Tips for Thyroid Health

Earlier this week I was talking about the thyroid, its importance to everyone’s health and wellbeing and how common it is to have undiagnosed thyroid issues. To recap these are the symptoms:

Common Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

  • weight gain

  • fatigue

  • cold hands and/feet

  • brain fog

  • constipation

  • thinning hair

  • dry skin

Not so Common Symptoms

  • high cholesterol

  • infertility

  • heart palpitations

  • fluid retention

  • heavy periods

You can read more information about your thyroid here. In this post we will focus on foods that to start eliminating to start healing your thyroid and foods to start incorporating into your diet. Remember to make 1/2 your plate at lunch and dinner green vegetables and other veggies. *If you are on thyroid medication, please consult with your doctor and confirm that these dietary changes won’t interfere with your medication.

Foods to Avoid

  • Avoid Gluten - it is a protein that is found in some grains that causes inflammation in the body, interferes with digestion and disrupts hormones. Gluten is found in these grains: wheat, all varieties (breads, cereals or pasta), spelt, kamut, triticale, durum, rye, and barley.

  • Avoid Food Additives, Preservatives, Chemicals, Pesticides, Fungicides, Hormones, Antibiotics, Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs) - the amount of chemicals, of all sorts, in our food supply is scary and dangerous to our health. They can often be found where we least expect them, so be sure to read ALL your ingredients labels! If your great-grandmother would not recognize it as food neither does your body!

  • Avoid Soy Products - they contain compounds called phytoestrogens and goitrogens, which make it difficult for your thyroid to function properly. Studies have shown that eating soy increases the chances of having thyroid problems. Most soy is also genetically modified - all the more reason to stay away from soy.

  • Avoid excess sugar, caffeine, refined carbohydrates and artificial sweeteners - an excess amount of all of these interfere with a healthy hormone balance and contribute to diabetes, heart diseases, cancer, metabolic syndrome, chronic inflammation and a host of other illnesses.

Foods to Eat

  1. Foods that Aid Glutathione Production - glutathione is a master antioxidant and has powerful healing properties for the thyroid. Start including asparagus, garlic, avocados, organic cage-free and pastured raised eggs and red meat, turmeric, bananas, tomatoes and some cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cabbage.

  2. Cook your Goitrogens - goirogens are compounds that inhibit thyroid function. The thing is that the foods that contain these compounds are actually healthy and good for you. You just have to cook them - steam, boil or sautee. They are primarily found in cruciferous vegetables - cabbage, broccoli, broccolini, cauliflower, mustard greens, brussels sprouts, kale, turnips, collards, watercress and pears, and millet.

  3. Foods Rich in Healthy Fats - healthy fats may seem like an oxymoron but they are absolutely necessary for a healthy body, as they help build thyroid hormones. Eat avocados, nuts and seeds, chia seeds, flaxseeds, coconut oil, olive oil, ghee, wild salmon, sardines and other cold water fatty fish.

  4. Foods Rich in Protein - are essential to building hormones and maintaining a healthy body. Plant-based protein sources are more easily digested by your body - choose black beans, aduki, lentils or kidney beans. Broccoli, spinach and kale (cooked) have good amounts of protein too! If you’re going animal sources of protein make sure they are wild-caught, grass/pasture-fed and organic - choose more cold-water fatty fish like salmon, sardines, tuna, halibut and mackerel, followed by pasture-raised organic chicken, turkey and other poultry and grass-fed, organic beef and cattle.

By avoiding (or starting to eliminate) the foods that compromise thyroid health and loading up on foods that will protect and maintain your thyroid you will experience the benefits of a functional thyroid. Say goodbye to fatigue, brain fog, skin issues and your inability to maintain a healthy weight! Your health and wellbeing are in your hands. Choose to be healthy and fit. Choose to enjoy your all aspects of your life!

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Heal Your Thyroid Starting in 5 Steps

Your thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland in your neck that regulates practically all your metabolic processes. It’s possible for the thyroid to be underactive (hypothyroid) or overactive (hyperthyroid). One can be diagnosed with primary hypothyroidism, when your hormone isn’t able to produce enough thyroid hormone or have hypothyroidism due to an autoimmune condition called Hashimoto’s. Two things that trouble me about thyroid disease is that an estimated 30-50 million Americans have hypothyroidism and aren’t even aware of it and most of them are women. I myself have had slight thyroid issues, my mother has them, so I am very careful of what I put into my body and seek out foods that help support a healthy thyroid.

