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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!


Do you feel like your brain is foggy?

Let's talk about thyroid brain fog. I love talking about this because I struggled with this pretty severely when my thyroid was a complete train wreck. And a lot of people ask me about if it actually exists and what you can do about it.

So one of the things that I wanted to mention is that thyroid brain fog it's not particularly an official diagnosis.  But what I describe it as is you literally feel like you are in a haze. Your brain is not functioning. You can't focus, and you can't concentrate. That's one of the hallmark things that I see with hypothyroidism. It's super common.

Remember, your thyroid is your master gland. It controls so much so it can control what's happening with the brain.  The feeling of brain fog sometimes feels like you're almost like in the clouds. You just can't focus and your short-term memory sometimes even goes haywire.

So what can cause this?  High stress levels are a really important thing to look at because that can increase brain fog significantly. And if you're not even exercising and you're not getting any movement in and you're not sleeping well, those are actually things that can make it worse as well. And poor nutrition is really important to address. If nutrition is really off it can absolutely make the brain fog even worse.

And then of course, dehydration. So if you're not getting a good amount of water that can also kind of contribute to the brain fog. Even outside of having hypothyroidism those are all contributing things to brain fog. But if you do have hypothyroidism or Hashimoto's it's really crucial to address those things. 

So I want us to conclude with the solutions and some of the solutions are pretty much based off of some of the causes and that would include addressing your nutrition. If the nutrition is really, really bad and you're having brain fog, you really have to take out things like gluten and dairy, soy, processed foods, and sugar.  You should get a well-rounded diet of vegetables, fruit and protein, and good healthy fats.

And make sure you're getting enough sleep in because that will be a contributing factor as well. And then of course, make sure you're moving. Get some sort of movement in and then get a full-thyroid panel. If you suspect that you're having these other symptoms of hypothyroidism like weight gain or can't lose weight, fatigue, hair is falling out. And then you have brain fog on top of that, that is a big red flag for a sluggish thyroid.

I have a guide on this that you can look at so you can figure out what you need to have checked and how to read the panel and what are the reference ranges for that.

Grab the link for the guide here.

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.  


The Best Exercises for Women with Hypothyroidism

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Movement and exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, whether your goal is weight loss or not.

That being said, since weight gain is one of the most common symptoms of a low thyroid in women, I get a lot of questions about how to exercise properly and effectively with hypothyroidism. 

Skip the long run and give your thyroid a break

Many people associate long bouts of cardio with weight loss. Not only is that not the case in generally healthy people, but those of us dealing with slow thyroids could just be making things worse.

Long-duration cardio can be activities such as running outside or on the treadmill, striding on the elliptical or an hour-long spin class. This type of intense exercise is a stressor on the body. It actually creates a situation where you will release more cortisol, which is your fight or flight and stress hormone. A chronic elevation of cortisol is just going to create more of a stress response in your body. 

When this happens, it directly impacts the thyroid and our thyroid hormones (T4 and T3). 

Chronic Stress + Thyroid Hormones

The thyroid and the adrenals are very closely connected and cortisol can inhibit some thyroid hormone conversion. So, when you are trying to convert T4 over to T3 you can't get that converted over because the body is under chronic stress. Your body ends up reverting it backwards and you create more reverse T3. This is inactive T3. Read more in this blog post about how stress impacts the thyroid.

Chronic elevation of stress from exercise will create that situation - and this is unfortunately all too common in women with slow thyroids! So, making your cardio sessions longer is not the way to go.

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Instead, Try Weight Training

Okay don’t panic! Many women have an aversion to weight training, but hear me out on why you should make friends with your dumbbells and other resistance equipment. 

First, weight or resistance training is beneficial to women because it stimulates muscle growth and muscle tone. Muscles that are active are engaging your metabolism, which is a goal when we are trying to lose weight! If you’re worried about getting bulky… don’t! You have to lift very heavy weights for a very long and consistent time to get those kinds of results.

When you’re weight training, your heart rate will go up and down because you do a set and then you pause before moving on to the next exercise. In between sets in between reps you're going to actually have a drop down in heart rate and then it goes back up. So that fluctuation in the heart rate is actually going to be better for your thyroid because you're not constantly stressing the body out and you're not constantly creating this release of cortisol.

