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10 Things You can Do To Give Your a Adrenals A Reboot

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Too much of these adrenal hormones can cause you to have:

Anxiety and nervousness, heart palpitations, high blood pressure, headaches, insomnia
irritability,
low sex drive, shaky, allergies and pure exhaustion.

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. We load up on caffeine to get us going in the morning, sugary snacks in the afternoon for that slump, a glass of wine in the evenings to unwind , and let’s not mention the sleep aids to help with our insomnia. All of this abuse on our bodies is disrupting our body’s normal rhythms.  We are throwing ourselves into a world wind of constant exhaustion, malnutrition, ripple moments of burnouts, personality changes, and hormonal imbalances.

The walnut size gland called your adrenal has an enormous job.  It produces many hormones that will regulate our body’s functions including a major player called cortisol. If we have to much cortisol our body will stay in a heightened state of emergency and after time it will start to break down. Since our adrenal glands can’t tell the difference between us stressed out or if its a true emergency it will continue to do its job.

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.  So this can explain if  your getting sick more often, upset stomach, heart burn, can’t sleep for long periods of time or you need help with going to sleep. What about that muffin top that you have hanging around your midsection? Could be a build of all the extra cortisol your adrenals are producing. This is where its stored in your abdominal fat.

Here are 9 Things You can Do To Give Your a Adrenals A Reboot:

1.Never skip Breakfast

We must fuel our bodies with the right foods try a vegetable omelet cooked in coconut oil, a smoothie, gluten free oatmeal with chia seeds and topped with blueberries.

2. Cut out sugar (including natural sugars)

Are you having sugar cravings? Eating sugar is making your adrenal glands work harder.  Stop indirectly making your adrenal gland producing extra cortisol to fight the excess sugar.

3.Eat more clean proteins and healthy fats

Eating clean and loaded your body with the needed health fats would benefit your body.  Organic meats are always best. Try to eat more beef, wild fish, eggs, free-range chicken,  good quality protein powders along with avocado, coconut, nuts and seeds, real butter, raw cheese and other organic  dairy products.

5.Cut out the caffeine

Caffeine adds stress to your adrenal glands and the endocrine system. caffeine will stimulate you adrenals causeing them to adrenaline and cortisol in the exact same way as they do during a ‘fight or flight’ reaction.

6.Stay hydrated

Staying well hydrated is super important no matter what. Add a little Himalayan  sea salt and freshly squeezed lemon to your water glass in the morning.

7.Eat bone broth and seaweed

Bone broth has been proven to reduce inflammation and  boost the immune system. It is easy on our digestive system where we can absorb the essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids that it provides. Seaweed is rich in minerals and phytonutrients that is much needed for our thyroid. Sprinkle a little kelp or dulse flakes on  your broth.

8.Start Eating Fermented foods

Fermented foods are really great for your immune system and gives your digestive health a must needed boost of ‘good bacteria’ .

9.Strengthen Your Gut with a Quality Probiotic

Probiotic supplements are a convenient way to deliver additional beneficial bacteria to the gut because they don’t require any cooking or meal planning.

10. Avoid empty calorie foods

Cakes, cookies, pastries, sodas, cheese, pizza, sports drinks, ice cream, hot dogs and bacon, all contain empty calories. Your body needs fuel and fuel comes from food in the form of calories. Calories let you function and keep doing your everyday activities. Foods with empty calories have lots of calories but very few nutrients like vitamins and minerals. 

 

The best foods for a Adrenal Reboot are:

  • Organ meats (e.g. liver)
  • Fish- never farmed fish
  • Organic meats (e.g. beef, chicken)
  • Eggs- high quality
  • Low sugar fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Beans
  • Whole, gluten free sprouted grains like quinoa and wild rice
  • Avocado
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Organic dairy products

The  worst foods for a Adrenal Reboot are:

  • High sugar fruits
  • Sugary snacks
  • Fast food
  • Processed foods
  • Refined grains (e.g. white bread)
  • Dried fruits
  • Coffee

Look into getting a  Knowledgeable Health Practitioner:

The main reason why you should work with a knowledgeable health practitioner is its  patient-centered medical healing at its best. Unfortunately  when it comes to hypothyroidism there isn’t a one size fits all approach to dealing with it and often times you are left still searching for the answers to your symptoms when all you want is your zest for life back. A knowledgeable health practitioner will care for you as a individual as they won’t look at your body as a whole they will treat each individual body symptom, imbalance and dysfunction. They certainly move from the confusion of the “one size fits all treatment” approach that we know isn’t working to the one that will cater to what you body needs.  Let’s not forget that each of us are a unique case and unless you get a proper thorough clinical evaluation, trying to figure what medical advise you need online is dubious at best.

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

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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. The highlighted links are affiliate links in my blogs. Although, I’ve been blogging for 3 years  and have never seen 1 cent of income from it ( yes, why do I bother) I don’t want you to feel as if I am misleading you.

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The Perfect Storm-Hypothyroidism

Having hypothyroidism can be utterly devastating at times. Hypothyroidism is the kind of disease that carries a bit of mystery with it. Hypothyroidism means your thyroid is not making enough thyroid hormone. Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of your throat. It makes the hormones that control the way your body uses energy. Basically, our thyroid hormone tells all the cells in our bodies how busy they should be. Our bodies will go into overdrive with too much thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism) and our bodies slow down with too little thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism). Around 20 million Americans and 250 million people worldwide will be affected by low thyroid function or hypothyroidism. One in 8 women will struggle with a thyroid problem in her lifetime, and up to 90% of all thyroid problems are autoimmune in nature.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Most of your “conditions” and labels are a lack of the proper nutrition and/or vitamins and minerals. Why not do a little research and find what is causing your disorder? Look up what nutritional steps you need to start taking. What environmental things have an effect on your disorder and start avoiding that.  Why not give you body a fighting chance to heal the issue at hand with herbs, specific vitamins & other natural supplements.  In each stage of  our lives our bodies change and we must learn to adapt and adjust what it needs. Trust me when I say, there certainly isn’t a substitute for figuring out the real underlying reason for your “condition”.  I am not saying try this solely on your on I would  recommend that you get qualified practitioner that will be able to order the appropriate tests for you, and also help you interpret them. You can click on this link and just place in your zip code. It will help you find a Naturopath Doctor in your area.  

Looking at the big picture. Like an onion, You must start to work on each layer and see what needs to be addressed, peeling it back, layer by layer.

You have the power to make a difference in your life. You’ve always had the power. No one can force you to become more aware of what you put on  your body and what you put in your body. What you eat is just as important as what you put on your body.   Adjusting your life, reading labels and catering to your specific health needs isn’t easy but it will benefit you in the long run. This is one of the smartest decisions that you can make. Not only will you start to look and feel better but think of the medical cost that you could be saving your future self.

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.

