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“I’m not going to sit here and listen to any more of your lies.”

Those were the words that a client of mine was told by her doctor…

…right before he kicked her out of his practice and referred her for a mental health evaluation.

I hope you’re just as shocked as I was when she told me this.

She had been diagnosed and treated for over a year by this doctor.

And while her TSH was consistently within normal range, she continued to experience a number of debilitating symptoms.

The more she tried to explain that something wasn’t right, the more frustrated her doctor became until he finally snapped.

The irony here is that she wasn’t the one lying.

He was the one lying to her.

Doctor’s lie to their hypothyroid patients all the time, whether they realize it or not.

And after speaking with lots of thyroid patients and working with lots of clients, I’ve heard my fare share of lies and misinformation passed from doctors to patients.

While this isn’t an inclusive list… here are the top 5 biggest lies I hear doctors tell their patients all the time.

1. Your TSH Is “Normal”

Does your doctor only test for TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone)?

Well, most doctors do and consider it to be the gold standard of thyroid testing.

But what really is normal a normal TSH?

tsh

Well it largely depends on the lab company your doctor uses.

  • Some labs still use the old standards of 0.5 to 5.0 mIU/L
  • Other labs use the newer standard of 0.3 to 3.0 mIU/L

But the reality is… they’re both wrong.

Dr. Broda Barnes was the first to prove with his research that hypothyroidism is the direct cause of heart disease.

And since then, further research studies have given us a better indicator of what true normal TSH really is.

For example, data compiled from the famous HUNT study has shown that you can accurately predict heart disease risk by TSH alone.

Thyrotropin levels and risk of fatal coronary heart disease: the HUNT study.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18443261

“Compared with women in the lower part of the reference range (thyrotropin level, 0.50-1.4 mIU/L), the hazard ratios for coronary death were 1.41 (95% confidence interval [CI], 1.02-1.96) and 1.69 (95% CI, 1.14-2.52) for women in the intermediate (thyrotropin level, 1.5-2.4 mIU/L) and higher (thyrotropin level, 2.5-3.5 mIU/L) categories, respectively.”

Here’s what the study found:

  • TSH less than 1.5 mIU/L was ideal.
  • TSH in the range of 1.5 to 2.4 mIU/L resulted in a 41% increased risk of death from heart disease.
  • A TSH between 2.5 to 3.5 mIU/L resulted in a 69% increased risk of death from heart disease.

This is also more closely correlated with clinical data showing that most thyroid sufferers feel best and suffer least symptoms when their TSH is closer to 1 mIU/L or below.

So, next time your doctor tells you that your TSH is “normal” and there’s nothing to worry about…

if your TSH is NOT below 1.5 mIU/L then you’ll know that you’re still hypothyroid and that more needs to be done.

So, do your thyroid, and maybe more importantly your heart, a favor and make sure your TSH is within the true normal range.

And that brings us to the next big fat thyroid lie…

2. Your Diet Has No Effect On Your Thyroid Health

Your doctor may be well versed on pharmaceuticals…

…but when it comes to “diet”, it’s a different story.

In the case of hypothyroidism, doctors will quickly tell you that your diet won’t make any difference.

They say this because that’s what the drug companies tell them.

Take the thyroid medication Synthroid for example…

Here’s an image taken directly from the Synthroid website. The important part is highlighted in yellow.

synthroid-lie

Research on the other hand tells us that your diet plays an essential role in the health and function of your thyroid.

For example, this study shows that your diet, especially the carbohydrates you eat, have a significant effect on your thyroid function.

Dietary-induced alterations in thyroid hormone metabolism during overnutrition.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC371281/

“Excerpt: It is apparent from these studies that the caloric content as well as the composition of the diet, specifically, the carbohydrate content, can be important factors in regulating the peripheral metabolism of thyroid hormones.”

There are also plenty of research studies that show that certain foods also directly affect your thyroid health.

In the 3 Food Triple-Thyroid-Boosting Protocol, I show you three such foods and how they can be used together to significantly boost your thyroid function.

The Simple 3 Food Triple Thyroid-Boosting Daily Protocol

You can download this daily protocol here.

One reason drug companies and doctors want you to believe that your diet won’t make any difference is because it helps to reinforce this next thyroid lie…

3. You Can’t Ever Overcome Your Hypothyroidism

Is hypothyroidism a lifelong condition?

Ask your doctor and odds are they will tell you so.

They will tell you that you’ll need medication for life.

Some will even go as far as to tell you that if you stop your medicine, you’ll die.

Yes, I’ve heard this now from more than a handful of clients.

Your need for thyroid hormone can vary significantly based on factors that are either difficult or impossible to control, such as:

  • Age
  • Season (fall, winter, spring, summer)
  • Local Climate (excessive heat or cold)
  • Lifestyle

However, there are many other factors that strongly influence your thyroid function which are within your control, such as:

  • Blood Sugar
  • Sex Hormones
  • Stress Hormones
  • Diet (as mentioned above)
  • And others

For example, estrogen dominance plays a major role in hypothyroidism today.

Estrogen can directly block your thyroid gland by inhibiting the proteolytic enzymes that allow your thyroid gland to release thyroid hormone.

If your thyroid gland is blocked, then unblocking it can make a big difference.

But your thyroid gland is only one part of a much bigger and intricate Thyroid Hormone Pathway which typically becomes blocked on multiple levels.

I cover how we help our clients overcome hypothyroidism by unblocking their Thyroid Hormone Pathway in this article entitled “How We Overcome Hypothyroidism When All Else Fails”.

Overcoming your hypothyroidism is not impossible.

But a common reason that many never do is because they’re falling for this next big thyroid lie…

4. The Best Treatment for Hypothyroidism is Synthroid

If lying once about thyroid medication isn’t bad enough… this one actually involves lying twice.

The majority of doctors won’t even prescribe any sort of thyroid medication aside from the typical T4-only options such as:

  • Synthroid
  • Levothyroxine
  • Levoxyl
  • Levothroid
  • Unithroid
  • Tirosint

Most doctors are quick to tell you that T4-only medications are the best or only option and that other options like desiccated thyroid are dangerous or unreliable.

Yet, research studies like the one below have shown that many people respond far better to desiccated thyroid than T4-only medications.

Thyroid Insufficiency. Is Thyroxine the Only Valuable Drug?

http://www.forefronthealth.com/research/Is-Thyroxine-the-Only-Valuable-Drug.pdf

“Results: The group of 89 patients, treated elsewhere with T4, but still complaining of symptoms of hypothyroidism, did not really differ from the group of untreated hypothyroid patients as far as symptoms and 24 h urine free T3 were concerned.”

And not only did they respond far better to desiccated thyroid…

These T4 treated patients actually presented with worse symptoms than the patients who were untreated and took no medication at all.

t4-vs-desiccated-thyroid-symptoms

Then there’s the second big lie about your thyroid medication…

Most doctors are still telling their patients that of all thyroid medications available, Synthroid works best.

What your doctor isn’t telling you is that the manufacturer of Synthroid in 1986 paid for a study to “prove” that Synthroid was superior to other similar T4-only medications.

Long story short…

The study found that there was absolutely no difference between the medications.

Then the manufacturer of Synthroid (at that time) illegally covered-up the study for 10 years before the truth was discovered.

Once the truth was discovered, they got sued for a whole lot of money and settled to the tune of $135M (million).

Granted, after all that, Synthroid was bought out and is now manufactured by a different company.

Yet, they still claim that Synthroid is somehow superior to other medications.

But who am I to judge?

As crazy as that sounds, it’s not quite as crazy as this next big thyroid lie.

5. Your Thyroid Is Fine… It’s All In Your Head

This is no laughing matter…

A number of my clients have been referred for a mental health evaluation at some point in their treatment, by their doctor.

Why?

Because regardless of what their lab tests said, they still suffered from extreme thyroid symptoms.

Remember that previous study showing that many thyroid patients felt no better and oftentimes worse on T4-only medications?

Well, enough T4 will lower your TSH to well within that really misguiding “normal” range we discussed previously as well.

So, if your labs look “normal” to your doctor then any remaining symptoms must all be in your head, right?

The reality is that you still don’t feel better because you’re still hypothyroid.

Sometimes you just have to find the right doctor that’s willing to actually listen to you.

And sometimes you just need a different approach that can help when your doctor can’t.

That’s the purpose of my work.

So, there you have it.

How many of these lies have you heard from your doctor?

Let me know by leaving a comment below.

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How Whey Protein Can Suppress Your Thyroid by Increasing This Amino Acid by 42.4% https://www.forefronthealth.com/hypothyroidism-and-whey-protein/ https://www.forefronthealth.com/hypothyroidism-and-whey-protein/#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2020 12:19:09 +0000 http://www.forefronthealth.com/?p=6491 Everyone knows that protein is important for thyroid health. Yet, did you know that some protein sources can cause more harm than good? That’s right. Just trying to get more protein into your diet isn’t enough. The source of that protein matters and is important too. When it comes to protein powders, there are literally [...]

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Everyone knows that protein is important for thyroid health.

Yet, did you know that some protein sources can cause more harm than good?

That’s right.

Just trying to get more protein into your diet isn’t enough.

The source of that protein matters and is important too.

When it comes to protein powders, there are literally dozens of different types available. Most are useless (or dangerous) in my opinion.

Whey protein is amongst the most popular.

Yet, did you know that hypothyroidism and whey protein are a dangerous combination?

Sure, there are many different brands of whey protein all claiming to be something special.

It doesn’t matter, and I’m going to show you why in a minute.

