What is Leaky Gut and Do I Have IT?

What is Leaky Gut?

 

As I sit  here at Starbucks drinking a coffee that is not organic I contemplate the fact that I am writing to you about gut health while trying to destroy mine. 

 

You see, Leaky gut is the process by which inflammatory foods attack the lining of the gut and make it too thin. That process causes the cell junctions to break and then whole food particles, enzymes and bile to leak out into the body. 

 

What happens when enzymes meant to break down food substances and Bile leak into the body?

 

Bad, Bad things. 

 

The symptoms of leaky gut are far and wide, and typically treated by symptom management, not cause resolution. Medications like steroids, Immuno-suppressants, gas-aids, Pain killers, muscle relaxers and anti-acids. All of these have severe side effects that not only make the gut issues worse, but lead to a cascade of other health issues. Some of those include sleep disruption, bone demineralization (weakening), Brain fog, weakened immune system, death of glands, hormone dysregulation, ulcers and more. 

 

How do you know if you have a leaky gut?

  • constipation that is chronic and have difficulty going to the bathroom for a bowel movement 2-3 times a day 
  • bouts of Diarrhea that come on especially after a meal or seem out of the blue
  • If you have joint pain in the mornings
  • Joint stiffness in the mornings
  • Headaches, particularly migraines
  • Hives
  • Itchy dry skin, even with lotion
  • Autoimmune disorders like chronic fatigue, adrenal fatigue, eczema, 
  • Allergies to food and environment
  • Sinusitis, ear infections, Sinus infections
  • Runny nose

 

How do you treat it? 

The first way to treat anything is to get rid of the triggers and then work on repairing the tissue. This process, depending on how much damage is present, can take months to years. Most of our clients find relief within 6-10 months using a specific protocol. That protocol includes supplements, Mindset work, Nutritional strategies and specific coaching. They focus on understanding the deeper nervous system triggers as well as the superficial things like food and environmental triggers. We want to make sure that it is a whole person approach, because no system in the body functions without the other. 

 

If you are interested in our Healthy Sexy Gut Vitality Program, we can book a Free Health Strategy Call  to see if we are a good fit to work together. 

 

While this is not a weight loss program, some people will lose weight through the time due to the nutritional strategies employed. 

Hangry: Part two


Reactive Hypoglycemia looks like:


Sweating, headaches, Feeling Faint, Pale skin, Shakiness, Nausea, need to eat every few hours.(2)


But why?


Poor Insulin Sensitivity, Adrenal Fatigue, And poor management of Blood Sugar.


Insulin Resistance:


Unfortunately, due to SAD and lack of a central family, we are seeing Insulin Resistance occur as young as 4 years of age. This is a recent development, but comes with the increase in fast food, expansion of the aisles of processed goods, increased sugar, and poor management of children’s behavior. It is thought that at least one third (1/3rd) of Americans, even those that appear healthy, are insulin resistant. (3)


Insulin Resistance is a Hormone Imbalance. It is basically the body’s rejection of a hormone at the cellular level. This is important primarily because the entire job of insulin is to shuttle Blood Glucose from the Blood into the Muscle where it can be used for energy. If this does not happen, the body will store sugar as fat. This means that Obesity is a Hormone Dysfunction. If we can fix the hormone issue, we can fix the obesity issue.


What else goes wrong with insulin resistance?


Glucose is free to move around. EVERY blood vessel in the body has a corresponding nerve. Glucose is Toxic to Nerves. They actually prefer Ketones.
The Exposure to glucose is what causes neuropathy. So, if you are someone who suffers from Hangry and weird tingling in the hands or feet, it is likely you have insulin resistance.


What the American Diabetes Association has to say:


Insulin resistance and Diabetes are a PROGRESSIVE disorder. This disorder happens due to the lack of the body’s response to insulin. It requires that a person eat every few hours to maintain blood glucose. They will eventually need insulin to manage said blood glucose and increasing doses over time.


