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#Repost @hormonehealingrd ・・・ ”Phase 2 Estrogen Metabolism!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ [Please see previous post for phase 1 ☺️]⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ After phase 1 estrogen metabolism, 4-OH and 2-OH estrogens are then deactivated by methylation (different than MTHFR but still involves COMT). This is a very important step. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Why? Because we need to neutralize estrogen so that the body can eliminate it. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I like to think of this like a bath tub (Dr. Carrie Jones gave this analogy at a conference I went to and I'll never forget it!). ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Phase 1 estrogen detox is like filling a bath tub. Once your bath tub is full, you have to drain it--there's where phase 2 comes in. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ To drain the bath tub, your body uses methylation, magnesium, and SAM to support the enzyme COMT in turning your estrogen into a water soluble compound. This allows the estrogen to be in a form that can easily be eliminated. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ If you do not drain your bath tub, the estrogen can recirculate and cause issues. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Supporting Phase 2 Estrogen Detox:⁣⁣ 1️⃣Understand your genetics. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ If you have the MTHFR gene, while that is not the same type of methylation, you may have a harder time having adequate levels of certain B vitamins, which can negatively impact phase 2 estrogen detox. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ The COMT gene is an important one to understand since that directly impacts how well you methylate AKA phase 2 estrogen detox. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 2️⃣You also want to consider gut health--if you have an overgrowth, dysbiosis, or a parasite/pathogen that could be causing inflammation in the gut, this can impact absorption of nutrients (especially B12) and also how well you are draining that bath tub. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 3️⃣Replenish nutrient deficiencies. We need adequate levels of B6, folate, B12, magnesium, choline, methionine, methyl donors, and TMG (tri-methyl-glycine).⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Foods to consider: eggs (including the yolk), bone broth, leafy greens, grass fed/pasture raised beef, organ meats, and bone broth. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Phase 2 is heavily depend on genetics and specifics nutrients. If you're struggling here (a DUTCH complete test would tell you), those are the areas you will want to focus on. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Questions? Leave them below!”

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#Repost @hormonehealingrd ・・・ “Let's chat estrogen detox AKA estrogen metabolism!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ The body metabolizes estrogen using 2 phases in the liver and then eliminates it in our stool 💩⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Phase 1 of estrogen metabolism can go down 3 pathways:⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ -2-OH: ideally 60-80% of estrogen goes down this pathway and is the most beneficial pathway since it has anti-cancer properties. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ -4-OH: ideally less than 10% goes down this pathway. This is the least desirable pathway since it can make reactive estrogen products that have the potential to damage DNA. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ -16-OH: ideally 13-30% goes down this pathway. We don't want too much estrogen going down this pathway since it can exacerbate high estrogen symptoms, but it is important for bone health.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Why am I favoring a negative pathway? 👇🏼⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ There are a number of reasons that you could be favoring a less desirable pathway: ⁣⁣ 🔹inflammation! if you have inflammation in the gut, poor digestion, etc. that could be impacting this pathway. ⁣⁣ 🔹high fat, low fiber diets ⁣⁣ 🔹environmental chemicals⁣⁣ 🔹nutrient deficiencies (especially b vitamins)⁣⁣ 🔹genetic mutations⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ How to support healthy phase 1 metabolism👇🏼⁣⁣ 1️⃣supporting gut health and digestion (especially bile--you can do this with digestive bitters)⁣⁣ 2️⃣broccoli sprouts/sulforaphane⁣⁣ 3️⃣raw carrots (especially with coconut oil and ACV)⁣⁣ 4️⃣liposomal glutathione (if needed)⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ DIM can support estrogen going down the 2-OH pathway. I only use DIM to support this pathway on rare occasions. I prefer to get to the root of what is causing excess estrogen and/or poor estrogen metabolism rather than lowering it. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Friendly reminder: estrogen isn't bad. We need estrogen and if we don't have enough we won't feel good. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ So let's all stop taking DIM supplements and trying to lower our estrogen (especially if you haven't done any hormone testing to see if estrogen is high) and support estrogen detox instead 🙌🏼⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ You can see which pathway your estrogen is going down with a DUTCH complete test. ⁣⁣ ⁣ I'll be chatting phase 2 estrogen detox in my next post!⁣ 👀 ⁣⁣ Questions about estrogen detox? Leave em' below!”

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#Repost @theorganicdietitian ・・・ ”We are essentially one big puzzle and when just one puzzle piece goes missing then it can create a domino effect and start to impact other areas of your body. We want putting the puzzle back together to be really easy and we often search for that quick fix but unfortunately it doesn’t work that way. Quick fixes do not equal long term solutions.💁🏽‍♀️ .. We have to nurture each piece because without just one the puzzle can be incomplete or fall apart. This doesn’t happen overnight or even within a few months usually. These things take time to properly address because hey there is a lot of pieces after all. One mistake I see so many making it to just spot treat or focus on one piece hoping for a solution.👩🏽‍🏫 .. Healing involves digging deep, it often means being uncomfortable or getting out of your comfort zone, it means doing the work, it goes way beyond just supplements or diet, and it takes time.⏰ .. Are you working on all the pieces of your puzzle? Anything you would add to the list?🤔” . . www.hormonhalsan.com www.merciertherapy.se . . #dietitian #adrenalfatigue #thyroidhealing #hormoneimbalance #hormonebalance #wellnessjourney #rootcause #healfromwithin #itsallconnected #symptoms #holistichealing #fatigued #stressedout #womenshealth #constipated #bloatedbelly #foodsensitivities #inflammation #leakygut #guthealthmatters #guthealth #guthealing #pms #hormonehealth #bloodsugarbalance

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#Repost @nicolemjardim ・・・ “OVULATION PART 2: Okay, first off: How cool is this histology collage by @ihearthisto? From top left to center in a clockwise spiral, each image is one stage closer to ovulation and potentially fertilization.⁠ 😍 The female body is incredible!⁠ ⁠ Pregnancy aspirations or not, ovulation really is a vital bodily function that all women of childbearing age need to experience regularly. But why?⁠ ⁠ The beautiful symphony of hormones that leads to ovulation is actually crucial to your overall health!⁠ The estrogen and progesterone that are generated as a result of the ovulatory process are tied to several other critical bodily functions, including:⁠ 🧠Your brain health (estrogen and progesterone are your brain’s friends, which is partially why hormonal birth control is tied to major mood disorders)⁠ 😴Sleep regulation (wonder why women in menopause or in low estrogen states can’t sleep?)⁠ 🦷Bone density (women in low estrogen states like menopause, post-pill amenorrhea, or premature ovarian failure are at serious risk of bone-related problems)⁠ 💔Heart health (heart disease is tied to low estrogen states)⁠ ⁠ I think you’ll agree with me that these are some pretty important functions to protect at all costs—no matter your age.⁠ And not to scare you, but anovulatory cycles have been linked to cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and even ovarian cancer.⁠ ⁠ When you’re experiencing period problems and not looking to get pregnant, it may seem tempting to forego the whole experience and just take the pill, use the patch, or get an IUD/implant and forget about this ovulating business…but you really, really don’t want to skip out on this crucial part of your physiology.⁠ ⁠ I mean, do you think men would voluntarily take medication to halt their testosterone production? Hell no!⁠ So why are we expected to do the equivalent? Yeah, no.⁠ ⁠ P.S. If you're loving the period tips, sign up for my weekly PERIODical (heh, get it?) via the link in my profile (@nicolemjardim) and you'll always be "in the flow!" #periodgirl⁠” .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #righttoovulate #periodliteracy #knowyourbody⁠ #takingchargeofyourfertility⁠ #ovulationmatters⁠ #fertilityawar

