Staying Fit with Hypothyroidism

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Is it possible to stay fit when you have hypothyroidism?

I’ve written about being hypothyroid  in the past. Hypothyroidism is often diagnosed for the first time during perimenopause and is one of many hormonal imbalances that can present during this time of hormonal fluctuation.

Recently I had my regular blood test for thyroid levels and they were off. Prior to getting my levels checked, I could feel something was out of balance, but not horribly.  It was starting to get a little harder to get up in the mornings, and the fog or depression that often accompanies low thyroid function was subtly drifting back into my daily experience. But I have been able to keep the impact of these symptoms in control by maintaining my home workout routines and some other ‘safety measures’ I implement.

The Thyroid Gland
The thyroid gland is part of the endocrine system, controlling how quickly the body uses energy, makes proteins, as well as controlling how sensitive the body should be to other hormones. The hormones the thyroid gland creates regulate the rate of metabolism and affect the growth and rate of function of many other systems in the body.*  The production of these hormones is regulated by the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus. And this is where issues can start to arise in the thyroid – whether hypo or hyper.

I have Hashimoto’s Disease which is the most common cause of hypothyroidism. This is an auto-immune disease where the body’s immune system is attacking and destroying the thyroid gland over time so that it is not able to produce the levels of hormones necessary for my body’s metabolic functions to work properly. Some scientists think a virus or bacterium might trigger the auto-immune response, while others believe a genetic flaw

t-tapp menopuase thyroid solution

T-Tapp Menopause Thyroid Solution

may be involved. A combination of factors, including heredity, sex and age, may determine your likelihood of developing the disorder. Hashimoto’s disease is most common in middle-aged women and tends to run in families. ** But current theory is that many auto-immune diseases are a reaction to allergies (food, environmental), underlying disease and/or stress. (here’s a great article on auto-immune disease by respected medical doctor and founder of Functional Medicine, Dr. Mark Hyman)

How I Cope and Stay Fit with Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism As I mentioned, I have maintained my home workout routines during this dip in thyroid function – currently a mixture of stretching, T-Tapp, running, suspension training, body weight workouts. I modify the workouts if necessary due to lower energy levels. I also maintain or increase actions to counteract the stress in my life that I KNOW can’t be helping with my body’s reaction and inflammation.

  • Meditation is key for me (allows me to feel something beyond the body, my mind, myself)
  • Acupuncture is key for me (helps to keep my organs and energy balanced and functioning)
  • Maintaining some semblance of exercise, even if it is only stretching and going for a walk up the street. ANYthing is better than nothing! T-Tapp is especially suited for hormonal balance and a non-inflammatory workout.
  • Maintaining my thyroid medication (in my case, Nature-Throid, a natural glandular prescribed by a doctor) –> If you are not sure you have thyroid issues but present with many of the symptoms, please get your thyroid checked by a doctor. Finding vit d3 for hypothyroidismthis out and getting on the correct medication has made a HUGE difference to my  quality of life at this time!
  • Take Vit. D3 which has been shown to be crucial to the thyroid gland working effectively ***
  • Supplement with Vit. B12, which is commonly deficient in those suffering from hypothyroidism

–> On the days that I can’t get it up to workout, I make sure I do balancing, nurturing things for myself rather than beating myself up.

mary shomon thyroid diet revolution

Mary Shomon’s Thyroid Diet Revolution

  • watch a favorite show
  • make sure to connect with a close friend
  • take a long shower or bath
  • lay down and take a nap in the afternoon.
  • Whatever allows me to just drop my mind, my stress, my reaction to fatigue and re-set.

Here are some great resources about Thyroid health. Definitely check them out!

Mary Shomon – The queen of Thyroid Advocates!

Gena Lee Nolin’s Thyroid Sexy – Why not be sexy in spite of thyroid disease?!

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Sources:
*    Wikipedia – Thyroid
**  The Mayo Clinic – Hasimoto’s Disease
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