Shaina Magdayao is feeling healthy "for the first time in years."
"Something great is happening to my body!!!" the ABS-CBN actress wrote in her latest Instagram post.
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases in the US says that thyroid hormones "control the way the body uses energy, so they affect nearly every organ in the body, even the way your heart beats."
Thus, not having enough thyroid hormones in the body can "slow down" many of the body's functions.
Hypothyroidism is "much more likely to develop" in women than men.
This diagnosis became a wake-up call for Shaina.
"I just realized that I should take better care of my health since I've been working since a really young age," the actress mused during her November 2017 interview with PEP.ph.
"And maybe I just don't realize it, but the physical neglect is probably catching up on me now."
Since then, Shaina changed her lifestyle.
The 29-year-old star began to work out more, eat healthier, prioritize sleep, and stress less by taking on less work on television.
On top of that, Shaina needed to take hormone pills.
Now, the Past, Present, Perfect actress sees the results of her lifestyle change.
"Not my healthiest just yet, I still wake up sluggish some mornings-but a whole lot lighter and better [100 emoji]," her current Instagram post reads.
At first, Shaina felt "hesitant" to post on Instagram the behind-the-scenes photos from a recent photo shoot.
She was concerned that it might send the wrong message to her followers.
Her post reads, "I knowww I lost weight *and I DONT WANT 'Ay ang payat mo na' or 'buti pumayat ka na' to flood this entry [flushed face]
"I refuse to send the wrong message to my IG friends especially young women out there [heavy heart emoji] [praying emoji]
"Ladies, I want you to FEEL BEAUTIFUL in your OWN SKIN [heart emoji] [rainbow emoji] [heart emoji]..."
With this in mind, Shaina encouraged her followers to refocus their fitness goals and strive to become healthy and not skinny.
Though the Kapamilya homegrown talent "was never the 'healthy/conscious' type," her ongoing journey has reminded her of its benefits.
Among the things she improved was her sleeping habit, the kind of food she eats, and how she manages stress.
Shaina continued, "SWEAT the stress away, eat eat eat healthy because FOOD is MEDICINE [rainbow emoji] [100 emoji] I swear!
"... It's been more than a year since I stopped eating meat (pork/chicken/beef), prioritizing sleep and rest, letting go of s t r e s s and what matters most is that I feel great and light .....FROM INSIDE OUT! [100 emoji]"
Shaina reminded her followers that it will take commitment to live healthily.
"Wherever you are on your journey, please don't be too hard on yourselves and know that investing in your bodies, mind, and health THE NATURAL WAY will be slowwwww (months to yearsssss) not to mention challenging [woman facepalming] but IT. WILL. BE. WORTH. IT.
"Again, ladies, not skinny.
"Let's be #healthy [heart emoji] [heavy heart emoji] [heart emoji]"
"Next goal is to bring those lines back [tongue out emoji] and get rid of my Hypo maintenance meds!!! [old woman emoji]"