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#Repost @the.fertility.dietitian ・・・ ”Do you have premature ovarian failure, unexplained infertility or an ovulation disorder? Do you know your thyroid hormone (TSH) & thyroid antibody numbers? . The thyroid is a little butterfly shaped organ that sits on your windpipe in the front of your neck. It is like a thermostat for the body, influencing temperature, hormone balance & metabolism. . When the thyroid is underactive (hypothyroidism) it interferes with fertility. A cascade of hormones is necessary for ovulation to occur. Our thyroid hormone is part of this cascade, supporting the communication between our brain and our ovaries. This communication coordinates when an egg matures and when it is released (ovulation). . Evidence shows that even mild thyroid conditions greatly increase the risk of miscarriage. Even when thyroid function (measured with TSH) looks “normal”, thyroid antibodies significantly increase risk of miscarriage. . What can interfere with thyroid function? 👉🏻Poor gut health. Inflammation, constipation & tummy troubles can interfere with the activation of thyroid hormone, ability to digest nutrients appropriately, trigger autoimmune response & lead to other hormone imbalances. 👉🏻Immune system dysfunction. The majority of your immune system lives in your gut, even if you don’t have tummy troubles, you must start here! 👉🏻Poor Diet. Foods that don’t agree with our bodies lead to inflammation & poor gut health. (See above) . 👉🏻Consistently getting poor sleep & being chronically stressed can also interfere with the thyroids ability to function at its best in several ways, one of them being interference with gut health! . What are your questions about thyroid & fertility? 👇🏻👇🏻” . #ttcsupport #thyroidhealing #hormoneimbalance #infertilitysupport #ivfsupport #ovulatorydisorder #prematureovarianfailure #ttcaftermiscarriage #fertilitydietitian #fertilityfood #functionalfertility #fertilitycoach

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#Repost @nicolemjardim ・・・ ”ARE YOU OVULATING? If not, girl, put it on your monthly to-do list. 😉⁠ ⁠ This week's series is on—you guessed it—ovulation (aka the ⭐of the cycle show) and why it's SO very important for your health.⁠ ⁠ But what is #ovulation, and how do you know if it's happening each month?⁠ ⁠ Ovulation is when an egg is released from an ovary in the hopes of being fertilized.⁠ ⁠ Okay, it's a little more complex than that... And if you're interested in the long explanation, check out my newest blog post via the link in my bio (@nicolemjardim).⁠ ⁠ If you’re not trying to conceive, you’re likely dedicated to preventing ovulation at all costs. 🙅But not so fast. I'm here to tell you that regular, monthly ovulation is actually something that NEEDS to happen—not just for your reproductive health, but for your overall health.⁠ ⁠ And it’s extremely important regardless of whether you’re trying to have a baby!⁠ ⁠ Usually, if your menstrual cycle is regular, it’s a pretty good indication that you’re ovulating. But if you’re having erratic cycles, super long cycles (more than 35 days), or short cycles (less than 24 days), it can be an indication that you’re not. This is called an anovulatory cycle.⁠ ⁠ There are several things that can cause an anovulatory cycle:⁠ 🥚Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)⁠ 🥚Primary ovarian insufficiency (POI)⁠ 🥚Thyroid disorders⁠ 🥚Excessive stress—in the form of worrying, undereating, nutritional deficiencies, or over-exercising⁠ 🥚Obesity⁠ 🥚Being underweight⁠ 🥚Perimenopause⁠ 🥚Hyperprolactinemia⁠ - too high prolactin⁠ 🥚Excess melatonin⁠ 🥚Poor dental health⁠ 🥚Certain medications⁠ ⁠ And, if you’re on most hormonal birth control methods, you’re not ovulating. That’s exactly how these methods work—by preventing this process.⁠ ⁠ I'll give you the WHY's in my next post on Wednesday! In the meantime, tell me in the comments if you're ovulating and how you track it. Until then, loves. #periodgirl⁠” .⁠ .⁠ #righttoovulate #periodliteracy #knowyourbody⁠ #takingchargeofyourfertility⁠ #ovulationmatters⁠ #fertilityawareness⁠ #fertilityawarenessmethod⁠ #symptothermalmethod⁠ #naturalcontraception⁠ #naturalbirthcontrol⁠

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#Repost @hormonehealingrd ・・・ “What is your period 🩸trying to tell you?⁣ ⁣ Our menstrual cycles are more than a monthly bleed. They are a way for our bodies to communicate with us. ⁣ ⁣ One way we get information is from our actual period. ⁣ ⁣ Based on when we get it, how heavy it is, or the amount of pain/discomfort, our bodies are giving us signs that something is or isn't off. ⁣ ⁣ For example, I often get asked about why a period is late. The first thing I ask the person is how much stress they've been under, travel, illness, poor sleep, etc. ⁣ ⁣ These can delay ovulation, which prolongs your cycle. ⁣ ⁣ Other ways we can learn from our cycle:⁣ 🔹cycle length⁣ 🔹PMS symptoms⁣ 🔹energy throughout the cycle ⁣ 🔹sleep at different times of the cycle ⁣ 🔹period blood color⁣ ⁣ and so much more! ⁣ ⁣ To learn more about how to have a healthy period, download my free Modern Woman's Guide to a Healthy Period via the link in my bio or stories 💖⁣ ⁣ ⁣ One important note I want to make is that sometimes things happen--maybe you travel or have a big project to finish that month so you get less sleep and your period gets pushed off. ⁣ ⁣ Try not to freak out. The last 100 days impacts your current cycle so it may not be something you did or did not do this past month. ⁣ ⁣ One cycle isn't a huge concern. It's when we start seeing it repeat itself over a number of cycles that we likely need to intervene, get some testing, etc. ⁣” www.hormonhalsan.com www.merciertherapy.se ⁣ ⁣