  1. Reduce your inflammation: Cut out foods like gluten, sugar, refined carbs, fake foods, soy, vegetable oils and add in fresh whole fruits, healthy fats and fiber. (click on this link for a free list of foods to eat and foods to avoid)
  2. Drink bone broth daily: if you start to drink bone broth daily this will add collagen protein and good bacteria to your gut. ( click on this link for a great recipe)  
  3. Drink a Green smoothie daily: This will give you a daily boost in your fiber plus cut out some calories. ( click on this link for some great recipes)
  4. Fermented Foods: start eating fermented foods this will start to heal  your gut. ( click here for some fermented foods idea’s)
  5.  Take Supplements:  You need probiotics, fish oil, vitamin b, D3 and a great multi vitamin.
  6. Nurture your adrenals: Start doing yoga and limit your caffeine .
  7.  Reduce your stress: Stress plays a major role in your health. Cortisol ( the stress hormone) affects every single one of you hormones and it add fat around your mid section. You can start meditating, yoga, Epsom salt baths, massages and reading.
  8. Get out in the Sun! The sun is a natural vitamin D and it makes you feel good.
  9. Avoid harsh chemicals: You can start making your own natural cleaning supplies cheaply and without the cost of your health.
  10. Change your personal care products:  Did  you know that it takes 26 seconds for the chemicals in personal body care products to enter into your bloodstream?
  11. Eat Sea Vegetables Twice a Week: Sea vegetables are a good natural source of iodine to support the thyroid.

You have to start addressing what the root cause is of  your hypothyroidism. Would you take Motrin if you got a rock stuck in your shoe? Hypothyroidism does has a root issue. We often ignore the underlying cause of hypothyroidism.  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 hypothyroidism. It could be a wide range of things from  celiac disease, Hashimoto’s, leaky gut,  autoimmune disease disorder, nutrient deficiency’s, adrenal fatigue, exposure to chemicals, gluten or other food allergies, and hormonal imbalance.  It starts with the foods we eat to the chemicals in the environment, your thyroid can be influenced by many different circumstances.

Hypothyroidism is the kind of disease that carries a bit of mystery with it. This blog 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 my books to sell you any “snake oil” in a bottle. I’ve written my books to be an eye opener for you and to share with you what I have learned on my journey. The solutions in this new book  Hypothyroidism: The Beginners Guide: How to stop surviving and start thriving 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.

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MESSAGE FROM THE AUTHOR
Sometimes in life we just need clarity. You have to step out of your comfort zone and focus on where your path is headed. You were born with the capacity of abundance. You need to clear away any of the emotional, mental and energetic debris that is in the way of your ability to see who you really are in order to create the life you really deserve. My goal in this book is to help you understand and show you how easy it is for you to start cutting out the foods that don’t nourish your body. Hypothyroidism is a very tricky condition and complicated disorder to manage. The foods we eat can interfere with your treatment. Our body is lacking certain nutrients that heavily influence the function of our thyroid gland while certain foods can inhibit your body’s ability to absorb the replacement hormones. There is no one size fits all program when you are dealing with hypothyroidism. When you start to eat smarter and are aware of what foods feed your body, despite the condition, you can start to feel better and manage your symptoms. Americans are in such a pathetic health crisis. We have the abundance of everything at our finger tips but yet we 1 in 3 people are on some sort of medication. It doesn’t matter if it’s Prescribed or over the counter. Why are we are in such a state of denial? Every Cell in your body responds to the foods you eat, the products you put on your body to the house hold chemicals that you purchase for your home. All of these things have a direct impact on your hormones and in return your hormones have a direct impact on every major system in your body. Not to mention that our body is lacking certain nutrients that heavily influence the function of every cell in our body. The foods that we consume, oh, the foods we consume. It is my immense pleasure to write another book on hypothyroidism. In this age of overly processed, genetically modified, artificially flavored and preservative loaded foods. It’s no wonder that more people are wanting to eat a more wholesome and a more all natural diet. We are trying to find our way back to the basics. I hope this book encourages you and inspires you to seek out the truth and start healing your body from the inside out. All I can give you is the blueprint of things you can start doing today to incorporate a healthier you. I am living this way. I can talk about what has worked for me and share my knowledge with you. Taking charge of your health doesn’t have to be complicated. The journey has just begun. Each day is filled with the opportunity to make an impact and have that ripple effect with your health. My mission is to do everything in my power to start to heal and reach your fullest potential. To help be a source of inspiration you seek and attract what you desire with the faith that your vision of success is your destiny! You deserve to be healthy. You have the power and you have the mindset. Never forget: What we eat, governs what we become. Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanted what you get.

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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.

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.

Discover How I Lowered My High Blood Pressure Naturally and Put My Hypothyroidism in Remission-Naturally!

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There was a time not to long ago that my blood pressure seemed to never get below 153/95 and  this was on a good day. Most days it was 165/101. I eat incredibility well. I manage my stress the best that I can and I exercise. My weight isn’t high. I stay between my normal range of 143-150 and my height is 5’6. Why is my blood pressure so high? My doctor knows how I am about medications. He kept saying,” Watch those #’s if it doesn’t come down after the next few visits you will need to go on blood pressure medication” . My mother had a stroke from high blood pressure, so, I was very well aware of what high blood pressure can do. So much aware that I was driving my family crazy with always checking my blood pressure morning , noon and night. Before my feet hit the floor in the morning, I took my blood pressure upon waking.

The American Heart Association defines normal blood pressure as a systolic reading less than 120 mmHg and a diastolic reading less than 80 mmHg. Prehypertension is defined as a systolic reading of 120 to 139 mmHg or a diastolic reading of 80 to 90 mmHg. High blood pressure (HBP) or hypertension is defined as a systolic reading greater than 140 mmHg or a diastolic reading greater than 90 mmHg (stage 1).

I believe that most medications  Americans rely upon can be hazardous to their  health. According to the CDC around 300,000 people are rushed each year to the ER because of adverse drug reactions. I also believe that we are  guinea pigs to the drug companies who allow drugs on the market before really knowing the possible side effects and the FDA allows this to happen and meanwhile they are getting rich off our sickness.

It is estimated that over 200,000 people die each year from medication-related deaths which makes  the third or fourth leading cause of death in this country. Doesn’t the magical bean or pill  sound so much worse than actually having the disorder or disease?

I know, my thyroid plays a very important role in my body. It talks to  all the cells in our bodies instructing them on what they need to do.

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

Previous studies have shown that there is a common link between hypothyroidism and diastolic hypertension aka High Blood Pressure.

Hypertension is something to be taken very seriously. According to the American Heart Association, about 77.9 million adults have high blood pressure . This means that about 1 out of every 3 people in the United States has this condition. Hypertension contributes to one out of every seven deaths in the United States, and approximately 70% of those who have a first heart attack or stroke or who have heart failure have hypertension. And while medication can effectively help to manage hypertension in many cases, according to the statistics, 47.5 percent of people with high blood pressure do not have it controlled.

Most people with hypothyroidism have lower blood pressure.

 

I was prescribed the  thyroid drug Synthroid (levothyroxine sodium).  I’ve been taking it for years. Synthroid (levothyroxine), a synthetic thyroid hormone that is actually the fourth most prescribed medication in the United States.  Synthroid only replaces T4, leaving your body to convert this to T3 (triiodothyronine, the biologically active form of the hormone). Most people cannot effectively convert the T4 in synthetic thyroid preparations to T3, which may explain why research has shown that a combination of T4 and T3 is often more effective than T4 alone.

The conversion to T3 can be halted by nutritional deficiencies such as low selenium, inadequate omega-3 fatty acids, low zinc, chemicals from the environment, or by stress.

So oftentimes taking T4 alone will result in only partial improvement.

“There is an interesting journal article written Dr. Sara Danzi and Dr. Irwin Klein, and in the article it is discussed how T3 is an important regulator of gene expression in the heart, and many of the cardiac manifestations of hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism are associated with changes in T3-mediated cardiac gene expression . This article also discussed how several important cardiac gene products play a role in regulating cardiac contractility, and that T3 is important when it comes to muscle contraction. The same article also discusses how thyroid hormone is important in coordinating the electrochemical and mechanical responses of the myocardium.”