First, you have to understand this…

The Hypothyroidism-Tryptophan Cycle

With hypothyroidism, there are many thyroid-suppressive feedback cycles that develop, which keep you trapped in your hypothyroid state.

For example, I’ve written about the importance of breaking the Hypothyroidism-Serotonin Cycle. You can read more about that by clicking here.

The Hypothyroid-Tryptophan Cycle is a deeper part of that cycle.

Take a look at this study:

Thyroid peroxidase activity is inhibited by amino acids.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10719389

“The inhibitory amino acids contain side chains with either sulfur atoms (cysteine and methionine) or aromatic rings (tyrosine, tryptophan, histidine and phenylalanine).”

This study shows that tryptophan is one of a few amino-acids that can directly inhibit your thyroid gland from producing thyroid hormone.

In hypothyroidism, your tryptophan levels rise, which further suppresses your thyroid.

This results in that nasty Hypothyroid-Tryptophan Cycle, which looks like this:

  1. Hypothyroidism increases your conversion of tryptophan into serotonin.
  2. Serotonin increases your adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH).
  3. ACTH activates your adrenal glands to increase cortisol production.
  4. Cortisol breaks down your muscle tissue, releasing more tryptophan (amino-acid) into your bloodstream.
  5. The rise in tryptophan suppresses your thyroid.
  6. That tryptophan is then converted into serotonin, and the cycle continues.

In other words, hypothyroidism causes your tryptophan levels to rise, which in turn makes you more hypothyroid.

So, it should make sense that as a hypothyroid sufferer you want to keep your tryptophan levels low to help break this cycle and improve your thyroid health.

But, what does this have to do with hypothyroidism and whey protein?

Everything…

Why Hypothyroidism and Whey Protein Are a Dangerous Combination

You now know that keeping your tryptophan levels under control is an important part of improving your thyroid health.

As it turns out, whey protein causes a big problem when it comes to tryptophan:

Whey protein rich in alpha-lactalbumin increases the ratio of plasma tryptophan to the sum of the other large neutral amino acids and improves cognitive performance in stress-vulnerable subjects.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12036812

“RESULTS: A significantly greater increase in the plasma Trp-LNAA ratio after consumption of the alpha-lactalbumin diet than after the control diet (P = 0.0001) was observed;”

This study shows that supplementing whey protein increases your blood tryptophan levels by 42.4%.

That’s bad news for your thyroid!

Using whey protein perpetuates the very thyroid-suppressive Hypothyroid-Tryptophan Cycle that we’re trying to break.

If whey protein isn’t a good option, then what is?

With my clients, I use a protein source that helps boost thyroid function instead of hurting it.

The protein source I’m referring to is Collagen Protein.

Forefront Health Collagen Protein Powder

Here are a few reasons I use Collagen Protein Powder with my clients…

  1. It contains no tryptophan.
  2. It’s rich in the anti-inflammatory amino-acid glycine (collagen protein contains 29% glycine as opposed to whey protein’s 1.8%.)
  3. It balances other thyroid-suppressive amino acids.
  4. And ultimately, it helps support healthy thyroid function.

Want to learn more about the benefits of Collagen Protein and how it can help boost and protect your thyroid?

I talk more about this and how to use collagen as part of your healthy thyroid diet in this post about “5 Ways to Boost Your Thyroid with 35 Grams of Collagen per Day”.

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How to Stop Exercise from Ruining Your Thyroid https://www.forefronthealth.com/thyroid-exercise-dangers/ https://www.forefronthealth.com/thyroid-exercise-dangers/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2020 14:29:40 +0000 http://www.forefronthealth.com/?p=9520 This is Part 2 of a 3-part series on exercising with hypothyroidism: Part 1 – How We Helped One Client Lose 17 lbs. By Boosting Her Thyroid with Exercise Part 2 – [You Are Here] – How to Stop Exercise from Ruining Your Thyroid Part 3 – Why Exercising More and Eating Less Is the Best Way to Gain Weight [...]

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This is Part 2 of a 3-part series on exercising with hypothyroidism:

Want to know a condition that affects more people than hypothyroidism?

It’s a condition that almost everyone has, and no matter how hard you fight it, you simply can’t win.

I’m referring to a condition I like to call the “more is better” mindset.

You see, we live in a world of extremes.

People want to drive the fastest cars even though they are stuck driving 45 mph to work every day (72 km/h for those of you on the metric system).

People will undoubtedly spend twice as much for a TV that has a measly inch of extra viewing screen (2.54 centimeters).

And in a similar fashion, people tend to want to exercise to the extreme as well (ignoring the many thyroid exercise dangers).

Why?

Because people believe that if exercise is healthy, then the more you exercise the healthier it must be, right?

Unfortunately, that’s not the way it works.

Nobody questions the fact that eating every day is necessary for health, but overeating is unhealthy.

So, why would exercise be any different?

Before you jump into your next Zumba class or set your sights on another treadmill…

…it’s important to understand that no matter how you look at it, exercise is a stress to your body.

And, if you’re not careful (as I’m about to show you), that exercise-stress can quickly and easily ruin your thyroid.

Think about it like this…

If you had a wood burning furnace to keep you and your family warm during the winter, you would want to make sure you had plenty of firewood to last you all winter long.

Otherwise, if there was a firewood shortage, you’d be forced to start burning your furniture, your kitchen cabinets, parts of your home, etc. to keep your family from freezing.

That’s exactly what happens when you exercise with hypothyroidism.

You’re forcing your body to burn more fuel, and burn it faster, to produce more energy.

Yet, as a thyroid sufferer you experience a constant fuel shortage because you can’t store fuel (glycogen) in your liver and muscle.

So, your body is forced to overproduce stress hormones to compensate.

Just like you’re forced to burn some important parts of your home in a fuel shortage… these stress hormones force your body to break down its healthy organ and muscle tissue to use as fuel and to keep you alive.

This makes you extremely susceptible to the stress of exercise.

Keep in mind that’s just a simplified overview of one of the many ways in which exercise inhibits your thyroid.

Yet, it’s a big and very common one.

And most people never even realize the damage they are doing to themselves and their thyroid.

It’s time to stop focusing on exercising harder, and start focusing on protecting yourself from the many thyroid exercise dangers you face.

So, let’s look at 3 simple tips that you can use to help make exercise safe for your thyroid.

1.  Avoid Cardio, Aerobics, and Other Endurance Forms of Exercise

It should make perfect sense that if you don’t want exercise to be a stress on your body and thyroid, then you must stop the stress response before it happens.

When you do cardio, aerobics, or other exercise that require constant high energy demands without rest, you burn through your body’s fuel supply extremely fast.

As soon as you run out of fuel, you force your body to over-produce stress hormones.

That’s why these types of exercise are most harmful.

They force a bigger stress response, and force it faster, than any other type of exercise.

Many studies show this among those who do cardio or endurance forms of exercise that require sustained periods of high energy production.

For example:

Elevated hair cortisol concentrations in endurance athletes.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21944954

“These data suggest that repeated physical stress of intensive training and competitive races among endurance athletes is associated with elevated cortisol exposure over prolonged periods of time. These findings may have important implications with regard to somatic and mental health of athletes which should be investigated in future research.”

These results are not limited to athletes alone.

In fact, since you are hypothyroid and can’t store fuel, then it often takes very little exercise to induce this very same stress response.

In some more severe cases, this can be as little as a 15-minute walk, or even walking up a flight of stairs.

In other words, this stress response isn’t limited to just exercise. It includes the physical demands of everyday life too.

Whatever type of exercise you do, if you find yourself out of breath for a prolonged period, then your body is likely shutting down your thyroid.

Just think of all the people who are purposefully using these dangerous forms of exercise, desperate to lose weight (or maintain it).

You may lose a few pounds initially by forcing your stress hormones higher.

But, when your thyroid and metabolism shut down, you gain that weight back, and oftentimes more.

We know that stress hormones suppress your thyroid function.

We also know that cardio, aerobics, and other forms of endurance exercise drive your stress hormones higher.

Then, it should make perfect sense that these types of exercise are not conducive to restoring your thyroid function and healing your metabolism.

If you can remember from the previous post “How We Helped One Client Lose 17 Pounds by Boosting Her Thyroid with Exercise”, to help prevent this dangerous stress response, you need to exercise within what we call the “Thyroid-Supportive Energy System”.

Cardio, aerobics, and endurance exercises are the farthest thing from using this important exercise energy system.

Yet, the type of exercise you do isn’t the only factor that can trigger a stress response to exercise, as I’m about to show you.

2.  Never Skips Meals or Exercise on an Empty Stomach

This is possibly the worst advice ever given when it comes to exercise.

I hear it all the time, and it makes me cringe.

Remember, we just covered how a lack of fuel is what drives the thyroid-suppressive stress response when you exercise.

Now, where do you think that fuel comes from?

Drumroll please…

That fuel comes from the foods you eat!

So, when you skip meals or exercise on an empty stomach, you’re depleting your body of the fuel it needs to prevent exercise from ruining your thyroid.

You’re simply setting yourself up for failure.

As mentioned above, you may lose some weight, but you’re ruining your thyroid in the process.

I talk more about how this only sets you up for long-term weight gain in this post on “Why Exercising More and Eating Less Is the Best Way to Gain Weight with Hypothyroidism”.

Instead, thyroid sufferers need to be eating and replenishing their fuel supply before, during, and especially after exercise.

Most importantly, you need to focus on carbohydrate intake, which is the primary nutritional factor that prevents exercise-induced stress hormone production.