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#Repost @hormonehealingrd ・・・ ”Ovulation is how we make progesterone. ⁣ ⁣ So it can be frustrating when you're tracking your ovulation each month, seeing that it's happening, but still have low progesterone & unwanted PMS symptoms. ⁣ ⁣ I've seen this over and over again with clients and have narrowed it down to 3 main issues (sometimes it's a combination):⁣ ⁣ 1️⃣A Top Down Issue:⁣ This is when we are dealing with chronic stress that begins to disrupt the communication from our brain to our ovaries.⁣ ⁣ It's often when we spend too much time in fight or flight mode. Overtime, it makes that communication fuzzy and hard to hear. ⁣ ⁣ This results in a weaker signal from the brain to the ovaries, which can result in lower progesterone production. ⁣ ⁣ 2️⃣Poor Thyroid Function: ⁣ We need adequate thyroid hormone in order to support healthy follicle development and corpus luteum function (aka progesterone production). ⁣ ⁣ You can have "normal" thyroid values that are not optimal (especially free T3) and this can impact progesterone levels. ⁣ ⁣ Thyroid not optimal? I use a hair mineral analysis to get to the bottom of thyroid issues. ⁣ ⁣ 3️⃣Hidden Stressors:⁣ ⁣ Hidden stressors like imbalances in the gut, parasites, pathogens, and poor digestion can lead to a stress response in the body. ⁣ ⁣ This keeps you in fight or flight (whether you know it or not) and contributes to number 1 on this list. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ If you're struggling with low progesterone (or think you are due to intense PMS symptoms, irregular cycles, etc.), I recommend working with someone that covers all of their bases. ⁣ ⁣ I've found that testing hormones isn't enough--we need to look deeper. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ Tag a friend that needs this info!⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ PMID: 1427622”

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#Repost @drdemeri ・・・ Fibroids typically have a few causes, and MANY solutions depending on your age, the severity of them, and their location within your uterus.⠀ ⠀ 1. TOO MUCH ESTROGEN and not enough progesterone. Many factors in our diet cause us to have too much estrogen. Sugar and refined carbohydrates are causes of hormonal imbalance. They affect INSULIN levels in the bloodstream causing a chain reaction of other hormonal processes including producing too much cortisol and testosterone. Excess caffeine has similar effects on hormonal balance as well. Bad estrogens from MAKE UP, PLASTIC.⠀ 2. Genetics also play a factor in fibroid production within the uterus. If your mother had them it is likely that you will as well.⠀ 3. Synthetic hormone consumption from foods such as animal protein and dairy. As growth hormones are given to animals, they are also in milk, cheese, yogurt, and meats (especially processed meats such as salami). Consuming organic animal protein helps with reducing your intake, however there are still some hormones naturally ingested as these proteins are consumed.⠀ 4. Alcohol consumption also increases fibroids likely due to the effects on the liver and likely from how it turns to sugar in the bloodstream. The liver is responsible for processing hormones, especially estrogen. When the liver is overburdened by refined or "empty" carbohydrates with little to no nutrients it makes it difficult for the liver to do its job and get rid of excess hormones and often it fails to do the job.⠀ 5. Not eating enough fruit and vegetables that help excrete estrogen. Those who consume citrus fruit have shown to have lowered risk of fibroids. Consuming broccoli and cruciferous vegetables also help to balance estrogen levels.⠀ 6. Not getting enough VITAMIN D and ZINC is also a leading factor in fibroid growth. Test and don't guess and I bet you are low in both if not supplementing!⠀ 7. Starting your period early around age 11 has also shown to have increased risk of fibroid development.⠀ 8. Childhood abuse or major life stress can be a cause as repressed emotions build-up in the body.⠀ ⠀ If more than 4-6cm, shrinking is possible if larger, I may recommend su

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#Repost @the.fertility.dietitian ・・・ “Battling irregular or absent periods? Looking for ways to support ovulation without fertility medications? Start here! . If you’ve been following me for awhile, you’ve heard me say “your body has to feel safe in order to ovulate” or “if resources are needed somewhere else in the body, fertility suffers”. SO the first step I take with clients that are having irregular cycles is to investigate WHY…….I ask, what is the body prioritizing over reproduction? . The best place to start is by making sure the body is getting enough energy. This means 1) eating enough & 2) a healthy amount of exercise for the individual (too much can be a stressor on the body, haulting ovulation). . Next, I ask questions about gut health. Even if we are eating enough, our body can be under stress if it isn’t able to absorb the nutrients & energy. The gut & liver play a big role in hormone balance & detox which can lead to additional stressors on the body. . When considering hormone balance, I think about insulin (for blood sugar balance), stress hormones, sleep hormones & sex hormones like testosterone & estrogen. All of the above factors impact hormone balance. . Keep in mind, we don’t have much of an impact on egg quality unless we are cycling regularly. If you are hoping to get pregnant in the next year, start working on your cycle now!! . If you are ready to get to the bottom of your irregular cycles & improve your chances of conceiving on your own, follow the link in my bio to schedule a free fertility strategy session! 💕” . #periodproblems #ttcjourney #fertilityjourney #infertilitysucks #infertilitywarrior #infertilitysupport #ttcsupport #fertilitycoach #fertilitydietitian #fertilitynutrition #fertilityfood #ivfsupport #hormonebalance #hormoneimbalance #ttcwithpcos #ttcwithhypothyroidism #ttcsisters #infertilitysisters

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#Repost @the.fertility.dietitian ・・・ ”Do you have premature ovarian failure, unexplained infertility or an ovulation disorder? Do you know your thyroid hormone (TSH) & thyroid antibody numbers? . The thyroid is a little butterfly shaped organ that sits on your windpipe in the front of your neck. It is like a thermostat for the body, influencing temperature, hormone balance & metabolism. . When the thyroid is underactive (hypothyroidism) it interferes with fertility. A cascade of hormones is necessary for ovulation to occur. Our thyroid hormone is part of this cascade, supporting the communication between our brain and our ovaries. This communication coordinates when an egg matures and when it is released (ovulation). . Evidence shows that even mild thyroid conditions greatly increase the risk of miscarriage. Even when thyroid function (measured with TSH) looks “normal”, thyroid antibodies significantly increase risk of miscarriage. . Getting your thyroid checked out if you have a history of miscarriage, PCOS, unexplained infertility, ovulation disorder or premature ovarian failure. Ask for the following labs: 👉🏻TSH 👉🏻Free T4 👉🏻Free T3 👉🏻Thyroid peroxidase antibodies 👉🏻Thyroglobulin antibodies . What can interfere with thyroid function? ✨Poor gut health. Inflammation, constipation & tummy troubles can interfere with the activation of thyroid hormone, ability to digest nutrients appropriately, trigger autoimmune response & lead to other hormone imbalances. ✨Immune system dysfunction. The majority of your immune system lives in your gut, even if you don’t have tummy troubles, you must start here! ✨Poor Diet. Foods that don’t agree with our bodies lead to inflammation & poor gut health. (See above) . Consistently getting poor sleep & being chronically stressed can also interfere with the thyroids ability to function at its best in several ways, one of them being interference with gut health! . What are your questions about thyroid & fertility? ” #ttc #prematureovarianfailure #recurrentmiscarriage #pcos #infertility #unexplainedinfertility #ttcwithpcos #ivf #infertilitysupport #ttcaftermiscarriage #fertilitydiet #hashimotosdisease #hypothyro

