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Why your thyroid medication might not be working

So, you’ve been on thyroid medication for a long time, but don’t feel like it’s doing its job. Maybe you are still really lethargic, maybe the weight isn’t coming off as you thought, maybe your brain is still super foggy. 

No matter what, if you feel like your thyroid medication isn’t working the way it should, there are a few potential culprits to explore.

I will first start by saying that you should not change or stop medication without the advice of your doctor. However, this blog post will help provide some guidance on what to look for. 


You’re medicating the wrong thyroid hormone

One of my main issues with a lot of medical professionals is that they only test your TSH levels. This will not necessarily give a clear understanding of what’s really going on in the thyroid. Plus, when checking for TSH, it usually means they will only prescribe synthetic T4 hormone medication.

Here’s why this can be an issue: many people with an underactive thyroid already have difficulty converting the inactive T4 hormone to active T3 for the thyroid to use. If you’re adding more T4 to the mix, this could make things worse. In fact, you might not need more T4 at all!

Instead, doctors should be conducting a full thyroid panel so they can get a complete picture of all of the thyroid hormones, and then medicate accordingly. For example, I am on a compound T3/T4 medication with a ratio specific to my needs. Whereas you might only need T3! 

Here are a couple of resources that can help you figure out which thyroid medication you need:

Everything you should know about thyroid testing

Everything you need to know about thyroid medication


Your medication includes common allergens

If you’ve been reading my blog posts for a while, you know I love to talk about the connection between your gut and hormone health. Everything you ingest has the potential to impact your hormones.

Why is that an issue here? Many synthetic thyroid medications include ingredients and fillers that you might be allergic or intolerant to - things like gluten, lactose, corn, sucrose and artificial dyes. If your body already doesn’t tolerate these ingredients well, they might continue causing issues with your thyroid hormones, regardless of what else is in the medication.

You are taking supplements that counteract your medication

Supplements are a tricky topic that I am asked about frequently.

Yes, some supplements can be really helpful and supportive to thyroid health and function. However, there are others, such as zinc, vitamin D, and copper that might mess with your thyroid hormones. This is because they can alter things like sodium and calcium, get in the way of other hormones, including estrogen, and just throw everything off balance.

If you’re also medicating your thyroid hormones and taking some of these supplements, they might counteract one another.

So, I am not saying that every person should avoid all supplements, but it is really important to know what you are supplementing and why! Talk to your doctor before starting any supplement.

And if you are currently taking supplements, check to make sure they won’t hinder your thyroid medication. 


Your lifestyle or diet factors are getting in the way

Many of us with a slow thyroid need medication. But, if that is the only step you are taking to heal your thyroid, you are doing yourself a disservice.

Your diet, stress levels, sleep quality, environmental factors, and so much more also impact your thyroid health. So, your medication might be giving you all the right ratios of T3 and T4, but if there is something else in your body stopping your thyroid hormone conversion process, the medication might not be as effective.

So, don’t just take the pill and think you’ll be in the clear! Look at other areas of your life that might influence your thyroid health.

Here are a number of great resources:

4 ways to keep your thyroid healthy & happy

What I eat in a day as a thyroid health coach

Foods to avoid with an underactive thyroid

3 key lifestyle changes when living with hypothyroidism

The Best Exercises for Women with Hypothyroidism

With all of this, it’s important to advocate for a personalized approach to your thyroid health, as each person’s needs are so different. So, do your own research, talk to your doctor, and ask them to look into some of these things so you can find the best medication for your thyroid.

Is Dairy Good For Your Thyroid?

Should women with a slow thyroid have dairy?

This is a question I get asked a lot, especially because I personally do not eat or drink any dairy products.

If you’re dreading that I’m about to tell you you have to cut out all cheese, you’re in luck.

Well, maybe.

Here's the lowdown: dairy products contain a lot of macro and micronutrients that are good for the thyroid. Milk has iodine, magnesium and potassium (read about why these minerals are good for your thyroid, here). Yogurt is great for the gut, which also helps the thyroid. Organic dairy products can add some good protein into your diet, too.

