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The Best Little Hypothyroidism Autumn Cookbook

Are you ready to transform your life?

I wanted to create a fall cookbook for those of us suffering from hypothyroidism that makes you feel as if you’re inviting an old friend in for coffee. If you’ve been considering switching to a hypothyroidism diet, you may be wondering if you have to give up your favorite foods along with flavor. This is far from the truth. Switching to a hypothyroidism diet means that you are catering to heal your thyroid. You can still enjoy your favorite fall recipes following a hypothyroidism diet- you’ll just need to learn what substitutions you will need to make to create wonderful fall hypothyroidism recipes.

Many fall-inspired meals and treats are wonderfully delicious but are full of not-so-healthy-inspired ingredients and if you’re fighting hypothyroidism, you need to go the extra mile to help your body begin to heal. These recipes are so warm and filling that you wont miss out on any of the bad stuff. This is where this book that I’ve written for you comes into play.

In this book, you will find a collection of many fall favorite recipes that you and your family are sure to love. If you’ve ever considered a hypothyroidism diet, this recipe book is a great starting resource.

This book offers you great ideas along with a wide range of options!

-You have over 150 fall recipes that include breakfast, sides, salads, breads, puddings, stews, soups and casseroles!

  • Homemade all natural pumpkin latte spiced deodorant recipe
  • Easy and simple ways to make your house smell like fall
  • How to start healing your hypothyroidism from within

 

I love using wax tarts! Store-bought wax melts and candles bad-for-you ingredients which are in the form of artificial fragrances and colorants and emits toxins into the air that are harmful to health when inhaled. Most are made using paraffin wax. Paraffin wax is bad because it is a petroleum by-product which emits toxins into the air that are harmful to health when inhaled. Other companies might use soy wax. Now this might seem somewhat healthier than the alternative to paraffin wax, but it’s not. Most of soy anything is made using genetically modified soy beans that have been treated with pesticides and herbicides.
This will make 12 tarts.
½ c. + 2 tbsp. coconut oil
1 oz. {by weight} beeswax
Essential oil{s} of choice
Instructions
Bring two inches of water to a simmer over medium heat in a small saucepan that you will only use for making nonfood items. Cover the opening of the saucepan with a glass bowl to create a double boiler.
Put the coconut oil and beeswax in the glass bowl. Allow to heat, stirring occasionally, until completely melted.
Remove from the heat and thoroughly stir in essential oils.
Pour into mold and allow to cool until hardened {popping then in the refrigerator expedites this}.
To use, Please make sure you are safe and only place one in the proper bowl of a wax warmer and use the warmer as directed by the manufacturer.

Apple Pie
30 drops cinnamon bark essential oil
10 drops nutmeg essential oil
10 drops ginger essential oil
10 drops cardamom essential oil

Pumpkin Spice
30 drops cinnamon bark essential oil
25 drops ginger essential oil
15 drops nutmeg essential oil
10 drops clove essential oil

The Best Little Hypothyroidism Autumn Cookbook

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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.
You can always click on this Facebook group and order my books too.  A Survivors Cookbook Guide to Kicking Hypothyroidisms Booty.
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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.

 

 

 

 

Tess Holiday Wants Haters to Kiss Her Ass

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About the cover:
My first thought was…..
I constantly feel overweight, saggy and unattractive and my weight is nothing compared to Tess…
It suddenly makes me realize that often some of us are way too hard on ourselves.
And that I probably see myself as bigger than other people see me.
All I see when I look at Tess is confidence and a woman who feels secure about who she is.
I see a dynamic personality, power, an awesome spirit and a very exciting woman…
Good health or bad health …?
I think what makes you live longer is to be happy about who you are, no self hatred, no banging yourself over the head and be able to love yourself unconditionally….
Tess doesn’t inspire me to be a big girl like herself …
She inspires me to feel good about who I am and about the way I look….
I love attitude … I love HER attitude.
And btw: I never cared either what other people think about me or about my looks…
Its all about me and how I feel about me and my looks …
I am still gonna work on being in the shape I desire because it is important to ME.
But I am gonna be better at accepting myself as I am now because that ain’t that bad either.

You can read the full interview with Tess Holliday in the October 2018 issue of Cosmopolitan UK, out August 31.

Read the complete article here on this link. 

 

We all have a finite amount of energy. This is how you invest it wisely.

There are three types of people. There are uplifting people, neutral people and not uplifting people. Let’s define what this is. An uplifting person, when you spend a few minutes with them you feel good about that time spent. A neutral person, when you spend a few minutes with them you feel the same. An not uplifting person, you spend a few minutes with them and you walk away feeling that was complete exhaustion.

Watch this video. Great insight.

By Speaker: Dandapani  

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A 30 Day Hypothyroidism Self Love & Advice Challenge

We all get super busy in this thing called life. Sometimes we lose a little piece of ourselves traveling back in fourth. Most 30 day challenges require you to purchase a supplements, work out attire, a book or other items in order to be a part of it. You won’t find that here. Some 30 days challenges (mostly in regards to nutrition) tell you to avoid a certain foods or entire food groups. You wont find that with this 30 day challenge. No one can live off of cabbage soup are endless amounts of lemon water. Seriously, I’ve heard of all kinds of 30 days gimmicks that are really hard-to-do! I believe in the power of change. I also liked to be challenged in small ways that are attainable and be able to stick to these changes in my life. Trying a new idea each day isn’t that difficult. Allow this list to help you open up your mind to new possibilities and a new way of being. I’ve tried everything and this list seems to work for me. Honestly, after all, it takes approximately 30 days to break a bad habit and create new more positive change that can last.

  • Mindfulness Meditate for 10 Minutes per Day
  • Write down 10 things you’re truly grateful
  • Do something that calms you down for 10 minutes a day
  • Do something that makes  you smile for 10 minutes per day
  • Get out in the sun for 20 minutes per day
  • Jump on a mini trampoline for 20 minutes
  • Try to get in 10,000 steps per day
  • Eat Breakfast
  • Start reading a new inspirational book
  • Make a homemade freshener
  • Call someone that  you haven’t spoken to in awhile
  • Write down something sexy about yourself
  • Watch an old movie that made you laugh as a teenager
  • Spray your bed with a homemade lavender scented spray
  • replace 1 meal with a smoothie
  • Take the stairs @ work instead of the escalator
  • Wake up 30 minutes earlier to talk to God and be thankful for the day
  • Spend 20 minutes each day organizing a new space in your home
  • Give yourself a daily facial
  • Give up sugar
  • Drink half your body weight in oz of water
  • Start using flouride free toothpaste
  • Smile @ a random person ( These are contagious)
  • Compliment someone on their hair, shoes or anything
  • Eat an apple/banana/orange/piece of fruit each day
  • Complete a Crossword
  • Speak positive words on your life
  • Floss your teeth
  • Use a cooper tongue scrap
  • Replace that chemicals loaded hand lotion with a organic brand
  • Watch a “How To Video”  on something you’ve always wanted to learn (check YouTube)
  • Sing in the shower
  • Dry brush your body
  • Sit outside and just enjoy nature
  • Play with your animal
  • Text a friend and let them know why they matter to you
  • Take a Epsom salt , baking soda , benonite clay and lavender bubble bath
  • Watch some funny YouTube videos
  • Watch sunset or sunrise
  • Give up alcohol for 30 days
  • Take a selfie and post it on your media outlet
  • Write down a inspirational quote or something powerful you heard
  • Drink herbal warm tea before bed
  • Write yourself a inspiring note for the next day
  • Donate to a local charity
  • Give yourself a hand and foot massage
  • Stretch
  • Try Yoga
  • Learn a new word
  • Eat a meals without your phone or TV
  • Take a power nap
  • Write a Thank You note/card
  • Take a walk without your phone
  • Sweat
  • Start your morning with a green smoothie
  • Take 10 deep breaths in and out in the morning and before bed
  • Bake something (bring the leftovers to work or give to someone in need)
  • Write down something you did each day that made you feel proud
  • Keep a list of what you accomplished each day
  • Start a journal
  • avoid take out food for 30 days
  • Cook a healthy dinner
  • Keep track of your expenses
  • Listen to a guided relaxation
  • try a 30-day random act of kindness
  • Drive somewhere new
  • Visit a new coffee shop/store/area of your town
  • Leaving spare change in a vending machine so that someone else can get a free snack
  • buy someones lunch without them knowing
  • Make time each day to do absolutely nothing
  • Write down negative thoughts and cross them out
  • Set a bedtime and stick to it
  • Look in the mirror and say something positive out loud about  yourself
  • Make a wish
  • Make a visual board-things you want to accomplish-with pictures
  • Eat slowly and mindful
  • Clean something in your house
  • Switch to natural DIY household cleaners
  • Replace caffeine with herbal tea
  • Eat a salad before each meal
  • keep a food journal
  • Create a list of books you want to read or movies you want to see
  • Start writing down idea’s that you have
  • Clean your kitchen before you go to bed that way you wake up to it clean
  • Add something new to your visualization board
  • Make someone smile
  • Do something spontaneous or out of the ordinary
  • Read something inspiring everyday
  • try a new body wrap

Get your mind in a great place first, and it makes everything else much easier.

Each day people will offer you advice and their opinions but what you need to know is they can only understand from the paths that they have walked and their experiences up until that moment. This doesn’t make it wrong but you have to listen with open ears. Life is not a singular vision!
Try to seek a room full of “different” minded people, for no one grows when they sit in a room full of “like” minded ones! Most people have crippled themselves by their own limitations and try to impose that view on you. You will find that people are often unreasonable, irrational and self centered.  

   The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyways. Give the best you have, and it may never be enough but give your best anyways. What  you may spend years creating others could destroy it overnight. keep in mind, it has always been between you and GOD. It was never between you and them anyways.

  • Do not undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others.
  • Be more concerned with  your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
  • You have to be a independent thinker. Think for yourself. It’s okay to listen to other peoples wisdom but keep in mind they are limited from their own experiences. You have to form your own opinions and ideals. This is a trait of a leader.
  • Question everything! Some people are very persuasive and have the uncanny ability to have you leaning toward their way of thinking.
  • Keep Integrity. Having a good strong quality of being honest along with having strong moral principles.
  • You are valuable. Value yourself enough to walk away from a bad situation, value yourself enough to walk away from a person who doesn’t love you the same.
  • Respect  your body. Move your body and feed it good nourishment. What you put in to it and how you treat it will come back to you.
  • You are enough! There is only one you and you are very unique and wonderful. Embellish who you are.
  • Spend less than you earn. If you can’t pay cash for it then you don’t need it unless its a house or a car.
  • Don’t seek happiness through drugs, alcohol, sex and fake friends.
  • Life is short. Find what brings you joy in life. Make the most of your life by doing what you love and give it all  you got.
  • Believe anything is possible.
  • .You are the creator of possibility in your life so, follow your dreams.
  • Kindness goes a long way.
  • You will fall. It’s how you get up that counts. Never give up. 
  • No matter what happens good or bad life is about moving forward.
  • The world owes you nothing.
  • Hold fast to the adventure that life has to bring.
  • Being grateful will open your eyes and unlock many things in your life. 
  • Don’t follow the crowd and never be afraid to be different and do what is right.
  • Don’t give your emotional power to someone else. Don’t let another steal your joy.
  • . Time is Precious. Be mindful of how you spend it. Where you spend it. Who you spend it with and how you waste it.  It is one of the greatest gifts bestowed upon us and the greatest gift we can give another person.
  • Don’t ever go with the flow , be the flow.
  • Close your mouth and open your ears Better to listen, learn and hear.
  • Try to always be nice to others. You never know what kind of day they’re having. A smile is always a free thing to bestow upon another person.
  •  Always speak words of good to yourself. Never speak negative or bad about yourself because your mind is listening.
  • Remember when you get married , your marrying not on that person but the entire family.
  • Enjoy every day as a gift and never let loved ones in doubt of how much they mean to you.
  • Not everyone you meet will like you. Who cares they weren’t your cup of tea anyways.
  • Try to be  humble, kind, and confident in who you are.
  • Take no shit.
  • Never tell people about your lifestyle. There are certain details about your personality such as; your sex life, religious life, overcoming a bad habit, pretty much anything that might concern the world. People will hold things against you or use it against you. Sometimes its just  not worth the emotional stress to tell people your business.
  • Never air out your family’s dirty laundry for the world to see. People will gossip and twist things you say. It really disrespectful and not to smart to let others know the conflicts that are within your family. It also devalues you, your family. The stories that you tell  are usually passed on by the people you told to some other friends of theirs and this can make the issue worse if it gets back to the person in your family that you were talking about. If you have issues in your household  its best to resolve them at home.

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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 ,  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.

In many of my books, you will find everything you need to know about  healing your hypothyroidism. The guess work has been taken out.   I can assure you that even in the toughest cases, you can heal your thyroid.

Your health doesn’t have to be a difficult situation but a positive realization that things need to change. This new lifestyle change has many parts to it and I hope you will embrace not only the physical but the spiritual awakening. Common food intolerances that are known to trigger inflammation are eliminated in this Keto AIP protocol are Nightshades, Eggs, Grains (gluten), Dairy, Legumes, Corn, Soy, Dairy and lectins.

