Why I Made Drinking Celery Juice a Priority

IMG_4718.PNGOver the last year celery juice has become the “cool kid” in the world of juicing. If you follow my Instagram you know I am drinking celery juice almost daily on an empty, over ice and our of a straw cause it taste better that way.

Many of us have never payed much attention to celery. We only ate it when it had peanut butter on it or was in a bloodmary. But I fell head over heels in love with it and honestly consider celery juice my beauti-fuel!

Celery has so many benefits especially when it’s juiced, if you are not a huge fan of only celery juice, drinking some sort of green juice everyday if possible is still so positive for your body. But I want to give you the scoop on the power of drinking celery juice solo, so let’s get into the nitty gritty of why you should be a fan of celery juice.

Disclaimer * If you are wanting to juice and not sure about it first consult with your practitioner.

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How to Drink it

Celery juice is most powerful when fresh and drank solo. If you are new to the juicing game to start out you can add in lemon or ginger to help you get used to the taste. I personally don’t pre-juice but if you do make sure to seal it tight in a mason jar and drink within 24 hrs of juicing. I personally drink my celery juice on an empty, over ice and out of a straw cause it taste better that way.

HCL

Celery juice helps to rebuild the hydrochloric acid in your stomach so it can properly break down protein. What is hydrochloric acid: HCL –is what we know as stomach acid – which helps your gut break down the food, specifically proteins. But when you have an autoimmune disease or have a chronic stress issue your HCL levels can drop super low. This creates symptoms like indigestion, acid reflux and can even create IBS. So if you are unable to properly digest your foods then you aren’t able to absorb the essential nutrients from food. But with celery juice contains cluster salt (mineral salts) which helps with digestion and helps to restore your stomach’s HCL levels.

King of Detox

Celery juice will DETOX  your body. Drinking celery juice will kill off unproductive bacteria in the gut, also detoxing the liver. Some people who’s body is super toxic can experience diarrhea, I haven’t had this problem but I do know people who have. SO it is smart to start drinking a smaller amount of juice like 2 to 8 oz of celery juice then work your way up to 16 oz. Check out the medical medium tips.

Diuretic

Celery juice is a diuretic and flushes the body of bloat. From my own experience celery juice definitely reduces my belly bloat, if I miss a few days of juice I notice an increase in gas and bloat. So I rarely miss a day of celery juice, but things happen like vacation so I have to just roll with it.

Reduces Cravings

Celery juice has been found to help reduced cravings. Often you’ll see cravings when our body is lacking certain minerals and vitamins. This happens due to a lack of variety in the diet or when we eat unhealthy foods all the time. Like I said before celery juice helps repair your gut and rebuilding the HCL, once your gut is repaired more quality nutrients will be absorbed into your system and decrease those annoying food cravings.

img_3417If you don’t want to start with just celery juice or you don’t want to juice anything yourself, I believe that any green juice is better than no green juice.

And make sure to remember my 3 Rules of Juice: 1. When buying juice make sure it’s a green vegetable juice with no more than 100 calories per serving. 2. Juices with little fruit content will mean the less sugar. 3. The farther down the ingredient on the list of ingredients, the less of the ingredient used in the juice!

Happy Juicing

xo- Whitney

Gluten Free & Dairy Free Pantry Favorites- Positively Posie

30 Ways to.pngI can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard, “how do you eat gluten free and dairy free, what do you eat? In 2018 I totally expected more people to be open to the gluten free & dairy free way of life, but people are still leery.  So I want to share with you my favorite gluten and dairy free items that we eat on a daily basis. These are the stand outs, the must have items. Even if you aren’t gluten & dairy free these are still must try items… trust me you won’t be sorry.

