A Tale of Two Thyroids: What’s Really Going On When the Thyroid Stops Working?

An estimated 20 million Americans have thyroid disease, according The American Thyroid Association (ATA).  The thyroid gland is located in the center of the lower neck area, and while it is a small organ, it is responsible for regulating hormone levels in every single cell, and vital organ in the body.

While some types of thyroid disorders are strongly linked to heredity, the environment and chemicals (including pesticides and food preservatives) are also correlated strongly in medical studies. Women are more likely than men to develop the condition; recent research has stated that 1 in every 8 women are likely to experience thyroid dysfunction.  Approximately 12% of Americans have, or are estimated to develop the condition, but a startling 60% of Americans may not even know they have a thyroid problem.  The symptoms can be subtle and difficult to diagnose, unless test results are requested to confirm or rule out the condition in patient care settings.

When it is not working correctly (hypo or hyper thyroidism) the symptoms can include:

  • Persistent fatigue and low energy
  • Mood variances (including depression and increased anxiety)
  • Problems with mental focus and memory
  • Weight gain (or in some cases unexplained weight loss)
  • Weakness of the muscles
  • Sleep disruption
  • Visual impairment

Did you know that some clinical studies have demonstrated that taking up to 200 micrograms per day of Selenium, have been shown to improve functioning?  I talk about nutritional approaches (under doctor supervision), that can help individuals with Hashimoto’s or other impairments, manage and in some cases improve their condition.  There are many pharmaceutical therapies and prescriptions that are used to treat the condition of thyroid impairment, but the least commonly prescribed by physicians are nutritional therapy, in spite of many clinical studies that demonstrate that diet and nutrients can can help manage symptoms, and in some cases improve healthy functioning of the thyroid.

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Use IDLife SLEEP Strips For a Healthy Restorative Sleep

Changes to our sleep patterns are normal, as we get older.  Some people experience a difficulty falling asleep, or remaining in a deep sleep (the kind you need for good health and wellness).  Other people can learn that the amount of sleep that used to suffice, no longer works and struggle to train new habits that contribute to a better night of rest.  Physicians who specialize in sleep disorders, often refer to this pattern as “Sleep Architecture”.

Clinical studies have demonstrated that statistically, the older we get, the less time we spend in the deep phases of sleep that our bodies need to heal, rebuild tissues and cells, and refresh mentally for a new day.

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High Blood Sugar: What Can You Do To Regulate It Every Day?

There is a really good reason why Type 2 Diabetes is called the ‘invisible disease’ by health care providers.  Unlike Type 1 diabetes, the symptoms of high-glucose (blood sugar levels) are harder to notice for individuals diagnosed with Type 2.

Fasting hyperglycemia is evident in blood sugar results that are higher than 130 mg/dL, after the individual has not eaten or drank any beverages for at least an eight hour period.  Type 2 diabetics are encouraged to monitor their blood glucose first thing in the morning, to create a baseline trend of readings to help them deepen the understanding of the impact of certain food and beverage choices on overall blood sugar management.  Postpradial hyperglycemia (after meal) readings should not exceed 180 mg/dL when tested two hours after consuming a meal.

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Hydration Matters: Fill Up to Optimize Wellness and Avoid Chronic Dehydration

One of the healthiest things you can do for your body, is to make the consumption of fresh water part of your day.  Did you know that up to 75% of Americans meet the qualifications for chronic dehydration?  Without optimizing the amount of water you intake daily, your body struggles to flush out free radicals, heavy metals, bacterial and viral infections and fats for weight management.  Low levels of hydration also present a significant risk for diabetics, and can increase the risk of developing certain types of cancer.

“Because the human body is so unique that it will say ‘I want water’ in food, in any way, shape or form,” said Grace Webb, Assistant Director for Clinical Nutrition at New York Hospital. “People just think that when they start to get a little weak or they have a headache, they need to eat something, but most often they need to drink.”

