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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.

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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.

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

Potatoes

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. 

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

Disclaimer

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

 

 

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Keywords:

Salt; Dietary Reference Intakes; Health Care Costs; Cardiovascular Disease; Nutrition

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Hypothyroidism Burgers 3 Mouth Watering Ways

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Now that your starting to be curious and eat to cater to your thyroid. Don’t feel you have to totally give up on foods you love. Cooking actually isn’t very hard. You can put together some simple meals very easily — often in less time than it takes to get take-out food, and definitely in less time than it takes to go out to eat. If you learn to cook yourself, you can have control of the ingredients, and once you get the hang of it, it often tastes a lot better, too!

Healthy food doesn’t have to be boring!

It is definitely a struggle to switch your eating habits, and takes time to find new ways to spice up healthy foods-but it’s not impossible. There are so many foods out there that can kick your craving for the ‘unhealthy’ foods.

 Processed foods and sugar influence our taste buds and when you stop eating those things on a regular basis, other foods actually start to taste better.

Be creative and experiment! 

Recipe

Herb Burgers Italian Spice Burgers Onion & Garlic Burgers
1 lb. ground beef or bison or ground turkey 1 lb. ground beef or bison or ground turkey 1 lb. ground beef or bison or ground turkey
1/2 tsp. sea salt 1/2 tsp. sea salt 1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. dried rosemary 1/2 tsp. dried oregano 1/4 cup finely diced fresh onion
1/2 tsp. dried sage 1/2 tsp. dried minced garlic 1/2 Tbsp. minced fresh garlic
1/2 tsp. dried thyme 1/4 tsp. dried basil

Directions

  1. If you have a kitchen-aid mixer, you can use it at low speed, to blend the spices into the meat. Otherwise, put all of the ingredients in a large bowl and blend with your hands.
  2. Shape into 3 or 4 patties, depending on how big you like your burgers. (This recipe also doubles very easily.) If you have time to let them sit for 30 minutes before cooking, they’ll be even more flavorful.
  3. You can cook these in a skillet over medium heat (5-8 minutes per side), or on a gas grill over medium heat (3-5 minutes per side). If you cook them on the grill, just be sure to preheat your grill, and poke a small hole in the center of each patty to ensure  they cook evenly (no raw centers). You’ll notice I did that in the top photo.
  4. You can also freeze the patties, to cook later.

Extra Flavor Options:

  • You can also top your burgers with lots of flavorful condiments! Everything from ketchup, red onion, tomato to guacamole to BBQ sauce.

Audrey Childers  is a cook and the blogger behind Thehypothyroidismchick.com. After recovering from her own struggle with both Celiac and Hashimoto’s disease, adrenal fatigue, and multiple vitamin deficiencies, Audrey started to write about her experience to share with others and help them realize they are not alone in their struggles. She is a  Nutritional Therapy Practitioner , and is the 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 , a guide and recipe books for the hypothyroidism protocol. Audrey has  found her path to better health with the hypothyroidism Protocol. Now it’s her mission to share that approach with nourishing recipes, practical resources, and community connections. This blog may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.

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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
 

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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Warning to New Thyroid Patients

 

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.

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?

There is only one major disease and that is malnutrition. All Ailments and afflictions to which we may fall heir are directly traceable to this major disease.” –D.W. Cavanaugh, M.D., Cornell University

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

As consumers we put our trust in the research and development of scientific studies, The FDA and  The CDC. let’s not  be so easily mislead. 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 . 

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

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

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

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

A full thyroid panel for hypothyroidism should at least include these 6 key thyroid lab tests:
TSH
Free T4
Free T3
Reverse T3
Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies
Thyroglobulin Antibodies
My message to you is  upon waking up check your basal temperature. If you are below 97.5 then probably have hypothyroidism.

Are you starting to see my point?

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

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

Neither can our bodies thrive if they are toxic.

5 Things you need to working on.

#1: Immune System

#2: Digestive System

#3: Inflammation

#4:  Stress

#5:  Start Being Aware

 

” I don’t know where to start.”

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

3 Primary Factors Leading to Underactive Thyroid 

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

 2.Stress-

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

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

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

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

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

7 Steps To Wake Up Your Thyroid Naturally

21 Successful Tips on Clean Beauty Swaps

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

Two weeks of amazingly simple and delicious Hypothyroidism Breakfasts!

