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Can’t lose weight? Look at underlying health issues

Do you keep trying weight loss diets but can’t seem to drop the pounds? Are you instead exhausted and frustrated by an ever growing layer of fat?

If you have Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, challenges with weight loss are an obvious and glaring symptom that drive many women to a diagnosis. When your thyroid hormone levels are low or erratic, weight loss won’t happen while weight gain happens all too easily.

However, for those who successfully manage Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, other factors may also play a role in stubborn excess fat.

If you’re doing everything right and the fat isn’t budging, the culprit may lie in underlying health issues slowing metabolism and blocking fat burning.

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Gluten isn’t the only reason to avoid wheat

Wheat

If you are managing your Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism through functional medicine, then you know you should avoid gluten.

Turns out gluten isn’t the only culprit when it comes to an immune reaction to wheat.

New research suggests non-gluten proteins are also a source of those immune reactions to wheat.

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Have Hashimoto’s? Be wary of sugar-funded science

SugarNutrition experts recommend women consume less than 25 grams, or 6 teaspoons, a day of added sugar (9 teaspoons for men). Yet the average American consumes almost 20 teaspoons a day! And that doesn’t even include fruit juice, a known sugar bomb.

Excess sugar is a disaster for Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism. It kicks inflammation into overdrive, throws blood sugar out of balance, disrupts gut health and gut flora, and can skew hormone function. All of these things make it more difficult to manage Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism.

How did we allow ourselves to stray so far? Powerful lobbyists with deep pockets played a big role in our overly lax boundaries with a substance that is tanking the world’s developed nations.

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How stress is hard on the body when you have Hashi’s

Many cases of chronic disease such as Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism can be linked to stress, even if that stress is more physical than psychological. About two-thirds of doctor’s visits are for stress-related  

How can stress causes diseases such as Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism? The body responds to stress by making adrenal hormones (such as epinephrine, norepinephrine, and cortisol) that cause the “fight or flight” response. This response raises blood pressure, increases the heart rate, and sends blood to the limbs in preparation for action. The sweaty palms, quickened breathing, and jitters before a job interview, first date, or big test? That’s from stress hormones.

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Do you need supplements if you have Hashimoto’s?

It’s a common argument: “You don’t need to take supplements if you eat a good diet.” Although a good diet is foundational to good health, supplements play an instrumental role in managing your Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism.

People who don’t understand the value of supplements think they exist only to profit off of “suckers for snake oil.” To be sure, those products exist. Others view them as dangerous and unregulated compounds that should be taken off the market. Those products exist as well.

The United States is unique compared to the rest of the west in terms of of the freedom of our supplement market. Supplement availability in Europe and Canada is severely limited compared to the United States. With this comes pros and cons.

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Diabetes diet could worsen diabetes and Hashimoto’s

If you have diabetes, whether it’s type 1 or type 2, your doctor likely recommended a diet endorsed by the American Diabetes Association. But did you know the diabetic diet recommends foods that could be slowly worsening your diabetes condition? And your Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism.

605 is diabetic diet worsening diabetesTurns out there is more to a diabetic diet than grams of carbs and sugar, although those are vitally important.

For people with type 1 diabetes and for an estimated 20 percent of people with type 2 diabetes, diabetes is an autoimmune disease.

This means the immune system is attacking and destroying the parts of the pancreas involved in insulin production and regulation. Over time destruction is severe enough the body can no longer adequately regulate blood sugar.

The same is true with Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism and destruction of the thyroid gland.

Certain foods on the diabetic diet, such as gluten and dairy, have been shown to both trigger autoimmunity and make it worse.

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Embrace aging to stay younger if you have Hashimoto’s

Aging can cause us to feel invisible and unwanted in a society that worships youth. However, the key to staying youthful into your latter years doesn’t lay in the hands of your hair stylist or medical spa, but instead in your attitude. If you have Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, a positive approach to aging will also help you better manage your autoimmune thyroid condition.

Portrait of happy older lady outdoors

Research shows internalizing negative stereotypes about aging harms your health, which speeds up aging. However, having a positive attitude toward aging can boost immune function, promote healthy behaviors, and help you feel in control of your life — factors that can help you tame your Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism symptoms.

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Hashimoto’s and low libido? Functional medicine tips

We often think of good Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism health in terms of TSH and antibody levels, but your libido is also an important indicator. If yours has gone missing, it could be a red flag that important underlying health issues still need to be addressed.

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People who use functional medicine for health issues, such as Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, another autoimmune disorder, or depression, often report a boost in their libido thanks to their protocol.

Of course, it’s natural to expect low libido following a major stressor or during an unhealthy relationship, but if it’s chronically absent, investigate why.

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What is Asthma?

Asthma, according to some recent estimates, affects more than 300 million people worldwide and 22 million people in the United States. It does affect those of all ages and mostly begins in childhood.

Some possible factors linked to Asthma are allergies, environmental (pollution) and tobacco smoke. Asthma, in spite of all the research, the exact cause(s) may still be unknown. What is a definite is that asthma is characterized by a set of symptoms. These symptoms may be:

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Tennis Elbow: Not Just for Racquet Sports Anymore

Do you have pain in your arm, even when you don’t go to the gym? Does your elbow hurt even if you don’t play tennis? Even when you rest do these pains stay with you?

This condition is common in people who play racquet sports and you may even be living a lifestyle that worsens this condition, even if you don’t play these sports. Many people think that tennis elbow is just for those who play tennis. Not so. Since more people are doing desk jobs, especially computer work, or any task that requires repetitive strain; tiny tears in your tendon can be created, causing pain, are more common than you might think.

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