A few thought nuggets about Gluten Free and Dairy Free items:

  • Make sure to inspect the labels– if it states “made in a facility that also processes wheat” it’s not truly gluten free.
  • Not all  gluten-free foods items are healthy! Just because it’s gluten free or dairy free doesn’t mean the product is SUPER clean or LOW in calories

Sauces & Spreads

+ kite hill- jalapeno

+ Hope Food- original hummus & spicy green chili guacamole

+ Simple Mill- Vanilla Frosting

+ Primal Kitchen- Lemon Tumeric Dressing

+ So Delicious-  Unsweetened Vanilla Coconut Yogurt

+Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar 


Breads & Muffins & Cookies

+ Canyon Bakehouse Bread

+Udi’s Classic Hamburger Buns

+ Simple Mills Muffin Mix- Banana or Pumpkin 

+ Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Biscuit Mix

+ Immaculate Cookie Mix *contains soy ( available pre- made and ready to bake)

+Enjoy Life Soft Bake Cookies

+ Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars


Gluten Free Pasta

+ Green Giant Veggie Spiral 

+ Spaghetti squash  (youtube tutorial )

+ Explore Asia Organic Black Bean Spaghetti

+Tinkyada Organic Gluten-Free Brown Rice Pasta


Random Must Haves

+ So Delicious- Unsweetened Vanilla Yogurt

+Aleia’s Bread Crumbs Gluten Free Italian and Original

Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers

+ Ore Ida Potatoes (totes & sweet potatoes fries)

+ Enjoy Life Mini Chips

IMLAKESH Organic Cacao Wafers or Nibs

 

Organic Meats                               Organic Veggies

+ Turkey                                                        + Spinach & Kale  + Celery

+ Chicken                                                      + Asparagus          + Butternut Squash

+ Organic Wild Fish                                    +Cucumber          + Zucchini

 

Eating For Beauty: 3 Superfoods For Your Skin

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Raise your hand if you LOVE Superfoods.

This isn’t the typical post telling you all about random superfoods out there, Positively Posie is a place filled with wellness + beauty tips to improve your daily life and adding superfoods is a great place to start.  I’m specifically talking about superfoods that help with the skin.

Listen I’m an efficient lady when it comes to my body’s wellness and my skin of course. So adding in superfoods was a no brainer, it’s an easy way to detox and energize your body and skin.

And I can’t commit to one superfood, it’s just not gonna happen. There are THREE superfoods that I’m obsessed with and they are so easy to throw in your AM shake or even in some water.


+ moon juice: beauty shroom

I’ve been using this in my AM shakes for 2 months and I’m a huge fan. WHY I love: it adds a creaminess to my shake and it’s totally vegan. It’s full of skin-protecting superfoods to help preserve your natural collagen while hydrating skin from the inside out.

+ Raw Beauty- green superfood powder

No surprise here… everyone knows I’m a huge fan of HUM nutrition. Well this product much does it all , it has 39 beauty detox superfoods to help improve your energy, support radiant, hydrated skin and boost your metabolism.

+ apple cider vinegar

Okay maybe you hate the taste or smell but my apple cider vinegar obsession runs deep. Since I was a kid I had a love for apple cider vinegar and would dump it cooked spinach and could eat it like everyday. So I love adding it to my shakes and or in my morning water with a bunch of lemon. I’m sure you’ve heard how amazing apple cider vinegar and it really is…but do you know why it is so good.

Studies shows that Apple Cider Vinegar 

• Reduces oxidative stress in your body

• Helps improve insulin resistance

• ACV promotes an alkaline gut environment

• Promotes a healthy cardiovascular health

Lets Get Real: What’s Your PM routine

unnamed.jpgWe hear it a lot- –  the phrase “me time”. Finding me time has become harder as my miss B has grown older. As a type A personality I’ve had to create rituals in my everyday life to find some sort of balance.

My evening ritual is something that I look forward to all day, it just helps me refocus my energy and power down for the day. Sounds silly maybe but it works for me.

Skincare: I’m a huge believer in taking off your makeup before hitting the sheets & a having a killer skincare routine– shocker. So I double cleanse off all my makeup, I have been doing this for awhile now and its just my thing– plus I incorporate my whole other skincare routine. For my hyper-pigmentation I’ve been using no BS. super clean & natural vitamin C, plus some must needed anti- aging retinol or a cleaner way to beat fine lines Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil , a dab of eye cream… the whole deal. AND wait can we please talk about Kopari Coconut Rose Toner. I have been using it for a month now and it’s my new best friends. It helps reduce my monstrous pores and balance my skin which I’m always looking for and it FREE of all the bad stuff: GMO’s, Sulfate, Cruelty and Paraben!