 

Audrey Childers  is a cook and the blogger behind Thehypothyroidismchick.com. After recovering from her own struggle with both Celiac and Hashimoto’s disease, adrenal fatigue, and multiple vitamin deficiencies, Audrey started to write about her experience to share with others and help them realize they are not alone in their struggles. She is a  Nutritional Therapy Practitioner , and is the 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 , a guide and recipe books for the hypothyroidism protocol. Audrey has  found her path to better health with the hypothyroidism Protocol. Now it’s her mission to share that approach with nourishing recipes, practical resources, and community connections. This blog may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.

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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
 

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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resources:

http://www.thyroid.org/hypothyroidism/

The 12 Powerful Healing Powers in Volcano Ash. This May surprise you.

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People have been using aged volcano ash for thousands of years for its healing benefits.  The amazing detoxing abilities of this  powerful “healing clay” is  loaded with minerals including calcium, copper, magnesium, silica, sodium, iron, and potassium. Along with having nearly 70 trace elements. Bentonite clay is almost a nutrient-dense, all natural multivitamin and it can be used internally along with externally. Bentonite clay has been a staple in my home for years and I keep it stored in herbal cabinet along with my medicine chest.  I’ve used it both internally and externally for many different reason. The name comes from the largest known deposit of Bentonite Clay located in Fort Benton, Wyoming.

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The Many Uses for Bentonite Clay

Bentonite clay can be used internally for:

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  • boosts immunity
  • Stomach ache
  • boosts probiotics
  • To help speed recovery from vomiting, diarrhea and food poisoning
  • Relieves digestive issues like acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn,  bloating, gas, etc. (Kaolin clay was common ingredient in medicines like Maalox and Rolaids for years)
  • (Detoxification) Pulls out harmful toxins from the body.
  • Helps to balance the bodies Ph levels (Bentonite clay is very alkalizing)
  • boosts energy
  • Fights inflammation
  • To help provide minerals for the body
  • Improves your oral hygiene

Bentonite clay can be used externally for:

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  • Bruises
  • Improves skin and allergy issues
  • Bee stings
  • Externally for all types of skin problems and to speed healing
  • Bug bites
  • Pulls toxins out of the body
  • Burns
  • Cuts and scraps
  • Hair care
  • Skin care

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How to use Bentonite Clay  

Bentonite clay is very sensitive to metal. Don’t allow it to come into contact with it or it will lose its healing properties.  I will mix my clay with water in a glass jar with a plastic lid either by shaking well or using a plastic whisk. If you take it internally, do not take within an hour of food for best results and do not take within 2 hours of medications or supplements as it might reduce the effectiveness. Check with your doctor before using if you have any medical condition.

 

1. Shampoo

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Mix 2-3 tablespoons of clay powder with an equal amount of filtered water or apple cider vinegar. Apply the clay mixture to your moistened hair, leave it on for five minutes and then rinse thoroughly.  You can also rinse out the clay hair mask with an apple cider vinegar rinse to help avoid drying.

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Combine Bentonite Clay and equal parts Apple Cider Vinegar( and/ or ) Aloe Vera Juice, and a few drops of essential oils of your choice ( I like to add lavender, sweet orange, and rosemary). Mix to the consistency of batter

2. Blemish reducing facial mask

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Bentonite clay tightens and tones the skin, and its absorbing properties can draw out impurities from deep within. To make a facial mask, mix 2-3 tablespoons of clay powder with equal amounts water or apple cider vinegar or witch hazel.

Evenly apply the thick layer to the face, and allow it to dry for about 10-15 minutes. It will  feel tight and slightly tingly. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. For best results, use once or twice a week.

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3. Pamper yourself with a detox bath

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Bentonite Clay Mask

1/4 cup of Bentonite Clay to a bath for a relaxing detox bath that softens skin.
Similar to masks used at the spa, a clay mask made from Bentonite draws excess oils and debris to the surface of your skin, boosts circulation to tighten the skin and stimulate blood flow, and whisks away dead skin cells that can clog pores. Mix Bentonite Clay with water to make a paste, apply to the face, and allow to dry for 20 minutes. Wash off gently and pat dry. If any spots of clay are left on your skin after rinsing, rub gently with a wash cloth.

4. Deodorant for sensitive skin

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Bentonite helps to absorb moisture from your underarms and eliminate body odor without causing irritation. Try this DIY natural deodorant solid that’s incredibly easy to make.