Influence of acute vitamin C and/or carbohydrate ingestion on hormonal, cytokine, and immune responses to prolonged exercise.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16327030

“CHO [carbohydrate] and CHO+VC significantly blunted the post-exercise increase in plasma concentrations of cortisol, ACTH, total leukocyte, and neutrophil counts and limited the decrease in plasma glucose concentration and bacteria-stimulated neutrophil degranulation.”

Skipping meals or exercising on an empty stomach is a quick way to drive your stress hormones even further through the roof.

In our Hypothyroidism Exercise training we don’t only walk you through the best and most effective workouts and exercises to use, we also walk you through exercise-nutrition and show you exactly what to eat, and when to eat it, to boost your thyroid with exercise.

thyroid exercise

You can get all the details about this Hypothyroidism Exercise training by clicking here.

Now, let’s imagine that you’re properly exercising and getting adequate exercise nutrition.

There’s still one more tip you’ll need to help ensure that you’re doing it all right.

3.  Monitor Your Temperature and Pulse

I talk a lot about how simply measuring temperature and pulse is a far more accurate test for thyroid function than lab testing.

In fact, we have an entire thyroid testing training series on this.

Yet, most people don’t realize that we can also use temperature and pulse to test your response to supplements and medications, diet, and even… exercise.

It can effectively tell you whether your workout was productive, or if it induced a stress response and was counter-productive.

It’s simply another valuable tool we can use to ensure that your exercise isn’t ruining your thyroid.

All you need is a thermometer and a watch/timer.

There are only two steps required:

  1. Record your temperature and pulse (at rest) before your workout.
  2. Record your temperature and pulse (at rest) again 45 minutes after your workout.

Then compare the two.

If your post-workout temperature is lower than your pre-workout temperature, or your pulse remains significantly elevated above 85 bpm post-workout, then this can indicate that your stress hormones are being over-produced and your thyroid negatively affected.

You also need to account for other signs like fatigue, cold extremities, etc.

If you fail the test or experience a worsening of symptoms, then this ultimately means that you need to make some changes to your nutrition and exercise plan.

Sure, people love to step on the scale everyday as a way of measuring their results.

But a positive shift in your scale is not an accurate indicator of a positive shift in your health. In fact, it can mean quite the opposite.

So, don’t rely on your scale for feedback.

Temperature and pulse are far more accurate indicators.

Many of the exercise myths, mistakes, and just poor advice out there today all stem from the lack of knowledge and understanding of how exercise affects our bodies and hormones.

Instead of assuming all exercise is healthy, and the more the better, start monitoring your temperature and pulse and see for yourself if your workouts are really helping you and your thyroid.

Following these simple tips will put you ahead of ninety-nine percent of people out there that exercise and help prevent many common thyroid exercise dangers.

And simply use some common sense.

If you become fatigued and your performance decreases when exercising, then listen to your body and call it a day. This is your body’s way of telling you that it’s too much.

Many people also think that exercise is a healthy means of relieving stress.

As I’ve explained, strenuous exercise doesn’t relieve stress, it promotes it.

So, if you’re feeling particularly stressed on any given day, exercise is probably the last thing your body and thyroid need.

Remember, exercising with hypothyroidism isn’t about exercising harder. It’s about exercising smarter.

And that’s exactly what we teach in our Hypothyroidism Exercise training.

We show you exactly how to stop this dangerous stress response before it ever starts, and how to take advantage of all the thyroid-boosting benefits of exercise to help you improve your thyroid health.

thyroid exercise

You can get all the details about this Hypothyroidism Exercise training by clicking here.

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Thyroid and Vitamin K: Protection from Hypothyroidism, Estrogen, Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Osteoporosis https://www.forefronthealth.com/thyroid-and-vitamin-k/ https://www.forefronthealth.com/thyroid-and-vitamin-k/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2020 16:34:16 +0000 http://www.forefronthealth.com/?p=14828 It all started with Dr. Weston A. Price... He was like a true, living and breathing, Indiana Jones. Dr. Price traveled the world studying various cultures, searching for connections between nutrition and health. Along the way, he discovered a previously unrecognized, fat-soluble substance that played a fundamental role in the body’s ability to utilize minerals. [...]

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It all started with Dr. Weston A. Price…

He was like a true, living and breathing, Indiana Jones.

Dr. Price traveled the world studying various cultures, searching for connections between nutrition and health.

Along the way, he discovered a previously unrecognized, fat-soluble substance that played a fundamental role in the body’s ability to utilize minerals.

He called it “Activator X”.

It wasn’t until 27 years later, in 1972, that “Activator X” was given it’s proper scientific name, menatetrenone, which we know as Vitamin K2.

Dr. Price discovered that the absence of Vitamin K2 from modern nutrition was involved in the proliferation of major degenerative diseases that we see today, including heart disease, diabetes, and even osteoporosis.

And it has so much to do with your thyroid health.

Vitamin K2 and Your Thyroid

Before we talk about all the other diseases that are related to a Vitamin K2 deficiency, let’s start with the thyroid.

If you’ve read other articles of ours on this website, then you probably already know that there are several things that can interfere with thyroid function.

You can add calcium deficiency to the list.

(NOTE: Want to know how supplementing calcium can lower inflammation, boost metabolism and thyroid, and protect yourself from cancer? I show you in this “5-Step DIY Thyroid-Boosting Supplement Recipe” article.)

You see, consuming calcium is important, but absorbing calcium and using it properly is just as important, if not more.

If you’re consuming calcium but your body isn’t able to use it, then you’ll always be calcium deficient.

Here’s the good news…

Vitamin K2 improves calcium absorption in the digestive tract.

Effects of vitamin K2 administration on calcium balance and bone mass in young rats fed normal or low calcium diet.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15886487

“Vitamin K2 administration in rats fed a low calcium diet stimulated renal calcium reabsorption, retarded the abnormal elevation of serum PTH level, increased cancellous bone mass, and retarded cortical bone loss, while vitamin K2 administration in rats fed a normal calcium diet stimulated intestinal calcium absorption by increasing serum 1,25(OH)2D level, and increased cortical bone mass.”

That’s not all…

Vitamin K2 also decreases the level of thyroid-suppressive parathyroid hormone (PTH).

And it activates and amplifies the effectiveness of Vitamins A and D, both of which are essential to proper thyroid health.

(NOTE: Want to learn how Vitamin A can drastically boost your thyroid? Be sure to check out this post on “How to Naturally Boost Your Thyroid By 61% with One Vitamin and 10 Seconds per Day”.)

Vitamin ADK Thyroid Formula

But that’s still just scratching the surface of the benefits of Vitamin K2…

Vitamin K2 and Detoxifying Thyroid-Suppressive Estrogen

In the hypothyroid state, estrogen cannot be readily detoxified, so it tends to build up in the blood stream and in tissues of your body.

When estrogen builds up without your body being able to detoxify it puts you in state called estrogen dominance, and it traps you in a perpetual state of hypothyroidism.

That’s because the more estrogen you accumulate, the more is suppresses your thyroid…

…And the more your thyroid becomes suppressed, the more estrogen accumulates in your body.

(NOTE: Want to learn how to learn how we correct estrogen dominance? Get the details in this post on “3-Step Plan Can Lower Estrogen by More than 55% In 10 Weeks”.)

Low calcium levels (or poor calcium absorption) has been shown to increase estrogen levels in the body.

This is where Vitamin K2 can be very helpful in reducing estrogen levels, and help give your thyroid a fighting chance.

The following study shows that the use of Vitamin K2 (menatetrenone) was able to reduce estrogen levels by 400%.

A calcium-deficient diet caused decreased bone mineral density and secondary elevation of estrogen in aged male rats-effect of menatetrenone [Vitamin K2] and elcatonin.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12370839

“The Ca-deficient diet reduced bone mineral density (BMD) by approximately 12%. Administration of menatetrenone or elcatonin was able to reverse the reduction in BMD induced by Ca deficiency. The mean estradiol level in sera of rats fed the Ca-deficient diet was significantly increased to 4.3 times that in the regular diet group. However, the increased estradiol concentration was reduced after the administration of menatetrenone or elcatonin.”

Vitamin K2 and Diabetes, Insulin Sensitivity

Most people don’t know this, but diabetes and hypothyroidism go hand in hand.

(NOTE: Want to know what really causes diabetes? Check out this article on “Hypothyroidism and Diabetes: How to Reverse It and Why Sugar Is NOT the Problem”.)

According to research, Vitamin K2 improves insulin sensitivity, which is key to treating diabetes.

Vitamin K2 Supplementation Improves Insulin Sensitivity via Osteocalcin Metabolism: A Placebo-Controlled Trial

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3161300/

“To summarize, we have demonstrated for the first time that vitamin K2 supplementation for 4 weeks increased insulin sensitivity”

Vitamin K2 and Heart Health

Thyroid doctor, Dr. Broda Barnes, was the first to prove that hypothyroidism directly causes heart disease.

(NOTE: Discover the link between hypothyroidism, high cholesterol, and heart disease in this article on “Why ‘Bad Cholesterol’ Is Essential to Your Thyroid”.)

Vitamin K2 prevents and even reverses the calcification of tissue, including heart muscle tissue.

Regression of warfarin-induced medial elastocalcinosis by high intake of vitamin K in rats.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17138823

“Both the VK-rich diets decreased the arterial calcium content by some 50%. In addition, arterial distensibility was restored by the VK-rich diet… This is the first study in rats demonstrating that AC and the resulting decreased arterial distensibility are reversible by high-VK intake.”

With heart disease, you commonly hear about ‘hardening of the heart’.

What is actually happening is the calcification and/or fibrosis of the heart muscle tissue, because calcium is not being regulated properly, allowing calcium to enter your cells.

