Help For Menopausal Mood Swings And Depression

Another reason to supplement Vit D ?
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Menopausal mood swings are no joke – ask those living with a menopausal woman – and if you are also suffering symptoms of oestrogen dominance then it may seem like you are trapped by your moods. Hormone balance is important here, bioidentical natural progesterone is a natural mood enhancer that also helps sleep. When in combination with the right balance of natural oestrogen then that has shown to be effective for women with severe mood swings and depression.

However, as well as getting your hormones balanced, there is one thing you can do right away and it is look at whether you have a lack of vitamin D as that also can affect mood swings.
Over the last year it seemed as if you couldn’t open a newspaper without some new benefit of vitamin D being hailed – in fact it has been described as a wonder vitamin. We know we need it for strong bones and maintaining muscle mass, but it also is being studied for diabetes, heart disease, various cancers and immune response.

Twenty minutes of sun exposure a day is recommended to get optimal minimum amounts of vitamin D but in northern climes like the UK we are unlikely to get the amount that we need, though this year seems to be the exception! Figures from the USA indicate that less than 10% of the population get the recommended daily amount and they are mostly outdoor workers who get the benefit of any sunshine that is going.

Women and Mood
At the The Endocrine Society’s 94th Annual Meeting in June, 2014 it was reported that a substantial new benefit of vitamin D has been discovered. Women with moderate to severe depression had substantial improvement in their symptoms of depression after they received treatment for their vitamin D deficiency according to a new benefit of vitamin D has been discovered. Women with moderate to severe depression had substantial improvement in their symptoms of depression after they received treatment for their vitamin D deficiency according to a new study.
This came from a very small study of women aged 42-66 who had previously been diagnosed with clinical depression. The women did not change their antidepressant medications, or other environmental factors that relate to depression, and over 8-12 weeks were given oral vitamin D. This gave them normal levels after treatment and all the women reported significant improvement in their depression.

How to help yourself
Other studies have suggested that vitamin D has an effect on mood and depression and given the amount of research being done on other additional benefits of vitamin D, it may be worth considering.
Other factors that affect mood are lack of sleep at menopause due to hot flashes and night sweats and increased stress levels. Tackling both of these can help as will eliminating or reducing stimulants such as caffeine, alcohol and tobacco as these can make a real difference to mood stability.

Many women report improvements in both mood swings and sleep when helped with bioidentical natural progesterone, and if you are at risk of vitamin D deficiency it would make sense to consider supplementation to maximize the effect of the natural hormone.

Vitamin D is not readily available from food but varieties of oily fish have the most followed by much smaller amounts in liver, all types of milk, yoghurt and cheese. Many brands of orange juice, yogurt, margarine, and breakfast cereals are often fortified with vitamin D but this is not a source to rely on if you are deficient.

Nutritionist Patrck Holford recommends that those who live in the northern hemisphere, have decreased bone mass (osteoporosis) or a cancer risk, have a 25mg capsule a day or one drop of an oral vitamin D supplement.

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Critical Signs Of Low Thyroid And What Can Help

Are you putting on weight or worried about hair loss and lack of energy or sleep? These can all be signs of a sluggish thyroid and low progesterone levels. – maybe Selenium too!

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According to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, about one in eight women will develop a thyroid problem in her lifetime. The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland in the neck that influences metabolism and the function of the kidneys, heart, liver, brain and skin.

Dr John Lee, who was the pioneer of bioidentical natural progesterone usage for women at menopause, wrote that he was very surprised in his own medical practice with the much greater numbers of women than men taking thyroid supplements and that they were suffering from oestrogen dominance, where their oestrogen levels are not in balance with their progesterone as happens at menopause, or after a hysterectomy.
He used bioidentical natural progesterone to correct this situation and rebalance their hormones and found that it was then common to see their need for medications such as Thyroxine to be reduced over time.

