Living With Hashimoto's Disease
I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’ve been throwing around Hashimoto’s Disease a couple of times in previous posts. I was diagnosed with it about a year and a half ago and it completely changed my life, but in the best way possible. So, Hashimoto’s Disease is an autoimmune condition where your immune system thinks your thyroid is a foreign body and it basically goes HAM on destroying it.
Sounds fun right? Well, Hashimoto’s Disease often goes undetected. Turns out 1 out of 4 adult women develop Hashimoto’s Disease in their lifetime and that number is slowly increasing. Hashimoto’s symptoms are fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, dry skin, and a couple other odd ball symptoms as well.
After doing a little bit of research into the disease, I found out that modern science didn’t know that cause but there has been studies not yet accepted into science that talk about the outside environment triggering Hashimoto’s.
By the outside environment, I mean the man made environment that our society has created. The chemicals, pesticides, and toxins that we put in and on our bodies actually does matter. Essentially my poor little thyroid got bombarded with these chemicals and that’s when the immune system flipped its switch.
So, you may be thinking – “This is a good thing?”
Yes, yes it is. Why? Because I completely changed my lifestyle after hearing that I had to take medication for the rest of my life. See, I don’t like the sound of that and there’s a possibility that I can put Hashimoto’s into remission by completely changing my lifestyle.
Here’s what I did: I changed my diet to a plant based diet (no more sugar, wheat, gluten, soy, and dairy), bought all natural body wash, face wash, laundry detergent, shampoo, conditioner, etc. and through this process I was able to lose 25 pounds that I put on while in college and treat my body how it should and needs to be treated.
With Hashimoto’s comes anxiety and depression. It’s just a package deal. So, I had to learn how to live an intentional life where I treat my body and mind with respect and it does the same for me in return.
In modern society, this isn’t something we usually do. Fast food chains are on the rise and so is America’s collective waistline. Now, don’t get me wrong. Each and every body is beautiful – but we need to make sure that we’re giving our bodies that proper nutrition it needs to function properly.
After switching to the Autoimmune Paleo diet – I’ve gained back all my energy (I don’t need coffee in the morning!), I’ve lost added pounds that put a lot of pressure and stress on my joints, I no longer feel bloated after meals, and I just feel good in general.
If I didn’t have Hashimoto’s disease, I would continue my old lifestyle which wasn’t a good one. Hashimoto’s isn’t something to take lightly, but it’s something that could change your life in a good way if you choose it.