Think about it like this…

It’s kind of like how hard water clogs and ruins your pipes over time by leaving calcium buildup and deposits on the inside inside. Except that this is happening inside your heart tissue.

Obviously, this is a very serious problem if calcium is building up in your heart tissue.

Since your heart has to pump constantly to keep blood flowing through your body, the tissue needs to be extremely flexible and resilient.

When calcium starts to build up in the tissue, it literally hardens the tissue, making it less flexible and resilient, which can lead to heart attack and death.

And heart disease is the #1 cause of death today.

Supplementing Vitamin K2 has been shown to control and even reverse calcification of tissues. It also helps restore the body’s natural ability to regulate and healthily absorb calcium.

This means that calcium can be properly absorbed by the body, and delivered where it is needed: to the bones, teeth, and kept outside of the cells, instead of accumulating inside tissue and causing serious health problems.

Vitamin K2 and Bone Health

As you might have noticed, several of the studies mentioned above have shown that Vitamin K2 helps to restore bone mass, making it effective for fighting osteoporosis.

Vitamin K2 Therapy for Postmenopausal Osteoporosis

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4042573/

“The present review revealed positive evidence for the effects of menatetrenone monotherapy on fracture incidence in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis.”

In fact, it’s possible that Vitamin K2, administered at high doses, can even reverse osteoporosis.

Human studies using Vitamin K2 doses of 45 mg and more have demonstrated its effectiveness with treating osteoporosis.

Not All Vitamin K Is Created Equal (K1 vs. K2 / MK4 vs. MK7)

There are several different forms of Vitamin K, and they are quite different.

For example, Vitamin K1 is the most commonly available form of Vitamin K. We get it from foods and it’s the form of Vitamin K that is most associated with blood clotting. It’s also the least important form of Vitamin K as our requirements for it are minimal.

Unlike Vitamin K2, using large amounts of Vitamin K1 has been shown to increase the risk of a number of unwanted side effects, including blood clotting and stroke.

Some animals can easily convert Vitamin K1 into Vitamin K2.

Unfortunately, humans aren’t one of them.

What we need is Vitamin K2.

Yet, to make things more confusing, there are even different types of Vitamin K2: MK7 and MK4.

Vitamin K2-MK7 is derived from fermented soy beans (natto).

While many are being misled into thinking that MK7 is superior, simply because it remains in circulation longer. However, that would only be true if both forms were equal, which is far from the truth.

For Example…

  1. MK4 has been shown to be effective at restoring bone health, while MK7 has not.
  2. MK4 has been proven to be safe at high doses, while MK7 has not.
  3. But most importantly, MK-4 is also the only form of Vitamin K that controls gene expression. So, it plays a bigger role in overall health as it helps to turn on the genes that keep cells healthy. This is why MK4 has been proven to provide therapeutic benefits in human trials with a variety of health conditions, including cancer. Unfortunately, MK7 can’t provide these essential health benefits.

Keep in mind that MK-7 does get converted into MK-4, however in humans studies show that the conversion isn’t adequate, which is why supplementing with MK-4 is superior.

So, it’s important to understand that each form of the vitamin are actually different in their effects and how they work in the body. So, it’s not as simple as which one lasts longer in circulation.

That’s why we recommend the use of Vitamin K2-MK4 with our clients, and we use it ourselves as well.

We’ve shown how Vitamin K2 is crucial to:

  • Promoting thyroid health.
  • Improving calcium absorption so that calcium goes where it needs to in the body.
  • Lowering parathyroid hormone, which suppresses normal thyroid function.
  • Activating and amplifying the effectiveness of thyroid-supportive Vitamins A and D.
  • Helping the body to detoxify and balance estrogen levels.
  • Improving insulin sensitivity.
  • Improving heart and bone health.

Using a properly balanced Vitamin K2 source, formulated for optimal thyroid function is often the best approach to take and the one I use with my clients.

In fact, we use it in our Thyroid-Boosting Vitamin ADK Thyroid Formula, for all the reasons mentioned above.

Click below to learn more about our Vitamin ADK Thyroid Formula.

Vitamin ADK Thyroid Formula

If you’re looking for one thyroid supplement that has more than a dozen thyroid-boosting benefits, then this is it.

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Case Study: How to Suppress Stress and Regain Control of Your Thyroid by Cracking Down on These 4 Thyroid-Stress Activators https://www.forefronthealth.com/hypothyroidism-and-stress/ https://www.forefronthealth.com/hypothyroidism-and-stress/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2020 13:40:43 +0000 http://www.forefronthealth.com/?p=6822 Ever felt like you were under a lot of stress? Well, you’ve never seen stress like I’m about to show you in this case study. That’s right. This is an extreme hypothyroidism case study. I have all clients fill out our Thyroid Symptom Checklist. It’s not uncommon for clients to check off 20 to 30 [...]

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Ever felt like you were under a lot of stress?

Well, you’ve never seen stress like I’m about to show you in this case study.

That’s right. This is an extreme hypothyroidism case study.

I have all clients fill out our Thyroid Symptom Checklist.

It’s not uncommon for clients to check off 20 to 30 thyroid symptoms on the list.

This young woman checked off 69 of them.

No wonder she feels so horrible.

And it all boils down to stress…

Case Study Background: Hypothyroidism and Stress

I wrote previous about the Thyroid-Adrenal Stress Cycle.

In short, this is a self perpetuating cycle where hypothyroidism increases one’s production of stress hormones while those stress hormones further suppress thyroid function.

Hypothyroidism isn’t the only thing that triggers this stress cycle.

Severe acute stress can trigger it as well.

As it turns out, our case study subject was first diagnosed with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis after receiving a shot of adrenaline (a potent stress hormone).

But that was just the beginning.

A year later, she suffered a broken back in a motorcycle accident causing her thyroid condition and health to spiral out of control.

If that’s not severe acute stress, I don’t know what is.

Her thyroid labs clearly show that she is hypothyroid…

  • Low T4
  • Low T3
  • Elevated reverse T3
  • Suppressed TSH (likely due to the excessive stress hormones)

Now, here’s the clear giveaway that her stress response is overactive and that she’s overproducing stress hormones.

Take a look at her body temperature throughout a given day.

  • Basal Waking Temperature: Commonly elevated.
  • Post Meal Temperatures: Often decline.
  • Afternoon Temperature: Consistently above normal.

(NOTE: It’s essential to account for body temperature and pulse when assessing thyroid function and thyroid labs. Learn how and why in this free thyroid testing training.)

When we see consistently elevated body temperature, it typically points to one of two things.

  1. Hyper-thyroidism (we know from her labs that’s not the case.)
  2. Severely elevated stress hormones.

Severely elevated stress hormones will artificially raise your body temperature.

Plus, our subject exhibited some common symptoms of elevated stress hormone production including:

Now, this is where things get interesting.

The 4 Primary Thyroid-Stress Activators

Whenever excessive stress hormones are produced, we want to figure out what exactly might be triggering it.

We do this by looking at diet/nutrition logs, temperature and pulse logs, labs, symptoms, health history, etc.

This often leads us to one or more of the four primary thyroid-stress activators:

  1. Hypoglycemia
  2. Estrogen Dominance
  3. Excess Serotonin
  4. Excess Endotoxin

All four of these can occur as a result of hypothyroidism, and all four are well known to strongly activate your body’s stress response.

What’s interesting is that we didn’t find just one or two of these thyroid-stress activators in our case study subject.

We found all four.

Let’s take a quick look at how we came to this conclusion…

Thyroid-Stress Activators #1: Hypoglycemia (including poor blood sugar handling and insulin resistance)

When you become hypothyroid, you’re liver can’t store and release sugar efficiently.

So, you become prone to hypoglycemia and poor blood sugar handling.

When blood sugar drops, stress hormones are produced to help regulate your blood sugar by stimulating your liver to release sugar and by breaking down muscle tissue in your body to convert into sugar.

When this hypoglycemia-stress hormone cycle continues long term, it triggers the onset of insulin resistance and diabetes.

(NOTE: Want to learn more about how hypothyroidism leads to insulin resistance and diabetes? Take a look at this article on “Hypothyroidism and Diabetes: How to Reverse It and Why Sugar Is NOT the Problem”.)

Our subject shows some common symptoms of poor blood sugar handling and insulin resistance:

  • Mood Swings
  • Blurry Vision
  • Poor Cognitive Function
  • Fatty Liver (diagnosis)
  • Elevated Insulin (lab)
  • Low Carbon Dioxide (lab)

Thyroid-Stress Activators #2: Estrogen Dominance

Estrogen dominance (excess estrogen and/or progesterone deficiency) is well known to activate your body’s stress response.

Excess estrogen activates your adrenal glands both directly and by increasing adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH).

In our subject’s case there were many signs of excess estrogen including:

  • Heavy Periods
  • Edema
  • Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (diagnosis)
  • Pelvic Inflammation (diagnosis)
  • Elevated Estradiol (lab)
  • Elevated Prolactin (lab)
  • Elevated Luteinizing Hormone (lab)

Thyroid-Stress Activators #3: Excess Serotonin

Serotonin wasn’t measured, but I’m certain if it was, it would be elevated too.

This is because excess serotonin goes hand-in-hand with excess estrogen by way of the Hypothyroidism–Estrogen–Prolactin Cycle.

hypothyroidism and stress

We’ve already verified elevated estrogen and prolactin. Labs also verified elevated parathyroid hormone (PTH), all of which implicate serotonin.

