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Nueva imagen / Brand refresh

Hace mucho tiempo que dejé de utilizar el blog, la razón? Hashimotos. Pero he decidido que es justo y necesario retomarlo, es por ello que renovamos la imagen del blog también 😀

It’s been a while since I last used this blog, the reason? hashimotos. But I have decided that it’s fair to give it a shot again, that’s why we also refreshed the brand of the blog.

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A little bit of everything.

Hello dear friends, I haven’t posted in sooooo long, I know, I said I was finally back, but the truth is I wasn’t ready to be back, I was/am terrified and didn’t know how to approach it.

It all started in August when I was finally diagnosed with Non Diabetic Reactive Hypoglycemia , my world shaked, I was afraid to talk about my new condition since I wasn’t sure how I was gonna control it and between nutritionists appointments I got it under control, I started eating as a diabetic does, that worked well… But something happened in November.

My TSH went from 0 point-something to 10 point-something, I cannot even explain how terrified that made me feel, I was eating as healthier as ever, then how was that possible? I still don’t know, everything I thought I knew about hypothyroidism was suddenly shaken and I was left feeling hopeless and confused.
How was I supposed to talk to you about controlling Hashimoto’s when I don’t even know myself, however my doctor ordered to check my tsh levels again 6 weeks later, my TSH came 5 point-something which was my initial TSH when I was diagnosed a year and a half ago.

Needless to say I’ve gained weight, developed fatty liver, PCOS and got depressed, which I wasn’t ready to admit either, because I wasn’t ready to accept everything that was happening, neither was ready to talk about it.

I eventually was active on our instagram, got in touch with @believingessentials and got involved in a project that I am going to publish hopefully by the end of this week, it’s a project that aims to inspire all of us.

What happened shown me that Hashimoto’s evolves and is so different from person to person and that nothing we know is written in stone, following Izabella Wentz protocol I had found my root cause which was streptococcus, when my doctors targeted it my thyroid decreased its size because it was swollen, however the swelling came back in October and haven’t gone away, I am still trying to figure out what happened, if the strep is back, which I hope not because it was extremely difficult to eliminate it, lots of trials and errors with very strong antibiotics including penicillin among others and lots of “I NEEEEEED HELP” posts on hashimoto’s support groups.

Speaking of Izabella Wentz, I tried to commit to the AIP (autoimmune protocol) diet, however I was advised by both my nutritionist and endocrinologist to give it up as it seems to mess up with my glucose issues. Have you followed Izabella’s Protocol? Have it worked for you? I have read countless successful stories, however I do find it too expensive and as a marketer makes me second guess it as most of her supplements are sold on her website and are reeeeeeeally expensive, at least for me. I do not intend to make you second guess it, I do follow Izabella’s mailing list and I follow a lot of advises by her, I just don’t think the AIP is for me.

Anywho, I don’t want to make this post longer than I intend it to be, thank you for taking the time to still read the blog despite me not posting in a looooooong time.

I will come back by the end of the week with the project I mentioned above.

Love for you all.

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[ESP] A veces debes tomar tiempo para ti mismo

….Y eso es lo que hice.

Me desaparecí del blog por más de un mes, justo después de hacer una publicación muy importante. Pero necesitaba tiempo, necesitaba aprender a aceptar que a veces está bien no estar bien.

Las enfermedades de la tiroides vienen con complicaciones y eso es lo que me sucedió, durante mi última cita mi Doctora estaba contenta con mis resultados, mis niveles de TSH estaban dentro del rango normal y eso fue realmente asombroso porque fue casi un año de llanto y dolores de cabeza pero finalmente pude manejar mi propia enfermedad con la ayuda de Dios, mi médico y mi familia. Inmediatamente después de la gran noticia de que mi hipotiroidismo estaba bajo control, publiqué sobre lo que funcionó para mí, lo que no les dije es que seguía subiendo de peso y sintiéndome realmente mal … ¿Cómo fue posible cuando mi tiroides aparentemente haciendo bien? había un problema subyacente que nunca mostró síntomas suficientes como para ser notado de inmediato y entonces descubrieron una complicación: HIPOGLUCEMIA REACTIVA NO DIABÉTICA.

