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4 Pregnancy Planning Tips For Hashimoto’s Moms-To-Be

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Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is a chronic autoimmune disorder of thyroid function, where the patient has lower than normal levels of thyroid hormones (caused by misdirection of antibodies), and is therefore in a hypothyroid state.  While thyroid physiology changes quite significantly in normal pregnancies (to accommodate the changing metabolic needs of the mother and fetus), hypothyroid states such as Hashimoto’s, which are considered pathologic (not normal), demand

7 Ingredients Your Leaky Gut Hates (Hint: Hold the Cool Whip)

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Are ingredients in processed foods (food additives) a contributor for leaky gut? Food additives have been proposed as a likely culprit in increased intestinal permeability, or leaky gut syndrome (1). In particular, surfactants/emulsifiers added to food products are known to increase intestinal permeability. Connecting the dots is not difficult when considering that surfactants are used as ingredients in medications to increase their absorption by opening

Benefits of Exercise for Autoimmune Conditions

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Will regular exercise reduce my symptoms and flares generally? Exercise can be beneficial for those suffering from autoimmune conditions for several reasons. Exercise helps to regulate blood sugar and weight. Exercise helps increase mental alertness and feelings of well-being and exercise can help to combat fatigue if done carefully.  Exercise is very therapeutic in most all cases of autoimmune conditions if it is done gradually

Looking For Ways To Support A Loved One With An Invisible Autoimmune Illness? In Honor Of National Caregiver’s Month

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If you are in a committed relationship, there is an expectation of “sticking it out” through tough times regardless of whether or not you actually nervously sputtered out the words “in sickness and in health” at a wedding ceremony. And yet, faced with a challenge such as chronic illness, many people feel suddenly inadequate as a partner. It’s no wonder, really; while much attention is given

We Are Not Hypochondriacs! A Call For Autoimmune Voices

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My story is no different from most of us in the AutoimmuneMom community.  After I was diagnosed with pleva, a rare autoimmune skin condition and Hashimoto’s in 2009, I felt lost and unsure what was next.  Doctors undersold the impact on my life and that of my family’s, saying my conditions would be treated the same as the non-autoimmune version, in the case of the