Beyond the Bite: The Keto Autoimmune Protocol Healing Book for Women: 75+ Simply Easy Recipes to Help You Feel Amazing

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If you are needing a book with all natural recipes click on this link and order a kindle or paperback version. Awareness has Magic: Creating a Healthy Hypothyroidism Mind, body and Spirit Home life

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Orders yours today. Click on this link! $8.99 

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Dieting for Your Thyroid

When it comes down to it, the proper diet for our thyroid is one that has balance. We need to constantly be incorporating a healthy amount of the three major sources of macronutrients:

  • Proteins
  • Fats
  • Healthy Carbohydrates

The mix here is important, and by purchasing my book A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty, I will show you exactly how and what you should be working each day  into your diet so that you start healing  your health.  Break that cycle today, start eating to cater to your thyroid and replenish your life.

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The Best Little Hypothyroidism Autumn Cookbook $8.99

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We need to be kind to ourselves. Give our bodies a fighting chance. If you constantly feed your body crap then you are making it susceptible to inflammation, virus’s and disease. I want to help you become successful in your healthy journey by applying the empowering techniques many of my blogs have to offer. This article has been written by a person who has had real struggles with a hypothyroidism but has worked through them. I am going to “keep it real” with you.

Click on the link and orders yours today!

Hypothyroidism: The Beginners Guide: How to stop surviving and start thriving.

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Holiday Hypothyroidism

Finally a Holiday cookbook that will have you sincerely appreciating all the hard work that I put into creating it. This cookbook not only has recipes that caters to your hypothyroidism but the recipes are extremely easy to prepare while still being delicious as they promote your health, help you begin to heal, and you’re eating cleaner on top of it all. These recipes can be used year-round not only around the holidays and will be a great addition to your library. I hope you find this Holiday book a godsend to the particularly crazy holiday season. This book includes a good variety of recipes that I know you will find to be delicious, full of flavor, healthy and just perfect for your Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner table. From appetizers to main meals, side dishes and desserts these recipes are just wonderfully delicious. I am not kidding when I tell you that the recipe options in this book are endless and you won’t be disappointed! You will be able to find that perfect recipe in this book that makes your taste buds soar, fits your dietary needs and has your family bragging on your cooking skills. They may even think you secretly took lessons from Gordon Ramsay or Julia Childs

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Hashimoto’s crock-pot recipes: Added Bonus: How I put my Hashimoto’s into remission

There’s nothing like the aroma of a home-cooked dinner welcoming you at the door. No time to be in the kitchen? The wonderful thing about a crock pot is you have little prep time. You won’t have to stand over a hot stove cooking your food and it’s perfect for those hectic days. We all want that convenience! Do you need foods that promote thyroid health? You can start today healing your body from the inside out. Over 101 wholesome and nourishing Hashimoto’s fighting recipes that will cater to your mind, body and soul. This helpful book will start to guide you in the right direction along with a step by step plan that is clear and doable.
It’s not about being skinny, it’s about energy, vitality & feeling good when you look in the mirror.

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Hypothyroidism: The beginners Guide

This book thanks everyone suffering from hypothyroidism and looking for answers. Hypothyroidism is the kind of disease that carries a bit of mystery with it. This book is not for readers looking for quick answers. There is not one size fits all. You have to be in charge of your health. I didn’t write this book to sell you any “snake oil” in a bottle. I’ve written this book to be an eye opener for you and to share with you what I have learned on my journey. The solutions in this book has helped so many people. There are many incredible holistic practitioners, authors and researchers with experience and expertise in this area. I’ve done my best to pull from all their expertise, as well as my own knowledge and clinical experience. I want to make it easy for you to find the answers quickly, all in the one place, because I’m all too familiar with that awful side effects of hypothyroidism. I certainly don’t want you to have to spend years finding solutions, like I did. I also what you to understand that there isn’t an easy “one pill” solution, but the “one pill” approach that our current medical system is using is NOT WORKING because the underlying cause for hypothyroidism is not being addressed. Get ready to go on a journey of discovery where you are going to learn how everything ties into one. A lack of knowledge is a lack of power.

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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

What happened when I Stopped Trying to Lose Weight with Hashimoto’s and Hypothyroidism

I’m allergic to myself, in theory. Being diagnosed with Hypothyroidism and later Hashimoto’s hasn’t been a walk in the park.  My entire body is at the mercy of my thyroid from weight loss to extreme fatigue.  My body immune system is attacking my thyroid  gland – as if it was foreign tissue and my immune systems ultimate goal is to eventually , completely destroy my thyroid gland.

Some days It seemed that I  could muster up enough energy to take a shower, put on clean night clothes and lay back down in bed for the rest of the day watching Netflix on my days off from work.

I  have tried it all from calorie counting, intermittent fasting, exercising every single day, not eating past a certain time, crash diets, starvation, low calorie diets and most importantly having unrealistic expectations.

I didn’t know that by eating a lower calorie diet this caused my body to become deficient in macro and micronutrients and inadvertently sending my body  a message that I may be in famine therefore for my body to protect itself from dying it slowed down my metabolism in an effort to run on fewer calories to make sure that I didn’t starve. Which of course made my weight loss even harder and I was literally fighting against my own self.

Mentally I was exhausted from putting myself under so much pressure to be that thin girl again that I was before this disorder drastically changed my life. My weight seemed out of control  and I was certainly struggling with it all.

When a person has hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s losing weight isn’t about self control, hard work, or willpower it’s about self love, rest, addressing digestive issues ( leaky gut), finding out what nutritional deficiencies you may have, not punishing your body with to much exercise , fixing adrenal fatigue, avoiding Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals,  adding needed supplements, addressing any  food allergies, removing inflammatory foods, getting plenty of sleep,  staying hydrated and eating real nutrient based foods that heal your body. You see our bodies need the proper nutrients to heal and thrive.

I stopped trying to lose weight and started to gain my health back by doing the needed things that above.

Let’s go over way you can start to regain your health back.

1.How do you avoid Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals?

Reduce Your Toxic Burden

These are commonly found in items like antibacterial soap, deodorant, lotions, and makeup. These things are poisonous. Your skin is the largest organ in the body. Whatever you put on your skin goes into your body. I can’t preach this enough. If you can’t eat it, then don’t apply it to your skin. I understand this might not be 100% doable but every little bit helps your body. Everyday we are exposed to a huge number of chemical toxins without our own doing. It’s in our water,  the pollution in our air,  the insecticides and herbicides that are is sprayed on our food and the chemicals that are spray on our lawns.

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.

Homemade Deodorant

3 tbsp virgin coconut oil
2 tbsp shea butter
3 tbsp baking soda
2 tbsp cornstarch
5 drops essential oil of  your choice

Mix baking soda and arrowroot together. Melt your coconut oil & shea butter in the microwave in a microwave-safe bowl. Mix all ingredients (the baking soda and arrowroot powder) with the oil. Pour into clean small mason jar. Add your essential oil to the mason jar; close with the lid. Give it a good shake to combine the essential oil with the other mixture. By doing it this way, you can still use that bowl to eat with.  Once you mix that essential oil in the bowl, it can only be used for the purpose of making your deodorant. Everything you’ve used is edible except the essential oils. Let cool.

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.

** Start making  your own all natural Cleaning Supplies.

If you are needing a book with all natural recipes click on this link and order a kindle or paperback version. Awareness has Magic: Creating a Healthy Hypothyroidism Mind, body and Spirit Home life

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Lets talk about doing that right now…
Here are several tips you can start doing today to ACTIVELY avoid  these chemicals that are likely interfering with your thyroid function:
​1. Stop Touching Receipts
Receipts have Bisphenol-A (a known thyroid blocker) that is absorbed through the skin whenever you touch one. From here on out ask the cashier to put the receipt in the bag.
​2. Drink out of Glass Containers/Cups
Avoid plastic containers, Water bottles and Canned foods. These contain BPA and/or Aluminum.
3. Drink Filtered Water Only:
Get a reverse osmosis filter for your home if possible. But remember that ANY filter is better than no filter, so just get something.
4. Avoid Plastic Whenever Possible
This means plastic toys, food stored in plastic, food wrapped in plastic, etc. And never reheat or microwave food stored in plastic (this causes more chemicals to leach out).
5. ​Say No to Hand-me-Down Plastic Toys
Soft rubber manufactured before 2009 is made with Phthalates (another known thyroid blocker). This would be things like rubber duckies, not hard legos made of plastic.
​6. Eat Organic Food and Grass-Fed Meats, if you Tolerate Dairy Make Sure it is Organic or Fermented
Or better yet just ditch the dairy because it’s probably causing inflammation in your body. But at least make sure to buy organic whenever you can.
7. Avoid Fragrance
If you see the word “fragrance” or “parfum” on the label, run the other way. This is code word for Phthalates.
8. ​Check your Cosmetics for Chemicals
Use the resource Skin Deep by the Environmental Working Group to grade your cosmetics based on how many hidden chemicals they have.

In my book Awareness has Magic, I will teach you have to how to blend oils and natural scents where you can make body butters, lip balms, rose water, body butters, anti-aging facial creams, shampoo’s, detox baths, Vanilla grapefruit linen spray, Kombucha deodorant, toothpastes, non-toxic cleaning recipes and many, many other wonderful things.
Not to mention YOU’LL ALSO LEARN ESSENTIAL OIL BLEND RECIPES.
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Homemade Anti-Aging Face Cream
Makes about ½ cup (lasts about 3 months)
Ingredients
¼ cup almond oil or jojoba oil ( find jojoba oil here)
2 tablespoons coconut oil ( find coconut oil here)
2 tablespoons beeswax ( find beeswax here)
½ teaspoon vitamin E oil ( find vitamin E here)
1 tablespoon shea butter ( find shea butter here)

1/2 teaspoon Maluka honey ( find maluka honey here)
2 drops of organic lemon essential oil ( find lemon essential oil here)
Directions
Place all ingredients in a glass jar. Bring a pot filled about 3-4 inches with water to a simmer. Put the jar, without its lid, in the pot, and let it sit there until the ingredients have melted. Stir occasionally. Once the mixture has melted and all is evenly combined, pour it into a small glass jar. Let it sit at room temperature until the cream hardens, close the jar’s lid, and store in a cool place. Apply morning and night after washing.

With Lupus, It’s Important to Value Yourself and Learn Self-Worth

2.How do you practice self love when your body doesn’t love you back?

Start educating yourself about your disorder.

Practice healthy habits like eating nutrient based foods and exercising regularly

Making time to take care of yourself and do activities you enjoy — whether it’s doing yoga, meditating, gardening, reading a good book, or socializing with friends — this can help relieve stress associated with managing a chronic condition like hypothyroidism.

Practice positive self-talk. Be gentle and encouraging in your thoughts to yourself. Stop the self hatred. There is only one your and love who you are. If there is something about yourself you want to improve then great. Work on that.

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that positive thinking can lead to an optimistic outlook on life and has many health benefits, including decreased depression, better psychological and physical well-being, and improved coping skills in tough times.
Join a support group. Surround yourself with people who understand what you’re going through can help you that you are not alone and can help guard against feelings of isolation.

A 30 Day Hypothyroidism Self Love & Advice Challenge That You Can do That Will Actually Work!

3. Fix your gut 

Probiotics can help to begin repairing the lining in your gut. This also aids in helping to  balance your hormones. if someone has leaky gut syndrome it allows undigested food particles to  leak through your gut into your bloodstream and in return creates disease-causing inflammation that will have a  impact on your body — especially your thyroid glands where they are very susceptible to inflammation.  Did you know that your gut is the largest component of your immune system? It introduces friendly bacteria into your digestive system that helps to keep illness’s at bay and they are rich in live bacteria that help us absorb nutrients along with maintain proper microbiome gut balance.  Research has proven that gut health could affect inflammation, allergies and autoimmune disorders in the body as a whole. Around 1,000 different species of bugs live in your gut. Your gut has been linked to contributing to weight loss and for overall improvement of numerous symptoms, including depression, anxiety, brain fog, skin problems, hormonal issues, immune weaknesses, digestive problems, and fatigue.

Gut-Healing Vegetable Broth

  • 12 cups  filtered water
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 red onion, peeled and cut in half
  • 1 garlic bulb smashed
  • 1 chilli pepper roughly chopped
  • 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger roughly chopped
  • 2 cups of watercress
  • 3-4 cup mixed chopped vegetables and peelings I used carrot peelings, red cabbage, fresh mushrooms, leeks and celery
  • 1/2 cup dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 1/4 of a cup dried wakame seaweed
  • 1 tbsp peppercorns
  • 2 tbsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar
  • A bunch of fresh parsley
  • Simply add everything to a large pot. Bring to a boil then simmer, with the lid on, for about an hour.
  • Once everything has been cooked down, strain the liquid into a large bowl.

Natural Probiotics

There are different types of probiotics. Some  are pills, powders, or capsules that contain billions of live bacteria and will help to replenish your microbiome. Fermented foods are more of a nature type of probiotic. They carry live bacteria plus many other crucial nutrients. Many cultures all around the  world has its own recipes for fermented foods.