No se deje engañar, la hipoglucemia y la hipoglucemia reactiva no son lo mismo, pero eso lo explicaré más adelante en otra publicación.

Durante mi ausencia me he centrado en mi bienestar, suena egoísta pero en realidad no lo es, porque si no sé cómo manejar mi propia enfermedad, entonces no podré ayudarte y tampoco darte consejos.

Han sido casi dos meses de cambios, casi dos meses desde que tuve que cortar drásticamente los azúcares añadidos, los refrescos, los postres, etc. Ha sido intenso, ha sido difícil pero ha sido gratificante porque mis síntomas comenzaron a disminuir en la primera semana de mis nuevos cambios en la dieta.

La hipoglucemia reactiva es común en pacientes con hipotiroidismo por lo que he podido investigar y estaba causando estragos en mi cuerpo, ni siquiera podía salir mucho por mi cuenta porque sentía que estaba a punto de desmayarme, pero como dije, explicaré más en otra publicación.

Solo quería darles una actualización rápida y mis más sinceras disculpas por haber estado ausente, he regresado y he vuelto para quedarme y continuar este viaje junto con usted.

Gracias por ser parte de la familia THYRED.

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[ENG] Sometimes you have to take some time for yourself

And that’s what I did…

I went off the radar for longer than a month, right after a very important post. But I needed time, I needed to learn how to be okay with not being okay.

Thyroid diseases come with complications and that’s what happened to me, during my last appointment my doctor was happy about my results, my TSH levels were back within the normal range and that was seriously awesome because it was almost a year of crying and headaches but finally was able to manage my own disease with the help of God, my doctor and my family. Right after the great news about my hypothyroidism being under control, I posted about what worked for me, what I didn’t tell you is that I kept on gaining weight and feeling really bad… How was this possible when my thyroid was seemingly doing okay? there was an underlying issue that never showed enough symptoms as to be noticed right away and so they discovered a complication: NON-DIABETIC REACTIVE HYPOGLYCEMIA.

Don’t be mislead, Hypoglycemia and reactive hypoglycemia are not the same thing, but i’ll explain further on this in another post.

During my absence I have focused on my well being, it sounds selfish but it’s actually not, because If I don’t know how to manage my own disease then I won’t be able to help you and give you tips also.

It’s been almost two months of changes, almost two months since I had to dramatically cut off added sugars, sodas, desserts, etc. It’s been intense, it’s been hard but it’s been rewarding because my symptoms started to decrease within the first week of my dietary changes.

Reactive hypoglycemia is common in hypothyroid patients for what i have been able to research and it was wreaking havoc on my body, I wasn’t even able to go out that much on my own because I felt as if I was about to faint, but like I said, I will explain further in a another post.

I just wanted to give you a quick update and my sincere apologies for having been absent, I’m back and I’m back to stay and continue this journey together with you.

Thank you for being part of the THYRED family.

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How I lowered my TSH levels

Before we start, let’s define what TSH means:

“A TSH test measures the amount of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in your blood. TSH is produced by the pituitary gland. It tells the thyroid gland to make and release thyroid hormones into the blood.”

https://medlineplus.gov/

And us (hypothyroid patients) with an underactive thyroid have elevated TSH levels, the normal ranges for these levels can vary depending on the age of the person.

For me, a twenty-four-year-old girl, my normal range should not be above 2, when I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, my TSH levels were not very high but it was high enough to wreak havoc on me, my levels fluctuated for a year since I was diagnosed (I suspect I’ve had it since way long before) but they never went within the normal range, until a week ago that I had my regular follow up with my endocrinologist. I couldn’t believe it, I was in shock, a good kind of shock, sadly I was also diagnosed that day with reactive hypoglycemia but I will talk about that later.

Anywho, if you ask me how I did it and what can I advise you?, I’ll try to keep it short and precise:

  • Trust your doctor:

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This is crucial and for most of us, this is difficult because of the paranoia we often have about everything going bad in our lives as the result of depression and desperation.
I particularly don’t have that problem, I trust my doctors all the time and this is crucial because your doctor knows what he/she is doing. My endocrinologist is the kindest one you can ever meet, that makes it a lot easier, but even if yours is not very warm, try your hardest to trust him/she, it will make things easier for both of you.

