Hypothyroidism

A Cruel Fate Dealt to Me?


No one understands hypothyroidism unless they’ve been through it. Outsiders think we can simply follow a diet or exercise plan and be fine… but anyone who’s been there knows that is just not the case.

Personally I kept gaining weight out of control no matter how hard I tried to diet or exercise. My energy levels dropped to extreme fatigue

The symptoms of hypothyroidism began to creep up on me during my mid 20’s… at first I chalked up each symptom as one more thing that would happen to me due to aging...

  • Lack of energy (developed into extreme fatigue and drowsiness)
  • Weight Gain (more specifically 32 pounds out of nowhere)
  • Hair Loss
  • Brittle Nails
  • Dry Skin
  • Brain Fog
  • Hair Thinning
  • ... just to name a few!

Normal life became something else… a struggle, if you could even call it that.

It was well beyond that.

Well beyond...

I was depressed and anxious...

... more than usual...

I decided I was going to figure out how to get my life back to normal.

In this website I'm going to share what I did to get my energy back and lose weight again...

This is my journey to a new healthy lifestyle and anyone who wants to experience the same results is welcome to follow along...

It all starts here...

I used to be an avid homebrewer… and getting a beer belly seemed logical...

Actually, it was pretty much expected of me.

However, I’ve always had a knack for being healthy by watching what I eat and exercising.

I never had to worry about my weight until I bought a new set of jeans size 34 (up from size 32) and found out literally just a few weeks later my jeans didn’t fit!

My belly began to hang over my jeans and stretch out the buttons on my shirts!

I’d actually been watching my diet and exercised regularly, yet I was gaining weight…

Something was wrong...

I wasn't even trying to lose weight at that point... I was just trying NOT TO GAIN anymore weight!

So I did what any logical person would do in my desperate situation...

I quit drinking beer!

I still gained weight.

No matter what I did I just couldn't seem to lose weight.

At this point... weight gain wasn’t my only concern…

I had horrible brain fog...

I couldn't think clear.

I had a hard time focusing on my daily activities and felt extremely drowsy.

I was fatigued!

I had zero energy....

... but it was worse than that!

I found myself needing a nap every single day and still felt like I couldn't function!

Even working out became a struggle because recovering took longer than usual…

My skin had been extremely dry...

My body temperature was cold, especially hands and feet.

I remember being ashamed of shaking hands with people I’d meet because they’d always make a remark about how cold my hands were.

I used to always have warm hands!

Something was definitely wrong, but I had no clue…

... and then one day, while taking a shower, it happened.

I was lathering up my hair and something felt weird was happening to my hair.

I began to feel this “texture” on my hands and when I opened my eyes to look down at my hands I was shocked to find hair all over my hands and all over the bathtub!!

My jaw literraly dropped as I stood in the shower scanning the tub and watching my own hair all over it...

This was definitely not normal hair loss! - not at my age.

I lost so much hair I could see my scalp!

I decided right then and there that I was going to fix whatever was wrong with me...

I was going to get my energy back...

I was going to lose weight again...

I was going to re grow my hair... grow strong nails and healthy skin...

I was going to get my health back...

and so my journey began...

After meeting some people with hypothyroidism, I was discouraged to learn that they’d been on medication for over 5 years (one had been on it for 20 years!!!) and still had not gotten better.

Are you friggin' kidding me?? 20 years and still nothing??

Was hypothyroidism some sort of cruel fate dealt to me?

I didn't think so…

I was not going to go down just like that.

So I began to try EVERYTHING.

I started with my diet.

I tried all sorts of diets from paleo to ketogenic, raw vegan, gluten-free, GAPS, you name it...

No matter what diet I followed I kept experiencing one problem...

Everything I ate seemed to make my stomach bubbly…

... until I learned that my biggest problem came from digestive issues!

That's why no matter how hard I tried to diet, the scale kept going up... that's why I couldn't fit into my clothes... why I kept going up in size.

I literally felt like someone had hooked up a compressor to my body and was inflating me… it was a weird kind of weight gain!

I was at a point where EVERYTHING became suspect!

Nothing seemed to work, and everything seemed to affect me.

Until I found something that DID work!

One day, I saw a video of Dr Jerry Tennant explaining hypothyroidism… and what he said clicked instantly!

All of a sudden I was steered in the right direction.

One thing he mentioned helped me understand why my body was having such a hard time digesting ANY type of protein and most food for that matter… low stomach acid.

I understood why I became sensitive to gluten and other proteins…

Why I was so “inflammated” and borderline IBS…

… and it gave me the clue that I may not have as much fat as I thought… rather my body was filled with mucin - mucin my body developed to protect itself from all the undigested protein in my body!

As a home brewer, I knew a thing or two about protein digestive enzymes...

I found pineapple and papaya have some of the best protein digestive enzymes!

So I came up with my own anti-inflammatory, anti-mucin smoothie…

1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1 cup papaya
1 cup pineapple

I started drinking this as "dessert" anytime I ate protein and finally I didn't feel bogged down.

I felt relief, at last…

But it was only the beginning…

I still had to get my thyroid to work!

I started taking thyroid supplements I'd read about like:

  • Iodine
  • Selenium
  • Vitamin D (with vitamin K)
  • Maca
  • Ashwaghanda
  • Tribulus Terrestris
  • Tongkat Ali
  • Seeds from berries (Goji, Golden/Gooseberries, etc.)
  • etc.

… but everything changed when I added healthy fats like avocados and coconut oil to my diet… and was introduced to probiotics and fasting...

I learned about foods to avoid… especially foods with Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids or PUFAs as some call them…

I can't promise you this will be easy...

... but I promise you...

It. Is. Worth. It!

Are you ready to become our next Hypothyroidism Success Story?

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- "Hip Hip" Jorge