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#Repost @theorganicdietitian ・・・ “#thyroidawarenessmonth post 10 in the series (if you have missed the other go back and take a look).👉🏽👉🏽 .. Lets talk liver! Did you know there is a connection between your liver and your thyroid. In fact your whole body is connected which is why you need to address all areas instead of just spot treating one. #itscallconnected🔄🔄 .. The liver is responsible for about 60% of T4 to T3 conversion. This is your inactive thyroid hormone being made active so that your body can benefit.💁🏽‍♀️💁🏽‍♀️ .. When the liver is congested it can’t properly convert thyroid hormone into the active form but it may also struggle with producing TBG and clear excess estrogen from the body. Did you know that elevated estrogen in the body can compete with T3 for TBG binding sites? So your hormones are also connected to the thyroid.🤔🤔 .. Sources of liver congestion can include things like toxic chemicals, heavy metals, gut pathogens, oxidative stress, inflammation, alcohol, caffeine, medications, leaky gut, hormone imbalances, and constipation.💩💩 .. ONE of my favorite ways to support the liver other than trying to remove toxins as much as possible is castor oil packs. Check out my post on how to do them and why they can be beneficial👉🏽👉🏽http://www.theorganicdietitian.com/how-to-use-castor-oil-packs-for-liver-support/ or get the link in my profile.👆🏽👆🏽” . . www.hormonhalsan.com www.merciertherapy.se . . #thyroidawareness #thyroid #hypothyroidism #thyroidproblems #thyroidhealing #hashimotosdisease #hashimotosthyroiditis #estrogendominance #womenshealth #hormoneimbalance #hypotyreos #healfromwithin #periodproblems #hypertyreos #liversupport #sköldkörtel #guthealth #inflammation #sköldkörteln

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#Repost @drjolenebrighten ・・・ ”Weight gain, depression, weird periods, constipation...all can be signs of hypothyroidism.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Yes, I know there are people out there that will tell you that you're just broken, lazy, eating too much, not taking enough probiotics, not restricting enough foods, not practicing enough gratitude...should I keep going? Hell no! Because while there might be some truth in some of that, if you haven't tested your thyroid then you really don't know. Go back & read my posts on testing thyroid.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Also, if someone is telling your that your thyroid has nothing to do with weight please moon walk right out of that conversation because this has been a well recognized symptom of thyroid disease for so long that it physically hurts me to read that there are still people shaming women for not being able to out exercise or under eat their hormone issues.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ In my last post we went through what causes thyroid disease. Go back and read it so you get the most out of this one.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⚠️Nutrient Deficiencies Can Cause Hypothyroidism⚠️⁠⠀ The common ones:⁠⠀ ✅Iodine⁠⠀ ✅Selenium⁠⠀ ✅Iron⁠⠀ ✅Zinc⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ And if nutrient deficiencies can cause hypothyroidism then you better believe that making a diet shift to more nutrient dense foods can absolutely help!⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Check out the article linked @drjolenebrighten on 🚨Foods That Support Thyroid Health🚨. HYPER or #HYPOthyroid? This article can help.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Learn the nutrients & foods that support #thyroid health!⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ 𝑨𝒓𝒕𝒊𝒄𝒍𝒆 𝒍𝒊𝒗𝒆𝒔 𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆: https://drbrighten.com/thyroid-foods-and-one-day-thyroid-meal-plan/⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ 👂🏽Psst...ever wondered if goitrogens 🤷🏽‍♀️found in cruciferous are bad for your thyroid? You'll find the answer in the article linked in my bio! Get it!⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ And if you're just arriving to #TheFirst28Days Series then know you've got 14 days of posts to catch up on. This is day 15.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Ok, so let me know, what's you're favorite thyroid supporting foods!” www.hormonhalsan.com www.merciertherapy.se #thyroidawarenessmonth #thyroid #hypothyroidism #hyperthyroidism #hypertyreos #hypotyreos #sköldkörtel

