Several months back, I wrote Where My Journey Began. I described how it took years of navigating health issues ranging from allergic reactions to constant headaches and more to receive a diagnosis, only then to receive few options from my doctor.
The good news is, I didn’t accept those options as my final answer. I didn’t want to just take a prescription to alleviate some of my hypothyroid symptoms and let a diagnosis define my health. I wanted to know the cause of autoimmune disease and how to reverse my thyroid condition to find healing.
Many of you who read my initial post reached out to me, very interested in how I am supporting my condition with simple lifestyle changes. I’m happy to say that I am in the best health I have ever experienced, and my previous inflammation and thyroid symptoms are in remission.
Better yet, I feel better and am happier than ever before.
I want to share how I got to the place I’m at now because I know so many people are navigating how to balance the demands of life with stressful health issues.
I’m no expert, but I feel obligated to share how I have found healing and balance in my wellness journey.
How I Reversed Hashimoto’s
The first change that was key to putting my autoimmune in remission is a holistic mindset of the body.
Yes, my thyroid was the specific area of concern in my case. But since the human body is interconnected and works together as a whole, in order to heal the underlying issue, (not just mask the symptoms) I had to address the entire body.
This approach opened up how diet, lifestyle, and environmental factors all play a significant role in either a contributing towards wellness or have a detrimental affect.
With this mindset, I worked closely with a naturopathic physician who helped me begin the healing process.
And this is exactly what we focused on:
- Eliminating inflammatory triggers
- Healing the gut through a whole foods diet
- Managing stress
- Supporting diet with targeted supplements
Yes, it is a lifestyle change that I am still intentionally working at.
Being mindful of what makes up my diet and environment has ultimately made all the difference.
My biggest takeaway from my experience: genes do not define your health. Genetic susceptibility is just as important as environment (diet, stress, toxin exposure, etc.)
Although autoimmune diseases cannot be cured, there are many natural ways to reverse them and live a healthy life to the fullest!
I write this to say, don’t be passive if you are dealing with a persistent health issue that takes away from living your fullest life. Be proactive and research alternatives.
“It’s more important to understand the imbalances in your body’s basic systems and restore balance, rather than name the disease and match the pill to the ill.”
So now you know why I’m so crazy passionate about a healthy lifestyle – because it has given me the freedom to enjoy life.
I look forward to sharing with you info on what I removed from my lifestyle and what specific changes have helped me thrive!