Our subject also showed many other symptoms of excess serotonin including:

  • Food Sensitivities
  • Skin Rashes
  • Itching
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (diagnosed)
  • Pelvic Inflammation (diagnosed)
  • Elevated estrogen, prolactin, and parathyroid hormone (labs)

Thyroid-Stress Activators #4: Excess Endotoxin

Last, but not least, we have endotoxin.

Endotoxin is a byproduct produced by bacterial overgrowth in your intestines.

Studies show that hypothyroidism makes you more susceptible to small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).

It just so happens that our subject was also diagnosed with SIBO, making endotoxin a problem too.

Hypothyroidism and Stress Case Study Recommendations

As you can see, there is a lot going on with this case study subject.

She is stuck in the Hypothyroidism-Adrenal-Stress Cycle with her stress response being activated by all four primary thyroid-stress activators.

Plus, she’s showing signs of insulin resistance and severe liver dysfunction.

Two things are for certain…

  1. This isn’t going to be a quick and easy recovery.
  2. With so many complications, it’s going to require some experimentation to determine the most effective path to healing.

But here’s a good place to start…

1. Fix the Fatty Liver First

Without a healthy liver, you’re odds of restoring thyroid function are nil.

You simply won’t be able to get stress hormones under control.

There are a number of things that can help with this:

2. Focus on the 3 Anti-Stress Hormones

Since hypothyroidism (or lack of thyroid hormone) contributes to all four primary thyroid-stress activators, then it should make sense that restoring thyroid hormone levels is essential to suppressing the stress response once and for all.

However, thyroid hormone often needs to be introduced and increased in small amounts (to toleration) when stress hormones are extremely elevated.

This process is necessary, but can take some time.

The next anti-stress hormone is progesterone.

Progesterone strongly suppresses the body’s stress response in large part by its opposing effects on estrogen, while also helping to restore proper function of the thyroid gland.

Due to the subject’s significant estrogen excess, a larger dose of progesterone will likely be needed.

Since the subject is still menstruating, we can also use Vitamin E to further suppress estrogen during times of the menstrual cycle when progesterone isn’t used.

Studies show that Vitamin E can lower estrogen by up to 55% in 10 weeks.

The third and final anti-stress hormone is pregnenolone.

Pregnenolone has many similar effects as progesterone and has been shown to lower cortisol levels by up to 60%.

3. Ditch the Starch and Focus on Fruits and Shoots

Limiting dietary starch can help with a number of the subject’s underlying issues.

It can help decrease fatty liver, improves insulin resistance, and helps to lower endotoxin.

Instead of getting carbohydrates from starch, the subject should focus on higher fructose sources of carbohydrates such as fruits, keeping carbohydrate intake in moderation until the insulin resistance is corrected.

In insulin resistance, you can’t delivery sugar to your cells, so consuming large amounts of sugar can lead to a significant rise in blood sugar.

Instead, focusing on slow yet frequent intake of fruit (combined with collagen protein) can help keep blood sugar elevated enough to prevent activating the stress response, without blood sugar rising too high.

The endotoxin issue should also be addressed by the use of bamboo shoots and/or cascara.

4. Get More Salt

In hypothyroidism and chronic stress, sodium is wasted rapidly.

So, it wasn’t surprising to see the subject’s labs indicate low sodium levels.

Sodium is essential for keeping stress hormones low (adrenaline in particular) and regulating blood sugar.

5. Restoring Insulin Sensitivity

Suppressing the body’s stress response is essential to restoring insulin sensitivity.

For many, it’s best to focus on restoring liver function first.

Aside from what has been mentioned thus far, using therapeutic doses of Vitamin B3 (niacinamide) and/or aspirin is where we start.

As you can see, this turned out to be a more complicated case study.

But, by using the tools and resources we have at our disposal (diet/nutrition logs, temperature and pulse logs, labs, symptoms, health history, etc.), we’re able to make some sense out it all.

It’s also important to understand that the more stress we are under, the more thyroid hormone we need to compensate for that stress.

If our case study subject was properly treated from the beginning with thyroid hormone, when her hormones began to spiral out of control, it could have prevented many of these unnecessary health complications and now severe symptoms.

And of course, the more hypothyroid you become and the more complications you develop, the longer the road to recovery.

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3 Non-Thyroid Tests That Can Help Test for Hypothyroidism https://www.forefronthealth.com/alternative-thyroid-tests/ https://www.forefronthealth.com/alternative-thyroid-tests/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2020 11:50:20 +0000 http://www.forefronthealth.com/?p=6986 Imagine this for a minute... You have this nagging cough that just won’t go away. So, you make an appointment with your doctor. After listening to your lungs, your doctor removes his stethoscope, looks you in the eyes, and says... “There’s a 50% chance it will clear on its own and a 50% chance it’s [...]

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Imagine this for a minute…

You have this nagging cough that just won’t go away.

So, you make an appointment with your doctor.

After listening to your lungs, your doctor removes his stethoscope, looks you in the eyes, and says… “There’s a 50% chance it will clear on its own and a 50% chance it’s lung cancer.”

Then he shakes your hand and tells you to make a follow-up appointment in two months to be re-evaluated.

You’re probably thinking… “Wait… What?!?!?”

You’d want to run some more tests to know for sure whether you have lung cancer or not, right?

If some of these other tests point to cancer, then the odds of you actually having cancer is much higher.

Most medical conditions can’t be diagnosed with 100% accuracy.

Some medical tests, such as the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) Test, are highly inaccurate.

(Note: Want to learn why TSH Testing is so inaccurate? Take a look at this post on “Why the TSH Test Is Failing 58,645,496 Hypothyroid Women Today”.)

So, instead of relying on a single and highly-inaccurate thyroid test, there are better ways to test your thyroid.

This includes using three alternative thyroid tests that I’ll share with you in a minute.

How to Properly Assess Thyroid Function: The More Data, the Better

I see too many thyroid sufferers go undiagnosed.

I also see too many thyroid sufferers treated with medication alone, whose blood tests show improvement, while their thyroid health continues to worsen.

When it comes to thyroid testing, whether you’re treated or not, relying solely on blood tests is an accident waiting to happen.

Instead, you have to look at all the data you have available to properly assess your thyroid function.
The more data you have, the better.

When I work with a client, I don’t only look at blood tests.

I also look at their symptoms.

Often blood tests appear to be normal, while my clients complain of thirty-plus thyroid symptoms. That’s not normal.

Most importantly, I always look at clients’ temperature and pulse, which is essential to interpreting thyroid tests.

(Note: Want me to walk you through how to properly interpret your blood labs and test your thyroid using temperature and pulse? I give you step-by-step instructions on how to do just that in our Ultimate Thyroid Testing Training Protocol.)

Ultimate-Thyroid-Testing-Protocol

You can access this thyroid testing protocol for free right here.

There are also a number of other test markers I use, including alternative thyroid tests, to get even more data.

Then I take all of this data and piece it together, like a detective creates an evidence board to rule out suspects and pinpoint the real culprit.

evidence-board

One of the biggest problems I see is people depending on one (or even a few) numbers printed on a lab result sheet. Those are just numbers.

You have to look at all the evidence.

Otherwise, you’re just throwing darts in the dark.

So, if you want to further investigate your own thyroid function, here are a few alternative thyroid labs you can look at.

3 Alternative Thyroid Tests You Can Use to Assess Your Thyroid Function

Just as it’s important to not rely on thyroid blood tests alone, it’s important to not rely on these alternative thyroid tests alone either.

If one or more don’t indicate a problem, that doesn’t rule anything out.

We have to look at all the data collectively.

Alternative Thyroid Test #1: Carbon Dioxide (Bicarbonate)

Odds are you’ve already had this test done whether you realize it or not.

It’s typically included with standard blood-work as part of the metabolic panel.

In hypothyroidism, your body’s production of carbon dioxide production decreases while lactic acid increases.

The reference range for this test varies, but is typically around 23 to 29 mmol/L.

Carbon dioxide (bicarbonate) levels should be around the very top of the reference range.
Anything lower can indicate poor thyroid function.

Alternative Thyroid Test #2: Total Cholesterol

This is another test you’ve likely had done, which is part of a standard lipid panel.

Keep in mind that we don’t care about HDL vs. LDL. I’ve written about why those don’t matter in this post here.

We only care about total cholesterol.

In hypothyroidism, cholesterol rises because thyroid hormone (T3) is necessary to convert cholesterol into the protective steroidal hormones including pregnenolone, progesterone, and DHEA.

Total cholesterol was one of the tests used to diagnosed hypothyroidism before TSH testing was developed.

The following cholesterol levels can indicate poor thyroid function:

  • Above 230 mg/dL (6 mmol/L) when not using a thyroid medication or supplement.
  • Above 200 mg/dL (5.2 mmol/L) when using a thyroid medication or supplement.

Alternative Thyroid Test #3: Ferritin

While many mistake ferritin to be a sign of iron deficiency, it can indicate issues with thyroid function.

(Note: Want to learn more about how your thyroid influences your ferritin levels? Take a look at this post on “Hypothyroidism and Ferritin: Why You’re Not Iron-Deficient”.)

In hypothyroidism, ferritin levels are commonly low. Normalizing thyroid function has been shown to normalize ferritin levels.

Good thyroid function is often associated with ferritin levels in the range of 50 ng/mL to 150 ng/mL.

So, there you have it.

Those are three alternative thyroid tests you likely already have results for that can help you better assess your thyroid health.

That’s not to say that any of these tests will necessarily be out of range. That’s not always the case.
This is about collecting more data.

Remember, the more data-points you have, the better.

Just don’t make the same mistakes as your doctor.

Most medical professionals have become so obsessed over lab numbers that they no longer see the bigger picture.

