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Easy and simple Natural Ways to Make Your House Smell Like Autumn

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Mother Nature paints this beautiful landscape of rich golden enchanting colors. The sound of leaves crackling benefit my feet as I take a deep breath of the fresh air crisp. My soul begins to feel the renewed harmony from the hot hazy, hustle and bustle days of summer. In the distance, I hear the gabble of a flock of geese all lined up in perfect formation beginning to head south for the winter. The smell of fall scented candles and Friday night football games let’s not fail to forget the fun of tailgating. I have many fond memories of laughing around a bonfire, and staying toasty while enjoying a night out with friends. I just love the way my oversized sweater snugs my skin and the warm pumpkin latte keeps my belly warm. Fall is one of the most packed holiday seasons. This is a season to be truly thankful, and to simply surround yourself with friend and family that are dear to your heart. Falls scents make me think of Pumpkin spice lattes, gingerbread men, cinnamon and citrus flavors.

I love when guests come over and say , “Mmm! Your house smells so clean and  inviting”! “What’s your secret?” It’s really not that hard to get your house to smell wonderfully delicious. Sometimes it’s because I’ve been baking, and other times it’s because I have a pot simmering on the stove.

Autumn is a the beginning of a perfect season to start making your own scents for your  home. You can impress your friends and family  while creating a healthy all natural fall scents that are warm, comforting and cozy.

After I started researching on my journey to heal my hypothyroidism. I was stunned by  how these delightful and sometimes very expensive scents were so toxic to our bodies.

These products are often filled with  carcinogenic chemicals and other harmful toxins which can have an affect on our breathing, our hormones and our brain.

Look at some of the common chemicals found in air fresheners:

Acetaldehyde – This chemical with a deceptively innocuous fruity odor is a known carcinogen.

Benzaldehyde – Classified by United States Environmental Protection Agency as a hazardous substance, this chemical smells of almond oil.

1,3-Dichloro-2-propanol – A strong-smelling chemical known to cause kidney and liver cancers.

1,4-Dichlorobenzene – Another carcinogen with a strong smell that can mask other odors by numbing our sensory receptors.

Methyl pyrrolidone – featured on the list of Chemicals Known to the State to Cause Cancer or Reproductive Toxicity according to the California Proposition 65.

Add to these to a petroleum-based solvents and fake fragrances, and now we are talking about a potent concoction of cancer- causing substances, least not fail to mention their role in causing neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Stove Top Classic’s

Pots that are simmering on the stove or using your crock pot are really easy ways to  make your home smell wonderfully amazing. it’s pretty simple. All you need to do is grab a pot, fill it with 2 cups of water, bring to a boil then add the ingredients that make up your favorite Autumn scents. I would let the pot simmer gently on the stove and adding more water when needed. Before you know it, the scent will fill be filled throughout your entire house.

Here are a few combinations of fall scents that you can play around with until you find your favorite.

Recipe #1
2 Cinnamon sticks
Apple peels
Orange rinds
Whole cloves

Recipe #2
Peel from 1 lemon
Peel from 1 orange
2 bay leaves
3 cinnamon sticks
2 Tablespoons whole cloves

Recipe #3
A few drops vanilla
Orange peels

Recipe #4
1 cup dried lavender
1 tsp anise
1 Tablespoon nutmeg
1 Tablespoon whole cloves
1 Cinnamon stick

Recipe #5
5 bay leaves
1 Tablespoon whole cloves
2 sticks cinnamon

Recipe #6
Cinnamon sticks
Sliced oranges
Fresh cranberries
1 Tablespoon Whole cloves
Recipe #7
Apples Peels
Cinnamon sticks

1 Tablespoon Nutmeg

Recipe #8
Cinnamon sticks
1 cup fresh or dried Lavender
1 Tablespoon Nutmeg
1 Tablespoon Whole cloves
Recipe #9
Peel from 1 lemon
A few drops vanilla
1 cup fresh or dried Rosemary

Essential Oil Diffuser‘s

Essential oil diffusers  are wonderful little devices that come in all shapes and sizes. They help improve your health, increase your energy,  improve your sleep, make you more relaxed, fight off illness’s, improve your mood, help you sleep better, help to reduce the  inflammation and congestion if you have a clogged nose and help you to think more clearly. I think some of the best smelling combinations of for a Fall scent includes a different variations of anise, cardamom, cedarwood, cinnamon, clove, ginger, nutmeg, orange, pine, rosemary, sage and vanilla.

Scents of Autumn Walking

This blend is will remind you of  walking in the woods in autumn –  damp leaves and soft moss under your feet, and let’s not forget to mention the first breath of crisp cool air that carries with it just a hint that winter is coming.

Recipe #1

3 drops Bergamot
2 drops Ginger
2 drops Frankincense
2 drops Birch

Halloween

What a fantastic warming blend of sweet and spicy.

Recipe #2

3 drops Sandalwood
2 drops Vanilla
1 drop Cinnamon
1 drop Clove

Orange Spice

What better take on a traditional autumn scent is the combinations of an orange aroma along with cinnamon and clove.

Recipe #3

4 drops Sweet Orange
2 drops Cinnamon
1 drop Clove

Earthy Citrus

This earthy combination of scents is very smooth. it tends to linger throughout your home hours after its been turned off.

Recipe #4

4 drops Sweet Orange
2 drops Ginger
1 drop Patchouli

English Pomander

This scent is similar to a citrus spice but with an different interesting twist, this combination of these scents creates the sweet aroma of a traditional English pomander.

Recipe #5

3 drops Sweet Orange
1 drop Bergamot
1 drop Cinnamon
2 drops Clove
2 drops Sandalwood

Holiday party

This scent is perfect for any holiday party. All your guests will fill relaxed and happy.

Recipe #6

3 drops Frankincense
2 drops Pine
1 drop Cedarwood

Late November

This scent is inspired by the idea of a  late November weekend spent in a log cabin needled deep in the mountains.

Recipe #7

5 drops Fir Needle
2 drops Wintergreen
1 drop Rosemary
2 drops Cajeput
1 drop Cedarwood

Warm Chai tea

I simply love a cup of hot chai on a chilly fall morning.

Recipe #8

3 drops Cardamom
2 drops Cinnamon
1 drop Clove
1 drop Nutmeg
2 drops Ginger

A slice of Pumpkin Pie

What better way to bring in fall with a wonderful slice of pumpkin pie.

Recipe #9

2 drops Ginger
2 drops Cassia
1 drop Clove
1 drop Vanilla
2 drops Cardamom

 Autumn Sunrise Cold buster

These scents will have  your air ways clear in no time flat. the combinations of scents are not only immune-boosting but it helps to ward off autumn colds.

Recipe #10

2 drops Sweet Orange
2 drops Rosemary
2 drops Ginger
2 drops Eucalyptus
1 drop Cinnamon
1 drop Clove

Where To Buy An Essential Oil Diffuser

Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser

InnoGear 200ml Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser, Wood Grain

Wood Grain Aroma Diffuser is in gorgeous design. It fits in with any decor.The color changing lights make it beautiful in low light rooms. Most of all, this stylish cool mist humidifier adds moisture to your air to eliminate dryness and help with your dry chapped skin, chapped lips and dry sinuses. Add a drop of your favorite essential oil to give your room a fresh, fall clean scent. Only $39.99

 

Where To Get Essential Oils

You can click on this link and put in what scent you want to purchase. For all of the blends on this page, I use only doTerra essential oils.

doTERRA Slim & Sassy Metabolic Blend – 15 mL

Non Toxic Fall Candle Scents

Everyone should have some warm and inviting candles. They are a nice way to make your home fell warm and cozy throughout the cool Fall and cold Winter months. Why not make you own all natural and safe scented candles? These super easy mason jar candles contains beeswax along with , essential oils such as cinnamon, vanilla and clove.

Cinnamon Spiced Candle

Supplies:

Instructions:

Ok you will need to start by melting your wax.  Melt  2 cups of  wax and this will make 2 candle jars. Melt one cup of wax at a time and microwave for two minutes.  Continue microwaving at 1 minute intervals until melted.  Next add the other cup of wax to the container and  microwave in one minute intervals until it is all melted.  It normally take about me about 5 minutes total.  (make sure you never use the same measuring glass that you use for your food. I have one that I use just for candle making.

Next start to prepare your candle wick while you wax is melting.  Wrap the end of the wick around a wood skewer or pencil and balance the skewer on the top of the jar-this holds the wick in place while your candle is setting. Make sure the metal end of the wick is resting on the bottom of the jar.

When the wax is completely melted add vanilla and spices, mixing well with a skewer.

Gently and slowly pour the wax mixture into your two jars, adjusting your wick necessary. Sometimes the wick likes to move, this is when you need to adjust it back into place.  Let the candles to set for 4-5 hours until firm.

Why do I use beeswax instead of other products.

Beeswax candles: Natures natural air purifier

Pure beeswax candles are healthy.  Beeswax candles produces negative ions that actually clean your air of odors, pollen, smoke, dust, dust mites, viruses, asthma, allergies, and hay fever!  Bee-wax candles leave your indoor air fresher and cleaner. Many air purifiers and water filters harness this effective negative ion technology.  They are the only candle for anyone with chemical sensitivities or allergies.

When you increase the negative ions in the air. Your mood improves and it gives you a  sense of wellness.

With increased negative ions, studies how shown that it : 

  • Improves sleep
  • Enhances immune system
  • Relief from hay fever & allergies
  • Proven to lessen asthma related symptoms
  • Improves air quality
  • Improves concentration
  • helps to balancing  hormones
  • Its’ a natural detoxification

Sneaky labeling on beeswax candles

A candle may be labeled “beeswax” if it contains as little as 10% beeswax – the remaining ingredients is most likely paraffin. watch out for  “natural” labels.  If the label doesn’t say “100% beeswax” or “pure beeswax”, it almost certainly is not.

Insist on 100% Pure Beeswax. The natural choice.

The problem with paraffin candles

“Regular candles,” are made from paraffin wax, a by-product of petroleum refining. The result? A highly toxic (and environmentally unfriendly) product that literally poisons the air you breathe.

