The Key to Good Thyroid Function

Thyroid issues seem to be on the rise and health professionals are looking in different areas for a smoking gun. Some blame gluten (it is not a cause). Some assume everyone has an autoimmune condition like Hashimoto’s, even without a proper diagnosis.

And most approach the thyroid, like it is the problem and therefore giving it some key nutrients will solve the problem.

The issue with all the theories, is a failure to truly understand what affects the thyroid. The truth of the matter is that for most people with thyroid issues, lack of thyroid nutrients is not the problem. Nor is autoimmunity and it is certainly not gluten.

The problem is that too many other systems in the body affect how we produce and use thyroid hormones:

• Excess cortisol from the adrenals can lower thyroid function
• The liver does as well as it helps convert T4 to T3 (our active thyroid hormone) and plays a key role in affecting metabolism
• The gut bacteria also help convert T4 to T3. Gut bacteria also exerts influence on the HPT axis (hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid) which is the main signalling pathway for the production of thyroid hormones
• Excess insulin adversely affects thyroid function again by influencing the HPT axis

The thyroid’s relationship with the liver, the adrenals, the gut and the pancreas is important and these areas must be supported to help the thyroid. This is usually not part of most thyroid protocols and may explain why so many people fail to see an improvement even when they are prescribed thyroid medications.

So what can you do for your thyroid?

Eat thyroid foods such as sea vegetables like nori, kelp, or dulse, seafood and coconut oil.

Eat liver-friendly foods such as kale, broccoli, garlic, onions, apples, beets, lemon, limes, berries and Jerusalem artichokes and regular artichokes.

Consume plenty of fiber, probiotic and prebiotic foods to feed the gut and help it function as its best.

Reduce stress and support the adrenals. Adaptogens such as maca root powder and schizandra powder can be worked into recipes. Ashwaghanda, holy basil or licorice tea can all be consumed throughout the day. Pick the one you like. Also, developing a routine that can reduce stress and allow for proper relaxation is important.

Lowering stress will also help prevent blood sugar swinging up and down and prevent high insulin. Eating small meals throughout day as well as consuming many foods good for the gut, adrenals and liver will all play a role in keeping blood sugar stable.

A good thyroid protocol is not hard to accomplish and it is great that we can eat our way to better thyroid function and hopefully, have some relaxing fun along the way.

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Should You Do A Cleanse?

Should You Do A Detox?

Detoxes are very popular right now. Most involve drinking a series of juices and while you may temporarily feel better, it is very important to understand that you may not have accomplished as much as you think you have.

It is important to understand what the goal of detoxing is supposed to be.  The idea is that by severely reducing your food intake and existing on raw juices, the energy that is not being used for digestion, can be used to remove toxins a person may have been storing in their fat cells.

The nutrients in the juices may also support the detoxification processes of the liver.

However, there is a flaw in this scenario.  Juice does not contain fiber, which is essential for toxins that have been prepared, by the liver, to actually leave the body. No fiber, toxins do not leave.

Good gut health is also essential for successful detoxification.  Before anyone undertakes a liver cleanse of any kind, they should be sure their gut is in a state to handle the toxins that will be coming its way, on their way out of the body.  Even toxins that leave via the urinary system must travel through the small intestines on their way to the kidneys.

If there are not sufficient good bacteria, the toxins that are bound to a liver conjugate can detach and go back into the body. They will just head back to the liver but this just puts more pressure on the liver, which is already overworked, or you would not have so many stored toxins in the first place.

In a perfect world, your liver would remove all toxins and any excess hormones immediately. If we feed our liver correctly, it will have all the nutrients and energy to do the work daily.

The following are some key liver foods you should consume frequently to keep your liver happy: Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage or kale, Calcium d’glurcurate foods such as apples and grapefruit, bitter foods like dandelion or collard greens, sulfur-rich foods such as garlic and onions, and high antioxidant foods like berries, carrots, tomatoes, asparagus and other fruits and vegetables. Jerusalem artichokes are extremely good for the liver. Milk thistle tea is also very beneficial.

Another easy way to help you detox is to do what is known as daily detox. This requires that you do not eat anything for 14 hours between your last meal in the evening and your first one in the morning. Again, liver foods are needed to be consumed daily in order to support the detox function during the night.

A safe detox option is the 7-Day Hormone Reboot Challenge. It is designed with a combination of fiber-filled raw foods, gut health foods and some cooked foods to keep you grounded and satisfied for the first fours days, then three days of healthy eating. This is a very responsible way to do a detox. Food amounts are not limited in order to make sure participants are not to hungry. Detox reactions may occur but they should not be too severe unless you are really toxic and you have been eating virtually no liver foods.