Instead, make a list of your thyroid symptoms.

Look at your results of the three tests we just covered.

Most importantly, use our Ultimate Thyroid Testing Protocol to gather the most important data you need to assess your thyroid function.

In this testing protocol, I even walk you through how to properly interpret your thyroid blood tests, which you’re doctor isn’t likely doing.

Then, look at all this data collectively and see where the signs point to.

You might be quite surprised with what you find.

Get more information about the Ultimate Thyroid Testing Protocol here.

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4 Thyroid Diet Survival Tips for a Healthy 4th of July Holiday… https://www.forefronthealth.com/healthy-4th-of-july-tips/ https://www.forefronthealth.com/healthy-4th-of-july-tips/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2020 12:00:21 +0000 http://www.tombrimeyer.com/?p=215 Here in the United States, we celebrate the 4th of July, which for most people means a day off of work to relax, have fun, and enjoy time with family and friends. While many of us enjoy the opportunity to let go of the mental stress of work and everyday life, we quickly forget how [...]

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Here in the United States, we celebrate the 4th of July, which for most people means a day off of work to relax, have fun, and enjoy time with family and friends.

While many of us enjoy the opportunity to let go of the mental stress of work and everyday life, we quickly forget how big of a stress our diet can be on our bodies.

Most people don’t realize how big of an impact their diet can have on their stress levels, their thyroid function, and every single facet of their health.

Whether you have hypothyroidism, thyroid disease, or any other health issue, this doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy everything the 4th of July has to offer.

It just means that you need to be a little smarter with your food choices so that you can enjoy a healthy 4th of July holiday without paying for it later.

Below are four simple and healthy 4th of July diet tips that can help you survive the holiday and keep your energy and thyroid functioning at its best.

Survival Tip #1: Skip the Hotdog and Make Hamburgers

One of the biggest, if not the single biggest, dietary cause of hypothyroidism today is polyunsaturated fats (a.k.a. PUFAs).

They have been shown to block thyroid function on three different levels: at the gland, in the bloodstream, and at the cell. In other words, it doesn’t matter how clean your diet is or how much thyroid hormone you supplement, PUFAs throw a wrench into your whole hormonal system.

(NOTE: Want to know more about how PUFAs block your thyroid hormone pathway? Be sure to read this article on “The Worst Food for Your Thyroid (and Doctors Claim It’s “Essential” to Your Health“.)

Hotdogs are made up of primarily inexpensive low quality pork and turkey meat.

In order to reduce the cost of meat, farmers must reduce the cost of the animal feed.

Agricultural research many decades ago showed that adding inexpensive PUFA to animal feed suppressed the animal’s thyroid and caused them fatten quicker.

Cheaper feed and fatter animals allows farmers to produce inexpensive but low quality meats.

One of the biggest problems is that non-ruminant animals like pigs and turkeys store PUFA directly in their own fat cells.

grilling-hamburgersSo, when you eat the meat of these animals, you’re also getting lots of PUFA to go with it.

On the other hand, ruminant animals like cows have the ability to convert some of the PUFA into healthier saturated fat that does not have the same thyroid suppressing effects that PUFAs have.

With this in mind, simply having a hamburger instead of a hotdog can really cut down on the amount of thyroid suppressive PUFA you eat and allow your thyroid to enjoy the holiday with you.

However, I’m not a fan of boxed burger patties or highly processed hamburger meat.

Do yourself a favor and grill your own burgers, which is a far healthier option.

Survival Tip #2: Pass the Beans (not the gas) and Enjoy a Slice of Watermelon

Baked beans are another common 4th of July favorite that you should definitely pass on this time around.

The fact that beans cause excessive gas for most people is just one sign that you should avoid them.

Beans in general are very difficult to digest and if you’re not digesting them, the bacteria inside your digestive tract are.

When these bacteria eat your beans for you, they produce gas as a byproduct.

Not only is this irritating to your digestive tract, it also increases endotoxin production which increases estrogen and stress hormones, both of which suppress your thyroid.

watermelonAnother reason to avoid beans is that they are estrogenic by nature because they contain phytoestrogens that are known to increase estrogen and estrogen activity in your body.

Estrogen itself causes direct inhibition of your thyroid gland by blocking the proteolytic enzymes that allow your gland to release its stored thyroid hormone.

I highly recommend you pass on the beans, and on the gas, and instead grab an extra piece of watermelon.

Unlike beans, watermelon is easy to digest.

Watermelon will help stabilize your blood sugar which is essential for proper thyroid function and provide some additional hydration if you’re spending time out in the hot summer sun.

Survival Tip #3: Potatoes are NOT for Salads

Like baked beans, potato salad is another common side item found on most tables during the 4th of July.

On one hand, potatoes are loaded with beneficial nutrients, but on the other hand, they are a starchy food that can really disrupt your blood sugar if you’re not careful.

Because of this, it’s best to use a good amount of fat with potatoes to help slow down the digestion and absorption of the starch, so it has much less of an impact on your blood sugar.

With that being said, the type of fat you use is also just as important, if not more.

Potato salad is really just potatoes covered in mayonnaise as a fat source and it’s the mayonnaise that is quite thyroid suppressive.

Look at any store bought mayonnaise and you’ll see that it’s made out of soybean oil.

Clever marketing tricks are being used to make it appear as if other healthier oils, such as olive oil, are being used but if you look at the ingredient list, you’ll find that it’s still the same soybean oil with a little olive oil added.

baked-potatoBut for all intents and purposes, it’s still soybean oil.

Soy, or soybean oil, is one of the worst foods for your thyroid as it’s both a very toxic PUFA as well as a legume which is also very estrogenic.

So, you’re really getting the worst of both worlds.

(NOTE: Want to learn about which other thyroid-suppressive oils to avoid? Go read this article on the “15 Worst Cooking Oils for Your Thyroid“.)

Instead of opting for the soy covered potato salad, have yourself a baked potato and cover it with butter and cheese.

Not only will this be a much healthier and thyroid healthy option, it will make all of your fellow potato salad eaters jealous.

Survival Tip #4: Beer May Be Tempting but Lemonade Is Better

Fun Fact: On any given day, the Miller Brewing Factory in Milwaukee Wisconsin can produce as many as 200,000 beers, all of which leave the factory within 24 hours of production.

That means that some people are drinking a lot of beer, and that’s just from one factory alone.

It should be no surprise that beer consumption increases drastically during the 4th of July.

I’m not going to lie and say that I don’t enjoy a beer now and then.

But I definitely don’t enjoy it as often as I would like because it is yet another source of thyroid-suppressive estrogen.

Hops, one of the main ingredients in the beer brewing process, contains phytoestrogens, which studies have shown increases estrogen within the body.

(NOTE: Want to know just how bad alcohol is for your thyroid? See this article on “What Happens to Your Thyroid After Drinking Alcohol?“.)

lemonadeInstead of reaching for a beer this 4th of July, enjoy some natural lemonade instead to help cool you off.

Not only is it nice and refreshing, but sipping on it slowly throughout the day can help regulate blood sugar and keep you properly hydrated.

But, be careful because most store bought lemonades are not even really lemonade.

Be sure to check the ingredient list or make your own.

It should only have three ingredients, water, lemons or lemon juice, and sugar.

Following these four simple and healthy 4th of July diet tips, you don’t have to stand out from the crowd and look like a party-pooper for not eating and enjoying the many traditional 4th of July foods.

By simply making healthier, more thyroid-friendly food choices, you and your thyroid can both enjoy the holiday.

Another way you and your thyroid can rest a little easier and enjoy the holiday is by taking advantage of our Thyroid-Boosting Independence Day Sale.

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Take advantage of the this sale before it’s too late and have a safe, happy, and healthy 4th of July holiday.

Want to boost (and protect) your thyroid even more this 4th of July? Use this 3 Food Triple Thyroid-Boosting Daily Protocol. It’s a super simple way to start every day feeling calm, clear, and full of energy.The Simple 3 Food Triple Thyroid-Boosting Daily Protocol

It’s a great way to start your 4th of July holiday on the right note.

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5 Foods That Can Secretly Save Your Thyroid https://www.forefronthealth.com/foods-for-hypothyroidism/ https://www.forefronthealth.com/foods-for-hypothyroidism/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2020 07:02:16 +0000 http://www.forefronthealth.com/?p=2239 Looking for foods that can help with your hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s? You’ve come to the right place. These five foods for hypothyroidism can have a profound impact on your thyroid health in so many ways when you make them part of your everyday diet. They may not look like miracle foods on the outside... ...but what [...]

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Looking for foods that can help with your hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s?

You’ve come to the right place.

These five foods for hypothyroidism can have a profound impact on your thyroid health in so many ways when you make them part of your everyday diet.

They may not look like miracle foods on the outside…

…but what I’m about to show you will change the way you look at thyroid diets forever.

To understand how they work, you first have to understand a little bit about some of the underlying causes of your hypothyroidism.

It all comes down to your Thyroid Hormone Pathway, which is blocked at one or more of the five different levels.

Take a look at the infographic below but don’t get too caught up in the details.

We’ll just be using it as point of reference.

thyroid-hormone-pathway-infographic

What you’re seeing with this infographic is that thyroid hormone can become…

  1. Blocked from being produced by your thyroid gland.
  2. Blocked from being released by your thyroid gland.
  3. Blocked from being transported to the parts of your body which need thyroid hormone.
  4. Blocked from being activated in your liver and other tissue.
  5. Blocked from binding to your cells.
  6. Blocked from being used by your cells.