  • Take your medication:

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I know it is REAAAAALLY frustrating, especially when you are on levothyroxine, having to wait 30 to 60 minutes to eat after taking your medication is very hard, but it is also crucial that you do it and on an empty stomach, that you’re giving time for it to digest.

  • Find your root cause:

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Most of the cases of hypothyroidism come from immune issues, Dr. Izabella Wentz on her “Hashimoto’s Protocol” book encourages you to find the root cause of your hypothyroidism. It can take time, thankfully for me, my endocrinologist suggested that my immune system was affecting my thyroid due to having a strong case of streptococcus, I am now free of the previously mentioned bacteria and my thyroid is doing a lot better. There could be more than just one root cause, in my case there are many key factors, I also was infected with Toxoplasma Gondi when I was very young but was never tested and diagnosed until last year (at the same time my TSH levels got tested for the first time) and then there’s also the fact that my dad possibly also had an autoimmune disorder, genetics can also be part of the cause.
So, with the help of your doctor and your mom, dad, sister, etc, you can go through your medical record and do some thinking as to when you did start noticing bad changes in your health, what diseases you have had, when you started showing strong hypothyroid symptoms, etc.

  • Avoid gluten:

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Last year, when I was diagnosed, the doctor I had back then, suggested that I should go gluten free, he wasn’t very clear as to why he suggested it, so I did my research and found out that autoimmune and thyroid diseases are likely to be triggered by gluten, to quote Dr. Hedberg:

Gluten can also be an irritant to Hashimoto’s disease by creating inflammation in the thyroid gland.  The process is known as “molecular mimicry” which basically means that your body’s immune system is attacking the gluten, infection or environmental toxin but also attacking it’s own tissue.

MD. Amy Myers:

1.Gluten causes leaky gut
2. Gluten causes inflammation
3.  Gluten looks like your own tissues

I’ll go further with the gluten sensitivity later in another post, but basically, if you are hypothyroid you are most likely to have a gluten sensitivity or intolerance.
I personally still struggle with it, a lot, It’s a never ending battle, but once you go gluten free, you have to be careful, because I suspect (not proven) going gluten free for weeks and then eating it for a week every day and then going gluten free again might have caused me reactive hypoglycemia, your body becomes more intolerant after you go gluten free. So, if you ever eat it again, you must do in moderation.

I personally feel a lot better when I’m off gluten, no more joint pain, less seborrheic dermatitis, less bloating, etc.

  • Educate yourself:

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This one is tricky because the internet is flooded with an overload of information, which most of it is not accurate, but there are many sites that can actually provide you with good information, youtube can also be very helpful.
For me, websites like hypothyroidmom, have been a great source of information, as well as Amy Myers MD, Izabella Went’s documentary The thyroid secret , subscribing Izabella Went’s mailing list and her book “Hashimoto’s protocol”.
Joining support groups for hypothyroid and Hashimoto’s patients.
But, always check this information with your doctor first.

  • Get physical:

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I know exercise is one of the hardest things to do when you are hypothyroid/Hashimoto’s, getting out of bed in the morning is a big accomplishment for us as we lack energy and are always tired (random fact: that’s what this blog’s name is thyred), but engaging in physical activity is veeeeery important, it boosts your metabolism and it keeps depression away. During some months I would work out every day, during some others, I would barely do it twice a week, but it’s important that you do.
I regularly practice yoga, dance or engage in pop-pilates, these are the ones I use and are completely free, also this is not an ad, it is truly what I do and works for me. If you don’t feel like any of the ones I mentioned, try walking for at least 15 minutes every day.

  • Stay motivated:

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It’s hard, really hard, I’m not even gonna argue about this one, having hypothyroidism and/or an autoimmune disease can make you feel completely hopeless and frustrated, but you gotta PUSH YOURSELF, take care of yourself, and find ways to stay motivated during dark times.