But up to 30 million Americans are lactose intolerant (including me!).

If you’re intolerant and you still consume dairy, this can be a huge cause of inflammation in the gut. Constant inflammation in the gut can cause your stress response to turn on, which ultimately throws your thyroid hormones off balance. 

There is a direct connection between the health and happiness of the gut and the function of your thyroid and thyroid hormones. So, if you’re eating something that you are intolerant to, this isn’t good for the thyroid, either.

I don’t eat dairy because I know that I am lactose intolerant. But many women I work with tolerate it just fine, so I don’t recommend that they cut it out. 

So, coming back to the question of whether dairy is good for your thyroid, the answer is: it depends. 

If you can tolerate dairy with little to no gut inflammation, then having small amounts of organic dairy products is just fine (but making sure they’re organic is really important!). 

If you can't handle dairy (like me!) then look for other nutrient sources:

* Iodine: seaweed, cod, shrimp, tuna, eggs, and table salt (not himalayan or sea salt!)

* Magnesium: spinach, pumpkin seeds, cashews, dark chocolate, white potatoes

* Potassium: bananas, sweet potatoes, oranges, cooked broccoli

* Protein: Organic eggs, organic ground turkey, organic chicken breast.

I dive deeper into some other foods you may need to avoid on your journey to thyroid health in this YouTube video

Do you have questions about other foods & food groups for thyroid health? Leave me a comment below!

4 ways to keep your thyroid healthy & happy

It’s thought that up to one in eight women will develop thyroid problems in their lifetime - that’s a huge number!

I typically work with women who have a slow thyroid. I myself live with hypothyroidism, as well, so I coach from a place of experience and understanding.

While there may not be a way to completely avoid thyroid issues, there are four key lifestyle areas that you can focus on to get your thyroid as healthy and happy as possible.

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1. Eat a clean, balanced diet

Often, when women want to lose weight, they jump right into calorie counting and restrictions. When living with a slow thyroid, this can be one of the worst things you can do. Food intake is incredibly important when managing thyroid health… but it’s the quality of the food that matters way more than the quantity.

Healthy thyroids require clean diets filled with whole vegetables, organic proteins, good fats, and healthy carbs and starches. I have an entire blog post dedicated to foods you should eat for a healthy thyroid

Along the same lines, it does mean women living with a slow thyroid will need to avoid inflammation-causing foods, such as gluten, refined sugar and alcohol. Some of us need to avoid other food groups, such as dairy - it just depends on what your body tolerates.

Now, this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your food! You can - and should - find some “treat” foods that won’t throw your thyroid out of whack. For me, that’s some extra dark chocolate after dinner or a bowl of grain-free chips and salsa. For you, it might be gluten-free pizza with extra cheese! There are plenty of yummy foods you can incorporate into your diet while maintaining thyroid health.

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2. Lower stress levels

There is a clear, direct link between stress and thyroid health. It is often one of the main causes of an underactive thyroid

When our body feels like it is under chronic stress, it releases our cortisol hormone - which is your “fight or flight” response. This will tell your body to put all of its energy and attention to your extremities so you can protect yourself. This means it turns off some of your other systems that it deems as “less necessary.” Eventually, this will impact the thyroid and change how your body is converting your inactive T4 into active, usable T3.

So, a key part of the Sexy Thyroid Solution is reducing your stress level. 

Taking up a slow, calm hobby, such as journaling, drawing or reading. Incorporating a relaxing activity into your evening routine, such as taking a leisurely walk, practicing hatha or yin yoga, or taking a bath. These are some relatively easy ways to reduce your stress levels. I also love incorporating some calming essential oils, such as lavender, to remind my brain that it’s time to slow down. This may seem “woo-woo” to some, but I promise it will help!

