A year and a half ago I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease where TPO antibody and thyroglobulin antibody get confused and start attacking the thyroid gland; time passing by, this reduces the ability of the thyroid to function properly and alters its structure.
When the doctor gave me this diagnosis, I couldn’t believe that I had to face a serious disease, again (post on my health history coming soon). Adding that according to Western medicine no existing treatment can cure Hashimoto’s, I felt hopeless. I am not at all into chemical drugs, I prefer healing myself naturally, but at first I couldn’t see a way out.
After a few days, though, I didn’t feel satisfied with the explanation the doctor had given me about my health and I couldn’t accept his verdict.
“There has to be an alternative“, I kept telling myself.
I started researching. I asked my friend Google for a different viewpoint, and after hours (days?) spent in front of my laptop I finally found what I was looking for: an Australian pharmacist had done a lot of research on the matter and among other things had discovered a link between Hashimoto’s and gluten.
I googled “Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and gluten” and, wow!, she wasn’t the only one who had identified this connection!
I decided to give it a try and go gluten-free.
Easier said than done, of course. Gluten is everywhere, and I am a baker’s daughter!
Well, after a few months – and a lot of struggling – I succeeded in being consistent with my gluten-free diet and I instantly saw, and felt, changes in my body and mind: less bloating, less fatigue, less brain fog, fewer headaches, fewer thyroid antibodies… and many more benefits.
As to today, I still eat gluten-free when I am at home but not always when I eat out – and I feel the difference, I don’t feel well when eating gluten, particularly wheat, and I am more and more convinced that gluten doesn’t do any good to my body, not at this point in my life at least. Even if…
…About a month ago I went to see an endocrinologist and guess what? I don’t have Hashimoto’s!
I lived for over a year with the certainty that I was sick – and that I would probably be so for life. Can you imagine my relief when I found out that no, I am not sick and I am probably healthier than I have ever been in my whole life?
Anyway, I have learnt a few things from this story:
* I am the only person who can know how I feel. Yes, I will do blood tests again, I will check my health from time to time, but I will always, always listen to my body, mind, heart and soul before taking any decisions about my health/imbalance;
* I will never stop the inner quest because I will never stop learning new things about myself;
* Eating gluten-free can be challenging, but also a source of creativity and of…yummy-ness! ;)
Eleonora, your #earthandsoulwanderer