And what’s important to understand is that when your Thyroid Hormone Pathway becomes blocked, then it doesn’t matter how much thyroid hormone you have or how much thyroid medication you take…

…you’ll remain hypothyroid until you unblock your Thyroid Hormone Pathway.

And that’s exactly how these five foods can secretly save your thyroid health.

They work very effectively to help unblock various parts of this ever so important pathway.

With that being said, let’s jump right into the five foods for hypothyroidism…

1. Bamboo Shoots

foods for hypothyroidism

Bamboo shoots help unblock your Thyroid Hormone Pathway in a number of ways, but particularly at…

  1. Your Liver
  2. Your Thyroid Gland

Bamboo shoots help unblock your liver by lowering your dangerous gut bacteria and the endotoxin that these bacteria produce.

It’s well known that hypothyroidism sufferers also suffer from bacterial overgrowth in the intestines.

And these bacteria produce large amounts of a substance called endotoxin.

Now think of your liver like a house-maid that does all the cooking, cleaning, and keeps everything in working order.

If your house-maid becomes so over-burdened by the cleaning, there’s no time left for the cooking and everything falls apart.

This is exactly what happens when you have large amounts of endotoxin.

It over-burdens your liver and prevents your liver from producing and storing sugar in the form of glycogen.

And without adequate glycogen, your liver becomes blocked and cannot convert thyroid hormone into the active form (T4 to T3) that your cells need to function.

Bamboo shoots therapeutically work like a vacuum cleaner to clean up the bacterial overgrowth and endotoxin, so your liver can get back to converting your thyroid hormone.

Bamboo shoots also help to unblock your thyroid gland by absorbing excess estrogen.

Without adequate liver glycogen, your liver can’t detoxify excess estrogen.

Instead, excess estrogen is dumped into your digestive tract, where it ends up getting re-absorbed again and again.

It’s kind of like sweeping your floors and dumping all that dirt into a garbage bag with a hole at the bottom. The dirt just ends up being dumped right back onto the floor.

This creates a very thyroid-suppressive cycle where your body becomes unable to rid itself of excessive estrogen that continues to build up over time.

When estrogen becomes excessive it directly blocks the enzymes necessary for your thyroid gland to release its stored thyroid hormone into your bloodstream.

Bamboo shoots also work like a sponge to trap estrogen and prevent it from being re-absorbed.

This not only rids your body of excess estrogen, it also helps your thyroid gland release more thyroid hormone.

Using bamboo shoots is simple and easy.

You can find canned bamboo shoots down the ethnic aisle of many grocery stores or at any Asian food market. They can even be purchased online.

Out of the can they’ve already been boiled which makes them safe and effective to use.

Simply boil for a few minutes to sterilize, blend them up in a blender, and use a tablespoon (15 ml) or two a few times per day.

Or, you can use an even simpler thyroid-boosting recipe that we use with our clients that can provide the same benefits and more…

60 Second Thyroid-Boosting Carrot Recipe

You can get all the details about this 60-Second Thyroid-Boosting Recipe right here.

2. Coffee

coffee

If you’ve heard that coffee is bad for you then take that thought, crumple it up, and throw it into the nearest trash can because research has shown that coffee can protect you against a large number of diseases out there including…

  • Thyroid disease
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Type-2 diabetes
  • Liver disease
  • Breast cancer
  • Heavy metal toxicity
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Radiation induced cancer
  • Skin cancer
  • Oxidative stress
  • Estrogen dominance
  • And the list goes on…

Coffee drinkers are also well known to live significantly longer than non-coffee drinkers.

Coffee is kind of like a bullet-proof vest.

It helps protect you and keeps you alive in a world where disease is running rampant.

And when used properly, it can be very therapeutic for your thyroid health.

If you can’t tolerate coffee, it’s because your liver is deficient of glycogen (remember that endotoxin as mentioned previously is one common cause of this).

So, it’s important to understand that the coffee is not the problem.

Fix the dysfunction within your body and you too can get all the therapeutic benefits it has to offer you and your thyroid.

Now that we got that out of the way…

…when it comes to your Thyroid Hormone Pathway, coffee helps to unblock both…

  1. Your Thyroid Gland
  2. Your Cells

Coffee helps unblock your thyroid gland by increasing enzyme production.

Hypothyroidism sufferers are known for having compromised digestion, low stomach acid production, and low enzyme production.

And this can affect your thyroid hormone levels in many ways.

Just like you need enzymes to digest and break down the foods you eat into usable nutrients…

…your thyroid gland produces thyroid hormone in a storage form that requires proteolytic enzymes to digest and break down before it can be released into your bloodstream as usable thyroid hormone.

It’s also important to understand that this goes for desiccated thyroid medications too.

Desiccated thyroid contains thyroid hormone in its storage form too.

So, without adequate proteolytic enzymes your body can’t properly use desiccated thyroid medication.

Using coffee properly is a simple, easy, and very safe way to improve digestion, increase stomach acid, and increase enzyme production…

…all of which can help your thyroid gland to release thyroid hormone and improve your ability to make use of desiccated thyroid medication.

Now, if you’re currently taking digestive enzymes in supplement form, be very careful as these tend to cause irritation to your digestive tract.

And we never want to try to solve one problem only to create another.

Oftentimes cutting out certain foods from your diet, like soy and nuts that contain protease enzyme inhibitors, can help significantly your digestion as well.

Coffee helps to unblock your cells by promoting healthy oxidative metabolism.

Hypothyroid people also develop dysfunctional hypothyroid metabolism.

In other words, your cells have trouble using thyroid hormone efficiently, which means that your energy production becomes limited.

Coffee effectively helps to stimulate oxidative metabolism where your cells use thyroid hormone and glucose/sugar efficiently, which is vital for proper thyroid health.

It’s kind of like cleaning out the engine of your car.

Afterwards your car has more power, gets better gas mileage, and everything runs better.

If you’re just getting started with coffee or have had trouble with it in the past, then there are ways to improve your tolerance and make it safer.

One way is by using coffee as we show you our 3 Food Triple-Thyroid-Boosting Daily Protocol.The Simple 3 Food Triple Thyroid-Boosting Daily Protocol

You can get all the details about coffee and the daily protocol right here.

3. Shellfish

shrimp

Shellfish are another food that can help unblock your Thyroid Hormone Pathway in many ways. Here we’re going to be focusing on…

  • Your Liver
  • Your Cells

Shellfish help unblock your liver by providing adequate selenium.

Selenium is an important co-factor necessary for the conversion of T4 into T3 in your liver.

Without adequate selenium, your liver becomes blocked and T3 levels decline.

Shellfish help unblock your cells by restoring cytochrome c oxidase activity.

It’s also well known that hypothyroidism leads to poor absorption and retention of copper.

And copper is an important co-factor that along with T3 activates your cytochrome c oxidase enzyme that is essential for a healthy metabolism and energy production.

Without adequate copper your ability to use T3 and produce large amounts of energy is diminished.

If you’re allergic to shellfish then a good quality selenium supplement can be warranted.

However, it’s important that copper and zinc be properly balanced.

Supplementing too much copper can cause an imbalance, so food sources are always best.

4. Fruit

oranges

Fruit is a great way of helping to unblock your Thyroid Hormone Pathway at…

  • Your Liver

Fruit helps unblock your liver by increasing your liver’s glycogen stores.

As mentioned previously, your liver requires glycogen in order to convert T4 into T3.

And while the previously mentioned bamboo shoots help your liver to be able to store glycogen…

…it’s fruit that provides your liver with the best source of sugar to increase its glycogen stores.

Think of fruit as fuel for your liver.

Fruit is also very effective at lowering stress hormones, which also block your liver from converting T4 into T3.

Adding more fruit into your diet will not only help protect against other diseases such as type-2 diabetes, it will also help to increase your T3 production.

5. Coconut Oil

coconut-oil

Coconut oil is another food that helps unblock your Thyroid Hormone Pathway in many ways. Here we’re going to focus on…

  • Your Thyroid Carrier Proteins
  • Your Cell Receptors

Coconut oil helps to unblock your thyroid carrier proteins by displacing the polyunsaturated fats that bind them.

Once thyroid hormone is secreted into your bloodstream…

…you rely on your thyroid carrier proteins like a taxi service to come and pick up your thyroid hormone and deliver it to your liver and various other places of your body that need it.

When you consume polyunsaturated fats, they effectively take over the taxis leaving your thyroid hormone with no transportation or way of getting to your cells.

Using coconut oil on the other hand helps to displace those dangerous fats giving your thyroid hormone access to the carrier-proteins they need.

Coconut oil also helps to unblock your thyroid hormone cell receptors by displacing the polyunsaturated fats that bind them and increasing your number of receptors.

Once thyroid hormone is delivered to your cells, they still have to bind to your cells’ thyroid hormone receptors before your cells can use it.

And much like polyunsaturated fats taking over your carrier proteins that taxi thyroid hormone to your cells…

…these same polyunsaturated fats also take over your thyroid hormone cell receptors as well.

And much like with your carrier proteins, coconut oil helps to free up your thyroid hormone cell receptors.

Coconut oil is also rich in butyric acid which helps to increase your number of thyroid hormone receptors, thereby allowing your cells to bind to and use more thyroid hormone.

The more thyroid hormone your cells can use, the more energy they can produce and the better your thyroid health becomes.

This is one simple way that coconut oil can give a good boost to your thyroid health.

Now, instead of thinking of these foods for hypothyroidism individually…

…think of the effect they could have when used together.