Paraffin wax is the  sludge at the bottom of the barrel of crude oil.  Then the “Chemists” mix in toxic concoctions of colors and fragrances to make this waste product appealing to us consumers! These candles when burned release eleven documented toxins –two of which are carcinogenic.  Have you seen the black soot stains left on your walls, ceilings, furniture, and drapery.  These toxic tiny particles are easily inhaled and may cause respiratory irritation in your lungs. The American Lung Association has issued a warning against breathing the eleven documented toxins (two of which are carcinogenic) that are released, along with soot, when a paraffin candle burns.

 

Fall Scented Room Spray

Supplies needed
  • 3 tablespoons vodka, ethyl alcohol or witch hazel
  • 10 drops juniper or cedar wood essential oil
  • 10 drops clary sage or rosemary essential oil
  • 10 drops bergamot or orange essential oil
  • 10 drops cinnamon or clove essential oil
Instructions

Combine all the ingredients along with filling the water to the top of the 8 oz spray bottle in a . Make sure you shake it good each time before  spritzing.
Note: All though this is completely organic and all natural it is wise not spray directly onto skin, and do avoid  spraying yourself in the face, ours eyes or inhaling.

 

Fall Potpourri with Dried Fruit + Nuts

Supplies needed
  • Dried apple slices
  • Dried orange slices
  • Whole nuts (with shells)
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Whole cloves
  • Juniper berries
  • Dried rose hips
  • Laurel (bay) leaves
  • Pine cones
  • Essential oils: cedar wood, clove, cinnamon, orange and pine are all great together

This is your creation. I love making homemade potpourri . it has a wonderful light scent and a variety of colors and textures. You can place this on a table in a nice decorative bowl, or allow it to work as a deodorizer for the bathroom or kitchen. I like to add everything into a big jar, sprinkle with the essential oils and gently toss. Then your can pour it in a bowl to show off.

Apple Spice

Supplies needed

3 tbsp dried apple slices
1/2 cup pink and red carnation petals
1/4 cup dried sweet woodruff leaves
2 tbsp crumbled cinnamon or one 3″ cinnamon stick
1 whole nutmeg, grated (1 1/2 tsps)
1 tbsp whole cloves
1 tbsp julienne orange peel
3 drops of cinnamon or vanilla scented oil

You will want to dry your apples, slice them paper thin and place the apple slices on a baking sheet in a single layer for 30 minutes in a  150 degree oven.

After the apple slices have completely dried, mix dried apple slices with remaining ingredients.

You can also add a 1/2 cup of this potpourri to 2 cups of water in a crock pot or simmer it on a stove on low heat. After you done if you want to reuse it, strain it, allow it  let dry and place it in a container with a lid.

Scented Pine Cones

This is my favorite thing to have in a nice decorated bowl. Instead of buying those chemically loaded bags of cinnamon pine cones that you see at the stores. Why not make your own.  it’s so easy to make these, just two ingredients! This is a great way to get your kids involved. They will love gathering up the pine cones!

Bake your pine cones in the oven at 200F for one hour. Allow them to cool.  Once cooled, sprinkle with essential oils and keep in an air-tight container for up to one week to allow the scent to develop. Remove them and place around your home, if needed add more  essential oils when the scent starts to fade. keep the extra pine cones in a resealable plastic bag for the scent to last longer. Sprinkle drops of essential oils on the cones, seal and shake. Leave in bag for at least one week.

We all know the most common scent for pine cones is cinnamon. But you can use any these essential oil scents , or even mix some together.

Supplies needed
  • Cinnamon
  • Apple
  • Orange
  • Peppermint
  • Nutmeg
  • Pine

 

Herby Fire-Starters

Supplies needed
  • Coffee filters
  • Embroidery thread and needle
  • Dried orange and apple peels
  • Cloves
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • Lavender

This is such a easy and simple way to have some homemade fire-starters. grab you a box of coffee filters and a handful of the spice mixture, next stuff those filters with the mixture. Take a threaded the needle and sew the top opening closed.

Cinnamon Carpet Freshener

Supplies needed
  • 1/2 cup borax
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 30 drops essential oil(s)
    OR
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon or ground cloves

Instructions:

Mix the borax and baking soda in a container. Next add your essential oils or the ground cinnamon or ground gloves. Make sure it is free of lumps.  Pour mixture in a an empty shaker container.  Shake the powder onto your carpets, and let sit for 15 to 20 minutes before vacuuming thoroughly.

 

Pumpkin Spice Aroma

Pumpkin Spice Essential Oil Blend

20 drops organic Cinnamon essential oil
20 drops organic Ginger essential oil
20 drops organic Nutmeg essential oil
15 drops organic Clove Bud essential oil
5 drops organic Cardamom essential oil

 Add all the essential oils to a glass bottle. A  1/4oz bottle will hold this blend great. After you’ve placed all the drops in the bottle , tighten the lip of the cap and gently invert the bottle to blend the oils but please don’t shake to mix the blend.

   Add some water to your essential oil diffuser reservoir.  Next, add 5-6 drops of the Pumpkin Spice Essential Oil Blend. Place a beeswax tea Light in the base of your of your diffuser and soon you room will be filled with a delightful a spicy aroma!

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Audrey Childers is a published author, blogger, freelance journalist and an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She is also the creator and founder of the website the hypothyroidismchick.com. Where you can find great tips on everyday living with hypothyroidism. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. She is the published author of : A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty, Reset your Thyroid, Hypothyroidism Clarity,  A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty: the slow cooker way,   Hypothyroidism: The Beginners Guide: How to stop surviving and start thriving.      
and   Secrets to my Hypothyroidism Success:: A Personal Guide to Hypothyroidism Freedom.   You can find all these books on Amazon.  You can also find her actively involved in her Facebook Group : Healing Hypothyroidism. This blog may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.
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The Real Story behind Hypothyroidism

Fact: Every Cell in your body responds to your thyroid hormones. These hormones have a direct impact on every major system in your body.

 

Hypothyroidism is a consequence of actions taken. It is a combination of sequences that you allowed to take  place to get  you to this point in  your life.  Yes, I am pointing the finger at you. I am pointing the finger at myself. I am so busy of “not being aware” and ” grabbing what is easy” that I’ve allowed this to happen. There is this big lie that we all got stuck in.   Listen to me when I say  there’s a major disconnect between what YOU believe to be healthy foods and what research tells us is healthy. In fact, many of the health foods today that people go out of their way to eat daily are extremely thyroid suppressive.

As diseases go, you would think that it would be a cinch to diagnose and pretty straightforward to treat. Each of us are unique individuals with different sensitivities. None of  has the same exact routine as far as what foods we eat, what chemicals we are exposed to and what medications we take but yet we all are similar when it comes to our thyroids not working properly.

First, please give me a moment to explain how the thyroid works.

Hypothyroidism means your thyroid is not making enough thyroid hormone. Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of your throat. It makes the hormones that control the way your body uses energy. Basically, our thyroid hormone tells all the cells in our bodies how busy they should be.

Most doctors will prescribe you a synthetic version of thyroid hormone called Synthroid (levothyroxine). First introduced in 1959, Synthroid is the third most frequently prescribed drugs in the United States. For the sixty years prior to Synthroid, the standard treatment was a desiccated (dried) concentrate of pig thyroid, which remains popular today, although not nearly as popular as its successor per  Robert Rountree, M.D., who is a physician in private practice and an Herb Research Foundation advisory board member.

How were you diagnosed? Did your doctor just perform a simple TSH test and it showed that you had an elevated presence of  thyroid stimulating hormone in your blood?

TSH is made in the pituitary, a small gland near the center of the brain. When the thyroid gland doesn’t make enough T4, the pituitary increases its production of TSH in an attempt to make the gland work harder. In other words, thyroid hormone production is regulated by a simple negative feedback loop. When a diseased gland fails to make enough T4, the quick and easy solution is to replace it with a synthetic version. Per Robert Rountree, M.D., who is a physician in private practice and an Herb Research Foundation advisory board member.

Hold on. Don’t be so quick to start taking that synthetic version of T4 only medication. Synthetics like thyroxine will eventually destroy the thyroid where you will have to be on some form of thyroid medication for the rest of your life. Also, everything that glitters isn’t gold. There isn’t a one size fits all solution to hypothyroidism. This is why you have to work with your doctor. Requests a full thyroid panel which should at least include these 6 key thyroid labs that are listed below.  Some of us, like I need T3 along with our T4 medication because our T4 isn’t converting into a must needed hormone called T3. This is why most people have partial improvements. Also, the conversion to T3 is affected by nutritional deficiencies such as low selenium, inadequate omega-3 fatty acids, low zinc, chemicals from the environment, or by stress. is your head spinning yet with all this information!

A full thyroid panel for hypothyroidism should at least include these 6 key thyroid lab tests:

TSH

Free T4

Free T3

Reverse T3

Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies

Thyroglobulin Antibodies

 

Environmental chemicals and toxins, pesticides, BPA, thyroid endocrine disruptors, iodine imbalance, other medications, fluoride, overuse of soy products, cigarette smoking, and gluten intolerance. All of these play a very important role in your thyroid health. A nonprofit group called Beyond Pesticides warns that some 60 percent of pesticides used today have been shown to affect the thyroid gland’s production of T3 and T4 hormones. Commercially available insecticides and fungicides have also been involved. Even dental x-rays have been linked to an increased risk of thyroid disorders.

As consumers we put our trust in the research and development of scientific studies, The FDA and  The CDC. Drug store chains have quota’s to meet and even some of our Doctors get yearly bonus’s. Little do we do that behind closed doors corporations often pay scientists and these companies to  support their product for profit.  Some Politicians seem to have a revolving door between the private and public sector.  The synthetic chemicals we face everyday that is in our food, our water, and  the air that we breathe . 

Did you know that products we use every day may contain toxic chemicals and has been linked to women’s health issues? They are hidden endocrine disruptors and are very tricky chemicals that play havoc on our bodies. “We are all routinely exposed to endocrine disruptors, and this has the potential to significantly harm the health of our youth,” said Renee Sharp, EWG’s director of research. “It’s important to do what we can to avoid them, but at the same time we can’t shop our way out of the problem. We need to have a real chemical policy reform.” The longer the length of ingredients on your food label means how much more unhealthy it is for you to consume. When an item contains a host of ingredients that most likely you cant even pronounce or remember to spell you can bet your lucky dollar that the natural nutrients are long gone. These highly processed frank n foods are very difficult for the body to break down and some of the chemicals will become stored in your body. Click on this link to see what you should avoid.

