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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Is Candida Ruining Your Body??

Candida. The only experience many of us ladies have with this microbe is when we get a yeast infection. But candida is more than just the microbe that turns into uncomfortable yeast infections. Candida is a yeast that is  a ‘normal’ part of your body’s digestive system but when it is allowed to grow unchecked it can lead to a whole slew of problems. A yeast infection is just one of the many symptoms that can be attributed to candida overgrowth and just because you don’t have that symptom doesn’t mean your in the clear. 1 out of every 3 people in the US have an overgrowth of candida. Read on and find out what to look for and what to do about it!

10 Symptoms of Candida Overgrowth

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  1. Severe seasonal/food/general allergies or itchy ears

  2. Difficulty concentrating, poor memory, lack of focus, brain fog, ADD/ADHD

  3. Irritability, anxiety, mood swings or depression

  4. Feeling tired and worn down or suffering from chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia

  5. Digestive issues (bloating, nutrient malabsorption, constipation or diarrhea)

  6. Skin issues (eczema, acne, hives, rashes, psoriasis)

  7. Autoimmune illnesses (Ulcerative colitis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, Multiple sclerosis, Scleroderma or Psoriasis)

  8. Skin and fungal nail infections (athlete’s foot or toenail fungus)

  9. Strong sugar and carbohydrate cravings

  10. Vaginal infections, painful/irregular periods, urinary tract infections, vaginal or anal itching

Sounds like a commercial for the latest prescription pill right?? There are a few more but I think these 10 gives you an idea as to how candida can have various effects on your body. The 1 in 3 statistic isn’t surprising given our society’s overuse of these:

  • antibiotics

  • oral contraceptives

  • diet high in refined carbohydrates and sugars/junk food (feed the candida)

  • alcohol and street drugs

  • living a high stress lifestyle

  • cortisone  

What to do to effectively treat candida??

Stop the yeast overgrowth; restore friendly bacteria and heal your gut.

  1. Eliminate processed and refined carbohydrates and sugars from your diet. Sugars feed the yeast and refined carbs like candy, dessert, bagels, flour and alcohol are simple sugars and should be avoided for 2-3 months in order to allow your body time to kill off the candida and heal itself.

  2. Add a Caprylic Acid supplement to your routine. Caprylic acid is found in coconut oil and kills off the yeast by poking holes in the cells walls causing it to die.

  3. Drink a tea infusion made from Pau d’Arco 3 times a day. Steep the tea bag in 6 ounces of boiling water for 3 minutes. It is better to not add any sweeteners but if you must, add only 1 drop of Stevia.

  4. Add a good, high quality probiotic supplement, with 25-100 billion CFUs, to your routine. Probiotics help restore the good bacteria in your digestive system - use them regularly.

Candida is not easily eradicated (it has a way of hiding from meds) but by using a multi-prong approach to healing your body you will greatly improve your health and wellness. Eliminating inflammatory foods is key to keeping candida from re-establishing itself in your digestive tract. Just a few (seemingly) small changes will have a big impact on every part of your body! What do you have to lose?? But even more importantly, what do you have to gain?? :)

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Boost your Brain Power

I came across some very interesting information today. Apparently many people have a deficiency in vitamin B12. It turns out that not only is our diet deficient in this very important vitamin but as we get older our bodies gradually have a more difficult time absorbing B12. Not only are we deficient in this very important vitamin but we are also unaware of that there is a right type of B12 to use as a supplement. Kinda sucks right??

What does vitamin B12 do??

  1. Essential in red blood cell production

  2. Very important for energy metabolism

  3. Needed to support the function of nerve cells and for myelin production (this is the insulating material surrounding the nerves)

  4. Required for the replication of DNA - when B12 is deficient we can't generate new, healthy cells  

Symptoms of Vitamin B12 Defiency

  • Low energy and weakness

  • Mental confusion or ‘fogginess’

  • Persistent sleep problems

  • Digestive problems

  • Hearing and vision loss

  • Memory problems

  • Irritability and mood swings

  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

  • Weak immunity

  • Tingling in the extremities

The type of B12 you should be looking for is called methylcobalamin. The more common form, called cyanocobalamin, releases cyanide - a poison - into your body. So remember, when looking for a B12 vitamin supplement, sublingual B12 Methylcobalamin is the way to go!!

For my friends who are vegan or vegetarian - make sure you find a solid B12 (Methylcobalamin) supplement. For those of you that are leaning more towards the vegetarian ways but still allow some room for animal proteins - Look for these foods (in order of declining B12 content):

  • Sardines, salmon, tuna & cod are excellent sources

  • Grass-fed lamb and beef

  • Scallops and shrimp

  • Yogurt, milk and eggs

One serving of seafood a day will give you more than enough of your required B12 per day; while grass-fed lamb and beef needs to be 3 or more servings per day and each serving of dairy or poultry will provide you with a 1/4 to 1/3 of your daily requirement of B12. I do my best to eat seafood at least 4 times a week and I also take a good B12 supplement (Methylcobalamin), just for good measure.

One of my favorite recipes is:

Shrimp Ajillo

1 1/2 lbs large shrimp

6-7 organic garlic cloves, crushed

handful organic cilantro, chopped

1/2 yellow onion, coursely chopped

1 tbsp organic coconut oil

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp himalayan sea salt

1 tsp thai red chili pepper paste (optional)

Chop the garlic and let it rest for 15 minutes to allow the enzymes in it to be activated. Heat the coconut oil over medium to high heat. Add the onions and shrimp - allow to start cooking for 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic and all the spices. Cook until the shrimp are nice and pink. Serve over brown rice or quinoa.

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