Living With Hypothyroidism

Have you ever looked at some of my photos and wondered about my obsession with butterflies?  I put them on my photos as a reminder to myself that I can fly into my new life of health and fitness EVEN with hypothyroidism.  Several things including high levels of stress can factor into the development and worsening of hypothyroidism and once you have it, it is very difficult to control. It is a battle every day but it is a battle that I am willing to fight.

Millions of people in the US have thyroid diseases.  Most of them are women, and I am one of them. You see, your thyroid plays a vital part in your metabolism and when it isn’t working right then you don’t feel well.  The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland that weighs a little over 16 grams in an adult. The thyroid secretes several hormones through out the body which influence your metabolism, growth and development and your body temperature.

At first it is easy to not recognize the symptoms of hypothyroidism…fatigue and weight gain. Here are the top 16 symptoms…

  1. Fatigue  (Yes)
  2. Increased sensitivity to cold  (Yes)
  3. Constipation  (Yes)
  4. Dry skin  (Yes)
  5. Unexplained weight gain  (Yes)
  6. Puffy face  (Yes)
  7. Hoarseness  (Yes)
  8. Muscle weakness  (Yes)
  9. Elevated blood cholesterol level
  10. Muscle aches and pain  (Yes)
  11. Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints  (Yes)
  12. Heavier than normal or irregular menstrual periods  (Yes)
  13. Thinning hair  (Yes)
  14. Slower heart rate  (Yes)
  15. Depressed mood  (Yes)
  16. Impaired memory  (Yes)

I have every symptom except for the elevated cholesterol, but then again I have no idea what my cholesterol level is so I can’t really say for sure about this one.

I have been doing some research to see if there is anything I can do besides taking my prescription to help my thyroid.

  1.  The first step is to eliminate gluten from your diet.  I personally am struggling with this but I am trying to cut back.  Baby steps right?
  2. Selenium is essential to a healthy thyroid.  Eating  2-3 brazil nuts daily can help you get an extra 200mcg each day.  Just one shakeology shake per day provides you with 36 mcg.
  3. Omega 3 fatty acids are also essential for a healthy thyroid.  You can add this to your diet by eating wild caught fish like salmon.
  4. Get plenty of sunlight to optimize your vitamin D levels and take 1000-2000IU daily of Vitamin D3.
  5. Herbs like ashwaganda support thryoid function.  Ashwaganda is a super food found in Shakeology.  15281820_10206351185693456_187291277_n

Lots of Beachbody customers and coaches suffer from hypothyroidism and have found that Shakeology helps them battle their condition, often beating it. But, how does  Shakeology help your thyroid?

Drinking Shakeology helps replenish your body’s supply of both iodine (in the form of kelp) and selenium. Additionally, it contains zinc and iron, which the National Institutes of Health indicate help maintain proper function of your thyroid, too. Maca root, another ingredient, is also associated with improved thyroid health. And when your thyroid is working the way it should, you feel better again.

Many people who drink Shakeology feel that it is helping with their thyroid condition and I am one of them.  It pretty much gives me the energy that I didn’t have.  I know that there are days when I need that extra boost so I drink two shakes.

I honestly didn’t think that drinking Shakeology every day would help me lose weight. After all having an underactive thyroid makes it extremely difficult to lose weight.  I have lost some  with drinking my shake every day and I noticed that I am able to maintain my weight a lot easier than before.  This is a win for me!

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