Wellness Wednesdays

autoimmune, health, Wellness

Diet!

No no not the usual kind of diet! Today the route to wellness that I want to talk about is your own personal diet.

Theres no set formula to eating healthy- we are constantly being told one thing only to hear its the opposite! Everything these days seems to cause cancer or raise cholesterol, but as difficult as it seems to navigate the food industry and figure out what you should or shouldn’t be eating my advice is the usual- eat a balanced diet BUT figure out the things in your diet that you need more of, or could do without.

Specific health conditions need more of certain foods and sometimes less of others. Having Hashimoto’s Thyroiditus you come to find that they can treat the deficiency of thyroid hormone, but not the autoimmune disease itself. After lots of research I found many many people saying that a Gluten Free life is the first port of call for this disease. I’m someone who wants to do everything they can to improve my health as there are so many parts of it that I have no control over. So 3 years ago I decided- yep I’m dropping Gluten. It takes a lot of research and careful preparation to make such a huge change in the way you eat. You learn as you go and have to constantly check ingredients and food labels. You have to educate not only yourself but friends and family in how to safely prepare your food separately. It’s no mean feat but it was worth it. Ok so I haven’t lost weight and I do still feel ill, but I have helped stop my disease in its tracks. Since going Gluten free my level of thyroid antibodies hasn’t increased even a little bit! Before this it was constantly increasing. So although you can’t reverse the damage already done, you can quell it.

And theres science to this- I was surprised to read that the molecular structure of the protein in Gluten is very similar to the Thyroid Gland and everytime you eat Gluten the body creates more of these antibodies that think your thyroid gland is evil! Did Doctors tell me this? No. Did Doctors laugh me off? Yes. Did I work all this out on my lonesome? Yes. And you can too.

You might not have the same problem as me, and the changes in your diet may not need to be so extreme but you may find that adding in a handful of nuts a day, actively drinking more water or eliminating some dairy from your diet could be the key to making you feel more well.

I am not an expert and it is very important to do your research and add or eliminate things in your diet gradually and carefully. But it could be that simple. Maybe your fatigue, disease, dry skin or whatever other small or big issue could be simply improved too.

Be well, do your homework and enjoy food whilst feeling the benefits too!

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