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Strengthening Your Immunity From the Inside: Because That's Where Your Power Is!

These are uncertain times. But, aren’t they all? I don’t know about you, but every morning that I wake up, there is no way I can be certain about anything that will happen in the 24 hours that are ahead of me. That has definitely been the case for all of us these past few weeks.

The Outside-In Approach

As numbers rise and viral headlines dominate the news, the prescription we’ve been given from the media and global health organizations is the outside-in approach of washing your hands, sanitizing every surface in sight, and avoiding public gatherings. Major sports teams...

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I've Been Diagnosed with Hypothyroidism! Now What?

Have you ever been relieved to receive a diagnosis? Have you ever wanted to scream, “See I told you so! I knew something was wrong!” Maybe you DID scream it out!

Despite the fact that you now have a new line of diagnosis codes on your medical charts, you also have a renewed sense of peace knowing that all the symptoms you’ve been experiencing aren’t just in your head. So many women with hypothyroidism have their symptoms dismissed, are told they're overreacting, or that their symptoms are normal for their age or stage in life by other...

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Hypothyroidism vs. Hashimoto's: What's the Difference?

If you haven’t been diagnosed with a thyroid disorder, you know someone who has. Thyroid disorders are common, and about 12% of Americans will experience abnormal thyroid function at some point during their lives. If you’re really into numbers, here are some that might surprise you:

  • An estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease.
  • Up to 60 percent of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition.
  • About 4.6% of the U.S. population (12 years old and older) has hypothyroidism.
  • Women are five to eight times more likely than men to have thyroid...
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Folate vs. Folic Acid? What's the Difference and Which Do You Need?

 

Do you take a prenatal vitamin? Maybe you take a standard multi-vitamin, or if you’re a little more specific with things, a B-complex? If you take any of these in addition to what you get from the end of your fork, listen up! There’s a nutrient in these and many other supplements that’s very important when it comes to fertility, healthy babies, healthy mamas, and to every body. That includes you, dads-to-be! It’s a vitamin that you all need, but you may not be getting it from these supplements in the form that’s best for your body. What am I talking about?

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How Biotin Affects Your Thyroid Labs: And What You Can do to Prevent It

 

Biotin.

I’m sure you’ve heard of it. It’s the B vitamin that everyone takes to try to get thick hair, strong nails, and beautiful skin. I hope your locks are flowing and your skin is glowing! But, if you’re taking biotin in any amount, listen up!  Especially if you’re having routine lab tests done to monitor your thyroid function, and definitely if you’re using those lab results to evaluate how well your thyroid medication is working.

You don’t want anything messing around with your hopefully optimal TSH, T4, and the whole family of thyroid...

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Myth About Thyroid Health: "My TSH is Normal So My Thyroid is Normal Too"

hypothyroidism tsh Jan 18, 2020
 

Whether or not you have a diagnosed thyroid condition, you’ve had this lab value checked at one time or another.

On so many lab panels, maybe even yours, TSH is the only thyroid lab value that’s checked to evaluate how your thyroid gland is functioning. It’s been the gold standard test for decades and is considered the most sensitive and accurate indicator by many endocrinologists and other practitioners. While it gives information about your thyroid, TSH doesn’t tell you exactly how your thyroid is working. It’s more of a secondary marker that tells you how...

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Myth About Thyroid Health: "I Have Hypothyroidism So I Can't Get Pregnant"

hypothyroidism pregnancy Jan 18, 2020
 

Conceiving a child can be difficult. It can take many months of monitoring your fertility signs, timing your intimacy, and seeing lots of single lines before you finally celebrate seeing double.

Navigating your health when you have hypothyroidism can be difficult as well. It can cause debilitating fatigue, menstrual irregularity, sluggish elimination, and mood swings from depression to anxiety and everything in between.

When you put the two together, conceiving when you have hypothyroidism can seem like an impossibility. It might feel that way, but let’s talk some truth into why...

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Myth About Thyroid Health: "Brazil Nuts Provide the Daily Selenium I Need"

 

Brazil nuts are delicious, and they contain more selenium by weight than any other food. One ounce of Brazil nuts provides a whopping 990% of your recommended daily value! So why not eat a few nuts every day to get your selenium rather than pop one more pill? Let’s do a little myth-busting about that.

 

What Does Selenium do for You?

Selenium is an essential mineral for thyroid health. It’s a trace mineral, one that’s dosed in micrograms. Yet, at these seemingly minuscule amounts, a selenium deficiency can be a direct cause for hypothyroidism and even a trigger for...

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Myth About Thyroid Health: "I Can't Eat Kale, Broccoli, Cabbage and Other Cruciferous Veggies"

 

This is one topic I love talking about because I’ll rarely tell someone to NOT eat their veggies! And when it comes to supporting optimal thyroid health, I’m not going to deny you your plate of greens! Let’s redeem those cruciferous vegetables and give them a place back at your table.

Delicious and nourishing vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower have been shunned from too many meals due to outdated misunderstandings and beliefs about thyroid disease.

What caused them to be dismissed?

Goitrogens.

It’s a funny-sounding word that...

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8 Food-As-Medicine Swaps to Nourish Your Body

food-as-medicine Nov 26, 2019

We're back again with another Food-As-Medicine lifestyle intervention that will help nourish you from the end of your fork, and beyond.

We've talked about why it’s important to use foods before supplements, and we've calmed down with 10 food-as-medicine lifestyle habits to reduce stress. Now, let's get back to the end of your fork with another foundational food-as-medicine principle:

Eat foods and ingredients that your body recognizes and knows how to utilize.

Ok, y’all. I know this one sounds simple.

Eat real food. Whole, single-ingredient foods that are rich in nutrients,...

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