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My Thyroid and Me

Posted by Stefanie White on

Welcome everyone to our new monthly segment.

As you know I am Stefanie co CEO of Two Three Active, and I have hypothyroidism.
I first got diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism (over active thyroid) in 2012 were I lost a dramatic amount of weight ( 9st 4lb my lightest ) and really suffered with all the symptoms of having an over active thyroid. I was taking daily medication in hope to bring my thyroid back to balance, but unfortunately after a year of meds this did not solve the issues which resorted to me having to get my thyroid gland surgically removed, (well partially as I was hopeful by leaving half of the gland it would balance it self out), but unfortunately this did not work. After my surgery I was then diagnosed with Hypothyroidism (under active thyroid).
Since my operation I drastically put on weight (14st being my heaviest) which caused me to feel depressed, unfit and lost the self love and confidence I once used to have.

 

Fast forward to 2019 and I am still on a fitness & weight loss journey and rediscovering my happiness. 
Whilst being on this journey I have had so many highs and lows just trying to figure out the best and safest ways to get rid of this excess weight I gained, whilst also learning who this new Stefanie is. It has not been an easy road but I can now comfortably say I am in a much better space physical and mentally. 
During my time on this journey (cause I'm still on it) I have come to realise there is so little information and guides on good fitness and wellbeing whilst having hypothyroidism. So with this new monthly segment I will be research and sharing tips, guides and knowledge on how to maintain, look after and become one with your thyroid gland. Even if you don’t have anything wrong with your gland.
 
Please note: I am not a trained Dr or Nutritionist, but i think it is very important to share such knowledge and information. I have found it extremely difficult getting all the information to help me live a healthier life whilst having this condition, and i have tried so many diets and workouts that i have decided enough is enough. 

 

Let’s start off with What is the thyroid gland?

To be honest I had no idea this little gland even existed in the human body until I I got diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. My mum had the same issue but I was too young to remember. And once learning about it I found out how important it is to the everyday functioning of the human body.
The thyroid gland is an endocrine gland in your neck. It makes two hormones that are secreted into the blood: thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). These hormones are necessary for all the cells in your body to work normally. The thyroid gland lies in the front of your neck in a position just below your Adam’s apple. It is made up of two lobes - the right lobe and the left lobe, each about the size of a plum cut in half - and these two lobes are joined by a small bridge of thyroid tissue called the isthmus. The two lobes lie on either side of your wind-pipe.
 
Overactive thyroid (also known as hyperthyroidism) is a relatively common hormonal condition that occurs when there is too much thyroid hormone in the body. Excess levels of thyroid hormones can then speed up the body's metabolism, triggering a range of symptoms, such as: nervousness and anxiety*.
   
Underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) is where your thyroid gland doesn't produce enough hormones.Common signs of an underactive thyroid are tiredness, weight gain and feeling depressed.
An underactive thyroid can often be successfully treated by taking daily hormone tablets to replace the hormones your thyroid isn't making.**
More Info: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/underactive-thyroid-hypothyroidism/
 
 
If you feel you may be suffering with any of the symptoms stated, I highly advise going to your GP and requesting a blood test.

Next time  will be looking at some of of the best foods to help/support the Thyroid Gland. So stay tuned and follow my journey whilst gaining some new knowledge on how to look after one of the most important hidden parts of the human body.

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