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#Repost @drdemeri ・・・ ”IODINE Every cell in your body needs and required Iodine e.g. . 1. SKIN - Dry skin or lack of sweating 2. MUSCLE - Small nodules, Pain, Fibromyalgia 3. BREAST - Fibrocystic breast, Dense, Cancer 4. SALIVARY GLANDS - Dry mouth 5. BRAIN - I know I know, you know I'm passionate about higher IQ and brain alertness especially in kids and moms. . 32% of your body's iodine is stored in your muscles 20% in your skin 20% in Breast . 20 years ago, the Lancet reported that Iodine deficiency predisposes one to an increased risk of Breast, endometrial, and ovarian cancer. So why don't doctors every look or prescribe iodine? . You've probably seen quotes saying 90-97% of Hypothyroidims in the US is due to an autoimmune disease from Hashimoto's. But clinically this is not what I've seen. And I've been seeing more than 40 hypothyroid patients a week! . I see Iodine supplementation make a huge difference in young kids as well as menopausal women. You must visit a doctor who is very familiar with iodine as it's a delicate balance and not as easy to know how much someone needs. . So get those seaweed snacks, wild salmon, and salt and stay away from Chlorine, Bromine and Fluoride. . Tag a friend that needs to read this👇”

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#Repost @drdemeri ・・・ ”IODINE - The most studied mineral in science yet the least understood and recommended by doctors.⠀ .⠀ 📢 If I could emphasize the importance of optimizing your body's iodine levels before conception to prevent miscarriage and increase the IQ of your future baby, then let me scream it out loud now.⠀ .⠀ 🗣Talk to your doctor about iodine and look at the Japanese kiddos with the highest IQs. Yep, it's all the #seafood and sea vegetables and mamas who have their iodine stores all packed up.⠀ .⠀ 😇Iodine is a halogen. There isn't much iodine in that salt you left out on the kitchen counter or the drops you put in the water to take later; it has all evaporated by the time you ingest it.⠀ .⠀ 🚼Your baby's brain, growth and brain function depend on your iodine levels. Your thyroid hormone makes T4 - that's 4 iodine molecules. And during pregnancy this demand increases by 50% and then even more is used up in breast milk. Your baby's iodine comes from breast milk.⠀ .⠀ ❓How do you know if you might have low iodine?⠀ -.⠀ There is no accurate gold standard test. The skin test isn't accurate. Some docs do urine testing, but I've used serum levels for 10 years and do see a correlation and find it useful. I also use urine. - Do you sweat less than you used to? You know the people in your gym class who barely break a sweat and you're drenched? They are probably low in iodine.⠀ - Do you have dense breasts?⠀ - Do you form cysts like #ovarian cysts or fibrocystic breasts?⠀ .⠀ 🗣Talk to your doctor about optimizing your iodine before pregnancy to prevent miscarriage, help your energy, immunity, and baby's growth and brain function.⠀ .⠀ (Always seek professional Medical Advice from your Doctor)⠀ Schedule a consultation with Dr.Demeri⠀ 🖥 http://www.aimforwomen.com/bookings⠀ 👉Direct link in IG Profile @drdemeri”

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#Repost @lilynicholsrdn ・・・ “IODINE & PREGNANCY /// This mineral is vital to a healthy pregnancy, but rarely makes it into conversations on prenatal nutrition. This is mind boggling to me, when it’s known to be a key component of thyroid hormones that are needed for baby’s brain development in utero. Thyroid hormones are necessary for neurogenesis, myelination, axon & dendrite growth, synapse formation, and neuronal migration. . Shocking, but true: “Iodine deficiency during pregnancy is linked to impaired brain development and has been noted as the greatest preventable cause of brain damage.” . Although severe iodine deficiency is becoming rare, mild-to-moderate iodine deficiency is extremely common in pregnant women, even in developed countries. (see 2017 Iodine Global Scorecard). Fully ⅔ of pregnant women in Europe have sub-optimal iodine status. . This deserves our attention, because data from the last 20 years has revealed that even “mild-to-moderate iodine deficiency during pregnancy may be associated with subtle impairments in cognition and school performance.” . How to get enough? The RDA for iodine in pregnancy is 220 mcg/day, though the WHO recommends 250 mcg. Top sources are seafood (incl. seaweed), dairy, and eggs. In the US, dairy & eggs are the biggest sources in non-seafood eaters. In Norway, milk & seafood provide about 80% of intake. Note that iodized salt is a negligible source, thanks to quick evaporation of iodine once the salt has been exposed to air & humidity. . Tallying up your iodine intake is tricky because it varies in foods due to growing conditions/ season; moreover, many databases leave out iodine entirely. Your best bet is to regularly consume foods from the above list & take a high quality prenatal that provides iodine (not all prenatal vitamins have it, so check the label!). . Remember that iodine functions best with complementary nutrients, like selenium, iron, vitamin D, vitamin A, and zinc. Can you guess which foods provide all of these? Yep, seafood! . Study in comments.”

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#Repost @drdemeri ・・・ ”Take a wild guess what could happen if you don't have Iodine? (Hint: so many of you already have this or know someone who does) . Who can benefit from Iodine? Ovarian Cysts Polycystic Ovaries Scar tissue on the ovaries Ovulation pain Unhealthy ovulation Breast tenderness prior to cycles PMS Fibrocystic Breasts . This doesn't mean everyone with cysts needs to go and take Iodine supplementation. Unfortunately it's a little more complicated and your THYROID hormones are important. . THYROID-OVARY Connection. Thyroid (Speaking your truth) and Ovaries (Creativity) are key areas I see commonly disconnected or areas of weakness for many of my females. If you have a thyroid issue or and ovarian issue, take my colleagues @deannaminich whole-detox.com and find foods and colors that will do those systems good mentally, emotionally and physically. . I may use TISSUE SALTS in my patients with Hashimoto's or Grave's instead of straight Iodine supplementation. Many of my patients say 'I have Hashimoto's and can't take iodine.' Yes true, you have to be very careful supplementing with high doses (mg) of iodine in these cases, but without optimal thyroid hormone levels, the BUS (Symporter) that takes the kids (Iodine) into the school doesn't function well. Most of my Hashi or Grave's patients are in remission and do well on low doses of Iodine. Remember Hashimoto's or Grave's is NOT a thyroid disease, it's an IMMUNE dysfunction. It's not the thyroid's fault for being attacked by the immune system! . There's no test that 100% accurate but after so much research and testing patients and seeing clinically who improves over the years, I look at blood and urine levels and symptoms and love using Iodine supplementation and food from the sea to get Iodine stores up. . So let's start taking care of our ovaries and get the word out on the most controversial mineral that can help the thyroid and ovaries and help fertility and women's wellness.”

