thyroid

Looking for Rapid Relief? You may need Magnesium.

One way to get more magnesium is by bathing in Epsom Salt baths.

One way to get more magnesium is by bathing in Epsom Salt baths.

According to The Journal of Intensive Care Medicine, being deficient in this one critical mineral makes you twice as likely to die than other people.  This might seem like a stretch, but I assure you, it’s not, and it’s one of the most depleted minerals in the American population.

Deficiencies in this mineral can cause or attribute to symptoms such as:

  • Muscle cramps

  • Twitching

  • Muscle pain

  • A feeling of tightness

  • Insomnia

  • Irritability

  • Anxiety

  • Autism

  • Asthma

  • Constipation

  • Headaches

  • Migraines

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Diabetes

  • High Blood Pressure

  • ...and many more

This life changing mineral is: MAGNESIUM and it’s quite possible that you might get rapid relief from adding more of it to your diet.

Often overlooked as an essential supplement, it’s safe to say that most everyone can benefit from some intentional addition of it whether it’s in food form or supplement form.  ***Caution here lies with individuals who have any type of kidney dysfunction. In that case, you must be in an active partnership with a physician who can guide you in this matter.***  

Some foods high in magnesium are kelp, almonds, cashews, buckwheat, brazil nuts, dulse, millet, pecans, walnuts, figs, dates, collard greens, shrimp, avocado, parsley, beans and garlic.

While some may wish to get their intake from food sources, it can be difficult with an autoimmune diagnosis, like Hashimoto’s, since there is usually an impaired ability to extract and absorb minerals from whole foods eaten due to gut issues.  If you have Hashimoto’s or a thyroid dysfunction, look into my Thyroid Alive! Program where we discuss in detail how to get your body back on track.

Magnesium is also needed for thyroid-pituitary communication.  If we are deficient in this mineral it makes the job of the pituitary gland and the signaling to the thyroid gland more difficult, which suppresses activity.  

Foods that inhibit absorption are coffee, soda drinks, salt, sugar and alcohol.  Stress will also inhibit absorption so learn how to practice active relaxation. Some prescription medications will also have an impact.

The most absorbable forms are magnesium citrate, glycinate, or taurate.

Avoid magnesium carbonate, sulfate, gluconate and oxide.  They are poorly absorbed.

You can also apply magnesium topically through a magnesium oil solution or through an Epsom Salt bath to help restore levels.

The RDA for magnesium is 300 mg a day and most of us are getting far less than 200 mg per day.  Some may need much more than 300 mg depending on their condition and bio-individuality.

So if you’re coping with symptoms, take some serious consideration into learning more about magnesium! It really is needed for vibrant health!

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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Question What You're Told

It doesn’t seem fair, but almost all the sources we might turn to for wellness education are broken and contaminated by financial gain. 

Until very recently, the majority of us would have never questioned the legitimacy of the USDA Food Guide Pyramid (now MyPlate), an organization from the beginning, riddled with deceit with close ties to food manufacturers.  We went to school, were taught that we should eat 6-11 servings of BREAD a day and went on our merry way.  Think about the last time you had 6-11 servings of bread a day! 

The 1991 Food Guide Pyramid

The 1991 Food Guide Pyramid

 

Unfortunately, this pyramid was suggesting people eat a lot of everything.    This is not a scientific document, but a political one.  Governmental ties to food manufacturers would shape the future guidelines of what we, as a whole, should eat, for the pure intent of financial gain and nothing else.  If this doesn’t madden you, it should because the 1991 Food Guide Pyramid was initiated and encouraged until 2005 and that's a long time to be eating 6-11 servings of bread a day.  And so many people did and still do!  No wonder we have such an issue with obesity in this country.  

A few law suits later that showed USDA had financial ties to the meat, dairy and egg industries happened at about the same time obesity rates were going through the roof across the country.  The Food Guide Pyramid was then renamed MyPyramid, which improved a bit, giving vegetables more of a preference, adding nuts and seeds as protein sources and admitting in the description that not everyone can properly digest cow’s milk.  It also encouraged exercise with a stick person running up stairs.  Better, but not great, since most Americans do not exercise and should not be consuming the same amount of dairy as vegetables.  

The recommendations morphed once again, but this time to a plate (MyPlate - our current nutritional guideline).  It’s easier to read and understand, but where does this image fall short?  How can you use these suggestions to adjust your own plate in order to feel better, lose weight and gain energy?

First of all, what does “grains” mean to you?  Are you eating refined bread with dinner or a whole grain like quinoa, buckwheat or brown rice?

Why are we still drinking milk with our meals when it’s one of the most inflammatory foods on the planet and most people have difficulty digesting it anyway?  Instead, try drinking water and here’s something to think about:  don’t drink it with your meal.  Wait…what?  You heard me.  Drinking water with your meal will dilute the stomach acids needed to properly break down and digest your foods optimally.  Aim to drink most of your water between meals.  This will also help to curb mindless eating.  People who are well hydrated have fewer episodes of impulse eating.  