So, with all this being said. I realized with a light bulb moment that  it was my T4 only medication contributing to my higher than normal blood pressure. I needed a combined T4 and T3 therapy. Along with perhaps that my body wasn’t converting to T3 due a nutritional deficiency such as low selenium, inadequate intake of omega-3 fatty acids, low zinc or chemicals from the environment, or by stress.

Natural thyroid products, like Armour thyroid are a combination of T4, T3 and T2 made from desiccated, or dried, porcine thyroid. In fact, one study clearly demonstrated that patients with hypothyroidism showed greater improvements in mood and brain function if they received treatment with Armour thyroid than if they received Synthroid.

Not everyone does well on a NDT, some do better on synthetics, especially when they have Hashimoto’s. The similarity of pig thyroid to human thyroid can encourage lymphocyte attacks on the thyroid gland.

What did I do to start bring it down?

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Tips To Lowering High Blood Pressure

So how I started to effectively lower high blood my pressure? I started looking at foods that naturally lowered your blood pressure along with combining it with my hypothyroidism diet. Sounds complicated. No, not really. Nothing a little research couldn’t fix. No worries, though my friend. I am going to tell you what I ate and how I incorporated it into my hypothyroidism diet.

1. Start with a food journal. Keep track of everything that you put in your mouth, what you drink and the products that you use on your body. Printable Click on the link Food Journal  

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2. Sodium.  Monitor your sodium intake. An ideal limit of no more than 1,500 mg.  The average American’s sodium intake is so excessive, even cutting back to no more than 2,400 milligrams a day will significantly improve blood pressure and heart health.  This goes without saying,  until you can get it under control. Eating salt raises the amount of sodium in your bloodstream and wrecks the delicate balance, reducing the ability of your kidneys to remove the water. The result is a higher blood pressure due to the extra fluid and extra strain on the delicate blood vessels leading to the kidneys.

Here are the approximate amounts of sodium in a given amount of table salt:

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt = 575 mg sodium
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt = 1,150 mg sodium
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt = 1,725 mg sodium
  • 1 teaspoon salt = 2,300 mg sodium

 

3. If you take other medications. Research them. See if they have a history of increasing a persons blood pressure if so you might want to get with your doctor to find another medication that wont raise your blood pressure.   

  • Some medicines can make blood pressure rise. If you have high blood pressure to begin with, it can rise to dangerous levels.
  • Some medications may interact with your blood pressure medicine. This can prevent either drug from working properly.

This is where you have to do some research and most importantly check with your doctor

 

2. Eat a healthy diet. This goes without saying, as eating well is important when dealing with any chronic health condition.eating more foods rich in potassium, calcium, and magnesium. If your at a loss for recipes you either click on this link and follow the dash diet recipe list or order my new book.  How I Lowered My High Blood Pressure Naturally and Put My Hypothyroidism in Remission-Naturally!  I have over 50 recipes that are catered to lowering your blood pressure as-well as healing that thyroid!

Research suggests a plant-based diet high in potassium and low in sodium will make a difference.

Foods high in potassium give you a better ratio of potassium to sodium. This allows your kidneys to get rid of more sodium through your urine, which lowers your blood pressure.

The Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences establish dietary reference intakes (DRIs) that are used as references/guidelines for micronutrient consumption in the United States . There are currently 13 vitamins and 22 minerals that have been identified as micronutrients essential for normal body function. They are called micronutrients because they are needed by the body in small amounts (mg to µg). Sodium and potassium are two of these minerals; they are essential for water balance, transmission of nerve impulses, and contraction/relaxation of muscle.

The more potassium you eat, the more sodium you lose through urine. Potassium also helps to ease tension in your blood vessel walls, which helps further lower blood pressure. The recommended potassium intake for an average adult is 4,700 milligrams (mg) per day. Just don’t over do it .. You can overdue to much potassium. Eating foods rich in potassium is the way to go, not over the counter potassium supplements unless prescribed or directed for you to take  by your doctor. High potassium foods include beans, dark leafy greens, potatoes, squash, yogurt, fish, avocados, mushrooms, and bananas. You can eat all of these with hypothyroidism

  • Cantaloupe
  • Green vegetables
  • Potato
  • Tomatoes
  • Seeds
  • Mint leaves

 

Berries, especially blueberries, are rich in natural compounds called flavonoids. One study found that consuming these compounds might prevent hypertension, and possibly help to reduce high blood pressure

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Potatoes are high in potassium and magnesium, two minerals that can help to lower your blood pressure. They are also high in fiber, which is necessary for an overall healthy diet

Beets

Researchers found that people with high blood pressure saw significant improvements from drinking beetroot juice. The study authors found that the nitrates in the juice brought down the participants’ blood pressure within just 24 hours.

You can juice your own beets or simply cook and eat the whole root. Beetroot is delicious when roasted or when added to stir-fries and stew.

Ingredients

  • Beet root medium sized – 3
  • Celery sticks – 5
  • Green apples – 2
  • 1/2 inch peeled ginger

Directions

  • Core the apples and cut into small chunks.
  • Peel the beet and cut into similar smaller chunks.
  • Chop the celery sticks and blend all together or place in your juicer.

 

Ingredients

  •  Apple — 1
  •  Lemon – 1
  •  Celery stalks – 2
  •  Beet with the leaves – 1
  •  Romaine Lettuce – handful

Directions

  • Core the apple, and slice into small chunks.
  • Cut the beet, chop the leaves.
  • Chop the Romaine.
  • Peel the lemon and blend all of these together or place in your juicer

Ingredients

  • Small Beet – 1
  • Medium sized cucumber – ½
  • Pineapple chunks – 1 cup

Directions

  • Chop the beet
  • Peel and chop the cucumber
  • Add the pineapple chunks along with the rest of the ingredients and blend or place in your juice

Oatmeal

High-fiber, low-fat, and low-sodium foods are just what you want for lowering your blood pressure, and oatmeal fits the bill.

Oatmeal for your breakfast is a great way to charge up for the day.

Bananas

Bananas are a great way to add potassium to your diet. Eating foods that are rich in this mineral is better than taking supplements.

 

2. Exercise regularly. Numerous studies have shown that exercise can help to reduce blood pressure . One study I came across even showed that aerobic exercise can reduce blood pressure in resistant hypertension , which is high blood pressure in people taking anti-hypertensive medication but I  urge you to take it easy when you have hypothyroidism.  We all know that regular exercise is an important part of your overall health. Exercise burns calories to prevent weight gain and helps speed up your metabolism. It is also a releases endorphins to give you those mood-enhancing chemicals. What if I told you that exercise can cause adrenal crashes due to your already high cortisol issues? You could be stressing your thyroid out even more and not even realizing it. Are you exercising but not getting any results? Are you still gaining weight, feeling constantly fatigued, irritable and moody and often battling some other sort of sickness? You could be  actually stressing your body more out by over-exercising.

Read more about this in my latest blog

Is your Hypothyroidism Self Sabotaging your Workouts?

3. Manage your stress levels. Stress can elevate your blood pressure.

  1. Tips to manage stressful situations. .
  2. Listen to music. Listen to music. …
  3. Call a friend. Call a friend. …
  4. Talk yourself through it. Talk yourself through it. …
  5. Eat right. Eat right. …
  6. Laugh it off. Laugh it off. …
  7. Drink tea. Drink tea. …
  8. Be mindful. Be mindful.