Garden Of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics Once Daily Women’s, 30 Count

Garden Of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics Once Daily Women's, 30 Count

4.Address Food sensitivities

Food allergies 

If you allergic to certain foods it is will involve your the immune system. Your know that your immune system controls how your body defends itself. Your body see’s inflammatory foods as invaders and will kick in your autoimmunity responses.  For example if you have a food allergy to cow’s milk, your immune system will see cow’s milk as an invader. In-return your immune system overreacts by producing antibodies called Immunoglobulin E (IgE). These antibodies travel to cells that release chemicals, causing an allergic reaction to start fighting for your body. Being tested for food allergies seems to be easiest way to check to see if you have any food allergies so you can start avoiding these foods and help your immune system become strong again.

Avoiding Food Allergens*

Many people are unaware that certain foods are actually working against their bodies. You should see a specialist and be tested to ensure you have no food allergies. Your lymphatic system can also be affected by your gut. If your gut is inflamed and not healed this is taxing on your immune system which in return is taxing on your lymphatic system. Consider adding prebiotics and probiotics to help support gut health along with eating properly and avoiding these common food allergens. In this book, you will find all the recipes have been created and catered around these common food allergens along with being Keto. I’ve taken them out. After 1 month you can slowly add some back in and see how you react. This certainly wasn’t an easy task but one that I am most proud of. 

Common food allergens that can contribute to an inflamed gut are:

Nightshades

Eggs

Grains (gluten)

Dairy

Legumes

Corn

Soy

Dairy

lectins 

You can find great inflammation and recipes in my book Beyond the Bite: The Keto Autoimmune Protocol Healing Book for Women. 

5.Start Supporting my Adrenal Glands

Your adrenals produce over 50 hormones that tell almost every bodily function what they need to be doing. These hormones affect every function, organ and tissue in the body. Eating refined foods and sugars will cause a spike in your blood sugar levels, which in return cause the body to release insulin and as a result the adrenal glands will release more cortisol. When your adrenal glands are compromised this puts your body in a catabolic state. Which means your body is breaking down. Since your thyroid glands controls the metabolic activity of the body, it will attempt to slow down the catabolic state by slowing down your metabolism. Many of the foods that I had been eating blocked nutrients from being absorbed such as whole grain bread, beans and tofu/soy products. These foods also created inflammation in my digestive tract. When there is inflammation in the digestive system undigested proteins leak into the blood stream creating a heightened immune reaction that often exacerbates thyroid issues. I had to focus more on eating the most nutrient dense foods possible and find my trigger food sensitivities. lastly, eliminate all processed food, high carbohydrates, gluten, corn, soy and sugar, plan meals around protein and healthy fats then load up my plate with vegetables.

I had to start eating  nutrient-dense foods that were  easy to digest and have healing qualities such as

  • Coconut
  • homemade bone broth
  • grass fed meats
  • pastured meats
  • wild game
  • pastured organ meats
  • natural fats such as coconut oil
  • grass fed butter/ghee
  • full fat grass fed dairy
  • mineral rich Himalayan sea salt
  • wild fish
  • Olives
  • Avocado
  • Cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, etc.) Cooked…. (Limit 2x week)
  • Fatty fish (e.g., wild-caught salmon)
  • Organic hormone free Chicken and turkey
  • Seeds, such as raw pumpkin, chia seeds and flax seeds
  • Kelp and seaweed
  • Celtic or Himalayan sea salt
  • fermented foods
  • leafy greens
  • Nitrate free bacon
  • Nuts, such as walnuts and almonds
  • Coconut Flour, Almond Flour , hemp seeds and Chia seeds
  • ghee
  • bone broth

6.Reduce your inflammation

Chronic inflammation can spread and have more harmful effects than just one area in your body. Your body can experience things like higher blood pressure , allergies, create autoimmune issues, experience joint pain, cause heart problems, harmful swelling, bone loss, it can lower your iron levels and it just have a negative impact on your entire well-being. Did you know that chronic inflammation can also raise your reverse T3, which means this might be the reason why your hypothyroidism was created in the 1st place. We must get the inflammation under control. Cut out foods like gluten, sugar, refined carbs, fake foods, soy, and vegetable oils and add in fresh whole fruits, healthy fats and fiber. Start creating your own body lotions and cleaning supplies.

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In all honesty,  there is no one “best” way to lose weight — what works for you might not work for someone else.  Understand that you’re worth more than others perception of you, and that weight is literally just a number. You are so much more than just a illness.

 

What tests should I have ran for my thyroid?

Basic Thyroid Panel:
1). TSH: for diagnosis of hypopituitary, NOT to diagnose or dose your hypothyroidism (unless it’s high). If you allow a doctor to diagnose or dose you by this lab test and range i.e. to say you are normal simply because it’s in range or below 10…you could still be hypothyroid.
2). Free T4 and Free T3 (note “FREE”–important since it measures what is unbound and available.)
3). Reverse T3: to be done at the same time you do the Free T3. Then calculate your ratio with the results and measurements.
4). Thyroid Antibodies: anti-TPO and TgAb will help diagnosis Hashimotos. You need BOTH, not just one of them. You can add TRAb and TSI for the Graves antibodies–some people have all three.
5). Four iron labs: Ferritin, % Saturation, TIBC and serum iron (sometimes the latter will just say Iron, or total iron). A high ferritin can also point to inflammation. Up to five days off iron supplements is necessary to see what your body is holding onto.
6). Adrenal Cortisol levels: Saliva, NOT blood. Blood is measuring both bound and unbound cortisol and does NOT give results you can go by. You’ll need to be off all cortisol-containing supplements for two weeks before testing.
7). B-12 and Folate
You NEED to have your Vitamins and MINERALS checked.
8). Magnesium and Potassium, plus Calcium, Sodium, Glucose, etc (All the latter are part of the Comprehensive Metabolic Profile–CMP blood test. You can also ask for the RBC (Red Blood Cell) versions of Mag. and Pot, which measures cellular levels. For potassium, make sure the rubber tourniquet is not left on more than 60 seconds, says this study. Also note that the Buccal Mg lab test is finally available and seems to be more correlated to cardiac health than RBC Mg, but is expensive and not always easy to get.) You will want to be off these mineral supplements for several days so you can measure what your body is hanging onto.
9). Vitamin D3 (25-hydroxyvitamin D lab test) and read why you may need another Vitamin D test.
10). Sex hormones: progesterone, estrogen, testosterone, etc. (If you are a woman who is still menstruating, the reproductive hormones should be tested 19 to 21 days past the first day of your last period)
11). MTHFR gene: if you have high levels of mercury, copper, lead, iron or B12 and/or a strong family history of cancer, heart disease, stroke, miscarriages, IBS. 60% of the population has a MTHFR mutation. It will help guide you in your treatment.
PLUS: others your doctor may recommend, including tests for Lyme disease, heavy metals, Candida, food sensitivity, etc.
Ultrasound of the thyroid gland
Our issues are H.A.T. – hormones, adrenals and thyroid. You MUST treat your adrenals before your thyroid meds will work. When one is out of balance, it can throw the others out of balance
For Hashimoto’s disease – Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPOAb), Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TgAb)
For Graves’ disease – Thyroid Receptor Antibodies (TRAb), Thyroid Stimulating Immunoglobulins (TSI)
**If your iron, ferritin, Vit D, Vit B12 are too low, you may have trouble with thyroid hormone replacement. They need to be in optimal ranges for your body to tolerate and utilize thyroid hormone properly.
***Low or high cortisol (adrenal hormone) can present a problem as well. Cortisol levels should be at the highest when you wake in the morning and gradually come down throughout the day, with the lowest level between 10 and midnight. A 8-9am and 4-5pm serum cortisol test is recommended. A 24 hour saliva cortisol test is best. Reproductive hormones also need to be balanced. Low cortisol is a sign of low T3.
10 Monitoring Tests You May Need if You Have Hypothyroidism To keep on top of other aspects of your health, consider talking with your doctor about these 10 tests, most of which use blood or urine samples:
1. Lipid panel. This test looks at the lipids, or fats, in your blood. People with hypothyroidism may have elevated total and LDL cholesterol levels. Total cholesterol, which includes your good HDL cholesterol, should be below 200 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) and LDL cholesterol below 130 mg/dL. If your cholesterol is high when you start thyroid treatment, your doctor might test again after thyroid hormone levels stabilize. “A lot of patients with high cholesterol can have their cholesterol reduced just by treating their thyroid,” says David Borenstein, MD, an integrative medicine physician in private practice at Manhattan Integrative Medicine in New York City.
2. Complete blood count (CBC).“With more severe hypothyroid disease, you are at risk for mild anemia and bleeding problems, and that can have an effect on clotting factors and platelets,” says Dr. Smallridge. A CBC examines five blood components with the following normal ranges:
Red blood cell count: 3.9-5.69 millions per cubic milliliter
Hemoglobin: 12.6-16.1 grams/dL
Hematocrit: 38-47.7 percent
White blood cell count: 3.3-8.7 thousands per cubic milliliter
Platelet count: 147-347 thousands per cubic milliliter
3. Liver enzyme exam. Liver function tests check on the health of this organ. Not only does the liver play a role in the chemical process that develops thyroid hormones, but untreated hypothyroidism can cause problems in liver function over time. Additionally, sometimes people with hypothyroidism also have liver problems that need attention. The results of a liver panel test can’t diagnose a condition, but the pattern of results along with symptoms will help your doctor decide on any next steps. This blood test can look at alanine aminotransferase(ALT), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), bilirubin, albumin, total protein, gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT), lactate dehydrogenase, and prothrombin time.
4. Prolactin test. This hormone stimulates lactation, or breast milk — and people with hypothyroidism often have increased prolactin levels. Normal levels for women who are not pregnant are 0 to 20 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL) and for men,0 to 15 ng/mL. Because galactorrhea (spontaneously producing breast milk)improves with thyroid treatment, your doctor might not test for this unless the problem persists.
5. Vitamin B12 test. Your doctor may test your levels of B12 and other B vitamins because they playa role in managing thyroid hormones, Dr. Borenstein says. B12 deficiency also can be related to anemia. Reference ranges can vary widely. Talk to your doctor about your lab results.
6. Vitamin D check. Early research has shown a correlation between hypothyroidism and vitamin D deficiency. The two conditions could be separate conditions occurring at the same time or contributing to one another — researchers don’t understand the relationship yet. However, your doctor might want to check on your vitamin D levels as well. A 25-hydroxyvitamin D level of 20 nanograms per deciliter or greater is necessary for skeletal health. Some doctors recommend a level of 20-40 nanograms per deciliter, while others recommend 60-70.
7. Sodium test. Sodium (salt)is essential to your body’s management of water or fluids. Normal sodium bloodt est results are 135 to 145 milliequivalents per liter (meq/L), but sodium levels might be lower than normal with hypothyroidism.
8. Magnesium check. People with hypothyroidism and certain other deficiencies might also have too little magnesium, an essential mineral. Normal blood test results are 1.8 to3.0 mg/dL.
9. C-reactive protein (CRP) test. This test measures inflammation in your body. Most people who are not fighting off an infection or living with an inflammatory condition have low levels of CRP. Increasing levels suggest increased inflammation in your body. An integrative medicine specialist might want to address overall inflammation with changes in diet and lifestyle in addition to thyroid treatment.
10. Sleep disorder testing. You also may need sleep testing in addition to lab tests. Sleep apnea and disordered sleep can result from hypothyroidism, says Claudia Cooke, MD, an integrative medicine specialist in private practice in New York City. This is because hypothyroidism can affect the tongue’s mobility, causing it to block breathing at night. A sleep study can help you find out if this is an issue by monitoring your sleep in a sleep lab or at home using portable equipment. This test could be warranted if you’ve had thyroid treatment and your TSH levels are acceptable and stable, yet you wake up tired, feel tired during the day, and your bed partner tells you that you’re snoring considerably.
When you go to the new doc take these with you:
A list of your FAMILY history (Mother, father, grand parents. If you have cousins with Autoimmune Diseases add them to the list)
A list of YOUR medical history
A list of what you are taking currently (take the bottles too)
A list of your symptoms, ALL of them A copy of your labs IF they are recent
A list of what you would like to talk about (that’s so you don’t forget)
A list of tests you would like done.
***** Keep these lists saved in your computer so you can easily update them. I suggest saving them with the DATE in the name of the file.
RE: MedicationsIAmTaking09.08.14.doc
FamilyHistory09.08.14.doc
MySymptoms09.08.14.doc
Call the new physicians office and be SURE they do FT3 before you even go. If they don’t, do not waste your money or co-pay.

 

I don’t know where to start.”

Hang in there. This wont happen overnight.

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.

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

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Health and Happiness,

Audrey
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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.

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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.

 

 

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12 Common Food Allergy Triggers

Many people are unaware that certain foods are actually working against their bodies.  If you are allergic to certain foods it will involve your immune system. The immune system controls how your body defends itself.  Your body see’s inflammatory foods as invaders and will kick in autoimmunity responses. For example: If you have a food allergy to cow’s milk, your immune system will see cow’s milk as an invader.   In an attempt to protect the body, the immune system will create antibodies called immunoglobulin E (IgE). These antibodies then cause certain cells to release chemicals (including histamine) into the bloodstream to defend against the allergen “invader.”