Pesticides, herbicides, GMOs in our food, fluoride and chlorine and trace pharmaceutical residue in the water supplies, methane, carbon monoxide and industrial pollutants in the air, and the toxic chemicals in our everyday household products.

No wonder our bodies are completely bombarded and overwhelmed with the constant exposed to toxic chemicals through the air that we breathe, the water we drink, the foods we eat, and the personal care products and cleaning products we use.

Every Cell in your body responds to the foods you eat, the products you put on your body to the house hold chemicals that you purchase for your home. All of these things have a direct impact on your hormones and in return your hormones have a direct impact on every major system in your body. Not to mention that our body is lacking certain nutrients that heavily influence the function of every cell in our body. The foods that we consume, oh, the foods we consume.

I haven’t used store bought toothpaste in years. I didn’t give up brushing my teeth although sometimes I would like to create my very own six foot “personal space bubble.” My teeth are beautifully white and my breath is always fresh. After being diagnosed with hypothyroidism, I started researching and was amazed at the things we willingly without even thinking put in or on our bodies that are very harmful to us. I started to take a closer look at all the labels of EVERYTHING and  decided that I needed to divorce my store bought toothpaste.

Most of us just focus on diet in an effort to achieve overall better health, along with proper supplements and working out. Oral health is connected with the rest of the body and it’s easy to forget where the first step of digestion occurs: Yes, in the mouth!

Why would you continue to use toothpastes that include sodium lauryl phosphate, triclosan, glycerin, fluoride, and other potentially harmful chemicals? Just look at the warning labels on a standard tube of toothpaste!

Did you know that your teeth are living and spongy. The foods we eat, the commercial toothpastes, medications and chemicals from drinks all can suck out the minerals from the teeth causing weakened enamel  and leaving us more susceptible to decay and breakdown. I was on a new mission to keep my teeth healthy by using the absolute necessary  and needed trace minerals to maintain the upmost dental health plus find a solution that wasn’t abrasive,  while gently polishing them , and detoxifies while it refreshes. Is there such a thing? I did know that my long history with Mr. Store bought toothpaste were over. Did  you know that a tooth powder could whiten your teeth, remove plaque, and not contain any harmful chemicals or questionable additives?

Sorry, Mr. Toothpaste. I thought we were great together but actually your sucking the life out of me. So, It’s not me. It’s you, and here’s why:

Did you know that fluoride was Once Prescribed as an Anti-Thyroid Drug?   Up through the 1950s, doctors in Europe and South America prescribed fluoride to reduce thyroid function in patients with over-active thyroids (hyperthyroidism). (Merck Index 1968).   If you haven’t already, you should invest in a water filtration system to rid your tap water of fluoride. Do we really know how safe tap water is? Look at the recent events in Flint Michigan! Can you really trust the water companies? Although fluoride concentrations in tap water are relatively low and are considered “safe” for human consumption, it is not. Fluoride has long-term neurological and hormonal affects.  Fluoride is not an essential nutrient.  It is also that chemical that is commonly found in most toothpaste brands.  There is clear evidence that, when ingested at high doses, fluoride causes neurotoxicity. Fluoride also is understood to interfere with the absorption of iodine, possibly leading to an iodine deficiency and ultimately hypothyroidism.  To benefit your health, use fluoride free tooth or make your own tooth paste. Get a good water filtration system and purchase a filter for your shower head. We use a British Berkefeld.

Store bought toothpaste also have other ingredient’s in it like:

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Glycerin is used in almost all toothpastes because it helps create a pasty texture and prevents it from drying out. Although it’s non-toxic  it coats the teeth just enough to that prevents normal tooth remineralization.  Remineralization is a whole-body process and in order for it to happen, the body must have adequate levels of certain nutrients, especially fat soluble vitamins and certain minerals.If you want to stop and reverse Tooth Decay you must add minerals in your diet, add plenty of fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K), and your body must be able to absorb vital nutrients. You certainly can’t do this by having a coat on your teeth that will prevent absorption.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is a foaming agent and detergent that is commonly used in toothpaste, shampoo, and other products such as degreaser for  car engines.  SLS is an estrogen mimicker. It also increases gum inflammation and mouth ulcers. According  to a study conducted the Department of Oral Surgery & Oral Medicine in Oslo, Norway, individuals who used a toothpaste containing SLS suffered from more ulcers (canker sores) than those who used an SLS-free toothpaste.

Sweeteners: Sorbitol, sodium saccharin and other artificial sweeteners are often used in toothpaste to improve taste, even though there is no evidence that these sweeteners are beneficial (or even safe) for use in the mouth. Xylitol has shown some positive benefits for oral health in some studies, but it remains a controversial ingredient in toothpaste.

Triclosan: A chemical used in antibacterial soaps and products. Triclosan was recently found to affect proper heart function in a study at University of California Davis and the FDA is currently re-evaluating it for safety in human use.

Let’s not forget to mention that many toothpastes also contain artificial colors/dyes or synthetic flavors. I must admit there are several good natural toothpastes out there and I have tried some of them not all but with my tight budget I will make them for pennies on the dollar. My favorite way to brush my teeth is by using tooth powder. Yes, you read this right. Tooth Powder.  Here is my recipe that I use. Feel free to  adjust the ingredient’s based on your own needs. If you have sensitive teeth you might want to skip the baking soda and salt until you can get use to it.

Homemade Tooth Powder Recipe

Ingredients

Directions

Using a stainless steel or plastic spoon, mix all ingredients in a clean glass jar. To use, add a little to a wet toothbrush and brush as normal.

Bentonite Clay

Bentonite clay is a gentle cleanser that is rich in minerals which support tooth remineralization. It’s detoxifiying properties help freshen breath and fight gum disease, while it’s adsorptive properties help remove stains from teeth.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a mild abrasive tooth polish that helps mechanically remove stains while other ingredients such as clay and activated charcoal draw them out. It also helps freshen breath.

Sea Salt

Unrefined sea salts such as this one  contain 60+ trace minerals that aid in tooth remineralization. Salt is also highly antiseptic, which helps keep bacteria in check.

Herb & Spices

Spices and herbs such as clove powder, ground cinnamon, and ground mint add flavoring, but they also have astringent properties that support gum health.

Activated Charcoal

Activated carbon – is made by processing charcoal with oxygen and either calcium chloride or zinc chloride. It was used medicinally by both Hippocrates and the ancient Egyptians, and it is still the poison remedy of choice in modern day emergency rooms. Why? Because it’s highly adsorptive, which in plain English means it attracts substances to its surface like a magnet. Like absorptive substances which work like a sponge, adsorptive materials bind with certain compounds and prevent our bodies from using them.

If your not so hip on using powdered tooth then here are some more all natural recipes.

Natural Tooth Paste Recipe

Natural Peppermint Toothpaste

1/2 cup coconut oil

3 Tablespoons of baking soda

15 drops of peppermint food grade essential oil

Melt to soften the coconut oil. Mix in other ingredients and stir well. Place your mixture into small glass jar. Allow it to cool completely. When ready to use just dip toothbrush in and scrape small amount onto bristles.

Homemade Coconut Oil Toothpaste Recipe

6 tbsp. coconut oil

6 tbsp. baking soda

15-20 drops of a food grade essential oil (peppermint essential oil  )

Melt to soften the coconut oil. Mix in other ingredients and stir well. Place your mixture into small glass jar. Allow it to cool completely. When ready to use just dip toothbrush in and scrape small amount onto bristles.

This is a must read powerful book. The Fluoride Deception documents a powerful connection between big corporations, the U.S. military, and the historic reassurances of fluoride safety provided by the nation’s public health establishment. The Fluoride Deception reads like a thriller, but one supported by two hundred pages of source notes, years of investigative reporting, scores of scientist interviews, and archival research in places such as the newly opened files of the Manhattan Project and the Atomic Energy Commission. The book is nothing less than an exhumation of one of the great secret narratives of the industrial era: how a grim workplace poison and the most damaging environmental pollutant of the cold war was added to our drinking water and toothpaste.

FACT: The number of people suffering from hypothyroidism continues to rise each year. Levothyroxine is the 4th highest selling drug in the U.S.

It seems the current medical industry has  been abducted by the pharmaceutical industry. In our society we have become so blinded by the Big Pharma propaganda. Once you are labeled with a disease or a condition most of the  medications prescribed have horrible side effects and can lead to other issues but in reality these medications only mask the real issue at hand.

“Our prescription drugs are the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer. Our drugs kill around 200,000 people in America every year, and half of these people die while they do what their doctors told them—so they die because of the side-effects,” said Dr. Gotzsche in his recent interview. “The other half die because of errors—and it’s often the doctors that make the errors because any drug may come with 20, 30 or 40 warnings, contraindications, precautions…and then the patients die.”

 NSAIDs as an example of only one group of medications, are fatally toxic to thousands of people each year by damaging joints, lungs, kidneys, eyes, hearts, and intestines and they are covered by insurance companies.

This should come to you as no surprise but some  physicians actually receive compensation from the drug industry aka “Big Pharma”. (Choudhry, JAMA 2002; 287: 612-617). Also, our part of the government that is in charge of approving drugs called the FDA has advisers with financial ties  (and is heavily lobbied by) the very drug industry that is seeking its approval. And as the New England Journal of Medicine and Journal of the American Medical Association warm, even the hired clinical investigators for new drugs may have their price. ‘  Did you know that 70 percent of Americans  are taking prescription drugs? 

Even some of our most prestigious journals publish research based on falsified studies, according to Charles Seife, a journalism professor whose class spent a semester trying to figure out why the data doesn’t get corrected once research fraud comes to light.  “As a result,” Seife writes, “Nobody ever finds out which data is bogus, which experiments are tainted, and which drugs might be on the market under false pretenses.”. Is Big Pharma America’s New Mafia? 

Light Bulb Moment: Why can’t we cure what ails us without pharmaceuticals? 

Now, if you read anything in this blog make sure you hear me when I say, ” Don’t stop taking your medications”. You need to work with a doctor ,be monitored and follow their instructions. Your body might need those prescriptions and if you suddenly stop taking them, it might kill you. Therefore, you need to closely work with a Certified Naturopath Doctor in your area.

