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My Thyroid and Me Chapter 10 - Myth Busting

Hello Hello Hello, Stef again, back with another chapter in understanding my thyroid.
Now I must admit, there have been many times where I did something and when I wasn't achieving the results I wanted I resulted to using my underactive thyroid as the reason why. 
I started to look more into the best ways to manage my condition and to achieve my goals, and came across many articles that highlighted common myths you read about Hypothyroid is just that a Myth.
Here are a few most common myths 
 
 

 

You can't lose weight with Hypothyroidism 

Now this one has been my biggest struggle, watch what you eat, don't eat certain foods, workout more. and quite frankly it's trying and some days I'm focused others not so much, and when I'm not seeing or seeing small results it can be disheartening, so seeing this really assured that its time to kick my ass into gear.
If your thyroid hormone dosage is appropriate, you should not have a tougher time shedding weight. Part of this myth lies in the fact that weight gain is a sensitive topic. But if you're adequately placed on thyroid hormone, you're on the same playing field.
 
 
 
You can manage hypothyroidism with diet

 

Diet alone cannot regulate the problems of the thyroid. Thyroid medicine helps bring hormone production to a normal level. Eating a well-balanced diet with plenty of vitamins and minerals is still important to your overall health.
Diet can often cure what ails you, but that simply isn't the case with hypothyroidism. Although diet alone can’t improve thyroid function, eating a well-balanced, nutrient-rich diet can help improve your overall health.
 
 

Hypothyroidism means constant fatigue 

  

Fatigue is a very common complaint among people with hypothyroidism, but it's also a very common complaint in people without the condition, One of the early signs of hypothyroidism is fatigue and lack of energy due to slowed metabolism. But once properly treated, your energy levels should return to normal. If you're still struggling with fatigue despite proper sleep, nutrition, and exercise, talk to your doctor about having your thyroid hormone levels tested.

 

 You'll need to increase your Iodine

 

Most people do not have an iodine deficiency. Supplementation is usually not necessary (and can have negative consequences). Don’t take iodine supplements without your doctor’s advice. 

 

This really spiked my interest cause I started to really believe that having this condition would really hinder me and I would have to pay extra attention to everything I do, but this has just highlighted to me that as long take my prescribed medicine I shouldn't have a harder time than most people. So now its time to stop looking for excuses and own up to my S**t... What a wake-up call.

 

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Sources:
https://www.everydayhealth.com/hs/healthy-living-with-hypothyroidism/common-hypothyroidism-myths-pictures/
https://www.premierhealth.com/your-health/articles/women-wisdom-wellness-/the-lowdown-on-10-common-thyroid-myths#:~:text=Myth%3AYou%20can't%20lose,take%20your%20medicine%20as%20prescribed.
https://www.verywellhealth.com/common-myths-about-thyroid-disease-3233190

2 comments

  • I was diagnosed with an over active thyroid (graves disease) when I was 22 and im now 46.
    I had an horrendous time with multiple symptoms and I was not able to get it under control with medication so unfortunately I had to have my thyroid removed.
    I gained 2 stone over 12 months because my metabolism was si slow.
    I’m now 46 and I have to train 6 days a week and eat healthy food to maintain a healthy weight.
    Your thyroid function is so vital and especially when you start heading into menopause.
    Thankyou for highlighting the subject.

    Marika
  • Loved reading this!! As a dietitian I often hear and see people self diagnosing hypothyroidism and turning to iodine supplements and/or alternative diet therapies as the answer….
    Fab myth busting

    Jasmine

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