There’s also a lot of food on this plate.  Most Americans eat too many calories per meal.  Start by using a small salad plate if your main goal is weight loss and fill it halfway full with vegetables. 

Add in healthy fats.  Eating a meal without healthy fat makes nutrient absorption more difficult.  Even if weight loss is your goal, you still need healthy fat as a staple in your diet.  Some of my favorites are avocados, hemp seeds, avocado, coconut and olive oil, and chia seeds. 

Bottom line is that we are all individuals.  My clients hear me say this all the time…the diet that I thrive on will not be the same exact diet that YOU thrive on.  The dietary guidelines published by the USDA are just that…guidelines.  It’s just unfortunate that the recommendations given to us since 1917 are biased by larger manufacturers trying to push their own agenda.  The same holds true for any company trying to sell you the magic weight loss pill or energy drink. 

Know your body, be a detective and ask questions because there is nothing out there better and more impactful for your health and longevity than good, clean whole food. 

Below is an EXAMPLE of how you could build your plate if your main goal is weight loss, to regain energy or to balance hormones, including the thyroid.  There is no one size fits all diet.  Every one of my clients has a slightly different diet and it's dynamic.  The foods my clients eat when they are healing are different than the foods they thrive on afterwards.  

How are you building your plate?  Does it still resemble the outdated 1991 Food Guide Pyramid or MyPyramid?  Evaluate for yourself the difference in that pyramid compared to the plate I have designed for you below.  What are the biggest differences you see?  

Are you sick and tired of wondering what to eat? Have chronic issues that just won't go away even when you do eat healthy and exercise?  I hear you and there's so much you can do to finally get that life of thriving energy.  See the success past clients of mine have had.  Send me an email or sign up for a free mini-session so we can uncover what's holding you back and put you on a path towards what you're really meant to feel like. 

Curb Your Anxiety

Have you ever noticed that life is all fun and roses...until it's not?  Along with life comes a whole host emotions and the most popular one, unfortunately, is anxiety.

That feeling of constant worry and turmoil with no end in sight is a scary one.  It can leave you feeling out of control, hopeless and depressed.  It can jolt you awake at night, turn you inside out and become a barrier between you and the people who care about you.  

What if I told you that you didn't have to live like this?  That you could reduce your anxiety levels...today...by following this simple outline that I've put together for you.  You'll feel more relaxed, confident and ready to tackle all that life throws at you.  

Anxiety is very common and like everything else, can range from one end of the spectrum to the other, but did you know that anxiety is one of the most common symptoms associated with a thyroid disorder?  If your anxiety is present day in and day out and is starting to debilitate you, please consider getting some thyroid testing done.   If you're not sure what to ask for, check out my mini training on the 5 Non-Negotiable Thyroid Lab Tests that you can request from your doctor.

Are you ready to make a change?  Because one conversation with me could change your life. Schedule a free coaching session now and together we'll get you living the life you've always wanted. 

 

 

Thyroid Symptoms & Signs

A thyroid imbalance can come with a host of symptoms, but a super common one is exhaustion and fatigue.  It's different for everyone, but for me, it was like trying to accomplish my daily tasks, job, etc. while I was underwater.  Everything felt heavy.  I had to give myself a pep talk just to raise my arms over my head so that I could wash my hair.  The thought of doing anything extra was just downright draining.  

Fatigue is probably the most common symptom that I hear about from my clients, but there are many other signs that may indicate a thyroid disorder.  Following is a list of some of the most common symptoms of low thyroid function:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Constipation
  • Sensitivity to cold weather
  • Numbness in hands and feet
  • Dry skin
  • Edema, esp. facial swelling
  • Loss of outermost portion of eyebrows
  • Brittle nails

If you feel like reading these symptoms is like looking in a mirror, you may want to seriously consider getting your thyroid checked.  Most doctors will test for TSH and Free T4, but if you want to request some additional testing that has the potential to give you even more answers, read my post about what I consider to be the top 5 Non-Negotiable Thyroid Tests out there. 

Want to chat a bit about your thyroid wellness and health goals?  Hop on a free coaching call with me so we (together!) can talk about a plan of attack that will help give you some clarity and insight. 


Please be advised that all information given on this site is intended for educational purposes only and should not replace the medical guidance given by your doctor.

5 Non-Negotiable Thyroid Lab Tests

Would you like to better understand your thyroid and what's going on with it specifically regarding thyroid lab tests?  Let me guess...you know you're supposed to get your TSH tested, but did you know that there are a handful of other tests that are as important, if not more important than the traditional, run of the mill, TSH test?  

In my thyroid mini session (video below) , I go over 5 Non-Negotiable thyroid lab tests that you can ask your doctor to test for right away.  More tests = more results = more answers = a happier, healthier, you.  What are you waiting for?  Press play below ;) 

Want to chat a bit about your thyroid wellness and health goals?  Hop on a free 30 minute call with me so we (together!) can talk about a plan of attack that will help give you some clarity and insight. 


Please be advised that all information given on this site is intended for educational purposes only and should not replace the medical guidance given by your doctor.