Food isn’t just fuel it also has a major impact on your life. The foods you consume is  information that is being sent  throughout your body and it will adjust accordingly to what is its being fed.  Your GI tract doesn’t just digest and absorb food.  You see the  GI tract has it’s own little powerful city amongst itself. This independently working nervous system (aka the enteric nervous system) has  neurotransmitters, hormones, chemical messengers, enzymes, and bacteria along with being the home to to 70 percent of your body’s entire immune system! The quality of food does matter. Your GI tract also is the boss of your metabolism which it tells your metabolism to burn or store body fat based on the quality of calories. When a person is constantly feeding their body a food that they have an  allergy or sensitivity to this creates a constant inflammatory response that will disrupt your life in many ways. Listening to your body is a great way to see if  your body is having reactions to food sensitivities or a allergy. This is a list of things that can be associated with having a food allergy.

  • chronic pain
  • arthritis
  • asthma
  • nutrient deficiencies
  • mood disorders
  • skin conditions
  • autoimmune disorders
  • cognitive disorders
  • learning disabilities
  • insomnia
  • weight gain
  • migraines
  • kidney and gallbladder problems
  • ADD/ADHD
  • narcolepsy
  • addiction
  • kidney problems

One thing we have learned is each of us are unique and have our very own biochemistry that sets us apart from everyone else. Although we might share the same common traits and perhaps the same overlapping metabolic tendencies. We can’t continue to say that one-size-fits-all when it comes to our very own unique body chemistry. There are over 7 billion people on this planet and we come in all different shapes, colors and sizes. With this being said wouldn’t you think the one-size-fits-all- approach to losing weight wouldn’t work since we are we are all unique.

Your  body adapts to what your feeding it,  the nutrients that are being supplied are being  processed differently and are being sent to where its need. Just like a car, each item has its own function and you can’t run a car efficiently without every part working as it should.  The proteins, fats, and carbs are all converted into fuel using many different metabolic processes.

This list of foods below can be disrupting your life and you are just unaware. Keeping a food journal will allow you to be able to keep track of how these foods affect your body once you start to reintroduce them after a 3 week  grace period from them.

Here is the list of 12 Common Food Allergies soy,  gluten/grains, Legumes, lectins, peanuts, nightshades, dairy, caffeine, corn, eggs, sugar + artificial sweeteners.

SOY

Soy not only disrupts hormones by mimicking estrogen in your body but it also causes  inflammation,  contributes to leaky gut syndrome and most likely has been genetically modified (GMO). Start reading your labels. You will be surprised how companies will sneak in soy.

Brilliant marketing campaigns have lead you to believe that soy products are healthy but in fact it’s completely the opposite. Soy products are not healthy foods. Eating soy frequently can potentially lead to numerous other health issues.

For centuries, Asian people have been consuming fermented soy products such as natto, tempeh, and soy sauce, and enjoying the health benefits. Fermented soy does not wreak havoc on your body like unfermented soy products do.

The issue with soy is most soy today contains something called phytoestrogens, and these phytoestrogens are estrogen mimickers in the body. And so, if you’re a male consuming extra estrogen, it’s going to give you more feminine characteristics.

If you’re a woman consuming foods that increase estrogen levels, it’s going to increase your risk of breast cancer, cervical cancer, PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) and other hormone imbalance-related disorders.

Many have felt as if they needed a diary substitute since they couldn’t tolerate dairy. Actually your body was doing you an even bigger favor.

For starters, some chemicals such as isoflavones, found in soy products like soy milk or edamame, can intercept your thyroid’s ability to make hormones if you’re not getting enough iodine.

Soybeans are one of the crops that are being genetically modified. Since 1997 GMO soybeans are being used in an increasing number of products.

Dr. Kaayla Daniel, author of The Whole Soy Story, points out thousands of studies linking soy to malnutrition, digestive distress, immune-system breakdown, thyroid dysfunction, cognitive decline, reproductive disorders and infertility—even cancer and heart disease. Here is just a sampling of the health effects that have been linked to soy consumption:

Breast cancer

Brain damage

Infant abnormalities

Thyroid disorders

Kidney stones

Immune system impairment

Severe, potentially fatal food allergies

Impaired fertility

Danger during pregnancy and nursing

Final thoughts on Soy: Soy is terrible – contains trypsin inhibitors, is a source of xenoestrogens, even if it’s organic, and if it’s GMO, it also comes with a lot of glyphosate and other pesticide residues. Avoid it like the black plague….

Caffeine

Caffeine adds stress to your adrenal glands and the endocrine system. Caffeine will stimulate you adrenals causing them to adrenaline and cortisol in the exact same way as they do during a ‘fight or flight’ reaction. Caffeine gives you a false boost in energy before the fall to fatigue.

Your thyroid is very sensitive to stimulants. It only confuses your already overworked system.

If you must have coffee, try to limit it to one cup of coffee a day.

As for caffeinated soda, this beverage is a loaded with empty calories, a crazy amount of sugar and then top if off with the caffeine. You can purchase soda water without sodium and squeeze a lemon or lime into it.

Dairy and Gluten

Most people don’t realize that they have a very common food allergies to gluten and dairy. A1 casein is a protein found in cow’s milk. The A1 casein and gluten both can cause Leaky Gut Syndrome. This will increase inflammation and tax your already low hormone producing thyroid gland.  When you have a “Leaky gut” it allows particles to leak from your digestive tract and travel freely through your bloodstream. This puts your immune system on high alert to neutralize all of these threats. After a while of the constant abuse from your leaky gut and eventually puts your body in a state of chronic inflammation and next setting you on the path to develop an autoimmune disease where your immune system becomes so stressed and confused that it begins attacking your own tissue by mistake. So the next time you go to eat that cheeseburger keep in mind that since you have a leaky gut that was originally caused by gluten and dairy consumption, your willingly allowing their proteins to  travel freely into your bloodstream, where they trigger an attack from your immune system.  I use ghee for cooking very frequently. The clarifying process also removes casein.  I also use coconut milk.  In my research, these are a safer way to eat dairy if you must any type of raw dairy – milk, butter, cheese, cream, sour cream, cream cheese, ice cream, heavy cream, yogurt and any type of pasteurized grass-fed dairy of cream, butter, and ghee.

Gluten intolerance is pretty common than previously recognized.  It’s a major trigger for autoimmune conditions. By removing wheat, barley, and rye products, as well as corn, oats, millet, and coffee you are allowing yourself to heal.

Nightshades

If  you have an autoimmune disease, arthritis, gout, osteoporosis and ongoing inflammation eliminating nightshades can help you heal. Nightshades has  Alkaloids, Calcitrol and high in lectins.  Lectins are plants as a natural pesticide.  It is a“sticky” molecules that tend to attach to the walls of the intestine and can exacerbate a leaky gut.  Calcitriol is a  hormone that signals your body that you need more calcium in your blood.  Therefore your body starts to store calcium deposits in soft tissues, such as tendons and ligaments. Last but not least Alkaloids which cause stress and inflammation in  your body.

Nightshades include:

  • Potatoes (not sweet potatoes or yams)
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • All peppers (not peppercorn), including hot peppers, chili peppers, sweet peppers and paprika
  • Ashwaganda
  • Gogi berries
  • Cape gooseberries (not normal gooseberries)
  • Ground cherries

 

Sugar and Artificial sweeteners

Refined sugar doesn’t contain any nutritional value . You wont find any fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants , water, fats or proteins but what you will find is inflammation, malnutrition, bad carbohydrates, metabolic syndrome, blood sugar spikes, leptin resistance AND obesity.
Did you know? According to the American Heart Association ( AHA), the maximum amount of sugar you should eat in a day is as follows:
Men: 150 calories per day ( 37.9 grams or 9 teaspoons)
Women: 100 calories per day ( 25 grams or 6 teaspoons)
Children 2-18 years old: 100 calories ( 25 grams or 6 teaspoons)
According to the National Cancer Institute and National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, children as young as 1 to 3 years already exceed the daily recommendations and typically consume around 12 teaspoons of added sugar a day. By the time a child is 4 to 8 years old, his sugar intake soars to an average of 21 teaspoons a day.
The National Cancer Institute also found that 14- to 18-year-old children consume the most added sugar on a daily basis, averaging about 34.3 teaspoons. In general, the average American consumes about 355 calories of added sugar a day, or the equivalent of 22.2 teaspoons. That is about triple the recommended amount! A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation states that an excess of sugar on our liver is making our bodies insulin resistance. and is the beginning stages of non alcoholic fatty liver disease.
The excess of sugar fools our metabolism into turning off our bodies appetite-control system. When this happens the body doesn’t stimulate insulin, which in turn fails to suppress ghrelin, or “the hunger hormone,” which then fails to stimulate leptin or “the satiety hormone.” This is what sets us up for insulin resistance, metabolic dysfunction, weight gain, abdominal obesity, decreased HDL and increased LDL, elevated blood sugar, elevated triglycerides, high blood pressure and more uric acid which place us in the risk factor for heart and kidney disease. All these things from the over consumption of sugar that is in processed foods.

Legumes, Lectin and  peanuts.

Legumes contain lectins. Peanuts are a legume and it also carries  aflatoxins which is a type of mold. In my book, Beyond the bite, I go into detail explaining why you should avoid Legumes, Lectin and peanuts.

List of legumes

  • Alfalfa
  • Asparagus bean
  • Asparagus pea
  • Baby lima bean
  • Black bean
  • Black-eyed pea
  • Black turtle bean
  • Boston bean
  • Boston navy bean
  • Broad bean
  • Cannellini bean
  • Chickpeas
  • Chili bean
  • Cranberry bean
  • Dwarf bean
  • Egyptian bean
  • Egyptian white broad bean
  • English bean
  • Fava bean
  • Fava coceira
  • Field pea
  • French green bean
  • Frijol bola roja
  • Frijole negro
  • Great northern bean
  • Green bean
  • Green and yellow peas
  • Kidney bean
  • Lentils
  • Lespedeza
  • Licorice
  • Lima bean
  • Madagascar bean
  • Mexican black bean
  • Mexican red bean
  • Molasses face bean
  • Mung bean
  • Mung pea
  • Mungo bean
  • Navy bean
  • Pea bean
  • Peanut
  • Peruvian bean
  • Pinto bean
  • Red bean
  • Red clover
  • Red eye bean
  • Red kidney bean
  • Rice bean
  • Runner bean
  • Scarlet runner bean
  • Small red bean
  • Snow pea
  • Southern pea
  • Sugar snap pea
  • Soybean
  • Wax bean
  • White vlover
  • White kidney bean
  • White pea bean

 

Corn

I bet  you didn’t know that corn is a actually a grain that is full of  Omega 6s that  produce hormones that support inflammation. it is genetically modified food and continues to be re-engineered in more ways that we can imagine. Although corn doesn’t have gluten in it, it can still aggravate auto immune disorders. Corn contains lectins and we can’t digest it. Not to mention its loaded with pesticides.

Eggs 

If you are allergic to eggs your immune system will overreact to the  proteins found in eggs. Many people who are allergic to eggs react to the proteins in the egg whites, but others just simply can’t tolerate the proteins in the yolk. Each time a person with a egg intolerance eat an egg, the body thinks these proteins are harmful invaders.

Your immune system go to work defending your body from this “invader.” This causes an allergic reaction, and chemicals like histamine are released in the body. Did  you know that the  viruses for the flu vaccine are grown in chicken eggs.
The release of these chemicals can cause someone to have the following problems:
wheezing
trouble breathing
coughing
hoarseness
throat tightness
stomachache
vomiting
diarrhea
itchy, watery, or swollen eyes
hives
red spots
swelling
a drop in blood pressure

Sometimes we have to do a little pruning of the branches, in order for the tree to be healthy again. A number of things can be the reason why you have hormonal imbalances, food intolerances, thyroid issues, adrenal fatigue, weight gain, insomnia, personality changes, leaky gut, depression, an autoimmune disorder, chronic pain, no metabolism and low sex drive, bloating, anxiety, menstrual problems and infertility. It starts with becoming aware and how your health can be influenced by many different circumstances.
How would you define good health? Logically one would define good health as absence of a disease or following some sort of ground rules that avoid developing a disease. This book can help you begin to understand what a Keto Autoimmune protocol is and start guiding you in the redevelopment and healing of your body. You will begin to understand how to fix your gut, strengthen your immunity and fight inflammation with an autoimmune approach. The Keto AIP removes all the common inflammatory food triggers that stimulate a possible autoimmune reaction in the body. Along with helping to reset those adrenals, boosting that energy and doing a little ass kicking to those hormones that have decided to act like a wild college student and pull an all-nighter the day before final exams.
Your health doesn’t have to be a difficult situation but a positive realization that things need to change. This new lifestyle change has many parts to it and I hope you will embrace not only the physical but the spiritual awakening. Common food intolerances that are known to trigger inflammation are eliminated in this Keto AIP protocol are Nightshades, Eggs, Grains (gluten), Dairy, Legumes, Corn, Soy, Dairy and lectins.

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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, 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. 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.

 

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Hypothyroidism: Why is my body out of balance and how can I help to regain it

Your body is an awesome design but there is a complex balance between everything. It’s like a domino. One thing in your body that is overworked can cause a major shift in how things operate. Sometimes we have to do a little pruning of the branches, in order for the tree to be healthy again. There is not one size fits all.