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3. Reduce cardio exercises and focus on strength

Remember what I just said about stress and cortisol? Well, it turns out, when we practice long, intensive bouts of cardiovascular exercise, this also releases cortisol! So, if you’re a runner or love a hardcore spin class, I have bad news: this could really be putting a strain on your thyroid.

But exercise is still such an important part of a healthy lifestyle. In this blog post, I go into detail about the best exercises for women with hypothyroidism. Here’s a preview: strength training is best (and as a bonus, this will boost your metabolism!). No, this won’t mean you’ll get bulky, but I guarantee you will feel strong.

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4. Manage mineral intake

I recommend mineral hair testing for most of my clients, because minerals can have a huge impact on the function of your thyroid. 

When talking about minerals and thyroid health, many people automatically think iodine is where it’s at. And while it’s important, your calcium, magnesium, potassium and heavy metal levels also impact how your body is converting and using your thyroid hormones. 

This YouTube video talks about supplements to help thyroid health. But before recommending any supplements, I really encourage testing to figure out what your body needs. 

If all four of these steps feel too daunting to handle all at once, I get it! Start where you can, maybe with one at a time. Focus on that one part of your lifestyle and see how you feel. Eventually, work your way up to at least exploring each of these tips to see what’s right for you.

As always, if you need any support on your thyroid health journey, please contact me. We can work together on your customized Sexy Thyroid Solution.

Everything you should know about thyroid testing

If you think you are experiencing symptoms of a slow thyroid, the first thing you have to remember is that you are your #1 health advocate. Many signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism can be brushed off as “normal.” But if you’re feeling off, have a conversation with your healthcare provider.

My goal with this blog post is to educate and give you valuable resources to guide that conversation, so that you can get the support you need. 

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How to test for hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is measured through blood testing. So, the first way to get tested is to ask your doctor! They will send you to a lab and if you have insurance, it should be covered (more on this in a moment). 

But, make sure you ask for the right tests

Most doctors will only test for TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone).I still do not understand why this is the standard test, as it does not actually show the entire picture!

Instead, your labs need to measure:

* TSH

* FREE T4

* FREE T3

* Reverse T3

Thyroid antibodies

The great news: you don’t have to remember all of these! Simply ask for a “full thyroid panel” and it will cover each of these hormones. Want to learn more? This video talks about why testing for each of these hormones is so important.

If you ask your doctor for this, the full thyroid panel should be covered by insurance, too. 

If you can’t get a full thyroid panel through your doctor, go to this website and order it for yourself. Use the code angelabrown for 20% off!

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So you got your testing. Now what?

The results of your full thyroid panel will show levels of each of the above hormones as a specific number. Your doctor will likely compare these to a “reference range” to determine whether your results are “normal,” whether you need to be prescribed medicine, or whether another intervention needs to happen. 

Now, these ranges are really big generalizations - you might feel better with numbers outside of the “normal range.” And each of us is different! For example, the levels where I feel best at may be completely different than yours! It’s much more important to go by how you feel. Though understanding where you’re falling within a recommended range is very important.

Download my guide to the Secret to Reading Your Thyroid Blood Test for details on what I recommended as reference ranges for my clients, based on years of testing and supporting women on their thyroid health journeys. 

Still don’t feel good after testing?


Don’t give up! Instead, keep advocating for yourself. Ask for additional testing. Explore other thyroid medicines. Find another doctor. Speak to a functional practitioner. Look at other factors that are slowing down your thyroid - lifestyle, environment, diet, exercise, stress, and more. 

Here’s the thing… you don’t need a diagnosis to have a slow thyroid. It’s certainly a great confirmation, but even if your doctor says things are fine, there are many other things you can do to try and kick start your thyroid and get your sexy back!

I have so many more resources and tools available for you on my blog and YouTube channel. If you want some one-on-one support on your thyroid health journey, please reach out as I would love to help you.

 

Foods you should eat for a healthy thyroid

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Hypothyroidism weight gain is a real thing and a common problem for many women.

