My top three lifestyle changes to help Hashimoto’s…
If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I’m a big proponent of lifestyle changes. Sometimes lifestyle changes can completely reverse a health condition.
The other day, someone asked me the following question “If a person could make just three lifestyle changes to help their thyroid, what would they be?” My answer…
I usually speak at great length about Hashimoto’s, and this month I’m going to be raising awareness on another equally important topic that shares a common root cause with Hashimoto’s … diabetes.
Diabetes is a major public health problem affecting 25.8 million Americans or as many as 8% of the general population, and up to 30% of people with Hashimoto’s!
A study in Poland found that almost 50% of people with Hashimoto’s had diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance!
For people with Hashimoto’s…
I believe that blood sugar abnormalities are far more common in Hashimoto’s than reported in this study- many people with Hashimoto’s will present with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) in the early stages. This is an early risk factor for developing diabetes and exacerbates Hashimoto’s and other autoimmune conditions (my blood sugar was around 50- low- right before I got diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, I often used to feel lightheaded, faint and anxious and didn’t know why).
As a Hashimoto’s patient myself, who also had blood sugar abnormalities, my intention is to bring awareness to the things that can be done to overcome the condition, not to point fingers or blame the patient. After all, I was doing my best and following the food pyramid, yet didn’t realize that the current food guidelines were leading me astray.
For example, the Standard American Diet is primarily grain and carbohydrate based, while gluten can trigger Hashimoto’s and carbohydrates cause blood sugar imbalances.
Personally, my hair loss, anxiety, lightheadedness and antibodies greatly improved after I stabilized by blood sugar; in fact, stabilizing blood sugar is the very first intervention I recommend for people with Hashimoto’s—especially if they’ve already been gluten free.
If you have Hashimoto’s and struggle with anxiety, palpitations, hair loss, feeling “hangry” (my new favorite word, when you’re so hungry you become irritable), feeling weak/tired and craving carbohydrates and sweets, be sure to check out my book, Hashimoto’s The Root Cause.
For people with diabetes…
Before I wrote my book on Hashimoto’s, I was certified in Diabetes Management and helped to set-up diabetes education clinics around the state of Illinois. The clinics offered support on understanding the condition, with a big focus on medications and some aspects of nutrition. We were always excited when a patient was able to reverse his/her diabetes, but most patients required multiple medications and had trouble losing weight.
One of my mentors, a pharmacist/certified diabetes educator has always said…
“There are six broken organs in diabetes: the brain, the liver, muscles, the digestive tract, the pancreas, and lipids. Although we have many medications that treat diabetes, none of them fix all of these organs. Lifestyle changes fix all of these organs. Medications are an adjunct.” This woman is a pharmacist and nationally recognized diabetes expert and also happens to be someone I look up to very much, and she is absolutely right.
While medications may sometimes be a necessary treatment in advanced cases of diabetes, they do not address the root cause of the problem and can have serious side effects. Type 2 Diabetes is a lifestyle induced condition and is both PREVENTABLE and REVERSIBLE.
P.S. You can also download a free Thyroid Diet Guide, 10 Thyroid friendly recipes, and the Nutrient Depletions and Digestion chapter for free by signing up for my newsletter. You will also receive occasional updates about new research, resources, giveaways and helpful information.
For future updates, make sure to follow us on Facebook!