DIY Natural Deodorant Solid Recipe

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Ingredients

About the Ingredients

  • Coconut oil helps this deodorant to glide on easily.
  • Shea butter is derived from the nuts of the shea tree, grown in Africa. It’s incredibly moisturizing and can help to protect skin from dryness.
  • Baking soda helps to absorb moisture and odors naturally.
  • Beeswax is moisturizing and helps to keep this natural deodorant in a solid form that makes it easy to travel.
  • Arrowroot powder is made from the roots of the arrowroot plant, which is native to South America. It helps to keep skin dry and wick away moisture.
  • Bentonite clay helps to absorb moisture from your underarms and eliminate body odor without causing irritation. Learn more about the health uses for bentonite clay.

Directions

  1. In a double boiler, add coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax. Bring to a boil on medium heat and stir until beeswax and shea butter are in liquid form.
  2. Remove from heat, then add baking soda, bentonite clay, arrowroot powder, and essential oils. Mix well.
  3. Pour liquid mixture into a silicone muffin mold or a 5 oz. container, such an empty deodorant container.
  4. Let cool down to solidify for about 2-3 hours. The beeswax will help to keep it in solid form to use as a traditional deodorant.
  5. If using a silicone mold, pop out the DIY natural deodorant solids and store in a reusable container or bag to use at home or on the go.

Makes about 3 deodorant bars.

5. Remineralize your teeth

Did you know that your teeth are living and spongy. The foods we eat, the commercial toothpastes, medications and chemicals from drinks all can suck out the minerals from the teeth causing weakened enamel  and leaving us more susceptible to decay and breakdown. I was on a new mission to keep my teeth healthy by using the absolute necessary  and needed trace minerals to maintain the upmost dental health plus find a solution that wasn’t abrasive,  while gently polishing them , and detoxifies while it refreshes. Is there such a thing? I did know that my long history with Mr. Store bought toothpaste were over. Bentonite clay does its work drawing toxins out of the mouth, it leaves behind minerals that are nourishing for the teeth. Try my  homemade toothpaste.

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Homemade Tooth Powder Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons Bentonite clay 
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda 
  • 1 ½ teaspoons finely ground unrefined sea salt
  • ½ teaspoons clove powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground Ceylon cinnamon
  • 5-10 drops of  peppermint essential oil
  • ¾ teaspoons activated charcoal

Directions

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

Natural Peppermint Toothpaste

1/2 cup coconut oil

3 Tablespoons of baking soda

15 drops of peppermint food grade essential oil

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

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6. Heal burns and cuts

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Mix the clay and water until it becomes has a  paste consistency, next  apply it to the burn or cut. Wrap it in plastic wrap or wet gauze after applying. Change the bandages and paste every two hours as needed.

7. Reverse digestive distress

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Mix 1-2 teaspoons of clay into a full glass of water, let it soak for at least 30 minutes, and then drink.

 

8. Combat illness and poisoning

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Clay is said to draw out pathogenic viruses, herbicides and pesticides, heavy metals and radioactive substances. To draw out these toxins, drink 1 teaspoon of bentonite clay powder mixed with 16 oz’s of  water .

9. Make an anti-itch cream

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Bentonite clay can be used on skin issues such as insect bites or chicken pox. Mix a small amount of clay powder and water into a paste, and apply to the bothered area. Let dry, and leave it on skin until it dries. Gently rinse off any residue with water.

10. Baby Powder

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Antimicrobial Clay Balm

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The detoxification properties speaks for themselves and studies are now confirming the wisdom in this powerful clay. its use. It has been shown to be effective against candida – the primary cause of yeast rashes – as well as a variety of bacteria, including MRSA. (Source)  Plain Bentonite Clay makes a very soothing baby powder for use when there is infection or redness. It can also be made into a clay “mask” to help speed recovery in this area.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shea butter (I prefer to use raw organic shea because conventional shea may be extracted with harsh solvents such as hexane.
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (Extra virgin has demonstrated the strongest antimicrobial properties, but expeller-pressed will work fine as well.
  • 1/4 cup bentonite clay
  • 7 drops lavender essential oil, optional. Can substitute tea tree if yeast/bacteria is suspected.*
  • 7 drops chamomile essential oil, optional. Can substitute tea tree if yeast/bacteria is suspected.

To Make

1. In a double boiler, gently melt shea butter over low heat. When almost melted, stir in coconut oil and continue to heat until fully melted.

2. Remove from heat and allow mixture to return to a semi-solid state. Place mixture in fridge if you’d like to speed this process up. Add non-nano zinc or bentonite clay and optional essential oils (if desired). Mix thoroughly.

Baby Powder

Note for cloth diapering mamas: This powder is compatible with cloth dipes.

