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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Foods to Kill Candida Overgrowth

I’m of the school of “Do as I Do” so I started actively killing off the Candida in my system this week - as I was researching about what Candida overgrowth causes. I can tell you from personal experience, it isn’t a fun process. Depending on how much overgrowth of Candida you have, the symptoms of 'Candida Die-Off' can feel flu-like, bring on headaches and gastrointestinal issues..to put it mildly. I’ve been experiencing headaches, dizziness, itchiness and fatigue but there are other symptoms. I’m not telling you this to scare you from choosing to cleanse your body but to arm you with knowledge.

Cleaning up one’s diet and your body from harmful toxins and keeping our body’s flora and hormones balanced are an essential part of being healthy, avoiding illness and feeling our best!! Thankfully, there are things you can do to ease the symptoms of the Candida Die Off and to aid your liver in expelling the toxins!

Foods to Kill Candida

  1. Choose Non-Starchy Vegetables - this starves the candida of sugar (which feeds it and allows it to grow and multiply).

  2. Choose Deep Green Vegetables and Barley Grass Concentrates - these are rich in chlorophyll which supports your liver in removing toxins from your body.

  3. Eat Fresh, Organic, Antibiotic & Hormone-free Poultry - commercial poultry and livestock are fed antibiotics daily and ingesting even low levels of antibiotics can cause a proliferation of candida. Eggs, dairy and red meats have properties that promote candida growth and should be avoided for 3-4 weeks. Avoid processed meats and cold cuts too, as they are loaded with chemicals and sugar!

  4. Eat Wild Salmon, Herring, Sardines and Anchovies are loaded with healthy omega-3 fats that help heal inflammation in the body caused by candida overgrowth.

  5. Choose Non-Glutinous Grains - buckwheat, millet, quinoa and oat groats have high amounts of fiber which are excellent for keeping your digestive system moving and for removing candida toxins from your body.

  6. Eat Aduki Beans and Mung Beans are great for their fiber content and detoxifying effects and they are also among the best foods for limiting candida growth.  

  7. Live Yogurt Cultures found in prebiotic, organic yogurt and kefir are essential in helping your gut repopulate the good bacteria and crowd out the candida.

Extra Credit - Avoiding/Easing Candida Die Off

You’re starting to kill of the candida overgrowth in your body and you’re not feeling so good...But now is not the time to give up! (If your symptoms are severe, you can ease up a little - but only a little!) Add these to your routine and feel better:

  • Increase your water intake to flush out the toxins faster.

  • Take an antioxidant supplement NAC with Molybdenum, 600mg, which help your body expel candida toxins and supports your liver and immune system.

  • Take a quality vitamin C supplement twice a day - I like the Synergy Company’s Pure Radiance C because it is an organic, whole-food naturally derived vitamin.

  • Slow down and rest as much as you can.

  • Drink Chicory Root coffee, Cinnamon tea, Pau d’Arco tea, Ginger tea and Licorice tea as they have anti-fungal properties and chicory root is a great prebiotic, helping repopulate your gut with healthy bacteria.

Don’t give up on your health because of temporary discomfort! Choose to make cooked, steamed or grilled, veggies 60% of your diet, non-glutinous grains and aduki/mung beans 20% and quality protein source 20%. Lots of water, rest and your supplements will cleanse the toxins out of your body faster and ease your symptoms during the process. Follow thru with these recommendations, rid your body of candida and the enjoy the benefits of clean eating!

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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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Balanced Hormones, Happy YOU

It’s October and the weather is turning cooler. With October comes a push to increase awareness and support to Breast Cancer (the disease, its survivors and those who are currently battling it) and its charities. A close friend of mine recently got a couple lumps removed that were Stage 1 - which makes the topic of women’s health that much more important to me. Since we are on the topic of women’s health, there are other things us ladies need to aware of. Our bodies are so intimately linked to our hormones that it is even more important for us to keep them in balance. Some of us ‘younger’ sisters don’t think about our hormones unless it is ‘that time of the month’ but it is important for us (too!) to get in touch with our bodies in order to keep ourselves healthy.