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#Repost @functionalfertility ・・・PMID: 28056690 ”Many of you asked my thoughts about thyroid hormone replacement during pregnancy and the #TTC period, so I wanted to share my opinion (obligatory note that this is my approach and is not medical advice). . My preference for thyroid hormone replacement during the TTC period is levothyroxine (T4). Here’s why: ◾️The growth of a new baby is very dependent on mama’s thyroid hormone, particularly T4, until about 20 weeks gestation (when baby’s thyroid starts making sufficient hormone) ◾️The ratio of T4:T3 in most dessicated thyroid medications is about 4:1, in the human thyroid this is closer to 14:1. This creates RELATIVE excess of T3 and relatively lower levels of T4 (T4 is most important for fetal brain development) ◾️Thyroid hormone concentrations in dessicated thyroid meds can vary batch to batch, and this is a time when I want to be particularly specific ◾️To clarify: I recognize that some women feel much better on dessicated thyroid and I am ALL FOR using what makes you feel best in the right situation. Usually women can switch back after pregnancy without issues. . If you have questions about your thyroid health during pregnancy, the preconception phase is a great opportunity to create a care plan with your doctor (another reason why I recommend a minimum 3-4 month preconception planning time before TTC)” . www.hormonhalsan.com www.merciertherapy.se . . #thyroidawareness #thyroidawarenessmonth #thyroidhealth #thyroidhealing #functionalmedicine #hypotyreos #sköldkörtel #sköldkörteln #pregnancy #pregnancyjourney #pregnancyhealth #naturopathicfertility #naturopathicmedicine #naturopathicdoctor #preconception

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#Repost @drautoimmunegirl ・・・ ”1️⃣Organochlorine compounds: found in #pesticides , induce hepatic enzymes leading to decreased half-life of serum thyroxine (T4) __ 2️⃣Isoflavones: #phytoestrogens found in #soy reduce thyroperoxidase activity __ 3️⃣Bisphenol-A (BPA) has a direct action on thyroid hormone receptor #bpa __ 4️⃣Perchlorates: found in rocket fuels, thiocyanates and #nitrates interfere with #iodine uptake. A study conducted on pregnant women living in an industrial area in south California showed strong association between increased urinary perchlorate and decreased total and free thyroxine levels along with increased #TSH levels __ 5️⃣Cosmetics: UV filters meant to protect skin from UV irradiation can also alter thyroid homeostasis. A study on Benzophenone-2 treated rats showed low T4 levels and high TSH levels besides altered Thyroid-peroxidase activity __ 6️⃣Heavy metals: Heavy metals like #cadmium and #lead are known to affect #thyroid function. In a study on pregnant women, those from lead exposed town had lower mean free thyroxine (FT4), higher mean TPO antibodies along with higher lead concentration.” . www.hormonhalsan.com www.merciertherapy.se . #saynotochemicals #toxinfree #notoxins #toxicfreeliving #toxinfreebeauty #chemicalfree #nontoxic #hashimotosdisease #hashimotos #hypothyroidism #gravesdisease #hyperthyroidism #autoimmunedisease #autoimmune #sköldkörtel #sköldkörteln #hypotyreos #hypertyreos

