Thyroid imbalances affect millions of people. Some people have too little thyroid hormone, while others have too much. While thyroid issues have been well understood in terms of symptoms and treatments for some time, the way that the gland itself turns on (i.e. releases hormone) has been a mystery.
If your thyroid is under- or overactive, you may experience symptoms like weight gain or loss, mood changes, infertility or sleep issues.
Recently, a study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry revealed the answer to the question, “what turns the thyroid on?”. To learn more about this fascinating discovery, check out the Science Daily article, here.
If you suspect that you may have a thyroid imbalance, it may be caused by cortisol, a stress hormone. You can find out if your cortisol levels are normal by doing a simple saliva test. If you do have an issue with your cortisol levels, you should talk to your doctor about having your thyroid tested.
There are natural ways to support your thyroid, especially through your diet. In some cases medication may be necessary, but by catching any issues early, you may be able to avoid that potential outcome.
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By Jeanette Sousa — 1 year ago
Good quality sleep is a must. It’s as important as food, oxygen and water. According to the National Sleep Foundation, more than a third of our lives are spent sleeping. Typically, a person with great sleeping habits is in excellent health. Does good health lead to better sleep or does good sleep lead to better health? It can be tough to tell which comes first, but if you have insomnia, working on fixing that issue is a good place to start.
Insomnia is a terrible condition to live with. If you’ve got insomnia, you’re probably waking up feeling exhausted. Makes it hard to get through a normal day, right? It’s probably not only complicating your ability to get things done, but it might be impacting your mood, health and overall quality of life too.
DO YOU HAVE INSOMNIA?
Insomnia is a tricky thing to diagnose, but if you regularly suffer from these symptoms, you probably have it:
- waking up frequently during the night
- having trouble falling asleep (more than 30 minutes on average)
- waking too early (getting less than 6 hours a night, despite making time for more)
- not feeling rested after waking
If you do have insomnia, you’re probably also dealing with other unpleasant symptoms like:
- gastrointestinal issues
- struggling to concentrate or focus
- feeling exhausted during the day
- depression or irritability
- feeling clumsy or like you’re making a lot of mistakes
With insomnia, these conditions get progressively worse as time goes on. If you believe that you have insomnia, you should see a doctor to be properly diagnosed, especially because insomnia can sometimes be a sign of a deeper problem. A qualified medical professional can determine the right path and schedule you in at a sleep center for testing.
CAUSES OF INSOMNIA
Stress and anxiety are major causes of insomnia. Worries related to work, school, money and family issues can keep your mind active at night, even if you don’t normally suffer from insomnia. A death in the family, illness or struggles relating to lack of work, divorce and other difficult situations can make insomnia worse, leading to a chronic condition.
Beyond the day-to-day struggles that nearly everyone faces at one time or another, insomnia is also often linked with illness and disease. Cancer, heart disease, acid reflux, GERD, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and arthritis have all been known to cause bouts of insomnia, as have many types of medication. Discuss with your doctor before starting any regimen if you know it will cause you to lose sleep, as a proper good night’s rest is a great start to fighting off any ailment.
MAKE SLEEP A PRIORITY
You may not need to see a doctor. Initially you may want to treat your insomnia by making simple adjustments to your home life and your diet. For starters, figure out how many hours of sleep you need each night and set out a plan and schedule. It’ll probably take a couple of weeks to nail it down, as you see how you respond to different amounts of sleep. Track your mood, energy levels and overall health on good nights versus bad nights.
By sticking with a sleep schedule, and tracking how you feel the next day, you will learn what works best for you. Keep to it even on the weekends. Set up a time each night when you will put away all distractions and start a nice, relaxing bedtime ritual.
We’ve created the ultimate sleep routine to get you started. Check it out here.
SWEAT FOR YOUR SLEEP
According to the National Sleep Foundation, studies have revealed that a regular exercise regimen can help sufferers of chronic insomnia. In one study, there was significant improvement in sleep quality after moderate aerobic exercise (at any time of day) like walking or swimming laps. Insomnia sufferers found themselves able to fall asleep more quickly and stay asleep longer.
There is still a lot to learn about insomnia and exercise. There seems to be a lot of variety from person to person when it comes to the impact of exercise on sleep, especially where time of day is concerned. Some people find that working out right before bed is the key to great sleep, while others find it keeps them up. Studies show that exercise does help, it’s just not easy to know what kind of exercise to do or when to do it. Keeping a sleep journal with notes on your exercise routine will help you determine what works best for you.
INSOMNIA AND YOUR DIET
A great way to combat insomnia is by eating the right foods, at the right times and avoiding certain other foods. Several natural components in food can work as sedatives and help to inspire sleep.
For example, we all hear about tryptophan around Thanksgiving. When you eat turkey or other foods with tryptophan in them, it creates a neurotransmitter in the brain known as serotonin. Serotonin is the ‘happy hormone’. It also helps to calm the body and makes it easier for us to fall asleep. Tryptophan is in tofu, cheese, eggs, red meat, beans and lentils, among other foods.
