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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Thyroid Immune Health + The Powerful Vitamin No One is Talking About

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Thyroid Immune Health + The Powerful Vitamin No One is Talking About

There’s an unsung hero among us that doesn’t have the mainstream attention that Vitamin D does when it comes to immune health, but this vitamin is as equally powerful and we are just as equally deficient.  

Say hello to Vitamin A.

What it does:

Let me guess...you probably haven’t given Vitamin A much thought because once upon a time you heard it was toxic and potentially dangerous.  Research has shown that Vitamin A can be toxic in high doses, so there is some validity there. Unfortunately, what many don’t know is that Vitamin A deficiency is profound and widespread and impacts many systems and functions in the body, including overall immune system health.  Specifically, Vitamin A helps to control inflammation, balance immune response and prevent auto-immune activation.  If you’re putting two and two together, you just figured out that suboptimal levels of Vitamin A can cause loss of immune tolerance, which puts you at an increased risk of catching the cold or flu.   

Are you deficient?

A blood draw from any physician can reveal if you’re deficient in Vitamin A or not.  Ideally, you’d like to be in the upper half of the reference range. If you’re not, speak to your physician about possible supplementation.

Start getting Vitamin A from real, whole foods:

It’s not lost on me that the food God chose to put into season at the onset of cold and flu season has a lot of beta-carotene in it.  Plant based foods high in beta-carotene:

  • Carrots

  • Squashes

  • Sweet potatoes

  • Dark leafy greens

  • Cantaloupe

  • Red Bell peppers

  • Apricots

  • Broccoli

However, it’s not quite as simple as just eating more of these foods.  

Beta-carotene needs to be converted in our bodies into Vitamin A before it can be absorbed and used.  Unfortunately, many of us do a very poor job of converting and absorbing beta-carotene due to a whole host of factors including but not limited to gut dysbiosis, genetics, parasite infection, digestive enzyme imbalance, and even hypothyroidism.  The health of the T3 hormone is very important to the conversion of beta-carotene into the whole, fully formed Vitamin A.

Due to these challenges, many people have more success getting Vitamin A from animal sources, since it’s already available in its fully formed state.  Animal based foods high in Vitamin A:

  • Eggs (including the yolk)

  • Butter

  • Beef

  • Oily fish

If you have had past experiences of getting sick often or can’t shake a cold or flu for a long time after, ask your physician to check your Vitamin A levels!  Most of us are walking around in a suboptimal state without knowing it! Start today by adding more plant based and/or animal based sources of Vitamin A into your diet to strengthen your immune system and to set your body up for combating illness this season.

I’d love to know what else you’re doing to boost immunity either for yourself or for your kids!  Leave me a comment below!

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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