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#Repost @hormonehealingrd ・・・ ”One of the best ways to support thyroid health is to ensure your minerals are balanced. ⁣ ⁣ When it comes to the thyroid, much of the focus is on iodine and selenium, which are absolutely important for thyroid health, but this is not the full picture. ⁣ ⁣ 𝐂𝐚𝐥𝐜𝐢𝐮𝐦 & 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐓𝐡𝐲𝐫𝐨𝐢𝐝⁣ 95% of calcium is in the bones and teeth. When calcium starts to move to out of the bones and teeth it causes problems. ⁣ ⁣ The main issue being that calcium binds to iodine receptors and impact thyroid hormone use in the bad. ⁣ ⁣ I see high calcium on many HTMA tests and this means calcium isn't where it should be (in the bones and teeth) and is leaving through your hair--showing us that it's likely binding to iodine receptors and slowing down your thyroid function. ⁣ ⁣ 𝘚𝘺𝘮𝘱𝘵𝘰𝘮𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘩𝘪𝘨𝘩 𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘤𝘪𝘶𝘮: excessive thirst, muscle aches, memory loss, tendinitis, depression, fatigue, stiff joints, weakness, restless leg syndrome, constipation, kidney stones⁣ ⁣ 𝐏𝐨𝐭𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐮𝐦 & 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐓𝐡𝐲𝐫𝐨𝐢𝐝⁣ Another important piece of the thyroid function puzzle is potassium. ⁣ ⁣ Potassium is such an important mineral. It regulates blood pressures, maintains fluid balance and pH of the body, impacts nerve conduction the heart and dilates arteries. ⁣ ⁣ Potassium also has a huge impact on thyroid health because it sensitizes our cell to thyroid hormone. When we don't have enough this can also impair thyroid function. ⁣ ⁣ 𝘚𝘺𝘮𝘱𝘵𝘰𝘮𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘭𝘰𝘸 𝘱𝘰𝘵𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘶𝘮: allergies, constipation, fatigue, irregular heartbeats, low blood sugar, low blood pressure, muscle weakness, skin issues, water retention⁣ ⁣ ⁣ 𝐌𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐓𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠⁣ The best way to see if you have an imbalance is to do a hair mineral analysis or HTMA test. I do these with almost all of my clients since they are helpful for many reasons, but especially with those struggling with thyroid health or suspected thyroid dysfunction. ⁣ ⁣ Need help supporting your thyroid? Click the link in my bio to schedule a free clarity call so we can chat! 🤓”

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#Repost @functionalfertility ・・・”PMID: 28776582, 28102101, 22629500 Thyroid hormone is one of the main regulators of metabolism and growth, so it makes perfect sense that the need for thyroid hormone would increase during a particularly “energetically expensive” time – pregnancy! . The need for thyroid hormone increases by roughly 30-50% during pregnancy. In fact, the thyroid gland itself often grows 10-20% larger in order to keep up. . Women who had normal thyroid function before pregnancy might find themselves with some thyroid dysfunction as their pregnancy progresses. Further, women with existing hypothyroidism may need to bump up their medication dose in the first few weeks of pregnancy. . While a small percentage of pregnant women will become frankly deficient in thyroid hormone, a larger percentage (up to 15%) may develop “subclinical hypothyroidism” – meaning they don’t meet criteria for hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone), but their thyroid function is lower than ideal. Emerging research is showing that even women in this subclinical category would likely benefit from thyroid support. . Low levels of thyroid hormone can increase rates of pregnancy loss, pre-eclampsia, placental abruption, and low birth weight. It’s important for both mom and baby that we are keeping our eye on thyroid function – part of the reason why I love to make sure the thyroid is functioning beautifully in the preconception phase. . Thyroid health is one area where Naturopathic and Functional Medicine can really shine. There are so many ways we can support thyroid health with nutrients, supplements, lifestyle (hello stress coping strategies!), and medications.” . www.hormonhalsan.com www.merciertherapy.se . #thyroidawarenessmonth #thyroidawareness #thyroidhealth #thyroidhealing #functionalmedicine #naturopathicmedicine #thyroidproblems #pregnancyprep #preconception #hypothyroidism #hypothyroid #sköldkörteln #sköldkörtel #hypertyreos #hypotyreos #hashimotos #hashimotosdisease #gravesdisease

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#Repost @theorganicdietitian ・・・ ”#thyroidawarenessmonth post 9 (go back if you need to need to catch up). 👉🏽👉🏽 .. Tap here if you have ever suspected you have an imbalanced thyroid but yet your tests came back normal.  This has absolutely happened to me and it happens to way too many women.  In fact I find that 95% of my clients have undetected thyroid issues.  So yes it is a problem.😣 😣 .. And chances are if you are experiencing hair loss, brain fog, fatigue, dry skin, weight gain, constipation, irregular periods, PMS, depression, join pain, cold hand/feet, memory problems and high cholesterol your thyroid may not be functioning at its desired level.😲🙅‍♀️ .. But you if you really want to get to the bottom of the issue you need to do some investigation because the possible causes are numerous.  There may not even be ONE explanation.  The thyroid doesn’t stop working for NO REASON.💁‍♀️ 💁🏽‍♀️ .. The standard medical treatment for thyroid disorders (when they are actually found) is to focus exclusively on the thyroid gland itself rather than to focus on the underlying causes.  But instead we should be asking WHY and WHAT is causing the thyroid to not properly do its job.😄 .” . . www.hormonhalsan.com www.merciertherapy.se . . . #thyroid #hypothyroidism #thyroidproblems #tiredofbeingtired #periodproblems #hormones #hashimotos #hyperthyroid #gravesdisease #hypotyreos #hairloss #guthealth #ibs #hypertyreos #pms #depression #dryskin #adrenalfatigue #constipated #bloated #sköldkörteln #sköldkörtel #rootcause #holisticnutrition #inflammation #toxins #symptoms

