Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidsim (Low Functioning Thyroid) – how can it affect me?
Hashimotos’s is the medical term for a low functioning thyroid. It affects the immune system by attacking and destroying the thyroid. This condition can cause a series of problems for individuals such as chronic fatigue, weight gain, sleeplessness and more.
There are a variety of approaches used to control Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism. For some, a simple change in their diet, going gluten-free will help. For others, managing stress can be a factor in creating positive results. For many others, controlling Hashimoto’s is a lot more difficult to achieve.
If you suffer from Hashimoto (low functioning thyroid) and are not happy with the results of your treatment, there may be other factors for you to consider:
A treatment plan from a medical practitioner with experience in functional medicine may be necessary. They will help manage the problem, not just the symptoms you are dealing with.
Make sure you eat at regular times. Low blood sugar occurs when you skip meals which impacts your immune system. It can cause a flare up of your thyroid. There are many symptoms related to the drop in sugar including fatigue and irritability.
If you are choosing a gluten-free diet, you must be diligent and stick to it. Wavering (cheating on your diet) can cause a flare up and delay your treatment process.
Eliminate stress in your life. Stress can be a major factor in managing your Hashimoto’s. Taking time out for yourself, focusing on a positive attitude and fixing an unhealthy relationship can help.
Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism is a very complex disorder that affects your immune system.
Taking control will require a change in lifestyle and nutritional therapy. In some cases, specific medications are needed in addition to the lifestyle and nutritional changes.
Knowing what type of Hypothyroidism is important if you are considering supplements. There are a variety of well known supplements available. Each may have a positive or negative effect on the patient, depending on which type of hypothyroidism is present. By knowing the specific type you have and working with your medical professional, you can identify supplements that will help. In each case, you need to make sure your supplements are gluten free.
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