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

Fasting- A Cautionary Tale

THE STARVING THYROID?
If you have been diagnosed or suggested that you may have under active thyroid – READ THIS STORY.

Jason was a very successful personal trainer and like many others in the field, he was a self-experimenting. He had typical symptoms of Thyroid fatigue. He was practicing intermittent fasting and was also going through some very stressful times in his life.
Could these factors have been the cause of his symptoms and lab results? A little bit of fasting here and there shouldn’t cause this, but if you take it to the extreme, it’s definitely possible.

Our bodies sense starvation in times of extreme caloric deficit. When this perceived starvation happens, one way that the body protects itself and preserves energy is by lowering energy expenditure via the thyroid.
Normally, a healthy thyroid converts T4 hormone to T3 (which, again, is the active form of thyroid hormone). A sick thyroid often converts T4 to reverse T3 instead.
This might be happening to Jason.

To prove this was happening he stopped fasting and ate more, had lab tests while he was on the T3 (Cytomel) thyroid replacement. On the T3 replacement, his symptoms were variable, but overall better than they had been before replacement.
The tests and assessments
ordered the same thyroid panel as before.

RESULTS
Now, only T4 was abnormal. As expected, since normally a thyroid gland secretes mostly T4 (inactive compared to T3) with only some T3. The T4 is then converted to the active T3 in other parts of the body. Since Jason was taking exogenous T3 (Cytomel), his body wasn’t making the T4 anymore, which is why it shows as low.

Time to test the thyroid fatigue hypothesis.
The prescription
PART 1: WEAN OFF THE CYTOMEL
This would be the tough part. Cytomel (T3 – liothyronine) was the only thing during Jason’s illness that made him feel better.

PART 2: FIX THE DIET
I thought Jason’s problems were caused by low calories (and maybe even carbohydrates too). He needed to stop the long fasts and consistently eat at least his calculated caloric needs for the day.
We couldn’t fix the underlying problem without this step.

THE OUTCOME
After 2 months, more labs tests.
While Jason was somewhat discouraged with these lab findings, He was going in the right direction. He continued to eat well and maybe even take it easy in the gym for the next month.
He took NO T3, no matter what. The next set of labs had to be accurate.
After 2 more months he had more lab tests.
Jason was off T3, and his symptoms were mostly resolved.

SUMMARY
Jason was complaining of fatigue. He’d been to multiple doctors who diagnosed him with various conditions. He was inappropriately started on thyroid replacement without fixing the underlying cause.
By addressing the real problems — metabolic down-regulation because of stress and inadequate food intake — Jason was able to come off medication and on to a new, healthier path.

What can we learn from Jason’s story?
If you are constantly fatigued, see your doctor.

Hypothyroidism (low thyroid) may be a symptom of something else, and it doesn’t always have to be treated with thyroid replacement.

Find the actual problem.
In Jason’s case it wasn’t his thyroid, it was his low calorie intake.

Look at your allostatic load — the sum total of all the mental, physical, and emotional stressors in your life. You may be more stressed out than you realize — and if so, your body will give you clues.

Listen to your body..

How Many Calories Can You Eat and Still Lose Weight

You’re Not Eating Enough Calories to Lose Weight

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The majority of the time when you’re having a problem losing weight, it’s not because you aren’t making good food choices. The reason your weight loss has stalled is because you’re not eating enough calories to lose weight.

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What Happens When You’re Not Eating Enough Calories?

When most people start dieting, they slash their calories and add a large amount of exercise to their daily routine. That’s fine, but they usually cut their calories way too low. Add in the extra exercise, and all of a sudden you have an extreme calorie deficit that is working against you.
Not eating enough calories causes many metabolic changes. Your body is a smart machine and senses any large decrease in dietary intake. Your large calorie deficit might work for a few days or even weeks, but eventually your body will wake up and sound alarms that it needs to conserve energy. It doesn’t want to just waste away. It needs energy to survive.

So, what does your body do when it senses prolonged energy restriction?

Thyroid Hormone Production Slows
Your thyroid hormone is responsible for fat, carbohydrate, and protein metabolism among other things. Your body has the ability to slow down thyroid output in an effort to maintain energy balance

Muscle Mass Decreases
Muscles need lots of calories to maintain. After a few days of extreme calorie deficit, it is one of the first things that your body gets rid of. Your body needs your stored fat and the muscle can be spared. It breaks down the muscle tissue and uses it for energy.

Testosterone Levels Fall
An important hormone for both men and women, testosterone is just one of many hormones that are affected with severe calorie restriction .
Testosterone is important to muscle tissue. Without it, it becomes that much harder to maintain, let alone increase muscle mass.

Fatloss Hormones Reduce
Leptin, one of many energy regulating hormones. More importantly, it’s a “hunger” hormone that tells you whether to eat or not. High leptin levels signal that it’s OK to stop eating, while low leptin levels are a signal to eat more.

Energy Levels Decrease
There are many physical actions your body takes when you don’t eat enough calories to lose weight, but there are also some mental ones.
Neurotransmitter production is limited, which can lead to a lack of motivation. It’s your body’s way of telling you to “slow down” – conserve your energy.

