Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune disorder that causes a body’s antibodies to attack the thyroid gland, leading to hypothyroidism. If you are experiencing fatigue, unexplained weight gain, sensitivity to cold, muscle and joint pain, and depression, you could be suffering with a thyroid condition like Hashimoto’s disease – but you don’t have to continue living this way.
What Is Hashimoto’s Disease?
Hashimoto’s disease is also known as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis. The most common cause of hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s disease prevents the thyroid from making enough hormones, which means your body doesn’t have everything it needs to work the right way.
When the immune system attacks the thyroid gland, it leads to chronic inflammation. At first, this inflammation causes the thyroid gland to leak, so the body experiences the effects of excess thyroid hormones (hyperthyroidism). As time passes, however, the inflammation prevents the thyroid from producing enough hormones, leading to hypothyroidism.
The Holistic Approach to Hashimoto’s Disease
If a doctor determines that you have Hashimoto’s disease, they may prescribe synthetic hormone medications to treat the condition. That is, of course, if the doctor diagnoses you properly at all. For many people, their doctor overlooks or misdiagnoses their health problem, so they don’t receive the care they need to truly feel better and whole.
The holistic treatment of thyroid conditions involves the adjustment of lifestyle and nutrition to give the body the power to heal itself. If you don’t want to rely on hormones or other medications, if you want to help your system stabilize and get back to normal, if you want to feel your best naturally, legitimately, and long-term, holistic treatment is the answer.
Diagnosing Hashimoto’s Disease and Other Autoimmune Conditions
Beating an autoimmune disorder like Hashimoto’s disease requires the acceptance that your body is in revolt against itself. When the body attacks its healthy cells and tissues, the result is physical and mental distress. Healing and finding balance begin with understanding your body, its state of being, causes and effects, and what you may have too much or too little of in your life and diet.
It is possible to feel better again, to feel at ease, vibrant, energetic, and happy. The first step in holistic treatment is to properly diagnose what’s going on with your system. Your doctor might not believe you have a thyroid condition, but it’s not necessarily because they don’t believe anything is wrong with you.
In many cases, autoimmune conditions are difficult to diagnose because they masquerade as other health problems. In other instances, the thyroid is not carefully and meticulously examined for misfiring. Blood tests – thorough, comprehensive blood tests that look for allergies, digestive problems, and more – are essential. There is no one-size-fits-all autoimmune disease. Your symptoms are yours alone, and in holistic care your treatment strategy is designed specifically for you too.
Beat Your Autoimmune Condition with Holistic Care
At Ann Arbor Holistic Health, our health experts have the tools to help diagnose your condition and the knowledge to help you manage and, sometimes, completely beat your health problems. Hashimoto’s disease does not have to be forever – autoimmune conditions can be overcome with changes in lifestyle, nutrition, movement, and more. They just need to be the right changes for you.
Maintaining a healthy life requires understanding, acceptance, and effort. Our goals are to determine the exact causes of your body’s suffering, and to create a customized care plan that addresses what your autoimmune system is lacking. Let’s remove what isn’t good for you, replace the bad with the good, and guide your system to repair and honor itself.