See when your thyroid isn’t working properly it can wreck havoc on your life. Your thyroid is responsible for so many things. it regulates your metabolism, makes energy, adjusts your mood, helps you sleep, even helps aid in good digestion but your see this is where you come into play. Like anything else in life you get back what you give.

You must understand that your thyroid physiology is very complex and  the treatment along with misdiagnosis is very common with hypothyroidism. Not everyone is the same. What has caused my hypothyroidism might not be what has caused yours. 

In most cases, hypothyroidism is caused by a beginning rooted immune system issue. According to Dr. Datis Kharrazian, 90% of people with hypothyroidism have Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune hypothyroid condition, whereby the immune system attacks thyroid tissue. Therefore, to cure thyroid disease, or any autoimmune condition, you have to get to the source of the imbalance; focusing on suppression of symptoms with medication alone is simply barking up the wrong tree.

1. Fix your gut 

Probiotics can help to begin repairing the lining in your gut. This also aids in helping to  balance your hormones. if someone has leaky gut syndrome it allows undigested food particles to  leak through your gut into your bloodstream and in return creates disease-causing inflammation that will have a  impact on your body — especially your thyroid glands where they are very susceptible to inflammation.  Did you know that your gut is the largest component of your immune system? It introduces friendly bacteria into your digestive system that helps to keep illness’s at bay and they are rich in live bacteria that help us absorb nutrients along with maintain proper microbiome gut balance.  Research has proven that gut health could affect inflammation, allergies and autoimmune disorders in the body as a whole. Around 1,000 different species of bugs live in your gut. Your gut has been linked to contributing to weight loss and for overall improvement of numerous symptoms, including depression, anxiety, brain fog, skin problems, hormonal issues, immune weaknesses, digestive problems, and fatigue.

Gut-Healing Vegetable Broth

  • 12 cups  filtered water
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 red onion, peeled and cut in half
  • 1 garlic bulb smashed
  • 1 chilli pepper roughly chopped
  • 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger roughly chopped
  • 2 cups of watercress
  • 3-4 cup mixed chopped vegetables and peelings I used carrot peelings, red cabbage, fresh mushrooms, leeks and celery
  • 1/2 cup dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 1/4 of a cup dried wakame seaweed
  • 1 tbsp peppercorns
  • 2 tbsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar
  • A bunch of fresh parsley
  • Simply add everything to a large pot. Bring to a boil then simmer, with the lid on, for about an hour.
  • Once everything has been cooked down, strain the liquid into a large bowl.

Natural Probiotics

There are different types of probiotics. Some  are pills, powders, or capsules that contain billions of live bacteria and will help to replenish your microbiome. Fermented foods are more of a nature type of probiotic. They carry live bacteria plus many other crucial nutrients. Many cultures all around the  world has its own recipes for fermented foods.

Garden Of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics Once Daily Women’s, 30 Count

Garden Of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics Once Daily Women's, 30 Count

2. Sleep

A lack of long term sleep can raise cortisol levels. You should aim for  7–8 hours of sleep every night.

Here is a great article that I wrote on how to help with your sleep if you are having issues in this area: 11 Tips To Help You With Insomnia

 

3. Detox your lifestyle

We are creating a toxic shit storm within our very own bodies. I’m not speaking from a place of Prejudice or judgement because what you do with your life is entirely your call. The real reality is we are damaging our DNA and we are changing our genetic makeup for future generations. These chemicals in our food, beverages, vaccines and pharmaceuticals create a breeding ground for sickness. Have you heard of gene mutation? It’s when the cells are changed by chemicals they are either damaged, lost or copied.  These processed foods that are full of man-made chemicals, fluoridated municipal tap water, genetically modified foods, Artificial sweeteners, Vaccines and the yearly flu shot – often contain mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde and MSG, Pharmaceutical medications and a lot of the Pharmaceutical medications are loaded with fluoride, OTC (over-the-counter) medications for colds, allergies, headaches and fever – often contain heavy metal toxins, artificial sweeteners and toxic industrial-based food dyes. All of this is what is keeping us sick and these corporations rich.

Did you know that most of these products we use every day 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 harming our health.

 

4. Try Adaptogen Herbs 

Adaptogen herbs are  in a unique class of healing plants that promote hormone balance and help tp protect the body from a wide variety of diseases, including those caused by excess stress. They also boost your  immune functions. Research shows that various adapotogens — such as ashwagandha, medicinal mushrooms, rhodiola and holy basil Studies show that holy basil can helps to regulate cortisol level, protect your organs and tissues against chemical stress from pollutants and heavy metals, which are other factors that can lead to hormone imbalance.— The unique healing herbs can—

  • Improve thyroid function
  • Lower cholesterol naturally
  • Reduce anxiety and depression
  • Reduce brain cell degeneration
  • Stabilize blood sugar and insulin levels
  • Support adrenal gland functions

** keep in mind that  certain herbal supplements  can affect thyroid function negatively, causing changes in your TSH, including guggul, tyrosine, kelp, bladderwrack supplements and products containing iodine, such as certain vitamins. So please beware and read labels.

5. Address Food sensitivities

Food allergies 

If you allergic to certain foods it is will involve your the immune system. Your know that your immune system controls how your body defends itself. Your body see’s inflammatory foods as invaders and will kick in your autoimmunity responses.  For example if you have a food allergy to cow’s milk, your immune system will see cow’s milk as an invader. In-return your immune system overreacts by producing antibodies called Immunoglobulin E (IgE). These antibodies travel to cells that release chemicals, causing an allergic reaction to start fighting for your body. Being tested for food allergies seems to be easiest way to check to see if you have any food allergies so you can start avoiding these foods and help your immune system become strong again.

Avoiding Food Allergens*

Many people are unaware that certain foods are actually working against their bodies. You should see a specialist and be tested to ensure you have no food allergies. Your lymphatic system can also be affected by your gut. If your gut is inflamed and not healed this is taxing on your immune system which in return is taxing on your lymphatic system. Consider adding prebiotics and probiotics to help support gut health along with eating properly and avoiding these common food allergens. In this book, you will find all the recipes have been created and catered around these common food allergens along with being Keto. I’ve taken them out. After 1 month you can slowly add some back in and see how you react. This certainly wasn’t an easy task but one that I am most proud of. 

Common food allergens that can contribute to an inflamed gut are:

Nightshades

Eggs

Grains (gluten)

Dairy

Legumes

Corn

Soy

Dairy

lectins 

You can find great inflammation and recipes in my book Beyond the Bite: The Keto Autoimmune Protocol Healing Book for Women. 

6. Change Your Diet

We are creating a perfect storm within our bodies. The less nutrients we consume, more toxins we add, create this world win of health issues. It’s sad that our western diet is made up of red meats, vegetable oils, white flour and sugar. Who would of thought that something so simple as eating has become so complicated. Food does matter. It talks to your DNA . Food can change your DNA!

For goodness sake please eat enough calories along with it being nutrient based! If your body is put in starvation mode it can cause metabolic damage over time(a reduction in what’s known as your basal metabolic rate).  So if you are not eating enough calories  your hypothalamus will tell your body to burn less over time thus causing metabolic damage.
The foods you eat have a major impact on autoimmune disease —  It affects your gut health and along with increasing or decreasing the inflammation in your body. Unfortunately, our western world diet are full of foods that have a bad impact on both your gut and your inflammation. Start with eating whole foods that are anti-inflammatory.  For instance, omega-3 wild fish, leafy greens and turmeric. If it was made in a lab , avoid it. Do a little research and you will find that our western diet that is made up of processed, fake foods, chemicals, sugar and corn oils are all highly flaming the fan of your inflammation.  begin to start reading labels. You will soon discover that health foods such as low-fat and gluten-free packaged foods, which are often loaded with sugar, additives, and preservatives. Avoid Grains, dairy, legumes, eggs, corn, and soy  which these foods are not the  cornerstones to a healthy diet anymore they can contribute to a leaky gut and inflammation.  Did you know that Gluten  triggers the release of a chemical called zonulin, which tells the walls of your intestines to open up and by doing so this releases toxins into your bloodstream.

*Did you know that the over-consumption of soy products which contain high levels of isoflavones, can increase  TSH ? Soy also can impede cell receptors and disrupt the feedback loop throughout your entire endocrine (hormonal) system.

*Gluten has a molecular composition of thyroid tissue. Those of us with Hashimoto’s, it’s simply a case of mistaken identity on our bodies. By eating  gluten it increases the autoimmune attack on your thyroid.

*Eat cooked cruferious vegetables. Raw cruferious vegetables can enlarge the thyroid and reduce its responsiveness to TSH. Goitrogenic foods include turnips, Brussels sprouts, kohlrabi, radishes, cauliflower,  rutabaga, cabbage and kale.

7.Reduce Your Toxic Burden

These are commonly found in items like antibacterial soap, deodorant, lotions, and makeup. These things are poisonous. Your skin is the largest organ in the body. Whatever you put on your skin goes into your body. I can’t preach this enough. If you can’t eat it, then don’t apply it to your skin. I understand this might not be 100% doable but every little bit helps your body. Everyday we are exposed to a huge number of chemical toxins without our own doing. It’s in our water,  the pollution in our air,  the insecticides and herbicides that are is sprayed on our food and the chemicals that are spray on our lawns.

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.

Homemade Deodorant

3 tbsp virgin coconut oil
2 tbsp shea butter
3 tbsp baking soda
2 tbsp cornstarch
5 drops essential oil of  your choice

Mix baking soda and arrowroot together. Melt your coconut oil & shea butter in the microwave in a microwave-safe bowl. Mix all ingredients (the baking soda and arrowroot powder) with the oil. Pour into clean small mason jar. Add your essential oil to the mason jar; close with the lid. Give it a good shake to combine the essential oil with the other mixture. By doing it this way, you can still use that bowl to eat with.  Once you mix that essential oil in the bowl, it can only be used for the purpose of making your deodorant. Everything you’ve used is edible except the essential oils. Let cool.

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.

** Start making  your own all natural Cleaning Supplies.

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8. Relieve Your Stress

Believe it or not but high levels of stress can affect your thyroid. Stress has a negative influence on your body.  When you become stressed it releases more of the stress hormone, cortisol, and cortisol is stored in your belly region.  Elevated cortisol levels affects learning and memory, lower immune function and bone density, increase weight gain, blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease and your thyroid gland. There are many ways one can become stressed Social stress, Physical stress and this includes to much exercising, emotional stress, stress of daily life, not getting enough  sleep.  Stress affects everyone differently and what may bother me might not bother you. 

Many of us find ourselves in this cycle of so much responsibility that at times it seems impossible to manage. We are over worked and the chronic stress is breaking us down. Chronis stress keeps our cortisol levels elevated. If our cortisol levels are staying elevated, it begins to interfere with many other area’s of our body which are the immune system, digestion, sleep, and even the ability to produce other essential hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and YES you named it last but not least our THYROID which can cause an autoimmune reaction. Do you see the cycle?

We must try to begin to tackle our stress and start to manage it.
Stress not only effects your immune system but by revving up your immune system, it begins to produces a wave of inflammation.

Inflammation will cause damage to you entire body. Many things can be the reason for the rise in inflammation in your body such as trauma, infections, bacterial overgrowth syndromes and chronic pain syndromes.

Let’s face it your immune system needs a long vacation from all the stress you’ve put it through. Just enough for a fighting chance to get back on track.

Take a walk, read a book, take a relaxing Epsom salt bath, start a yoga class, meditate, walk your dog. The key is to figure out what works for you and relaxes you.

9. Address Chronic Candida

Hypothyroidism causes low body temps which allows fungal overgrowth. Get the temps up and the fungal/yeast will have nowhere to live.”

Our lives already seem to be on hold from our hypothyroidism.  Did you know that an overload of Candida was picked up at birth or shortly thereafter? We were supposed to be getting good friendly bacteria from our mother’s at birth, but “our”  mother’s had Candida overgrowth and unknowing passed it on to us. And over the years, our bodies has become more and more compromised.  Your gut microbes could be dramatically affecting your thyroid health. There is a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding about Candida.  Both from the medical profession and on the internet. It is easy to get fooled into thinking, as many sites will try to convince you, that all anyone needs to do is to take their product or buy their e-book. Of course, they will all have testimonies. What they don’t tell you in those testimonies is how the Candida came back — in a month or two or in six months. However long it took for the Candida to overgrow enough to start causing symptoms again. It is important to know that dealing with Candida is not an easy fix.

If  you think you have chronic candida read this blog  Chronic Candida Attacking Your Thyroid?

10. Meditation-High Cortisol

Start your day our with meditation and a grateful heart. There are many people who weren’t able to wake up and live another day.   I can’t even begin to express the importance of  the power of meditation has over the body. It’s been proven to lower your  levels of  cortisol which is also known as the stress hormone. I like to start my day off listening to mediation music to clear my head while I have my legs up against the wall using this yoga pose.

