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Friday
May112018

5 Practical Ways To Balance Hormones 

What do you think of when you hear the word “hormonal?” Sadly, most people immediately associate the adjective with “emotional,” and often relate it to a woman’s menstrual cycle or perimenopausal years. But from a physiological (and therefore accurate) perspective, “hormonal” pertains to the many different types of messenger compounds the body produces that stimulate action at another site in the body. These can include everything from estrogen, testosterone and progesterone (often referred to as “sex hormones”); to cortisol, one of the main stress hormones; to thyroid hormones (critical for calorie burn); to insulin, a hormone critical to regulating blood sugar and more.

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Sunday
Aug212016

5 Signs Your Weight Loss Problem is a Thyroid Problem

When it comes to losing weight, we all know that half the battle is sharpening our focus enough to prioritize healthy habits: eating real, whole foods without labels, timing meals strategically, taking quality supplements, training consistently, recovering adequately, and getting quality sleep. While it seems simple enough, these lifestyle changes are a big undertaking. For most of us, the results are well worth it, including, increased energy, better fitting clothes, higher levels of confidence, and even a greater zest for life. But what about the rest of us? Those that dive into healthier habits and give it all we’ve got, and yet we seem to lose no fat-- or worse, seem to have things move in the wrong direction. How frustrating!

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Thursday
Apr232015

Thyroid As Thermostat: Is Yours Broken? 

It’s a disease that affects approximately 20 million Americans. Yet, up to 60% of people with thyroid dysfunction aren’t aware of their condition.

The cause of the disease itself is largely unknown or at least often misunderstood. Nonetheless, it can wreak havoc on cardiovascular health, bone health, or fertility.

What’s more - the common diagnosis and treatment methods are often vastly ineffective at reversing the disease pattern or alleviating the symptoms people experience.

 

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Thursday
Dec042014

5 Habits for a Healthy Thyroid

Many people who walk into my office for the first time have a common goal: “I just want to feel better.” Although this seems like a pretty vague, even modest aim, my experience as a dietitian has taught me much about that seemingly innocent statement.

Most people don’t need to be educated on the fact that they “should” exercise consistently, “should” sleep more, “should” stay away from sugar, “should” prioritize nutrition to eat a non-processed diet. The problem is rarely a substantial knowledge gap about a healthy way of life.

 

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Monday
Dec122011

Thyroid Dysfunction

Low thyroid – often the first to blame in the struggle to lose weight!  Thyroid is the most important organ in the body for managing both weight and body fat.  An estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease, with up to 60% completely unaware that this is the case.[i]  Not only is thyroid dysfunction the most unidentified and mistreated health condition, it increases the risk of other serious conditions when left undiagnosed.  Women have been found to be five to eight times more likely than men to have thyroid dysfunction.  The thyroid is a small gland found in the neck with a large function in the body.  It is responsible for energy production and metabolism. 

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Saturday
Nov122011

Lab Lesson: Energy & Metabolism

What is it? The Energy & Metabolism test is a comprehensive assessment of thyroid function. Not only does it test the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), which is the standard test ordered in medical clinics but also...

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