autoimmune

When Your TSH is "Normal", But You Still Have Symptoms

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If you’re reading this, you’ve been told your thyroid looks fine because your TSH fell within the normal lab range, BUT you still feel like garbage. Like something is weighing you down. Like there’s something wrong inside, but you have no idea what or where to start.

There are so many low thyroid symptoms and you could be experiencing any number of them. Mine were fatigue, irritability, brain fog, muscle soreness and lack of motivation…just to name a few. I was also told my thyroid was fine. I was even handed a business card from my doctor to go talk to someone because, “It’s all in your head, sweetie. You’re healthier than you think you are.”

I created this intro video for my membership group, but I’m sharing it here so that you can get some answers…and help.

Thyroid function does not depend on a TSH marker alone and in this video you’ll learn why.

Things to consider when your TSH marker comes back "normal", but you're still having ALLLLL the symptoms.

If you’re looking for answers and want to chat or check out my Thyroid Alive! Program, I’d love to meet you. It’s my passion to spread this much needed message so we can, collectively as a whole, start living the lives we were meant to live.


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Is Your Cookware Making You Sick?

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The holidays are upon us, which for many, means more time spent in the kitchen cooking, baking and creating.  But the kitchen can be source of highly toxic chemicals that contribute to air pollution in the home, free radicals in the body (more on that in a sec), and you guessed it, thyroid imbalance.

There are many environmental hazards that we can’t control, but the cookware we use isn’t one of them.  It’s a great place to start when transitioning to a healthier lifestyle because the domino effect of the toxic exposure from unsafe cookware is frightening.  If you suspect you have a thyroid issue or hormonal imbalance, it’s important to know what’s safe and what isn’t safe in your home because the exposure and ingestion of these chemicals create an imbalance of free radicals in our body.  Free radicals are unbound single molecules floating around in our system that, when they remain unbound, will contribute to inflammation and excess estrogen levels. Our body is equipped to properly handle the free radicals that occur from our natural internal processes, but becomes overwhelmed when there is an abundance of them - which is what happens when exposed to environmental toxins.  These heightened levels of inflammation and higher than normal levels of estrogen in the body (especially coming from an artificial source) contribute to thyroid imbalances, hormonal issues, hormonal cancers and autoimmune conditions.

Below I’ve listed the two biggest offenders in the kitchen:

Teflon coated cookware

When heated, Teflon breaks apart and emits a deadly chemical called PFOA - a known toxin categorized as a carcinogen by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). PFOA is also used in food packagings like pizza boxes, microwave popcorn packages, French fry containers and more to prevent food from sticking. The off-gases from this chemical are very fatal to birds and have a very long half-life in the human body, once absorbed. In a National Health Survey conducted back in 2004, the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) found serum levels of PFOA in 100% of the 2,000+ people tested in the US.  This is a widespread global issue and one of the largest exposures listed was using products that contain PFOA - Teflon cookware.

Plastic containers

Storing and heating food in plastic containers causes chemical components to leach out of the plastic into your food.  BPA (bisphenol-A) is the most well-known chemical (which acts a lot like estrogen when introduced to the body) has gained the most attention over the past few years, but I avoid all plastics at all costs.  BPA is also found on receipts from stores, paper towels, and the epoxy resin used as a coating in metal food and beverage cans, as well. Of all food tested by the EWG, chicken soup, infant formula and ravioli had the highest BPA levels.  The CDC discovered BPA in 93% of 2,000+ children and adults tested in the US.

To help with navigating toxic and cookware, I’ve put together a Healthy Cookware Guide, free to download, to learn about other popular cookware that I find toxic and links to ones I highly recommend.  

No email necessary :) Download here.


I’d love to learn about the swaps you’re making in your kitchen!  Feel free to comment below!


***My signature program, Thyroid Alive!, is now enrolling participants for the January 2019 session and I couldn’t be happier to offer a FREE Blood Chemistry Analysis Session to the first 3 people who sign up!***

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Sweet Potato Chili Boats

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Yesterday I was teaching a masterclass inside my membership group about the importance of magnesium when I was reminded of this recipe. Many of the ingredients in this dish (beans, avocados, garlic) are loaded with magnesium, a mineral that well over half of Americans are severely deficient in.

This is in part due to the fact that our soils in which the foods grow are massively depleted of minerals, but also because we are consuming a highly processed, packaged food diet where (unless fortified) are without much needed vitamins and minerals.

There are so many functions and systems in the body that depend on magnesium. For one, it impacts adrenal health and also the pituitary-thyroid communication. If this communication is suppressed then thyroid hormone production is impacted and symptoms will occur.

If you’re curious about other symptoms that can happen with low magnesium, check out my article here.

Until then, enjoy your healthy dose of magnesium with these tasty Sweet Potato Chili Boats!

Sweet Potato Chili Boats

Homemade Taco and Chili Seasoning

Prep Time: 5 minutes Ingredients:

2 tbsp. chili powder

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

¼ tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)

1 tsp. dried oregano

2 tsp. paprika

6 tbsp. ground cumin

4 tsp. salt

3 tsp. black pepper

Directions: Mix everything in a bowl and then store in an airtight container.

Notes: Use 1.5 tbsp. of seasoning for every 1 pound of meat.

 

Make the sweet potatoes up to 3-4 days ahead of time if desired. First, rinse and poke each potato with a knife or fork to allow steam to escape. Next, wrap each rinsed (but not dried - some moisture is needed for the steam) sweet potato into a square of aluminum foil. Wrap tightly to prevent juice from seeping out then place in a crockpot and cook on high for 4-6 hours. Store in refrigerator until needed.

Homemade Chicken Stock

Homemade Chicken Stock

I roast a chicken every week for my family and I reserve the carcass to make a savory, nourishing stock that can be used immediately or preserved for months to come.  Enjoy!