A 2005 study found that patients who suffered from chronic insomnia found improvements in their sleep when they ate a tryptophan-heavy diet or took dietary supplements with tryptophan as the main ingredient.
Tryptophan needs a little bit of help to get into the brain, though. Studies have shown that eating carbohydrates triggers a release of insulin and that insulin helps the tryptophan to cross the blood-brain barrier. So consider this your free pass to enjoy some carbs before you hit the hay!
Whether you suffer from occasional insomnia or deal with it every day, hopefully, these tips have given you a place to start. Insomnia is a big deal, unchecked it can affect every aspect of your life and can put you in danger of serious health risks. Always check with your doctor before starting any program or regimen.
By Eddie Kays — 2 months ago
WOMEN’S HEALTH – THE MOST IMPORTANT TOPIC OF OUR TIME
As presumptuous as it may sound, women’s health is quite literally the most important topic of our modern age.
As a man writing this, you might be wondering why would I make such a bold claim.
At its core the answer is really quite simple: the Woman is the Matriarch.
The term matriarch comes from the latin ‘mater’ meaning mother.
And it is the mother* who is at the root of all the health, wellness and longevity on our planet.
Let us delve into the reasons why this marvelous maternal member of our family is so cornerstone.
Hopefully, we can use this way of viewing the sacred feminine to begin the journey of forever supporting the optimal health of every woman on the planet.
Before we begin, I will state that the health of the masculine is of absolute importance as well.
Healthy women deserve and need healthy men in this world.
There is no question about this.
If a woman is experiencing the unfortunate side effects of an unhealthy man, side effects like abuse or neglect for instance, then her life will in some way suffer because of it.
On the other hand, when a man comes to a relationship fully healthy, happy and empowered so many wonderfully beautiful experiences can result.
So clearly healthy men are very important.
It may seem like a ‘chicken or the egg’ comparison but as you’ll soon see it is not.
Without the strong, empowered and healthy woman, the man would be amiss before even coming into our world.
Which brings us to the first, and most immediately apparent, reason: the act of creating a child in utero.
the act of creating a child in utero.
The process of fetal development, for better or worse, is completely dependent upon the health of the woman.
Everyone in our world today has a woman to thank for the body they live through.
A healthy child is the diamond in every woman’s heart, the crown jewel of her incredible incubation and self-sacrifice during the tenure of her pregnancy.
Celebrating a new and healthy life coming into our world is one of the most cherished moments any woman ever has the pleasure of experiencing.
However, the challenges of growing an infant that arise when a woman is unhealthy are manifold.
And in today’s complex world it is vitally important to become hyper-vigilant in our approach to healthy living or our children face the potentially devastating circumstances of an unhealthy introduction to our world.
So many things can occur to the unborn fetus, many of which we see all the time.
In the world today, we witness everything from slight deficiencies in the various nutritional requirements needed to grow an infant to the untimely death and miscarriage of the fetus.
These problems are often completely avoidable.
Being at peak health is the best way to avoid these unfortunate and debilitating circumstances related to an unhealthy childbearing woman.
It is through the caring and nurturing of women’s health that we can help to bring the healthiest and strongest infants into our world.
The second reason, and perhaps most important, is the nurture of the infant, child and even adult.
This nurture is a full spectrum campaign that covers the whole gamut of the infant’s needs.
The breast milk that nourishes the physical body, the love that nourishes the emotional body, the intelligence that nourishes the young developing mind, and the spirit that connects the young infant to the community of our planet are all part of the upbringing of a healthy child.
This is a child that will one day be part of the ever-growing community of people on our planet and will be uniquely responsible for his or her contribution to co-creating Heaven on Earth.
This is not to be confused with a religious connotation.
It is simply referring to the deepest wish of every heart on the planet, whether we realize it or not, that we all find our respective place within the dreams we hold dear and true.
We are all responsible for contributing our fair share within this co-creation and having a healthy upbringing from a healthy mother is one of surest ways to set off on the journey of lifelong interdependent success.
This is where everything becomes very important.
If the mother is unhealthy, either physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually, she may pass on many of these traits to the young and developing child.
Many of the most common problems we face in our world are almost entirely related to attitudes and world views we encountered in the early years in our lives.
For better or worse, these attitudes become creed and we live through them, often unquestionably, throughout the entire tenure of our lives.
As a global culture, making sure that we take every opportunity we can to ensure our women are treated with the highest respect and adoration we are capable of is the first step in global health.
Without the healthy woman, we are forever at a loss when it comes to creating healthy, happy and empowered populations around the world.
This covers both nature and nurture.
The woman is responsible for both of these aspects for the vast majority of early development from fertilization through to childhood, and often beyond into adulthood.
Ideally, the mother figure would be revered and respected as the matriarch throughout the tenure of the entire lifespan of her child.
Her wisdom and love can be a powerful support through many of life’s twists and turns and holding her in this regard is simply the act of returning the favor she gave us.
We then have an opportunity to nurture her.
We can be her lifelong friend and cherished confidant for all manner of things in this life, just as she has been to us.
The third and most personal reason is that every woman on the planet simply deserves to be healthy and happy throughout this life.