So What if they are wrong? What if you fasted, taught the body to function on Ketones?


What if you lost weight? What if you felt Less Brain Fog? What if you didn’t need the insulin? 2 short years ago it would have saved you $2000-$3000/year. The cost of insulin, a drug that the pharmaceutical industry and the ADA says is life sustaining, had gone to over $300/unit. In 2021 congress had to step in and voted to cap insulin at $35/month. That is still $420/year. And the government has a say in your health. The same government that helped write the food guide pyramid.

The one that says you need more processed grains than real food.

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Adrenal Fatigue


This is a REAL disorder. It basically occurs with time, but can occur due to an illness. The adrenal glands sit on the kidneys. They produce cortisol in response to stress. The stress should be short lived and easily managed. The state of chronic stress that we are in now has made this disorder so common that no one knows what normal is anymore.


You shouldn’t need a cup of stimulants to get going in the morning.


You shouldn’t need caffeine or food between lunch and dinner to get through the afternoon slump


You should be able to wake up easily without an alarm


You should have enough stored energy to get you to at least 4 hours of being awake before stimulants or food are needed.


What happens?


Normally, you would wake up and around 30 minutes later your cortisol would spike and hold. Then it would start to slowly decrease over a 12 hour window.


At the end of the 12 hour window your body would start producing melatonin and you would want to sleep.


What is actually happening in most of the population:

Cortisol spike occurs but is approximately 1/3 of normal. Then it declines so rapidly that melatonin starts being produced around 6 hours after waking.


When stress comes you should see a short spike. What we see clinically is that the spike does not occur.


How does it relate to Reactive Hypoglycemia?


Normally: those little spikes to stress would allow adrenaline and cortisol to carry you to the next meal without Hangry.
Since your body is starting off in the rear of taxes, it can not carry you.

The adrenal glands control the thyroid. Or the Engine. Not enough gas, the engine stops.

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5 Steps to Stop Hangry:


Better known as Reactive hypoglycemia
1. Fast. The hunger and satiety ( I’m Full) Hormones function on a 12 hour window. You should aim to eat in 10 hours of the day or less. 3-4 days a week you should aim to eat in 8 hours or less. You should also stop eating 2-3 hours prior to bed. This allows your body to work on digesting food prior to bedtime so it can work on restoring your body while you sleep.


2. Water: Depending on where you live in the country you need 80-120 oz of water. More if you exercise a lot or work a manual labor job. The first thing you take in during the day should be 32 oz of lukewarm water that has a pinch of sea salt or electrolytes that don’t have added sweeteners and lemon in it. This is to help flush out the toxins from the liver and the Kidneys that your body worked on overnight.


3. Don’t drink caffeine, especially if you need all the garbage in it, until you have been awake for at least 2 hours. This gives your adrenal glands a chance to come on-line and start healing. This allows your body to restore normal cortisol levels. This allows your Thyroid to function better. This allows your brain to understand the world before you stimulate it. For those of you who use your morning cup of joe to Poop, we have some other things to discuss regarding your gut.


4. Protein. Each meal you have should contain a clean, lean source of protein that is 4-8 ounces, depending on your size, amount of physical activity and your health state.


5. Vegetables and Fruit: you need 15 servings or 7.5 cups of vegetables and 5 servings or 2.5 cups of fruit Each Day. That means that you likely need 6 ounces of vegetables and 4 ounces of fruit at each meal, plus snacks that consist of fruits and veggies.


6. Healthy Fats: Nuts like almonds, walnuts, pecans, Pistachios. Fruits like Avocado. Oils like Olive, Coconut, and Avocado. every day should be eating in no more than 1/2 cup. Total.


7. Eat with patience. Take time to chew your food. Sit down and eat the meal. Take a walk afterwards.

8. Don’t drink more than 8 ounces with your meal.


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1 U.S. Department of Agriculture, “2012 Census Highlights: Farm Economics,” ACH12-2, May 2014. See also Environmental Working Group, Farm Subsidy Database, https://farm.ewg.org.
2 https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetes/expert-answers/reactive-hypoglycemia/faq-20057778
3 https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/insulin-and-insulin-resistance

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Hangry? Shaky? Do You Need to Eat Now, Or Else?

