Quitting Smoking with Hashimoto’s Disease and Hypothyroidism | Rose Rundown
So there are a lot of reasons why I really want to quit smoking this time, for good. The main reason right now is I was recently diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease. It’s a very under diagnosed disorder that can be diagnosed through a simple antibody test by your doctor. For those of you out there with hypothyroidism 90% of you may have this disease. Hypothyroidism is when your thyroid doesn’t produce enough of vital hormones needed to keep your metabolism up. On top of a slow metabolism resulting from Hypothyroidism I have a disorder where my immune system is also attacking my thyroid gland, Hashimoto’s Disease.
With all that being said I’m going to be going gluten-free. Products containing gluten weaken the intestinal walls and can facilitate leaky gut, yet another common problem for Hashimoto’s patients. When leaky gut occurs, gluten can make its way from the intestines to the blood stream, where the immune system likely sends out its immune system cells to attack it, exacerbating an autoimmune condition and interfering with the body’s ability to absorb nutrients.
It may sound corny but I’m going to be writing a list down of all the reasons why I want to quit smoking and then another list with all the things I will do when I want to smoke INSTEAD of smoking. I’ve already found smokefree.gov very helpful. I signed up for their free texting support service called smokefreeTXT. It offers 24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips to help you quit and stay quit. To sign up, text the word QUIT to 47848 from your mobile phone. They also have a quit line 1-800-QUIT-NOW. I’ve also downloaded a free smoking cessation app called QuitNow! I will let you know how it is.
Have you quit smoking? What tips would you give someone trying to quit?
If you’re afraid to quit what’s your biggest fear?
**On a more serious note, all of you musicians out there, friends, this has been the main reason I haven’t been going out and covering shows. I hope you all understand. I’m hoping I will feel better in the next few months but please send me tracks and news about how you’re doing.