Advice. Tips. Tricks. There’s a lot of it out there, but how do we know what’s actually true? That’s one thing I consistently (and I’m sure many others also) experience with my Hashimoto’s journey.
I tend to get discouraged when I keep reading about the same old things, none of which have worked for me.
But recently, I stumbled upon some research that I hadn’t seen before.. and it was promising!
First, I want to introduce you all to the National Library of Medicine.
This my friends, is real research, actual case studies. Not junk science, diet advice or a suggestion that you just need 8 hours of sleep (I’ve actually seen that in an article about lowering your TSH).
Interested in how Vitamin D affects Hashimoto’s? There are studies for that. What about iron? Yep, that too.
But what I was interesting in was selenium. I had tried Brazil nuts with no success so I wanted to see what studies I could find. Lo and behold, I found something.
There have been multiple studies done on the combination of inositol and selenium helping to lower TSH in Hashimoto’s patients who have high TSH but normal T3 and T4 levels. When I saw these studies, I felt like I hit the jackpot, like there was hope. Here is a link to one of the studies.
What is inositol, you ask? Well, it’s commonly known as vitamin B8 but it’s actually a sugar!
So what did I do when I read these studies? Naturally, I went on Amazon and ordered myself some inositol and selenium. Three months later, my TSH went from 5.09 to .33. Link to the post about that news.
Now, I can’t give all the credit to my supplements, my dosage of Unithroid did increase at the same time, but I do think this played a big part. Typically after a dosage change, my TSH would only go to about 3, I’ve never been lower than 2.5!
So, this is a big deal. Not just for me, but for anyone who has been looking for something that works.
Ultimately, I want everyone to know that there are studies and resources out there. You do not need to go gluten free, it probably isn’t leaky gut. Everyone is different but there are studies out there that can help you, you just need to find them.