Many people have been told by their doctor that there’s no cure for hypothyroidism and there’s nothing they can do about it. That’s in fact true if you only rely on thyroid medication and don’t do anything else. Taking Synthroid may alleviate some of the symptoms associated with low thyroid hormones but it’s certainly not a magic pill that takes care of everything as the majority of health practitioners want us to believe. My first doctor had a hard time figuring out why I still had hypothyroidism symptoms after my lab tests showed that my TSH and T4 were in “normal” ranges after starting levothyroxine. Many hypothyroid patients struggle with weight gain, fatigue, lack of energy, high cholesterol, mental fog, hair loss, thinning eyebrows, dry skin, anxiety and irritability, depression, mood swings, and the list goes on and on. I know because I had all of these symptoms, and more.
Hypothyroidism seems to be this mysterious illness that slowly sneaks up on you, and doctors seem to disregard it as depression or “it’s all in your head” all too often. Once you actually break hypothyroidism down, people start to understand what exactly is going on in their bodies and why they’re experiencing all these symptoms. In fact, these symptoms are your body’s way of telling you that something’s wrong; it’s essentially a cry for help.
When you understand that hypothyroidism affects every cell of your body, you understand how important it is to treat it. And I don’t mean by just taking levothyroxine. I mean addressing the root cause of the disease that’s behind your hypothyroidism. In 90% of the cases this root cause is Hashimoto’s disease – an auto-immune attack on your thyroid gland that destroys it and makes it unable to function properly. But most doctors in the western world don’t want to concern themselves with this; their solution is simple – a prescription for Synthroid. I’ve heard many stories from patients who have been told that:
- There’s no way to improve their condition
- The only thing to do is take drugs for the rest of their life
- Their lab results are “normal” and so they should be feeling fine
- They can never lose weight because of their hypothyroidism or exercise a lot to lose weight (this is actually damaging their thyroid even more)
- It’s all in their head and there’s nothing wrong with them
- They are suffering from depression and put on anti-depressants, not realizing the hormonal involvement in the process
And the list goes on and on… Trust me when I say that you can overcome hypothyroidism. You just have to remove the underlying causes that are damaging your thyroid and support your hormones so that your thyroid can resume normal function and you can produce the necessary amount of energy while improving your health in the process. Anyone can overcome hypothyroidism with the right approach! I am a living example of this!
I’ll give you a clue – take a close look at your diet. Most of these “healthy” foods that you see advertised all the time are actually bad for you. Anything packaged with long shelf life should be eliminated from your diet, eat whole and minimally processed foods, and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Sugar is one of your biggest enemies because it suppresses your immune system, and exhausts your adrenal glands. To learn more about the correct hypothyroidism diet, please see my book “Overcoming Hypothyroidism: The Ultimate Guide to Recovery.”
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