I’m also all about slipping into crisp, clean sheets- – which mean using my Slip pillowcase nightly… anti-aging, anti-sleep crease, anti-bed head! We spend a lot of of our lives sleeping so might as well make the most of it with the best pillow case.

There you have it, I want to know your PM routine because I’m always up for trying something new! Share in the comments

-xo Whitney

 

Keep it Tight and Toned: Online Cardio Videos That Kick Booty

Tone it up girlGUYS, like I have told you before I am a BIG fan of at home workouts.

I don’t have the energy to pack up my kid every day of the week and head to the gym. TRUTH is you don’t need the gym, because of the internet you can find workout videos to get that tight little tush.

All you need is space in your home where you can move and sweat, a computer, yoga mat, and to kick it up a notch 3-7 lbs weights.

Even if you haven’t worked out in months, start with a good basic cardio video. Just get moving– start every day by moving for 30 mins. It’s life changing, starting my day MOVING puts me a in a good mood the rest of the day.

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Hopefully these will help you start moving every day- -30 mins just start with doing something for 30 mins.

Side Note: I really have fallen in love with PopSugar at home workouts, they are the best!

Let me know if you have any favorite at home workouts, I am always up for trying something new!

XO

Whitney

+ Check out my favorite At Home Arm Workouts 

+ Don’t forget those sexy ABS- – my favorites online videos are HERE for you!

It’s True: My Favorite Beauty Products- – Are Vitamins

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GUYS I feel like I’ve hit the beauty product jackpot!

I’m all about popping a pill for the pursuit of beauty. Some people might not think of vitamins as a beauty product, but I 100% do. Not gonna lie just looking at these vitamins makes me happy- – the packaging is just so pretty you’ll want to display them around the house.

ENTER – –  Hum Nutrition, the more natural way of helping beauty concerns. Let me just say if you are dealing with major skin issues, it is always best to consult with a dermatologist first to help you come up with a game plan. Reminder: vitamins vary from person to person, these are the products that I like and that have worked for my body.

So why Hum Nutrition? As a nurse I’m super particular about the vitamins I take and have NEVER promoted any until now– because well these are LEGIT!

▴ sustainably sourced

▴ gluten free

▴ non- GMO

▴ pure & potent

Hum Nutrition has scientific evidence behind each and everyone. I’m all ALL ABOUT that, it’s so important if you are going to take any supplement that you know the research behind the ingredients in them.


How Hum Works

Before you randomly choose some products, take their 3 minute evaluation, and get exactly what your body needs. Then a registered dietitian reviews your results & sends you nutrient recommendation, I mean how awesome is that.

Okay, lets get into the products and the specifics of what I’ve been taking.

 

Hum Nutrition


Arctic Repair 

The last 3 months I have been taking Arctic repair is full of Lingonberry Seed Oil +Omega-3 +Omega-6+Omega-9+Vitamin E +Vitamin A. Lingonberries are packed full of antioxidants. OH how I love antioxidants- – they help protect us against damaging free radicals on the cells. Studies show that these Lingonberries help with hydration and dryness, which I’m all about since I have super dry skin.


Collagen Love

OKAY something I love about HUM is that they are science backed. On their website when you find the product it has a tab just about the SCIENCE behind ingredients. Collagen is provides so many benefits- you want glow-y wrinkle free skin and maybe killer hair and nails then add in some collagen. This is the easiest way to get it in your daily routine- – Collagen Love has collagen peptide + vitamin c + chondroitin sulfate+ Hyaluronic Acid +Red Wine Extract + Grape Seed Extract.


GLOW Sweet GLOW

I’ve fallin MADLY in love this Glow Sweet Glow. Anything with hyaluronic acid in it and I’m sold- -Hyaluronic acid is like the queen of hydration. If your like me you’ve just been putting hyaluronic acid on your face. But Hum Nutrition has taken the science behind actually ingesting hyaluronic acid and made into a yummy gummy. Quick, easy and OMG so delicious – – Glow Sweet Glow is full of Low Molecular Hyaluronic Acid+ Vitamin C + Vitamin E + Amla Fruit.