Do you know when your hormones are out of whack?? Do you know what can cause it??

Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance

Pre-Menstrual Symptoms                                                                Low Libido

Weight Gain (belly fat)/Digestive Problems/Cravings                 Fatigue

Insomnia                                                                                            Mood Swings

Depression & Anxiety                                                                      Foggy Memory

Endometriosis                                                                                   Fibrosis

Vaginal Dryness                                                                               Hot Flashes & Night Sweats

That’s a lot of symptoms right?? And there are a lot of things that can throw off our balance. Skipping a meal. Stress. Nutrient Deficiencies (which are more common than we might think.) Medications. Birth Control Pills. Environmental pollutants. Toxins. Chemicals in our food, skincare products etc. It’s A LOT. BUT there are some habits you can get into to help your body maintain a happy, healthy balance!! Now, is not the time to give up and throw in the towel! Instead…

Start by reducing/eliminating these:

  • Sugar - this is a tough one because there is sugar even in places we would think there isn’t any!! But you can kick this habit! =>Start by becoming aware of how much sugar you are consuming daily (pay attention for 1 week) and the following week, start by cutting your usuals by half. Continue until you are down to nothing or very little. **NOTE - “Sugar-free” and “Low-Sugar” or any variation of that theme is NOT the way to go! To avoid disease we need to start reducing the chemicals we eat!

  • Wheat/Gluten - gluten is a protein in wheat and a few other grains that causes inflammation in the body and disrupts our hormones. Both inflammation and hormone disruption are the things we want to avoid. =>Start by eliminating white/‘whole wheat’ bread (the grains used in these are not ‘whole’ grains but are highly refined). Opt for Ezekiel/Manna bread and Brown Rice/Quinoa/Black Bean Pasta Noodles. Kelp Noodles are also a great option or you can make noodles out of Zucchini and other squashes!

  • Soy - whether it is isolated soy protein, soybean oil, soy milk, tofu or any of the other soy-based ‘cheeses’, all of it is full of toxins and carcinogens. Soy is high in phytoestrogens which mimic estrogen in our bodies. All the excess estrogen from these foods cause estrogen dominance which is the leading cause of breast cancer, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, infertility and low libido. Soy is also a powerful goitrogen (thyroid suppressant) and contains phytates, enzyme inhibitors, that block nutrient absorption. =>If you must eat Soy, opt for fermented soy products like miso, tempeh, natto or a naturally fermented soy sauce (tamari).

What to Eat for Balanced Hormones??

  1. Clean Protein - wild salmon and other wild-caught cold-water fatty fish; beans (always soaked 6-8 hours prior to cooking) and lentils; organic pastured-raised beef, chicken, turkey, etc; nuts (soaked/sprouted) and seeds; organic pasture-raised eggs (yolk and all!); quinoa.

  2. Healthy Fats - avocados, raw butter/ghee, coconut oil, nuts and seeds.

  3. Antioxidant-rich Vegetables - dark green veggies, brightly colored vegetables and even starchy veggies like sweet potatoes, various squashes, organic beets, artichokes, yucca and turnips.

  4. Healing Herbs and Spices - cumin, ginger root, cayenne pepper, ceylon cinnamon, turmeric and garlic and onions. **When you are using raw garlic let it sit for 15-20 minutes once you chop it to allow all the enzymes to be fully activated and be careful not to burn it!!

It’s a simple list but it is a great starting point. A healthy body means balanced hormones, a healthy weight, bright and clear skin, increased energy and many other benefits (psst… increased immunity too!). Fear isn’t and shouldn’t be a motivator but many times we are driven by our fear of being predisposed to certain illnesses. What if our motivation were to live a fuller, happier life? Improved quality of life - that’s my motivation for myself and my growing client-family.  

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