The butterfly-shaped gland I’m talking about is your Thyroid Gland located in the front of your neck under your Adam’s apple.  This small but powerful gland is where your thyroid hormones are made before traveling through the blood to all the parts of the body where they do their work.  Thyroid hormones help all your organs work well and they control how your body uses food for energy, therefore affects your metabolism, which means how fast or slow your brain, heart, muscles, liver, and other parts of your body work.

If your body is working too fast or too slowly, you won’t feel well!  If it works too fast you may feel nervous, jumpy and warm.  Not enough thyroid hormone will result in feeling tired and cold.

How does this affect you being able to reach your Bride Fit goals to get ‘wedding dress ready’ and feeling happy?

Releasing fat may be difficult if not impossible if your thyroid is not working the way it should.  Another side effect to hyper (too fast) or hypo (to slow) thyroid is anxiety, panic attacks and depression, which can rob you of your peace and happiness.

Often when we go to the doctor and explain symptoms they will give you a remedy to fix the problem by covering it up, usually with a prescription.  The problem with this type of treatment is that it does not address the root cause of why the symptoms are happening.  It’s like taking Advil for the pain in your foot that a rock in your shoe is causing.  Wouldn’t be better to take your shoe off and remove the rock?  This is the difference between conventional medicine and functional medicine.

As a Bride Fit Health Coach I am always learning the most up to date research and information in order to serve my clients to the best of my ability.  I’ve been delving into an in depth documentary on the thyroid gland called The Thyroid Secret.  Thyroid dysfunction is affecting especially women at an alarming rate for varying reasons, mainly autoimmune, which is when the body attacks itself.  In the case of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and Graves’ disease, the thyroid it what is being attacked.

The biggest problem is a large amount of women with thyroid dysfunction are not diagnosed and treated properly.  I’ve talked to clients that went years feeling defeated and frustrated with failed attempts to lose weight and experiencing extreme exhaustion before they were correctly diagnosed.  Instead they were told their problem was eating too much and not exercising enough when the reason was not a lack of willpower or being lazy, but a metabolism that is not working and debilitating exhaustion caused by the thyroid disorder.

I’m sharing this with you to make you aware of the possibility that anxiety, feeling really tired and sluggish, trouble losing weight, and feeling cold often may be due to your thyroid.  You can ask your doctor to test with a complete thyroid panel including testing for thyroid antibodies.  You know your body; if you feel something is ‘off’ get to the bottom of it.  Don’t let anyone, including your doctor, minimize the symptoms you may have or question your gut instinct by saying it’s “normal” to feel tired or stressed while planning a wedding.  You may have more stress than normal but trust your intuition if you feel it’s more than that and don’t except quick fixes to Band-Aid a symptom.

Eating a whole food Bride Fit diet, including thyroid-boosting fats such as coconut oil, egg yolks, pastured butter, ghee and fish-oil, will support your thyroid function naturally.  In addition, taking high quality supplements to ensure optimal levels of nutrients including iodine.  However if you do have an autoimmune disease like Hashimotes, it would be beneficial to adhere to an autoimmune protocol diet to see what foods your body reacts negatively to.  If you need any guidance or support contact me and I’ll give you personalized suggestions since there is not a “one size fits all” diet or protocol.

If you haven’t joined my Bride Fit community of Exceptional Brides yet, do it now and get started today!  I’ll give the roadmap to getting ‘wedding dress ready’ and all the secrets to living ‘happily and healthily ever after’ with your fiancé!  Have a healthy week!

 

Sheila Piehler

Sheila is a health coach and creator of 12 WEEKS TO A FIT BRIDE.   She works with BRIDES in the area’s of fitness, nutrition & lifestyle to create a life of “happily & healthily ever after.”

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