Daily Cleanse

LOVE A GOOD DETOX: Detoxing doesn’t have to be intense and scary. I hate seeing people do these crazy detoxes that are just so not necessary. Your liver is your filtration system, it literally converts toxins into waste products, cleansing your blood. I have been taking this cleanse and it’s super gentle and is filled with ingredients that are proven to detox – – Organic Chlorella + Beetroot + Red Clover + Dandelion Root +Oregon Grape Root + Milk Thistle + Alpha Lipoic Acid +  Zinc + Selenium + Copper + Manganese + Spirulina  Matcha Green Tea. . .  OMG so many good things, I can’t stand it!


Red Carpet

The #1 seller at Sephora: the Red Carpet has Black Currant Seed Oil which is a source of GLA, ALA, plus it has sunflower seed oil which is packed with Vitamin E. I mean lets be honest these are all the ESSENTIALS if you are wanting glow-y dewy fabulous skin- – Black Currant Seed Oil, Vitamin E


Raw Beauty Super Food

Wake up, Brush teeth, Lemon water, Coffee, Morning Shake with Raw Beauty Super food. Literally I don’t go a day without this – – the proof is in the pudding, this is the ultimate beauty powder. Guys, it has 39 superfoods and the goal is for it improve your energy, support radiant skin and boost your metabolism. I know it has made a difference in my skin, it’s literally one of my FAVORITE products I use.


There you have it my go-to beauty products in 2018. You know I am all about taking care of our skin by having a great skin routine and wearing sunscreen– I mean those things are great but I think we can do more than that.

I wanted to share about HUM Nutrition with you not to preach but to share the potential benefits. And of course to ENCOURAGE you guys to try something new & always do your research- – trust me this time, it’s totally worth it.

xo- Whitney

▴ what else: ENTER the Instagram giveaway– 3 people will WIN a bottle of Red Carpet & a HUM gift card.

▴ check out my previous post for more on HUM nutrition

▴ this post is in collaboration with Hum Nutrition, but all of these opinions are mine.

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How to Manage Anxiety: Practical Advice from Jenny West – Mehrer LMFT

Hey Guys- – I’m back yet again talking about ANXIETY. A few weeks back I shared with you my tips for breaking up with anxiety.  But I wanted to bring in a true professional on the topic of anxiety, so we can really kick anxiety’s butt! My good friend Jenny Mehrer is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist here in San Diego, we’ve known each other since 9th grade and you guys she is such an amazing person and great at her job. She is here to give us her professional tips on how to manage anxiety… so let’s get into it! Dear Anxiety, Let's Break Up

Hi Everyone Jenny Here… Anxiety is something that I spend most of my days learning about, working with and helping others (and myself) manage. It sure is powerful and we live in a society that creates an environment for it to grow. I want to highlight that it is important to remember that not ALL anxiety is bad. Anxiety often serves a purpose and, at times, can keep us safe and aware. To be honest, most of the time anxiety or worry can feel like too much. Here are a few quick tips to help manage anxiety when it becomes “too much.”


 Jenny’s 5 Tips For Managing Anxiety


  1. Write it out: Whatever is on your mind, write it down. It does not have to make sense or be perfect, just get your thoughts (which are often rushing around) down on paper or in a note in your phone. Once your thoughts/worries/fears are written down, they often appear more manageable.
  2. Press pause: Set aside time to engage in 15-20 minutes of yoga, meditation or prayer. You can do this with or without the assistance of apps (Mycalmbeat and Mindshift are great). Youtube has a handful of great yoga videos and guided meditations.
  3. Practice self-care: Drink a cup of tea, take a bath, get a pedicure or message, go to bed early, sit in a cozy spot and read a book. Whatever you feel gives you a break and nourishes your soul, do it. Make it a priority. NOTE: Caffeine, alcohol and junk food can make anxiety worse so avoid “treating yourself” that way.
  4. Get moving: It is amazing what a quick 15-minute walk can do for your mood. If you have more time, try to get a 45-minute workout. If walking is not your thing, get moving in other ways. Go to a barre class, find a Zumba video on YouTube, lift weights or go for a swim. Any sort of activity will help improve your mood and release endorphins.
  5. Check yourself: After you engage in an activity that helps you calm down, check yourself. What triggered the anxiety? Are your thoughts and feelings accurate? Can you try a different approach to your worry? Sometimes it is helpful to talk it out with a trusted (and empathetic) friend or family member.