4. Consider nutritional supplementation  for high blood pressure. Certain supplements have been shown to lower blood pressure. There is evidence that fish oils and CoQ10 can lower blood pressure.

Nutritional support can be used on its own; however, you’ll get the best results if you also make diet and lifestyle changes. Here are my top nutrients for lowering blood pressure:

 

6. Stop smoking. Enough said!  I don’t have to go into all the detailed of how bad it is to smoke. I’m sure you’ve heard all the lectures before. 

7. Drink Hibiscus Tea. 

In a new study, drinking three cups of herbal tea containing hibiscus each day lowered blood pressure. … Overall, drinking hibiscus tea blends lowered systolic blood pressure — the top number in the blood pressure reading — by an average of 7 points. I know it did mine!!!

8. Drink Coconut Water

One of the causes for high blood pressure is an imbalance of electrolytes in the blood. … Modern researchers say the potassium content in coconut water plays a huge role in lowering blood pressure. Both potassium chloride (seen in supplements) and potassium citrate (seen in foods) can help lower blood pressure.

9. Eat Garlic

In double-blind studies with garlic preparations providing a daily dose of at least 10 mg allicin, blood pressure readings dropped with typical reductions of 11 mm Hg for the systolic and 5.0 in the diastolic within a 1 to 3-month period. To get enough allicin, eat 1 to 4 cloves of fresh garlic a day

I have a wonderful drink mix that I consume every day!

This wonderful tonic can be used more than just as a heart health protocol;

it’s been proven to reduce cholesterol, heal hemorrhoids, clear out arteries for your heart, reduce blood pressure, stop colds in their tracks, ease constipation, heal ulcers, promote weight loss, treats respiratory issues, and you can even put it on a cotton swab and treat acne  and pimples. This hasn’t been proven, but I also have a theory that I jokingly say, “It repels vampires and unwanted friends who get to close in your personal space.” I’ve seen various different ways to make it. This is how I make it.  Put 3 tablespoons in a glass of water on an empty stomach daily. Garlic, ginger, and even lemon can interact with certain medications. Please check with your health care provider to make sure that you won’t have any adverse medication reactions if you plan on taking this as a drink with other medications.

10 gloves of garlic

1 cup of raw honey

1 cup of organic apple cider vinegar

2-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled

2 lemons, washed and cut

Blend, strain, and store in a mason jar in the refrigeration.

 

10. Heart Healthy Hawthorn

Hawthorn is used for diseases of the heart and blood vessels such as congestive heart failure (CHF), chest pain, and irregular heartbeat. It is also used to treat both low blood pressure and high blood pressure, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), and high cholesterol.

11.Addressing the Root Cause!

I needed to understand or get a idea of how everything has a part to play in my body. Being diagnosed with hypothyroidism wasn’t just here take this pill and it will fix my issues. Hypothyroidism had a root cause. Once I started addressing the root of your problems then my body can start healing itself. My body is an awesome design but there is a complex balance between everything. It’s a domino affect. If I had  something in my body that is overworked  it can cause a major shift in my body.  Two things I needed to  start doing immediately is getting my immune system in check and decreasing inflammation. Inflammation disrupts the production and regulatory mechanisms of thyroid hormones. 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 I had hypothyroidism. It could be a wide range of things from  celiac disease, Hashimoto’s, leaky gut,  autoimmune disease disorder, nutrient deficiency’s, adrenal fatigue, exposure to chemicals, gluten or other food allergies, and hormonal imbalance.  It most defiantly started  with the foods that I was eating and the chemicals in the environment, my thyroid could  be influenced by many different circumstances. I needed to start figuring out what the root cause of my hypothyroidism was.

 

 

 

Last appointment results @ my doctors office.

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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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Round and Round You Go Don’t Expect Your Thyroid Hormone To Flow- Surprising Ways That I Reduced My Thyroid Antibodies

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Surprising Ways That I Reduced My Thyroid Antibodies

At one time I honestly couldn’t remember the last time that I woke up feeling refreshed and I honestly couldn’t recall a day that I wasn’t bloated, my joints didn’t ache , some for of a heart palpitation, dizziness, anxiety, or a panic attack, and a full nights rest.

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

Have you heard of TPO antibodies

Thyroid peroxidase (TPO), is an enzyme normally found in the thyroid gland,  it plays an important role in the production of your thyroid hormones. A TPO test detects antibodies against TPO in the blood. … In autoimmune disorders, your immune system makes antibodies that mistakenly attack normal tissue.

When you have a higher level of TPO antibodies in your body it may mean that you have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.

You no longer have a “regular” thyroid condition. It’s now a autoimmune disease. This  “autoimmune disease” has  your very  own body attacking itself  and does its best to destroy your thyroid gland.Your body thinks your thyroid gland is a foreign invader much like  a bacteria, virus, fungi, parasites and its going do its best to protect and destroy.

Did you know that your treatment should change if  you have thyroid antibodies in your blood which means you have inflammation and are autoimmune.  When you lower your   inflammation and reduce autoimmunity it will also start to lower your TPO antibodies. 

Getting on the right medication to restore your  thyroid hormone levels  with T4 & T3 are very important but if your TPO antibodies (autoimmune disease)  is not addressed, then your like a hamster on a wheel. Round and round you go don’t expect your thyroid hormone to flow.

As a patient with hypothyroidism has your doctor checked to see if you have TPO antibodies? If not, this means many patients with  Hashimoto’s are being mismanaged and having  TPO antibodies changes everything.

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7 Thyroid Tests

Listen TSH alone does not give a full picture of thyroid health.

Normal Ranges for you blood work
TSH- (range .034 – 4.82)
Free- T4 (range 0.59 – 1.17)
Total -T4 (range 4.5 – 12.0)
Total- T3 (range 71 – 180)

1. TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) TSH – This is a pituitary hormone that responds to low/high amounts of circulating thyroid hormone. In advanced cases of Hashimoto’s and primary hypothyroidism, this lab test will be elevated, (read post about interpreting your TSH test). In the case of Graves’ disease the TSH will be low. People with Hashimoto’s and central hypothyroidism may have a normal reading on this test.

2. Thyroid peroxidase antibodies (TPO Antibodies) Thyroid peroxidase antibodies (TPO Antibodies) and Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TG Antibodies) – Most people with Hashimoto’s will have an elevation of one or both of these antibodies. These antibodies are often elevated for decades before a change in TSH is seen. People with Graves’ disease and thyroid cancer may also have an elevation in thyroid antibodies including TPO & TG, as well as TSH receptor antibodies.

3. Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TG Antibodies) Read # 2

4. Thyroid Ultrasound Thyroid Ultrasound – A small percentage of people may have Hashimoto’s, but may not have thyroid antibodies detectable in the blood. Doing a thyroid ultrasound will help your physician determine a diagnosis.

5. Free T3 Free T3 & Free T4 – These tests measure the levels of active thyroid hormone circulating in the body. When these levels are low, but your TSH tests in the normal range, this may lead your physician to suspect a rare type of hypothyroidism, known as central hypothyroidism.

6. Free T4

7.reverse T3

 

You must be an advocate for health and insist on all the following tests especially the two thyroid antibody tests.

  • Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPOAb) #2
  • Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TgAb) #3

Don’t allow your doctor to refuse to give you these tests. Many  people have normal lab tests but still have Hashimoto’s disease. It’s all in the antibodies!

How to lower your TPO-antibodies!

You must find and remove your “Autoimmune Trigger Key”. 

