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Leaky gut raises risk of artery plaque and heart disease

Many people think the main keys to avoiding arterial plaque and heart disease are to watch their cholesterol, avoid smoking, and exercise. What is less known is how dependent your heart health is on your gut. If you have digestive problems, multiple food sensitivities, or chronic inflammation, any of these symptoms could be signs that your gut health is putting your heart health at risk.

If you have digestive problems, chronic pain or inflammation, multiple food sensitivities, or an autoimmune condition you are not managing, chances are you have a leaky gut.

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Is stress making your Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism worse

You’ve probably heard it over and over: Stress can make your Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism worse. But how do you know if your stress is high enough to be problematic for your thyroid health? It’s helpful to know some signs and about the adrenal stress test.

Severe stress can either cause you to be fatigued all the time, wired all the time, or a mix of both. Or maybe stress manifests as sleep issues.

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Sleepy after meals, can’t lose weight, and always hungry?

If you have Hashimoto’s and also struggle with being sleepy after eating and always hungry, you may suffer from insulin resistance, which raises your risk for diabetes. The good news the same simple dietary and exercise tips that reverse insulin resistance can also help you manage your Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism.

How do you know if you also have insulin resistance? See if any of these symptoms apply to you:

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Prevent post-election Hashimoto’s flares this Thanksgiving

A family gathering this Thanksgiving may feel like reality survival show if you have Hashimoto’s and a politically polarized family.

Stress, anger, and fear trigger an inflammatory immune response that can rage on for weeks, flaring attacks against your thyroid and sending inflammation coursing through your body and brain.

This brings not only your Hashimoto’s symptoms, but also general symptoms associated with autoimmunity: brain fog, fatigue, depression, lethargy, chronic pain, gut problems, and insomnia.

This year more than ever, it pays to be extra careful given the fractious national mood. Avoid political discussions, but if they happen around you, try the following to manage Hashimoto’s.

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Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism tips for election recovery

Weathering one of the most acrimonious elections in U.S. history can be hard on health, especially if you are managing Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism. Fortunately, functional medicine offers some strategies to help take the edge off.

Prolonged heightened stress, fear, anger, and negativity have been shown to harmfully impact the body in the following ways, which can exacerbate Hashimoto’s:

Raises inflammation. Heightened stress and negativity can inflame joints, cause skin breakouts, disrupt brain function, upset the stomach, provoke respiratory problems, and trigger headaches.

Triggers anxiety, depression, and/or insomnia. People have lost sleep and become anxious and depressed this election year. Chronic stress keeps the central nervous system in a heightened state, chipping away at your health.

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Gluten isn’t the only reason to avoid wheat

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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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