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Improving Thyroid Function Naturally….

Improving Thyroid Function Naturally….

The topic of Thyroid is hugely interesting and it seems to be cropping up everywhere now. The thyroid is one of the largest endocrine glands in the body and lies in the front of your neck, around the “adam’s apple” that being said it is a tiny gland, but holds huge importance to the bodies function.

The thyroid produces its own thyroid hormones T3, T4 and Calcitonin which help regulate the Metabolism which is so important not only in terms of weight regulation, but also things like Digestion, Skin health and Energy Regulation as well as Calcium absorption.

I wrote this post not for people looking to cure a severe thyroid problems (for this see a doctor or naturopath) but rather as a guide on how to keep your thyroid healthy and functioning well, in other words on regulating your thyroid function. At the end of the day we could all do with a more optimised endocrine system.

1- Keep your adrenals healthy. This is because the adrenals have a direct link to the function of your thyroid glands. When adrenals are burnt out they cannot produce enough of their own hormones and this in turn impairs the thyroids function. The fascinating thing is that all of the endocrine system is linked, leading to a knock on effect. To keep adrenals in good shape, consider –

  • Avoiding excess exercise – Especially too much High Intensity work which can be extremely stressful on the body, use it smartly once or twice a week. Also avoid doing too much morning fasted exercise – this seems to have a even harsher effect on the endocrine system than exercise with a bit of fuel in the tank.
  • Don’t cut Calories – When we cut calories too low, the body reacts with a stress response. This sends the adrenals firing hormones around the body to deal with what it deems as a threatening situation. Anyone who has been on a low calorie diet will know about the ups and downs you can feel due to the excess adrenaline being pumped around the body. Even having the occasional binge and ramping up the calories can have a thyroid boosting effect.
  • Reduce Stress – In this modern day and age many of us spend the majority of our time with a sympathetic nervous system firing, basically in a stress response. This again taxes the bodies endocrine system and promotes the need for some down time everyday. Things like Napping, deep breathing, and just relaxing get the parasympathetic nervous system going and reduce stress levels.
  • Supplements – Firstly use sea salt liberally in your cooking, the adrenals thrive on salt and need it to function well. Also consider starting the day with 1tsp of sea salt in warm water. The adrenals also have a very high content of Absorbic Acid (Vitamin C) and therefore taking a good dose can help support the adrenals. I like to take a few grams when feeling run down or after a stressful situation. It is a cheap supplement and something to be kept on hand at all times.
  • Limit Caffeine – Caffeine can be a good thing even boosting thyroid function, so if it treats you well don’t ditch your daily brew just yet. Saying that, many of us overdo it in the caffeine department — relying on cup after cup to get through the day. Too much caffeine is certainly not a good thing and again puts excess stress on the body. Try and cut down to 1-2 cups per day.

2 – Cook with the right Oils. One of the main things that can regulate your thyroid function is what fats you use. This is because some fats have been shown to impair the Thyroid’s function whereas others have been shown to give it a significant boost. Firstly you want to avoid excess Omega 6 fatty acids which easily turn rancid and toxic to the human body, this includes all vegetable oils (corn, canola, sunflower, rapeseed, flaxseed etc) that you may be cooking with or using in your food.

The treatment? Dump the vegetable oil, wheat, soy, sugar and processed food in favor of the things the human body is equipped to handle: animal fats, root vegetables, vegetables, fruit, meats, organs, seafood, eggs, nuts and soaked or fermented non-gluten grains and legumes. Throw in some bugs if you’re feeling adventurous. -Stephan Guyenet

In place start using Coconut Oil which is a proven thyroid stimulator. Coconut oil is stable at very high heat as it is a tropical oil, therefore it is great for cooking and frying at high heat.

In the l940s, farmers attempted to use cheap coconut oil for fattening their animals, but they found that it made them lean, active and hungry. – Ray Peat

The benefits of coconut can be attributed to its rich content of  Lauric acid, Capric acid and Caprylic acid which are very unique and work as anti-bacterials, Antifungals and Antimicrobals. As well as this it contains Medium Chain Fatty Acids which are processed by the liver and used directly as energy, these fatty acids serve to nourish and regulate the thyroid.

Plus food cooked with coconut just tastes better. If you don’t want the coconut flavour to come through in your food then purchase a refined coconut oil which retains the benefits but is taste and scentless.

These Simple Things can help you keep your thyroid and endocrine system in good working order. If you are lucky enough to have good thyroid and adrenal health then make sure you stick to these points to keep your body running well. If you suspect a thyroid problem these tips can certainly help out a great deal as most thyroid issues can be delt with using natural methods.

Written by Chris, at Zen Fitness and the author of A Simple Guide to Eating Well and writes about staying fit while living life.

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The 2 crucial things most physicians never learn in medical school that directly affect your health?

Did you know there are two crucial things most physicians never learn in medical school that directly affect your health?

  1. The roles of nutrition and food in health and disease
  2. The role of toxins and the importance of detoxification in health and disease

In today’s world, food and toxins are more important than ever. The nutritional value of our food has been compromised by factors that range from corporate agribusiness, over-farming, and depleting the nutrient levels of the soil to food companies putting highly processed, high-glycemic-load foods on the market.