Throughout history medical science has sometimes been proven to not be that true in their “research” . These words like case studies, credible scientific evidence, scientifically tested,  scientific experiments and scientifically proven facts are all merely “theories” until they are proven wrong.

  • · Bloodletting was once proven to cure most illnesses. Now it is considered totally ineffective.
  • · Margarine was considered much healthier than butter. Now research suggests that the exact opposite is true.
  • · Eggs were considered very bad because of high cholesterol. Now research suggests that they are not bad at all, and they are actually healthy for the body.
  • · Chocolate and oily foods were touted to be a cause of acne. Now research suggest s that they do not contribute in any way to acne.
  • · Medical doctors touted that baby formula was much better than breast milk for children.Now the exact opposite is shown to be true.
  • · Milk was recommended for coating the stomach and alleviating stomach ulcers. Now it is discouraged and has been found to aggravate ulcers.
  • · Medical science stat ed that diet had absolutely no effect on disease or illness. Now we are told t hat diet has a huge effect on the prevention and cause of disease.
  • · Medical science once had scientific evidence that the removing of tonsils and appendix improved health and should be done to virtually everyone. Now the medical community has reversed that theory.
  • · Children with asthma were told to stay in enclosed pool areas because the humidity was good for their asthmatic condition. Now research suggests that the chlorine in the air from the pools actually aggravates and makes the asthma worse.
  • · The most obvious example of all is the fact that there are thousands of drugs that have been approved by the FDA because they were scientifically proven to cure or prevent disease, in addition to having been touted as safe. Then, years later, they have been taken off the market because they had been newly proven to either not cure or prevent those diseases as
  • originally thought, or those drugs were found to have such terribly adverse side effects that they are simply too dangerous for people to use.

16 Quotes On Poisons… I mean those magic Drugs our medical quacks prescribe.

1. “The cause of most disease is in the poisonous drugs physicians superstitiously give in order to effect a cure.” Charles E. Page, M.D.
2. “The greatest part of all chronic disease is created by the suppression of acute disease by drug poisoning.” Henry Lindlahr, M.D.
3. “Every educated physician knows that most diseases are not appreciably helped by medicine.” Richard C. Cabot, M.D. (Mass. Gen.Hospital)
4. “Medicines are of subordinate importance because of their very nature they can only work symptomatically.” Hans Kusche, M.D.
5. “If all the medicine in the world were thrown into the sea, it would be bad for the fish and good for humanity” O.W. Holmes, (Prof. of Med. Harvard University)
6. “Drug medications consists in employing, as remedies for disease, those things which produce disease in well persons. Its materia medica is simply a lot of drugs or chemicals or dye-stuffs in a word poisons. All are incompatible with vital matter; all produce disease when brought in contact in any manner with the living; all are poisons.” R.T. TraIl, M.D., in a two and one half hour lecture to members of congress and the medical profession, delivered at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.
7. “Drugs never cure disease. They merely hush the voice of nature’s protest, and pull down the danger signals she erects along the pathway of transgression. Any poison taken into the system has to be reckoned with later on even though it palliates present symptoms. Pain may disappear, but the patient is left in a worse condition, though unconscious of it at the time.” Daniel. H. Kress, M.D.
8. “Every drug increases and complicates the patients condition.” Robert Henderson, M.D.
9. “Medicine is only palliative, for back of disease lies the cause, and this cause no drug can reach.” Wier Mitchel, M.D.
10. “The person who takes medicine must recover twice, once from the disease and once from the medicine.” William Osler, M.D.
11. “Medical practice has neither philosophy nor common sense to recommend it. In sickness the body is already loaded with impurities. By taking drug – medicines more impurities are added, thereby the case is further embarrassed and harder to cure.” Elmer Lee, M.D., Past Vice President, Academy of Medicine.
12. “Our figures show approximately four and one half million hospital admissions annually due to the adverse reactions to drugs. Further, the average hospital patient has as much as thirty percent chance, depending how long he is in, of doubling his stay due to adverse drug reactions.” Milton Silverman, M.D. (Professor of Pharmacology, University of California)
13. “Why would a patient swallow a poison because he is ill, or take that which would make a well man sick.” L.F. Kebler, M.D.
14. “What hope is there for medical science to ever become a true science when the entire structure of medical knowledge is built around the idea that there is an entity called disease which can be expelled when the right drug is found?” John H. Tilden, M.D.
15. “The necessity of teaching mankind not to take drugs and medicines, is a duty incumbent upon all who know their uncertainty and injurious effects; and the time is not far distant when the drug system will be abandoned.” Charles Armbruster, M. D.
16. “We are prone to thinking of drug abuse in terms of the male population and illicit drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and marijuana. It may surprise you to learn that a greater problem exists with millions of women dependent on legal prescription drugs.” Robert Mendelsohn, M.D

Are you starting to see my point?

The root cause of nearly all diseases can be linked to  an overload of toxins and chemicals accumulating inside your body.  Most people ignore the toxic overload that is taking a toll on their bodies. Western medicine teaches us that almost all illnesses are caused by germs or genetics. So the money making solution is to slap a name on it. Label each disease (over 10,000 of them) and then have us believe that each one can be remedied by surgery or drugs.

Think about it  this– fish can’t live in toxic water, no matter how fancy the food is that you’re feeding them.

Neither can our bodies thrive if they are toxic.

5 Things you need to working on.

#1: Immune System

#2: Digestive System

#3: Inflammation

#4:  Stress

#5:  Start Being Aware

……

” I don’t know where to start.”

I know, there is so much information overload that most people are confused as to where to start.  You can start by taking ownership of your health. I wanted you to understand or get a idea of how everything has a part to play in your body. I am on a  path to help you, lead you and inform you through this terrible illness. Being diagnosed with hypothyroidism isn’t just here take this pill and it will fix your issues. Hypothyroidism has a root cause. Once you start addressing the root of your problems then your body can start healing itself. Your body is an awesome design but there is a complex balance between everything. It’s a domino affect. If you have something in your body that is overworked  it will cause a major shift in your body. Don’t worry the good news is it can be healed.

3 Primary Factors Leading to Underactive Thyroid 

1.Your Diet- avoid Gluten, Soy and start adding foods rich in iodine.

 2.Stress-

Stress is one of the worst thyroid offenders, as your thyroid function is intimately tied to your adrenal function, which in turn is intimately affected by how you handle stress.

Many of us are under chronic stress, which results in increased adrenalin and cortisol levels, and elevated cortisol has a negative impact on thyroid function. Thyroid hormone levels drop during stress, while you actually need more thyroid hormones during stressful times.

When stress becomes chronic, the flood of stress chemicals (adrenalin and cortisol) produced by your adrenal glands interferes with thyroid hormones and can contribute to obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, unstable blood sugar, and more. A prolonged stress response can lead to adrenal exhaustion (also known as adrenal fatigue), which is often found alongside thyroid disease

3.Environmental Chemicals-Your thyroid hormones are very vulnerable to chemicals in the environment.

Here are a few blogs that I’ve written for you to read to help you along your journey. Click on them. Read them . Educate yourself.

7 Steps To Wake Up Your Thyroid Naturally

21 Successful Tips on Clean Beauty Swaps

20 foods that naturally boost your own body’s detox power

Two weeks of amazingly simple and delicious Hypothyroidism Breakfasts!

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Health and Happiness,

Audrey
XoXo
Audrey Childers is a published author, blogger, freelance journalist and an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She is also the creator and founder of the website the hypothyroidismchick.com. Where you can find great tips on everyday living with hypothyroidism. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. She is the published author of : A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty, Reset your Thyroid, The Ultimate guide to healing hypothyroidism and  A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty: the slow cooker way. You can find all these books on Amazon.  You can also find her actively involved in her Facebook Group : Healing Hypothyroidism. This blog may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.

Disclaimer

The information and recipes contained in blog is based upon the research and the personal experiences of the author. It’s for entertainment purposes only. Every attempt has been made to provide accurate, up to date and reliable information. No warranties of any kind are expressed or implied. Readers acknowledge that the author is not engaging in the rendering of legal, financial, medical or professional advice. By reading this blog, the reader agrees that under no circumstance the author is not responsible for any loss, direct or indirect, which are incurred by using this information contained within this blog. Including but not limited to errors, omissions or inaccuracies. This blog is not intended as replacements from what your health care provider has suggested.  The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the suggestions, preparations or procedures discussed in this blog. All matters pertaining to your health should be supervised by a health care professional. I am not a doctor, or a medical professional. This blog is designed for as an educational and entertainment tool only. Please always check with your health practitioner before taking any vitamins, supplements, or herbs, as they may have side-effects, especially when combined with medications, alcohol, or other vitamins or supplements.  Knowledge is power, educate yourself and find the answer to your health care needs. Wisdom is a wonderful thing to seek.  I hope this blog will teach and encourage you to take leaps in your life to educate yourself for a happier & healthier life. You have to take ownership of your health.

 

 

Sources:

http://www.endocrineweb.com/news/osteoporosis/2851-fluoride-overconsumption-may-weaken-bones-cause-osteoporosis

Hypothyroidism Alternatives Guide To Collagen, Protein and Healthy Bones

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The latest craze seems to be collagen. As we age, our ability to produce collagen diminishes.  The beauty industry has hyped up collagen so much that I really think they want us to believe that is is the next best thing to the fountain of youth. You’ve probably  heard about how collagen keeps our skin elastic and plump looking. Collagen is one of the primary structural elements of skin, so when our bodies ability to produce collagen diminishes over age its only ideal to help it when it cant create enough on its own.

I find collagen pretty gross. Most collagen supplements are produced from the bones, skin, and connective tissue of animals, including cattle, fish, horses, pigs, or rabbits. The idea of drinking  bones+ connective tissue  from dead animals doesn’t appeal to me at all.  Even if they say its from “grass-fed animals”. YUCK! I do a ton of research about products like vitamins and nutritional supplements trying to be a wise health consumer. I find it very shocking that many  supplements contain several types of fillers + ‘chemically’ or GM derived ingredients and some have been  known to be actually dangerously ‘unhealthy’ for long term consumption.

 

Although collagen supplements or treatments may increase your bodies collagen production and may keep your skin looking fresh and youthful. There’s one little problem: indigestible collagen is being touted as a miracle cure for skin and signs of aging, without much evidence to back up these claims. Therefore , consuming the dried up bones from dead animals doesn’t necessarily mean collagen will increase in your skin.