Sometimes anxiety (or depression or a feeling of being “off”) is not easily managed. If that is the case for you or someone you care about, I recommend seeking our professional help.

www.westmehrertherapy.com

Sources: https://adaa.org/tips  https://www.verywellfit.com/walking-for-your-mind-and-spirit-3432871  


 

We’re Friends Right? So Lets Talk About Anxiety

friends 2.jpgANXIETY– Can literally control someone’s life. That is such a sad statement, but guys that is the truth. I am not ashamed to talk about this and say ya.. I have anxiety.

Let me just say anxiety is no JOKE. We need to take care of our mental health just like we take care of skin or our physical health. I think it’s an important topic to talk about and shed some light on. So I wanted to share with you the things I do to calm my anxiety and take back control of my thoughts.

Don’t you think everyone experiences anxiety at some point in their life? Well they do.. Anxiety is highly subjective to each person, obviously worse for some than others. Something that helped me right away is just saying..I need some help- – like I’m at a point that I need some guidance on how to manage my anxiety. It’s never a bad time to ask for help, just asking for help that was a first step….

So here is what I have done over the last few years of my life to help manage my anxiety.

I broke these up into the FOUR basic things I started out doing and I STILL do on a daily basis.

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▴ Take a moment and breath. When I consciously focus on calming thoughts and calming breaths, I can feel my body start to relax. Honestly, there are tons of different breathing exercises for anxiety, so try out several to see what works best for you. What I do is I close my eyes, and start to relax every muscle group from my toes up to my head.  I then take 6 deep breaths through my nose and hold for 5 seconds.

“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” — Amit Raz

▴ Adrenal Support- So I’ve talked about the importance of  adrenal support before and I’ll say it again if you have anxiety you need to study up on the connection between the two. I support my adrenals with proper supplementation and I notice a huge difference when I am not on them. Someone like a naturopathic doctor is going to be able to guide best, let me know if you have any questions about this.

Lay off the coffee--This is a very sad truth! I have now limited my caffeine intake to one cup a day and I notice a big difference.

Meditation. I have been trying to incorporate meditation into my life for awhile now. I am trying try train myself to be mindful. Meditation is helping me take unproductive worries and look at them in a totally different way. There are tons of apps out there if you don’t know where to start, I’ve been using headspace and I like it so far.

next FOUR steps I’ve implemented over the last year.

Therapy… I cant tell you how awesome therapy can be. Finding the right person is key, do your research and then pray about it. Guys, listen I personally think there is still such a stigma around therapy, which is so sad. People need to freaking GET OVER IT! Therapy for is a place to learn about yourself and how to handle all feelings. It’s truly Fantastic!

I’ve linked my therapist here in San Diego, talking to her and learning from her has been key!  Just connecting with another human being and having them show you compassion, it’s JUST incredible!! Check out her Instagram and  FANTASTIC podcast!

▴ Have a “person”. Guys–I am all about going to therapy when you need it. If you are NOT at a point where you are ready to go to a therapist then find a FRIEND someone to talk to about how you are feeling!

So many times I just hear people say, “Oh I’m just working through it myself.” That might work for some people but for me my mom couldn’t be my therapist FOREVER (love you mom). I guess the take away is at the end of the day, you NEVER have to worry alone. PLEASE talk to someone when you need to talk.

▴ FILL your CUP with good and positive things. It’s key everyday to Talk, Learn, and Grow by filling your mind with positivity. Recently I was introduced to Susan David who talks about emotional agility, which is eye opening & mind blowing at the same time. Listen to her wisdom over on the podcast, The Robcast.  Other positive Podcasts or books I love and use everyday to fill my cup – – The Alison Show Ep 52 is all about her anxiety journey and WELL everything Brene Brown.


These are a few tips that really have worked for me and helped me handle my day to day anxiety. I’m still working on EVERY DAMN DAY because I’m not perfect and still struggle!

Let me know if you have any questions. AND of course I want to know how you deal with your anxiety. Comment and Share your tips me here or on instagram, I love hearing them!

