It is a scary feeling when you start loosing control of your own body. Most people find it hard to control their weight, others more specific diseases. For a while now I've had issues with my own body. I often become anxious and have an uncontrollable nervousness around crowds or strangers... which cause body tremors. The issues/episodes gradually get worse. I hated feeling so self conscious but pushed it off thinking its just me. I hated being different but I figured that's just how I am.

The beginning of the month I went to the doctor for a sore throat. Felt like it was swelling shut. I was told it had to be allergies to something outdoors. Well I had a tremor episode then and my doctor ordered more tests. Found out I have hyperthyroid. So I'm not so crazy in the head! That's good! My doctor said the most common fix is to drink iodine then take pills afterwards followed by close monitoring for some time. Of course when I get home I quickly google hyperthyroid because I was pretty clueless about the subject. Wow, the thyroid controls so much of your body such as metabolism, heart rate, digestion, nervous system and reproduction to name a few.

To know a little more about me... I hate going to the doctors. (OK maybe that has to do with part of my anxiety problem.) But I am not a fan of all the pills given out. Are they really cures or just suppressing a problem and causing other problems? People are so into money these days and I believe that our health is being put at risk. Just my thoughts. When they said I would most likely have to drink a radioactive chemical to "kill" my thyroid cells... well that just doesn't sound like a great cure to me. Not saying I won't but I like to look into other options. I know our diet is very important and I thought I was eating "ok". I mean, I rarely eat potato chips, fast food, french fries and such... I do like them but I know its not good for me or my family. I do eat lots of white foods and dairy and my horrible favorite... chocolate. Well guess what... those things I eat are exactly what is causing my problem! So I'm hoping to change my diet to see if I can naturally cure my body. Believe me when I say this is going to be extremely difficult. I'm not a fan of cooking and will have to eat my not so favorite vegetables.

This is what should be in my diet:
Eating kelp helps in almost all the thyroid problems. It is rich and natural source of iodine and thyroxine that restores the thyroid hormones. One should go for Vitamin B12, Vitamin C and Vitamin E are great elements that can bring hormones and enzymes in normalcy. One of the best home remedies is to have lots of cabbage family foods such as broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale; mustard greens etc. as they tend to lower down the thyroid function. Peaches and pears also share the same qualities with them and hence, they are good to have.

One should cut down on dairy products, white foods and should avoid nicotine, caffeine, any kind of alcohol, sweetened carbonated water (soft drinks), processed and junk food. They all alter the metabolism and hence may trigger hyperthyroidism.

Lots of people think it would be great to have a hyperthyroid for the high metabolism. Which yeah it has been nice to eat whatever I like and never gain a pound but its become to good for continuing to lose when I don't need to. My arms have hyper sensations that is an annoying feeling you can't get rid of. They can go from feeling hyper to limp. I would also love to have more kids one day but my hyperthyroid has really hurt the chances of that happening. But I'm remaining hopeful I can change my body around... to finally live normally again and be healthy.

I can't help but think most of the health problems we have today can be cured by changing our diet. Why don't the doctors focus on doing that? Is it just for the money or to just go the easy route? Just a thought.

Anyway, if you or someone you know has gone through this what are your thoughts? Also if anyone has some great recipes with the healthy food listed... please share. I will need all the help I can get! Leave a link in the comments or feel free to email me at enduringarts@gmail.com. Thank you!


Jill said...

Bless you for sharing this side of yourself Jodi. I agree with you about meds and such. Call me crazy but I just don't trust the pharm. co.
ANyway, I would like to suggest a product we take called VERY GREEN from Trader Joes. This is a combo of nutrients that include, alfalfa,chlorella,acerola,spirulina, and many more. Very affordable and great for all around health benefits.
Hope you are feeling better knowing that there is a legit condition you can deal with instead of just feeling anxious and not knowing why.
Warm wishes to you!

Jodi Ulschmid said...

Thank you so much for sharing Jill! I will definitely look into it!

Priscilla Jo Neilson said...

Jodi. . . sooooo sorry that you had to find out about that. Crazy how much we think that we live these invisible lives when we are young, and then grow up.

I have no words of wisdom for you about the disease but just keep Jesus close to heart. You are an amazing artist, mother, wife and friend and I know that you will come out a stronger person in the end. God has to refine us in the fire.. . . like precious metals. . . it takes much time, heat, and pain. Miss you! :)

byw. . . like your pic with the new hair cut???? Nice length!