How I’m Healing My Thyroid Naturally (Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis + Hypothyroid)

How I'm Healing My Thyroid Naturally (Hashimoto's Thyroiditis + Hypothyroid)

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is a systemic problem. It’s not really so much a problem with the thyroid – more than anything it’s an autoimmune disorder that spans your whole  body. That’s why if I want to treat my Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, I must look at my body holistically: I must heal body, soul, and mind all at the same time.

Around 20% of Hashimoto’s cases go away on their own. Even more so if people actively try to heal themselves. I simply can’t believe that nobody talks about it apart from Izabella Wentz in her wonderful book “Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause” (it’s a must if you have Hashimoto’s). Mind you, doctors openly say that it’s incurable and you’ll be dependent on drugs all your life, plus your thyroid will eventually stop – BS! Thanks for great motivation! And thanks for completely knocking out any kind of feeling of control out of people’s hearts!

I prefer to look at Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis as at an inflammation of the whole body. If I cool it down, it will go away and let me live my life. It’s doable. Lots of people have done it. There are lots of documented cases. Let’s do it!

My 3-Prong Healing Strategy for Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

My healing strategy is based on three different areas:

  1. Improving the FT4 to FT3 conversion (that’s the real reason for my fatigue and hypothyroid symptoms)
  2. Reducing inflammation mostly by reducing stress (or the stress hormone cortisol),
  3. Improving my digestion.

All of the things I’m doing to heal my thyroid are going to also be helpful for you if you have plain hypothyroidism without autoimmunity or if you have any other autoimmune disorder. No matter what kind of symptoms you have, the root cause is more similar than it might seem and all the steps I’m taking might be very useful for you.

Remember, I’m not a doctor. I’m just sharing my own experiences and learning. Do your own research before trying anything!

You can watch me talking about my healing below or click here if you want to watch it directly on YouTube:

So what exactly am I doing to heal my Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Hypothyroidism?

After months of researching since my diagnosis, I’ve decided on a few different weapons to heal my body, soul, and mind. Let me take you through them one by one.