The poor nutritional value of our food is further complicated by the extraordinary amounts of toxic chemicals that have entered our food supply and our bodies.

Since the 1800s, more than 80,000 new, largely untested chemicals have been introduced into the environment. Today many are used as pesticides to “protect” our food supply.

Our exposure to poisonous substances doesn’t end there.

Toxins are everywhere – from household cleaning products to plastics in our kitchenware, our water bottles, and even our tap water and air supply.

We are marinating in a sea of toxins, and a large body of growing evidence shows that these toxins are, in part, responsible for the epidemic of disease we see in the 21st century – not to mention our inability to lose weight.

The average American consumes literally pounds of hormones, antibiotics, food chemicals, additives, artificial sweeteners, and MSG each year.

Why should we worry about toxins?

The residue of toxic chemicals is stored in the bodily tissues of every single person and animal on the planet.  Many of these chemicals are stored in fat tissue, making animal products concentrated sources.

One hundred percent of beef is contaminated with DDT, as is 93 percent of processed cheese, hot dogs, bologna, turkey, and ice cream, because the soil still contains residue of the pesticide long ago banned.

We are all stewing in this toxic soup, and there is little doubt that it is playing a major role in the current obesity epidemic.

Toxins May Be Disrupting Your Weight
and Turning Off Your Metabolic Engine

A toxin can be defined, in the broadest sense, as anything that doesn’t agree with us. They come from two places: the environment (external toxins) and our own gut (internal toxins).

We generally cope well with these toxins, except when our liver or kidneys fail. However, in the last 100 years we have been burdened with an unprecedented number of toxins, and the total load of all toxins – pesticides, industrial chemicals, mercury, and more – has exceeded our bodies’ ability to get rid of them, leading to illness.

All these toxins affect our ability to lose weight because we store most of the toxins in our body (in our fat).

When you burn off the fat, the toxins come out, and IF they aren’t processed properly, they can cause additional problems.

In addition, our total toxic load can frustrate attempts at weight loss by impairing two key metabolic organs – the liver and the thyroid – and by damaging our energy-burning factories – the mitochondria.

Scared now?

I’m not giving you this information to frighten you but rather to make you aware of what is going on inside you and around you so that you can see how important it is to minimize your exposure to toxins and maximize your excretion of them.

People with a higher BMI (body mass index) store more toxins because they generally have more fat. Those toxins interfere with many aspects of metabolism, including reducing thyroid hormone levels and increasing excretion of thyroid hormones by the liver.

Ever Wonder Why You Are Always Hungry?

Besides directly lowering thyroid hormone levels, breaking down your mitochondria, disturbing your metabolic rate, and inhibiting fat burning, toxins can damage the mechanisms by which hormonal signals control your appetite and eating behavior.

Leptin is the hormone that tells your brain you are full. Toxins (heavy metals such as mercury and chemicals) block these signals. Over time, your brain becomes resistant to the effects of leptin, making you hungry all the time. So exposure to toxins can increase your appetite.

All this is proof that toxins have a serious effect on whether or not you gain weight and your ability to lose it.

However, there is good news. For anyone overweight or concerned about toxins, I strongly recommend going through a sdetoxification program.

I truly believe that environmental toxins cause unnecessary weight gain, and learning how to eliminate those toxins in a healthy way is very important.

That is why, I recommend doing a gentle detox every 3 to 4 months.  I am offering a real food cleanse in which you will eat real, seasonal every couple of hours.

Most people begin to experience all or some of the following after only one week:

  • Better digestion and elimination
  • Fewer symptoms of chronic illness
  • Improved concentration, mental focus, and clarity
  • Improved mood and increased equanimity
  • Increased energy and sense of well-being
  • Less congestion and fewer allergic symptoms
  • Less fluid retention
  • Less joint pain
  • Increased sense of peace and relaxation

To join the Real Food Winter Cleanse, simply use this link:

http://thehealthylifestyleconsultant.com/10DayRealFoodCleanse.aspx

Here is a testimonial from a client who completed the cleanse:

I lost about 6 pounds during the cleanse, but the weight loss wasn’t my real goal, especially because I don’t plan to eat that way forever. My real goal was to clean out my system and to give it a rest. I was more energetic, I think my memory was a little bit better, and my mood improved. I was experiencing the same amount of stress and pressure from work as before I started the cleanse, but mentally, I think I responded differently. I didn’t feel so weighted down and oppressed by it all. Dare I say that the stress and pressure didn’t get me down.

I also found that I didn’t have the same craving for chocolate and salty foods that normally come with my PMS.

And I just loved, loved, loved the delicious, ginormous salads that I prepared for myself each evening. I tried a couple of new veggies that I would’ve never thought to add to a salad before.

Thanks, in excellent health!

Sharon

For more information or to join the 10 Real Food Winter Cleanse, simply use this link:

http://thehealthylifestyleconsultant.com/10DayRealFoodCleanse.aspx

It’s not a long commitment. Within 5 to 7 days, you’ll see your body transform.

However, if you stay with the program for 10 days, you’ll get a deeper experience of the rejuvenation that detoxification can bring.

Wendy Schnitzer

Fit Food Coach

P.S. Did you know that one disease that even conventional doctors now know is irrefutably linked to toxic chemicals is Parkinson’s disease?