There are a lot of reasons why a slow thyroid may be leading to excess weight, but the one we’re going to tackle today is the foods you’re eating.

There is a super strong connection between the gut and your hormones. Foods we eat can cause a stress response that knocks our T3 and T4 out of whack, because they cause inflammation or trigger a leaky gut.

Instead of focusing on foods to avoid with an underactive thyroid (as I already have a blog post about that!), let’s talk about what you should be eating to support your thyroid.

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Balanced is best!

Eating a clean diet, where you focus on a balance of good carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, while also paying attention to minerals and other micronutrients, is the best way to support your thyroid health. 

I know, I know, that doesn’t sound fun! But I promise, as you start incorporating real, whole foods into your diet, learn how to cook and season it all to your liking, a clean diet will not only help you start to feel better, but it really can taste delicious! If you want a little bit of inspiration, here’s a video on what I eat in a day as a thyroid health coach.

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Thyroid-friendly foods

To get you started on your healthy thyroid diet, I’ve pulled together a list of foods that I eat and that I also recommend my clients eat. These foods are mostly well-tolerated by the body (some with a little bit of preparation). They are also SO versatile - you can cook them in a ton of different ways and you can eat them at any meal.

So, here’s a starting point for foods you should eat for a healthy thyroid. 

Healthy grains and starches

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Russet potatoes
  • Butternut squash
  • Oats
  • Siete brand tortillas and chips 

Good fats

  • Avocado
  • Almonds
  • Almond butter
  • Walnuts

A lot of vegetables

  • Leafy greens, like spinach, chard, and red lettuce
  • Cauliflower rice (my favorite!)
  • Cruciferous veggies, including broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, and Brussels sprouts (but they must be cooked for easy digestion!)

Healthy, lean proteins

  • Organic meats, such as chicken thigh or ground turkey
  • Pasture-raised eggs

Foods that can heal the gut lining

  • Bone broth
  • Marshmallow root
  • Aloe
  • Slippery elm

Seasonings and spices

  • Coconut aminos (a delicious soy sauce substitute)
  • Primal Kitchen sauces, marinades and dressings
  • Lots and lots of herbs and spices, like oregano, thyme, paprika, chili, rosemary, curry… whatever your taste buds desire

And, here is some healthy thyroid meal inspiration:

Okay one more thing!

I’ve made you a savable healthy thyroid grocery list for the next time you’re hitting the store! And if you need more recipe suggestions, follow me on Pinterest

Enjoy!

(Right click on the image to save it to your computer and print it off!)

Real results from the Sexy Thyroid Solution Community

So, you’ve received a hypothyroidism diagnosis or you have symptoms of a low thyroid.

I have a solution for you: the Sexy Thyroid Solution

The Sexy Thyroid Solution is a program that is customized to you and your needs. It is designed to assess your symptoms and create a personalized plan based on your own tests and labs so you can get your energy back (and lose some weight along the way) by waking up your lazy thyroid! 

While you can learn more through this quick YouTube video, what I really wanted to share with you today was results from women who have gone through this program.

I will happily shout about the Sexy Thyroid Solution from the rooftops! But isn’t it also nice to hear from women who got their sexy back by healing their thyroids?

“Weighed in today and I’m officially 25lbs down since I started working with Angela Henry Brown and her Sexy Thyroid Solution group! The crazy thing is how much of our work has NOT been about diet, exercise or weight loss. Angela has taught me so much that I didn’t understand about relaxation, sleep, mindset, manifesting, journaling, and true mind/body/spirit wellness. I’m not going to lie - some of the stuff that she has me doing seemed a little hokey and weird at first, but I trusted her and I was serious about changing, so I did it anyway! And every single thing she’s told me to do has helped push me further into this journey.

