Are you hypothyroid and yet still struggle with weight gain and general sluggishness? I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in 2007. I was placed on Levothyroxine, but never quite felt right. I was still tired and my labwork fluctuated so much that my dosages were constantly changing. In 2008, I made the switch to Armour and can’t imagine ever going back!
Through the last 6 years, I have learned many things through trial and error. In general, I am the type of person who attempts to go natural rather than conventional with medicine. Why? Because I feel that it makes more sense to try and find the root cause of an issue and treat that cause rather than to simply medicate. I have had more success in taking supplements that act as a healer than something that will mask the problem. Here are some of my top tips for hypothyroid patients:
1. Try Armour Thyroid instead of synthetic thyroid replacements. Levothyroxine and Synthroid only treat T-4 while Armour ‘gives patients EXACTLY what their own thyroids give them—T4, T3, T2, T1 and calcitonin.‘ Armour is made with natural dessicated thyroid glands, rarely has side effects and meets the stringent guidelines of the US Pharmacopoeia.
2. Take 3/4 dose early in the AM and the other 1/4 dose in the afternoon. This will give your body a more steady, continual dose throughout the day and will combat the afternoon tiredness commonly associated with hypothyroidism.
4. Find a doctor who will prescribe Armour and who will treat you as an informed, educated patient…Which means you need to actually be an informed, educated patient! I have an awesome dr. here in Kentucky who treats the whole person, not just the symptoms.
5. Limit grains, especially if you have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Grains are an irritant and cause thyroid inflammation. Not only will you see an improvement in your thyroid symptoms, but you will lose weight as well. I have been off of wheat and corn for several months and my labwork has shown the improvements because of this choice and I have lost 10 pounds.
7. Join a Yahoo support group if you are new to hypothyroidism. Here, you will find encouragement, support and answers to your questions from others who have ‘been there, done that’.
8. If you have had your thyroid removed, I recommend becoming familiar with this website written by a thyroid cancer survivor who is now thriving on natural thyroid treatments.
Above all, don’t lose heart if you are feeling overwhelmed. Take it one day at a time, one step at a time! Tomorrow is a new day and welcome it with gratitude for all of the options we have in today’s world.