In my efforts to learn more about Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis I started reading Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause by Izabella Wentz. Like me Izabella is an ambitious women who at a young age developed Hashimoto’s. Unlike me she was able to use her medical background to search for a better cure than taking synthetic hormones to aid the weakened thyroid. While she has yet to develop an easy cure (something like a vaccine that you get once and your cured 10 days later) she has uncovered some beneficial insights.
Like most autoimmune disorders there are triggers which cause the body to attack. Izabella realized that more often than not those who have Hashimoto’s are triggered by food. While I can bore you with the scientifically explanation of how food can cause the body to attack the thyroid I will spare you the lengthy details for now. However if you are truly interested then check out Izabella’s book because she does a great job explaining. For now I just want to reflect on this significant breakthrough. Per Izabella I can change what I am eating and get back to being the athletic girl I once was.
Now here’s the catch, I have no clue what food(s) is/are my trigger(s). Am I intolerant to just 1 food item like my mom who is gluten intolerant? Or could I possibly be one of those poor individuals who can only eat seaweed because they are allergic to basically everything? I really don’t know. Also, what if I am intolerant to something as awesome as gluten do I really have the will power to give it up? I guess the real question here is how badly do I want to get back to being healthy? I have serious thinking to do.