Thank you Angela for helping me to process some hard truths, not take the easy outs and for teaching me to love my body enough to start treating it really well.  Thank you for forcing me to view weight loss as the byproduct and not the goal.  I’m living my absolute best life right now, manifesting some amazing things into my world and we aren’t even finished with the course yet! I’m so glad that I decided to trust you!!”     ~~ Angela H.

 

“I have more self awareness of needing ‘me’ time & taking it, as well as taking all the recommended supplements. I now only wake an average of once a night but am able to quickly go back to sleep. I still wake a little tired sometimes but nothing like before when I felt I'd been run over by a bus. I feel calmer, make time for myself, have energy & now exercise 4 times a week!! If you are considering working with Angela, Get off the fence!! In the words of Yoda, ‘Do, or do not. There is no try.’ Take control. Be your own advocate. You CANNOT put a price on your health. Let Angela help you to help yourself.”   ~~ Allie M.

 

“I just wanted to thank you so much for everything you have done! For opening my eyes to a different way of testing, and for ripping that bandaid off for what has caused my thyroid to be so sluggish and my hormones to be so crazy! I may have more work to do but I’m feeling so much better than I did 3 months ago. Thank you!”   ~~ Lizz. R

 

"I've lost 8 pounds. My body is starting to work like it's supposed to. SO HAPPY! I'm so grateful! Thank you so much. This is just the beginning!”    ~~ Chastity G

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I cannot tell you how happy it makes me to read these messages! Like Allie M. said, if you’re dealing with symptoms of a slow thyroid - whether you have a hypothyroidism diagnosis or not - it’s time you become your own advocate and take back your health.

I would love to chat with you and help you make positive, life-long changes that will support long-term thyroid health. Get in touch and let’s work together on your Sexy Thyroid Solution.

Functional versus conventional medicine when treating your thyroid

Let me start off by saying that I am a functional health practitioner. Specifically, I am trained in Functional Diagnostic Nutrition (as well as in physical therapy, corrective high-performance exercise, and fitness nutrition, amongst other things!). Because of this, I am slightly biased towards functional medicine and functional health practices.

But! I also know there is a place for conventional medicine. As I always say, there is not one cookie-cutter approach to thyroid health (or any health, for that matter).

The purpose of this blog post is to simply help inform you, so that when you’re seeking answers and treatment, you know what to expect. 

And if you don’t feel like you’re getting the answers you need, maybe this will help you look in another direction.

Conventional medicine: 

In this context, “conventional” means “traditional” - the medical doctor with the white lab coat and stethoscope comes to mind. This might be your family doctor, a general practitioner at a clinic, or in the context of thyroids, an endocrinologist (hormone specialist). 

Conventional medicine tends to look at the body in a “dualistic” way - meaning each system and sometimes even each organ is studied and treated individually. This is why we see so much specialization! Endocrinologists vs. gynecologists vs. bariatric specialists vs. oncologists… the list goes on.

Conventional medicine tends to focus on treating your symptoms directly, either through pharmaceuticals or in some cases, surgery. When conventional doctors see symptoms of an underactive thyroid, they will often do a T4 or a TSH panel via blood test and treat it with a lifetime daily dose of the synthetic thyroid hormone levothyroxine

There are absolutely cases when this is the right path for a person to take in their treatment. But what else is out there?

Functional medicine:

The term “functional” started out meaning one specific type of medicine, as an alternative - ironically - to the term “alternative” medicine.

Today, though, we tend to use it in a way that means “holistic.” Functional medicine looks at the body, diet, exercise, lifestyle and environment all together. It focuses on finding the root cause of the symptoms and treating not only that root cause, but the entire person.

Functional medicine looks at all of the body’s systems and how they work together, with an understanding that a symptom in one area of the body may be a response to something somewhere completely different (for example, how the digestive system may impact your thyroid!). 

Functional health can often work in collaboration with conventional practitioners, but we look for solutions beyond just medicines and surgery. 

When addressing your thyroid health, functional practitioners will want to look at a full thyroid panel, complete a mineral analysis, evaluate your diet and exercise regimen, and more. A personalized treatment plan would then be developed based on those results.