Legs up the wall pose will not only help with your thyroid functions but it also relieves back pain, helps with insomnia, improves posture, helps with anxiety, naturally adjusts your spine, improves your digestion and it starts a lymphatic circulation. Your  lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump and relies on our movements and gravity to circulate lymph fluid where the toxins in this fluid can be eliminated from your body. If we sit all day the lymph fluid becomes stagnant and start to collect toxins. By simply reversing the flow of gravity in your legs, you begin to circulate the lymphatic fluid and encourage the body to start the elimination of toxins.  Dry brushing also will simulate the lymphatic system and improve skin tone.

11. Always take your thyroid medications alone and wait 4 hours before taking any iron tablets, vitamins with iron and calcium supplements. never take it  at the same time as you take your thyroid medication. Calcium and iron can disrupt the absorption of thyroid replacement. Allow two to four hours between the time you take your thyroid medication and your iron and calcium supplements.

12. Address nutritional deficiencies

Having  nutritional deficiencies isnt the cause of hypothyridism but it certainly adds gas to the fire. When you are deficient it can aggravate the symptoms: vitamin D, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, zinc, copper, vitamin A, the B vitamins, and iodine.

Having nutritional deficiencies certainly adds gas to the fire. When you are deficient it can aggravate the symptoms: vitamin D, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, zinc, copper, vitamin A, the B vitamins, and iodine.

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13. Rule out other causes of your symptoms

  • Iron imbalance
  • Blood sugar imbalances
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Selenium deficiency
  • Vitamin D deficiency

The most important thyroid nutrients and their doses (for adults) are zinc (30 mg/day), selenium (200 mcg/day), iodine (150 mcg), and iron (18 mg). The uber-cool thyroid pharmacist Izabella Wentz also suggests that low thiamine (vitamin B1) may be an issue for Hashimoto’s sufferers, and that supplementing this nutrient may be helpful and a th B-complex.

14. Start Supporting my Adrenal Glands

Your adrenals produce over 50 hormones that tell almost every bodily function what they need to be doing. These hormones affect every function, organ and tissue in the body. Eating refined foods and sugars will cause a spike in your blood sugar levels, which in return cause the body to release insulin and as a result the adrenal glands will release more cortisol. When your adrenal glands are compromised this puts your body in a catabolic state. Which means your body is breaking down. Since your thyroid glands controls the metabolic activity of the body, it will attempt to slow down the catabolic state by slowing down your metabolism. Many of the foods that I had been eating blocked nutrients from being absorbed such as whole grain bread, beans and tofu/soy products. These foods also created inflammation in my digestive tract. When there is inflammation in the digestive system undigested proteins leak into the blood stream creating a heightened immune reaction that often exacerbates thyroid issues. I had to focus more on eating the most nutrient dense foods possible and find my trigger food sensitivities. lastly, eliminate all processed food, high carbohydrates, gluten, corn, soy and sugar, plan meals around protein and healthy fats then load up my plate with vegetables.

I had to start eating  nutrient-dense foods that were  easy to digest and have healing qualities such as

  • Coconut
  • homemade bone broth
  • grass fed meats
  • pastured meats
  • wild game
  • pastured organ meats
  • natural fats such as coconut oil
  • grass fed butter/ghee
  • full fat grass fed dairy
  • mineral rich Himalayan sea salt
  • wild fish
  • Olives
  • Avocado
  • Cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, etc.) Cooked…. (Limit 2x week)
  • Fatty fish (e.g., wild-caught salmon)
  • Organic hormone free Chicken and turkey
  • Seeds, such as raw pumpkin, chia seeds and flax seeds
  • Kelp and seaweed
  • Celtic or Himalayan sea salt
  • fermented foods
  • leafy greens
  • Nitrate free bacon
  • Nuts, such as walnuts and almonds
  • Coconut Flour, Almond Flour , hemp seeds and Chia seeds
  • ghee
  • bone broth

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15. Add Sea Weed

Naturally rich in iodine as well as trace minerals, sea weed has long been considered a food that supports thyroid function. Iodine is critical to thyroid health and function. Without adequate dietary iodine, your body is unable to manufacture the thyroid hormones.   Of course, excess intake of iodine-rich foods is also implicated in thyroid disease.  Remember: moderation is the key, not excess.

16. Add Coconut Oil

Coconut oil also supports proper thyroid function as it slightly stimulates thyroid hormone production and the metabolism. Coconut oil may also help to reduce cholesterol in hypothyroid patients as thyroid suppression in and of itself raises blood cholesterol levels.

17. Add  Shellfish

Shellfish, like sea vegetables, are naturally rich in iodine – the nutrient that is critically important to thyroid function as iodine molecules are used inthe production of thyroid hormones.

Try avoid  Gluten-containing Grains, Unfermented Soy, Coffee, Raw Cruciferous Vegetables, millet, Soy and fermented soy products.

18.  Leptin Resistance

You may of become leptin resistant. Leptin is the hormone that is produced by your fat cells and is commonly referred to as the “fat or obesity hormone”. You see when you are leptin resistant your brain thinks your body is in a state of starvation even though you might be overweight therefor your body is trying to stay alive by INCREASING your appetite and by lowering your metabolism.

This  hormone’s job is to assist your body with its fat burning needs while increasing  your metabolism when you have more than enough fat cells in your system.

You can read more about leptin Resistance here https://www.restartmed.com/leptin-resistance-thyroid-resistance/.

19.  Healing the Pituitary Gland and support the hypothalamus

The hypothalamus releases hormones that tell the pituitary to release hormones that stimulate the thyroid to release hormones. These hormones enter the bloodstream to boost metabolism within the body where required. The negative feedback loop we spoke of above is how hormones in the blood communicate to the brain. When the metabolism has been successfully increased to the desired state, hormones in the blood tell the hypothalamus to tell the pituitary to stop stimulating the thyroid gland.

 

( hypothalamus-a region of the forebrain below the thalamus that coordinates both the autonomic nervous system and the activity of the pituitary, controlling body temperature, thirst, hunger, and other homeostatic systems, and involved in sleep and emotional activity)

The hypothalamus is a part of the brain about the size of an almond, located below the thalamus, at the center for many critical bodily functions. The hypothalamus creates “releasing hormones” that stimulate or inhibit the secretion of pituitary hormones. The pituitary gland used to be considered the master gland, but now we know that the pituitary is receiving its orders from the hypothalamus’s hormones.)

Healthy fats, B vitamins, vitamin E, and glandular support  are typically used to support the hypothalamus, but eliminating inflammation is key. This gland usually responds quickly to a inflammation fighting and nutrient based diet.

20. Detoxifying your Pineal Gland

Over time your pineal gland has had tiny phosphate crystals formed around it creating this hard shell where it has become calcified.

Fluoride, chlorine, lead, pesticides, synthetic calcium, artificial sweeteners, synthetic fragrances, and mercury, are well-known endocrine disruptors that can lead to pineal calcification. Eat organic produce (from small, responsible farms), and drink only clean, healthy drinking water. When drinking or cooking with tap water, use a filter that removes fluoride and chlorine.   I know a whole house water filter might be out of he budget for most of us that is why I use a British Berkefeld. I also have a filter for my shower. Believe it or not we do breathe a lot of fluoride and chlorine and other chemicals into our lungs when we shower with tap water, and chemicals are absorbed through the skin.

Stop wearing sun glasses and chemically produced sunscreen. Your body & eyes need the natural sunlight. No, I am not saying go outside and look directly in the sun or lay out in your swimming trunks all day to get a tan. You can make homemade sunscreen or purchase many sunscreen that aren’t loaded with hormone disrupting and cancer causing chemicals.

Antioxidants are a big help to the pineal gland and the endocrine system as a whole. Try some Oregano oil which is a very powerful antioxidant. Neem oil also helps remove the harden shell from an existing calcification within the pineal gland.  Raw apple cider vinegar is another natural detoxifier that can assist with decalcification of the pineal. Iodine is also imperative for strong pineal function, but supplementing with too much can cause problems as well.

Vitamin K2 is vital for our bodies ability to properly know what to do with calcium. K2 also helps remove calcification and puts that calcium to work elsewhere. Vitamin K2 deficiency is common in modern society and has been connected with a wide array of health ailments. K2 is the new D. Routine blood work can tell  you if  you are low on any nutrients. 

Prunes, dried basil, parsley, , cucumbers, asparagus , sauerkraut, blueberries,  Cruciferous veggies like Brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, collard greens but remember if you have hypothyroidism eat these cruciferous veggies cooked and limit it to no more than 3x’s per week.

Boron, naturally present in beets, can also be taken in supplemental form and can help decalcify and remove fluoride from the gland.

Pineal Gland Smoothie 

( you can also juice this recipe)

1/2 organic cucumber, washed, peeled, seeds removed and diced

2 prunes, make sure it doesn’t have any seeds

1/4 organic beet, washed, peeled and diced

handful of fresh parsley

1/4 cup of organic blueberries

small piece of ginger ( about the size of half  your thumb) peeled

8oz of filtered water

ice ( optional )

Blend and drink, if you are juicing you  might not need to add any water depending on your taste.

21. Reduce your inflammation

Chronic inflammation can spread and have more harmful effects than just one area in your body. Your body can experience things like higher blood pressure , allergies, create autoimmune issues, experience joint pain, cause heart problems, harmful swelling, bone loss, it can lower your iron levels and it just have a negative impact on your entire well-being. Did you know that chronic inflammation can also raise your reverse T3, which means this might be the reason why your hypothyroidism was created in the 1st place. We must get the inflammation under control. Cut out foods like gluten, sugar, refined carbs, fake foods, soy, and vegetable oils and add in fresh whole fruits, healthy fats and fiber. Start creating your own body lotions and cleaning supplies.

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What tests should I have ran for my thyroid?

