Author : Adele du Rand

Adele is a hypothyroid and Hashimoto's patient, hypothyroid health coach, and patient advocate. When she is not helping others with creating their best lives, she plays and coaches squash and dabbles in photography.

How to know if you have an underactive thyroid

You have been struggling with some strange symptoms, like unexplained weight gain (you are definitely not pregnant), feeling very tired all the time, and sleeping for all hours of the day.  Someone then suggested that you have your thyroid tested, or you make an appointment to see your doctor.  It makes sense, so you do […]

15 Anti-Inflammatory Foods I Actually Eat

I recently obtained a copy of Johnny Bowden’s book “The 150 Healthiest Foods On Earth”, and it is a monster-size book of over 700 pages.  As a Hashimoto’s patient who is focused on getting my health back, my diet has been my focus for the last couple of months.  And this book’s title grabbed my […]

Boost Your Thyroid Health with the Power of Selenium: Why this Trace Mineral is Essential for a Healthy Thyroid

Selenium is a trace mineral that plays an important function in thyroid health.  We shouldn’t underestimate the power of this little mineral. How the thyroid gland works First, the thyroid gland makes thyroid hormones, predominantly T4 and T3, and these hormones are then transported through out your body.  Did you know that just about each […]

Thyroid and Weight – A different way to look losing weight

I watched a video by JJ Virgin, nutrition expert and best-selling author, last week, and she said something that resonated with me: You got to get healthy to lose the fat. Or in other words of JJ: “A healthy body easily loses weight”.  Now, I too have been struggling for months and years to get this thyroid […]

Should you take iodine if you have an underactive thyroid?

One the first things I learned when I was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid, is that the thyroid gland needs the mineral iodine to make thyroid hormones.  So the “logical” conclusion is that if you take a supplement with iodine in, surely your thyroid gland will make more thyroid hormones.   But unfortunately, this is not […]

Thyroid medication does not treat your thyroid

One of the biggest misconceptions in many hypothyroid patients that I have come across is that thyroid medication treats the thyroid gland.  I too had this misconception for many years.  I thought, as per other medications, that you take it and it will treat the problem, fix it, sort it out.  But with thyroid medication, […]

The fillers used in Eythyrox and Eltroxin tablets

Over the last 2 years, both pharmaceutical companies changed the ingredients of Euthyrox and Eltroxin. The active ingredient, levothyroxine sodium, is the same. But what makes up the rest of the tablets? I have been using Euthyrox for about 10 years.  Then, about 2 years ago, they changed the formula.  While the active ingredient was […]

Getting back to basics in 2023: Know your numbers

January is Thyroid Awareness Month.  Perfect timing to refocus on your thyroid health.  And to start us off this year, I want to get back to basics. The first of the basics is to KNOW YOUR NUMBERS.  When last did you have your thyroid labs done?  If it was a few months ago, I recommend that […]

Your thinking impacts your body

We often don’t think about how our mindsets can actually impact our health.  What we think impacts what we feel which can have a real impact on your physiology!  Here’s an example to illustrate to you how real the impact of your thoughts is on your body: Imagine that you are afraid to speak in […]

When to take your thyroid medication

Many thyroid patients take their thyroid pills every day as prescribed, yet they don’t feel better.  Today I want to look at the factors that impact how your thyroid medication is absorbed, or not.   When I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in 2003, my doctor never told me that I would be taking my thyroid medication […]