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/

Weight Loss: Tried and Failed Goals Part 2

What are other factors that affect weight Gain?

How many of you have tried a “detox”, “Cleanse” or a “reset”?

How many of you gained weight during that time?

I did. Every February for a decade, I did a 4 week detox and reset. I focused on getting 15 servings of vegetables, 3 servings of fruit, and 3 6ounce servings of Protein a day. I skipped the caffeine, cut out sugar and had NO PROCESSED FOODS.  The last two years that I did that cleanse I gained 12-14 pounds of fat in 28 days.

How do I know it was fat?

None of my pants fit. which meant it was abdominal weight gain. That weight gain is ALWAYS fat around the organs. It is also the most dangerous type of fat. Because it causes metabolic disorders like: Heart Disease, PCOS, Diabetes, Infertility, Menopause, Kidney dysfunction, Fatty Liver syndrome, etc.

So Why did it happen?

If you remember from last summer, I wrote a blog about Lemon water and detoxification. That Blog is important because it contains information about why we gain weight.

“The solution to pollution is dilution”

Your body only knows one way to “dilute” toxins. Toxins come from all over the place. The air, the food that we eat, The Body products we loose, The STRESS we don’t manage. IF your body can not get rid of the toxins, it will store it. The place it stores best, because it is the most binding area, is FAT CELLS. If your toxic load is too high, you will store in the fat cells.

If you are unsure what Toxic load is, Please read this blog 

What other things make you hold onto your fat, instead of burning it?

  • NOT Pooping 3 times a day

    • Failure to defecate a few times a day causes the toxins to be re-absorbed into the blood stream.
  • Hormone imbalance.

  • If your hormones are out of balance, particularly if you are estrogen dominant, No Nutrition Plan will work. IT is important to get hormone testing done each year after the age of 30, First Pregnancy, or infertility issues. So what hormones?
    1. Estrone (E1)
    2. Estrodial (E2)
    3. Estriol (E3)
    4. Testosterone Total and Free
    5. TSH
    6. T3 Free and Total, reverse
    7. T4 Free and Total
    8. TG Antibodies
    9. TPO antibodies
    10. DHEA-s
  • Vitamin D Insufficiency.

  • In 2011-2012, it was estimated that 82% of the poulation had vitamin-d deficiency. Why so prevalent? Insurance companies don’t cover the testing, but it should be done yearly starting at age 20 according to this study
    1. Vitamin D deficiency was labeled as having 25(OH)D3 less than 50nmol/L.
    2. In Functional medicine, we would like to see this number closer to 70nmol/L;
    3. but most physicians say that 33nmol/L is adequate because it falls in “normal range”.
    4. VitD is the number one vitamin used to repair ALL tissues and is the Backbone for every hormone produced in the body, including thyroid.
  • Thyroid dysfunction that is Misdiagnosed.

    1. Most physicians don’t order a TPO antibody test. This test can indicate AUTOIMMUNE thyroid, which requires a different medication than Synthroid
    2. Many people on Thyroid meds still suffer from poor sleep, foggy brain/memory, thinning hair and eye brows.
    3. Thyroid isn’t tested regularly, even with a family history, until age 32. If you have family history, start asking for it to be tested annually at age 20 or if you have irregular or heavy menstruation; Difficulty loosing weight, fatigue that seems excessive.
    4. Don’t settle for Normal ranges. The Clinical Range is too wide. The optimal range is much narrower:
      1. TSH 0.5-2.0 uIU/L (clinical 0.2-5.5)
      2. Free T4 15-23 pmol/L (clinical 9-23)
      3. Free T3 5-7 pmol/L (Clinical 3-7)
      4. Reverse T3 11-13 ng/L (clinical 11-21)
      5. TPO antibodies <20 IU/L (clinical <35)
      6. TG Antibodies <2 IU (clinical <35 IU)
  • GENETICS.

  • Your genetics can cause obesity for a variety of reasons. In this blog I cover some of the reasons. What is the most important thing to know? Only 5% of the world actually has a FAT gene. But, other genetic factors can lend to increased weight/mass on the body.
    1. Oxidative stress: In the world outside our bodies that looks like rust. On us it looks like dry, dull skin, wrinkles, inflammation and weight gain
    2. Inability to Methylate: your body uses B vitamins to produce and recycle some hormones so that your body has less stress. It also uses B vitamins as a methyl donor for Glutathione. This is the most important antioxidant that you can use in the body for tissue repair.
    3. Poor Detoxification Methods: Sometimes we are genetically set up to fail in Detoxification through the liver. This organ does 87% of detox in the body, so it’s important to support these pathways.
    4. Poor Lipid metabolism: some of us are predisposed to have the ability to burn fat and eliminate cholesterol. The only way to manage this is with a LOW FAT diet and exercise. These people DON’T respond to cholesterol medications.
  • Parasites, Mold, Heavy Metals

  • When most of us do a cleanse, we focus only on foods, but we forget things like metal fillings in our mouth. We forget that Parasites can come from ANYWHERE and can pass undetected until they cause a health crisis. Mold creates so much dysfunction in the body that it can not work on healing, it can only focus on fighting.
    1. It takes a different type of cleanse to get rid of these types of infections
    2. Lyme disease can be included here
    3. epstein-barr can be cleared through this type of cleanse.