Basic Thyroid Panel:
1). TSH: for diagnosis of hypopituitary, NOT to diagnose or dose your hypothyroidism (unless it’s high). If you allow a doctor to diagnose or dose you by this lab test and range i.e. to say you are normal simply because it’s in range or below 10…you could still be hypothyroid.
2). Free T4 and Free T3 (note “FREE”–important since it measures what is unbound and available.)
3). Reverse T3: to be done at the same time you do the Free T3. Then calculate your ratio with the results and measurements.
4). Thyroid Antibodies: anti-TPO and TgAb will help diagnosis Hashimotos. You need BOTH, not just one of them. You can add TRAb and TSI for the Graves antibodies–some people have all three.
5). Four iron labs: Ferritin, % Saturation, TIBC and serum iron (sometimes the latter will just say Iron, or total iron). A high ferritin can also point to inflammation. Up to five days off iron supplements is necessary to see what your body is holding onto.
6). Adrenal Cortisol levels: Saliva, NOT blood. Blood is measuring both bound and unbound cortisol and does NOT give results you can go by. You’ll need to be off all cortisol-containing supplements for two weeks before testing.
7). B-12 and Folate
You NEED to have your Vitamins and MINERALS checked.
8). Magnesium and Potassium, plus Calcium, Sodium, Glucose, etc (All the latter are part of the Comprehensive Metabolic Profile–CMP blood test. You can also ask for the RBC (Red Blood Cell) versions of Mag. and Pot, which measures cellular levels. For potassium, make sure the rubber tourniquet is not left on more than 60 seconds, says this study. Also note that the Buccal Mg lab test is finally available and seems to be more correlated to cardiac health than RBC Mg, but is expensive and not always easy to get.) You will want to be off these mineral supplements for several days so you can measure what your body is hanging onto.
9). Vitamin D3 (25-hydroxyvitamin D lab test) and read why you may need another Vitamin D test.
10). Sex hormones: progesterone, estrogen, testosterone, etc. (If you are a woman who is still menstruating, the reproductive hormones should be tested 19 to 21 days past the first day of your last period)
11). MTHFR gene: if you have high levels of mercury, copper, lead, iron or B12 and/or a strong family history of cancer, heart disease, stroke, miscarriages, IBS. 60% of the population has a MTHFR mutation. It will help guide you in your treatment.
PLUS: others your doctor may recommend, including tests for Lyme disease, heavy metals, Candida, food sensitivity, etc.
Ultrasound of the thyroid gland
Our issues are H.A.T. – hormones, adrenals and thyroid. You MUST treat your adrenals before your thyroid meds will work. When one is out of balance, it can throw the others out of balance
For Hashimoto’s disease – Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPOAb), Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TgAb)
For Graves’ disease – Thyroid Receptor Antibodies (TRAb), Thyroid Stimulating Immunoglobulins (TSI)
**If your iron, ferritin, Vit D, Vit B12 are too low, you may have trouble with thyroid hormone replacement. They need to be in optimal ranges for your body to tolerate and utilize thyroid hormone properly.
***Low or high cortisol (adrenal hormone) can present a problem as well. Cortisol levels should be at the highest when you wake in the morning and gradually come down throughout the day, with the lowest level between 10 and midnight. A 8-9am and 4-5pm serum cortisol test is recommended. A 24 hour saliva cortisol test is best. Reproductive hormones also need to be balanced. Low cortisol is a sign of low T3.
10 Monitoring Tests You May Need if You Have Hypothyroidism To keep on top of other aspects of your health, consider talking with your doctor about these 10 tests, most of which use blood or urine samples:
1. Lipid panel. This test looks at the lipids, or fats, in your blood. People with hypothyroidism may have elevated total and LDL cholesterol levels. Total cholesterol, which includes your good HDL cholesterol, should be below 200 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) and LDL cholesterol below 130 mg/dL. If your cholesterol is high when you start thyroid treatment, your doctor might test again after thyroid hormone levels stabilize. “A lot of patients with high cholesterol can have their cholesterol reduced just by treating their thyroid,” says David Borenstein, MD, an integrative medicine physician in private practice at Manhattan Integrative Medicine in New York City.
2. Complete blood count (CBC).“With more severe hypothyroid disease, you are at risk for mild anemia and bleeding problems, and that can have an effect on clotting factors and platelets,” says Dr. Smallridge. A CBC examines five blood components with the following normal ranges:
Red blood cell count: 3.9-5.69 millions per cubic milliliter
Hemoglobin: 12.6-16.1 grams/dL
Hematocrit: 38-47.7 percent
White blood cell count: 3.3-8.7 thousands per cubic milliliter
Platelet count: 147-347 thousands per cubic milliliter
3. Liver enzyme exam. Liver function tests check on the health of this organ. Not only does the liver play a role in the chemical process that develops thyroid hormones, but untreated hypothyroidism can cause problems in liver function over time. Additionally, sometimes people with hypothyroidism also have liver problems that need attention. The results of a liver panel test can’t diagnose a condition, but the pattern of results along with symptoms will help your doctor decide on any next steps. This blood test can look at alanine aminotransferase(ALT), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), bilirubin, albumin, total protein, gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT), lactate dehydrogenase, and prothrombin time.
4. Prolactin test. This hormone stimulates lactation, or breast milk — and people with hypothyroidism often have increased prolactin levels. Normal levels for women who are not pregnant are 0 to 20 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL) and for men,0 to 15 ng/mL. Because galactorrhea (spontaneously producing breast milk)improves with thyroid treatment, your doctor might not test for this unless the problem persists.
5. Vitamin B12 test. Your doctor may test your levels of B12 and other B vitamins because they playa role in managing thyroid hormones, Dr. Borenstein says. B12 deficiency also can be related to anemia. Reference ranges can vary widely. Talk to your doctor about your lab results.
6. Vitamin D check. Early research has shown a correlation between hypothyroidism and vitamin D deficiency. The two conditions could be separate conditions occurring at the same time or contributing to one another — researchers don’t understand the relationship yet. However, your doctor might want to check on your vitamin D levels as well. A 25-hydroxyvitamin D level of 20 nanograms per deciliter or greater is necessary for skeletal health. Some doctors recommend a level of 20-40 nanograms per deciliter, while others recommend 60-70.
7. Sodium test. Sodium (salt)is essential to your body’s management of water or fluids. Normal sodium bloodt est results are 135 to 145 milliequivalents per liter (meq/L), but sodium levels might be lower than normal with hypothyroidism.
8. Magnesium check. People with hypothyroidism and certain other deficiencies might also have too little magnesium, an essential mineral. Normal blood test results are 1.8 to3.0 mg/dL.
9. C-reactive protein (CRP) test. This test measures inflammation in your body. Most people who are not fighting off an infection or living with an inflammatory condition have low levels of CRP. Increasing levels suggest increased inflammation in your body. An integrative medicine specialist might want to address overall inflammation with changes in diet and lifestyle in addition to thyroid treatment.
10. Sleep disorder testing. You also may need sleep testing in addition to lab tests. Sleep apnea and disordered sleep can result from hypothyroidism, says Claudia Cooke, MD, an integrative medicine specialist in private practice in New York City. This is because hypothyroidism can affect the tongue’s mobility, causing it to block breathing at night. A sleep study can help you find out if this is an issue by monitoring your sleep in a sleep lab or at home using portable equipment. This test could be warranted if you’ve had thyroid treatment and your TSH levels are acceptable and stable, yet you wake up tired, feel tired during the day, and your bed partner tells you that you’re snoring considerably.
When you go to the new doc take these with you:
A list of your FAMILY history (Mother, father, grand parents. If you have cousins with Autoimmune Diseases add them to the list)
A list of YOUR medical history
A list of what you are taking currently (take the bottles too)
A list of your symptoms, ALL of them A copy of your labs IF they are recent
A list of what you would like to talk about (that’s so you don’t forget)
A list of tests you would like done.
***** Keep these lists saved in your computer so you can easily update them. I suggest saving them with the DATE in the name of the file.
RE: MedicationsIAmTaking09.08.14.doc
FamilyHistory09.08.14.doc
MySymptoms09.08.14.doc
Call the new physicians office and be SURE they do FT3 before you even go. If they don’t, do not waste your money or co-pay.

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.

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Dieting for Your Thyroid

When it comes down to it, the proper diet for our thyroid is one that has balance. We need to constantly be incorporating a healthy amount of the three major sources of macronutrients:

  • Proteins
  • Fats
  • Healthy Carbohydrates

The mix here is important, and by purchasing my book A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty, I will show you exactly how and what you should be working each day  into your diet so that you start healing  your health.  Break that cycle today, start eating to cater to your thyroid and replenish your life.

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Holiday Hypothyroidism

Finally a Holiday cookbook that will have you sincerely appreciating all the hard work that I put into creating it. This cookbook not only has recipes that caters to your hypothyroidism but the recipes are extremely easy to prepare while still being delicious as they promote your health, help you begin to heal, and you’re eating cleaner on top of it all. These recipes can be used year-round not only around the holidays and will be a great addition to your library. I hope you find this Holiday book a godsend to the particularly crazy holiday season. This book includes a good variety of recipes that I know you will find to be delicious, full of flavor, healthy and just perfect for your Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner table. From appetizers to main meals, side dishes and desserts these recipes are just wonderfully delicious. I am not kidding when I tell you that the recipe options in this book are endless and you won’t be disappointed! You will be able to find that perfect recipe in this book that makes your taste buds soar, fits your dietary needs and has your family bragging on your cooking skills. They may even think you secretly took lessons from Gordon Ramsay or Julia Childs

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Hashimoto’s crock-pot recipes: Added Bonus: How I put my Hashimoto’s into remission

There’s nothing like the aroma of a home-cooked dinner welcoming you at the door. No time to be in the kitchen? The wonderful thing about a crock pot is you have little prep time. You won’t have to stand over a hot stove cooking your food and it’s perfect for those hectic days. We all want that convenience! Do you need foods that promote thyroid health? You can start today healing your body from the inside out. Over 101 wholesome and nourishing Hashimoto’s fighting recipes that will cater to your mind, body and soul. This helpful book will start to guide you in the right direction along with a step by step plan that is clear and doable.
It’s not about being skinny, it’s about energy, vitality & feeling good when you look in the mirror.

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Kicking Hypothyroidism’s booty, The Slow Cooker way: 101 Slow Cooker recipes!

I wanted to create a user-friendly handbook to help anyone affected by this disorder. I’ve seen many doctors over the years and none offered me ideas on diet change. I’ve included recipes, ideas on solutions for a healthier home, what you should be eating and shouldn’t, how to shed those extra pounds, regain your self-confidence and vitality back into your life. I want you to feel strong, sexy, and beautiful. This is my heartfelt guide to you. Together, once again, you can start to gain that wonderful life that you deserve. I am a student in this thing called life. I want to be remembered as a pioneer who thought, imagined, and inspired. What we feel at times is the impossible or unthinkable. Life is a wonderful journey.

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 A Survivors Cookbook Guide to Kicking Hypothyroidism’s booty.

Do you need foods that promote your thyroid health? Let’s heal your body from the inside out. We’ve all heard that our gut is called the “second-brain”. Given how closely the two interact with each other one thing you may not realize is your emotions and weight gain can start in the gut. Your gut and digestion can also cause you to hold onto that excess weight and just feel lousy. 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.

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Reset Your Thyroid, 21 day Meal plan Thyroid reboot

This is a 21-day Meal plan to reset your thyroid and jump start your weight loss journey. It is filled with 21 breakfast recipes, 21 lunch recipes and 21 dinner recipes. They are packed full of nutrients, healthy fats and proteins. All are easy to make and I’ve done all the thinking for you! All you have to do is prepare the foods and eat. It takes 21 days to form a new habit, it will most likely take that long for your mind and body to stop opposing your new lifestyle change. Three weeks really isn’t a very long time. If you find yourself in a rut and coming up with excuses. You can regain control by reminding yourself that you only have to do it for 21 days. Motivate yourself to exercise. Choose something you honestly like to do and won’t loathe at least 3 times a week. Create an exercise plan that seems easy to accomplish. (And, stick to it!) Give yourself a chance and commit to yourself to stay with the program for 21 days.

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Hypothyroidism Clarity

Hypothyroidism clarity is designed to help give you FREEDOM and EMPOWERMENT. I’m sharing the EXACT STEPS I’ve used to overcome my eating issues WITHOUT dieting. All the recipes are specially crafted to be easy, super delicious and they have been kid tested-mother approved. A family-friendly way to eat that your entire family will enjoy. This book contains wonderfully crafted hypothyroidism recipes for your home and body that will help transform you and your family’s life.

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Hypothyroidism: The beginners Guide

This book thanks everyone suffering from hypothyroidism and looking for answers. Hypothyroidism is the kind of disease that carries a bit of mystery with it. This book is not for readers looking for quick answers. There is not one size fits all. You have to be in charge of your health. I didn’t write this book to sell you any “snake oil” in a bottle. I’ve written this book to be an eye opener for you and to share with you what I have learned on my journey. The solutions in this book has helped so many people. There are many incredible holistic practitioners, authors and researchers with experience and expertise in this area. I’ve done my best to pull from all their expertise, as well as my own knowledge and clinical experience. I want to make it easy for you to find the answers quickly, all in the one place, because I’m all too familiar with that awful side effects of hypothyroidism. I certainly don’t want you to have to spend years finding solutions, like I did. I also what you to understand that there isn’t an easy “one pill” solution, but the “one pill” approach that our current medical system is using is NOT WORKING because the underlying cause for hypothyroidism is not being addressed. Get ready to go on a journey of discovery where you are going to learn how everything ties into one. A lack of knowledge is a lack of power.

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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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Vaccine Propaganda? To Vaxx or Not to Vaxx?

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To Vax or not?

Being a parent is like your heart is walking around on the outside of your chest. You want to do the best for your child and never have harm come to them.  This is such a major controversial issue in so many circles on vaccinations.  As a parent, I vaxxed my children to  prevent certain diseases but I didn’t allow any and all vaccines. Some vaccines that were offered to my children, I felt as a parent weren’t needed like the HPV vaccine, the flu and the Meningococcal vaccine. There have been a few others that I have said no to as well but why do we have vaccines? The goal was to stop the spread of diseases.

We begin our history of vaccines and immunization with the story of Edward Jenner, a country doctor living in Berkeley (Gloucestershire), England, who in 1796 performed the world’s first vaccination. Taking pus from a cowpox lesion on a milkmaid’s hand, Jenner inoculated an eight-year-old boy, James Phipps. Edward Jenner’s created the world’s first vaccine for smallpox in the 1790s.

A little more than a century ago, the U.S. infant mortality rate was a staggering 20 percent, and the childhood mortality rate before age five was another disconcerting 20 percent.  For more than two centuries we have benefited from vaccines and immunizations.  Our struggle with germs is never ending and can not be completely halted nor alleviated entirely by vaccines, no matter how great their immunological power. These microorganisms or “pathogens” that create disease are caused by microorganisms that invade the host but what vaccines has promised us is the peace of mind that if you inject this vaccine into your body, you will less likely, even if you come into contact with the disease, that even if these microorganisms were to invade your body, your immune system has already created antibodies to fight off these invading germs.  Truth is : The strength of an individual’s immune system varies throughout their life and we do have a genetic mechanism in all of our living cells that is far more powerful than any medicine or vitamin that can prolong the life of living cells.

Vaccines and immunization has halted the spread and the high death rate of most  infectious diseases such as these seven major human diseases  – smallpox, diphtheria, tetanus, yellow fever, whooping cough, polio, and measles.

I wrote this blog not to tell you to vaxx or not to vaxx but merely because there was this facebook posting that was very misleading and held many untruths about it. Here is the post …..

 

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IF YOU VACCINATE In the first 6 years of life your child receives the following:

•17,500 mcg 2-phenoxyethanol (antifreeze)
•5,700 mcg aluminum (neurotoxin)
•Unknown amounts of fetal bovine serum(aborted cow blood)
•801.6 mcg formaldehyde (carcinogen, embalming agent)
•23,250 mcg gelatin (ground up animal caucuses)
•500 mcg human albumin (human blood)
•760 mcg of monosodium L-glutamate (causes obesity & diabetes)
•Unknown amounts of MRC-5 cells (aborted human babies)
•Over 10 mcg neomycin (antibiotic)
•Over 0.075 mcg polymyxin B (antibiotic)
•Over 560 mcg polysorbate 80 (carcinogen)
•116 mcg potassium chloride (used in a lethal injection)
•188 mcg potassium phosphate (liquid fertilizer agent)
•260 mcg sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)
•70 mcg sodium borate (Borax, used for cockroach control)
•54,100 mcg of sodium chloride (table salt)
•Unknown amounts of sodium citrate (food additive)
•Unknown amounts of sodium hydroxide (Danger! Corrosive)
•2,800 mcg sodium phosphate (toxic to any organism)
•Unknown amounts of sodium phosphate monobasic monohydrate (toxic to any organism)
•32,000 mcg sorbitol (Not to be injected)
•0.6 mcg streptomycin (antibiotic)
•Over 40,000 mcg sucrose (cane sugar)
•35,000 mcg yeast protein (fungus)
•5,000 mcg urea (metabolic waste from human urine)
•Other chemical residuals

(From the book, “What The Pharmaceutical Companies Don’t Want You To Know About Vaccines” – By Dr.Todd M. Elsner)

 

Here is the truth about these ingredients.