The other thing I love about weight training is that it doesn't have to be a long workout! Just 30 minutes and you can get a really good workout in with some great strength training that your body can tolerate. And you pick the exercises that are gonna work for you.

My recommendation is to pick functional movements - movements that your body might make in the real world, so things like squats, deadlifts, shoulder presses, and so on. 

Other Types of Thyroid-Friendly Exercises

Yoga and pilates are also great exercises for women with hypothyroidism. They help settle the mind, settle the body, get some good core work and stretching in. I do suggest if you're doing those to still also have some strength training connected with that.

If you love interval training, you can keep that up. Just keep the duration of your workout short and stick to movements you like, otherwise it will be too stressful on the body. I also only recommend interval training once or twice a week.

Here’s a fun fact: I am a certified physical therapist, fitness coach and fitness nutrition specialist. If you want help customizing a thyroid-friendly workout routine, I would love to chat! Head over to the contact page to send me a note. 

How Stress Impacts The Thyroid!

Stress can play such a huge role in overall health, but did you know that it can dramatically affect the health of your thyroid? 

Something to always keep in mind is that the thyroid and the adrenals go hand in hand. Whenever one is off the other one usually tags along.

So, and I see this all the time where people don't even think about the stress playing a role in their health and what their adrenals are doing to their thyroid and vice versa.  And unfortunately it's really common to have similar symptoms with both. So that's why I always say, if you're struggling with one area like your thyroid you are more than likely are struggling with your adrenals and the other way around.

So you address both in the same fashion the same way because symptoms are going to be similar. Chronic stress is one of the biggest reasons why I see a lot of people with a slow thyroid that is not under control. They're taking medication. They might be doing all the other things, like eating healthy, sleeping good, working on gut health, but their stress is through the roof. And this can be one of those things where it can actually be the deal breaker where it is the thing that can set their thyroid over the edge. And if they could just get their stress handled a little bit better and under control a little bit better it could be the thing that would actually help toward their efforts with their thyroid health further along forward.

So that's why I really wanted to shed some light on this. Chronic stress will disrupt your HPA axis, that is your hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenal axis. This always ends up leading to burnout. When you have this disruption of that axis, you end up essentially leading to burnout. And that basically means that the adrenals are pretty much not going to do what they're supposed to be doing which will eventually affect the thyroid. 

So on of the things that I see happen when it comes to this chronic stress cycle is you actually end up getting a decreased production of TSH. TSH is your thyroid stimulating hormone. You need this to actually make your thyroid hormones. If you don't have that it's going to be pretty hard to stimulate, that's why it's called thyroid stimulating hormone. You can't make T3 and T4. So you need to have this thyroid stimulating hormone. It's released from your brain. It's not going to happen when there's chronic stress.

Something else to always keep a mind as well, whenever there's chronic stress they're usually inflammation. I see this all the time. There is some type of inflammatory cycle when you have this chronic stress over and over and over that actually leads to a decrease in sensitivity of your thyroid receptors. So you're not going really utilize the thyroid hormone the way that you should.

And something else to also consider is excess cortisol, which that's going happen when you're under a lot of stress, you're going to release a ton of cortisol. You're supposed to release cortisol with stress, but again if this is excess and it's chronic and it happens over and over, you're going to actually get a decrease in your thyroid hormones, in T3 T4. One of the ways that you actually get a really big decrease in T3 is a lot of times that cortisol will actually cause a decrease in conversion. So you're not getting that inactive T4 over to active T3. You only make 20% T3, so you have to convert T4 to T3. So it's going to be really hard to get that conversion when you're stressed out all the time because you actually revert backwards. That's one of the markers that I do suggest to have checked on a thyroid panel is reverse T3. And that's one of the reasons why because we want to see are you taking that conversion that you're supposed to be taking from T4 to T3 or are you reverting that backwards?