Critical signs
Many women are showing signs of thyroid imbalance due to a number of factors, including poor diet, stress, over reliance on stimulants such as caffeine, sugar and alcohol.
Do you have any of these?
* adult onset ADHD
* anxiety
* cold hands or feet
* difficulty concentrating
* dry skin/yellow skin
* fatigue
* impaired memory
* insomnia/poor sleep quality or habits
* menstrual irregularities
* muscle and joint pain
* nightmares
* slow healing
* thinning hair, or eyebrows or loss of outer edges of eyebrows
* weight gain or difficulty losing weight

Natural help
You can do a lot to help yourself through your diet as the thyroid gland must have iodine to produce T3 and T4. Good food sources include meat, seafood, yogurt, milk, and eggs, as well as seaweed, Himalayan Crystal Salt and cranberries.
I’ve included a picture of an Himalayan Salt lick – which makes a good bath salt soak to supply you with the minerals you need. (it’s much cheaper than pink crystal bath salts)

If you read my blog regularly you’ll know I recommend Lugols Iodine.

Iodine alone is not enough as selenium is essential for the body to be able to break down T3 into T4. Again meat and seafood are good sources as are Brazil nuts, brown rice, seeds (Sunflower, Sesame, and Flax) and vegetables broccoli, cabbage and spinach

Gluten Dairy Omega 3
Those diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease can find their condition aggravated with the continued consumption of gluten-containing foods. The majority find improvement when off gluten and a reduced milk consumption to control their inflammation. High dose Omega 3 has had good results, report patients, in lowering inflammation, as has combined herbs such as turmeric and ginger and also Krill Oil.

More information
There is no doubt that oestrogen dominance has a role to play and many women diagnosed with low thyroid and on medication have found improvement when supplementing with bioidentical natural progesterone.
http://www.bio-hormone-health.com/2014/08/06/what-is-oestrogen-dominance/
http://www.bio-hormone-health.com/2012/05/01/how-bioidentical-natural-progesterone-helps-with-low-thyroid/

Eat Clean Train Smart Expect Results

Jax

Reclaim Your Health #8 Selenium & Iodine

Reclaim Your Health #7 Selenium & Iodine

Essential for thyroid health
Helps detox Chlorines & Fluorides
Improves cell metabolism
Balances hormones
Use Lugols Iodine drops in water every morning
Choose a good daily multi for selenium.
OR add these foods to your weekly food shop.

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Hormones? Iodine? What? Why?

Following discussions with 3 clients over the last week I thought I should remind you all…
I’ve asked about supplementing Iodine when you are already on Thyroid meds – I’m assured that you will not cause any problems!

Iodine should you supplement it?

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I think Lugols Iodine is brill…
Are you always cold, never sweat, fuzzy thinking, underactive thyroid, moody, PMT, tender boobs, the list goes on and on- give ur Hormones a boost & FEEL GREAT!
You can source it on the web, in tablet or liquid form. I prefer the liquid as it’s so easy to take, in a little water, added to a shake or mixed into any other cold liquid food.
We need Iodine to allow our glands to function well. When your glands function properly they will be able to do what your hormones tell them to.
So, instead of sending more and more messages with no effect, your receptors will wake up, listen and act to make you feel great!

Modern food production methods have stripped vitamin and mineral content from our soils, many processed foods like modern bread, milk and salt no longer provide the iodine we all need.
Recent studies in the UK have recommended that all young girls are given a supplementary source of iodine, vitamin D and Folic acid to ensure the health of the next generation, their children ! Most young children are seriously deficient and everything from development to brain activity is effected when Iodine is missing.

Try a google search, there is lots of ‘proper’ science to give you more info! I’m sold…. It’s a really cheap experiment as you only need a drop or two each day to get you started. Anecdotally, my clients report better, more reliable and less painful periods, relief of PMT symptoms and hot flushes, clear thinking and improved thyroid function.

Give your Hormones a boost and FEEL GREAT!
Jax x

Iodine why supplement it?

Iodine why supplement it?

 

Best resource for iodine information is at www.iodine4health.com

 

Below is a brief list of health issues where iodine supplementation is being used :

  • Hypothyroidism
  • Fibromyalgia, ME
  • Polycystic Ovary      Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Fibrocystic Breast      Disease
  • Low immunity
  • Candida (genital,      oral, intestinal)
  • MS
  • Type II Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Fungal skin/nail      conditions (topically)

Note

Exposure to the ‘competitive halide elements’ may cause iodine displacement –

 

Fluoride: In some toothpastes, medications and water supplies

Bromide/Bromine: In fumigants, some anti-bacterials (pools), medications. Brominated fire retardants used extensively in new carpets, sofas, furnishings, etc and new cars, computers, TV’s

Chlorine: In pools, bleaches, disinfectants

 

I recommend it as to lose body fat your hormone system must be as healthy and efficient as possible. It can also help your circulation, cold hands, feet and normal sweating response to heat. PMT/ PMS symptoms too.  I use Lugols Iodine at 12% strength, a 3 month course of 4 drops a day will clear your system of halide elements and get you on track for normal endocrine function.   Then one drop a day will maintain healthy levels.