Even if you are already undergoing conventional treatment, there may be a place for functional health in your healing journey.

Here’s the thing…

As I said before, some people absolutely need to be on synthetic thyroid hormones. I will never tell you to avoid your doctor’s recommendations or come off of a prescription medication on your own.

BUT,

You have a right to autonomy over your health! I think it’s a good idea for everyone to know what options are out there and find what’s best for YOU.

Check out the infographic below for more information. If you want to connect and start understanding some functional health options for addressing your hypothyroidism, give me a shout

5 great resources for thyroid-friendly recipes

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The thyroid does not work independently. No, it’s a little organ that’s part of a larger system which impacts and is impacted by our body, lifestyle, environment, and more. 

A huge factor in managing thyroid health is diet. 

And unfortunately, there is not just one, catch-all diet that works for all thyroids. I can’t just say “go gluten free or paleo or all organic and your thyroid will wake right back up!” (Wouldn’t it be nice if life were that simple??)

That’s why when I’m helping women get their sexy back by managing their thyroid health, I take an individual, customized, holistic approach for every client. 

Each person needs different macronutrients (fats, carbohydrates and proteins) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) based on their body and a load of other factors. So, I base specific dietary recommendations based on my client’s own functional lab work.

But, whether you already have your personalized thyroid-health diet recommendations, or if you’re just looking for some great recipes that support a happy thyroid, I wanted to share a few of my favorite websites to inspire you in the kitchen.

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So, here are five great resources for thyroid-friendly recipes:

1. Pinterest

Pinterest is an amazing source for all kinds of yummy recipes… if you know what you’re looking for. Search for “thyroid-friendly recipes” in the search bar, or follow me and my boards for my favorite Air Fryer recipes, breakfasts, mains, side dishes, soups, and so much more.

2. Deliciously Organic

The author of this blog, Carrie Vitt, is an inspirational woman in the world of thyroid health, as she has been able to manage her own Hashimoto's disease through food. She has recipes for all different diet types, special occasions, and even recipes for kids.

3. Clean Eating Magazine

While I don’t prescribe to a one-sized-fits-all diet for my clients, one thing I do recommend to everyone is eating as clean as you can. That means whole, unprocessed, healthy foods, as much and often as possible. Clean Eating Magazine is a great source for so many different types of recipes, again sorted by nearly any category you could think of. So many of their recipes are beautiful, too, so they’d be a great addition to any potluck or picnic you have this summer!

4. Green Healthy Cooking

This is another blog dedicated to wholesome, healthy food. I find this a little more homestyle, with recipes such as Warm Rice Salad, Instant Pot Lentil Soup, and Grandma’s German Potato Salad. There are lots of options here that’ll feel like a hearty, warm hug, while still supporting a happy thyroid.

5. Minimalist Baker

I don’t typically recommend straight vegetarian or vegan diets for thyroid health, but if that is a decision you have made, this website is an excellent resource for easy yet incredibly delicious sides, meals and treats. If you’re omnivorous, look at some of these recipes for incredible side dishes to add to your meal. Or, if you are gluten-free (like me!) you must check out the gluten-free section, especially if you have a craving for some baked goods.

If you’re looking for more information on thyroid-friendly diets, I have a ton of YouTube videos that may help: including The Best Thyroid Diet for Females 30+, Foods to Avoid with an Underactive Thyroid, Should I Eat Carbs with Hypothyroidism?, and more! 

There are so many excellent resources available for thyroid-friendly meals, and these are just a few of my top picks. What’s your favorite place to find thyroid-friendly recipes? Tell me in the comments below!


Brain Fog and Hypothyroidism

Do you feel like your brain is foggy? It might be your thyroid!

Brain fog is a common complaint from many of my clients, and it’s something I really struggled with early in my thyroid health journey. Your thyroid is your master gland, so it can have a real influence on what's happening with the brain. 

