thyroid health

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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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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The Secret to Eating Fewer Calories

Are you looking to eat fewer calories in order to lose weight? 

I have a secret to share with you and it’s not what you think.  I want you to eat more…

FAT.

It’s a combination of confusion and sheer terror when I suggest to someone wanting to lose fat that they should actually EAT FAT in order to lose weight.  In fact, our culture has done a fantastic job of demonizing fat so much so that the “low-fat” craze from the 90s is still very much a part of our everyday way of thinking.  

The truth is that our bodies NEED fat to survive and thrive.  After all, our bodies are made up of between 15-30% fat.  We need to have healthy fats in our system to nourish our brain, nerves, thyroid (and other hormones) and pretty much every cell in our body.  When we include healthy fats into our diet, we tend not to overeat.  We feel satisfied and therefore tend to eat fewer calories. 

Try adding the following healthy fats to your diet every day:

  • Avocados, olives, and coconuts are great sources of healthy fat, along with wild salmon and omega-3 rich organic eggs.

•  Whole nuts and seeds, and their butters like almond butter or tahini

•  Olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil. Words to look for: organic, first-pressed, cold pressed, extra-virgin, and unrefined. Avoid expeller-pressed, refined, and solvent extracted.

Want to chat a bit about your 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.

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.