  1. If your thyroid gland could produce more thyroid hormone, then it could have adequate thyroid hormone to release…
  2. If your thyroid gland released more thyroid hormone (T3 and T4), then your thyroid carrier proteins could deliver more thyroid hormone to your liver…
  3. If your liver had more thyroid hormone (T4) to convert and could convert it more efficiently, then you would have even more active thyroid hormone (T3) available for your cells to thrive…
  4. If you had more thyroid hormone cell receptors, then your cells could use more thyroid hormone…
  5. And if your cells could use that thyroid hormone and use it more efficiently, then you could overcome your hypothyroidism and save your thyroid.

That is why fixing your Thyroid Hormone Pathways is so important…

That is why your diet is so important when it comes to your thyroid health…

That is how even a small number of foods, when used correctly, can make all the difference… including something as simple as carrot.

Just download this super simple thyroid-boosting carrot recipe and we’ll show you how.

60 Second Thyroid-Boosting Carrot Recipe

Get all the details about this 60-Second Thyroid-Boosting Recipe right here.

It’s a simple protocol used by each and every one of our clients.

And in the 3 Food Triple-Thyroid-Boosting Daily Protocol, we’ll show you the exact detailed protocol and the three simple foods that can help you even further to unblock your Thyroid Hormone Pathway.It’s a simple protocol used by each and every one of our clients.

Get more information about the 3 Food Triple-Thyroid-Boosting Daily Protocol here.

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How to “Safely” Eliminate Hot Flashes Without Ruining Your Thyroid by Fixing These 3 Hot Flash Triggers https://www.forefronthealth.com/hypothyroidism-and-hot-flashes/ https://www.forefronthealth.com/hypothyroidism-and-hot-flashes/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2020 10:27:39 +0000 http://www.forefronthealth.com/?p=5947 What if doctors have it all wrong? Well, it wouldn’t be the first time. In the 1800’s doctors recommended cough syrup containing heroin. Is that a chronic cough, or are you just addicted to your cough syrup? In the 1940’s, mental disorders including depression and anxiety were being treated with frontal lobotomies. You don’t really [...]

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What if doctors have it all wrong?

Well, it wouldn’t be the first time.

In the 1800’s doctors recommended cough syrup containing heroin.

Is that a chronic cough, or are you just addicted to your cough syrup?

In the 1940’s, mental disorders including depression and anxiety were being treated with frontal lobotomies.

You don’t really need that part of your brain, do you?

Yet, grave medical mistakes like these don’t happen in this day and age… or do they?
While it’s hard to compete with a medical mistake like having part of your brain removed, there’s an epidemic medical mistake that’s been overlooked for decades…

…and it’s likely one of the deadliest we’ve ever seen.

I’m referring to the medical mistake of using estrogen to treat many symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes and flushes.

Sure, estrogen is effective at reducing the symptoms of hot flashes.

But, what about the well-established increased risk of diseases caused by estrogen, including:

  • Cancer
  • Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Blood Clots
  • Stroke
  • Etc.

Apparently doctors are not concerned about those, and therefore, you shouldn’t be either.

That’s a little scary isn’t it?

Treating hot flashes with estrogen is kind of like treating depression with a lobotomy.

No, the existence of the frontal lobe of your brain isn’t the cause of depression any more than estrogen deficiency is the cause of your hot flashes.

The Hot Flash Estrogen Deficiency Myth

If estrogen deficiency was the cause of hot flashes, then it would make sense that women who suffer from hot flashes would be “more deficient” in estrogen than those who do not.

However, according to renowned hormone physiologist Dr. Raymond Peat, that’s not the case at all.

At menopause, there are a number of hormonal changes that occur, including:

  1. A natural decline in thyroid function.
  2. An inhibition of progesterone production.
  3. An increase in stored estrogen within cells/tissue.
  4. An increase in activity of the estrogen producing aromatase enzyme.

While estrogen production may decline, progesterone production declines more severely resulting in estrogen dominance.

(Note: Estrogen levels at menopause are often 50 times higher than what is measured in the blood, as discussed in this article on hypothyroidism and estrogen.)

It’s important to understand that it’s the balance of estrogen to progesterone that matters most.

In menopause, the more estrogen dominant and progesterone deficient you become, the greater the danger to your thyroid health.

Dangers of Estrogen to Your Thyroid Health

There are certain points in a woman’s life when hypothyroidism either develops, or worsens.

Menopause is one those times due to the thyroid-suppressive effects of estrogen dominance.

Estrogen dominance blocks thyroid function and drives hypothyroidism in a number of ways, including:

  1. Inhibiting the proteolytic enzymes that allow your thyroid gland to release its thyroid hormone, directly blocking your thyroid gland.
  2. Blocking your liver from converting inactive T4 thyroid hormone into the active T3 thyroid hormone your cells need to survive.
  3. Blocking your metabolism and preventing you from using thyroid hormone efficiently.

While the exact mechanism(s) that cause hot flashes are still not entirely understood, there are certain triggers that are well known to produce hot flashes, which can be corrected.

The 3 Hypothyroidism and Hot Flash Triggers and How to Fix Them

Here’s what we do know…

Some studies have demonstrated that hot flashes can be triggered by certain imbalances, and that correcting those imbalances can effectively prevent or reduce the risk of a hot flash occurring.

These hot flash triggers include:

  1. Progesterone Deficiency
  2. Increased Nitric Oxide
  3. Hypoglycemia

What’s interesting is that these imbalances are also commonly found in hypothyroidism and caused by estrogen dominance.

Wait… what?

How can that be?

If these hot flash triggers are caused by estrogen dominance (and hypothyroidism), then why would estrogen improve hot flash symptoms?

How can something be both part of the problem and the solution at the same time?

This is exactly what continues to confuse so many.

The truth is that while large amounts of estrogen may alleviate the severity of hot flashes, it’s certainly NOT part of the solution.

Studies show that estrogen effectively lowers both body temperature and the environmental temperature at which your body begins to release heat.

Chronic hormone replacement therapy alters thermoregulatory and vasomotor function in postmenopausal women.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9262443

“These results suggest that 1) chronic ERT [Estrogen Replacement Therapy] likely acts centrally to decrease Tre [temperaure], 2) ERT lowers the Tre at which heat-loss effector mechanisms are initiated, primarily by actions on active cutaneous vasodilation, and 3) addition of exogenous progestins in HRT effectively blocks these effects.”

The higher your body temperature (more heat) and the faster the flash (release of that heat), the more severe the hot flash.

Supplementing estrogen both lowers body temperature (less heat) and slows the flash (release of heat), thus reducing the symptom.

In other words, it’s not fixing the problem.

It’s just making it less severe.

That makes estrogen great for your hot flashes, but (as we’ve already established) horrible for your health.

It’s never a good idea to try to solve one problem only to create a bigger and more serious problem in the process.

Instead, focus on fixing the underlying cause of your hot flashes by fixing these three hot flash triggers.

Hot Flash Trigger #1: Progesterone Deficiency

As mentioned previously, progesterone deficiency is common in hypothyroidism.

Not only is progesterone deficiency known to promote hot flashes, restoring progesterone levels is known to prevent them.

Progesterone for hot flush and night sweat treatment–effectiveness for severe vasomotor symptoms and lack of withdrawal rebound.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22849758

“In summary, progesterone is effective for severe VMS and does not cause a rebound increase in VMS when stopped.”

In this study of early menopausal women, 300 mg was shown to be effective against severe hot flashes.

Also, when the progesterone was stopped, the hot flashes didn’t come back with a vengeance as they do when you stop estrogen.

Hot Flash Trigger #2: Increased Nitric Oxide

Nitric oxide levels are known to rise in hypothyroidism, estrogen dominance, and in response to severe traumatic stress.

It’s also known to trigger hot flashes.

Nitric oxide synthase inhibition attenuates cutaneous vasodilation during postmenopausal hot flash episodes.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20505548

“CONCLUSIONS: These data demonstrate that the mechanism for cutaneous vasodilation during hot flash episodes has a nitric oxide component.”

Research also shows that inhibiting nitric oxide can prevent or stop hot flashes from occurring.

Regulating thyroid function and metabolism will effectively lower nitric oxide levels, as can addressing the underlying estrogen dominance, which we often do with our Molecular Progesterone Oil and our Vitamin E Complex.

Hot Flash Trigger #3: Hypoglycemia

Hypothyroidism is also well known to promote blood sugar issues and hypoglycemia, due to hypothyroidism’s effects on your liver.

Being hypothyroid and prone to low blood sugar also makes you more susceptible to hot flashes.

Menopausal hot flash frequency changes in response to experimental manipulation of blood glucose.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14501548

“RESULTS: There was a significant reduction in the incidence of hot flashes during the experimental elevation of glucose concentrations (130 to 140 mg/dl) compared to the fasting state (<110 mg/dl) (t= -2.4, df= 9, p=.04).”

This is why hot flashes tend to occur more frequently at night when blood sugar is often lowest and during times of stress when blood sugar is used up more rapidly.

We always recommend eating the proper balance of nutrition, and frequently enough, to keep blood sugar stable.

Hypothyroidism is very common in menopause, and needless to say I’ve worked with a lot of menopausal clients.

Correcting these three hot flash triggers has been instrumental in alleviating hot flashes with many of them.

Yet, it’s not only menopausal women who suffer. I’ve also worked with non-menopausal women who experience hot flashes, and these same tips apply to them as well.

Unfortunately, the current medical approach to menopausal symptoms and hormone replacement therapy is extremely dangerous.

Putting yourself at unnecessary risk of developing life threatening diseases like cancer, thyroid disease, and stroke is surely not the solution…

…especially when there are other viable options, like progesterone supplementation, that can fix hot flashes and protect you from these very diseases at the same time.

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