Hangry?

What exactly is hangry? It’s that past the point of no return irritation that occurs because your body is having a response to Blood sugar levels. Usually, they’ve dropped below what the system wants and the Adrenal Glands are not able to help by boosting Cortisol. Many people think this is just a day in the life. They spend most days with moments of Hangry, and think that it’s normal. Usually, it happens when they get distracted and forget to eat. Or, when a large group decides to do an activity and no one can decide on a meal or restaurant. Sometimes it occurs due to poor food choices the day before and inability to regain control so the immediate reach is for sugary or starchy foods.

I am here to tell you: IT IS NOT NORMAL

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So Why Is it So Common?

The Standard American Diet, or SAD for short.

You see, SAD says that we are supposed to eat

  • grains
  • Starches
  • Legumes
  • Very small amounts of Proteins in comparison
  • Small amounts of Veggies and Fruit in comparison
  • Dairy is the only fat listed…. What about nuts and avocado?

Why is it Wrong?

The Food guide pyramid is developed by the USDA. Agricultural Goods are one of the highest GDP products, other than healthcare, in the United States at 5.2% or just over $1trillion. Also, the government subsidizes GRAINS more than any other agricultural good in the United States(1). More than half of the $20 Billion a year in fact goes to subsidize grains in the States. Can you see the conflict of interest?

Then, let’s talk about those pictures. Do you see any actual whole grains? I don’t.

What I see are products that were processed so far that the body can not recognize them. Products that have sugar and preservatives added. How much does that picture look like this one?

The answer: NOT AT ALL. And why is that? Many reasons. The primary being that they don’t look appealing. Second, they are hard to digest. The process of Processing them leads to depletion of the actual fiber and nutrient dense Germ portion of the grain. All that is left is the starch or endosperm. With the fiber removed, you must treat the grain to get the body to further digest it and not turn it to sugar. Not sure? Look at this image:

 

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So what is Reactive Hypoglycemia or HANGRY?

What it actually is is the process by which you can long term develop Type II diabetes.

Gluconeogenesis:

This is the process by which the liver, and to some extent, the kidneys produce Glycogen, or Blood Sugar.

During the process, all Organisms, including plants, fungi and bacteria, take the chemical pyruvate and turn it into glucose. Notice, I said ALL organisms. When was the last time you saw a Mushroom eating a slice of bread? Tree Moss eating a Blueberry Muffin? Clovers eating a bowl of rolled oats?

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1 U.S. Department of Agriculture, “2012 Census Highlights: Farm Economics,” ACH12-2, May 2014. See also Environmental Working Group, Farm Subsidy Database, https://farm.ewg.org.
2 https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetes/expert-answers/reactive-hypoglycemia/faq-20057778
3 https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/insulin-and-insulin-resistance

Healthcare Spending in United States Out of Control

Drivers for Health care spending differ across top income earning countries

In 2016 the Total cost of Healthcare in the US was 17.8% of the GDP, according to a study published in JAMA, and was double that of other similar high income countries.

What was evaluated:

  1. Overweight and Obese Population: the US was the top by 20%, with 70.1 % of the population falling in the overweight to obese category. With obesity comes a link to 63 other significant health conditions, including high blood pressure, colorectal cancer, Heart disease, Metabolic syndrome (diabetes included), and Back Pain
  2. Average population of smokers: we did well here coming in second to last at only 11%
  3. Average number of Hospital beds per capita: equal to other countries
  4. Average number of physicians per capita: equal to other countries
  5. Imaging: we image across all types at three times the rate of other countries.
  6. Insurance coverage: 90% of US compared to 99% of other countries, but higher in private insurance at 55% of Americans.
  7. Administrative costs of Care: 8% in US compared to 1-3% in other countries
  8. Pharmaceuticals: $1444 in us per person compared with $466-$933 in other countries
  9. Salary of Physicians: US avg $218k, Other countries $88k-150K

What does it mean?

