Owning Your Health

After realizing I had some symptoms of hypothyroidism I did a lot of research.  Aha, that explains the disappearing eyebrows and my growing coffee habit.  Because I did a fair amount of research I also learned that most people go undiagnosed because many doctors still only test their T4 hormone- which is more indicative of pituitary gland function than thyroid health.  This video by Dr. Ken Berry is particularly helpful.  It’s a bit long but really worth it.

So when I went in to get my numbers checked I politely insisted on getting my T3 levels checked as well.  It’s so important to remember that your doctor is working for you.  If you spend a couple hours researching a concern before you go in, you may (unfortunately) be better educated on that topic than your doctor.  There’s no need to be arrogant but be clear on what you want.  If I had just my T4 checked, like she suggested- my results would have come back normal.  But I told her I wanted to check T3 and that is where the problem was revealed.

I learned that T4 results can be normal for years while a patient is still suffering from hypothyroidism and that testing T3 is far more accurate.  I was able to look over some old results.  I had went in a couple times a few years ago to get checked out, because I was feeling tired.  They only checked my T4 at that time, which was “normal”.  We are really privileged to live in this day and age when there is so much information available at our fingertips.  It just takes a bit of time and being proactive to educate yourself.

I also learned that the typically prescribed medication; synthroid, only addresses boosting T4 levels.  Many people go on it and don’t feel any better.  The natural (and superior!) option is taking dessiccated animal thyroid.  With animal thryoid, you get all four thyroid hormones in a natural form.  The article goes more indepth on the benefits of natural thyroid over synthetic.  Doctors have been treating patients with dessiccated thyroid for over a century.  So guess which option I’m embracing? 😛

Did my keto diet cause my hypothyroidism?  I don’t think so.  I’ve had symptoms for a long time.  I used to boost my energy with a lot of sugar and caffeine.  Maybe since cutting out the sugar I’m just feeling the effects more.  I had hyperthyroidism as a young adult and a doctor told me then my thyroid would eventually burn itself out and I’d become hypothryoid as I got older.

Treating and medicating yourself may be a bit too much for some.  And it has it’s risks, for sure.  You don’t have to “prescribe” yourself anything but you can still take steps to be proactive in achieving your best health.  Don’t look to the doctor for a pill for everything.  If you can lower your cholesterol with oats and bergamot, why not do that over taking a pill with a laundry list of side effects?  dreadzen2

Anyways, much love guys and thank you for reading and hanging out with me on my journey! 😘

 

 

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Fasting and Reeses

Sorry it’s been so long since my last post!  Juggling kids, work, life can suck up all my time or at least whatever creative energy I might have had 😉

In my last post I mentioned feeling tired.  I was worried that my diet could possibly affecting my thyroid function.  I started researching it right away and doing little things to help my thyroid out.  I bought some brazil nuts and I’ve been eating a few a day.  Brazil nuts are SUPER high in selenium (one nut has 100% of your daily needs!) which helps you body convert your T4 hormone to the active T3 version.  I’ve also been taking a supplement which naturally supports thyroid function.

But since I’ve had a lot of issues with my thyroid in the past, I went in to get it checked out- just to cover all my bases.  Like just went in, I still have the bandaid on my arm!  While I am all for googling symptoms I also really believe in working with a doctor when you’re treading into the deep end.  Because otherwise you could just be shooting into the dark and completely missing your target.  I’m also checking my vitamin D and iron levels, because in the past I’ve been anemic and deficient in vit. D.  I supplement but it’ll be nice to know if my levels are optimal.

I did throw in some high carb days to see how that would affect my energy.  Yes, I had copious amounts of butter chicken and may have binged on some Reeses easter eggs!  It was super fun eating those foods but it really didn’t do much to boost my energy levels.  I know, I know, I shouldn’t be carb-cycling with reese’s.

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This is me, people

You’re so right.  I guess when I go off the wagon I do it with a gusto.  There is a wrong way to eat a reese’s and it involves eating an excess on an otherwise very low-carb diet!

So I’m back on strict keto and doing pretty good.  The next thing I want to try out is intermittent fasting.  I’ve shied away from fasting because, really; who likes being hungry?  I like my food!  I don’t like going without it, not even a little bit.  However, there are very compelling reasons to integrate fasting.  The main being that fasting for at least 16 hours induces a huge increase in your cellular autophagy  When your body isn’t working to digest food it can focus on deep cleaning on a cellular level.  Autophagy is the process by which your body intelligently kills off weak cells and cleans out the cellular clutter that is mucking up your system.  This is crucial for your health.  So crucial that it can not be overstated.  Our bodies are meant to fast and have breaks from food so that they could function optimally.  For everything from healthy aging, to disease prevention, to beating cancer… we need and want regular autophagy to be happening.  And fasting is one of the most powerful boosts you can give your body.  You want to shoot for 16 hour periods every other day.  You can have black coffee and tea but any calories will break the fast.  I’m going to try starting my fasts in the afternoon so that I can break them mid-morning.  Like from 5 pm to 9 am.

Thanks for reading and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!