  1. Fix your gut!

if you have a leaky gut and you correct this problem by removing the leaky gut trigger foods and start to repair the gut. Now, if  you start to heal  your gut and your  autoimmunity issue isn’t normalized then you must continue on your search. Every Cell in your body responds to the foods you consume.  These foods have a direct impact on your hormones and in return your hormones have a direct impact on every major system in your body. So many of us have these crazy phantom-like health problems.  Our body is lacking certain nutrients that heavily influence the function of every cell in our body while certain foods can inhibit your body’s ability to absorb the replacement nutrients needed.

 

2. Chemical Exposure.

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

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.

3. Go Gluten Free!

You have to start removing the thyroid suppressive foods that are in your diet and instead focus on the right foods that stimulate your thyroid to produce an abundant amount of thyroid hormone to keep your cells happy and healthy. When you eat foods full of thyroid suppressive toxins its just like throwing fuel on the fire. This will only continue to drain you of your energy, continue to make your symptoms worse, promote even more inflammation in  your body, contribute to a leaky gut and further damage your thyroid.

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 your are allowing yourself to heal. You must give it a 3-month try to really see if there’s a difference.

 

4. Start Dry Brushing!

The lymphatic system is responsible for collecting, transporting to the blood, and eliminating the waste our cells produce,”  “If the lymphatic system is congested, it can lead to a build-up of toxins, causing inflammation and illness. Dry brushing stimulates the lymphatic system as it stimulates and invigorates the skin.”

How do dry brush? Start at your feet and brush upward towards the heart. Use firm, small strokes upwards, or work in a circular motion. For the stomach, work in a counterclockwise pattern. Harsh exfoliation is never the point; be sure not to press too hard, or use too-stiff of a brush. “Any kind of brushing or exfoliation should be gentle and should never break the skin.”

5.Stress

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

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

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

6. 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.

7. Detox!

8. Avoid Tuna, mackerel (King), marlin, orange roughy, shark, swordfish, and tilefish which are the highest in mercury.  Heavy metals can bind to your thyroid and thyroid hormone receptors, and interfere with thyroid function.

9. I learned the hard way that not everyone does well on NDT, some do better on synthetics, especially when they have Hashi’s. The similarity of pig thyroid to human thyroid can encourage lymphocyte attacks on the thyroid gland.

 

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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. 

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

Health and Happiness,

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

Disclaimer

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

 

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10 Quick and Easy Lazy Day Meals For Hypothyroidism

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hypothyroidism at social Functions , Hypothyroidism in times of illness,

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

 

 

1.Macadamia Coconut Balls

2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut

1/3 cup macadamia nuts

1 banana

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 Tbsp. maple syrup

1 Tbsp. melted coconut oil

A pinch of nutmeg

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

2.Fire Roasted Tomato Salsa with Cilantro and Lime

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

1 medium onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

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

1 to 2 fresh jalapeño seeded, finely chopped

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

3.Cranberry Quinoa almond Butter Power Bars

2 Cups of cooked quinoa

2 Cups of gluten free uncooked oats

1/2 Cups of dried cranberries

1/2 Cups of smooth almond nut butter

1/2 Cups of almond milk

1/3 Cup of raw honey

1/4 Cup of ground flaxseed

1 tsp Ceylon cinnamon

 

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

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

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4.Banana Chocolate Overnight Oats

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

1 1/2 cups of almond or coconut milk

1/2 cups almond or coconut yogurt

1–2 tablespoon cocoa

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

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

5.Honey-Lime Fruit Salad

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

2 cups chopped seasonal fruits

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

1 teaspoon lime juice

1 tablespoon organic honey

Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl.

6.Chickpea Veggie Salad-in-a-Jar

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

1 oz. goat cheese

½ cup cooked, cold quinoa

1 bell pepper, chopped

1 cucumber, chopped

4 oz. grape or cherry tomatoes

5 oz. chickpeas, rinsed & dried

Dressing:

3 tsp olive oil

1 tsp white vinegar

Splash of lemon juice

Sprinkle of black pepper

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

 

7.Layered Quinoa Salad-in-a-Jar

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

3 Tbsp. avocado cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

½ cup black beans, rinsed & dried

¼ cup cherry tomatoes

½ of a green pepper, chopped

½ cup cooked, cold quinoa

¼ cup organic romaine lettuce

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

8.Avocado Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 cup cilantro

¼ tsp of minced garlic

The juice of 1 orange

The juice of 3 limes

1 avocado

Salt & pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients into a blender or food processor

Puree until smooth

9.“Creamy” Chicken Tomato Soup Slow Cooker

4 frozen skinless boneless chicken breast

Garlic salt to taste

2 tablespoons Italian Seasoning

1 tablespoon dried basil

1 clove garlic

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

1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes and juice

1 cup of chicken broth

Sea Salt and pepper to taste

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

10.Baked chicken and sweet potato casserole

1lb of chicken, cubed and diced

2 teaspoon of mustard

3tablepoons of evvo

2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced

Salt & pepper to season

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

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

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

 

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

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

Health and Happiness,

Audrey
XoXo

 

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

Disclaimer

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

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32 “Not Eggs Again” Recipes! Breakfast Idea’s That Are Healthy and Don’t Include EGGS.

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One of the most difficult things about transitioning to a healthier lifestyle is the diet.

I’ve never been a big breakfast fan. I wake up, meditate for a few minutes, then grab some herbal bullet proof tea but breakfast gets your metabolism buzzing and will help keep you focused and energized throughout your day.

Not eating breakfast can make your body left feeling fatigued, added weight gain, skin problems and cause you to have a low metabolism.

“Your body needs to be rebooted. You’ve got to “jump-start” that metabolism. Eating a healthy breakfast has been medically proven to have many health benefits, including weight control , reducing the risk of obesity , it certainly will boost your fiber intake to help you reach your daily goal of 20 to 35 grams (for adults). Eating breakfast has been shown to improve performance, have heart health advantages, helps you avoid fluctuating glucose levels, which can lead to diabetes later in life, helps you consume less calories throughout the day, so you’re not binge eating of starvation at lunch time. It will give you that mental edge by enhancing your memory, your clarity, and the speed in which you are processing information, your reasoning skills, your creativity and how you absorb information. Scientists at the University of Milan in Italy reviewed 15 studies and found some evidence that those benefits. One theory suggested that if you eat a healthy breakfast it can reduce hunger throughout the day, and help you make better food choices at other meals. You should eat no later than 2 hours of waking up. Also, if you skip breakfast your hunger hormones are boosted and it can also throw your body into survival mode. Which in return starts breaking down protein in your muscles and your muscles will slowly start to break down. “

Did you know that your pituitary gland controls metabolism, mood, and many other organ functions, and it’s either weakened by toxins or fueled by nutrients each time you eat, starting with breakfast – again makes this the most important meal of the day.

Your breakfast  should be a powerhouse for metabolic function and it needs to be full of healthy essential fats that burst with nutrition.

All of the egg-haters shall  unite in victory. I want you to believe in breakfast again so I’ve searched and found many awesome, healthy, eggless options that are filling. Who needs to eat the same boring thing every single day? The best way to ensure you’re getting enough of all the vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function optimally is mixing  things up and eating a variety of foods .

Yes-Eggs are high in protein but you can also get what your body needs from plant-based proteins and other food sources. Let’s be inspired together. I think its wonderfully fantastic that you are taking charge of your health and nutritional needs. Honestly, its the little things that count like cutting out sugar, adding more plant based foods, and exercising .The wisdom your gathering today will make a positive change your life for tomorrow.

