076 // Can getting a cold cause Hashimoto’s? A Root Cause Episode

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Can getting sick cause Hashimoto’s? Have you heard this before? Have you heard that Hashimoto’s is caused by a virus? That’s what we’re going to talk about in this episode and I’ll give you 5 wellness strategies.

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Can getting a cold cause Hashimoto’s? A Root Cause Discussion

Welcome back to “Health with Hashimoto’s.” I’m Esther, and today, we’re going to discuss a fundamental aspect of health—how getting sick impacts your immune system. For those with autoimmune conditions, the stakes are even higher, as our immune systems are already under stress. An illness adds another layer of stress to our immune system, leading to potential flares or, in some cases, the development of new autoimmune conditions.

So, to answer the question, “can getting a cold cause Hashimoto’s?” the answer is perhaps. An illness can be a trigger. That’s why it is important that you have solid wellness strategies in place.

In this episode, I’m here to provide you with simple and sustainable solutions to help you navigate the winter season and, hopefully, emerge unscathed. While I can’t promise 100% immunity, I can certainly equip you with practical strategies to bolster your health.

Exciting News: Holistic Hashimoto’s Course Now Eligible for HSA and FSA!

But first, I’m thrilled to share some fantastic news that has been years in the making. 🥁 Drumroll, please! 🥁

I am excited to announce that the Holistic Hashimoto’s Course is now eligible for Health Savings Account (HSA) and Flexible Spending Account (FSA) payments.

About seven or eight years ago, I started digging into understand how HSA and FSA funds could be utilized. Hours of poring over IRS documents and various commentaries ensued. As a nurse, educator, and coach, I discovered certain aspects of my services could align with HSA and FSA criteria.

Navigating HSA and FSA for Holistic Wellness

For those unfamiliar, HSA and FSA stand for Health Savings Account and Flexible Spending Account, respectively. These tax-free accounts, established by employers, offer a financial avenue for medical expenses. However, there’s a catch. The government restricts the use of these funds to the “sick care” model. These funds must be used for the treatment of medical diagnoses. The IRS explicitly denies FSA and HSA use for prevention, general wellness, supplements, and vitamins.

The Holistic Hashimoto’s Course is designed specifically for those diagnosed with Hashimoto’s; it has a clear medical diagnosis tied to it. If you’ve received a Hashimoto’s diagnosis, you should be able to use your HSA or FSA money to enroll in the course.

Holistic Hashimoto’s Course Can be Used for Diagnosed Medical Conditions

Here’s the caveat: To ensure you’re on solid ground, you’ll need a diagnosis from your medical provider. I’ve made it easy for you—I’ve crafted a letter you can download and share with your medical provider. This letter can help you ensure you have documentation of a diagnosis and your doctor/provider’s recommendation that the Holistic Hashimoto’s Course can be part of your treatment plan.

I’m not a lawyer or an IRS agent; I’m a nurse. All of this information is correct to my best understanding after hours of digging into the regulations.

Wellness Strategies for Autoimmune Conditions

Now, let’s dive into our main topic: Wellness Strategies for Autoimmune Conditions. I get it; everyone wants that magic solution, that one thing that will ensure you never get sick. Well, I don’t have a miracle, but I do have something better – simple, daily practices that support your body’s innate ability to be healthy.

1. Sleep: Embracing the Restorative Power of the Night

Our bodies are like intricate masterpieces, designed with a divine touch that craves health. Think back to the origins of humanity – Adam and Eve, living in perfect health. While we’re not carbon copies, our blueprint echoes theirs. In winter, when darkness lingers, sleep becomes a crucial player in the symphony of wellness. It’s during these silent hours that your body engages in healing, repair, and renewal. Picture it as your body’s dedicated self-care routine. Hormones dance, cells mend – it’s a magical orchestration that happens when you surrender to rest. So, in the extended nights of winter, honor your body’s wisdom and make room for those rejuvenating hours of sleep.