FACECOLLOGEN

There are other ways, that you can boost your collagen production – and they don’t involve boiled animal parts.

I prefer to get COLLAGEN made from fish the brand I use is a Marine based Collagen and it is sourced from the scales of wild-caught, non-GMO Red Snapper , wild-caught in the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii using sustainable harvesting instead of being sourced from the hides of pasture-raised, grass-fed bovine.

 

Vital Proteins Marine Collagen, Wild-Caught, Non-GMO Project Verified, 10.16 Ounces

Click here to order

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Other nutrients that support collagen formation include:

  • + Vitamin C: found in oranges, strawberries, peppers, and broccoli
  • + Copper: mostly found in nuts
  • + Vitamin A: found in plant foods as beta-carotene
  • + Proline: found in egg whites, cheese, soy, and cabbage
  • + Anthocyanidins: found in blackberries, blueberries, cherries and raspberries

 

Another  smart way to support collagen production is to eat fruits and vegetables that contain vitamin C. It’s vital in the collagen production process.

  • Citrus fruits: lemons and oranges both contain about 53 mg per 100 grams
  • Broccoli: 89.2 mg per 100 grams( limit your broccoli with hypothyroidism. cooker 2x servings per week)
  • Papaya: 60.9 mg per 100 grams
  • Kiwi fruit: 92.7 mg per 100 grams
  • Kale: 80 mg per cup ( limit your kale with hypothyroidism. cooker 2x servings per week)
  • Red peppers: 95 mg per half cup

The RDA for vitamin C is 90 mg/day for men and 75 mg/day for women, so eating any of the above foods will set you on the right track.

You can also start taking  Garden of Life my kind Organic Plant Calcium – Vegan Whole Food Supplement with D3 and K2, Gluten Free.

  • CALCIUM MAGNESIUM: The mykind calcium magnesium formula includes Vegan D3 from lichen and Vitamin K2 MK7 for bone health and reduced osteoporosis risk
  • PLANT-BASED: 800mg of Plant-Sourced Calcium from Organic Algae
  • EASILY TO DIGEST: Our small easy to swallow tablets of plant sourced calcium magnesium are easy to digest
  • REAL FOOD VITAMIN: Our organic calcium vitamin is made from real food – over 20 fruits and vegetables
  • ORGANIC VITAMIN: Finally, a plant calcium that is certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO Verified, Gluten Free with No Synthetic Binders or Fillers

Click here to order

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Audrey Childers is a published author, blogger, freelance journalist and an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She is also the creator and founder of the website the hypothyroidismchick.com. Where you can find great tips on everyday living with hypothyroidism. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. She is the published author of : A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty, Reset your Thyroid, Hypothyroidism Clarity,  A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty: the slow cooker way and  Hypothyroidism: The Beginners Guide: How to stop surviving and start thriving. You can find all these books on Amazon.  You can also find her actively involved in her Facebook Group : Healing Hypothyroidism. This blog may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.
You can always click on this Facebook group and order my books too.  A Survivors Cookbook Guide to Kicking Hypothyroidisms Booty.

Disclaimer

 

The information and recipes contained in blog is based upon the research and the personal experiences of the author. It’s for entertainment purposes only. Every attempt has been made to provide accurate, up to date and reliable information. No warranties of any kind are expressed or implied. Readers acknowledge that the author is not engaging in the rendering of legal, financial, medical or professional advice. By reading this blog, the reader agrees that under no circumstance the author is not responsible for any loss, direct or indirect, which are incurred by using this information contained within this blog. Including but not limited to errors, omissions or inaccuracies. This blog is not intended as replacements from what your health care provider has suggested.  The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the suggestions, preparations or procedures discussed in this blog. All matters pertaining to your health should be supervised by a health care professional. I am not a doctor, or a medical professional. This blog is designed for as an educational and entertainment tool only. Please always check with your health practitioner before taking any vitamins, supplements, or herbs, as they may have side-effects, especially when combined with medications, alcohol, or other vitamins or supplements.  Knowledge is power, educate yourself and find the answer to your health care needs. Wisdom is a wonderful thing to seek.  I hope this blog will teach and encourage you to take leaps in your life to educate yourself for a happier & healthier life. You have to take ownership of your health. The highlighted links are affiliate links in my blogs.

 

 FACECOLLOGEN

 

 

A letter To My Disgruntled Readers-

My dearest friend or foe ,

for years I’ve been writing blogs , books and trying to educate those who are on a similar path as mine with hypothyroidism. Lately, there’s been something very deep nudging at my very core screaming to come out.  I finally decided to let it seep out of my fingertips into this blog. When I began writing about hypothyroidism, I knew it was a uncharted territory. My mindset was to search the truth, share my experiences and write compelling articles. The more I write, the more polished I become to develop my palate and skill-set. I have found something that I deeply care about and its worth every-bit of cherishing.

While I am grateful for every reader, we may not always agree but keep one thing in mind, you don’t own me, you don’t pay me and you certainly won’t have control over my life. You also don’t have to read my work and you can keep scrolling right along.  If you want to rant against my premised writings or post a rebuttal, I say, go for it.

I write from the heart and share my truth. No one has been “forced” to read me.

I’ve realized that the people who get angry about the content that I write will never buy books, anyway.  You must analyze your own truths and form your own in idea’s.

This Entitlement Mentality that our society has created is a load of crock. What I express in my blogs are purely my views and opinions from the research and readings that I’ve done. I do not claim to have the absolute entire truth; this is simply what I have  concluded at this moment in my life. You can keep your thoughtless one-sided opinions because you will gain no power with me.  In the end, you will only create anger and frustration within yourself.   Maybe something happened in your childhood where you feel the need to lash out and try to gain some sort of power over people with your hurtful words and rants.  At some point, I don’t know where you thought it was okay to blame me for your mishaps  but you need to take personal responsibility for your shit.

As each passing day goes, I continue to learn. As each passing day goes, I continue to grow.

We all have our very own skills and talents that we have to offer the world. I encourage you to find yours and stop being ugly to others because you are not where you want to be in life.

Let’s get on thing straight.

I’m not trying to sell your health. I am trying to open your eyes and give you a purpose to start being healthy.

There is no such thing as something for nothing. So many people don’t listen to their bodies. If you are constantly putting the wrong gas in your car is will start to eventually break down. Your body is the same way. One of the most common failure is the habit of quitting. Don’t allow this type of failure of defeat to trick you into quitting. You are worth great health. You have the abundance of good health within your reach.

Being healthy is a state of mind. When you start to realize that the food you eat, the products you use and the way you live all talk to your DNA. Once you realize that you have a choice to change and you want to change you will change.  You will start to read labels, you will think about what you’re eating, how it was made and will it benefit your body.

Impossible? No! Not at all.

Being healthy does come from those with a healthy conscious.  You and you alone must decide whether or not good health is important. Is good health worth the effort? You see we are wiping ourselves out. It seems with all the bad choices we are ultimately preparing ourselves for our own final destruction’s. We often do choose badly but it’s our choice to do so. The diet industry is a load of bullshit. Eat less, exercise more doesn’t work. None of us should be on the same eating plan.

Why? We are all different.

Many Blessings,

Audrey-xoxo

 

Audrey Childers is a published author, blogger, freelance journalist and an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She is also the creator and founder of the website the hypothyroidismchick.com. Where you can find great tips on everyday living with hypothyroidism. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. She is the published author of : A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty, Reset your Thyroid, Hypothyroidism Clarity,  A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty: the slow cooker way and  Hypothyroidism: The Beginners Guide: How to stop surviving and start thriving. You can find all these books on Amazon.  You can also find her actively involved in her Facebook Group : Healing Hypothyroidism. This blog may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.
You can always click on this Facebook group and order my books too.  A Survivors Cookbook Guide to Kicking Hypothyroidisms Booty.

 

 

 

10 Quick and Easy Lazy Day Meals For Hypothyroidism

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Healthy hypothyroidism meal idea’s for your fast paced life. 

The true appeal of eating healthy would be its simplicity and freedom. Quite often we find it hard to manage finding the time to cook a meal let alone a healthy meal.  At the end of a busy day, who doesn’t want a delicious home cooked meal with little to no dishes to wash? Good Nutrition is one of the best gifts that we can give ourselves and our loved ones. 

This book will help you enjoy your busy life with a little more ease. All you have to do is prep a few simple healthy ingredients and toss them in a skillet, casserole dish, or a slow cooker. This is a great way for fast-paced families to enjoy a hearty, delicious and mouth-watering meals with a little less stress.

It’s a proven fact that we all wished there was more time in a day. The secret to stretching your day is to make every moment count. You can do this and in the process eat amazing healthy and hearty meals from your kitchen. The blueprint breakthrough is here. All you have to do is invest in your health.    

All of my hypothyroidism inspired dishes are sensational, easy to prepare and are amazingly simple.  You will be able to clean up in a flash.  This book will magically help you to start a new tradition. 

In my book Hypothyroidism Clarity contains over 100 mouthwatering recipes that can help transform your life. 

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My goal in this book is to help you understand and show you have easy it is for you to start cutting out the foods that don’t nourish your body. Hypothyroidism is a very tricky condition and complicated disorder to manage. The foods we eat can interfere with your treatment. Our body is lacking certain nutrients that heavily influence the function of our thyroid gland while certain foods can inhibit your body’s ability to absorb the replacement hormones.  There is no one size fits all program when you are dealing with hypothyroidism. When you start to eat smarter and are aware of what foods feed your body, despite the condition, you can start to feel better and manage your symptoms. It is my immense pleasure to write another book on hypothyroidism. In this age of overly processed, genetically modified, artificially flavored and preservative loaded foods. It’s no wonder that more people are wanting to eat a more wholesome and a more all natural diet. We are trying to find our way back to the basics. I hope this book encourages you and inspires you to seek out the truth and start healing your body from the inside out.  All I can give you is the blueprint of things you can start doing today to incorporate a healthier you. I am living this way. I can talk about what has worked for me and share my knowledge with you. My mission is to do everything in my power to start to heal and reach your fullest potential. To help be a source of inspiration you seek and attract what you desire with the faith that your vision of success is your destiny!   You deserve to kick yourself out of that fat storage mode and into a fat burning mode.  What we eat, governs what we become.