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#Repost @drdemeri ・・・ Subfertility may sound like something really bad and if you’ve been diagnosed with it I want you to know that most of the times it can be resolved quite easily.⠀ ⠀ 🕘In subfertility, the possibility of conceiving naturally EXISTS, but it takes longer than average.⠀ Whereas infertility is trying to conceive for one year or longer and in this case most likely medical interventions are needed to achieve pregnancy and sustain it.⠀ ⠀ Because of media and someone you know who got a surprise pregnancy you may feel that something is wrong with you since you haven’t got pregnant in the first 3 months of trying.⠀ ⠀ 🙅🏽That is absolutely NOT true. Conception has a short opportunity window and the process is highly prone to errors. Timing is crucial but also it’s really important how’s the health of each partner, the quality of the egg and the quality of the sperm.⠀ ⠀ That’s why when you have switched from avoiding pregnancy to planning for one it may take a few months until all the factors align.⠀ ⠀ 👩🏽⚕️From a Naturopathic and Functional Medicine Doctor's perspective I work a lot with couples who have been trying for a few months and haven’t gotten that BFP (big fat positive) yet.⠀ ⠀ My approach is to look for their underlying root cause of imbalance within the body and restore fertility which means make them as healthy as possible.⠀ ⠀ The first thing I address with all my patients is the lifestyle factor because that is the foundation of an optimal health and ultimately fertility.⠀ ⠀ These lifestyle factors are:⠀ 💟Sleep⠀ 💟Nutrition⠀ 💟Exposure to environmental toxins⠀ 💟Stress⠀ 💟Movement & Exercise⠀ ⠀ Are you looking to get pregnant and want to learn what you and your partner can do to optimize your chances for conception?⠀ You still have a few days to register for my January Trimester Zero online course where you will get support from me and my team and learn step by step what you should do to have a healthy baby! Link in bio to register. ⠀ .⠀ .

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#Repost @drdemeri ・・・ It didn’t come as a surprise when I read this statistic for the first time. This is the reality and the future doesn’t show that things will get any better.⠀ ⠀ Micronutrients are essential elements needed by life and they include trace minerals and vitamins.⠀ ⠀ ✅They are found in their natural form in whole foods like vegetables, fruits, legumes, animal protein, grains and dairy.⠀ ❌Processed foods do not contain any micronutrients and if these are added, they are synthetic version, which is not easily absorbed by the body.⠀ ⠀ Micronutrient deficiency has three major implications in fertility:⠀ 1️⃣Lowers your chances of getting pregnant, causing infertility, poor egg quality, hormonal imbalance, and many more.⠀ 2️⃣May increase your risks of pregnancy complications like preeclampsia or gestational diabetes, but you may also experience more pregnancy symptoms like nausea, fatigue, swelling, etc.⠀ 3️⃣You may be at higher risk of postpartum depression.⠀ ⠀ As a Naturopathic doctor I work a lot with patients who are looking to get pregnant and the first thing I have them doing is a micronutrient testing to see where they need to supplement more and help the body thrive.⠀ ⠀ The micronutrients that are most of the time low in women who are trying to get pregnant are:⠀ 💥DHA - omega-3 fatty acids⠀ 💥Vitamin B12⠀ 💥Folate⠀ 💥Vitamin D⠀ 💥Iron⠀ 💥Selenium⠀ 💥Zinc⠀ 💥Iodine⠀ 💥Magnesium⠀ 💥Vitamin A⠀ ⠀ Food is always the first source of nutrients and in our modern world where our food has less nutrients than the food from 60-100 years ago you need to make sure you’re consuming real foods at every meal, most of the days.⠀ ⠀ I recommend supplementation to patient who comes with very low levels of a certain nutrient, since the doses are measurable and you are able to make sure that each day you are adding to your depleted nutrient stores.⠀ ⠀ Want to learn more about how you can prepare your body in the first three months before getting pregnant? ⠀ I invite you to join my online course, Trimester Zero, which begins in less than 2 weeks and I guarantee you that you will get all the essential information that you need to have a healthy pregnancy.

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#Repost @thyroidsolutions ・・・ For many years, the doctors would only test my TSH levels. TSH is a pituitary hormone which stimulates the thyroid to release its hormones (T4, T3, T2, T1 & calcitonin).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The doctors wouldn’t test whether my thyroid was actually functioning properly.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Turns out my thyroid wasn't functioning due to having Hashimoto’s autoimmune thyroid disease.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The antibody tests to show whether you have Hashimoto's are TPO and TgAb. They essentially show how much your immune system is reacting to pathogens.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Normally, these antibodies bind to the pathogen and provoke the body’s immune system to attack the antibody/pathogen package.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ With immune disorders, the immune system instead attacks your own tissue. With Hashimoto’s, your thyroid tissue becomes damaged, resulting in an under-active thyroid.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It is very easy to diagnose Hashimoto’s when your test results (for TPO & TgAb) are high. It gets tricky, when your numbers are within range.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Unfortunately you will need a further test for a definitive diagnosis of Hashimoto’s. Since your antibodies aren’t active, you must have an ultrasound of your thyroid to show the size, shape and texture of the gland itself.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If the ultrasound shows malformed shape, size or (mostly) texture on either side, you can conclusively say you have Hashimoto’s (it is actually called sero-negative Hashimoto’s).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 3 Tips to reduce your thyroid antibodies (& stop the damage to your thyroid)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ❶ Make immediate changes to your diet⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Remove inflammatory foods from your diet (gluten, soy, dairy, sugar)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ❷ Ask your doctor if you can try low dose naltrexone (LDN)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You may have heard of naltrexone used in recovery from opioid recovery but it has also been shown (when used in very small amounts) to modulate the immune system & reduce antibodies.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ❸ Manage your stress levels⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Meditation is the best way but not the only way. Find what works for you.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ xo Amy

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#Repost @thyroidsolutions ・・・ Have you ever heard… “Your thyroid labs are all normal”?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You respond, “they can’t be. I feel horrible."⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And sometimes the response is: “well, then it can’t be your thyroid…”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I know this is frustrating but it doesn’t have to be. You MUST educate yourself on what your thyroid lab results are and should be.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Your thyroid labs may be in the normal range but I bet they are NOT in the optimal range. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The normal range is TOO wide…. The optimal values are a much smaller window. For free T3, the optimal value is at the very top of the normal range (see graphic). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If your free T3 level is at the mid-point or at the bottom of the normal range, you are probably tired, can’t lose weight, have brain fog, joint pain, depression, anxiety, or any of the other 300 symptoms of low thyroid. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 3 ways to get yourself healthy (& your thyroid too)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ❶ Ensure the doctor orders a full thyroid lab panel⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The full thyroid panel is free T4, free T3, reverse T3, and antibodies (TPO, TgAb, TSI). If the doctor refuses, find a doctor who will work with you. You won’t get better if you don’t have a doctor who is willing to work with you.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ❷ Get a copy of your thyroid labs (& all other labs too) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Don’t ever let anyone else tell you “your labs are all normal”. Those lab tests are YOUR property. Always ask for a copy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ❸ Learn the optimal values for each of the thyroid lab tests When you do this, you take back control from everyone who keeps telling you your lab results are normal. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Next steps for you to take:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - - Download my thyroid lab cheatsheet at bit.do/thyroidcheatsheet. The cheatsheet describes each test & optimal values⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - - Pull out your latest thyroid blood work & compare against the cheatsheet⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - - Check each test to see if you fall in the optimal range⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ xo Amy

