Hi Tina! Would you mind sharing your TSH, Free T3 and Free T4? Also if you have them - your TPO antibodies and Thyroglobulin Abs. Please keep in mind that I can not diagnose or treat medical conditions, but I can provide guidance and recommendations on how you can manage your lifestyle, diet, stress, etc, to feel better!
Thank you so much, I have mailed you the numbers from my latest labtest. I havent taken it since, maybe its time to do it again. [IMG_0349](//muut.com/u/lifepostcollective/s3/:lifepostcollective:V6u6:img_0349.png.jpg)
Hope the images shows what youre asking, otherwise I can show more results from that test.
I'm so sorry, these test results are in units that I'm not familiar with and some markers are in another language that I don't know. If it's not hashimoto's what did the doctor tell you is the issue? Are you taking meds? What are your symptoms?
I am hypothyroid and have a slow metabolism. I take Levaxin 125-150 mikrograms a day and If I dont take it i gain weight, start to freeze, get extremely fatigued, get foggy brain and bad memory. I wish to have a healthy body without having to take meds daily but dont know if one can reverse my type of Hypothyroidism.
Ok here are my top tips for you: 1) I would not be low carb if you're hypo. You likely need 200-250 grams of carbs/day of CLEAN whole-food carbs that will keep blood sugar stable. 2) You NEED to address your adrenal health. Adrenals usually "tank" before thyroid, and there's an association between the two. Knowing you're an Ironman athlete, there's a strong chance you need to address potentials of overtraining and adrenal fatigue. These are steps in healing thyroid (it worked for me! My thyroid was thrashed for a long time). 3) Measure BBT every morning upon waking before you get out of bed, track on an app like kindara. If below 97 degrees F you need to keep working on you're healing. 4) If you are working out, I would strictly maintain MAF training and NO intensity until your condition has improved. No racing, no crossfit, no crazy endurance. 5) Check out my article "Eating To Nourish Adrenals" right here on LPC and also my AIP Diet ideas, do both. (search that title on top right corner of page) 6) Levxin is T4, and if there is inflammation in the body the T4 is doing you no good. Still, You may need some thyroid support ongoing, there's nothing wrong with that, but there are options to get on bioidential thyroid supplements instead of T4 synthetics; you'd need to do this under the care of a functional doctor. 7) STRESS MANAGEMENT!!!! This cannot be emphasized enough and I'd seriously evaluate how you're living your life and levels of stress. Work on more parasymapthetic activity, resources for that here on LPC. 8) Stress & Cortisol: The relationship between excess cortisol & thyroid: Too much cortisol (from stress/training) will blocks production of TSH and/or prevents T4 → T3 conversion (latter is bigger problem). T3 is active level that we need to thrive! If it's not converting to active T3 it'll become reverse T3 which we don't want. 9) INFLAMMATION!!!! Inflammation royally screws up thyroid production and activity. Look for gut issues or inflammation somewhere else/systemic. The inflammation could be in gut. This requires testing to uncover. 10) Avoid gluten. If you have antibodies to gliadin (in gluten) these can also attack thyroid. 11) More testing.... if you can, hire a functional practitioner or health coach who can look at your case individually and get a specific idea of where you're at to guide treatment, supplements, lifestyle and diet. As I always say, TEST DON'T GUESS. And I don't mean just blood tests, I mean a saliva or urine test for for hormones like the DUTCH. 12) Other issues to consider: -Memory issues? -Sleep difficulty? -Low sex drive? -Gaining body fat? -Low immunity (often getting colds, etc.)? -Craving sugar? …. If yes, all this goes back to cortisol, DHEA, and stress..... if most of these apply to you then it's time to hire professional help to work with you one-on-one. In the meantime, get going on the recommendations I've listed above! It is VERY possible to heal.
Thank you so much for your advice, it means a lot to me!
You bet. Keep me posted.
Oh yea, I'd also suggest looking at Amy Meyers' books on autoimmune and thyroid. Even if you don't have full-blown autoimmune her approach is very holistic and helpful: http://amzn.to/2uz13xO http://amzn.to/2tmyiVM PS - I said the the Levaxin T4 is doing you no good if there's inflammation, that may not be the case.... but we do know that inflammation hinders the effectiveness. Also, I said 200-250 grams of carbs a day, but that can vary and you may need more or even slightly less, but I'd certainly never ever go under 150 g/day.
Ok thank you so much, I will look into amys book! I know youre right on the carbs, I did try to go low on them about two years ago because a health practioner told me to do so. But from that I got nightmares and did not feel well at all. I did get fatadapted and was able to run for hours without any nutrition and without any hungre, which was nice but at the same time a got deficient in Zink which I think got me lots of colds. On the other side does to many carbs make me swollen and tired, even if its free from gluten and good nutritions food. I am on the path of learning whats the right amount, but not really there yet so I am so thankful for your advice!! :)
By the way do you think that a healthy stomach should be able to handle a meal like this? Quinoa salade: 50 grams quinoa, 300 g grams vegetables, 100 gram beets, 150 g feta cheese I bought a personalized nutrition plan a few months ago but I dont feel like I can eat that much in one meal because of reflux and sensitive stomach. Maybe I should be able to do that?
I would say that's a very reasonable meal. Although, if you have issues with thyroid then dairy/feta may be a big no no. Dairy can increase inflammation in the thyroid gland and negatively affect its functioning! If you're concerned, I'd experiment with each of those foods ON THEIR OWN and see how they make you feel. Good chance you'll want to avoid all dairy and gluten for now (but probably not forever). You also want to increase intake of sea vegetables (natural iodine source!) and fermented foods (sauerkraut!) if tolerated.
I have avoided gluten for some years now and that eliminated a lot of the stomach issues I had before. Havent noticed any downsides on dairy, but mayby I should limit that as well. I have more problems from certain foods like red onion and, if to much, garlic or dark chocolate. Thanks again for your advice, " I will test to hold up on dairy for a few weeks and see what happens.
If I have to eat 200-250 grams of carbohydrates a day, can I then achieve metabolic flexibility and how would I do that in that case?
Carb/nutrient timing! Plan your carbs around your activity level and avoid having all your carbs when sedentary.