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 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

How to Improve Digestion

How to Improve Digestion

“All disease begins in the gut.” –Hippocrates

Was Hippocrates right over 2,000 years ago?  I would have to agree with him a majority of the time when it comes to chronic diseases.  A healthy digestive system begins with excellent digestion so let’s go over some tips to help you improve your digestion.  Firstly, I’d like to briefly cover the reason why your digestion may be out of balance.

What causes bad digestion?

Eating very quickly while on the run and not completely focusing on your meal will result in poor digestion.  You must be in a parasympathetic dominant state which is your “rest and digest” branch of your nervous system.  Many people are sympathetic dominant when they eat which is the “fight or flight” branch of your nervous system.

When your sympathetic nervous is revved up, your body produces adrenaline which takes blood away from your stomach and lowers stomach acid so you won’t digest food very well.  Watching television, reading, texting, checking Facebook etc. while you’re eating will draw you out of your rest and digest state resulting in poor digestion. Read more

What Causes Hypothyroidism?

What Causes Hypothyroidism?

Have you ever wondered what causes hypothyroidism?

Are you suffering from any of the following symptoms?

  • Fatigue
  • Weight Gain and difficulty losing weight
  • Hair Loss
  • Depression
  • Cold Hands & Feet
  • Constipation
  • Insomnia
  • Dry Brittle Nails
  • Lack of Motivation
  • Muscle pain

Your thyroid could be a major contributing factor to these symptoms. Your thyroid may have been checked by your physician, but were you evaluated for autoimmune thyroid disease?  What causes hypothyroidism?  The number one cause of hypothyroidism in the world is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.  This is a condition in which the body produces antibodies that attack the thyroid gland.  This results in slow destruction of the thyroid gland leading to hypothyroidism. Read more

Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s Disease Thyroid Nation Radio Interview

Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s Disease Thyroid Nation Radio Interview

Diana : Hi everybody! Welcome to the third week, episode three, of Thyroid Nation Radio Talk Show Live and Podcast. I’m Diana Bowman, founder of thyroidnation.com.

Tiffany: And I’m Tiffany Mladinich of gratefulgarden.biz.

Diana: Also known as Diana and Tiffany, bringing you the voices of thyroid advocates, clinicians, bloggers and thyroid thrivers everywhere. In just a few minutes, we’ll be talking live with Dr. Nikolas Hedberg . I know that, I for one, am really excited. We’ve had kind of a working relationship, Dr. Hedberg and I, over the last, I don’t know, seven or eight months. I have lots of articles of his on my site, which are fabulous. Tiffany, I’m excited. Are you excited? Read more

Diet for Hashimoto’s

Diet for Hashimoto’s

What is the best diet for Hashimoto’s?

Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disease so the best diet is one focused on reducing stress to the immune system.  The main areas to focus on for the best for Hashimoto’s are:

  • Gluten-free diet
  • Avoid other food sensitivities so the intestines can heal
  • Alkaline-forming diet
  • Sugar-free diet
  • Avoid processed carbohydrates so your blood sugar doesn’t spike

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Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Glutathione

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Glutathione

Glutathione is really your body’s most abundant antioxidant. We know that in Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and other auto immune diseases, glutathione levels can be depleted. As a result, people lose that extra antioxidant that they have in their body to really help with their auto immunity. Now, chronic infections like Epstein-Barr virus can also contribute to the reduction in glutathione levels. Read more

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Excessive Estrogen Levels

So Greetings, friends. I’m Doctor Nik Hedberg, and today’s Hashimoto’s Tip of the Day relates to thyroiditis and excessive estrogen levels.

Thyroiditis and Excessive Estrogen

So we talked about the genetic connection with Hashimoto’s and how vitamin D can help and things like that, but one of the things we know is that if you have too much estrogen in your body, this will actually perpetuate the auto immune disease. And one of the things that happens is people with Hashimoto’s have a chronic Epstein-Barr virus infection, and genetically they have a hard time controlling it. Read more

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis & Iodine Supplementation

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis & Iodine Supplementation

Greetings, friends, I’m Dr. Nik Hedberg and the Hashimoto’s tip of the day is iodine supplementation.

A very, very controversial topic, so let’s stick with what the research shows because that’s the most important thing, especially when we’re talking about iodine. One of the things we know about iodine is that if you give iodine to someone with Hashimoto’s, the research shows that this will increase what we call lymphocytic infiltration into the thyroid gland and increase activity. Read more