Not only does this book have over 100 recipes but it also includes things like recipes for

Hypothyroidism at social Functions , Hypothyroidism in times of illness,

Tips to Make Your Family Dinner less Stressful, How to start Transitioning your Hypothyroidism family, All natural body care recipes, All natural house cleaning recipes this book is much more than just a book of recipes its a book of knowledge!

 

 

1.Macadamia Coconut Balls

2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut

1/3 cup macadamia nuts

1 banana

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 Tbsp. maple syrup

1 Tbsp. melted coconut oil

A pinch of nutmeg

In a food processor, process 1 cup of the coconut and all of the macadamia nuts. Add your coconut oil and pulse 10 seconds. In a medium-sized bowl, peel and mash your banana. Next add the vanilla extract, maple syrup, and nutmeg. Place the mixture from the food processor to the bowl and mix well. Using your hands, roll the mixture into one or two inch balls. Scoop up the remaining shredded coconut and pat onto each ball, coating it thoroughly. Keep your balls in the refrigerator in an air-tight container.

2.Fire Roasted Tomato Salsa with Cilantro and Lime

2 cans (14.5 oz. each) Any Organic Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes, well drained

1 medium onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1/2 teaspoon coarse salt (kosher or sea salt)

1 to 2 fresh jalapeño seeded, finely chopped

In medium bowl, stir together all ingredients. Serve with Gluten free chips.

3.Cranberry Quinoa almond Butter Power Bars

2 Cups of cooked quinoa

2 Cups of gluten free uncooked oats

1/2 Cups of dried cranberries

1/2 Cups of smooth almond nut butter

1/2 Cups of almond milk

1/3 Cup of raw honey

1/4 Cup of ground flaxseed

1 tsp Ceylon cinnamon

 

Follow the directions and cook you quinoa as directed on the package. Preheat your oven to 350. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl together and stir until everything is mixed well.

Place in a 7×11 baking pan. Cook in the oven for 12-15 minutes.

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4.Banana Chocolate Overnight Oats

2 cups GF steel cut or rolled oats (steel cut for a crunch or rolled oats for a smoother oatmeal)

1 1/2 cups of almond or coconut milk

1/2 cups almond or coconut yogurt

1–2 tablespoon cocoa

1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed (omega-3 fatty acids)

1 tablespoon raw honey or grade B maple syrup Pour the mixture into two 8-ounce mason jars with lids, seal tightly, and refrigerate for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight. When ready to eat, give the oats a good shake and dig in!

5.Honey-Lime Fruit Salad

This easy-to-make breakfast is full of vitamins and antioxidants

2 cups chopped seasonal fruits

(I use red grapes, kiwis, mandarins, and bananas)

1 teaspoon lime juice

1 tablespoon organic honey

Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl.

6.Chickpea Veggie Salad-in-a-Jar

This fills one 32 oz. Mason jar. Make sure to wash & dry your veggies before using.

1 oz. goat cheese

½ cup cooked, cold quinoa

1 bell pepper, chopped

1 cucumber, chopped

4 oz. grape or cherry tomatoes

5 oz. chickpeas, rinsed & dried

Dressing:

3 tsp olive oil

1 tsp white vinegar

Splash of lemon juice

Sprinkle of black pepper

Whisk dressing in a small bowl, then transfer to the bottom of the jar. Layer chickpeas on dressing. Add tomatoes, add cucumber, add bell pepper, add quinoa and top with goat cheese. Secure lid on tightly until ready to eat. Shake the salad just before eating.

 

7.Layered Quinoa Salad-in-a-Jar

This fills one 32 oz. Mason jar. Make sure to wash & dry your veggies before using.

3 Tbsp. avocado cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

½ cup black beans, rinsed & dried

¼ cup cherry tomatoes

½ of a green pepper, chopped

½ cup cooked, cold quinoa

¼ cup organic romaine lettuce

Place the dressing in the bottom of the jar. Next add the black beans, add the tomatoes, add the peppers, add the quinoa and then add the chopped romaine. Try not to pack it in too tight, or you won’t have room to shake the dressings when you are ready to eat. Seal the lid on & store in the fridge. When ready (with the lid on) shake the jar to mix everything.

8.Avocado Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 cup cilantro

¼ tsp of minced garlic

The juice of 1 orange

The juice of 3 limes

1 avocado

Salt & pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients into a blender or food processor

Puree until smooth

9.“Creamy” Chicken Tomato Soup Slow Cooker

4 frozen skinless boneless chicken breast

Garlic salt to taste

2 tablespoons Italian Seasoning

1 tablespoon dried basil

1 clove garlic

1 14 oz. can of coconut milk (full fat)

1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes and juice

1 cup of chicken broth

Sea Salt and pepper to taste

Put all the above ingredients into the crock-pot, cook for 9 hours on low. After 9 hours take two forks and shred the chicken, set the crock-pot on warm till ready to serve.  For a creamier soup, before adding back the shredded chicken. Blend some of the soup and put it back in the slow cooker.  You can this in batches in a regular blend but remember it’s hot or use an immersion hand held blender.

10.Baked chicken and sweet potato casserole

1lb of chicken, cubed and diced

2 teaspoon of mustard

3tablepoons of evvo

2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced

Salt & pepper to season

Preheat oven to 425. Diced your chicken into cubes and mix the diced chicken in a bowl with mustard and evoo. Sautee your diced chicken in a pan until it is no longer pink on the outside. Place your precooked chicken in a baking dish. Mix your diced sweet potatoes with your chicken. Season with salt n pepper and cook for 25 minutes until sweet potatoes are tender & chicken is cooked through.

Do you need more fast recipes? Looking for slow cooker recipes? I’ve included 101 hypothyroidism fighting recipes that cook themselves. Our main concern is kicking hypothyroidism’s booty. I hope this book inspires you to use your slow cooker more often and create your own new recipes. Let’s together shed those extra pounds, regain your self-confidence and vitality back into your life. You are strong, sexy, and beautiful. Order yours today click on the link below!

A Survivors Cookbook Guide to Kicking Hypothyroidism’s booty, The slow cooker way

 

I want to thank you  for reading my latest blog.  Please let me know if you need any support with it. 

Otherwise, are we friends on Facebook yet?  If not let’s do that now, healing Hypothyroidism.   I like to connect on a more personal level there and often; offer social media only products that can only be accessed on my page and share daily updates along with recipes. Remember sharing is caring. Please share and post a comment to this blog! I would love to hear from you. Sign up for my blogs @ thehypothyroidismchick.com .  You can also  Follow me on instagram @ Thyroidismchick or Follow me on twitter @Thyroidismchick.

Health and Happiness,

Audrey
XoXo

 

Audrey Childers is a published author, blogger, freelance journalist and an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She is also the creator and founder of the website the hypothyroidismchick.com. Where you can find great tips on everyday living with hypothyroidism. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. She is the published author of : A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty, Reset your Thyroid, The Ultimate guide to healing hypothyroidism ,  A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty: the slow cooker way and  Hypothyroidism: The Beginners Guide: How to stop surviving and start thriving. You can find all these books on Amazon.  You can also find her actively involved in her Facebook Group : Healing Hypothyroidism. This blog may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.

Disclaimer

The information and recipes contained in blog is based upon the research and the personal experiences of the author. It’s for entertainment purposes only. Every attempt has been made to provide accurate, up to date and reliable information. No warranties of any kind are expressed or implied. Readers acknowledge that the author is not engaging in the rendering of legal, financial, medical or professional advice. By reading this blog, the reader agrees that under no circumstance the author is not responsible for any loss, direct or indirect, which are incurred by using this information contained within this blog. Including but not limited to errors, omissions or inaccuracies. This blog is not intended as replacements from what your health care provider has suggested.  The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the suggestions, preparations or procedures discussed in this blog. All matters pertaining to your health should be supervised by a health care professional. I am not a doctor, or a medical professional. This blog is designed for as an educational and entertainment tool only. Please always check with your health practitioner before taking any vitamins, supplements, or herbs, as they may have side-effects, especially when combined with medications, alcohol, or other vitamins or supplements.  Knowledge is power, educate yourself and find the answer to your health care needs. Wisdom is a wonderful thing to seek.  I hope this blog will teach and encourage you to take leaps in your life to educate yourself for a happier & healthier life. You have to take ownership of your health.

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5 Reasons Armour Thyroid isn’t Helping you lose Weight

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This article was completely written by Dr. Westin Childs. He nails everything and I hope it can help you. All I did was copy and paste it for you. Here is a link if you would like to sign up for his blogs.    Here is a link to the actual blog that I copied and pasted it from Excellent.Excellent. Excellent read for those on Armour Thyroid.

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Are you taking Armour Thyroid and not losing weight?

Would it surprise you to know that MANY people are in the same position as you?

The truth is that Armour Thyroid CAN help with weight loss, but it is definitely NOT a magic weight loss pill.

Having said that…

There are several reasons why Armour Thyroid isn’t helping you lose weight and there are several things YOU can do to fix them.

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Does Armour Thyroid Actually Help with Weight Loss?

Armour thyroid picture

The biggest and most important question of all:

Will Armour Thyroid actually help you lose weight?

Most people when they switch to armour thyroid except that their extra weight will magically start shedding off…

And about 90% of people who make the switch don’t see those results.

Why does this happen?

While Armour Thyroid is a great medication (that will probably help reduce your symptoms even if it doesn’t help you lose weight) it isn’t enough for weight loss by itself.

If weight loss were that simple, then Doctors would be prescribing low doses of Armour to every patient!

The truth is that your thyroid is probably only contributing to about 10-20 pounds of extra weight you may be carrying right now.

NDT vs levothyroxine
NDT causes more weight loss than levothyroxine

If you have more than that to lose there is a good chance your extra weight is from something else entirely.

Another hormone imbalance

Poor diet

Too much stress

You get the picture.

So let’s talk about the 5 main reasons that patients who make the switch to Armour Thyroid don’t lose weight and what you can do to FINALLY lose those extra pounds:

1. You Aren’t Being Dosed Correctly

One of the biggest issues is that many patients are being under treated or under dosed.

Armour thyroid contains a combination of T4 (the inactive thyroid hormone) and T3 (the active thyroid hormone).

