more symptoms.
Read more about other symptoms, & what food sources & supplements to take here. Make sure to either take at night before bedtime or at least 4 hours after thyroid medication. This is the supplement I take.
Zinc Deficiency can cause unexplained weight loss, diarrhea, hair loss, acne, bruises, dry skin, brain fog, sleep issues, tinnitus, slow healing wounds, a decrease in sense of taste, vision & hearing, low sperm count, ADHD & many more.
Red Meat is an excellent source of Zinc. If you aren’t getting enough or absorbing it you might want to take a supplement. This is the supplement I take.
4. Thiamine (B1)
Most people that have Hashimoto’s or other autoimmune diseases have a Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) deficiency. Signs that you might have it is IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), fatigue, low blood pressure, low stomach acid, brain fog, tingling sensation in arms or legs, blurry vision, adrenal issues, alcoholism & blood sugar issues. You may also feel worse after drinking alcohol or after taking L-glutamine. Thiamin is best taken with magnesium.
Some food sources are beef liver, pork, asparagus, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, fish, beef, brazil nuts, pistachio nuts, sunflower seeds, green peas & oranges. This is the supplement I take.
Most people are Vitamin D Deficient. Especially people with autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s. Vitamin D Deficiency can cause Fatigue, Thyroid Issues, Obesity, Depression, High Cholesterol, Blood Pressure problems, Neurological Issues, Muscle Weakness, Reproductive Issues & lots more.
The best way to get Vitamin D is naturally. Try to get out in the sun for 20-30 min everyday if possible. If not possible, make sure to take a good supplement.Read more about Vitamin D Deficiency & it’s causes, symptoms, & how to correct it here. This is the supplement that I take.
Vitamin B12 Deficiency is very common in people with Hashimoto’s. This can cause fatigue, brain fog, depression, constipation, neurological issues, digestion issues, seizures, nerve damage, anemia, osteoporosis, tingling in the extremities & many more.
These are 6 of the most common deficiencies associated with Hashimoto’s. Remember to consult with your doctor & have your levels tested before taking any supplements to determine the dosage and duration that is right for you.
Iron & Iodine are important too, but make sure to have your levels checked before supplementing with these.
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