  • Balancing my sex hormones. A blood test showed that I’m slightly estrogen dominant with perfect levels of progesterone, but slightly elevated levels of estrogen (not surprising considering that I took birth control pills for 10 years and that my mom has always been estrogen dominant as well). I’m combatting estrogen dominance with 100mg of DIM per day (I’m using this one, but this one is really good, too) – it’s a supplement that helps the body convert a dangerous form of estrogen to a harmless one (or a very available form to a less available form). Estrogen dominance interferes with the FT4 to FT3 conversion, that’s why it’s part of my thyroid healing action plan. It also happens to be one of the most powerful skin clearing tools – I can attest it’s working because my skin is crystal clear after taking it for around 3 weeks! Woohoo! I first heard about it from Tracey at The Love Vitamin and got intrigued. However, she uses a very expensive brand, which I don’t think is necessary.
  • Selenium supplementation – it plays a pivotal role in the FT4 to FT3 conversion, which is my main concern. I take 200 micrograms of selenomethionine or simply eat 3 Brazil nuts a day.
  • Zinc supplementation –zinc, jut like selenium, also plays a huge role in the FT3 to FT3 conversion. Birth control pill depletes zinc. Anyone with skin issues is zinc deficient. Anyone with low stomach acid is zinc deficient. That sounds like me! I take 25mg of chelated zinc most days. I also eat a good amount of beef or lamb and seafood, which are the best natural sources of zinc.
  • Magnesium supplementation – lots of vitamin D from sunshine or supplements + lots of calcium in the diet + magnesium deficiency = calcifications in the thyroid, which can lead to Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism. I take around 300mg of magnesium citrate (I’m using Natural Calm right now) or magnesium chloride every day. I also get tons from my diet. Magnesium makes a huge difference and if I forget to take it for a few days, I really feel it in my muscles, joints, and teeth. Magnesium deficiency creates a lot of tension. If there isn’t enough magnesium, the body is unable to dissolve serum calcium, which causes a lot of issues throughout the system, and of course weak teeth and nails as well!
  • Reducing cortisol and improving thyroid function with adaptogenic herbs – I’m taking Rhodiola Balance Complex right now. I don’t think it’s helping as much as I expected and Rhodiola increases both T1 and T2 immune systems, which isn’t ideal for someone with an autoimmune disease. If you don’t have autoimmune disease, absolutely go for it if you have non-autoimmune hypothyroid, fatigue or depression (better to avoid if you have high blood pressure). I’ve found two things that are supposed to work much better for my particular situation: I’ve ordered Ashwagandha and Holy Basil (or Tulsi in Hindi). They should be much more fitting to my needs because they both increase the T1 immune system that I’m lacking of.  Ashwagandha improves the conversion of FT4 to FT3 and is brilliant for people with hypothyroidism. However, it might not work well for those with overactive T1 immune system. I suspect in my case it’s the T2 that is overactive, so Ashwagandha should be perfect for me. Tulsi is well known for its cortisol decreasing properties – I suspect my cortisol is out of control because my fasting blood sugar in the morning is always high, but it’s normal during the rest of the day. That’s a clear sign of cortisol trouble in the mornings. Apparently, Tulsi is also very good at normalising blood sugar (blood sugar spikes promote autoimmunity).
  • Improve my digestion – I believe the root cause of my hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is low stomach acid. I have both low stomach acid and silent reflux (also called LPR). If the body is unable to correctly break down proteins (e.g. from casein, gluten, eggs, meat, etc.), they will get to the intestines in much bigger pieces than they would normally do. The body treats those protein pieces as foreign invaders and starts up the whole immune system to fight them. Undigested protein particles are linked to all of the “fun” things like leaky gut, food intolerances, celiac disease, autoimmune disease, etc. Plus, low stomach acid means that I am unable to absorb nutrients properly. Selenium and zinc are dependent on proper stomach acid. If I am low, I would be seriously deficient regardless of how well I eat. It’s not really what you eat, it’s all about what you absorb. You can test yourself for low stomach acid at home – here’s how. I burped after around 10 minutes, so my stomach acid is clearly low. In order to naturally increase my stomach acid, I’m drinking juice of half lemon with water before each meal. I’m also taking digestive enzymes and digestive bitters. I’ve also just started taking Betaine HCL and Pepsin – that is the thing that I’m hoping the most from. So far it’s working really well. I’m doing the stomach acid challenge right now (here’s how to do it) – I’ve started taking one and I don’t feel anything, so I’ll keep going up until I find my individual dosage.
  • Staying away from gluten – at least for now. I personally don’t think that grains or gluten are inherently bad. They are only bad because our digestive systems are compromised, but if we rebuild them, gluten should theoretically stop causing troubles. For example, sourdough rye bread can be very healthful and nutritious if broken down properly, but it’s not the best thing for me at this particular point of time.
  • Limited calcium (around 700mg per day). It’s important to keep the right ratio between magnesium and calcium. It should be anywhere between 1:1 and 2:1. (I learned about this from a fascinating book called “The Magnesium Miracle” – a must read!) Until recently, I was doing it completely wrong because I consumed at least 1,000mg of calcium every day and just around 400mg of magnesium. It’s even more important if you’re also getting lots of vitamin D from supplements or the sun – the more vitamin D, the more magnesium is needed by the body to process it. No wonder why my teeth were suffering and I was feeling extremely tense and constipated. I’ve been able to successfully reintroduce raw dairy (mostly goat), but I’ve been limiting myself to 2 portions a day. Conscious consumption makes it so much more enjoyable.
  • Clean diet – as always, no processed foods, no white sugar, fruit and nature’s sweeteners in moderation. My diet is similar to the Jaminets’ “The Perfect Health Diet”, but I do include legumes every day. I also don’t shy away from some gluten free grains occasionally. If you’re looking for a really balanced nutrition book, I highly recommend “The Perfect Health Diet”. I’ve read hundreds of nutrition books in my lifetime, but this particular one taught me so many things I didn’t know. Love how balanced it is. No silly dogma. No brainwashing. Just real food and solid nutrition data.
  • At least 8 hours of sleep every night, even 9-10 hours if I get a chance. Take naps if needed. Go to bed by 10PM. Sleep is extremely healing, especially between 10-12pm.
  • Metabolism raising yoga -certain postures like Shoulder Stand, The Bow, Cobra, and many others put gentle pressure on the thyroid and increase blood flow to the area, which is very healing. My best friend in the yoga department is “Slim Calm Sexy Yoga” by Tara Stiles. It’s a brilliant yoga book!
  • Exercising ONLY when my body craves it. I’m not planning to force myself. I don’t believe in the No Pain No Gain BS. If my body wants to move on a certain morning, I’ll let it move with gentle exercises. If it’s feeling tired, I’ll listen to it and will go for a gentle walk instead. This morning I felt like moving for the first time in months. I felt elated! So I went and did a 15-minute beach body workout. It energized me. This evening, while my dinner was cooking, I really wanted to stretch for a bit, so I did another gentle 7-minute workout. It felt right for my body, but if tomorrow I don’t feel like doing it, that’s perfectly fine! I’ll wait until my body is ready.
  • Leading a healthy, relaxed lifestyle – lots of fresh air, walking, regular trips to the beach, and moderate sun exposure.
  • Meditation – I really need to get into the habit. I’ve started the Deepak Chopra’s 21-Day Meditation Challenge and I really hope I’ll stick with it this time. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. All I need to do is close my eyes and focus on my breathing at least once a day, even if for just 5 minutes. Meditation is very good at reducing stress hormone cortisol, which reduces inflammation and helps control autoimmunity.
  • Positive Affirmations – what helped me the most was Louise Hay’s book called “You Can Heal Your Life”. Truly life-changing and empowering. I repeat relevant affirmation many times a day until I start believing in them, then I move to a different one and keep working on it until it starts feeling like reality. I also try to look at myself in the mirror and say how much I love myself and that I’m enough – all while looking into my own eyes. It’s very embarrassing at the beginning, but it works!
  • Avoiding negative emotions – by that I mean avoiding people that suck my energy or that are always negative about everything and always complaining. I distance myself from them. I’m not being mean, I’m just protecting myself! The same thing goes for movies – I try to stay away from kill & shoot or horror movies, especially before bed. I also try to stay away from doom & gloom world news – all kinds of cancer stories, murders, etc. I actually put a filter on my Facebook account which cleverly filters everything to do with murder, cancer and Kardashians. 🙂 Super chuffed about it!