One of the main reasons that patients feel BETTER on Armour Thyroid is because of the active T3 portion.

This portion is actually still quite small:

1 grain = 38mcg of T4 and 9mcg of T3

Armour thyroid conversion chart

The point is that whenever you give a patient T3 it is approximately 3.3 times more effective at dropping the TSH than T4 medication alone (Synthroid and Levothyroxine).

This means that when transitioning from T4 only medication to armour thyroid many patients are usually under treated!

It’s also important to note that many providers aren’t as comfortable dosing Armour Thyroid as they are levothyroxine and so they will intentionally under dose patients because they are concerned about side effects.

Transitioning from T4 only Medication to Armour Thyroid

If you transitioned from Levothyroxine (T4 only medication) then you should know how to properly convert your medication.

Most conversion charts will show that 100mcg of T4 = 1 grain of Armour thyroid.

In my experience 1 grain of Armour Thyroid is closer to 50mcg of T4.

Using this conversion you can see how most people end up under-treated.

They are previously on 100mcg of T4 medication and are subsequently switched to 1 grain of Armour and they feel no different, when in reality they have most likely just cut their thyroid dosing in half.

More accurate conversion looks like this:

  • 50 mcg of T4 = 1 grain of Armour
  • 100mcg of T4 = 2 grains of Armour
  • 150mcg of T4 = 3 grains of Armour
Thyroid Conversion chart - revised

But remember:

If you are transitioning from a T4 only medication do NOT start yourself off at the maximum dose of Armour.

If you dose your Armour too quickly you are likely to end up with side effects from the T3: Heart palpitations, Anxiety, Heat intolerance, etc.

Instead start off on a lower dose and titrate up SLOWLY every 10-14 days.

2. You Need More T3 Added to your Thyroid Hormone Replacement

While Armour does contain some T3, your body may actually need more.

Armour thyroid (and other forms of Natural Desiccated thyroid) contain fixed ratios of T4 to T3.

Meaning the amount of T3 in each grain of Armour is always the same.

Unfortunately some people may require higher amounts of T3 due to tissue level hypothyroidism or the euthyroid sick syndrome.

euthyroid sick syndrome

In both of these conditions patients may require higher doses of T3 to saturate cellular receptors and allow thyroid hormone to get into the cells.

How do you know if you are someone who needs more T3?

Patients who need more T3 usually fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • They have high levels of Reverse T3
  • They have Leptin Resistance
  • They have Diabetes, Prediabetes or Insulin Resistance
  • They have extremely low body temperatures
  • They have a personal history of bipolar disorder or a strong family history of mental health disorders
  • They have a personal history of Fibromyalgia or Chronic fatigue syndrome

If you fall into any of the categories above AND you aren’t losing weight on Armour thyroid then you should talk to your Doctor about adding T3 to your regimen.

Adding T3 to Armour Thyroid

One problem with armour thyroid (and NDT in general) is the static dosing in each individual grain of hormone.

Each grain gives you 38mcg of T4 and 9mcg of T3.

This is ok for some patients but doesn’t allow for altering individual dosing of the T4 and T3 if necessary.

Patients with high stress, high levels of inflammation, leptin resistance, insulin resistance, etc. will generally require more T3 relative to T4.

Supraphysiologic dosing of T3 not only helps to overcome these hormone imbalances.

In my experience (and if used safely) lowering T4 dosing and increasing T3 dosing provides improved weight loss and improved lipid metabolism.

This is also confirmed with studies which have shown that transitioning from T4 to T3 dosing (based off of pituitary and TSH testing) improves all of these markers.

T3 medication vs T4 medication

In many patients dropping armour thyroid total dosing and adding T3 can be sufficient to improve symptoms and provide improved weight loss by itself.

T3 can be added to armour thyroid with the following medications: Liothyronine, Cytomel or SR T3.

3. You are Suffering from Leptin Resistance

If you aren’t familiar with Leptin resistance or the hormone leptin please read this article.

As a quick primer:

Leptin is a hormone that is pumped out by your fat cells (yes they pump out hormones!).

As fat cells grow, leptin levels increase. As they increase they are supposed to tell your brain to increase metabolism and start burning off that extra fat you just gained.

When you have leptin resistance the exact opposite happens: your body thinks you’re starving so it decreases metabolism and increases appetite (even though you have plenty of fat).

definition of leptin resistance

If you have leptin resistance it doesn’t matter how little you eat, how much you exercise or what your dose of thyroid hormone is…

You simply won’t lose weight until it is treated.

And, to make matters worse – high levels of leptin actually decrease T4 to T3 conversion in the body.

How do you know if you have Leptin resistance?

Leptin levels can be tested easily in the serum and fasting leptin levels higher than 10-12 indicate leptin resistance.

Patients with leptin resistance generally require higher levels of T3 only medications to help reduce the T4 to reverse T3 conversion that occurs with this condition.

It’s important to note that leptin resistance is generally a late finding and indicates that heavy metabolic damage has occurred.

Leptin resistance is often accompanied by insulin resistance and thyroid resistance (all three conditions are caused by the same thing).

Patients with leptin resistance generally require aggressive treatment to reverse leptin levels to help with weight loss.

To see a case study example treatment plan please refer to this post.

You can find supplements to treat leptin resistance here.

 

I’ve outlined how to treat leptin resistance in this article.

4. You are Reacting to Inactive Ingredients in Armour Thyroid

Not all forms of Natural Desiccated thyroid are created equal.

While it’s true 1 grain of armour thyroid contains the same amount of active thyroid hormone (AKA active ingredients) as a grain of WP thyroid or Naturethroid – they differ in the inactive ingredients that they contain.

And it is the inactive ingredients that may cause non specific reactions in the body.

In addition these inactive ingredients may alter the breakdown and digestion of which then alters the absorption of thyroid hormone in the body.

It’s also possible that you may simply be reacting to the inactive ingredients and wrongly attributing your “negative” symptoms to thyroid hormone component.

Using the table below you can see that the NDT form of thyroid hormone with the least amount of ingredients is WP thyroid – though this doesn’t necessarily mean that it is the “best”.

Naturethroid comparison table

These changes in inactive ingredients help to explain why some patients react poorly to Armour thyroid with symptoms like headaches, worsening fatigue or rashes – only to find that these symptoms completely resolve upon switching to naturethroid.

Again it’s not the difference in the concentration of thyroid hormone in each individual medication but most likely a reflection of digestion and absorption.

The armour thyroid preparation

In line with that, Armour thyroid contains methylcellulose and dextrose.

These are the inactive ingredients in armour thyroid that may cause some patients to either do better on the medication or worse.

You can think about methylcellulose as a glue which holds on tight to the thyroid hormone component of the medication, and in order for absorption your body must break the grip.

Unfortunately many patients with hypothyroidism also have gastrointestinal issues including low stomach acid.

This may result in decreased absorption of thyroid hormone or a “delayed” release of the medication into the blood stream.

This exact process is what happens when patients take Sustained release T3.

The “slow release” comes from the fact that it is harder to digest and absorb in the body, but this also reduces the overall amount of hormone available in each dosage.

In general patients with GI related issues tend to do better on WP thyroid or tirosint which both have fewer inactive ingredients and absorption tends to be better.

  • Bottom line: If armour thyrod isn’t helping you (either with weight loss or you still remain symptomatic) you might consider switching to a different from of NDT like Naturethroid or WP thyroid.

5. Your Reverse T3 is too High

If you aren’t familiar with Reverse T3 please read this article.

To recap:

T4 = INACTIVE storage form of thyroid

T3 = ACTIVE thyroid hormone

Reverse T3 = INACTIVE thyroid metabolite that competes with T3 for cellular binding

Obviously you don’t  want high levels of Reverse T3 because it competes for binding with T3 which creates tissue level hypothyroidism or thyroid resistance.

The higher Reverse T3 generally the more hypothyroid you will feel (unless the Reverse T3 is compensatory due to supraphysiologic levels of free T3).

Because T4 has the ability to turn into T3 or Reverse T3 we need to concern ourselves with what causes the body to preferentially create more reverse T3.

Reasons your body may produce Reverse T3 from T4:

  • Thyroid medications containing T4 (Synthroid, Levothyroxine but also NDT like armour thyroid) – This acts as substrate and in the presence of inflammation or other hormone imbalances your body may produce Reverse T3 over T3
  • Inflammation – From conditions like SIBO, Hashimoto’s, Food allergies, nutrient deficiencies, medications, etc.
  • Leptin resistance
  • Insulin resistance
  • Obesity
  • LPS – Usually caused by increased intestinal permeability (SIBO, SIFO, SIBO, leaky gut, etc.) 
  • Certain Medications: Anti-depressants, diabetic medications, anti seizure medications, blood pressure medications, Narcotics, etc. (Please don’t stop taking these medications if you are on them, but consider discussing options with your Doctor)

Two things should pop out to you after reading that list:

1) Thyroid medications containing can contribute to elevated reverse T3 levels

2) If you fall into one or more of the categories listed above AND you are taking T4 medication (including Armour thyroid, but especially T4 only medications like Synthroid or Levothyroxine) then your medication may be contributing to your inability to lose weight.

What happens when Reverse T3 levels are too high?

As Reverse T3 levels climb your cells will have more difficulty taking up active thyroid hormone.

This leads to a situation where you will have the symptoms of hypothyroidism but your lab tests may be “normal”.

Your temperature will drop, your metabolism will drop, your appetite will increase in an attempt to compensate for the low metabolism, etc.

All of these changes ultimately lead to weight gain.

The real question is what do you do about it?

How do you fix high Reverse T3 levels?

Because high levels of reverse T3 can be caused by different factors, the best way to treat it is to identify the cause in your body and attack that.

For instance:

If you have high levels of insulin – you need to lower them (use this as a guide)

If your leptin is too high – you need to lower it (use this as a guide)

If your T4 containing medication is too high you may need to decrease your T4 dose and/or increase your T3 dose.

Etc.

BUT addressing and fixing the cause of the high reverse T3 usually isn’t enough by itself.

For the most benefit this therapy should be coupled with a reduction in the total amount of T4 medication and an increase in the total amount of T3 medication you are taking.

This will allow your body to “flush” out the Reverse T3 and help improve your symptoms.