XO- Whitney

How I Curbed My Sweet Tooth

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Recently I asked on Instagram what ya’ll wanted to hear more of and the people spoke….drumroll please… Health and Wellness! So today I really want to share with you my journey with sugar! Before we begin, can I just preface this post by saying, I need a sweet treat sometimes. I am not here to tell you to NEVER have a sweet treat ever again. I am here to say (because I know personally) that sugar can control your life, because it is addicting. I saved this article forever ago because I loved what it asks, are you high? High off of sugar that is, don’t worry most of us are buzzed off of sugar these days. We eat on average, as American’s nearly 66 pounds of added sugar every year, when I read this and my jaw dropped. I’m sure that a few years ago I was consuming 66 lbs of sugar a year too but not since curbed that sweet tooth. So moving right along & back to the point: How I Curbed My Sweet Tooth! Well I came up with game plan that’s fairly easy to manage, with this anyone can say PEACE OUT to sugar controlling their life.

+ I’m starting this off with a harsh dose of reality. Sugar is addicting. Truly to curb your sweet tooth I believe you have to cut it completely out before slowly reintroducing those little treats. When I say cut it completely out I mean cut out what I like to call ” THE BIG THREE” the soda, candy, desserts. There is sugar in everything but those three things are where I started.

+ Clean out the fridge and pantry. I literally had a trash full of items that were loaded with sugar. Out of sight out of mind, right! Even the kids treats, if you don’t think you can control yourself until you are detoxed then get rid of those treats too!

+ Eat breakfast. 90% of the time I have eggs and avocado for breakfast. I keep it simple folks, protein with some healthy fats. I swear that when I eat breakfast I find myself not snacking later in the night, which is when most of us tend to grab the sweets.

+ Reduced Stress. Truth! So many people are stress sugar eaters and when we are stressed our bodies produce more cortisol. Cortisol increases our appetite and motivation to eat. By reducing stress through prayer, yoga, drinking decaff coffee and adrenal support supplements I have drastically reduced my stress and my night time sugar cravings.

+ Staying Hydrated. Towards the end of the night I often grab a La Croix or some hot tea. Just something to hold in my hands and sip, really helps. It’s about an hour before bed that those sugary cravings pop up. I encourage you to ask yourself , am I needing something sweet or would some water/ tea do the trick. I bet it will do the trick!!

Anyways– my friends. It took me completely cutting out sugar to beat that addiction. Now I feel like sugar doesn’t control me, and I can 100% have a healthier sweet treat when I want… I’m in control! I hope these tips help and encourage you to curb that sweet tooth too!

xo- Whitney

5 Things To Know If Diagnosed With Hashimoto’s Disease

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Hey Everyone! I was overwhelmed with the number of people who reached out to me when I started talking about Hashimoto’s disease and my journey. I noticed THREE reoccurring themes from most of you who contacted me. First, it was you were diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease, given medication and told to come back to recheck my levels in a few months. Basically here take this pill to fix it…. end of story. I also heard, well my doctor tested my thyroid except not my antibody levels. And finally I heard many people were struggling with weight gain due Hashimotos. So like I said on Instagram, over the last year I’ve put my nursing skills to use and have been studying Hashimoto’s.

(* please remember I am NOT nurse practitioner yet) this is just what I have learned through studying and working with my doctor. I suggest seeing a naturopathic doctor they tend to see the whole picture when it comes to Hashimotos)

5 Things To Know If You Have Hashimoto’s Disease.

PROPER LABS

1. Do you have the right labs being drawn? Your practitioner will be looking at your TSH, Free T3, and Free T4, Reverse T3, Antibodies. It is important to know that Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disease. This means that your immune system is attacking your own thyroid, which causes it to underproduce thyroid hormones [iii.] . Like I said in the intro many people told me they know they struggle with hypothyroidism but don’t know if their condition is autoimmune-related or not. This is totally unfortunate but very common and here is why. Most conventional doctors don’t routinely check for thyroid antibodies when testing thyroid blood levels. Which is mind blowing to me because you are not getting the “FULL” picture of your health. It’s just so unfair to you as the patien not to know this piece of information. So please make sure to ask your doctor to include checking your antibody levels (* be your own advocate people)

STRESS

2.  Stress plays a huge role in how your thyroid functions [i]. I was going to try to break down the medical side of things but it is hard to quote on quote “break it down” because this whole thing is so complex. But what we know is stress has a major impact on the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. Cortisol is regulated via the HPA axis, cortisol is the primary hormone responsible for stress response [v.]. Cortisol’s weakening effects on the immune response have also been well documented.  When you are stressed this axis is impacted, therefore your thyroid gland and immune system suffer too[ii].  Guys, reducing your stress level will help in the healing process, over the last year I have done everything in my power to reduce my stress levels. Some of those ways have been getting more sleep, just making an effort to get to bed by 9:00pm. A big one for me is to NOT watch the news.  Seeing how crazy the world is really gives me anxiety, so I monitor what I watch. And probably the hardest has been reducing my coffee (caffeine) intake, I only have one cup in the morning and often it is decaf.