  1. We allow too much oversight from the industry in the healthcare space.
    1. The pre-approval process is set in place by the insurance companies.
    2. Authorization of care is set by a protocol based on research that is not up to current standard of practice
    3. we are allowing business manager to practice medicine without a license by setting the protocols in place.
  2. Medicare needs a tax hike
    1. In order to allow providers to see medicare patients they need a rate hike
    2. A rate hike would be driven by a tax increase
    3. the last time income tax payable to medicare and social security occurred was 1990. That was 31 years ago. 
  3. Stop allowing pharmaceuticals to drive healthcare
    1. The only way to CHANGE your health is to CHANGE your living
    2. Processed foods are not Nutrient dense.
    3. We are thee most overfed, under nourished society in history
    4. Stopping the drug industry from advertising and giving kick backs to government officials and physicians is a start
    5. starting to actually take responsibility for health is the true STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

50% more spending, Sicker population

Last year, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services reported that the total amount spent on healthcare was $4.8TRILLION. That accounts for 18% of the GDP. Yet, we suffered more than most countries in the pandemic. the previous year, 2019, the cost for health care grew almost 5% and were 17.7% of the GDP.

Even without a pandemic, we are not healthy. With cancer, Obesity, High blood pressure and stroke leading as causes of death.

 

 

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BEST OF ENGLEWOOD

Press Release

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Agility Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Receives 2021 Best of Englewood Award

Englewood Award Program Honors the Achievement

ENGLEWOOD November 5, 2021 — Agility Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine has been selected for the 2021 Best of Englewood Award in the Kinesiology Physical Therapy category by the Englewood Award Program.

Each year, the Englewood Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Englewood area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2021 Englewood Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Englewood Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Englewood Award Program

The Englewood Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Englewood area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Englewood Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Englewood Award Program

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The Staggering Costs of HEALTHCARE

The doctor of the future will give no medication but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease”—Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931)”

 

Yet pharmaceuticals have grown excessively from 2010-2018. 35% to be exact. In fact, in 2019 spending on prescription drugs did US$500 billion.

 

The Administrative burden costs too much

It was estimated that in the year 2019 the administrative cost of healthcare to the US GDP was $265 billion. The statistic is staggering, but there is more. In 2015 the American Academy of Family Physicians did a study. They found that there was a 90% increase in healthcare jobs. Yet those jobs were for administrative personnel. In the 4 years prior to the study, 95% of all hires were administrative personnel. They reported that the average administrative burden of any office was 3:1. That is 3 administrative personnel to every 1 medical provider. 

 

From the 2019 Research the costs were further looked at in terms of waste. That waste is part of the administrative burden. It was reported that the average employee spends 5.5 minutes on the phone per day with clients explaining the EOB from the insurance company. It accounts for a loss of $21.6 billion dollars. 

 

With these calls followed up with calls to the insurance company from the provider office, the burden of cost is $95 billion. And then there is the burden overall. It is reported that the more time that someone works in the healthcare field, the less productivity they have. It is typically reduced on average by 1% per year after the 3rd year of employment. 

 

People who regularly engage with the Insurance companies via phone or written correspondence report 10% less satisfaction and are 14% less likely to engage in the healthcare system. This can actually significantly delay care for more specific diseases like cancer, heart disease and diabetes.  

 

Overall Cost of Healthcare: $3 trillion annually or 28% of the total GDP

To keep that in perspective, only $50 million is spent on Physical Therapy each year. 

 

When Social Security and Medicare started in 1930, the average life expectancy was 58 for Males, 62 females. Currently the average life expectancy is 75 for males, 76 females. The age of retirement is 65 years of age, but many companies are offering retirement earlier as ways to age out more established people who have a higher salary burden to the company.

