The Gut Thyroid Connection

The Gut Thyroid Connection

The gut-thyroid connection is one of the most important and overlooked aspects of healthy thyroid function.  Did you know that many diseases can be traced to a breakdown in the gastrointestinal tract? 70 percent of your immune system resides in this area – your gut, and the GI tract has many important functions for your health including digestion, nutrient absorption, elimination, detoxification, hormone metabolism and energy production. 99% of the neurotransmitters in your body are actually created in the intestine (part of your GI tract), and every brain chemical known as a neurotransmitter is found there.  This means the GI tract, or gut, plays a very important role in achieving optimal thyroid health. Read more

The Ferritin Test

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The ferritin test may be the most important blood test you ever get, especially if you have a thyroid problem.  When I began my training in the diagnosis and management of internal disorders immediately after graduation, one of the first things we studied heavily was blood chemistry analysis.  My teachers always stressed the importance of taking a careful look at iron levels in the blood and a rare test known as the ferritin test.

What is ferritin?

Ferritin is an iron-containing protein and is the primary form of iron stored inside your cells.  Even though there is a small amount of ferritin released into your bloodstream, it is an accurate marker of how much iron is actually stored in your body.  Iron is primarily stored in your liver, muscles, spleen and bone marrow but if you have too much it can accumulate in your organs and the brain. Read more

The Thyroid Adrenal Pancreas Axis

The Thyroid Adrenal Pancreas Axis

The thyroid-adrenal-pancreas axis is one of the most important connections in understanding and healing your thyroid.  In addition to gastrointestinal and blood sugar disorders, adrenal gland dysfunction is one of the most commonly seen imbalance in today’s society.  Adrenal gland imbalances are also one of the major factors that cause thyroid hormone imbalance.  Stress from work, relationships, electronics, poor diet choices such as consumption of refined carbohydrates and trans fats, infections, and environmental toxins all contribute to adrenal disorders.  Let’s discuss the thyroid-adrenal-pancreas axis in detail so you can understand this complex connection Read more

Gluten and Hashimoto’s Disease

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Understanding the importance of gluten and Hashimoto’s disease may be the key factor in healing your thyroid.

The Link Between Gluten and Hashimoto’s Disease

Has your doctor talked to you about the link between gluten and Hashimoto’s Disease? Hashimoto’s Disease is an autoimmune condition that causes 90% of all cases of hypothyroidism. Gluten is a combination of proteins found in grains such as wheat, rye, barley, spelt and many others. Ongoing scientific research indicates that there is a dangerous link between eating foods that contain gluten and Hashimoto’s disease.

The hard truth is that gluten and Hashimoto’s Disease are a destructive combination. If you have been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease, also known as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, you need to completely avoid gluten to avoid triggering autoimmune attacks on your thyroid gland.  However, you may not have to avoid gluten forever but this depend on a number of factors. Read more

Adrenal Fatigue: Everything You Need to Know

Adrenal Fatigue: Everything You Need to Know

Adrenal fatigue has become one of the most devastating health problems in modern society. At no time in history has the human body been under so much stress.

What is Adrenal Fatigue?

Adrenal fatigue basically means that your adrenal glands are no longer producing healthy levels of the hormones cortisol, DHEA and aldosterone. Additionally, your adrenals may be over-producing or under-producing adrenaline (norepinephrine & epinephrine). When you first become stressed the adrenals will pump out a lot of cortisol and adrenaline but over time they become exhausted from prolonged stress. A deficiency of all these hormones results in adrenal fatigue.
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Thyroid Symptoms in Women

Thyroid Symptoms in Women

Low Thyroid Symptoms in Women are Widespread

Thyroid symptoms in women are sadly prevalent today. In general, women are more vulnerable to thyroid disorders than men for a variety of reasons. It is estimated that as many as ten percent of women suffer harmful effects from underactive thyroid, a condition also known as hypothyroidism.

Thyroid symptoms in women are more frequently caused by the autoimmune disease Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Up to ninety percent of all cases of hypothyroidism are caused by Hashimoto’s Disease, an autoimmune disorder that is about seven times more likely to affect women than men. Read more

The MTHFR Test

The MTHFR Test

What is the MTHFR test?

The MTHFR test or Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase test has become extremely popular due its potential to uncover some very important health risk factors as well as mysterious symptoms that you may have been struggling with for years.

This test is basically looking for two types of genetic mutations known as C677T and A1298C that affect the MTHFR enzyme involved in folate metabolism in the body.  Proper MTHFR enzyme function ensures that homocysteine (toxic metabolite) is properly metabolized to the amino acid methionine which then makes SAMe. SAMe is known as the “universal methyl donor” which is extremely important for serotonin, melatonin and your DNA!

Folate is a B-vitamin and is important because it is at the heart of metabolism and the production of all your cells. Without it, nothing really works well so our list of symptoms and health problems would look pretty crazy. Read more

Three Things You Can Do For Anxiety

Three Things You Can Do For Anxiety

In this podcast, I chat with Michael Diettrich-Chastain about three things you can do for anxiety.

We discussed the importance of having a daily routine that you sustain for a long time in order to get the best results.  The following can be extremely helpful for anxiety that you can implement into your daily routine:

  • Meditation
  • Journaling
  • Some type of movement such as exercise or just a walk in nature
  • Spending more time with people and removing yourself from isolation
  • Taking a break from technology and social media

I like the app Calm to learn how to meditate and keep track of your progress.  Visit Calm’s website or install the free app on Android or iPhone.
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My Favorite Healthy Teas

My Favorite Healthy Teas

I wanted to share with you my favorite healthy teas that will benefit you the most. Tea has, of course, been around for centuries and it is intimately ingrained in many cultures around the world. From the British Isles to Asia, people have been enjoying tea for many health benefits that they probably didn’t know about.

Let’s jump right in and cover my favorite healthy teas for health and longevity. Read more