If you have more questions about doing an in-depth cleanse, Let’s Talk. Set up a Discovery Visit Here.

Toxic Load: What is it and How Do I Fix it?

Toxic Load refers to the Accumulation of toxins in the body from ingesting them in the air we breath, food we eat, water or other things we drink and exposure to chemicals from lotions to cleaners. Toxic load is further affected by Genetics. If we have failed or broken Toxic removal pathways, Our ability to tolerate toxins is lower.1

What does that mean for you? Well, A lot of people don’t realize that they are exposing themselves daily and what to do to reverse exposure. If you use pesticides, household cleaners from a brand store and eat non-organic GMO food, you are exposing yourself. You also expose yourself to toxins if you live in an area with high radiation, overhead power lines, poor air quality and Highly dense cities. People who live in the mountains and countryside have fewer daily toxin exposures from city persons, but they may use chemicals in farming or farming equipment that cause a toxin load to increase. =

Toxin Build Up in the body has been linked to cancer, autism, neurocognitive decline and Mental health issues.3 It also leads to chronic autoimmune conditions. Many people can reverse simple disorders with doing a full metabolic detox. The most

common thing to start with is increased water intake. If you have high exposure to toxins in your environment, You should aim to drink 100 oz of water a day. If you are exercising, particularly outside with poor air quality, aim for 120oz per day.

Let's talk about Bathroom habits:

Many people think it is not a problem that they only poop 1-2 times a week, but that lack of excretion causes a lot of toxins to build up in the gut.(4) The gut bacteria then start to grow out of control for the bacteria that make you crave more unhealthy foods and sugary drinks. They can actually tell your brain that you don’t like vegetables. Unbelievable right? Read the book the Gut Brain. It goes in detail about healthy gut bacteria and healthy brain function. There is even some research to suggest that people with poor gut bacteria

are more likely to be overweight than people with good gut bacteria.7

Urine is a great way to get rid of toxins as well. Your kidneys filter out some things that are not processed by the liver and things that are processed by the liver and concentrate the urine to get rid of the un-needed items. They also have the ability to filter out toxins and concentrate them into the urine and push it out. Going Pee, every two hours is a normal amount, which means that you need to drink enough water to get to the bathroom every two hours.

So what if we could help you with Bathroom habits and Detox and get your body supported in a Natural way?

Digestive enzymes are a great way to improve bathroom habits. A lot of people have concerns about probiotics, because they have heard mixed reviews about them. The problem with probiotics is this: Not all are created equal, just like supplements. You want to go with a refrigerated Probiotic in most cases. One that is not stored in Sugar (think yogurt). If you don’t want to go Probiotic route, go with digestive enzymes and Prebiotics. These things help break down food so you can better absorb it. This then makes it so that you can ease bathroom habits.

Another Way to detox is drinking Lemon in the water, particularly in the morning and keeping it warm. Not hot, But warm. Lemon has high levels of limonene in it, which helps the liver detox well. Another way to help with detox is to do a cleanse. That cleanse can be for the Gut, the Liver or the Kidneys, but typically they all go hand in hand. A typical cleanse can go from no less than 10 days up to 90 days. It depends on the toxic load. 10 days can help you clean out, 23 helps you actually detox and form habits, 90 days will restore your health. This is the primary way that you start to reverse damage to the body.

The hardest part about a cleanse is Budget. Whether it is time or money, budget is the most common complaint. Often, I will also hear “I can not eat like that because my family doesn’t like it”. Well, If your family is eating the same as you are right now, what is their toxic load? Are you wanting to start the family out with poor health or great health? 90 days to change the eating habits and health of your ENTIRE FAMILY. Can you imagine the benefits? Less physician visits. Less medications. What does that cost you?

Essential Oils can also help with Detoxification as well. Lemon,

grapefruit, Cinnamon, Peppermint, Anise, fennel, Ginger, Caraway, coriander and Tarragon all help with Digestion motility. Increasing Digestive motility increases the body getting rid of toxins.

So what detox is right for you?

That is subjective, but in general, the goal should be to eat 100 grams of protein, 5 servings of fruit (½ cup each) and 7 servings of vegetables (½ cup each) with most being organic. Also, 100-120oz of water daily. Snacks to a minimum and healthy fat like a ¼ cup of nuts or ½ avocado with salsa.

Message me for more information about regaining your health.

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