How Many Calories Should You Be Eating?
Your goal should be to eat as many calories as possible and still lose weight. You always want to start high and then come down with your calorie intake. It’s much easier to do this than increasing calories after your weight loss has stalled and you’ve lost all your motivation.

There is no perfect number. Each person’s metabolism is different. Calorie calculators are a good starting point, but they can’t take into account all your individualistic variables.

The problem is most people want the weight gone, and they want it gone now. Weight loss is a patience game. It takes time and consistency to make it work. Losing 2lbs per week is the most I would aim for. At this pace, it will ensure that the majority of your weight loss is coming from stored body fat instead of muscle. You will also give yourself the best chance to build muscle while you lose fat, which is what you should be striving to do.

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To find out what portion of your weight loss is fat and what portion is muscle, I highly recommend you book in for a body composition analysis session. It will make weight loss much easier if you can hold onto your muscle, or even put some on in the process.

So, if your progress has stalled, but you think you’re eating the right foods and exercising intensely, it’s more than likely that you’re not eating enough calories to lose weight.

Eat as much as you can, get in as many nutrients as possible, and your weight loss will start moving forward again.

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You’re Not Eating Enough Calories to Lose Weight

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The majority of the time when you’re having a problem losing weight, it’s not because you aren’t making good food choices. The reason your weight loss has stalled is because you’re not eating enough calories to lose weight.

What Happens When You’re Not Eating Enough Calories?

When most people start dieting, they slash their calories and add a large amount of exercise to their daily routine. That’s fine, but they usually cut their calories way too low. Add in the extra exercise, and all of a sudden you have an extreme calorie deficit that is working against you.
Not eating enough calories causes many metabolic changes. Your body is a smart machine and senses any large decrease in dietary intake. Your large calorie deficit might work for a few days or even weeks, but eventually your body will wake up and sound alarms that it needs to conserve energy. It doesn’t want to just waste away. It needs energy to survive. So, what does your body do when it senses prolonged energy restriction?

Thyroid Hormone Production Slows
Your thyroid is responsible for fat, carbohydrate, and protein metabolism among other things. Your body has the ability to slow down thyroid output in an effort to maintain energy balance

Muscle Mass Decreases
Muscles need lots of calories to maintain. After a few days of extreme calorie deficit, it is one of the first things that your body gets rid of. Your body needs your stored fat and the muscle can be spared. It breaks down the muscle tissue and uses it for energy.

Testosterone Levels Fall
An important hormone for both men and women, testosterone is just one of many hormones that are affected with severe calorie restriction .

Testosterone is important to muscle tissue. Without it, it becomes that much harder to maintain, let alone increase muscle mass.

Fatloss Hormones Reduce
Leptin, one of many energy regulating hormones. More importantly, it’s a “hunger” hormone that tells you whether to eat or not. High leptin levels signal that it’s OK to stop eating, while low leptin levels are a signal to eat more.

Energy Levels Decrease
There are many physical actions your body takes when you don’t eat enough calories to lose weight, but there are also some mental ones.
Neurotransmitter production is limited, which can lead to a lack of motivation. It’s your body’s way of telling you to “slow down” – conserve your energy.

The next post will discuss how many calories you should be eating to lose weight/fat.

You’re Not Eating Enough Calories to Lose Weight

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lose belly fat without starvation

The majority of the time when you’re having a problem losing weight, it’s not because you aren’t making good food choices. The reason why your weight loss has stagnated is because you’re not eating enough calories to lose weight.

What Happens When You’re Not Eating Enough Calories?

When most people start dieting, they slash their calories and add a large amount of exercise to their daily routine. That’s fine, but they usually cut their calories way too low. Add in the extra exercise, and all of a sudden you have an extreme calorie deficit that is working against you.

Not eating enough calories causes many metabolic changes. Your body is a smart machine and senses a large decrease in dietary energy. Your large calorie deficit might work for a few days or even weeks, but eventually your body will wake up and sound alarms that it needs to conserve energy. It doesn’t want to just waste away. It needs that energy (fat) to survive. So, what does your body do when it senses prolonged energy restriction? Not eating enough calories…

  • Slows down thyroid production – Your thyroid is responsible for fat, carbohydrate, and protein metabolism among other things. Your body has the ability to slow down thyroid output in an effort to maintain energy balance.
  • Decreases muscle mass – Muscle is highly calorie intensive to maintain. In a prolonged extreme calorie deficit, it is one of the first things that your body looks to get rid of. Your body needs the fat, wants the fat, and the muscle can be spared. It breaks down the muscle tissue and uses it for energy.
  • Lowers testosterone levels – An important hormone for both men and women,testosterone is just one of many hormones that are affected with severe calorie restriction. Testosterone is anabolic to muscle tissue. Without it, it becomes that much harder to maintain, let alone put on muscle mass.
  • Decreases leptin levels – Leptin is one of many energy regulating hormones. More importantly, it’s a “hunger” hormone that tells you whether to eat or not. High leptin levels signal that it’s OK to stop eating, while low leptin levels are a signal to eat more energy. Because of this, leptin levels decrease in calorie restricted environments
  • Decreases energy levels – There are many physical actions your body takes when you’re not eating enough calories to lose weight, but there are also some mental ones. Neurotransmitter production is limited, which can lead to a lack of motivation. It’s your body’s way of telling you to “slow down” – conserve your energy.