Give it a try – by supporting your liver with this challenge, you will feel better and it gives you foods that are good for all hormones so it will be a great start to re-balancing your system.


Hormones and Your Hunger

Hormones & Your Hunger

Did you know what you eat can affect your hormones?

Balancing hormones is complicated. But you have to start somewhere one of the many ways to balance your hormones is to eat foods that help keeps the body in balance.

Balance Blood Sugar

Bad eating habits and stress can cause our blood sugar to swing up and down throughout the day. When our blood sugar drops, we can experience anger, fatigue, weakness and depression. Normally, we then receive a signal to do something such as a sugar craving or a desire for a coffee or alcohol. If we respond to the craving, and consume something, this will bring our blood sugar back up. Caffeine, sugar and alcohol all cause the blood sugar to swing up high. This causes a high insulin release. And too much insulin can affect other hormones.

If we do not respond to the craving, then our adrenals send a signal to tell the liver to release stored glucose and bring up blood sugar. Blood sugar swings high and again, large amounts of insulin are released.

To keep blood sugar stable it is important to eat small meals throughout the day with fiber and/or protein. Blood sugar stabilizing foods such as Jerusalem artichokes, cinnamon and legumes can be very helpful. Complex carbohydrates are also good to help manage post meal blood sugar spikes as they are higher in fibre and digest more slowly. Oatmeal, brown rice, quinoa, potatoes, beans, peas and lentils are examples of complex carbohydrates. Adding a good fat to a meal also helps keep your blood sugar stable and are excellent for hormone health.  Examples are good quality olive and coconut oil, avocado, nuts and seeds.

Lowering stress also helps keep blood sugar stable.

When we are stressed, the adrenals work overtime to protect us from what they consider physical stress (even though we are not really in danger). This is our fight or flight response. It causes the adrenals to produce higher levels of adrenaline and cortisol.

Because we can only produce adrenaline for a few seconds, our fight or flight response is dependent on excess cortisol, and this is where the havoc begins. Excess cortisol has been linked to depression, blood sugar problems, reproductive issues, anxiety and weight gain around the middle.

To balance your blood sugar it is key to include a source of protein, good quality fat and complex carbohydrates as well as stress reduction as this will go a long way to balance your hormones.

A story about one of my client
One of my clients came to see me as she suffered from intense sugar cravings as well as mood swings, PMS and poor concentration. She was under a lot of stress to the point she had difficulty making the simplest decision. She has been following the hormone program for 2 months and has seen vast improvements. The biggest changes were her sugar cravings have reduced and she has reported that she does have a sense of calm and her focus has improved.

Here’s the good news
And it does not involve buying expensive supplements or doing complicated exercise routines

It involves something you really like to do – eating.

l have developed a complete hormone balancing program that allows you to eat your way to re-balancing your hormones.

The Healthy Hormones 8 Week Program will help you re- balance your hormones, using the foods that the systems in your body need to function properly. Click here for more details

A “Hormone Reboot ” You Can Do In 30 Days?

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What Are Detox Reactions?

What Are Detox Reactions?

Healing does not happen in a vacuum. So, if you are trying to re-balance hormones and need to support your detoxification pathways to rid the body of excess hormones, then you may expect some bumps in the roads

Whenever the detoxification process is improved and more toxins leave the body, they must enter the blood stream on their way to the liver. Once in the blood stream, symptoms can occur until they have successfully left the body

What symptom may you expect?

Everyone is different so it is hard to predict. Most people experience a headache and fatigue. However, other symptoms can be anything you already experience. If you suffer from acne, you may break out. If you have joint pain or muscle aches, then these may get worse for the first few days. 

The key is to be observant. If you have symptoms as part of the detox, then make notes. They may be worst at first but usually within in 2-3 days they start to improve.

It is not uncommon, depending on the individual, to go through several phases. Sometimes the removal of toxins does not happen all at once. Again, being observant is important. As long as symptoms pass within a few days, then detoxing is occurring as needed.

What can you do to lessen detox reactions?

  1. Get plenty of rest. The more you sleep, the sooner you will get through the process.
  2. Limit activity. Do not do a lot of exercise. Light walking is fine and doing some movement will leave you feeling better – just do not get carried away.
  3. Start slow and work up. If you can ease into the detox, you can lessen the reactions. The detox will take longer but that may be the best way for you to do it.

Please note: Detox reactions can be very severe. If you have many health issues and are suffering from numerous symptoms, then you are most likely going to detox strongly and that could make you quite sick. You may even need to seek medical attention. Be very careful. If you do not know how you will react, then maybe you should wait.  Just eating a clean diet will allow you to detox but this will occur slowly and this may be the best way to start.

You can try my 7 Day Reboot Challenge May 25 to June 1st, 2019. Click on link below for more details