Common Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

  • weight gain

  • fatigue

  • cold hands and/feet

  • brain fog

  • constipation

  • thinning hair

  • dry skin

Not so Common Symptoms

  • high cholesterol

  • infertility

  • heart palpitations

  • fluid retention

  • heavy periods

Why is your thyroid so important??

It impacts not only your metabolism, but also your brain function/cognition, body temperature, cardiovascular function, fat/cholesterol metabolism, female hormone balance and fertility.

What can you do heal and maintain thyroid health??

Turns out there’s quite a bit you can do to maintain optimum thyroid health and reap the benefits of a healthy body and mind.

  1. Eat foods high in Selenium, an important mineral that’s essential for the conversion to the active thyroid hormone, like brazil nuts, fish, shellfish and liver.

  2. Eat foods rich in Zinc, which also aid in the conversion of inactive to active thyroid hormone, like oysters and shellfish, grass-fed beef, spinach, pumpkin seeds and cacao.

  3. Eat foods rich in protein and Omega 3s, that aid in transporting the thyroid hormone and reducing inflammation in the body, like wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, flaxseeds, walnuts and chia seeds.

  4. Eat (and cook with) Coconut Oil, a medium-chain fatty acid that aids in boosting your metabolism and as a healthy fat it helps your body build hormones. Start with 1 tbsp of coconut oil first thing in the morning.

  5. Add Turmeric to your routine! It’s a powerful anti-inflammatory, loaded with antioxidants and helps boost liver function. A well functioning liver is crucial for thyroid hormone conversion. Use it as a spice in your cooking, add it to your juices or smoothies.

Turmeric Smoothie

1 cup organic coconut milk (Flax/Almond/Hemp milk are good substitutes)

½ cup pineapple chunks, frozen or fresh

½ banana

½ tbsp coconut oil (can use 1 tbsp for added detoxification)

1 tsp chia seeds

1 tsp raw maca powder

½ tsp turmeric (can use 1 tsp for added detoxification)

½ tsp Ceylon cinnamon

1 tbsp raw cacao powder (optional)

=>Blend and enjoy! It is best to drink this first thing in the morning to start your day off with its great detoxifying effects and nutrients. **(It definitely cleansed me - so if you haven’t done a cleanse, start with Flax/Almond/Hemp milk)

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"Eat Right"?? Dispelling Common Mistakes

What is WRONG with this picture??

What is WRONG with this picture??

There is something wrong with this picture... Yes!! This picture => 

I read magazines and every once in awhile I see them promoting certain foods that are NOT good for you. I have a particular issue with this magazine because it is a ‘fitness and health’ magazine. I would think their staff would be better informed...but who knows what they were thinking when they approved this info-graphic. The other thing I have an issue with is that just by quick glance there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with this information. But there is.

I’ll explain where I am coming from when I say this. I am a Certified Health Coach who has personally experienced what many of my clients have experienced - they think they are healthy and on the surface they are! BUT!! They still are not achieving the results they want and should be achieving!! Which is where I come in. I help them get to the bottom of what is going on with their bodies and many of the times the choices they are making, which they think are “healthy” because of the (mis)information they’ve received, in reality are doing more harm than good.

Let’s go in!

Canola Oil - NOT A GOOD OIL TO CONSUME!! “Vegetable-based oils”? Not the thing to recommend. These oils are highly processed and in most cases come from genetically modified seeds. Ever heard of a Canola plant?? No, right. Because there is no plant called ‘canola’, from whose seeds the oil would be made. Canola (Rapeseed), Corn and Soybean oils are highly inflammatory and have been associated with inflammatory health problems including heart disease and cancer. Precisely the diseases you are looking to avoid!

=>DON’T USE CANOLA OIL!! GO FOR COCONUT OIL or GHEE for cooking purposes

What it SHOULD look like

What it SHOULD look like

Whole Grains - Why are they specifying “whole grains” and misleading you to think that white bread is a whole grain?? White bread and ‘whole wheat’ bread are NOT whole grains! I will give them some credit for having ‘rye, barley and oats’ specified but it is in small print and images speak louder than fine print.

=>WHITE and ‘WHOLE WHEAT’ BREAD ARE NOT A WHOLE GRAINS! GO FOR SPELT, EZEKIEL, MANNA (Barley, Quinoa, Oats are good too) Look for minimally processed breads!

Fruits - they say to eat ‘at least 1 whole fruit’ and ‘1 ½ cups of berries’ but you really should be eating 2-3 fruits a day. Apples and pears are great options but you need to be aware that apples are one of the fruits with the heaviest pesticide residues.