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#Repost @dr.carriejones ・・・ Part 2: Thyroid miniseries for #drjonesisinsession 👩‍🏫 If you missed part 1 about deiodinase basics, go back 2 posts. 🤓 . Reminder, D1 primarily converts T4 into T3 in your cells of your body. D2 does this in your pituitary. If your D2 is happy and functioning okay, your TSH is normal. But, if your D1 is not happy, you miss out on T3 in your cells and you get symptoms (weight gain, cold, dry skin, hair loss, depression, infertility, etc) but a normal TSH on labs. WTF?!😱 . What slows down D1 causing less cellular T3? Emotional stress, high cortisol, calorie restriction, leptin resistance, insulin resistance, diabetes, inflammation, low iron, low testosterone, chronic pain, environmental toxins like plastics and more. 😫 . How many of you with hypothyroid symptoms have one of those things? Maybe you’re in chronic pain? Or have gut inflammation? Or autoimmune? Perhaps you’re overweight and have leptin/insulin resistance? Maybe iron deficient or need testosterone? 🤔 . Now your D1 slows down. 😠 and your D3 (not in your pituitary) increases and this guy increases rT3 which is not only inactive BUT blocks T3 bonding sites in your cells. It’s a double whammy! 🤬 . Meanwhile you are told your labs are “fine.” 🙄 . Tomorrow I’ll discuss testing and treatment options so hold your 🐎 until then! 😂 . . . . . #hormones #womenshealth #thyroid #hypothyroid #depression #anxiety #fatigue #tired #sleepy #insomnia #fertility #infertility #wellness #holistic #holistichealth #nutrition #naturopath #doctor #functionalmedicine #healthy #mood #weightloss #vitamins #supplements #mood #testosterone #happy #realtalk #autoimmunedisease

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#Repost @drautoimmunegirl ・・・ ”I've been asked by some of you “why does your hair fall out as a symptoms of #thyroid dysfunction?” __ Let me first say that symptoms associated with thyroid disorder are related to the active Thyroid hormone #T3 __ With that being said, you need to first start by looking at your blood levels and determining if your active T3 is in the optimized reference range __ For background, it’s important to note that T4 is more abundantly found in the body, however it is not the active form that we need at a cellular level to produce metabolic effects __ If T3 is low we have a conversion issue between T4 and T3 and that should be an area of focus to optimize thyroid function __ Some supplements that aid in thyroid hormone conversion include: #selenium , #zinc and #vitamina __ Having optimal T3 levels is essential for various metabolic effects: this includes metabolic rate, protein metabolism, carbohydrate metabolism and fat break down __ Every symptom associated with hypothyroidism is associated with one of these metabolic functions... __ Specifically talking about HAIR LOSS, this is an issue with protein synthesis…. As a results of not making as much protein or amino acids the result is brittle nails, dry hair, hair falling out and dry skin __ I think it's important to understand the mechanism of why this is happening so you can take this back to your provider and discuss your lab values with a better understanding!” __ #rootcause #rootcause #integrativehealth #functionalmedicine #autoimmunedisease #autoimmune #aip #hashimotosdisease #hashimotos #hashimotoswarrior #hypothyroidism #hashimotosthyroiditis #hashimotosweightloss #hypothyroidismweightloss #hypothyroidmom #hypothyroid #thyroidawareness #thyroidawarenessmonth #hairloss #hairlosssolution #dryhair

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#Repost @drautoimmunegirl ・・・ DID YOU KNOW that malabsorption of #thyroid medication 💊 is a major clinical problem __ When your medications are not absorbed appropriately this leads to a ✔️perceived lack of efficacy, ✔️inadequate lab results and ✔️reduced improvements in symptoms __ 📍A major factor in reduced absorption is changes in pH in the gut that has been found in several with #autoimmune disorders and associated #leakygut __ 📍A study looked at the absorption of thyroid medication when taken with #vitaminC to increase gastric acid in patient with #gutissues __ 📍They looked at patients taking their thyroid medication WITH Vitamin C 500 mg daily __ 📍Results: 1️⃣TSH decreased in all patients, with an average decrease by 69.2% 2️⃣T4 was higher in the group that took vitamin C 3️⃣T3 increased in all patients as well _ ✅Overall take away, in patient with gut issues on thyroid replacement meds, Vitamin C was found to improve abnormalities in T4,T3 and TSH __ Given that MOST of us with autoimmune thyroiditis likely have associated leaky gut, implementing this simple adjustment in how you take thyroid replacement hormone could lead to improvement in symptoms and a potential reduction in your dose! __ . . . . . . #integrativemedicine #functionalmedicine #integrativenutrition #functionalnutrition #guthealth #guthealthmatters #hashimotosdisease #hashimotos #hashimotoswarrior #hypothyroidism #autoimmunedisease #autoimmunewarrior #gravesdisease #hyperthyroidism #hashimotosthyroiditis #hashimoto #autoimmuneawareness #autoimmunedisorder #autoimmunediseases

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#Repost @drdemeri ・・・ “PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE. . Be proactive and ask for a COMPREHENSIVE thorough test of your thyroid. . Often you're told your thyroid is fine, but it isn't. Your brain might think it's fine but your cells aren't as happy as we would like them to be. . Check your TSH (This is like Trump, and how well he thinks the country is doing. We all know we can't rely just on that!) . Free T4 - This is what your thyroid makes but it's inactive and can't be used. It's gotta conver to . Free T3 in your liver, kidneys and muscle and THEN it's not over. It has to somehow make it INSIDE EVERY SINGLE CELL of your body. . But what if you're stressed, have a chronic infection, not producing enough selenium, have a problem with your hypothalamus or make too much prolactin? Then you might make the evil twin sister look alike called . REVERSE T3 which doesn't let poor Free T3 go in! . Recap of Trump and Evil twin sister story since I may have gotten a little too technical and geeked out . Check your TSH, Free T4, Free T3, Reverse T3, TPO, TGA and Serum Iodine and RBC Selenium and Zinc . Questions? Just pop them in the comments box below ~ Dr. Afrouz 💜”