  • Find what feels good:

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Your body knows when something is alright and when something isn’t, learn to know your body, learn which foods can trigger irritation, for example.
If today your body feels like it can’t work out, then rest and continue the next day, never stop searching for what feels good and does well to you.

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The social butterfly /

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Versión en Español, abajo.

Before I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, I was a social butterfly. So I’m going to talk about how Hypothyroidism and thyroid diseases can change your social life.

I’ve always been quite emotional, but I usually managed to control my emotions, I was able to go out and enjoy everything like nothing else in the world mattered. 

I suspect my disease was slowly evolving into what it is now (despite having my TSH under control, the symptoms are still there). I used to be a positive person, I loved to hang out with my friends, take walks with them, even going to parties, but mostly I enjoyed going out to eat with them. I had healthy habits at home, my mom have always been a clean cook, I worked out regularly and most of all, I HAD THE ENERGY.

Suddenly, I started going out less and less, my temper was out of control, I would get mad o cry over things that didn’t really matter, I would get upset and/or defensive while having discussions with my friends that we always had in a healthy way. I also was in a very unhealthy relationship that had me under a lot of stress most of the time, I was panicked all the time, he took advantage of that and would tell me “you wasn’t like this when I met you, you don’t go out because of me, I am too important for you”, but that DIDN’T MAKE SENSE to me, he was not the reason for which I didn’t wanted to go out, it was me, for some reason I didn’t have enough energy anymore, I had enough stress with him. Eventually the relationship ended and I don’t blame my hypothyroidism, he didn’t love me, but my disease did contributed to being “unloveable”.

So, when I was diagnosed last July, it all started to make sense, Hypothyroidism takes most of your energy because your thyroid gland is either over active or under active, your body is not getting its enough share of hormones and your brain starts to notice too, suddenly you start having strange mood swings and then depression hits you like a wet rock, people start calling you HYPOCONDRIAC and DRAMATIC, they tell you “you talk too much about that and it’s not even that much of a big deal”, suddenly you don’t have anyone to talk to because people who were close to you think you’re making it all up for attention, then the weight gain (in my case) comes and it’s what people notice first and they start giving you all sort of rude comments “WOW, GIRL, YOU NEED TO SLOW DOWN THE PIZZA”, “ARE YOU PREGNANT?”, “YOU NEED TO EAT HEALTHY AND EXERCISE MORE, GO TO THE GYM, LIFT HEAVY WEIGHT”… And you’re already depressed enough, you start wondering ‘Why do I let these people affect me? Oh no, I won’t let them’, you start building yourself a wall to protect yourself from all the mean stuff people tell you and because you’re too sensitive, you could lash out in public… And slowly the social butterfly becomes the bitter one.

The fact that you can no longer eat whatever you want, contributes big time to not be a social butterfly anymore too, because in order to get better you have to quit gluten and mostly processed meats, and let’s be honest, restaurants very rarely would serve grass-feed hormone-free meats. In countries like mine, there are no vegan restaurants and neither restaurants have gluten free options.

I always tell people, PLEASE DON’T JUDGE US SO HARD, WE ALREADY JUDGE OURSELVES HARD ENOUGH. We are fighting a battle with our minds, our psychique, our immune system. 

  • It’s not that we want to be over emotional, it’s that we have a hormonal imbalance and we cannot have much control of it.
  • It’s not that we don’t want to go out, it’s that people will make all sort of mean comments about us and it will hurt us, besides we don’t have the energy meaning we get exhausted very quickly,
  • It’s not that we don’t exercise enough, It’s that our metabolism has slowed down a lot and we cannot lose weight despite our healthy attemps, too much excercise can also damage us.
  • It’s not that we are weak and clingy, it’s that we sometimes develop mental changes and depression is the most common, if we reach out to you, we trust you and you are important.

This is why by the beggining of May I posted about Borderline Personality Disorder, because somehow we can relate to them at some level, because us HYPOTHYROID PATIENTS also deal with mental health battles.

