Although we are capable of living with joy no matter what is happening in the external world, it really is more difficult to maintain joy when you are having hormonal problems. We can become irrational and easily frustrated when our hormones are too low or too high, like permanent PMS.
I have been a big fan of bio-identical hormones for ten years now and I have taken synthetic thyroid replacement and adrenal replacement drugs for about the same amount of time. I definitely thought they were keeping me younger and healthier.
When I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease, auto-immune thryoiditis, I tried Armour thyroid, the natural supplement from pigs for a while. Within a short time my body made antibodies to it and I felt worse than before. Synthroid didn’t help me at all because the thyroid has to convert the T4 in it to T3 and my thyroid no longer had that capability. So I went on the synthetic T3. This was not an option offered by a regular doctor. They really don’t understand much about the low thyroid epidemic and don’t know how to deal with it. You have to search for an alternative physician of some kind to get any real help.
For women who have low thyroid or Hashimoto’s auto-immune disease the supplementation and support of the thyroid is essential. The cascade of negative effects usually starts with burning out the adrenal glands, our fight or flight mechanism. In this culture of constant stress and minor aggravation, the adrenals are rarely at peace. We are working too hard and not doing enough things that give us pleasure. So the adrenals should be supported first.
There is an excellent book online that you can read for free on all the hormones that explains it very well. You’ll find it here.
Dr Jeffrey Dach MD has generously put the whole book online and it is really good.
So here are some of the symptoms of adrenal burnout and low thyroid. There are many more:
- Tired all the time.
- Can’t lose weight.
- Get irritated easily.
- Can’t sleep well throughout the night.
- Short fuse, quick to frustration.
- Thinning hair.
- Losing the last third of your eyebrows.
- Lost interest in sex.
- Brain fog.
- Losing memory.
- No motivation.
- Not enjoying things you used to enjoy.
Read Dr Dach’s book first and get clear on some natural options and why the solutions the regular doctors give you don’t work. If you go back to them and say they aren’t working they will say it’s your age or you’re depressed, here, have some anti-depressants. Do NOT go there! Those things are not good for you. There are alternatives in the brain book.
After the free book you may want to read Dr Kharrazian’s first book, “Why do I still Have Thyroid Symptoms when my blood tests are normal”. This is a bit harder to read and understand, lots of science. But you will have to do some basic research in order to get on the wellness track so have a family member read it for you if you aren’t up to it.
There is more information online about adrenal and thyroid malfunction than there ever was. Some people estimate that more than half of women over 50 have some thyroid malfunction. So put ‘Stop the Thyroid Madness’ in google and go on from there.
But there are also some lifestyle changes you can make that help you with your adrenal stress:
- Get more sleep.
- Drink more water.
- Give up caffeine, the jolt isn’t worth the dump later.
- Give up sugar of all kinds, same jolt and dump.
- Give up grains and dairy, very common food sensitivities.
- Give up the news. The media are jerking your adrenals around.
- Do Yoga or movement of any kind, even just a walk.
- Get some YOU time – put yourself first.
- Meditate or do art.
- Hang out with kind people, let the others go.
Those things might sound radical or impossible but others have done them and succeeded. Start with whatever sounds easiest and move on from there.
Unfortunately we often only give something our attention when our lives are compromised by it and by then, with hormone issues, your brain is not functioning optimally. But you can do it, I did! And our bodies are so miraculous that just setting our feet on the path of well-being in small ways is enough to send a clear healing message.