The American Thyroid Association reported that in the United Status postpartum thyroiditis occurs in approximately 5-10% of women.
Corey Phelps, who had gained 25 lbs in her first pregnancy, lost most of her hormonal weight gain shortly after having her daughter. Always having lived a fit and healthy lifestyle, Corey was shocked when just 9 months postpartum she gained 30lbs in a month!! Corey visited multiple Doctors, she tried everything from conventional medicine to eastern medicine. It wasn’t until seeing an acupuncturist, that they recommended she may be working out too much and therefore increasing the stress on her body. TOO MUCH? Corey was in shock. She was used to spending hours in the gym to try and shed this unwanted weight. Corey became afraid of going to the gym, scared it would add to her Hypothyroidism. She decided to shift things around and find a good balance between her fitness regimen and personal health.
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How did you react when you were first diagnosed with Hypothyroidism?
I was relieved to finally have an answer to my unexplained fatigue and weight gain. I began educating myself, first on thyroid function and how to support it, and then on thyroid dysfunction and disorder. I wanted to understand the condition and arm myself with as much information as possible so I could get to the the root cause.
How were you able to overcome it?
It was a long road of trial and error. I did a ton of research. I dialed in my nutrition. I changed my approach to exercise, and most importantly I learned to connect and listen to my body.
What role did nutrition play in this? What was your diet like?
Nutrition played a huge role in my healing body and managing thyroid function. I removed dairy and gluten from my diet as well as all processed foods. My diet now consists of only high quality organic veggies, fruits, proteins, complex carbohydrates and fats. I traded my morning coffee for green tea and bone broth. I also began supplementing with probiotic rich foods like kombucha and fermented veggies as well as foods rich in Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA). ALA is type of omega 3 that play a huge role in balancing hormones and supporting thyroid function.
Tell us about your top 5 fitness tips to deal with Hypothyroidism.
- Make sleep a #1 priority.
- Learn to control stress through meditation, exercise and yoga.
- Eat foods rich in selenium and iodine to support thyroid (brazil nuts and seaweed).
- Drink tons of water.
- Educate yourself on endocrine disruptors and avoid them at all costs (plastic bottles, household chemicals, non-stick pans and unfiltered drinking water).
This International Women’s Day, what advice would you like to give to the women out there?
Always, Always ..listen to your inner voice!! Your gut instinct it is your most powerful resource!!
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