Why am I staying away from gluten?

The first thing that any Hashi’s patient needs to do is give up gluten because the gluten molecules are very similar to the thyroid molecules, and the immune system gets confused. If a person is sensitive to gluten, the immune system attacks it viciously as if it was a foreign body. But the thyroid cells are very similar, so for someone with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, the immune system will attack the thyroid as ferociously as gluten. It doesn’t work like that for everyone though and some people aren’t really sensitive to gluten. As I explained above, I believe it’s all due to compromised digestive system, not necessarily due to gluten being so bad.

However, it’s worth being cautious, at least at the beginning and especially because my sister has just been diagnosed with Celiac Disease. For now I’m definitely staying away from all gluten, whether I am actually sensitive to it or not, I must do it for the sake of my thyroid. But I really hope that once my thyroid is healthy again and my immune system is under control, I’ll be able to reintroduce organic sourdough. Fingers crossed! But first, I need to win the fight against Hashimoto’s.

How is my thyroid and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis so far?

Brilliant! I’m feeling the best I’ve felt in at least 3 years (basically the way I felt before I started the Paleo diet and ruined my health with it). My energy is stable and is increasing every day.

My digestion is much smoother – not perfect by any means, but it’s getting there. I’m now able to eat good quality dairy and fruit without any issues, which is amazing. I’ve learned that eliminating food groups isn’t the right way to go. Fixing the digestion and healing the gut is the right way!

As as positive side effect, my skin has been absolutely incredibe in the last few weeks (pretty much since I started taking DIM and even more so when I started the digestive enzymes and Betaine HCL). It’s really true that everything starts in the gut, including beautiful skin and autoimmune disease.

My nails are much stronger and I have all 10 half moons now. I used to have only two on each hand and that always worried me because according to Ayurveda missing half moons signal congested liver. So relieved to see them back!

My hair is OK, but it’s still falling. Nothing major, but it’s still falling more than it should. It’s been like that for many years, so it’s not something I’m super worried about. It will sort itself out once everything else comes into balance.

I’ll keep you posted!

I really hope you found this blogpost helpful. If you have any questions, let me know in the comments, and if you have any other suggestions for healing, please let me know as well! If you know anyone who is struggling with hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis or any other autoimmune disorder, please share this blog with them. It’s so important to feel that we aren’t alone and that we CAN heal no matter what doctors or the conventional “wisdom” say.

Healing is only possible if it’s a reality in your mind. So don’t ever stop believing!

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Lots of love,

Vita xx

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Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing!! It was interesting reading about the supplements 🙂

  2. Hi Vita! How often do you take the DIM? And do you get any symptoms of having headaches or dark-colored urine when you take it? I’m thinking of trying it out myself with the same Source Naturals brand, and just want to make sure if there’s anything I should look forward to.

