Iodine and Hypothyroidism

July 1, 2009 by Jen  
Filed under Thyroid

More Than a Pinch of Salt

If you are a woman with thyroid problems that don’t seem to stay in control, look for a major suspect in your kitchen cupboard: iodinated table salt. Once thought to prevent thyroid problems, little attention has been paid to the impact of constant iodine in our diets, especially for women. Read more

Estrogen and Food in Menopause

May 4, 2009 by Jen  
Filed under Menopause

Food is a powerful medicine, but did you know the carbohydrate content of what you eat can shift your estrogen metabolism towards the cancer stimulating pathways?

In The Menopause Diet book by Dr. Larrian Gillespie, research has pointed to the advantage of a high protein diet in helping to prevent estrogen-related cancers. By current nutritional standards, eating a diet higher in protein than carbohydrates has received a bad rep in today’s press, but let’s look at the chemical breakdown pathways of estrogen. Read more

The Emotional Holy Grail

May 2, 2009 by Jen  
Filed under General Interest

Are you looking for the Emotional Holy Grail to get you through these horrendous economic times? Here are my tips to try and keep panic and anxiety from running away with your life.


This is the single most important thing you can do for your body and mind to relieve stress.  Sleeping 7 hours each night will help to control cortisol responses in the body, which are part of your “flight or fight” mechanism. It will also help to lower any insulin resistance you are developing as a result of being under extensive stress, which can lead to weight gain. Be sure and darken your bedroom as much as possible so that your retinas don’t get any light for at least 4 hours if you want to produce a normal melatonin pattern. Read more

Is it Lupus or Fibromyalgia?

April 24, 2009 by Jen  
Filed under Lupus

You ache all over, can’t sleep and your joints hurt like you just went 10 rounds with a sumo wrestler - and lost. As you put more makeup over your ruddy cheeks you wonder - could I have lupus or fibromyalgia?
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Dietary Supplements and Lupus

April 23, 2009 by Jen  
Filed under Lupus

Lupus, like so many autoimmune diseases,  creates changes in your ability to absorb nutrients from your gut, so dietary supplements may help with restoring the balance, especially during a flare. Here are my suggestions, as well as food sources for these important vitamins and minerals: Read more

Hypothyroidism Foods to Avoid

April 22, 2009 by Jen  
Filed under Thyroid

If you suffer from hypothyroidism, do you know which foods to avoid so you don’t stop your medication from working as prescribed?

Foods are like medication - and the following list contains those that are stuffed with goitrogens, nasty little chemicals that can block your thyroid (and medication) from producing thyroid hormone properly, especially when eaten raw. Lower your thyroid function and you could develop a goiter, or swollen, enlarged thyroid tissue.
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