Hashimoto’s and Exercise Intolerance

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Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, also known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, is an autoimmune disorder that affects the thyroid gland. It is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States, and it is estimated that up to 14 million Americans have this condition.

People with Hashimoto’s often experience symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, and sensitivity to cold. They may also have difficulty losing weight, even with regular exercise and a healthy diet. This is because the thyroid gland plays a crucial role in regulating metabolism, and when it is not functioning properly, it can lead to a slowdown in the body’s ability to burn calories.

One of the challenges of living with Hashimoto’s is dealing with exercise intolerance. This is the inability to exercise at a normal level due to fatigue, muscle weakness, and other symptoms. In some cases, people with Hashimoto’s may find that they are unable to exercise at all, which can be frustrating and demoralizing.

Fortunately, there are ways to manage exercise intolerance in people with Hashimoto’s. The first step is to work with a doctor to properly manage the condition. This may involve taking thyroid hormone replacement medication, which can help to regulate the body’s metabolism and improve symptoms.

In addition to medication, it is important for people with Hashimoto’s to engage in regular physical activity. However, it is important to start slowly and gradually increase the intensity and duration of exercise over time. This can help to build endurance and avoid over-exertion.

Low-impact exercises such as walking, swimming, and yoga are often recommended for people with Hashimoto’s. These activities can help to improve cardiovascular fitness and flexibility without putting too much strain on the muscles and joints.

Martin P. Rutherford, DC
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Reno, NV 89502
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Okay, so the topic is Hashimoto's exercise
intolerance or exercising too much. So this is a topic that I have to address
quite frequently. One of the main reasons is to my right, and
if I point this way about that far, there's About 30 miles is Lake Tahoe, which is one
of the biggest beautiful, most beautiful places On earth, and lots of crazy people are up
there. Those crazy people are people who run triathlons
and run and run, what do you call them? Just decathlons and every athalon that there
is. And there's people out there that swim across
the lake, which is insane because it's so Cold. And I'm tongue in cheek because this is just
beyond my comprehension that people could Do that. But I get a lot of them, I get a lot of people
that are up in there, and they have problems And they're over-training. I also have people at the other end of the
spectrum. I have people at the other end of the spectrum
that come in here and if I go through the Triggers for autoimmune thyroid disease, and
when I get to over-training, they roll their Eyes at me like, "Dude, I can't even walk
across my living room. You have no problem with me over-training." So just to cover the spectrum there, over-training
is a trigger for autoimmune disease, not just Hashimoto's, by the way. If you have any other autoimmune disease,
if you have psoriasis, if you have rheumatoid Arthritis, if you have celiac, if you have
ulcerative colitis, this applies to you too. Over-training is bad. Exercise is good. So when you exercise, you do a lot of good
things. Honestly, between exercise and sleep and diet,
you can do so much with a person. And most of my patients can't sleep. Most of my patients can diet and unbelievably
some of my patients over exercise. So what happens when you over exercise? So when you're sick, when you have fibromyalgia
or when you have chronic fatigue, and as most Of my oxygenated patients have some form of
that, you're putting a huge demand on your System through the mechanism of primarily
inflammation. For all of you out there who goes, "It's all
inflammation." It is all inflammation, but what's causing

Okay, that's the ticket and how do you attack
it and what's the order and all that type Of stuff. But in the end, inflammation is the bad guy
and inflammation covers your whole physiology. And then depending on what parts of your physiology
aren't working well or are available to be More attacked, then you start getting symptoms
of that. But it definitely affects the mitochondria
in your cells. Inflammation affects the mitochondria in your
cells. What are mitochondria? They are the little organelles that are little
energy factories in your cells. For those of you who are chemical nerds or
biochemical nerds, this is the citric acid Cycle, or those of you are not, they're little
energy cells. They take your glucose, they take your thyroid
hormones, they take your CoQ-10, they take All of these things and they make energy. So when you have them under an inflammatory
response, you're generally usually fatigued. But for sure when you get up and start doing
things, you're putting a demand on them, whether You're sick or not, you're putting a demand
on your cells to create energy. But if you're not feeling well, if you have
fatigue already, if you have immune inflammation, If you have bad gut and all these things,
they're not as strong because they're struggling To make energy to keep you in homeostasis,
to try to make you well. They're losing the battle, but they're trying,
which means they only have so much energy If you start exceeding their capacity. So let's go down to the lower end. That patient that I just said, said, "I can't
walk across the living room." So my next question will be, okay, do you
have good days and bad days? Most all of my patients do. And on your good days, do you start trying
to do all the things that you couldn't do On your bad days and then crash? And they sit there and they go, "Yeah." Because that's what you're going to do. You got to get those things done, right? You're exceeding the capacity of your compromised
mitochondria. Does that make sense? That's what you're doing. So basically you don't have as much ability
and for your cells to create energy when you

