In 2010, I started my career as a clinical dietitian at a hospital after completing my internship. Little did I know that my health would take a dramatic turn and set me on a path of healing that would eventually lead me to create my own program, the Integrative Hashimoto's Solution, to help others with similar health challenges.
It all began with a severe allergic reaction to Penicillin. Just a few days into taking antibiotics for strep throat, I broke out in a rash all over my body. This event triggered a cascade of health issues that I had never experienced before. Acne worsened, bloating and fatigue set in, and my mood became imbalanced. As if that wasn't enough, in 2013, I was diagnosed with hyperparathyroidism, which resulted in the removal of half of my thyroid due to an adenoma on the inside of my thyroid.
This surgery took a toll on my thyroid function, and I was subsequently diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I was emotionally, mentally, and physically exhausted, and I desperately wanted to heal my thyroid naturally to avoid medication and reverse the myriad of gut, skin, energy, and mood issues I was facing.
I tried various detoxes, supplements, probiotics, and elimination diets with minimal results. I was at a loss, unsure of how to reverse my symptoms until the diagnosis of hypothyroidism made me realize that my symptoms were likely related to a thyroid problem that had gone undetected by my doctor. This realization fueled my desire to learn everything I could about hypothyroidism and explore alternative approaches to healing.
Despite my initial reluctance, I started thyroid medication as my husband and I were planning to have a baby and I knew it was necessary at that point. My skin cleared up, my energy improved, and I was able to conceive without any complications. However, about six months postpartum, my symptoms returned with a vengeance. I was dealing with crippling fatigue and mood swings, despite normal lab results. I also lost a significant amount of weight and was below my pre-pregnancy (healthy) weight by about fifteen pounds.
This is when I discovered functional medicine and began ordering my own labs. I learned that I had multiple underlying issues, including gluten sensitivity, parasites, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and environmental toxicities and mold. Armed with this information, I diligently followed specific protocols to address these issues, and over time, my severe fatigue, mood imbalances, gut problems, and weight issues improved.
My personal health journey and my passion for helping others inspired me to start my own practice as a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner. This eventually led me to create the Integrative Hashimoto's Solution, a program designed to help women with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's reverse their symptoms and achieve optimal health.
Through my own experiences, I have learned the power of an integrative approach to health and the importance of addressing the root causes of health issues rather than just managing symptoms. I have seen firsthand the transformation that can occur when we take a holistic approach to healing, addressing not only the physical but also the emotional and mental aspects of health.
If you are struggling with hypothyroidism, Hashimoto's, or any other health challenge, know that there is hope for healing. It may require exploring alternative approaches, being your own advocate, and taking a personalized and integrative approach to your health. I am living proof that it is possible to overcome health challenges and thrive, and I am committed to helping others on their healing journey too.
Are you ready to take control of your health and transform your life? Join me on this journey of healing and empowerment. Let's work together to achieve optimal health and vitality.
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I'm Meagan Reynolds- a certified functional medicine practitioner and dietitian located in Nashville, TN. After overcoming my own health challenges with hypothyroidism, I was motivated to create my own practice where I help women reverse their thyroid, gut, and hormonal issues so they can reclaim their health.