– phenoxyethanol is not antifreeze. Ethylene glycol is antifreeze.

– there is no aluminum in any vaccine. There are aluminum salts, like aluminum phosphate or aluminum hydroxide, but neither of them breakdown into elemental or ionic aluminum. Saying there is aluminum in vaccines is like saying that table salt is a toxic because it has chlorine gas in it.

– fetal bovine serum is not cows blood. By definition, there is no blood in serum. It is a stable ingredient used in many products because it very closely resembles human serum.

– the formaldehyde in vaccines is less than what your body produces every day through normal metabolism.

– gelatin is in essentially every food and medicine you will ever eat.

– albumin isn’t blood either. It is just a protein, no different than creatine.

– monosodium glutamate does not cause obesity or diabetes. It is commonly in high foods, but claiming it causes those health problems is as logical as blaming the fork you eat with. It is just a salt of an amino acid.

– there are no MRC5 cells in any vaccines. Cells are used in the manufacture but are removed before the final product. They are not cells from aborted babies – they are a cell line used and replicated from stem cells taken decades ago that are replicated over and over again.

– polymyxin B is an antibiotic. As with all the the antibiotics here, they are in place to keep the vial sterile. It wouldn’t make sense to have a contaminated injection.

– polysorbate 80 is a surfactant. It keeps surface tension reduced to allow fluid to spread. It is only carcinogenic at high dose with chronic exposure, neither or which are true in vaccines.

– the next couple get grouped because they are the same reason and the stupidity to believe in this shit staggers me. Potassium chloride and potassium phosphate are just salts. These do break down into their ions and these ions are healthy parts or your body’s electrolytes. They aren’t dangerous, especially at these levels. The same goes for all of the sodium salts listed below it. How stupid do you have to be to believe this nonsense?

-sorbitol can be injected. There is no reason that it can’t be and it is something your body makes on its own.

– yeast protein isn’t a fungus. It is literally just a protein. It is named based on where it is first found.

– urea is not from human urine. It is a safe form of nitrogen your body makes every day to keep dangerous forms of nitrogen from circulating.

No, I am not telling you that you need to vaccinate/ not vaccinate your child or yourself. That wasn’t the intention of this blog at all. This is your decision and I am also not agreeing that although the fb posting that is circling around is  misleading on many of what the ingredients are that it is okay to have them injected into your body.  Again, your decision.

I hope that in any of my choice’s to vax or not to vax won’t end of being nothing more than a fraudulent lie that I have told myself. Either way I decide, I certainly dont want to have created myself a false reality and it will eventually come at a cost on either end of the spectrum for my life. Wishing that I did vaccinate or very happy that I declined.  Just in the last few hundred years what we call modern medication has become a reality for us. You see nutrition history came to life within the context of World Wars, Famines, Politics, and individuals dedicated to saving lives but the idea of nutritional theorizing actually began, like most everything, with the ancient Greeks. Hippocrates (ca. 460 BCE–370 BCE) is often credited with developing the theory of the four humors—blood, yellow bile, black bile, and phlegm—and their influence on the body. Galen’s understanding of anatomy and medicine was principally influenced by Hippocrates’s theory of the bodily humors in the second century CE, which these teachings lasted for centuries. I  believe that we have been fed lines of bullshit to meet the bottom dollar of many but you must become your own health advocate.  Please people just do your research and make your own choices to vaxx or not to vaxx never allow someone to  pressure  you either way….

  

Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.

—HIPPOCRATES

Knowledge is power, educate yourself and find the answer to your health care needs. Wisdom is a wonderful thing to seek. 

Prayer for today:

Lord, please help me to get out of my own way so I don’t miss out on the wonderful things you have for me. Help me to remember that your promises are true and you have always and will always provide my every need. Your word says, that you will bless me, exceedingly, abundantly and above all that I can ask or think. I want change, I want to be healthy and I want to learn how to heal my body. I step out on faith and I know you will guide me as I search for the truth.  I thank you for wisdom and spiritual guidance.     

In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!

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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, 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.  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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sugar: The Hidden Epidemic

I grew up watching my single mother struggle to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table. Back in the early 80’s, as she worked two jobs, she would give me $5 each day from her tips to go to the grocery store and purchase dinner for my sister who is 5 years younger than me. The  Piggly Wiggly was just around the corner from our one bedroom garage apt.  I learned the value of money at an early age and the value of what to buy to keep us full until the next day when we would eat our free lunch at school. My mouth watered as I passed the junk food isle.  Anything with sugar in it was a treat that I rarely had the chance to consume. Fast Forward ten years later, without realizing it, until recently,  I had become a food addict. Food felt good to me and made me forget about all those years listening to the sounds of my rumbling stomach. The daily struggle to eat as a child had developed a hidden childhood trauma inside of me. Once a person realizes they have a destructive-addictive behavior they can either do 1 of 2 things. Take control back or allow it to control you.

This is just my story but as your reading this perhaps you can think back to a time where if you do have a food addiction, just exactly where yours might of started.

According to a Parent company survey with over 1500 participants one of the greatest fears as a parent is for their child to become addicted to drugs and alcohol but without even realizing it , many parents are raising addicts. Sugar addicts. Addiction can manifest in many forms therefore writing about sugar addiction has had its many challenges.

Sugar is nothing but empty calories and is hidden in everything that we eat that is processed or pre-packaged by mankind. Sugar is addictive like most modern day drugs and it activates the same brain system as drugs such as nicotine and cocaine.  It is responsible for a large number of health conditions that plague humans in the 21st century.

Refined sugar doesn’t contain any nutritional value . You wont find any fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants , water, fats or proteins but what  you will find is inflammation, malnutrition, bad carbohydrates, metabolic syndrome,   blood sugar spikes, leptin resistance AND obesity.

Did you know? According to the American Heart Association ( AHA), the maximum amount of sugar you should eat in a day is as follows:

Men: 150 calories per day ( 37.9 grams or 9 teaspoons)

Women: 100 calories per day ( 25 grams or 6 teaspoons)

Children 2-18 years old: 100 calories ( 25 grams or 6 teaspoons)

According to the National Cancer Institute and National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, children as young as 1 to 3 years already exceed the daily recommendations and typically consume around 12 teaspoons of added sugar a day. By the time a child is 4 to 8 years old, his sugar intake soars to an average of 21 teaspoons a day.

The National Cancer Institute also found that 14- to 18-year-old children consume the most added sugar on a daily basis, averaging about 34.3 teaspoons. In general, the average American consumes about 355 calories of added sugar a day, or the equivalent of 22.2 teaspoons. That is about triple the recommended amount!

Let’s look at the label of a standard can of soda.

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There are 39grams of sugar in this one can of soda. So how much exactly is a gram of sugar? One teaspoon of granulated sugar equals 4 grams of sugar. To put it another way, 16 grams of sugar in a product is equal to about 4 teaspoons of granulated sugar.

This one can of soda 35g of sugar amounts to about 7 teaspoons of sugar.

Here’s how to calulate from calories to grams to teaspoons. Use the “divide by 4” rule of simple sugar math. Take the calories and divide by 4 to get the grams of added sugar. For example 200 calories, this is 50 grams.

DelMonte diced pears or mandarin oranges in light syrup: 1 small serving cup = 17 grams sugar, 70 calories ( that’s 5 teaspoons of sugar)

Quaker Instant Oatmeal, Strawberries & Cream or Peaches & Cream: 1 envelope = 12 grams sugar, 130 calories ( That’s 2.75 teaspoons of sugar)

Prego Fresh Mushroom Italian Sauce: 1/2 cup = 11 grams sugar, 90 calories ( that’s 2.75 teaspoons of sugar)

Snapple Iced  Peach Tea:  16 ounces = 39 grams sugar, 200 calories ( that’s 9.75 teaspoons of sugar)

Starbucks Carmel Frappuccino:  64 grams ( that’s 16 teaspoons of sugar)

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Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, a published  article in August 2009  connected the  increased sugar consumption with a variety of health problems like  inflammation, including obesity and high blood pressure.

A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation states that an excess of sugar on our liver is making our bodies  insulin resistance. and is the beginning stages of non alcoholic fatty liver disease. 

The excess of  sugar fools our metabolism into turning off our bodies appetite-control system.  When this happens the body doesn’t stimulate insulin, which in turn fails to suppress ghrelin, or “the hunger hormone,” which then fails to stimulate leptin or “the satiety hormone.” This is what sets us up for insulin resistance, metabolic dysfunction, weight gain, abdominal obesity, decreased HDL and increased LDL, elevated blood sugar, elevated triglycerides,  high blood pressure and more uric acid which place us in the risk factor for heart and kidney disease. All these things from the over consumption of sugar that is in processed foods. 

Dr. Robert Lustig, a professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology in the University of California and a pioneer in decoding sugar metabolism, says that your body can safely metabolize at least six teaspoons of added sugar per day. Only 6 teaspoons but the average American is eating three times that amount.

I hope you can clearly see and have no misconceptions on why childhood obesity has become an epidemic in America. The World Health Organization estimate that there are 43 million overweight children who are under the age of 5. By 2020, more than 60 percent of diseases worldwide will be directly associated with obesity.  According to research published in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care, “childhood obesity can greatly affect a child’s mental and  physical health,  along with their social,  emotional and self esteem well-being. The over-consumption of sugar also creates a viscous cycle of intense cravings and wrecks havoc on our brain.

Did you know that the pharmaceutical market for diabetes drugs is more than 30 billion per year? This is a disease that was pretty rare a century ago. A new report by Visiongain predicts the world market for diabetes medications will reach $55.3bn in 2017. The anti-diabetic medicines industry generated $35.6bn in 2012, and its revenues will show strong growth to 2023. That sales forecast and others appear in Diabetes Treatments: World Drug Market 2013-2023, published in April 2013. Visiongain is a business information provider based in London, UK.

Everything we’ve been told about food and healthy eating by our governments and many paid off “scientists” has been wrong.

A diet rich in healthy fats like like avocados, grass-fed butter, wild-caught salmon and coconut oil is associated with a lower risk of developing obesity.     

Developing an awareness of the foods you eat and learning how to  read labels will help you make lifelong changes.

Naturally-occurring sugars, such as those in an apple or a pear, are not included in the less-than-10-percent-a-day recommendation because they are considered  whole food.  These affect your body completely different because they are packed with fiber and other nutrients.  You also dont have to watch your  food intake with these sugars – except as part of your overall calories. If you are following a Keto lifestyle the best Low Gi fruits are berries (such as raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and blackberries) in small amounts can allow you to stay in ketosis while still getting your fruit fix. Here are the carb and fiber counts for berries (per 1 cup serving): Blackberries: 14g of total carbs, 7g of sugar, 8g of fiber and 6g of net carbs.

You also have to watch out for added sugars – This is the sugar that you add to your food or beverage. Added sugars come in many different forms such as: Raw sugar, brown sugar, cane sugar, sucrose, glucose, fructose, malt, maltose, corn syrup, lactose, sorbitol, mannitol, honey, molasses, evaporated cane juice, and barley malt extract.

The “war on fat,” is now coming to an end. If you take the current food pyramid and turn it upside-down that is what our food pyramid should look like. There’s a lot of money to be made selling obesity foods, and you can’t move America in a healthier direction without confronting the salty, sugary, finger-licking, just-one-more-chip financial firepower of the food industrial complex.  “Good advice about nutrition conflicts with the interests of many big industries,” Michael Jacobson, co-founder of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, has said, “each of which has more lobbying power than all the public-interest groups combined.” But the real problem is that manufacturers of unhealthy food are so powerful that those interests groups are always the pushing snack foods rather than fruit.

Audrey Childers is a 10x published author, blogger and investigative journalist with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She has the natural skills for digging deeply into arguments and making compelling statements for the world to read. Along with being 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. You can also Click on these links and  find some of her published works : 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.  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.

Food is thy medicine, right? Actually it can work one of two ways. Food can be thy medicine or food can be thy death. This book is a guide that will inform you from the perspective of a women. You will also be able to determine what areas in your life that may need a little bit of work and the skills needed to improve those issues along with some fabulous recipes to help get you started on how to eat KETO AIP. I will also help you understand how to fix your gut, strengthen your immunity and fight inflammation with an autoimmune approach. The Keto AIP removes all the common inflammatory food triggers that stimulate a possible autoimmune reaction in the body. We’re going to start resetting those adrenals, boosting that energy and doing a little booty kicking to those hormones that have decided to act like a wild college student and pull an all-nighter the day before final exams.

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https://www.perfectketo.com/fruit-on-keto/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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