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#Repost @theorganicdietitian ・・・ ”#thyroidawarenessmonth education continues so go back and look at my last 4 posts if you missed them.👉🏽👉🏽 .. Toxins are all around us but the goal isn’t to eliminate them 100% because well that would be impossible. But what we CAN do is to avoid what we can control so I never want anyone to get anxiety over worrying about toxins. So to know what you should and could work to avoid you need to know where toxins come from and how they can impact things like the thyroid.☠️☠️ .. Endocrine disruptors and obesogens include things like PCBs from fish consumption, BPA from plastics and canned foods, and PBDEs from flame retardants in mattresses and furniture. They can all bind to thyroid receptors. BPA and phthalates can be found in fragrances, plastics, make-up and are linked to diabetes, insulin resistance and obesity. Parabens can be in make-up and personal care products which can be linked to low thyroid hormone.💄💄 .. Flouride, chlorine and bromine compete with thyroid hormone at both the transport proteins and cell receptor sites.💦💦 .. PFCs, found in non-stick cookware and food packaging can be linked to thyroid disruption.🕳🕳 .. Pesticides and Herbicides are linked to gut dysbiosis and endocrine disruption as well as putting stress on the liver.😣😣 .. Heavy metals like lead and cadmium inhibit the conversion of T4 to T3 and damage the thyroid gland. Other heavy metals can compete with important minerals that are important for proper thyroid function like iron and selenium.🗜🗜 .. Perchlorates found in groundwater, soil, industrial pollution and tobacco can interfere with the uptake of iodine.🚬🚬 .. Tomorrow I will be sharing a few of my tips for reducing your exposure to these chemicals so you can start to limit your exposure to support your thyroid health.💁🏽‍♀️💁🏽‍♀️” . . www.hormonhalsan.com www.merciertherapy.se . . #thyroidhealing #thyroidawareness #thyroidproblems #hypothyroidism #hyperthyroidism #hashimotosdisease #thyroid #gravesdisease #hormoneimbalance #hashimotos #sköldkörtel #sköldkörteln #hypotyreos #guthealth #hypertyros #toxinfreeliving #eatorganic #periodproblems #adrenalfatigue

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#Repost @theorganicdietitian ・・・ ”#thyroidawarenessmonth post #7 (missed the last 6 then go back and take a look)👉🏽👉🏽 .. I must start by saying that thyroid medication isn’t bad and this post isn’t trying to tell you that you shouldn’t be taking thyroid medication or that is isn’t helpful. Some people can heal so that they can wean off of medication, others can decrease the dose, and then there are some that need it life long. That is OK! Thyroid meds can be incredible helpful and might be necessary. 💊💊 .. But I think a big misconception about things like thyroid medication is that we think it is fixing the thyroid itself but that isn’t what it actually does. These medications are thyroid replacement hormones used to treat thyroid imbalances but not fix the reason why. Managing thyroid levels through medication is only part of the process. The real work comes in identifying the underlying factors causing your thyroid to not properly make hormones in the first place. This part is important because if root cause problems are left alone they can continue to do damage to the body and your health in the long run can still suffer.😣😣 .. So some might need meds and some might not. If you are working towards healing your body so you can get off medication that then is a great goal to have but keep in mind that it may not be 100% possible and that is OK. But either way your body will be in a better place when you work to heal any root causes. At the end of the day the big goal is to reduce symptoms and feel the best you can so if for you that is a combination of making healthy lifestyle changes to help remove the root cause while taking medication, then mission accomplished!🌱🌱👍🏽👍🏽” . www.hormonhalsan.com www.merciertherapy.se . . #thyroidhealing #thyroidproblems #thyroid #hypothyroidism #hyperthyroidism #hashimotosdisease #autoimmunedisease #sköldkörtel #guthealth #adrenalfatigue #womenshealth #tiredallthetime #constipated #hypertyreos #sköldkörteln #thyroidawareness #holistichealth #periodproblems #inflammation #rootcause #hypotyreos

