I’ve just attended a health seminar and heard a woman sharing her experiences managing her thyroid problem.
Symptoms of hyperthyroid:
- Your heart beats very, very (palpitations) fast even if you do not exercise.
- Your hands shake (or tremble) uncontrollably
- Your eyes may (or may not bulge)
- Your periods may become irregular
- You lose A LOT of weight even if you eat breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner and supper.
In general, I weigh between 48-52 kg but when I was hyperthyroid, I weighed about 42 kg! I looked like Kate Moss and no, it wasn’t pretty O_O
If you visit a doctor (an endocrinologist), you will be prescribed Carbimazole, Propanolol and a third medication.Yup, I had to swallow 9-12 pills a day for several years when I had hyperthyroid.
And see a CARDIOLOGIST who had to hook me up on an ECG machine every 3-6 months to monitor my heart rate. I was only in my mid-20s then. Imagine being in a room together with 45, 50 and 60 year old patients!
I suffered from a hyperthyroid for years, seen a few doctors (including a quack doctor who used me as a guinea pig for her research!), took up yoga, went for radio-iodine therapy and tried various other supplements.
In the end, most people with thyroid disorders go for thyroid surgery or radio iodine therapy. You can read up more info on anti-thyroid medicines and “treatment” for thyroid problems.
Do the treatments cure the hyperthyroid?
a) Thyroid surgery – leaves you with an ugly scar across your neck.
Plus, you zoom over into hypothyroid, which makes you fat (despite how little you eat) and you’re stuck with popping thyroxine pills your entire life to balance the endocrine system.
*One of my dearest friends went for the thyroid surgery and she was hypothyroid. She was always tired and she ate so little yet she was overweight.*
c) Radioiodine therapy – I opted because the endocrinologist was confident about it. He warned me though that I *could* be hypothyroid in future.
Then, I was hypothyroid…
7 years later after the birth of my second child in Dec 2009, I disovered that I was pre-diabetes. And hypothyroid.
My endocrinologist gave me strict orders to lose 4-5 kg of my pregnancy weight. Later, he prescribed me thyroxine pills, which I later stopped taking when we moved back to China.
Living in China, I was eating such a healthy diet and leading an active and happy lifestyle that I didn’t suffer any of the symptoms of hypothyroid despite not taking thyroxine.
The endocrine system is a complex system that needs balancing.
Understanding the endocrine system
The endocrine system is the collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, and mood, among other things.
In women, the endocrine system is made up of the pituitary gland, thyroid gland, parathyroid glands, adrenal glands, pancreas, and ovaries.
Since April 2015, my GP noted that my thyroid levels were good during my full medical check-up although she raised her eyebrows that I’d stopped taking thyroxine. She’s monitoring me, by the way.
Here’s how I managed my thyroid problem:
Aromatherapy & Yoga
If you are the typical Type A person (like me), yoga is one of the best ways to de-stress.
When I was pregnant with my first baby, I also did yoga for pregnancy way back in 2007.
Anytime I need a time out, I just stretch out on my yoga mat in the living room or master bedroom and diffuse or apply some essential oils. Even my kiddos do yoga with me 😛
Previously, I’d been using misters, cosmetics and skincare products that used synthetic fragrances – did you know that they upset your endochrine system???
I learned so much about pure essential oils when I joined Young Living – I wish I’d knew about them earlier!
When I bought the Premium Starter Kit, which contained the aroma diffuser, the kids and I absolutely loved the scent of:
As its name suggests, Stress Away is THE calming salve that any Mom or woman needs.
The Stress Away blend of essential oils (lavender, lemon, vanilla…mmm) comes with a roller fitment so you can apply it on your wrists or the back of the neck for an aromatic and uplifting experience.
Other oils that I turn to in my PSK are:
- Lavender – who doesn’t feel calm and soothed in a lavender-infused spa?
- Lemon – refreshing!
- Frankincense – an earthy and grounding essential oil – a great essential oil for your night cream,
- Peppermint – my daughter loves this!
- R.C. (a unique proprietary blend for respiratory relief) on days when we’re feeling under the weather or a bit beat up.
- Tea Tree oil (melaleuca) – a natural disinfectant and acne buster.
- DiGize – I love the feel (and calming scent) of this ginger-based massage oil when I have an upset stomach or a menstrual cramp…
If you want to try ONE essential oil for the thyroid, then go for a 15 ml bottle of EndoFlex (Retail: $37.17 USD | Wholesale: $28.25 USD), which is a Young Living proprietary blend of essential oils that support the endocrine system.
What is EndoFlex?
EndoFlex™ helps maintain overall vitality through a combination of essential oils that support the glandular, circulatory, respiratory, nervous, reproductive, and other body systems.
In addition to improving well-being, it is beneficial for weight control.
EndoFlex has a base of sesame seed oil, with:
- spearmint (Mentha spicata) – which helps to increase metabolic rate and therefore burn fat (for hypothyroid),
- sage (Salvia officinalis) – strengthens the vital organs of the body,
- geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) -stimulates the liver and pancreas ,
- myrtle (Myrtus communis) – normalize thyroid and ovary function,
- nutmeg (Myristica fragrans) -support adrenal glands for energy , and
- German chamomile (Matriciaria recutita) – protects liver.
How do you use EndoFlex?
Just put 1-3 drops of Endoflex onto your palms and apply them to your throat (thyroid gland), lower back and bottoms of your feet.
If you’re looking to slow down a bit or pep up your system, do give Endoflex a go.
Just click here to place your order – choose your country for delivery.
If you’d like to explore essential oils, then I’d recommend the Premium Essential Kit, as you’ll get to try 13 everyday essential oils (including Stress Away) and diffuse the oils with the Dewdrop aroma diffuser.
Click here to purchase online from anywhere in the world.
Do contact me if you have any questions. Have a happy day, ladies 🙂