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Low Thyroid (hypothyroid), Do You Have It? Part 2

By | Nutrition, Uncategorized

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Last week Tracie did an awesome guest post on the warning signs of low thyroid.  Many of you had an “ah ha” moment realizing you might suffer from this.  Today Tracie gets more in depth into ways you can heal the thyroid naturally and what some of the causes are.  Her tips she gives not only are great for the thyroid, but are also the same recommendations I give people looking to lose weight.

cute-baby-working-mood-funny-02Here is her post.  Enjoy!

As I mentioned in the last post, thyroid conditions are becoming a serious issue in America today…the next question is why?

Why do so many people have hypothyroid and what can be done?

There are many things that can contribute to the inability for the thyroid to properly function. Listed below are some reasons along with helpful tips:

  • It runs in the family. According to Dr. Mark Starr in his book called Hypothyroidism Type 2, poor immune function and premature deaths are signs of hypothyroidism.  As modern medicine has advanced significantly over the last 100 years, fewer immune compromised individuals are dying from infectious diseases at an early age.  This is allowing individuals to pass on their weak genes to their offspring.  Survival of the fittest for many years has kept the hypothyroid gene pool under control but in today’s society, this is just not the case.  Does it run in your family?
  • PUFA intake has increased. Along with the increase of thyroid problems, there also has been an increase in the consumption of polyunsaturated fats (PUFAS) in the diet.  The intake of vegetable oils, such as soy, corn, canola, cottonseed, sunflower and safflower has skyrocketed 400% over the last 30 years.  This huge jump has created a lot of health issues for our nation.  PUFAS affect the thyroid by interfering with the uptake of the thyroid hormone in cells. PUFAS can also interfere with the conversion of T4 in the liver to T3.  Tip – Minimize or eliminate PUFA oils from your diet! Read More

Is Soy Making You Fat?

By | Healthy Snacks, Kids nutrition, Nutrition, Uncategorized

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This post has been SOY long due! (Sorry, I had to go there!)  Soy has been a food that I once thought to be very healthy, in fact, I use to pride myself on trying to eat as much tofu as I could as a badge of honor.  The more I have studied soy, the farther I go to avoid it! I certainly am no expert on it, but there is lots of research to show that we really need to be careful with it.  There is also research to show some benefits to it as well, which makes it such a confusing topic!

Soy Bean Plant
Soy Bean Plant

I think many of the thyroid issues that are going on can be somewhat contributed to the increase in soy. Soy hasn’t been massed produced in America for all that long.  You might be wondering why we have been taught to believe that soy is so good for you.  The answer to that question is simple…  $$$$$$$$$$$ Our government, the media, and even some research is all run by how much money it can make.  Soy is a cash crop and a multibillion dollar industry. When so much money is at stake, of course there are going to be multimillion dollar campaigns to persuade American’s at just how great soy is… Do you remember this past year all those high fructose corn syrup commercials saying the HFCS is actually GOOD for you?? Man did that make me mad!

Since I am not the best person for this subject, I have asked my nutritional consultant that I work with and send my clients to, to write an article on it.  Tracie specializes in healing metabolism through natural foods and is awesome when it comes to weight loss.  She is having an 8 week seminar starting in mid July.  If you are in the Madison area I highly recommend you join.  It will be life-changing! Read More