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Autoimmune Thyroid Disorders

What is Autoimmune Thyroid Disease?

Autoimmune Thyroid is a disease that affects the thyroid gland. It is ultimately an imbalance of the immune system attacking thyroid cells, which causes an effect of how fast or how slow the body will metabolize energy. It's an uncontrolled change in caloric balance and the end result is an imbalance of metabolism affecting energy utilization. In other words, it is an imbalance of energy within the body. In the nutrition world, we call this Hypermetabolism (an increase in energy needs) or Hypometabolism (decrease in energy needs). In the medical world, physicians will diagnose an autoimmune thyroid disease as Graves' Disease or Hashimoto's Thyroiditis.

 

Autoimmune Thyroid Disease is also known as the acronym AITD.  Graves' Disease in particular is hyperthyroidism and results in hypermetabolism. It is also been named by physicians as thyrotoxicosis. Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, on the other hand, is hypothyroidism and results in hypometabolism. Both conditions result in serious inflammation of the thyroid and each disease is affected by different antibody attacks. These diseases are rarely noticed because these diseases may not be seen visually unless someone with one of these presents with a goiter or bulging eyes. However, their effects can be felt, which is why these diseases are often referred to as the silent killers. 

Nutritional Guidance

Discover Your Greatest Self provides nutritional guidance to support the recovery of autoimmune thyroid disorders such as Graves' disease and Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and helps those that present with these diseases manage their lives more effectively. After all, a person who feels better just lives better!

 

Nutritional balancing and specific lifestyle behaviors (while experiencing these conditions) can help replenish energy imbalance, digestive and metabolism imbalance, detoxification imbalance, electrolyte and water imbalance, caloric imbalance, and nutrient imbalance. At the same time, nutritional balancing and lifestyle behavior change can enhance concentration, focus, emotions, improve sleep, feelings of confidence, and biological processes. Working step-by-step in my program and the course content created, bodily balance can be restored leading to less distress, more confidence in food choices, help stabilize weight, and ease the difficulty of disease management.

Why Nutritional Management if AITD?

Many years ago, I suffered from severe health issues resulting in multiple diagnoses. The diagnoses were both Grave's disease and Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, which are the two primary autoimmune thyroid diseases. I also had a partial thyroidectomy, and years later was given radioactive treatment when the surgery didn't work.

 

My inconclusive results motivated me to begin schooling in nutrition and begin graduate research on biological processes of nutrients on the human body. I realized that autoimmune thyroid disease is one of the fewer diseases in medical practice that focuses on a nutritional approach and more of a medicinal approach. As well, these two forms of healing are usually not integrated. When physicians approach the topic at hand, iodine and vitamin D are often the nutrients discussed, while other important forms of nutrition are neglected.

 

My primary focus reasons for research into clinical thyroid nutrition are to show the world that thyroid disease can be managed successfully with nutritional practices. Using functional nutritional practices, alongside a great physician who maintains medicine accurately, thyroid disease may be remitted successfully. While other areas of health can be a concern with thyroid disease, these are usually addressed with the management of lifestyle choices.

Since the beginning of my mission, I have successfully managed my recovery by utilizing healthy lifestyle practices, all the while maintaining honest visits with my endocrinologist.

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