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Sweet Potato Hash with Creamy Avocado Sauce

Ingredients
The sauce:
  • 1 avocado, skin and seed removed
  • ⅓ cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 tbsp minced cilantro
  • 2 tbsp water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper
The potatoes:
  • 1¼ lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into ½-inch dice
  • ¾ lb. russet potatoes, peeled and cut into ½-inch dice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup black beans (cooked)
  • 4 strips cooked bacon
  • ¼ cup minced cilantro
Instructions
The sauce:
  1. In the bowl of a food processor or blender, combine the avocado, yogurt, garlic, lime juice, cilantro, water, salt and pepper. Blend until smooth.
The potatoes:
  1. Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil over high heat. Add sweet and russet potatoes and cook until just tender, about 5 to 8 minutes. Drain.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet (preferably cast-iron) set over medium-high heat.
  3. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently.
  4. Stir in the cooked sweet and russet potatoes and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes start to brown, 8 to 10 minutes.
  5. Stir in the black beans, bacon and cilantro.
  6. Divide between 8 plates and top with each portion with 1 tablespoon of the avocado sauce.

Oatmeal Power Breakfast Bowl

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana, mashed (the riper/spottier the better)
  • 2 heaping tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats (use certified gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax (optional, see note)
  • For garnish: soaked almonds, pepita seeds,  cinnamon, toasted coconut, nut butter, spices (cinnamon, ginger, allspice)

Directions:

  1. The night before: Grab a medium bowl and mash the banana until smooth. Now stir in the chia, oats, cinnamon, milk, and water until combined. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. In the morning: Scoop the oat mixture into a medium pot. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat immediately to medium-low, and stir frequently until heated throughout and thickened. At the end of cooking, stir in flax, if using.
  3. Pour oats into bowl. Garnish with your desired toppings.

Frozen Matcha Green Tea Smoothie

1 cup unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk or rice milk
1 frozen banana or 1/2 cup frozen blueberries (Tip: if your banana isn’t frozen, add ice and greek yogurt to get a creamy consistency)
1 tablespoon matcha green tea mix

Directions:

1. Prepare the ingredients and place them in blender.

2. Blend until smooth.

Mango and Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

Mango and Coconut seed Pudding

Ingredients:

1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk*
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 tablespoon shredded coconut
3/4 cup fresh mango: chopped and peeled
1 teaspoon   honey to taste
1 teaspoon lime zest (for garnish)

*Note: I swear by Whole Foods brand almond milk. It’s much thicker and creamier than traditional almond milks (like Almond Breeze), which lends itself better for something like pudding.

Directions:

  1. In a mason jar or other closed container, add coconut milk and almond milk. Shake the jar until thoroughly combined.
  2. Add chia seeds and shredded coconut, shake well.
  3. Add chopped mango and refrigerate immediately.
  4. Add agave nectar or other sweetener to taste (usually a light squeeze does the trick)
  5. Refrigerate for 5-6 hours and then shake again to distribute the chia seeds. Refrigerate again for rest of 24 hours or until pudding-like consistency.
  6. Top with extra shredded mango, shredded coconut and 1 teaspoon of lime zest if desired.

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Granola

Ingredients:
¼ cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed well and patted dry with paper towel
1 ½ cups rolled gluten-free oats
¼ cup ground flaxseed
¼ cup pepitas/pumpkin seeds (or other seed)
¼ cup pecans, chopped
½ cup raisins
¼ cup real maple syrup
¼ cup canned pumpkin purée
1 teaspoon coconut oil (or vegetable oil, like olive)
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or more to taste)
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of salt
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
2. Spread oats and quinoa evenly on a baking pan. Toast in oven for 10 minutes, stirring halfway through. Meanwhile, chop your pecans.3. In a large bowl, combine toasted oats and quinoa, ground flaxseed, pepitas, pecans and raisins.4. Reduce oven to 300° F.
5. In a medium bowl, combine maple syrup, pumpkin purée, oil, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, salt and vanilla.6. Pour mixture over oats and stir until combined.7. Spread mixture on baking sheet and bake for an additional 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

The Basic overnight oats

1/3 cup GF steel cut or rolled oats (steel cut for a crunch or rolled oats for a smoother oatmeal)

1/3 – 1/2 cup almond milk or coconut milk [depending on how thick you like it]

1/3 cup plain So Delicious Greek style yogurt

1/2 banana, mashed

1/2 tbsp. chia seeds (Omega 3 fatty acids)

½ Teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

Stir everything together in a bowl. Put in a mason jar with lid. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight. 

Almond butter and Banana Overnight Oats

   1 large ripe banana, mashed (about ½ cup)

¼ cup creamy almond butter

1 cup GF steel cut or rolled oats (steel cut for a crunch or rolled oats for a smoother oatmeal)

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional) (Omega 3 fatty acids)

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon raw honey

In a medium bowl, mash your banana with a fork.

Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix until well combined.

Pour the mixture into two 8 oz mason jars with lids, seal tightly and Refrigerate for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight.

When ready to eat, give the oats a good shake and dig in! 

Almond Butter Chocolate Overnight Oats

1/2 cup GF steel cut or rolled oats (steel cut for a crunch or rolled oats for a smoother oatmeal)

1 tsp chia seeds

1 tsp flax meal

2 tsp cacao powder

1 T almond butter

1 chopped medjool date or 2 tsp grade B maple syrup

1/2 cup almond milk

Directions:

Pour the mixture into a 8 oz mason jars with lids, seal tightly and Refrigerate for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight.

When ready to eat, give the oats a good shake and dig in! 

No-bake oatmeal bites

1 cup dry quick oats

2/3 cup coconut flakes

1/2 cup almond butter

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

1/3 cup raw honey

1 tsp vanilla

Directions: Mix all ingredients, form into 1 inch balls. Place balls in refrigerator and this is a quick and easy fast just grab n go healthy breakfast option.

Rice-Free Nori Rolls

Ingredients
The recipe and fillings below make one roll. Double or triple as needed.
For the Rice-free Paleo Nori Rolls:
  • 1 sheet Nori seaweed
  • 1-2 small cos lettuce leaves
  • coconut amino’s or tamari, to serve
  • ¼ cup (or tuna or smoked salmon) drained and mashed
  • small handful of sauerkraut or Kimchi
  • 1 sprig coriander or parsley
  • chilli powder or pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled feta, I like sheep’s milk
Instructions
To make the Rice-free Paleo Nori Rolls:
  1. Lay Nori sheets flat on a cutting board and place 1-2 small cos lettuce leaves alongside the edge closest to you.
  2. Top the leaves with your choice of fillings then using a knife press the ingredients down as you fold over the edge closest to you. Wrap snugly toward the edge furthest away.
  3. Repeat with any additional rolls. Cut rolls in half or eat whole, serve with coconut amino’s or tamari.

Homemade Turkey Sausage Patties

Turkey is rich in protein, low in fat and is a source of iron, zinc, potassium, phosphorus, vitamin B6 and niacin. It also contains the amino acid tryptophan, selenium and is lower on the GI index scale.

1 lb of ground turkey

1 teaspoon of dried sage

½ teaspoon of fennel seeds

Dash of cayenne, black pepper and ground all spice

Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Shape into small 3 inch patties and allow to refrigerate for 2 hours to help form. In a cast iron skillet on medium heat, cook the patties until completely cooked through on both sides. This would be great with some freshly scrambled eggs.

