This time of year is hard for me. My husband loves a bowl of vanilla ice cream when it’s hot out and I just sit there wishing I could have some of it. Just one bite, I’m sure it will be fine… oops I ate […]
This Autoimmune App is Amazing! It’s so hard to sift through the mountains of data and advice out there. How do you know what REALLY works? While looking for information on supplements and diets that seem to work for the bulk of people with Hashimoto’s […]
Hello and Happy Wednesday!
I had a total and complete relapse this week and I started on vitamin D3 with K2 to see if it helps. I also got a new doctor that I can’t see until August 11th. The vitamin D is helping already, no sweating and a perfect night’s sleep last night. We’ll see if it keeps helping. My hopes were all in for LDN as far as it making me feel better so I could function and deal with the root cause of this beast. Well it stopped working all of a sudden. I’m still on it but searching for relief elsewhere.
I’ve been wanting to do a post on Apps that help with this thing we live with. Apps for Hashimoto’s can help reduce stress when shopping, going to restaurants or tracking our symptoms. I also use a meditation app that has been invaluable. Most of the apps I have found are free but for the ones that have a small cost they are worth it if you find a good one.
There is so much advice out there and it gets confusing because you know everyone is different and responds differently to treatment. Most of the time you can only try things out to see if they work for you and how well they work. Apps on the other hand put things in order and help reduce confusion on a pretty basic level. If you consistently use them and enter info in the tracking apps they can be invaluable especially in the beginning of your journey and when traveling.
Get yourself some Hashimoto Apps:
ipiit for food sensitivity and allergens when shopping (free)
Find Me Gluten Free for finding restaurants (free)
Insight timer for meditation (free)
mySymptoms food Diary & symptom tracker
Here is a noteworthy app, Autoimmunie Citizen Science being developed by Vivek Mandan this could become an excellent resource app!
For more apps see Thyroidlovingcare
We need to relax and take time to enjoy company, food, family, our pets, art, music, time alone, meditating, reading a good book or whatever it is that helps you recharge. Hashimoto’s makes it hard for you to even begin to relax. Think of that feeling of truly relaxing, how long has it been since you have felt fully relaxed? How long since you were able to even start to relax? The kind of relaxed where everything around you feels wonderful and it’s almost impossible for someone else to shatter your sense of well-being. If you have Hashimoto’s reducing stress with acupuncture is something you may consider adding to your routine.
No matter how hard I try there are times I get worked up and full of anxiety. There are days I struggle with thinking straight, making well thought decisions, not feeling rushed and taking time to relax. These types of days are getting fewer and far between. One of the things that has helped me reduce stress is acupuncture. I can walk into my acupuncturist’s office a completely high-strung mess and walk out of that office an hour later feeling so relaxed I can barely drive myself home.
The effect of acupuncture will last for days and the benefits are long-term. It helps with so much more than just relaxing, it starts the process of teaching your body how to de stress and teaches it how to heal. With Hashimoto’s your body has learned to react in unhealthy stressful ways. Acupuncture helps your body find the path it was meant to take, a more natural less stressful path.
I never thought I’d see an acupuncturist because it sounded awful getting needles put into your skin. It is so not what I imagined. I need to be told when the needles are in or out most of the time. It’s incredibly non-evasive. Reducing stress with acupuncture works and I’m certain it will help in your journey living with Hashimoto’s.
Kiss Hashimoto’s Goodbye;
Natural endocrine solutions cited article;
In our search for healing from Hashimoto’s there are some alternative treatments. Some of these treatments aren’t easily found because they are new and have no or very little research to back them up. Most of them are frowned upon by conventional medicine. Even some kinds […]
Just like there is no one way to cure Hashimoto’s there’s also not a set list of symptoms. So how do you find out if you may have Hashimoto’s? There are some common Hashimoto’s symptoms to look for. Sometimes it just hits you that this […]
On Sunday I had a chat with someone who is feeling lousy and not getting heard from her doctor. It’s so frustrating when your doctor treats you like you are ridiculous and isn’t open to trying different options like supplements or alternative treatments. Part of the problem with western medicine seems to be it’s so compartmentalized by specialty. Well there are things we can do for ourselves as we are searching for a doctor that will listen, loves to learn and will work with us.
Diet is one. Yesterday’s chat had started with an article from a doctor who doesn’t recommend the Paleo Diet for people with an autoimmune disease. I personally think a Paleo Diet can be the key to the beginning of recovery. I know so many people who have gone on a paleo diet and have dropped several of their symptoms. It certainly is something you should at try for at least four to six weeks. If you can an Autoimmune Protocol Diet is even better because you can discover if any foods are bothering you as you reintroduce them. As a bonus while on an autoimmune diet you’ll feel fantastic. I have links to sites with great autoimmune recipes on my recipes page.
The next thing we can do on our own is try some common supplements. Selenium (gammadyn brand ampules) worked very well for me. It was the turning point in my health. I also took Betain HCI with pepsin by Intergrative Therapeutics for stomach acid, licorice extract by Wise Woman Herbals helped me in the mornings, GI Revive by Designs for Health and HPA Adapt by Intergrative Therapeutics for stress, I also find that Numi Tumeric Three Roots tea helps with inflammation when I’m having a bad day. Surprisingly the tea works better for me than the turmeric capsules. just make sure you are buying quality supplements without additives and gluten.
Everyone is different so it’s best to do all of this under a doctor’s guidance but if your doctor isn’t listening here are some helpful links:
The Paleo Mom;
Dr. Izabella Wentz, Pharm D;
Dr. Alan Christianson;
Hashimoto’s and reducing stress..hmmmm, seems counterintuitive sometimes doesn’t it? Sleep, relaxation and how we react to our environment are all key to healing with Hashimoto’s. Find what makes you happy and get exercise to release the tension. Stress also could be one of your root […]