2. Hydration: Impacting Every Cell and System

Water, the elixir of life, holds extraordinary power in supporting every facet of our being. From the intricate dance of your brain to the rhythmic movements of your digestive system, hydration is the unsung hero. Calculating your daily water intake is a personal journey, considering your weight and activity levels. Yet, its impact is universal – clearer thoughts, improved mental health, and the banishment of that pesky brain fog. Your body, a well-tuned machine, functions optimally with the right hydration. It’s a simple yet profound act of self-care. So, let’s raise a glass to hydration and let the elixir of life weave its magic within us.

3. Decreasing Stress: Navigating the Art of Cultivating Calm

Decreasing stress is crucial for nurturing a resilient immune system and overall well-being. When we are stressed our immune system is more out of whack and our immune system cannot prioritize keeping us healthy. That’s true for everyone.

If you have an autoimmune disease, your immune system is already dis-regulated and stress is an extra burden. For those grappling with autoimmune challenges, stress isn’t just a trigger; it’s a root cause. Lowering stress levels becomes an act of self-love.

Explore my podcast episodes dedicated to stress. I have a bunch of them for you to give you actionable steps. (See episodes 7, 8, 24, 34, 36, and 40) It’s not just about surviving; it’s about thriving, even in the face of stressors.

4. Sugar: Enhancing Your Immune Resilience

Now, let’s tackle sugar. This is a topic you might be reluctant to face, yet its impact on our immune system is profound. When sugar enters your system, it directly competes with your white blood cells – the frontline warriors of your immune defense. Imagine them being momentarily disarmed, rendering them less effective.

While cutting out sugar may seem daunting, small changes can make a substantial difference. Reach for water when you crave sweets – sometimes, your body is just thirsty. Additionally, consider replacing sugary snacks with a combination of protein and vegetables. It’s a step-by-step process, and every choice towards reduced sugar intake is a triumph for your immune system.

5. Daily Movement: Mobilizing Your Garbage Disposal System

Lastly, let’s explore the significance of daily movement in the intricate dance of your lymphatic system. Picture this system as your body’s dedicated garbage disposal, responsible for eliminating toxins, viruses, and cellular debris. While hydration, decreased stress, and lowered sugar intake contribute to its well-being, daily movement is the orchestrator of its symphony. Your lymphatic system lacks a pump of its own, relying on muscle contractions to propel its fluid towards the heart. Every step, every movement mobilizes this system, ensuring optimal functionality. Moreover, daily movement isn’t just about your lymphatic system – it impacts your overall health. Statistical evidence suggests that those who maintain an active lifestyle have a lower risk of falling prey to viruses and winter illnesses. So, embrace the rhythm of daily movement, let your body sway to the symphony of well-being.

Wellness Strategies using Herbs, Supplements, and Homeopathy

Finally, if you want more homeopathy, herbs, tinctures, DIY acupressure techniques, etc, here are two podcast episodes.

First up, “Be Prepared for Cold and Flu Season” episode from the Ancient Health Podcast. This episode is a treasure trove of practical advice covering acupressure points, herbs, tinctures, and homeopathy for winter wellness. Next, check out “Viruses Gonna Virus” from December 3, 2022 on the Red Pill Your Health Podcast, hosted by a chiropractor and a nurse practitioner. Although it has a political name, it’s not political, it is one of the best health podcasts available. This episode gives you herbal remedies, homeopathy, vitamins, and supplements.

Create Your Wellness Strategies Using These Five Pillars

In summary, these five pillars – sleep, hydration, decreased stress, sugar reduction, and daily movement – form the bedrock of your wellness strategies. Each choice towards embracing these practices is a step towards fortifying your health. Remember, it’s not about radical changes; it’s about daily, intentional choices that resonate with the innate design of your body. Here’s to a season filled with thriving health and well-being.

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Image of tissues with a cup of tea. Text: viruses and Hashimoto's. Can getting sick cause Hashimoto's? A root cause episode with wellness strategies.
Image of tissues with a cup of tea. Text: viruses and Hashimoto's. Can getting sick cause Hashimoto's? A root cause episode with wellness strategies.
Image of tissues with a cup of tea. Text: viruses and Hashimoto's. Can getting sick cause Hashimoto's? A root cause episode with wellness strategies.