    PS: I’ve been reading your blog and since I started my journey into natural and holistic skin care — I would just like to say thank you very much! I’m still working on it, it’s still a work-in-progress, especially learning to love myself no matter what! I wish you a wonderful healing from Hashimoto’s thyroiditis! We can do this! 😀

    • Hi Christine, I take one tablet once a day (after lunch or breakfast because I heard it can interfere with sleep if you take it in the evening). I never got any headaches from it: on the contrary, my headaches are pretty much gone since I started taking it. I do get darker urine if I don’t drink enough, but it’s nothing to worry about. Most days it’s normal. I absolutely love DIM and I’ve very grateful to it for sorting out lots of things. After 3 weeks of use I had one almost normal TTOTM and my breasts are never sore anymore. I’m impressed! I’m so glad I’ve been able to inspire you with my blog. Self-love and holistic lifestyle are truly life changing. xx

  3. Hey Beautiful, Have not read your blog in a while but wow…great info. I have all these links to read and check out. Love to hear that you now know what your fighting. Keep it up and you will be feeling great soon. Huge hugs. Joy

    • Hi Joy! Thanks so much for visiting my blog! I keep following your posts on Facebook and they always fill my heart with joy (pun intended!) for you and your beautiful family. Hugs to all three of you! xx

  4. Hi Vita – thank you for such a comprehensive guide on what you are doing. I have also been doing a lot of similar things too – Vitamin D, Magnesium, Zinc, Probiotic and Omega 3 as well as a very clean – sugar free / gluten free way of eating. Its good to know that Selenium is also important too and I’m keen to try the Tulsi tea – as my cortisol is also very high as well. Have you tried Maca Powder to balance hormones? Love the lifestyle tips too – meditation, yoga and enough rest are so important! Thank you!!

    • Hi Jo, Tulsi tea is great It’s an absolute must now and has totally become the star of my morning ritual. I haven’t tried Maca powder, but from what I read, I don’t think it would be suitable for me. As far as I remember, it’s good for those with lower levels of progesterone, but mine is already high. P.S. I love your blog! It’s so zen and clean looking. xx

  5. Hi Vita!

    Thanks for sharing your journey to vibrant health. I can always relate to your posts as my health condition is similar to yours. I will try to incorporate the supplements and see what works for me. A quick question though. I am currently taking Vitamin D 10,000 IU per day ( as suggested by my doctor). Since you mentioned about the book, I am assuming you have gotten a good idea about magnesium and calcium proportion for the body. What do you think my magnesium and calcium intake should be considering the 10,000 IU of vitamin D? Your suggestions would be helpful! Thank You 🙂 and keep spreading the love 🙂

    • Hi Uttama, obviously I’m not a doctor and can’t really advise you, but I can share my own experience. I was taking 10,000 UI for the first couple of months, then reduced to 5,000 UI. Then I stopped at all. Two months later my vitamin D was perfect. I think it’s all due to the magnesium supplementation as vitamin D is often nothing else but magnesium deficiency. With proper levels of magnesium, just a maintenance dose of 1,000 UI would probably be perfectly fine if you get no sun at all. I do get sun all year long, so I don’t use any vitamin D anymore. For magnesium, I make my own magnesium oil and apply it on my skin every day. It works so much better than oral magnesium and the body takes only what it needs, so there is no risk of overdosing. For calcium, I consume around 1,000mg a day from food sources, I don’t take any calcium supplements. I try to keep the calcium/magnesium ratio between 1:1 and 2:1. xx

      • Hi Vita,

        How did you make your own Magnesium oil? Also, how did you find out that you were deficient in all of these issues…Did you submit your own labs or sought out attention from your doctor? My doctor wont test me for hashimoto… They just tell me that i will have it in the future. I suppose they are waiting for my levels to drop… which they have and they are close to being abnormal..but they still wont help me just yet. Im so frustrated because i feel terrible. Its like pulling teeth with my doctor and endo. I’ve been feeling sick for 3yrs, hair falling out, thinning and brittle… I used to have thick curly hair!!! I also feel fatigue. Should i go to a holistic doctor?

        • Hi Lucia, I’ve recently made a video about magnesium oil and how to make it at home. I found a local private lab and gave them a list of all of the blood tests I needed. I had to pay out of pocket, but it’s the quickest way to get answers. Doctors would never agree to do them so easily. However, holistic doctors are different and if you can find a good one locally, he or she might help you unravel all the mysteries. I can surely tell you that going on this journey alone isn’t easy. It requires countless hours of researching, while finding a really good holistic doctor would be a wonderful shortcut. xx

  6. The thyroid gland is located in your throat area, so it literally connects the mind and body. When you rush while eating, the food moves so quickly from mouth to stomach that the connection from mind to body is not strong. The mouth doesn’t know what the stomach is doing and vice versa. This is good health advice no matter what: sit down, slow down, savor, breathe and chew your food.

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