“Water is necessary for the body to digest and absorb vitamins and nutrients. It’s also key to proper digestion; it detoxifies the liver and kidneys, and carries waste away. If your urine becomes darkly colored like this, we’re dehydrated. The urine should be light, straw colored,” she continued.

Source Web April 2018: https://www.medicaldaily.com

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Creating Healthy Habits for Kids With Daily Nutritional Supplements

In this episode of my podcast, I share about the importance of dietary balance and nutrition for children.  While there are many nutritional supplements on the market, from tablets to liquid, and chewable alternatives, did you know that many brands have additional preservatives, sugar, gluten and fillers that can negate some of the benefits of a daily vitamin?

Parents should be aware that multivitamins should not be administered to children, in large doses.  In fact, too many vitamins and minerals can be toxic, and lead to health problems.  But for many families where children have a delay in physical and developmental growth, chronic disease diagnoses, or a restrictive diet (i.e., vegan or vegetarian), some daily supplementation may be required.  And the type of multivitamin you choose for your child, should be an important and well-informed decision, for healthy outcomes. Read more

Magnesium is so ‘Mighty’ It May Need a Cape

If you are experiencing chronic muscle cramps, poor sleep, facial tics (involuntary muscle contractions of the face), and transient to chronic inflammatory pain symptoms, you might not be getting enough essential minerals or magnesium.  In a recent study, less than 30% of American adults achieve the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of magnesium.  And the same study, estimated that 20% of American adults get less than one-half of the magnesium they need every day, to stay healthy.

What makes management of magnesium levels challenging?  To start with, did you know that only 1% of your total magnesium levels are found in your blood stream, and only 0.3% is actually found in your blood serum.  So clinical blood tests are not an accurate way to check for magnesium deficiency.

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The Importance of a Little Known Vitamin Called K2

When you think about vitamin K, the one that gets spoken of more often by nutritionists and clinical healthcare professionals, tends to be vitamin K1.  Do you know why?   Because vitamin K2 is only found in fermented raw grass fed dairy, and other fermented foods like kim chi, or natto.  You can also find high levels of vitamin K2 in sauerkraut, tempeh and kombucha.  The vitamin is a  byproduct of the fermentation process, and it is only created by certain bacteria.   And when it comes to health and cardiovascular benefits, K2 is the vitamin that you want more of; you should be aiming for 150-200 micrograms of the vitamin daily.

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Reducing the Risk of Osteoporosis and Chronic Illness with Vitamin D

Once acquired, osteoporosis is an incurable condition, that impacts flexibility and places adults (typically seniors) at greater risk of serious fractures from even mild falls.   The word osteoporosis means ‘porus bone’, and when you look at a sample under the microscope, what you see is bone material that looks a lot more like swiss cheese, than a solid healthy bone mass.   When the condition occurs, the unhealthy bone has a pattern that looks more like a honeycomb. Read more

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The Health Benefits of Vitamin D (Two Part Podcast)

Vitamin D offers health benefits that extend beyond what that average person knows about the ‘sunshine vitamin’, and personal wellness.  For cancer patients, some clinical studies have demonstrated a benefit, where vitamin D has been shown to deter abnormal cell growth, with certain types of cancer.  Did you know that vitamin D also provides the following health benefits?

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Are You Paying for Minerals or Fillers? Pharmaceutical Grade Supplements

Type “nutritional supplements” or “vitamins” into Google, and you’ll start to get an overwhelming sense of a supplement and pharmaceutical marketplace that is confusing for consumers.  It can feel like there are millions of products out there, all promising to be healthy to take on a daily basis.   But do you really know what you are buying, when you are spending your money on nutritional supplements?

In this podcast, I discuss the growing problem with faux-ceuticals, or imposter supplements.  Americans are at an increasing risk of buying supplements that offer little to no health value.  Many types of common vitamins and minerals available in retail centers, have only minimal amounts of the essential ingredients needed to promote balance on a daily basis.   Check out this article on Food Matters (a nutrition blog), “5 Ways to Tell If Your Vitamins Are Real Or Fake”.

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