So what can you do about it? There are a lot of ways that you can decrease stress. It essentially it has to be something that works for you. If you don't like meditation and you're trying to do meditation to decrease your stress it's probably not going to work. It has to be something that you enjoy. I personally love meditation. Journaling is a great way too. Breath work is a really good way to decrease stress as well.

Sleep is gonna be very important. Make sure you're getting enough rest and downtime and sleep is gonna be crucial.  Eating will be crucial as well.  It can create a vicious cycle where you're eating bad foods over and over it will create a stress response in your body.  So eating foods that are more nutritious for you and healthier and not inflammatory foods that will help decrease that response as well.

And then your mindset.  If you're constantly thinking about how stressed out you are and you can't get out of that rut with it....it just creates a bad cycle. You stress yourself out more because you keep thinking about it. So you really have to find what is going to work for you and what is your stress management that is going to help you.

What is one of your favorite stress management ways?

If you need help with that, then please reach out to me.  

You can also grab my FREE guide on The Secret to Reading Your Thyroid Blood Test right here.


Why am I so tired?

One of the biggest things that I see when women come to me, especially that are struggling with hypothyroidism, is fatigue. It's super common. Fatigue can happen from a lot of things, but hypothyroidism and fatigue usually go hand in hand.

Also, keep in mind that you do not need to have hypothyroidism to have fatigue. I do have women that come to me that are not diagnosed with hypothyroidism and they still work with me in my one-on-one program in my thyroid program, because we still work on all the things to support the thyroid, even if that blood panel does look normal.

So, just doing a blood panel sometimes isn't enough. Like I already mentioned, you can actually have a somewhat normal thyroid panel and still have this extreme fatigue going on.

The other thing to consider is what blood panel are they doing? If they're not doing a full thyroid panel, they're not helping you at all. You actually need to have a full thyroid panel to get a better picture. Remember, your TSH could look somewhat okay. I've seen it happen a lot, but their T3 and T4 are really terrible, and they have thyroid antibodies.

Unfortunately, a lot of times doctors don't check that. They're only checking your TSH. That's not a full thyroid panel. So make sure you're getting TSH, free T3, free T4, reverse T3, and then your thyroid antibodies, TPO and TgAb. That's a full thyroid panel. That will help give you a better idea if your fatigue is connected to your thyroid.

The other thing is do a little bit more testing than just that. That's why inside my program, I do hair tissue mineral analysis, as well as a full hormone panel, simply because your thyroid, your adrenals, and your sex hormones make a triangle. They all have to interconnect. So, when you have this extreme fatigue going on, there could be something going on with your sex hormones. There could be something going on with your adrenals. That's all connected to your thyroid. So, you have to get a bigger picture. You have to get a better idea as to what's going on.

One of the biggest things that I do see is the adrenals usually are getting bogged down. The adrenals are getting affected, because the thyroid has become slow or vice versa. It doesn't even matter, whether the thyroid stuff started first or the adrenal stuff started first. You have to address both either way. So you can't just do one thing and ignore the other, because you're not gonna be able to get to the bottom of your fatigue or the other symptoms you have going on if you don't address both.

That's why inside my program I do the whole picture. You have to look at all of it. Stress is going to be a huge factor for fatigue, because it's going to really affect your adrenal glands. And the adrenals, like I said, are connected to the thyroid.

When you have a lot of stress, it is really hard to have active thyroid hormone, which is your T3. You usually end up reverting it backwards, and that's why on a thyroid panel, I do have people check reverse T3. What happens is that stress over time will start to stop the body from creating T3. And so the Reverse T3 goes up.

Now keep in mind, stress can be from a lot of things. It can be physical, emotional, or even mental. It could be food that you're eating. If you're eating a ton of bad food and processed foods, that is going to cause a lot of fatigue. Your body has to use a lot of energy to try to get rid of it, because it's not good for you. So it ends up bogging down your adrenals and your thyroid. So you have to keep that in mind as well is what you're eating that can really play a role in your fatigue.