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#Repost @hormonehealingrd ・・・ “𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐯𝐬. 𝐅𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐓𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐓𝐡𝐲𝐫𝐨𝐢𝐝 𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ I've had too many clients that can't even get their doctor to test their thyroid, despite obvious symptoms, or retest their thyroid 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘪𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘰𝘯 𝘮𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ This should be a crime.⁣⁣⁣ The other piece of this is once they get treatment, their symptoms don't always improve or only improve for a short period. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Why does this happen?⁣⁣⁣ If you've seen my thyroid posts, you know that there's so much more to thyroid health than having enough thyroid hormone. ⁣ That's why I believe a functional approach gives the best results since you are covering all of your bases. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 𝐇𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐚 𝐅𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐀𝐩𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐚𝐜𝐡 𝐭𝐨 𝐓𝐡𝐲𝐫𝐨𝐢𝐝:⁣⁣⁣ 🔹First things first, it's important to have a FULL thyroid panel, not just TSH. A full panel: TSH, free T3, free T4, reverse T3, antibodies.⁣⁣⁣ 🔹Reducing stress is essential for thyroid health. Our adrenals and thyroid are on the same axis and communicate. If we have a lot of mental/emotional/physical stress, this will impact thyroid function. ⁣⁣⁣ 🔹Looking at the gut is one way to reduce physical stress. If there is an imbalance, poor breakdown & absorption, or inflammation, that impacts stress and therefore, thyroid. ⁣⁣⁣ 🔹Minerals are key! My previous post goes through 2 important minerals for thyroid health that could keep you from seeing success with medication. ⁣⁣⁣ 🔹Gluten can impact thyroid health because of molecular mimicry. If you have Hashimoto's, eliminating gluten as much as you can is helpful. If you don't, minimizing it is still helpful.⁣⁣⁣ Try to focus on adding more nutrient dense foods in rather than eliminating foods. There are SO many delicious and healthy foods that don't contain gluten. ⁣⁣⁣ 🔹The last big piece is halogens (bromine, chlorine, and fluorine). These have a similar structure to iodine, which means they compete with iodine in the body & disrupt thyroid function. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 𝐁𝐨𝐭𝐭𝐨𝐦𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞: find someone that will work WITH you on finding what moves the needle most for your thyroid”

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#Repost @theorganicdietitian ・・・ “January I’m honoring #thyroidawarenessmonth by helping to educate and empower you to know more about your thyroid. So if you missed my series go back and look at my last 3 posts. Today is the ever important Gut-Thyroid Connection.🔁 .. The gut houses over 70% of our immune system which if provoked by a leaky gut can trigger autoimmune thyroid conditions like hashimotos or graves.💁🏽‍♀️ .. Dysbiosis of you gut bacteria can impair the conversion of inactive thyroid hormone (T4) to active thyroid hormones (T3). 🦠🦠 .. Gut inflammation can increase cortisol which can lower T3 and increase reverse T3.😩 .. Thyroid hormones actually have a strong influence over the tight junctions in the stomach and small intestine. When our tight junctions become lose we develop leaky gut.💦 .. Constipation can increase estrogen because we can’t detox it out appropriately and this can increase thyroid-binding globulin and decrease the amount of free thyroid hormones available to the body. On the flip side, low thyroid function can slow transit time, causing constipation and increasing inflammation, infections, and malabsorption of nutrients.💩 .. T3 and T4 have also been shown to protect your gut mucosal lining from stress induced ulcers.😡 .. Thyroid imbalances are a real epidemic. Even if you have been told that your labs look “normal” yet you feel like you are having symptoms there could still be a thyroid issue. You need a FULL thyroid panel run (TSH, free T3, free T4, reverse T3, and thyroid antibodies) but you also need someone that will interpret the results from a function perspective. My suggestion would also be to work on healing your gut and now you can see why!💉 .. http://www.discoverymedicine.com/Kouki-Mori/2012/11/27/does-the-gut-microbiota-trigger-hashimotos-thyroiditis/ “ . . www.hormonhalsan.com www.merciertherapy.se . #thyroidhealing #autoimmunedisease #hashimotosdisease #gravesdisease #thyroidproblems #thyroidhealth #guthealth #guthealing #guthealthmatters #thyroidhormones #rootcause #sköldkörtel #sköldkörteln #fatigued #coldhands #holistichealing #adrenalfatigue #hypertyreos #hypotyreos #hormoneimbalance