Let’s talk about what it means and what you can do about it. 

First off, thyroid brain fog it's not really seen as an official diagnosis, even though many of us have it.

I describe it as feeling like you are in a haze. You can't focus, can't concentrate, and you feel like your brain isn’t working properly. Sometimes it feels like your short-term memory goes haywire.

So what can cause this?

Stress

Stress causes your body to go into fight or flight mode, which causes the body to direct its attention away from what it deems are “non-vital systems” - unfortunately, the thyroid is one of them.  

Stress can hinder the conversion of inactive T4 to active T3 that your body can actually use. When the thyroid isn’t functioning properly because your body thinks you don’t need it in that moment, that can lead to brain fog (amongst many other symptoms!)

Sleep

Stress and sleep go hand-in-hand. A lack of sleep can cause cortisol levels to spike (that’s your fight or flight response kicking in); a spike in cortisol can make sleep difficult.

If you’re not sleeping well, there’s a good chance your thyroid isn’t functioning properly and if your thyroid isn’t functioning well, your brain might not either.

Nutrition (and water)

Poor nutrition can cause inflammation in the body, which can also lead to cortisol spikes, impacting the thyroid hormones.

This includes water! Being properly hydrated is often a really easy solution to clearing up brain fog… and this is true for people without hypothyroidism, too!

How to clear your brain fog

Getting rid of brain fog can be as simple as addressing those causes I mentioned above


1. Focusing on nutrition, including water, and eating a clean, balanced diet

2. Lowering stress levels, which might mean changing how you exercise, taking up meditation, or making some other lifestyle changes

3. Getting enough good-quality sleep. This might come from lowering stress levels or changing up your nighttime routine.

It may seem like a lot, so I recommend starting with just one of these steps. See how that makes you feel, maybe get a full thyroid panel test, and then keep working through these different solutions until you feel like your mind is finally clear. 

If you need help with addressing brain fog, contact me here.

Can heavy metals affect weight loss?

Have you ever heard that metals can cause an issue with your thyroid and weight loss?  

I notice a pattern here with three particular metals that I notice pop up quite a bit on testing and these women also have a sluggish thyroid. So I'm going to give you my top three that I see so commonly and tell you the connection to the thyroid and metabolism.

Mercury is the first one I want to talk about. Mercury is a tough one because it's in tuna and salmon which are healthy foods.  Unfortunately, if you have a lot of that it will overload the amount of mercury in your body as well.  Dental amalgam also can cause a mercury overload as well. But the problem is that mercury acts similar to iodine and we know iodine is needed to make thyroid hormone T3 and T4. So if you have a lot of mercury present it's going actually bump out the iodine and take the place of it.  Keep in minbd that mercury unfortunately can't make T3 and T4. You need iodine for that. So, the problem with that is when you have mercury overload then you're not going to get enough T3 and T4 production basically because of the lack of iodine.

Another one that I want to talk about is lead. Now we know lead was in paint many, many years ago. The unfortunate thing with lead is once you've been exposed to it it typically sticks around and it doesn't usually leave your body on its own. The problem with lead is it diminishes thyroid hormone function as well as thyroid hormone production. So it really can wreak havoc on your thyroid function.

And lastly a really common one that I see as well is arsenic. Now arsenic is something that's naturally in our earth's crust but the other thing is it's also now being used for things like textiles, glass production, pigments and so on.  Unfortunately, arsenic competes for selenium. So it'll take whatever you're supposed to be using for selenium, which helps make thyroid hormone and take the place of that. So you end up getting a lack of thyroid hormone as well, because you don't have enough selenium to create that.

So those are my top three that I see super commonly, especially when I do hair tissue testing on these women. I see these three pop up very commonly and that can be a connection with why they're gaining weight because their thyroid is actually slow.

 I would consider looking at metals if you are struggling with thyroid function and things like weight gain, fatigue, and hair loss.  

If you need help with that, contact me here.  


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