This may not at first seem as imperative as the previous two reasons, but it may just be the most important of all.
Imagine for a moment that every woman in the world is fully happy, healthy and empowered.
This means that every daughter, girl, girlfriend, wife, mother, grandmother, friend, cousin, mother-in-law, god-mother, etc., are all living up to their highest potential.
It is truly astonishing to think about what would happen in just one generation of healthy and empowered women on this planet.
Imagine every woman treating herself and others with the depth of character we only now associate with the rare figureheads we see representing women today.
A planet full of truly empowered, wise and charismatic women would be capable of changing the world in ways that would make our vision of heaven pale by comparison.
HORMONE HEALTH – RECLAIM YOUR POWER
This is what brings us to another important question.
How can we make a shift into being as healthful as we possibly can?
The body is an incredible thing and it responds to everything we do to nurture it or destroy it.
Getting to the root of our health challenges can be quite daunting.
It’s when we look at the whole picture that things can become a bit more clear.
I have found that when focusing on hormone health we can actually encompass nearly the entire gamut of potential health concerns.
The reason is that hormone health is very delicate and when used as a baseline model we can greatly improve every single area of our health and wellness very quickly.
Men and women alike, taking care of hormone health is a great baseline because it makes us look into every area of our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual lives.
Just small tweaks to certain ways we act, eat, think, move, speak, and even breathe can have huge shifts in the way our body interacts with itself.
These shifts can be incredibly profound resulting in lifelong barriers to health and wellness being removed in what seems like only a moment of effort.
Are you suffering from low sex drive, embarrassing odors, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, inflammation, memory loss, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, isolation, unusual pain, heavy cramping and menstruation, headaches, obesity, skin conditions, sleep problems or low energy?
Well, if so, it’s very likely you are already in the midst of hormone challenges.
Let’s get to the root of hormone challenges once and for all.
Every woman deserves to experience the full power of her birthright.
It’s time to finally feel like the sexy, happy and healthy woman you are meant to experience.
This is the reason why we have dedicated our resources to creating a brand new handbook to help navigate the challenging territory we all face when dealing with women’s hormone health.
Here’s to your highest health and best self.
*There are many people in the world who are not living a ‘traditional’ male-female partnership. There are many same-sex couples and single parents that are raising children. The term ‘mother’ in this case needs to be broadened to include the health of parent(s) responsible for nurturing and raising the child. The mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health of the parent(s) is thus required to ensure the developing infant/child is given the best chance at a successful and healthful upbringing. This article will continue to address the health of the woman. After all, regardless of the post-birth circumstances, the woman is still responsible for bearing and birthing the children of our world.
By Vic Love — 1 year ago
The Skinny on Squalene
Has anyone ever told you to eat shark liver? How utterly immoral and frightening. But the reason people do it is that it’s high in squalene. Squalene is a lighter-than-water, 30-carbon chain compound similar to beta carotene. It assists in the making of cholesterol, hormones and vitamin D. Your skin is 12% squalene. Sounds pretty important, right? Oxygen radicals can’t break it down easily, so it serves the skin well, protecting it from UV and ionizing radiation that can wreak havoc by breaking down connecting lipids. In other words, it keeps your skin youthful and elastic. We can absorb 60% of the squalene in food sources, so squalene-rich foods are a desirable addition to any diet. Animal studies suggest it has anti-cancer properties, but no human trials have been conducted to verify this. I wonder why? In mice, cellular and immune functions were enhanced. Aside from the livers of our prehistoric shark friends, other sources of squalene include rice bran, wheat germ, olives and amaranth. It has been suggested that squalene is the secret behind the low cancer rates of Mediterranean people because their traditional diets contain so many squalene-rich foods.
A Vegan Source of Squalene for your Skin
In my opinion, the best source of squalene is amaranth. Called the “never-fading flower”, amaranth is a gorgeous flowering plant cultivated by South American civilizations as a staple for more than 6000 years, both for its seed and its purple flowering tops. I have been enjoying its delicious nutty flavor as part of my breakfast for twenty-plus years. Amaranth is 6-8% squalene. It’s also one of nature’s few vegetarian sources of complete protein and the highest non-legume source of lysine! Lysine is an essential amino acid; meaning our cells need it, but can’t make it themselves. Amaranth also contains also contains lunasin, oleic acid, linoleic acid, vitamin E and folic acid. Amaranth oil is a really easy way to get your squalene fix, but because of the minuscule size of the amaranth seed it’s very difficult to produce high quality amaranth oil without damaging the squalene and other nutrients. Recently though, our favorite oil presser has begun skillfully squeezing amaranth in Germany. Their result is delicious and nourishing when taken both internally and externally. Adding it to food, taking it as a supplement and putting it directly on your skin are all amazing ways to absorb squalene and nourish your skin. Check out one of the only stable amaranth oils you can buy here. Live long and look great doing it with squalene… and leave the sharks alone. Those majestic creatures have been around for millions of years and they deserve our respect. They need their squalene for themselves. Learn more about Panaseeda Amaranth Seed Oil.
Author: Vic Love, www.Fb.com/Vityalove