Honey-lime Fruit Salad

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

Ingredients:

2 cups chopped seasonal fruits (I use red grapes, kiwis, mandarins, and bananas)

1 teaspoon lime juice

1 tablespoon organic honey

Directions:

Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl. 

Breakfast Quinoa with Blueberries

Quinoa is naturally gluten-free and contains iron, B-vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, vitamin E and fiber. Quinoa is a health food superstar. This ancient grain is one of only a few plant foods that are considered a complete protein and has all essential amino acids. Quinoa is a slowly digested carbohydrate, naturally high in dietary fiber so this makes it a great low-GI option and an awesome choice for diabetics! Can you believe it!?

Ingredients

1/2 cup of dry quinoa, rinsed

1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

2 tablespoons of almond butter

½ teaspoon Cinnamon

½ cup of organic Blueberries

Directions:

Add quinoa, almond milk and vanilla extract to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer with cover on until liquid is absorbed. Fluff quinoa with a fork and let sit uncovered for about a minute.   Mix in almond butter, cinnamon and the blueberries.

Apricot Squares

2 c gluten free old fashion oats

¼ c ground flaxseed

¾ tsp ground cinnamon

¼ tsp ground cloves

¼ tsp salt

½ c almond butter

¼ c raw honey

1 tsp vanilla extract

½ c finely chopped apricots

PREHEAT your oven to 350°F. Coat your 8″ x 8″ pan with spray.

1st mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. Next, mix the wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Add to the dry ingredients and your wet ingredients and mix to combine. Mix in the apricots until well combined. PRESS the mixture firmly into your prepared pan. BAKE for 25 minutes, or until the edges are browned. Let it cool completely before cutting into eight bars.

1.Anti-inflammatory Juice

( a recipe out of my book)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup pineapple chunks

1  organic cucumber, wash, cut

2 stalks of  organic celery

1 lemon or lime, cut and left with skin on

2 springs of fresh parsley

( if you want more green, you can add a few leafs of romaine lettuce)

Directions:

Cut everything to fit into your juicer. Drink and enjoy. Viola! Add this delicious combo of ingredients to make a great tasting juice or if you add 1 cup of coconut water make it a smoothie!

2.Skin-Tastic Juice

Ingredients:

1 organic green apple, washed and cut ,skin left on

1/2 inch ginger root, peeled cut into chunks or turmeric

1 med organic cucumber, cut into slices

1 lemon, cut into chunks, skin left on

handful of fresh mint leaves

( if you want more green, you can add a few leafs of romaine lettuce)

Directions:

Great tasting juice and awesome for  your skin complexion. Cut everything to fit into your juicer. Drink and enjoy. Viola! Instead of juicing this recipe  you can also add 8 cups of filtered water and place all the ingredients. Allow to sit overnight and drink on it the next day.

3.Breakfast Juice Tonic

Ingredients:

handful of cranberries( 1/2 cup)

1 organic carrot, no need to peel if organic just wash off

1 organic cucumber, sliced with skin on

2 organic celery sticks

1 whole lemon, sliced, skin left on

1 organic granny smith apple

1/2 inch ginger, peeled and cut into chunks or turmeric

1 spring of parsley

( if you want more green, you can add a few leafs of romaine lettuce)

Directions:

Cut everything to fit into your juicer. Drink and enjoy. Viola!

4.Orange Carrot Ginger Juice Recipe

Ingredients:

6 organic carrots

1 orange

1/2 ginger, peeled or turmeric

1 whole cucumber

( if you want more green, you can add a few leafs of romaine lettuce)

Directions:

Cut everything to fit into your juicer. Drink and enjoy. Viola!

5. Mediterranean Juice

Ingredients:

1 organic red pepper, cut and discard the seeds

1/2  beet, peeled and rinsed off

1 lemon, peeled and cut

1 whole organic cucumber, cut

4 springs of oregano

pinch of Himalayan sea salt

( if you want more green, you can add a few leafs of romaine lettuce)

Directions:

Cut everything to fit into your juicer. Drink and enjoy. Viola!

6.Audrey’s Thyroid Juice Elixir

1/3 bunch dandelion greens

2/3 cup parsley

3 celery stalks

2 inches fresh ginger or turmeric

1 apple

1 lemon

1/2 cup of fresh flesh from a coconut

Add 1 cup of fresh coconut juice

Directions:

Cut everything to fit into your juicer. Drink and enjoy. Viola!

7. Pumpkin Pie Juice

1 small pumpkin, cut into chunks, discard the pulp and seeds

3 organic carrots

1 organic apple

1/2″ ginger, peeled or turmeric

After you juice, stir in your favorie spices such as cinnamon, cloves, allspice and nutmeg

( if you want more green, you can add a few leafs of romaine lettuce)

Pumpkin seeds are rich in magnesium and other minerals. You might want to save those seeds and bake them later.

Directions:

Cut everything to fit into your juicer. Drink and enjoy. Viola!

8. Healing Juice Recipe

Ingredients
1 small head romaine
1 organic green apple
3 stalks organic celery
½ organic  cucumber
1 lemon
1/2 fresh ginger or turmeric

Directions:

Cut everything to fit into your juicer. Drink and enjoy. Viola!

 

Super Charge Green Smoothie

½ organic cucumber, chopped

2 celery stalks

¼ cup parsley

½ lemon, peeled

½ avocado, peeled and pitted

2 cups of organic romaine lettuce

1 scoop of raw meal- garden of Life

1 cup of coconut water

1 cup of ice

Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

 

Blueberry Chocolate Delight

½ cup of frozen blueberries

1 cup of romaine lettuce

2 celery stalks

½ teaspoon of Ceylon Cinnamon

1 scoop of raw meal –garden of life- chocolate flavor

2 tablespoons of almond butter

1 cup of unsweetened nut milk

Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy! 

 

Happy Colon Smoothie

1 cup pumpkin puree

2 stalks of celery

1 tablespoon raw honey

½ of a peeled grapefruit

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

2 tablespoon flaxseed meal

½ inch fresh raw ginger

½ teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg & turmeric

This a delicious, easy drink to make. Add all ingredients into the blender and voila!

 

Green Boosting Smoothie

1 cup mixed baby greens

½ avocado, peeled and pitted

2 organic celery stalk

½ cucumber

2 springs of parsley

1 cup coconut milk

1 scoop of raw meal-garden of life

Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

 

Seaweed-Me Green Smoothie

1/2 cup Organic Kelp, chopped

1 Organic Apple, sliced

2 celery stalks

1/2 Organic Avocado

1 cup Coconut Water

1 scoop of raw meal-garden of life

½ cup of ice

Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

 

****Keep in mind that many hypothyroidism cases are actually caused by Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. It was found in some research that increasing iodine intake could actually cause your thyroid issues to worsen if you have Hashimoto’s. Instead, reducing iodine intake may be the solution. If you have Hashimoto’s, please check with your health care provider before adding any iodine to your diet. Organic Kelp is loaded with natural Iodine.

 

Simple Pina Colada Smoothie

1 cup of Organic Pineapple

1 cup of Coconut Milk

2 celery stalks

1 tablespoon of raw, unprocessed, unfiltered coconut oil

1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed

1 tablespoon of spirulina

½ cup of ice

Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy! 