Make sure you're getting a full thyroid panel, include all those markers that I mentioned before, which is TSH, free T3, free T4, reverse T3, and your thyroid antibodies. Get a little bit more in depth testing. That's always gonna be huge. So you need to look at your sex hormones and what your adrenals are doing. That's gonna be a big factor to get the connection as far as how the fatigue is being affected, increased whatever you wanna call it, based off of that triangle that I mentioned, your sex hormones, your adrenal glands, and your thyroid. And then your stress levels. You have to hone in on those stress levels, because that's gonna be a huge factor. And then as well as looking at what foods you're eating, because the foods can be a big one. And then something else to also keep in mind is those lab reference ranges. I'm not a huge fan of the laboratory reference ranges that they give you. They're usually not optimal. Lab reference ranges may say this looks normal. That does not mean optimal. So reference ranges are gonna be a really big factor here.

If you want more information on that, I actually have a guide, the secret to reading your thyroid blood tests. It literally goes over this is what you need checked, this is why you need checked, and these are the reference ranges that you need to be within to actually feel good and have a healthy functioning thyroid.

If you need help with that, then please reach out to me.  

You can also grab my FREE guide on The Secret to Reading Your Thyroid Blood Test right here.


What are the best supplements for hypothyroidism?

There are so many thyroid supplements out there and it can be very confusing. I know when I started on my thyroid journey many years ago, it was overwhelming because there are so many different supplements and so many different recommendations for them.

I wanted to also point out that I am very cautious about throwing people on supplements without knowing if they need them.  I do testing with my clients that work with me so we can create a plan of supplements based off of their own individual needs. 

I do think testing is a better route to go, but I wanted to give you an idea of some things that I think a lot of people with a slow thyroid could benefit from and what you can do about it.

So, one of the first things that I love to utilize inside of working with someone that has a slow thyroid is potassium. Potassium is so important. One of the reasons is it helps with thyroid hormone conversion. It helps with sensitizing thyroid cells, and it's often overlooked. It's not one that's really tested for. 

I test for it inside my thyroid program with the hair tissue mineral analysis testing, and almost everyone that I work with, it's low.  Keep in mind, that you need about 4,500 milligrams every single day of potassium, just for normal function so supplementing with it can be very important. 

You can get it from foods, obviously, but a lot of times, it's really hard to get 4,500 milligrams a day. So, I love supplementing with it. I love utilizing a chelated form of potassium because it's more absorbable.

Another one of my favs is magnesium. The majority of the women that I am working with are usually pretty stressed out. They are tired of all the back and forth with doctors and not getting answers and  by the time they come to me, most of them are deficient in magnesium. And again, we can see that on the hair test.

One of the big things I like magnesium for is it's very calming. It's your calming mineral. I recommend Magnesium that is chelated, glycinated, or buffered.

Let's talk about probiotics. I think, is always essential as well.  Wehn talking about your gut flora, you have good bacteria and bad bacteria. When there's a lot of bad bacteria, as opposed to the good bacteria, it can cause something like dysbiosis. Your gut function is going to be off. About 20% of your thyroid hormone conversion happens in your gut, so it's really crucial to make sure you're addressing gut stuff. One of the ways is a probiotic.

There's so many probiotics out there.  I am a big proponent of spore-based probiotic. I think they're more diverse. They survive the pH and the temperature of the gut. 

I also love tyrosine because it helps with making thyroid hormone. So, a lot of people with hypothyroidism are deficient in it.  You can't necessarily test for this one but it is very important one to consider. 

I also want to discuss combo products.  So, there are so many thyroid combo products out there that have herbs and some of these minerals that I was just talking about. It can be one of those scenarios where it can be a good and bad scenario for you. So, I do like some thyroid combo products, I think they're really good. but I am cautious too.  One of the reasons is a lot of these thyroid combo products have a lot of iodine in them.

I work with a lot of people with Hashimoto's, and when you have Hashimoto's, iodine can sometimes cause a flare up. Also a lot of them have copper and I don't recommend that as well when you're struggling with hypothyroidism and trying to get the thyroid more optimal.

Selenium is another important for thyroid function because it helps with thyroid hormone conversion. You can get it in supplement form or by eating a Brazil nut everyday.

Supplementing can be tricky and confusing. If you need help with that, then please reach out to me.  

You can also grab my FREE guide on 5 Causes of Hypothyroidism right here.


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