Hashimoto’s – What You Need to Know
When you don’t feel well, it’s often hard to pinpoint exactly what your illness is. Hashimoto’s disease is one of those conditions where your symptoms can vary and mimic other health disorders.
What is Hashimoto’s?
Hashimoto’s disease is a thyroid condition where your immune system creates antibodies that attack your thyroid. This leads to hypothyroidism, which is when you thyroid does not produce enough of the thyroid hormone.
Why is this important for your health? Because your thyroid is a “master gland” in your that controls your body’s endocrine system.
According to the American Thyroid Association, “more than 12% of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition”. Hashimoto’s primarily affects middle-aged women, but also can occur in men and women of any age and in children.
Symptoms of Hashimoto’s
Here are the most common symptoms of Hashimoto’s:
- Lack of focus
- Mood imbalance
- Weight gain
- Sleep issues
- Muscle and joint pain
- Memory loss
- Decreased libido
- Hair loss
When you get a Hashimoto’s diagnosis, there is a good chance that you will be put on prescription medication for the rest of your life. Typically people are put on synthetic hormones, such as Levothyroxine, Levoxyl, or Synthroid.
As with any prescription medication, these synthetic hormones will come with a booklet listing all of their side effects. The side effects of Levothyroxine are very similar to the symptoms of Hashimoto’s, including:
- Muscle weakness
- Hair loss
- Mood swings
In addition, other side effects include vomiting, headaches, hyperactivity, tremors, and anxiety.
It’s important to remember that many prescription medications can alter the immune system; hence leaving you susceptible to other illnesses.
Since Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune condition, many firmly believe that it is preventable and treatable. Here are some ways you can naturally treat Hashimoto’s:
- Nutrition – by eating anti-inflammatory foods (wild-caught salmon, high fiber foods, probiotic foods, vegetables, fruits, etc.). And foods high in antioxidants (blueberries, dark chocolate, strawberries, spinach, pecans, artichokes, beans, kale, goji berries, raspberries, red cabbage, and beets!)
- Avoid – raw vegetables, dairy, soy, and gluten. These are known to exacerbate thyroid condition symptoms.
- Detox – from toxins. Click here to learn more about my DIY 10-Day Detox.
- Exercise – it’s important to keep your body moving with yoga, or other low impact exercises.
- Supplements – since many people with Hashimoto’s are nutrient deficient, it’s suggested they take Selenium, Vitamin D3, Fish Oil, and Vitamin B12.
- Coconut oil – for personal care (like moisturizer) & even in food. Coconut oil nourishes the thyroid.
Essential oils for Hashimoto’s
- Frankincense – supports healthy immune function and response. Also promotes healthy joints and is calming, and relaxing to the nervous system. It’s also great to soothe dry skin.
- Clove – number one for thyroid support, clove contains powerful antioxidant properties. It also supports a healthy metabolism and immune system. If you experience muscle pain, clove is great to calm tense muscles and well as support healthy bones.
- Myrrh – promotes awareness and uplifts your mood. I also suggest adding a drop to your favorite moisturizer to tackle dry skin. Overall, myrrh supports healthy cellular function and a healthy immune system.
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In conclusion, you can heal yourself. Click below to watch my interview with Michelle Hache about how she reversed her Hashimoto’s:
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