Jax 04/09/2012

 

Worrying Levels of Iodine Deficiency in the UK

If you keep up with my scribblings – you’ll know that I promote Iodine supplementation – especially if you like me don’t eat much dairy and avoid adding salt to your food. It’s even more important if you are training hard and/or restricting your food intake.

12 April 2011 Last updated at 00:51
Worrying levels of iodine deficiency in the UK

By Michelle Roberts Health reporter, BBC News
The researchers suggest fortifying salt with iodine would help
Researchers are warning iodine deficiency could be becoming endemic in the UK and are suggesting manufacturers should start adding it to table salt.

A study involving more than 700 teenage girls at nine UK centres found more than two-thirds had a deficiency.

Experts say the problem stems from children drinking less milk, which is a common source of iodine.

Women of childbearing age are most at risk – even mild deficiency can harm a baby’s developing brain.

Iodine deficiency is the most common cause of preventable mental impairment worldwide, affecting a third of the world’s population. It also causes thyroid problems.

Since 1993 the World Health Organization (WHO) has conducted a global programme of salt iodisation to boost dietary levels and prevent deficiency, largely in the developing world.
” Our data suggest the UK is now iodine deficient, warranting a full investigation of the UK iodine status”
Lead researcher Dr Mark Vanderpump

Many European countries, including Switzerland and Denmark, have also signed up to the WHO programme.

In the UK, however, it is not compulsory for manufacturers to add iodine to salt.

Dr Mark Vanderpump, who conducted the latest study on behalf of the British Thyroid Association, says this “could be the most viable solution”.

Low levels

The study measured the urinary iodine levels of 737 teenage girls from nine UK centres – Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Dundee, Exeter, Glasgow, London and Newcastle.

Nearly 70% of the samples revealed an iodine deficiency and nearly a fifth (18%) of samples showed very low iodine levels, below 50μg/L rather than the acceptable minimum of 100μg/L.

The researchers say a large-scale investigation into the iodine status of the entire UK population is now needed to understand the full extent of the problem.
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Iodine deficiency is the world’s greatest single cause of preventable brain damage
Dietary sources of iodine include milk and seafood
Source: WHO

Dr Vanderpump told a meeting of the Society for Endocrinology: “Our data suggest the UK is now iodine deficient, warranting a full investigation of the UK iodine status. We need to look into this now to decide whether public health bodies need to step in.”

He said, historically, half of our dietary iodine intake has come from milk. “One cup of milk gives you about 50% of your daily iodine needs.

“And tests on milk show that its composition has not really changed, so it must be that children are drinking less milk than before. That’s what we suspect.”

He said the phasing out of free milk for school children had not helped matters. Currently in the UK, free milk is only offered universally to the under-fives.

Fortification

Dr Vanderpump, a consultant physician at the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust, said it was time to look at adding iodine to dietary salt.

“The World Health Organization has made iodine-deficiency a global priority and has been campaigning for at-risk countries to add iodine to their salt, a campaign which has been very successful.

“If it turns out that we do have a problem, this could be the most viable solution.”

Cathy Collins, a spokeswoman for the British Dietetic Association, said it might be simpler to target teenage girls and advise them to drink more milk and eat more of other foods rich in iodine, such as seafood.

“I’m not surprised by the findings because teenage girls do not tend to drink a lot of milk or eat a lot of oily fish.

“Getting girls to have a bit more of these in their diet might help, or taking a multivitamin every day would give them 100% of the iodine they need.”

She said it was unclear whether other age groups were also deficient, but said it was likely that many people were not getting as much as they ideally need.

A Department of Health spokesman said: “We monitor the nutritional status of the population through a rolling programme of diet and nutrition surveys. We keep track of emerging research and will consider the need for assessing iodine status through urinary analysis in future surveys.”