Wrapping it up

Armour Thyroid is a great medication and it CAN help you lose weight but it is not a magic weight loss pill.

At most it will help you lose 10-20 pounds. If you have hypothyroidism and are more than 20 pounds overweight there is a high chance your weight gain is due to some other hormone imbalance.

If you switched to Armour recently and haven’t lost ANY weight then make sure you have addressed these 5 areas: your dose, how much T3 you are taking in addition to Armour, your leptin levels, your allergies and sensitivities to inactive ingredients in medications and finally your reverse T3 level.

Remember:

You won’t be able to lose weight unless all 5 of those areas have been addressed and reversed (if necessary).

Now I want to hear from you:

Are you taking Armour Thyroid? Has it helped you lose weight?

Why or why not?

Leave your comments below!

 

This is a  New Year and a new you. I want you in 2017 regardless of the many daily issues and tasks  that life throws at you. I want you to start putting  YOU and YOUR health first. Try a new recipe, pull out that blender and make a smoothie, throw some ingredients in a crockpot, stop grabbing that take out burger. At the end of the day, the food we eat is the most important step in achieving best health. Eating is also entirely within our grasp. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, famously said, ”   Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. In other words, food can be your friend and it can be your foe. It’s all up to you. It’s always been up to you. Eat with thought!

You and your health are important to me, Bon Appetit!

-A.L. Childers aka Thehypothyroidismchick

I want to thank you  for reading my latest blog.  Please let me know if you need any support with it. 

Otherwise, are we friends on Facebook yet?  If not let’s do that now, healing Hypothyroidism.   I like to connect on a more personal level there and often; offer social media only products that can only be accessed on my page and share daily updates along with recipes. Remember sharing is caring. Please share and post a comment to this blog! I would love to hear from you. Sign up for my blogs @ thehypothyroidismchick.com .  You can also  Follow me on instagram @ Thyroidismchick or Follow me on twitter @Thyroidismchick.

Health and Happiness,

Audrey
XoXo
Audrey Childers is a published author, blogger, freelance journalist and an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She is also the creator and founder of the website the hypothyroidismchick.com. Where you can find great tips on everyday living with hypothyroidism. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. She is the published author of : A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty, Reset your Thyroid, Hypothyroidism Clarity,  A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty: the slow cooker way and  Hypothyroidism: The Beginners Guide: How to stop surviving and start thriving. You can find all these books on Amazon.  You can also find her actively involved in her Facebook Group : Healing Hypothyroidism. This blog may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.

Disclaimer

The information and recipes contained in blog is based upon the research and the personal experiences of the author. It’s for entertainment purposes only. Every attempt has been made to provide accurate, up to date and reliable information. No warranties of any kind are expressed or implied. Readers acknowledge that the author is not engaging in the rendering of legal, financial, medical or professional advice. By reading this blog, the reader agrees that under no circumstance the author is not responsible for any loss, direct or indirect, which are incurred by using this information contained within this blog. Including but not limited to errors, omissions or inaccuracies. This blog is not intended as replacements from what your health care provider has suggested.  The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the suggestions, preparations or procedures discussed in this blog. All matters pertaining to your health should be supervised by a health care professional. I am not a doctor, or a medical professional. This blog is designed for as an educational and entertainment tool only. Please always check with your health practitioner before taking any vitamins, supplements, or herbs, as they may have side-effects, especially when combined with medications, alcohol, or other vitamins or supplements.  Knowledge is power, educate yourself and find the answer to your health care needs. Wisdom is a wonderful thing to seek.  I hope this blog will teach and encourage you to take leaps in your life to educate yourself for a happier & healthier life. You have to take ownership of your health.

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Food, Friend or Foe: A Intimate Look

So much of our lives revolve around food. Its a staple everywhere from ads on social media to mouth watering  commercials  on television. I am a major foodie to the point where all of my books are about food! I blog about food all the time. Food is certainly a social lubricant at meetings, family gatherings,  award dinners, and basically every function you must attend but loathe with every being of your fiber. Food understands our emotions in ways no words will never. It certainly makes it easier to bear and a lot less painful with the understanding  that something tasty might be at that gathering that you are dragging yourself to attend.   It’s all fun and games until we step on that scale , we can’t button our pants or our skin starts to break out with acne like we are hormonal teenagers . What we eat should be fun, healthy, healing, sometimes funky and always fresh.

What do shellfish, tree pollen, bee stings, and peanuts all have in common? These are common allergies that we’ve all heard about. For some of you these allergy can be life threaten. Sometimes even a mild exposure to the above listed often results in an immediate allergic reaction of which create symptoms ranging from itchy skin, watery eyes, sneezing, severe anaphylaxis or even death.

A least less talked about area that people seem to ignore is starting to become more widely recognized. It’s food sensitivities. Most of the time these sensitivities seem to be more of a annoyance and not an immediate and/or severe allergic reaction. Therefore more people with food sensitivities are willing to annoy it, never look into their symptom’s without realizing that it can actually be disastrous to their health. More doctors, mainstream media journals and clinical practices are starting to realize how if they can start to identify and remove the  food sensitivities it can and will improve the  overall health and well-being of a individual. Thus, leading to a much better quality of life.

A food sensitivity has a  delayed allergic reaction. Food sensitivities trigger the delayed antibody response after being consumed.  For example, there are four different antibodies involved in a delayed reaction. IgG, IgA, IgM, and IgD — each of which can have a different and significant effect on our immune system.

Sometimes the delayed response can take up to three weeks before symptoms may appear. This makes it very hard to pin point which food, pollen, or substance is the cause of your symptoms! Some of the more common health concerns that can be triggered by a food sensitivity are:

  • Digestive disorders (gas, bloating, cramping, diarrhea, nausea)
  • Migraines
  • Weight gain
  • Mood/Attention disorder (anxiety, depression, irritability, hyperactivity, lack of concentration)
  • Joint pain/muscle stiffness
  • Skin conditions (itching, redness, swelling, eczema, rashes)
  • Lung conditions (Asthma, Bronchitis)
  • Loss of memory
  • Fatigue
  • General malaise

“…Diets high in refined sugars, for example, are harmful to the brain. In addition to worsening your body’s regulation of insulin, they also promote inflammation and oxidative stress. Multiple studies have found a correlation between a diet high in refined sugars and impaired brain function — and even a worsening of symptoms of mood disorders, such as depression.”

Eva Selhub MD
www.health.harvard.edu/blog/nutritional-psychiatry-your-brain-on-food-201511168626

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be so complicated.

 Most stores are starting to jump in this organic bandwagon and offer a nice selection of organic fruits and veggies. Check out Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Sprouts, Costco, etc. where the produce, seafood and meat are all very fresh and they give options for meats that are not loaded with hormones, antibiotics or fillers. Start small with a recipe and slowly work your way to more fresh whole foods. You can always look on pinterest for recipe idea’s or purchase any of these books with healthy recipes all ready written out for you all you have to do is make the time and buy the ingredients.  A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty, Reset your Thyroid, Hypothyroidism Clarity,  A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty: the slow cooker way and  Hypothyroidism: The Beginners Guide: How to stop surviving and start thriving.

Never skip breakfast. In all my books,  I have a ton of easy healthy breakfast idea’s with amazing delicious recipes from smoothies, overnight Oats, frittata’s and more. Of course, I also have mouth watering healthy lunch and dinner recipes too.

This is a  New Year and a new you. I want you in 2017 regardless of the many daily issues and tasks  that life throws at you. I want you to start putting  YOU and YOUR health first. Try a new recipe, pull out that blender and make a smoothie, throw some ingredients in a crockpot, stop grabbing that take out burger. At the end of the day, the food we eat is the most important step in achieving best health. Eating is also entirely within our grasp. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, famously said, ”   Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. In other words, food can be your friend and it can be your foe. It’s all up to you. It’s always been up to you. Eat with thought!

You and your health are important to me, Bon Appetit!

-A.L. Childers aka Thehypothyroidismchick

I want to thank you  for reading my latest blog.  Please let me know if you need any support with it. 

Otherwise, are we friends on Facebook yet?  If not let’s do that now, healing Hypothyroidism.   I like to connect on a more personal level there and often; offer social media only products that can only be accessed on my page and share daily updates along with recipes. Remember sharing is caring. Please share and post a comment to this blog! I would love to hear from you. Sign up for my blogs @ thehypothyroidismchick.com .  You can also  Follow me on instagram @ Thyroidismchick or Follow me on twitter @Thyroidismchick.

Health and Happiness,

Audrey
XoXo

 

Audrey Childers is a published author, blogger, freelance journalist and an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She is also the creator and founder of the website the hypothyroidismchick.com. Where you can find great tips on everyday living with hypothyroidism. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. She is the published author of : A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty, Reset your Thyroid, Hypothyroidism Clarity,  A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty: the slow cooker way and  Hypothyroidism: The Beginners Guide: How to stop surviving and start thriving. You can find all these books on Amazon.  You can also find her actively involved in her Facebook Group : Healing Hypothyroidism. This blog may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.

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The information and recipes contained in blog is based upon the research and the personal experiences of the author. It’s for entertainment purposes only. Every attempt has been made to provide accurate, up to date and reliable information. No warranties of any kind are expressed or implied. Readers acknowledge that the author is not engaging in the rendering of legal, financial, medical or professional advice. By reading this blog, the reader agrees that under no circumstance the author is not responsible for any loss, direct or indirect, which are incurred by using this information contained within this blog. Including but not limited to errors, omissions or inaccuracies. This blog is not intended as replacements from what your health care provider has suggested.  The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the suggestions, preparations or procedures discussed in this blog. All matters pertaining to your health should be supervised by a health care professional. I am not a doctor, or a medical professional. This blog is designed for as an educational and entertainment tool only. Please always check with your health practitioner before taking any vitamins, supplements, or herbs, as they may have side-effects, especially when combined with medications, alcohol, or other vitamins or supplements.  Knowledge is power, educate yourself and find the answer to your health care needs. Wisdom is a wonderful thing to seek.  I hope this blog will teach and encourage you to take leaps in your life to educate yourself for a happier & healthier life. You have to take ownership of your health.

Resources:

http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/nutritional-psychiatry-your-brain-on-food-201511168626

http://www.alive.com/health/the-dangers-of-fast-food/

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