Start doing things. All right? Now, when you're that sick, you still would
benefit by getting up and doing things up To the point of where you would crash. You go to the other end, maybe I have a triathlete
in here. They just got to cut it down. For them, it might be that they can't do the
bicycling and the swimming and the running. Maybe they can't run a marathon, maybe they
can go out and run 20 miles and not get sick. So there's scales of parameters of scale there
as far as what constitutes exercise. A lot of my patients who say, "Well, I can't
exercise. I can't exercise." Exercise is good for you. It strengthens your immune system. It strengthens your adrenal glands. It helps to stabilize blood sugar. It stimulates your brain. It does a lot of good things until you do
too much. And then it creates something called oxidative
stress in your cells. That's when you crash. That oxidative stress, think of the old cars
that were made of metal sitting on the side Of the road in one of the humid areas of the
country, and they're start rusting out. That's what over exercising is doing to your
brain while you're crashing. I said, brain, all your cells, while crashing. Okay? So we don't want that, especially if we're
trying to treat you and we're trying to get You there. It's like two steps forward, and one and a
half steps back. It's a big trigger, okay? It's a big trigger. So back to that person who can't exercise. I'll usually say, "Can you slap on a pair
of shoes, sneakers, and just walk five minutes Out from your house and five minutes back?" I can do that. I can do that.

Then do that. Can you do 10 minutes? I can do that. Okay, then do that. Can you go 20 minutes? I can do that. Then do that. Can you go 25? No, if I go 25 minutes, I crash. Then 15 to 20 minutes, you should do 15, 20
minutes every day. You don't have to go to the gym, you don't
have to do everything. You just need to get it going. So exercise, good. Too much exercise, crash and burn. Literally, crash, burn, oxidative stress,
inflammation. You start damaging more tissues. You flare up your immune response, you flare
up cortisol. That causes damage to your brain, your gut,
your cells. That causes your blood sugar to go up and
down. That's what too much exercise does in an autoimmune
thyroid patient. And frankly, in most autoimmune patients. At the other spectrum, again, for that person,
it might be, no, I can still go out and exercise, But if I run three miles, then the next day
I'm really fatigued. So that person has to go down to one mile
or whatever's right for them. So it takes a little bit of maybe writing
it down. Yesterday I felt terrible, so today I went
out and I went grocery shopping, and then I went to this other store and then I did
this, and then boom, I crashed. Okay, what did that entail? The next time I have a good day, I'm only
going to do this and this instead of this, This, this, and this. So that's over-training, that's over exercising,
and it's a significant, of the 40 some triggers For autoimmunity, it's a big one. It's actually probably in the top six triggers
as far as its ability to increase antibodies To your thyroid and then create more of that
response that for those of you who are looking,

Who are thyroid patients that may get anxiety
and panic attacks for no reason at all, and Get inward trembling and night sweats and
insomnia, and those types of, maybe even hot Flashes, night sweats, more than hot flashes. But over training in you could cause those,
can cause those. So I think that's probably as much as, it's
a little bit more than the Cliff's Notes and A little bit less than a weekend seminar on
over-training. And if you just follow those parameters, if
you're aware of those, you'll find out that You feel better longer, because that's one
piece of the puzzle that you're not exacerbating Your immune responses against your system.

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