BYE BYE GLUTEN

3. Eliminating Gluten is key and here is why. Studies from several different countries show Hashimoto’s is linked to gluten sensitivity. The protein structure in the gluten protein shares an amino acid sequence that resembles that of the thyroid. Therefore, when a gluten sensitive person reacts to gluten, the immune system may begin erroneously reacting to thyroid tissue too [iii.]. By cutting out gluten you are reducing an immune reaction that leads to thyroid tissue destruction. This whole process is known as  molecular mimicry, which I learned all about from Dr. Amy Meyers. Dairy’s molecular makeup is also similar to gluten which is why a lot of people eliminate this as well  (me included) [iii.]. Over the last 10 years I’ve cut out gluten, dairy, soy which I believe helped keep my Hashimoto’s symptoms almost unnoticeable. Probably why it took me so long to figure out that I even had it.

GUT HEALTH

4. Gut support, sounds weird right but it’s SO important when dealing with Hashimotos. This thing called leaky gut and gluten go hand in hand people. If you consume gluten and have a sensitivity to it what happens is the gluten will make its way to the small intestine. Inflammation then happens in your small intestine and creates abnormally large spaces between the cells of the gut wall which allow the entry of toxic “crap” to enter your bloodstream[iii.]. Lovely right?!  So to support and heal the gut is key with Hashimotos. First I cut out gluten (gone bye bye) and second I’ve added in a few things to my daily/weekly routine to help heal and protect my gut. Digestives enzymes, probiotics, bone broth (swapping our chicken broth in cooking),  fermented foods like kombucha a couple days a week, and I buy only organic meat and veggies. Guys, I encourage you to research leaky gut and try adding in some of these things to help heal your gut.

PROPER SUPPLEMENTS

5. There are common nutrient depletions with Hashimotos, I also did a blood test to get an even bigger picture of my deficiencies. The most common nutrient depletions that I’ve found in my studies are selenium, vitamin D, B12, ferritin (the iron storage protein), thiamine and magnesium [iv.]. I don’t actually take all of these, but working with my naturopathic doctor I’m taking the exact supplements that my body needs due to the Hashimotos. Find a practitioner that will work with you on this, it is crucial!! And in my opinion I was shocked how with the just the proper supplements I started to feel better… quickly.

Alright, so there are my 5 Things To Know If  You Have Hashimoto’s Disease. It’s life changing finding a doctor/nurse practitioner who doesn’t do things the conventional way. Conventional medicine is great but what I’ve realized is sometimes you need a little more than that. You need to think outside the box and try to look at other factors impacting your health. I hope this helps you see the full picture of what you can do to help conquer Hashimotos.

If you have any questions find me on Instagram and DM me or write me a comment here!!

xo – Whitney

References

[i] Stress and Your Thyroid. Thyroid Advisor. https://thyroidadvisor.com/stress-and-your-thyroid/#_ednref1

[ii] Smith SM, Vale WW. The role of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis in neuroendocrine responses to stress. Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience. 2006;8(4):383-395. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3181830/

[iii.] Is Gluten to Blame for Your Hashimoto’s, AmyMyersmd.com https://www.amymyersmd.com/2017/12/gluten-blame-hashimotos/

[iv.] The 6 Most Important Nutrient Deficiencies in Hashimoto’s, Thyroidpharmacist.com., https://thyroidpharmacist.com/articles/6-important-nutrient-deficiencies-hashimotos/

[v.] Michael Randall ’12, The Physiology of Stress: Cortisol and the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis, Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science, http://dujs.dartmouth.edu/2011/02/the-physiology-of-stress-cortisol-and-the-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis/#.WrUPktPwa8o