How many times have you asked youself, “Why am I always so tired?” For those of us struggling with fatigue, it can be a constant question as we drag ourselves through the day. Even everyday tasks can seem monumental.
The first place I start when I am coaching clients is to ask if they have had any recent blood tests done. It is important to understand if your thyroid is low, if you are anemic, if you are diabetic or pre-diabetic, or if tests indicate you may have cancer.
Dr. Josh Axe is a certified doctor of natural medicine and a clinical nutritionist. He has written a number of books and has become very popular online. In his article “11 Reasons You’re Always So Tired and How to Fix it!” he writes about 11 different reasons you may be tired. Thyroid issues are discussed. In the article, Dr. Axe discusses possible causes for thyroid disease and natural treatments. He writes
“Thyroid Disease Causes:
How are thyroid disorders caused? There are believed to be four main contributing causes of thyroid disease, which may be the reason you feel like you’re always tired:
- Hormonal imbalances caused by stress and diet
- Food intolerances to things like gluten and dairy
- Radiation and toxicity exposure
- A nutrition deficiency in iodine or selenium
Natural Treatment for Thyroid Disease
A thyroid disease may be causing you to feel sluggish. Here are some of the ways you can help recover:
- Go gluten — and mostly dairy-free (especially from A1 casein cows).
- Avoid toxins and heavy metals like BPA (Bisphenol A) found in plastic bottles and aluminum cans.
- Have your iodine and selenium levels checked and then include more food sources of both, or taking supplements if need be.
- Detox your body of heavy metals by using products like milk thistle, turmeric, chlorella and cilantro, plus considering having metal fillings removed from your teeth
- Consume adaptogen herbs and superfoods like maca powder, ashwagandha and tulsi
- Adjust your diet to have a lower carbohydrate intake, but include plenty of lean protein and healthy fat sources (especially foods like coconut oil, coconut milk, avocado, grass-fed beef, wild fish, chia, flaxseeds and hemp seeds).”
I had an overactive thyroid for years. I was always going 100 miles an hours. I worked fast, I walked fast, and I never sat still. I slept a lot though when I was younger. Even though doctors would see that my blood work showed I had hyperthyroidism, my other health issues like my breast cancer and leukemia overshadowed that concern.
My contributing factors for thyroid disease
When I look at the list that Dr. Axe states as the four main contributing causes for thyroid disease, I probably had all four of those. I had sugar cravings for years, and I was under high stress – both personally and professionally. I now know that I cannot eat gluten or dairy but they were a big part of my diet for 40 years. Within the last couple years, I tested low in iodine and it could have been low for years. I was always tired – for decades!
When I was 39 I was diagnosed with DCIS breast cancer (ductal carcinoma in situ) and even though now there are many studies and reports that this is a highly over-treated diagnosis, radiation was recommended and at that time I didn’t even question that recommendation. I went through 6 weeks of radiation back in the 90’s.
I eventually had the right side of my thyroid removed to correct my hyperthyroidism. That pushed me into hypothyroidism, so understand from both sides the fatigue that can come from thyroid disease.
The main thing is that if I would have understood then what I know now, I believe I could have made major changes that may have helped to balance my thyroid.
If you read Dr. Axe’s article you will see that he offers ways to naturally treat for each of the 11 reasons he gives for being tired. And most of these include removing trigger foods like sugar, gluten, dairy, soy, and processed foods. Food matters. Your body runs on the food you are putting in your mouth. If you are fatigued, the first step I suggest to clients is to make sure you know your numbers. Get blood work done so you know if there are any signs of disease.
The next step is to start paying attention to what you eat. That doesn’t mean you have to go cold turkey and eliminate any and every possible trigger food tomorrow. It does mean to become more aware of how you feel after eating certain foods.
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Rate yourself on how you feel and if you get confused by all the information, friends’ suggestions, or you’re just too tired to figure this out, please contact me. Let’s talk about what might help you the most.