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#Repost @drdemeri ・・・ 💭Did you know that most of your thyroid hormone is converted to the active form your body uses for metabolism in your liver?⠀ ⠀ 🌿One of the best ways to support your thyroid is to cleanse and support your liver daily. A great way to do this is with Dandelion Greens⠀ ⠀ 🌿I encourage you to try dandelion juicing. I combine my dandelion juice with apples and a tiny pinch of cayenne.⠀ ⠀ 🌿Dandelion Juicing is part of my #PreconceptionDetox for my mamma's who want to optimize their hormones, thyroid and liver function prior to conceiving. This ensures that they are nutritionally making super eggs!⠀ ⠀ 🌿Here are some interesting Dandelion Facts:⠀ ⠀ * Anti-inflammatory and Antioxidant rich⠀ * Vitamin K (Bone health)⠀ * Blood builder and purifier⠀ * Rich in Vitamin C and super rich in Vitamin A⠀ * Rich in Folate which is crucial as a prenatal in its natural form⠀ * Iron, Potassium, Mangenese, Calcium, Magnesium⠀ * Detoxifies the Liver and makes you go⠀ * Helps digest food if taken before a meal 💭⠀ Do you need more ENERGY?⠀ Do you have a SLUGGISH liver (who doesn't)?⠀ Suffer from PMS or feel like a different person the week before your period?⠀ Do you want to have a baby in the future?⠀ Have been told you have a FATTYLIVER, are ANEMIC, PALE and cold, diagnosed with LEUKEMIA, ENDOMETRIOSIS, PCOS or HASHIMOTO'S?⠀ ⠀ Speak to your Naturopathic or Functional Medicine Doctor about the amazing medicinal properties of Dandelion root and leaves.⠀ ⠀ Tag a friend that would love this information and tell me about your experiences with Dandelion juicing in the comments box below. .⠀ (Always seek professional Medical Advice from your Doctor)

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#Repost @hormonehealingrd ・・・ Do you eat both prebiotics AND probiotics?⁣ ⁣ 𝘖𝘱𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘢𝘭 𝘨𝘶𝘵 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩 𝘪𝘴 𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘰𝘱𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘢𝘭 𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩. ⁣ ⁣ There are a few aspects of gut health that need to be addressed for a healthy gut:⁣ -digestion & properly breaking down food⁣ -absorption of food⁣ -𝐠𝐮𝐭 𝐦𝐢𝐜𝐫𝐨𝐛𝐢𝐨𝐦𝐞⁣ -bile production⁣ -immune system ⁣ -overgrowth/imbalances⁣ ⁣ An important way to support a healthy gut microbiome (bacteria & the environment in the gut) is to eat both prebiotic and probiotic rich foods. ⁣ ⁣ 𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐛𝐢𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐬 🍎: fermentable fibers that are broken down by our gut bacteria and feed beneficial bacteria.⁣ ⁣ Contain insoluble fiber & resistant starch that bulks up our stool and allows for a faster transit time (make sure you're drinking enough water!). ⁣ ⁣ 𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘧𝘪𝘣𝘦𝘳 𝘨𝘦𝘵𝘴 𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘢 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘵 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘪𝘯 𝘧𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘺 𝘢𝘤𝘪𝘥𝘴. 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘸𝘵𝘩 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘧𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘢, 𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘪𝘮𝘮𝘶𝘯𝘦 𝘴𝘺𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘮, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱 𝘪𝘯𝘩𝘪𝘣𝘪𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘸𝘵𝘩 𝘰𝘧 𝘣𝘢𝘥 𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘢. ⁣ ⁣ 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐛𝐢𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐬 🦠: live beneficial bacteria that support a healthy balance in the gut microbiome & support the immune system.⁣ ⁣ Fermented foods are my favorite way to get these since they are easy to digest (leading to better absorption) and often contains prebiotics (from veggies they contain). ⁣ ⁣ You can also take a high quality probiotic, but I recommend also eating prebiotic rich foods. ⁣ ⁣ 𝘐𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘥𝘰𝘯'𝘵 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘢𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘰𝘥𝘴, 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘯 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘸𝘵𝘩 𝘰𝘧 𝘯𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘢, 𝘚𝘐𝘉𝘖, 𝘰𝘳 𝘢 𝘩𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘶𝘦. 𝘋𝘰𝘯'𝘵 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘤𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧 𝘵𝘰 𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮--𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘨𝘦𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘰𝘰𝘵. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ What are your favorite prebiotic and probiotic rich foods?

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#Repost @hormonehealingrd ・・・ Do you poop everyday? 💩⁣ ⁣ If not, this is an issue. After my post on my struggles with digestion and hormonal acne yesterday, I got quite a few DM's asking for more advice on how to get rid of constipation. ⁣ ⁣ There are some basics that I listed in the list, but I can only fit so much in an IG post. ⁣ ⁣ 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘴 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘳𝘦𝘨𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘢𝘴 𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘭:⁣ ⁣ 🔹𝐆𝐞𝐭 𝐮𝐩 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐦𝐨𝐯𝐞! Inactivity can also contribute to poor digestion. Walking and taking movement breaks throughout the day is helpful. Sitting in a squat can also help get things moving ⁣ ⁣ 🔹𝐋𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐦𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬. Prescription or not, you want to make sure you understand the side effects of anything you're taking. I've had clients that didn't realize their constipation was worsened by meds.⁣ ⁣ 🔹𝐓𝐡𝐲𝐫𝐨𝐢𝐝 𝐝𝐲𝐬𝐟𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐥𝐬𝐨 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐩𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧. If you have done everything else and also struggle with fatigue, irregular cycles, hair loss, being cold often, brain fog, anxiety/depression, and other common symptoms of hypothyroidism. ⁣ ⁣ 🔹𝐇𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐢𝐦𝐛𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐬 between estrogen and progesterone can also lead to constipation. Download my healthy period guide (link in bio) for help with this 🤓⁣ ⁣ 🔹𝐋𝐨𝐰 𝐟𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐢𝐞𝐭𝐬 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐮𝐭𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐩𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧. I recommend a minimum of 75g of fats per day. ⁣ ⁣ 🔹𝐒𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐮𝐞𝐬 in the intestines and obstructions can inhibit proper digestion and slow things down. ⁣ ⁣ 🔹𝐕𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐝𝐞𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐞𝐬 can also lead to constipation. These often occur related to poor digestion & gut health. ⁣ ⁣ As you can see, there are a number of possible root causes for constipation and we often don't have just one. ⁣ ⁣ For me, imbalances in my gut, poor digestion, mineral deficiencies, and stress were my main culprits. I didn't discovery these until I did testing.⁣ ⁣ I found a GI Map (learn more about this in my stories) and an HTMA (hair mineral analysis) the most helpful for me. ⁣ ⁣ Tag a friend that needs this info! 💖

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#Repost @dr.carriejones ・・・ Peripheral hypothyroidism: while at the A4M conference this weekend a doctor new to Functional Medicine asked me why I would look at the T4 and T3 markers if the TSH is normal? 🤷🏼‍♀️ . I explained the it’s not automatic a person’s T4 converts into T3 plus TSH is an indicator of thyroid status in the pituitary. 🤔 . She looked like this emoji. 🤯 . TSH is thyroid stimulating hormone and it’s made in the pituitary then goes on to tell the thyroid to make T4 (primarily) with a little T3. 🙌🏼 . Most T3 is made from the CONVERSION of T4 into T3 in the periphery of your body. 👤 . You have enzymes called deiodinases that do this. D1 is primarily in your liver, kidneys and thyroid. It activates most of your T4 to T3. D2 is primarily in your pituitary, brown fat and muscles. It also activates T4 to T3. 💪🏼 . D3 found primarily in the brain inactivates T4 to rT3 and T3 to T2. 🤭 . The T is short for tyrosine. The 4 or 3 are number of iodines and your D1, 2 and 3 are selenoproteins needing selenium. 🤗 . Ok so, if your D2 in your pituitary is normal, then your TSH will likely be in range or “normal.” 🤔 . But if your D1 is slow (and lots of things can slow your D1) then you will have LOW levels of T3 in the body. T3 is the super active hormone made in your peripheral. 😱 . This means you can have a normal TSH but a screwed up T4 and T3. It results in you feeling allllll the hypothyroid symptoms but being told you’re “normal.” 😫 . So. 🙃 . Check it all. And if your D3 is up-regulated, your inactive rT3 and T2 go up making you still feel hypothyroid. 🙄 . It’s so not fair. 😑 . Lastly, check your thyroid antibodies because the autoimmune antibodies can be positive YEARS before disease onset. This lets you be proactive. 🙂 . I hope this helps! Tag your thyroid friend who needs to know this! ♥️ . Does your practitioner run all your thyroid markers? 🤓 . . . . . #thyroid #hypothyroid #autoimmune #hashimotos #autoimmunedisease #hashimotosdisease #weightgain #hairloss #hormones #womenshealth #realtalk #fertility #infertility #ttc #naturopath #doctor #functionalmedicine #holistichealth #behealthy #supplements #vitamins #ipreview