Ingredients

  •  1⁄2 cup bentonite clay powder
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder, optional. Makes the texture more fine.

* Like cornstarch, arrowroot powder is a starch and can help feed yeast. Since it’s not the primary ingredient in this recipe I don’t know that it would cause a problem for yeast-based rashes, but if you suspect yeast you may want to omit it.

How To Use

Powder lightly at every diaper change when a rash is active.

*Special Notes

Powders of any kind are not recommended for children under three months because they can inhale particles into their very sensitive lungs. Use only in older babies.

11. Internal cleansing for pets

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For pets that are sick, vomiting or showing signs of illness, you can add Bentonite to their water or mix and give orally with a dropper or syringe without the needle. I have seen several cases where this helped pets recover quickly from what could otherwise have been serious illnesses. Please google for the correct dosage per weight of the dog and always check with your veterinarian before changing your dogs diet.

12. Ph Balancing

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Bentonite Clay Powder so indispensable is its ability to elevate your body’s pH. The Bentonite will absorb some of the hydrogen from your cells, enabling them to fill that space with the oxygen you so dearly need. Headaches, allergic reactions, fatigue, sinus infection and many other health ailments are the result of toxin buildup in the body’s organs. To cleanse your internal organs, you can add a couple teaspoons of clay powder to a smoothie or your favorite food. Be sure to stay hydrated or take it with fiber to help it pass through your digestive system quickly.

Precautions

Make sure you purchase food grade bentonite clay and not sodium bentonite clay. I once made the mistake of purchasing a brand that was perfect for masks and detox baths but not for internal use. Yes, I called the poison control center.

There are two main types of Bentonite clay:

1. Sodium Bentonite, when activated by water, can swell up to six times its size and has a electromagnetic properties. This makes it very absorbent and helpful for drawing out toxins.

2. Calcium Bentonite particles are smaller compared to Sodium Bentonite, which makes it more effective for remineralizing than drawing toxins out of the skin. These small particles can pass through the colon wall into the bloodstream where it gets rid of toxins and leaves minerals behind.

Also bentonite clay may not be appropriate for consumption for children and pregnant women due to it could contains trace amounts of lead .

Don’t allow the clay to come into contact with anything medal or it will be stripped of its powerful healing benefits.

Keep in mind that clay may be an irritant to the lungs for some people, so individuals should avoid inhaling it.

*The FDA is warning consumers to not purchase “Bentonite Me Baby” by Alikay Naturals because of a potential lead poisoning risk, as this product apparently has unsafe levels of lead.

Side Effects

The clay pulls water away form your colon as it passes through your intestine. For this reason you can experience constipation with Bentonite clay when  you  first start  using it. Make  sure  you  are  drinking  plenty of  water. Also,  listen  to  your  body. Once  you start  introducing the clay  to  your body you can  experience heavy  detox  symptoms. Cut  your  dosein  half if  you getting headaches. The clay can absorb medications. Make sure to not consume 2  hours  before  or after  medications ,and  wait  an  hour after taking bentonite clay  to eat.

Please always  consult your doctor before you start  any new health regimen.

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Audrey Childers  is a cook and the blogger behind Thehypothyroidismchick.com. After recovering from her own struggle with both Celiac and Hashimoto’s disease, adrenal fatigue, and multiple vitamin deficiencies, Audrey started to write about her experience to share with others and help them realize they are not alone in their struggles. She is a  Nutritional Therapy Practitioner , and is the 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 , a guide and recipe books for the hypothyroidism protocol. Audrey has  found her path to better health with the hypothyroidism Protocol. Now it’s her mission to share that approach with nourishing recipes, practical resources, and community connections. 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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MESSAGE FROM THE AUTHOR: A.L. Childers

 

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.

Audrey Childers  is a cook and the blogger behind Thehypothyroidismchick.com. After recovering from her own struggle with both Celiac and Hashimoto’s disease, adrenal fatigue, and multiple vitamin deficiencies, Audrey started to write about her experience to share with others and help them realize they are not alone in their struggles. She is a  Nutritional Therapy Practitioner , and is the 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 , a guide and recipe books for the hypothyroidism protocol. Audrey has  found her path to better health with the hypothyroidism Protocol. Now it’s her mission to share that approach with nourishing recipes, practical resources, and community connections. This blog may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.

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Disclaimer

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

Food, Friend or Foe: A Intimate Look

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be so complicated.

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

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

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

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

-A.L. Childers aka Thehypothyroidismchick

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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.

Resources:

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

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

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