=>GO ORGANIC for the FRUITS you will EAT WHOLE like BERRIES, Blueberries or Strawberries, and APPLES and PEARS

Vegetables - they are encouraging you to eat ‘1 ½ cups of a variety of vegetables a day’ but unfortunately their suggestion falls significantly short of what we all should be eating a day. Considering the day to day stresses and how unbalanced our lives are...our bodies need ample vegetables to help keep it functioning optimally and vegetables give us energy!! Who doesn’t need energy?? (They also encourage weight loss ;))

=>GO for 2 cups of Vegetables per meal (ORGANIC, if they are on the “Dirty Dozen” list) with your Lunch AND Dinner 

Fish - a great suggestion which should’ve been better executed. “3 or more servings a week” is a good suggestion. But, farmed (conventional) salmon is a highly polluted fish, as are most farmed fish. If you are choosing a farmed fish you want to choose sustainably farmed fish. You are choosing fish for their health benefits, when they are traditionally farmed they are pumped with antibiotics and chemicals (which is not what you want in your body).

=>GO WILD, whenever possible! IF NOT, choose SUSTAINABLY FARMED FISH

=>NEVER eat ‘Low-fat’ Dairy - anything ‘low fat’ or ‘non-fat’ (etc) is a Highly Processed ‘Food’

I know it’s a lot of information I just gave you but there’s so much more I didn’t even touch upon!! The things I want to leave you with, for your continued, improved health and well-being are the arrows above and to always do your research. Don’t read something in a magazine and take it as gospel. (or even this post - feel free to ask me questions!!) Choose your sources for the information that will go into making every cell in your body very, VERY, carefully.

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What do your nails say about your health??

What do your nails say about your health?? Think there’s no connection between the two? Think again. Every cell in your body, including those of your nails, are made up of what you are feeding your body. Every cell in your body is constantly being regenerated - the old cells die, the new cells emerge - that’s why what you put in your body is so important. The better the quality of nutrients you put in your body the more resilient and youthful your hair, skin and nails will be. But it’s not just about what the eye can see! Your heart, brain, joints etc will also be resilient and healthy and that helps with preventing heart disease, diabetes, neurological illnesses and even cancer.

Problems in the liver, heart and lungs can show up in your fingernails. Your nails should be pink and smooth. This changes as one gets older due to diet and lifestyle choices that impact your health and wellbeing. The good thing is that when it comes to your body and health you can reverse course and achieve optimal health.  

Here are a few things to be on the lookout for, in between manicures.

Yellowish tinged nails (that don’t come from nail polish staining), that can crack and split, can indicate a fungal infection.

Very pale nails can be a sign of anemia, malnutrition, congestive heart failure or liver disease.

Rippled or Pitted nails can be an early sign of psoriasis or inflammatory arthritis.

Dry, brittle nails that frequently crack and split have been linked to thyroid disease.  

Puffy nail fold - reddish puffiness around the nail is a sign of inflammation and possible infection.

Verticle beaded ridges can indicate hormonal changes, thyroid issues, stress and/or diabetes.

Action Plan for Healthy Nails

Drinks lots of water - keeping your body hydrated keeps your nails and cuticles hydrated. Aim to drink half (½) your body weight in ounces.

Do NOT cut your cuticles - your skin is your largest organ and protects your body from bacteria and viruses, when you cut your cuticles you risk infection. Exfoliate and push back your cuticles.

Eat plenty of nutrient-dense foods - choose foods rich in quality, grass-fed protein, zinc, biotin and selenium & omega 3s! Your greens: spinach, broccoli, swiss chards etc; your cold water fatty fish and seafood: salmon, sardines, oysters etc; your nuts and seeds: almonds, chia seeds, flaxseeds, walnuts etc; your lean proteins: grass fed beef, chicken etc; your beans and legumes: black beans, garbanzos, pinto beans etc; your fruits: watermelon, blueberries, avocados, pineapples etc; and last but not least, your gluten-free whole grains: quinoa, brown rice, oatmeal and other gluten-free grains.

Keep your hands and nails moisturized - each time you wash your hands you strip away the natural oils in your skin, replenish them with a good moisturizer and some cuticle oil. Tip - you can use coconut oil for both purposes!

If you notice any of the above-mentioned signs on your fingernails, see your dermatologist or primary care doctor to make sure you catch any issues and make sure you eat healthy, nutrient rich foods and avoid processed foods.

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