After a recent noticeable weight loss, Kelly Clarkson opened up about the health issues that she’d been struggling with and how she overcame them on Friday’s (June 8) Today show. Clarkson, 36, said she was able to work her way through an unspecified autoimmune disease and a thyroid issue in part by adhering to the dietlaid out in the book The Plant Paradox by cardiac surgeon Steven R. Gundy, losing the weight without medication, but by rethinking what she eats and how she cooks it.
While Clarkson has not specified what thyroid issue she was suffering from, according to the Mayo Clinic, hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid, is a fairly common condition in which a person’s thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough of certain key hormones. The condition more commonly strikes women by upsetting the balance of chemical reactions in the body, causing health problems including obesity, joint pain and heart disease. The clinic says the symptoms tend to develop slowly over many years, often beginning with weight gain or fatigue.
Clarkson told Hoda Kotb on the Today show that her autoimmune disease began in 2006 and that after reading the book, she realized, “I know the industry loves the weight gone, but I mean, for me, it wasn’t really the weight. For me it was like, I’m not on my medicine anymore. My bloodwork came back, and I haven’t been on my medicine since like February.”
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