I AM IN THE PROCESS OF ACCEPTING THAT THIS IS MY LIFE NOW, THAT I HAVE TO BATTLE THIS AND HAVE TO STOP FEELING SORRY FOR MYSELF, THAT I HAVE TO HELP MYSELF AND TRY TO GO OUT, GROW MENTALLY AND DON’T LET PEOPLE HURT YOU. AND SO CAN YOU, WE SHOULD TRY TOGETHER.

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Depresión / Depressión [Español/English]

English translation below.

DEPRESION

Hoy  7 de abril, se celebra el Día Mundial de la Salud, para conmemorar el aniversario de la fundación de la Organización Mundial de la Salud y nos ofrece una oportunidad única para movilizar la acción en torno a un tema de salud específico que preocupe a las personas de todo el mundo.

El tema de este año, es uno rodeado de muchos tabúes, con los cuales se busca romper, ya que la depresión no es una debilidad, discapacidad, ni algo de lo cual burlarnos. Los pacientes hipotiroideos muchas veces nos encontramos con esta en forma moderada durante nuestras primeras etapas subclínicas e incluso nuestra condición podría pasar desapercibida al confundirse meramente con depresión y aunque son dos cosas distintas, nuestros síntomas están causada por el desbalance de nuestras hormonas tiroideas, pero existen muchas otras causas por las que se desarrolla la depresión.

Ahora bien, ¿Qué es la depresión?.

La depresión es una enfermedad que se caracteriza por una tristeza persistente y por la pérdida de interés en las actividades con las que normalmente se disfruta, así como por la incapacidad para llevar a cabo las actividades cotidianas, durante al menos dos semanas. Además, las personas con depresión suelen presentar varios de los siguientes síntomas: pérdida de energía; cambios en el apetito; necesidad de dormir más o menos de lo normal; ansiedad; disminución de la concentración; indecisión; inquietud; sentimiento de inutilidad, culpabilidad o desesperanza; y pensamientos de autolesión o suicidio. ~Organización mundial de la salud

Debemos comprender que la depresión puede afectar a cualquier persona, sin importar color, estatura, sexo, país o estatus social. Y en determinados casos al no ser tratada, puede llevar al suicidio, el cuál representa un gran porcentaje en la tasa de muertes anuales.

Generalmente una persona con depresión experimenta una baja de ánimo muy notable, sensación de vacío interior, estados de ansiedad, miedo, desasosiego interno, problemas para razonar y para dormir. 

La depresión afecta a todo el cuerpo.

Es un factor de riesgo en la aparición de afecciones vasculares, como por
ejemplo las enfermedades coronarias y apoplejías. Posiblemente por ello
tenga la misma importancia que otros factores de riesgo clásicos, como es
el tabaco, el sobrepeso o la falta de ejercicio físico, a los que actualmente
se les concede una relevancia mucho mayor, tanto en la conciencia pública
como en el marco de las políticas sanitarias de estrategias preventivas.
Al mismo tiempo, hay que decir que una enfermedad depresiva favorece la
aparición de la osteoporosis y la diabetes. Por lo tanto,actualmente se habla
de la depresión como una enfermedad «sistémica», ya que afecta no sólo
al cerebro sino a otros muchos órganos del cuerpo. Todo esto subraya la
enorme importancia que tiene una terapia temprana, exacta y duradera. ~http://www.depression.ch 

Recuerda que si sospechas que sufres de depresión, hablar con una persona de confianza puede ser un primer paso para curarse. Si sufres de otras enfermedades crónicas, consulta a tu médico de cabecera para que pueda evaluarte y de ser necesario, referirte con un especialista.

Compartamos este mensaje y borremos los mitos de la depresión, una persona depresiva no está loca. Una persona depresiva necesita de tratamiento, pero sobre todo de mucho amor y apoyo de sus seres queridos.

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The thyroid gland / La glándula tiroides

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The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped endocrine gland that is normally located in the lower front of the neck. The thyroid’s job is to make thyroid hormones, which are secreted into the blood and then carried to every tissue in the body. Thyroid hormone helps the body use energy, stay warm and keep the brain, heart, muscles, and other organs working as they should

Source: http://www.thyroid.org/thyroid-information/

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