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#Repost @dr.carriejones ・・・ Got thyroid issues? Maybe you have all the symptoms but your TSH is “normal?” Yup. Let’s talk. 🤓 . Go back an IG post to learn the basics of thyroid physiology and why you need to test more than just TSH. 🙌🏼 . Deiodinases are enzymes. D1 is concentrated in the kidney, liver and thyroid gland. It takes your T4 and converts it into the ACTIVE T3. T3 is what binds to receptors and does the things in your body. D1 also clears the inactive rT3 out of circulation. 💪🏼 . What slows it down? First, you need tyrosine, iodine and selenium - these are the basics. 💊 . Next. It’s slowed down by emotional stress, high cortisol, calorie restriction, leptin resistance, insulin resistance, diabetes, inflammation, low iron, low testosterone, chronic pain, environmental toxins like plastics and more! 🤭 . How many of you have one of these things AND feel that your thyroid is off or slow? 😫 . How many of you have gut issues so you can’t absorb iron or selenium? Or have low testosterone or high ongoing cortisol? Perhaps you’re overweight with leptin or insulin resistant? 😢 . Theses things cause your D1 to slow down so you don’t make as much active T3. 😫 . Now you develop hair thinning, cold hands and feet, dry skin, heavy periods, irregular periods, infertility, depression, eight gain, constipation and more! 😧 . Many of you asked me what thyroid medication to take but look at that list of things that slow down the conversion into T3?!? 🙀 . Maybe consider addressing those first! 👍🏼 . I’m not against medication at all but you can see if you ONLY give the T4 med like synthroid or levothyroxine that you might not properly convert it to T3. 😲 . You have to address the cause as best you can! 🤗 . Tag your friend who needs to learn more about hypothyroidism! 👌🏼 . And tell me if you recognize yourself in this description! ♥️ . . . . . #thyroid #hypothyroid #autoimmune #hashimotos #depression #weightgain #infertility #fertility #ttc #stress #stressedaf #tired #mood #naturopath #doctor #functionalmedicine #holistic #holistichealth #supplements #vitamins #realtalk #iron #ipreview @preview.app

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#Repost @dr.carriejones ・・・ When you test for thyroid, do you look at rT3? It’s known as reverse T3. 🤷🏼‍♀️ . I was asked today what causes it to be elevated in bloodwork so I thought I would share. First understand your thyroid gland in your neck makes mostly T4. This is not that active. It must convert into T3 which is very active and does all the things. 🙌🏼 . Enzymes called deiodinases control all this. The deiodinase that tells T4 NOT to make T3, and instead make rT3 is deiodinase 3 (D3). 🤔 . rT3 is inactive. Plus, once you make it, it can not go backwards and become active T3 again. 🙅🏼‍♀️ . rT3 increases with: 👀 . Chronic physiologic stress or chronic serious illness. 🔥 . Insulin resistance, diabetes or metabolic syndrome not well controlled. 😳 . Excessive exercise. 🙅🏼‍♀️ . Iron deficiency. 👎🏼 . Chronic inflammation. 💥 . Low growth hormone. 😕 . Starvation. 🧐 . Anorexia. 👀 . Fasting. 🤓 . Hypoxia - how is your breathing? Oxygen circulation? 😤 . The Mayo Clinic states meds like PTU, propranolol and dexamethazone increase rT3. 💊 . Why do you care? Because if your active T3 is LOWER and your inactive rT3 is HIGHER = you feel hypothyroid. 😱 . Think hair loss/thinning, constipation, digestive issues, missed periods, heavy periods, fertility issues (men and women), low testosterone, high prolactin, fatigue, low mood, anxious, weight gain, dry skin, cold hands and feet...etc. 😦 . Consider getting your rT3 ran in blood when you do the rest of your thyroid markers! 🙌🏼 . Tag your thyroid buddy who NEEDS to know this! ♥️ . Studies: PMID 1249190/ 26034502/ 25040645/ 28775711. 📚 #ipreview via @preview.app

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#Repost @nicolemjardim ・・・ “To those with a longer or more frequent period, have you had your thyroid checked? ☑️⁠ ⁠ What most women don’t know (and are often not told) is that anovulation, low sex drive, PMS, painful periods, excessive menstrual bleeding and amenorrhea can all be caused by an underactive or overactive thyroid.⁠ ⁠ The tricky thing about thyroid problems is what many doctors consider “normal” levels of thyroid hormones really aren’t, a fact that leaves many women undiagnosed and needlessly dealing with a range of period and fertility problems.⁠ (see the functional ranges for thyroid in my blog post @nicolemjardim link in bio)⁠ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁠ Here’s a fascinating fact on why thyroid health is soooo crucial for women, especially those trying to get pregnant:⁠ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⁠ If your thyroid is underactive, in other words, you are hypothyroid, your basal body temperature is likely lower than it should be. The rapidly dividing cells in a little embryo however, require a specific temperature range for that division to take place. So if your temperature is too low, the embryo may be unable to continue to grow. This increases the risk of early miscarriage.⁠ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁠ Second crazy thyroid fact: 15 to 20% of people with depression are low in thyroid hormone. Sadly, conventional thyroid tests typically come back normal and most women with an underactive thyroid are usually told to see a psychologist and get a prescription for an antidepressant.⁠ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁠ Head to the the link in bio @nicolemjardim to get all the info you need about what causes thyroid probs, how to test your thyroid, and some natural ways to support your thyroid function 🦋⁠ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁠ Artwork: @_kallenmikel #periodgirl⁠” ⁠www.hormonhalsan.com www.merciertherapy.se #thyroid #thyroiddisease #sköldkörtel #sköldkörteln #functionalmedicine #hypothyroidism #hyperthyroidism #hypotyreos #fixyourperiod #PCOS #endometriosis #hypertyreos #fibroids #cysts #menstruation #pms #endo #hormoneimbalance #thyroidhealing #womenshealth #thyroidhealth #thyroidandfertility