Little did I know that when I started this blog, it would end up being equally about my health as well as TTC! I suppose this journey I’m on can be a lesson for everyone – make sure you’re healthy before you start trying.
As it turns out, I simply can’t sit around and wait for my TSH level to drop (shocking, I know). I hate not being in control of my own body and I’ve been doing a little research to see what I can do to possibly help. At the very least, I can become healthier in every other aspect, and I just hope it will have an effect on my TSH in a good way.
So I talked to someone yesterday who seems to have suffered a similar fate (either Hashimoto’s or hypothyroidism) and she told me about her holistic approach to the disease. She sees a holistic doctor and takes tons of vitamins every day and has completely changed her diet around. She no longer even takes Synthroid at all, and her TSH levels are completely normal. While I’m not sure yet how I feel about holistic medicine, I admit I need to do more research on the topic. Medicine prescribed by a doctor seems to exist for a reason – and if I simply needed more vitamins, why wouldn’t my primary physician or my endocrinologist have told me that? That said, I was never told that calcium-enriched orange juice taken within 4 hours of Synthroid decreases what it does for my body, so you never know.
As I wait to hear more from this person about her diet, I did more research and stumbled upon this blog.
This woman has basically cut gluten out of her diet, and the comments made by others show they have done something similar. That, and sugar.
Sugar and carbs are my favorite types of foods – and I know they’re unhealthy. But everyone eats them, which is why it’s so frustrating that a healthy 26-year old might actually have to stop. Sugar, in particular, has been a minor obsession since I was a child. How could I possibly live without it?
However, to lower my TSH levels and get healthier, with a larger goal of conceiving, I will literally do whatever it takes. And I’ll start by changing my diet. Just as soon as this weekend is over…