The cost of Medicare Benefits currently is $709.5 billion dollars and covers 58 million people. 

References:

https://careers.iconplc.com/blog/how-has-the-pharmaceuticals-industry-changed-in-the-last-decade–blog-01142312301
https://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/issue-briefs/2020/jan/us-health-care-global-perspective-2019?gclid=Cj0KCQjw4cOEBhDMARIsAA3XDRgMlO9jpLc29krIJlv5syhuvP-VbwS-_nKmu0t7BNP5Q1bXKghA7qoaArggEALw_wcB

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Agility Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Receives 2021 Best of Greenwood Village Award

Greenwood Village Award Program Honors the Achievement

GREENWOOD VILLAGE April 27, 2021 — Agility Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine has been selected for the 2021 Best of Greenwood Village Award in the Doctors of Physical Therapy category by the Greenwood Village Award Program.

Each year, the Greenwood Village Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Greenwood Village area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2021 Greenwood Village Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Greenwood Village Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Greenwood Village Award Program

The Greenwood Village Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Greenwood Village area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Greenwood Village Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Greenwood Village Award Program

 

Thyroid Dysfunction and Fertility: A wrap on Thyroid

Having a Baby is a Desire of Many,

But what happens with thyroid dysfunction and Infertility?

As described in previous two blogs, the Thyroid controls metabolism, Heart rate, Body Temperature, Sleep Cycles, and cognitive functions. In this final blog on thyroid, i want to talk about an issue that affects 13% of all couples annually.

Infertility

This is defined by the CDC as trying for a period of 1 year to become pregnant without success, in women over the age of 35 it is a period of 6 months (3). It affects approximately 15%  of women between the ages of 15-44. Interestingly, the CDC covers Thyroid, Hypothalamus and Pituitary dysfunction as causes of infertility for men, but not women. If you look at the previous sources sited from previous blogs, Thyroid function is basically essential for life to be sustained. If you can not sustain you, how do you expect to sustain growing another human inside of you?

In a blog from August of 2020, endocrine.web talks specifically about how a pregnancy may be difficult to obtain and sustain with thyroid dysfunction. This can happen because TSH is abnormal, thereby effecting the ovulation cycle. Without ovulation, there is not chance to fertilize an egg. It can also happen because there is a lack of  luteal phase and, even if a woman has an egg fertilized, it will likely not implant in the uterus and be sloughed with menses. If it is not sloughed during the menstrual cycle, the likely hood for miscarriage is elevated due to improper implantation of the egg or developing placenta. (4)

Thyroid Dysfunction in Men

Men have thyroid issues too, and they go undetected typically longer than women. This is primarily because men visit the doctor less often between the ages of 18-35, when a thyroid condition is likely to develop. Many believe that if they have hair loss, it is a family trait, so they don’t look for it as a symptom. They also are less likely to think of brain fog, because we as women have always told them we are better multitaskers. We give men an out for their forgetfulness, lack of ability to complete a task without a list, etc. And Ladies, That is Our Fault! Thyroid Dysfunction in men can lead to oddly shaped sperm, decreased sperm motility and decreased sperm count. All of these things may cause your Man to have increased difficulty helping you to get your family started.

How do we decrease risk of infertility?

Full Thyroid Normal vs. optimal Ranges

If you are considering family planning, and you are looking to conceive, Talk to your spouse/partner about getting a full physical. This is needed for BOTH of you. You should both be evaluated for a full thyroid panel. (see left insert on optimal versus normal ranges).

You should also consider testing for vitamin D3 as 25(OH)-VitD, Iodine, Zinc, selenium and B vitamins. Consider doing a full comprehensive hormone panel like the DUTCH test, which can also test how your adrenal glands are functioning. It will tell you which pathway your estrogen is going,  testosterone total, testosterone Alpha and Beta. The Comprehensive Cycle Mapping test  can also tell you best time during the cycle to try for a baby. This test is part of a DUTCH panel if requested.