 

Alamo Splash Smoothie

1 orange, peeled & deseeded

1 cup of fresh pineapple

2 celery stalks

Juice from 1 lime

½ avocado, peeled & pitted

1 cup of coconut water

1 tablespoon of ground flax seed

1 tablespoon of spirulina

½ cup of ice

Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

 

Bahama Mama Smoothie

1 whole lemon, peeled and deseeded

1 cup of pineapple, chunked

2 celery stalks

1 cup of green tea (or my favorite Matcha green tea)

1 tablespoon of ground flax seed

1 tablespoon of spirulina

½ cup of ice

Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

 

Coconut Shake-me Smoothie

1 cup of unsweetened coconut milk

½ inch fresh ginger, peeled

2 celery stalks

1 teaspoon of Ceylon cinnamon

2 tablespoons of almond butter

½ cup of shredded unsweetened coconut flakes

1 scoop of vanilla flavored raw meal-garden of life

½ cup of ice

Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

 

Flaming Flamingo Smoothie

1 cup 100% organic cranberry juice

2 celery stalks

1 cup pineapple, diced

1 whole lemon, peeled and seeded

1 tablespoon of ground flax seed

1 tablespoon of spirulina

½ cup of ice

Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

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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 ,   Hypothyroidism Clarity: How to transition your family  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 Support Group. 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.

I Hope You Like it old School Cause I ain’t Playing With this Hypothyroidism No More.

12968093_10209143914333752_7503512854962499329_oThis hypothyroidism is no joke. People play with it all the time. But why? It completely fucks with your life. Sorry to be so blunt but it does. As diseases go, you would think that it would be a cinch to diagnose and pretty straightforward to treat. Each of us are unique individuals with different sensitivities. None of  has the same exact routine as far as what foods we eat, what chemicals we are exposed to and what medications we take but yet we all are similar when it comes to our thyroids not working properly. Why is that?

See we have to understand is 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. Start today following my tips and you will start healing your thyroid naturally.

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.

I know, there is a information overload and 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.

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

Not all medications are created equal. Trust and believe that! Also, medications can interact with other medications or interfere with how your body works.  Sort of like help one thing but hinder another.

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

A least less talked about area that people seem to ignore is starting to become more widely recognized. It’s food sensitivities. Most of the time these sensitivities seem to be more of a annoyance and not an immediate and/or severe allergic reaction. Therefore more people with food sensitivities are willing to annoy it, never look into their symptom’s without realizing that it can actually be disastrous to their health. More doctors, mainstream media journals and clinical practices are starting to realize how if they can start to identify and remove the  food sensitivities it can and will improve the  overall health and well-being of a individual. Thus, leading to a much better quality of life.
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A food sensitivity has a  delayed allergic reaction. Food sensitivities trigger the delayed antibody response after being consumed.  For example, there are four different antibodies involved in a delayed reaction. IgG, IgA, IgM, and IgD — each of which can have a different and significant effect on our immune system.

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

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

Americans are in such a pathetic health crisis. We have the abundance of everything at our finger tips but yet we 1 in 3 people are on some sort of medication. It doesn’t matter if it’s Prescribed or over the counter. Meanwhile, there are people around the world who are in better health than the average American and they don’t have to be on some sort of medication but yet they seem to be in  their correct body mass index. New York Times best-selling author and Blue Zones Founder  Dan Buettner has written a book called: The Blue Zone Solution in his book he speaks about how people in these blue zones are living to be over 100 years old.  We are in such a state of denial. Every Cell in your body responds to the foods you consume.  These foods have a direct impact on your hormones and in return your hormones have a direct impact on every major system in your body. So many of us have these crazy phantom-like health problems.  Our body is lacking certain nutrients that heavily influence the function of every cell in our body while certain foods can inhibit your body’s ability to absorb the replacement nutrients needed.

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

  • Artificial Sweeteners. …
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup. …
  • Monosodium Glutamate (MSG / E621) …
  • Trans Fat. …
  • Common Food Dyes. …
  • Sodium Sulfite (E221) …
  • Sodium Nitrate/Sodium Nitrite. …
  • BHA And BHT (E320)

Many different underlying reasons can play a role. We do know that hypothyroidism is a chronic condition of an underactive thyroid and affects millions of Americans. 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.

Hypothyroidism means what exactly?

Hypothyroidism means your thyroid is not making enough thyroid hormone. Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of your throat. It makes the hormones that control the way your body uses energy. Basically, our thyroid hormone tells all the cells in our bodies how busy they should be. Our bodies will go into overdrive with too much thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism) and our bodies slow down with too little thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism). The most common causes of hypothyroidism worldwide is dietary and environmental. The most common cause of hypothyroidism is dietary and environmental! What does that mean exactly? That means you need to be eat to cater to your thyroid and stop using all these harmful chemicals to clean your home with and put on your body! It’s not hard. Yes, a little adjustment will be needed but isn’t everything we do in life for the better of our health worth a little inconvenience until it becomes a habit?

“You must realize that the thyroid has a relationship with all the hormones. It’s a very complex balance and there is no straight forward treatment of just treating your thyroid alone. 1st you must make sure your adrenal glands are in total support. Adrenal fatigue is a very common amongst people with hypothyroidism.  Next you have to get your cortisol levels stabilized. Having hypothyroidism your cortisol levels are already above average. Next finding the right medication for you. Everyone is different it isn’t an easy one size fits all task.”  

So this bullshit is up to you!

Start following my plan & listen to your body!!

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You have to start removing the thyroid suppressive foods that are in your diet and instead focus on the right foods that stimulate your thyroid to produce an abundant amount of thyroid hormone to keep your cells happy and healthy. When you eat foods full of thyroid suppressive toxins its just like throwing fuel on the fire. This will only continue to drain you of your energy, continue to make your symptoms worse, promote even more inflammation in  your body, contribute to a leaky gut and further damage your thyroid.

Listen to me when I say  there’s a major disconnect between what YOU believe to be healthy foods and what research tells us is healthy. In fact, many of the health foods today that people go out of their way to eat daily are extremely thyroid suppressive.

It seems that the  testing for thyroid is a dead end road at times  with the test appearing to be normal but you has all the symptoms. Get this, your blood work can look just fine but there is major resistance at the receptor site. Most practitioners are unfamiliar with natural treatments for the thyroid and the meds they give sometimes just don’t work. Some  doctors just don’t have a lot of experience with alternative treatments. Endocrinologists have the training to diagnose and treat hormone imbalances and problems by helping to restore the normal balance of hormones in the body. This is where you come into play. You have to take control of  your health! Your gut’s ability to digest and absorb critical nutrients is very important for proper thyroid hormone health.

I am telling you to not fucking listen to what they are saying… Do your own research… learn how to read test results and become your own health advocate!! No body else will do it for you but you…

disclaimer:::::::::::::::: Bitches::::::::::::::::::: Listen::::::::::::::::  I am here to help & educate. I am not a medical doctor nor  your personal guru specialist. …. You’ve got to do this!

A full thyroid panel for hypothyroidism should at least include these 7 key thyroid lab tests:
TSH
Free T4
Free T3
Reverse T3
Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies
Thyroglobulin Antibodies
Reverse T3
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How Is Hypothyroidism Diagnosed?

If you have symptoms of hypothyroidism, your doctor will order blood tests to check hormone levels. Lower-than-normal T4 levels usually mean you have hypothyroidism.
However, some people may have increased TSH levels while having normal T4 levels. This is called subclinical (mild) hypothyroidism. It is believed to be an early stage of hypothyroidism. If your test results or physical exam of the thyroid are abnormal, your doctor may order a thyroid ultrasound, or thyroid scan, to check for nodules or inflammation.

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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 ,  A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty: the slow cooker way ,   Hypothyroidism Clarity: How to transition your family  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 Support Group. 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.