Some of these tests will not be covered by insurance, but they are still less expensive than most fertility treatments. The rate of infertility and lost pregnancy due to thyroid dysfunction is reported by infertility.org to be as high as 5% of all persons trying to conceive

What Can I do about Thyroid Naturally? (1)

  1. Take a Quality Muti Vitamin 
  2. Take Extra Vitamin D and Know your levels (25OH-VitD should be between 50-80, 30 is considered normal)
  3. Get 15 Veggies and 5 fruits Daily
  4. Get Enough Protein (1.9kg/pound females; 2.4g/pound males)
  5. Get some Protein from collagen
  6. Sleep 8-10 hours daily
  7. Eat iodized salt
  8. Eat crustaceans (selenium, iodine and zinc all support thyroid).
  9. Eat Brazil Nuts (4/day for selenium requirements)
  10. Get tested Early and Often.
  11. As young as 18 but before age 24. (normally recommended at age 32)
  12. Run a FULL Thyroid panel (most only run TSH and Total Thyroid)(2)

 

  1. 1. https://www.endocrineweb.com/news/thyroid-diseases/thyroid-conditions-hair-loss-help#:~:text=What%20does%20thyroid%20hair%20loss,hair%2C%20and%20eyelashes%2C%20too.
  2. https://thyroidpharmacist.com/articles/need-know-thyroid-disease/
  3. https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/infertility/index.htm
  4. https://www.endocrineweb.com/thyroid-disorders-fertility

Thyroid Dysfunction: Overall Health Part 2

Thyroid and Hair Loss

Many people start to suffer what is called hormonal alopecia. It is the systemic loss of hair from all over the body with the loss, or gain, of certain hormones. The most common type of hair loss for women is due to thyroid dysfunction. The areas that we typically notice is the thickness of mane hair, or a shrinking ponytail. But, eye lashes coming out and or thinning of the brows, particularly the outer 2/3’s is fairly significant and should be noted. It IS A REASON to have you thyroid tested.

In Many cases, thinning brows, or a slimmer ponytail might be your only true indicator that the thyroid is struggling. This is because the sleep issues in the current day and age are rampant. Devices, job and school requirements and stimulant intake disrupts what we consider “normal sleep”. Since most think 1 bowel movement every 2 days is normal, this may also be missed. (See Previous Blog). Weight fluctuates for many college students and athletes as they exit high school and collegiate sports as well, so that might not be a great indicator.

Why Is my Hair Thinning a symptom?

Because the hair grows sin 4-6 week cycles, If you are not able to maintain growth due to poor thyroid function, you will start to see global sparseness in the hair. The patterns is across the entire scalp, not just the top or the front. It is related because the thyroid controls the ongoing functions that support the system as a whole to remain WHOLE. If you are lacking in nutrients required, you will start seeing hair loss sooner than diagnosis. This is because “Sub-Optimal” levels of thyroid can lead to long term damage.

What Can I do about Hair Loss and Hormones? (1)

  1. Take a Quality Muti Vitamin 
  2. Take Extra Vitamin D and Know your levels (25OH-VitD should be between 50-80, 30 is considered normal)
  3. Get 15 Veggies and 5 fruits Daily
  4. Get Enough Protein (1.9kg/pound females; 2.4g/pound males)
  5. Get some Protein from collagen
  6. Sleep 8-10 hours daily
  7. Eat iodized salt
  8. Eat crustaceans (selenium, iodine and zinc all support thyroid).
  9. Eat Brazil Nuts (4/day for selenium requirements)
  10. Get tested Early and Often.
  11. As young as 18 but before age 24. (normally recommended at age 32)
  12. Run a FULL Thyroid panel (most run TSH and Total Thyroid)(2)

 

  1. 1. https://www.endocrineweb.com/news/thyroid-diseases/thyroid-conditions-hair-loss-help#:~:text=What%20does%20thyroid%20hair%20loss,hair%2C%20and%20eyelashes%2C%20too.
  2. https://thyroidpharmacist.com/articles/need-know-thyroid-disease/

Thyroid Dysfunction: How does over all health affect this?

Thyroid. Weight Gain. Hair Loss

All of these terms fall together when we think about thyroid dysfunction, but there are a lot of reasons why each symptoms is important. There are also many ways to support the thyroid without medicating it first.

The Blogs of the last few weeks had focused on weight management and goals around weight. This can be considered an extension, but for different reasons. The thyroid is the endocrine gland primarily responsible for metabolism. Many don’t know this, but the thyroid gland can control heart rate, sleep cycles, hunger cycles, sweet tooth, salty cravings, and kidney and bladder function. Your thyroid also can have an impact on mental clarity, focus, memory and mood. (1)

HPA-axis: Health in balance

The thyroid, anterior pituitary gland and hypothalamus create that HPA axis in conjunction with the adrenal glands and are a self regulatory system for maintenance of glandular function and hormone production in the body. The HPA axis is stimulated primary by signals released from the liver. When given the right stimulus, with all the available nutrients in surplus, the system is flawless. IF there is a lack of nutrients, or there is toxic load increase in the liver, the system hits some bumps. Those bumps can cause major health issues.

Hypo- Low Thyroid:

This condition occurs for many reasons. There is a subclinical hypothyroidism that many times goes undiagnosed until a problem arises, but is often still last to be treated. People with hypothyroid often suffer feeling cold all the time. They have cold hands and feet, even if it is 100 degrees outside. Bradycardia, or a rather slow heart rate at rest is also a symptom. Now many athletes have bradycardia, but most don’t also feel cold all the time. slow heart rate at rest is looking at someone who drops often into high 40s or low 50s after being at rest lying down for 10 minutes. Weight gain is a symptoms of low thyroid. Constipation. This, as discussed in the last blog, is a huge factor. Many think not voiding fecal matter for 1-2 days is normal. IT. IS. NOT. People also often feel tired, lack of desire, lack of motivation.

Hyper- Fast or high Thyroid

Some might think this is what they want. I can introduce you to a few people who can tell you that if this persists longer than a month, you want it to stop. Tachycardia. The opposite of Bradycardia. You can see resting heart rates above 120. Now, if your not sure what that feels like, go for a run walk for 30 minutes where you run for 1 min walk 1 min. And try and cary on a conversation. It’s HARD. It’s EXHAUSTING. And let’s say you are a nurse who must wear scrubs, lab coat, Procedure covering gear, shoe covers, hair covering, face covering, and talk through discharge instructions with each patient. Are you sweating yet? Imagine this daily. Usually, the doctors will ask for you not to exercise until it is regulated as well. That would be awful for many who use exercise as a mental health boost. These people also often have muscle weakness, intolerance to heat, tremors, and diarrhea.

How do you Support Thyroid Naturally?

  1. Eat a healthy well balanced diet with a lot of fruits and vegetables. (15 vegetable, 5 fruit/day0
  2. Get enough protein (males 2.4 g/kg body weight per/day; females 1.9g/kg body weight/day)
  3. Have some protein come from collagen.
  4. Set a sleep schedule
  5. Use a Good Quality Vitamin.
  6. Each iodized salt
  7. Eat crustaceans (selenium, iodine and zinc all support thyroid).
  8. Eat Brazil Nuts (4/day for selenium requirements)
  9. Get tested Early and Often.
    1. As young as 18 but before age 24. (normally recommended at age 32)
    2. Run a FULL Thyroid panel (most run TSH and Total Thyroid)(2)
      1. TSH

        Optimal versus Normal Thyroid Lab Values
        Comparison of Optimal versus Regular values
      2. TPOa
      3. T3
      4. Reverse T3
      5. T4 Total
      6. Free T4
      7. FTI
      8. Resin F3 Uptake
      9. TGB
1.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK500006/
2. https://thyroidpharmacist.com/articles/need-know-thyroid-disease/