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#Repost @hormonehealingrd ・・・ ”𝟓 𝐀𝐫𝐞𝐚 𝐓𝐨 𝐅𝐨𝐜𝐮𝐬 𝐎𝐧 𝐅𝐨𝐫 𝐓𝐡𝐲𝐫𝐨𝐢𝐝 𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡 👇🏼⁣ ⁣ Thyroid dysfunction used to be thought about as requiring a medication to fix either over or underachieve thyroid function. (𝘐 𝘢𝘮 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘢𝘨𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘵 𝘮𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯--𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘺 𝘤𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘪𝘵)⁣ ⁣ Luckily, now we have a better understanding of 𝘸𝘩𝘺 the thyroid becomes dysfunctional and how to better support it. ⁣ ⁣ Nutrition, lifestyle (particularly stress), and gut health are what I believe have the biggest impact on thyroid health along with toxic exposure. ⁣ ⁣ Let's dig into each area!⁣ ⁣ 1️⃣𝐒𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬: mental/emotional/physical stress all impact our adrenals. If you've been following me for a while, you know that the adrenals communicate with our thyroid. Our thyroid plays a huge role in the stress response. ⁣ ⁣ Chronic stress can eventually lead to an underactive thyroid. ⁣ ⁣ 2️⃣𝐍𝐮𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐍𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐬: Our thyroid requires specifically minerals like iodine, zinc, selenium, etc. to function properly. If we are not meeting this needs or under eating in general, this can impair thyroid function. ⁣ ⁣ 3️⃣𝐃𝐢𝐠𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐅𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: We need to be able to properly break down and absorb our food in order to get the nutrients our thyroid requires ⁣ ⁣ We also need enough stomach acid to keep parasites and certain bacteria from entering our gut. ⁣ ⁣ 4️⃣𝐆𝐮𝐭 𝐌𝐢𝐜𝐫𝐨𝐛𝐢𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐁𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞: If our gut bacteria are imbalanced, this creates a beneficial environment for parasites, pathogens, and yeast. ⁣ ⁣ This creates inflammation, which can alert our immune system and impact our digestive capacity. ⁣ ⁣ 5️⃣Toxic Exposure: Certain chemicals called halogens (bromine, chlorine, fluorine) compete with iodine and bind to thyroid receptors. This prevent thyroid hormone from working properly in the body. ⁣ ⁣ This is why filtering fluoride and chloride out of your drinking and bath/shower water is helpful for those with thyroid dysfunction. ⁣ ⁣ Check out my stories to dig deeper into each area! ⁣ Books I Love For Thyroid Health:⁣ 🔹Adrenal Thyroid Revoluation by @avivaromm 🔹Hashimoto's Protocol by @izabellawentzpharmd"

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#Repost @theorganicdietitian ・・・ “January is Thyroid Awareness Month! So lets talk some basics.💁🏽‍♀️💁🏽‍♀️ .. The thyroid gland is located low at the front of the neck, is butterfly-shaped and consists fo two lobes located either side of the windpipe. It is part of your endocrine system and makes hormones that help control many of your body’s functions.👫👫 .. Literally every cell of your body is affected or regulated by thyroid hormones! Just look at this list to see how many things your thyroid can impact. .. For example low thyroid function can impact glucose metabolism because it can slow the rate of glucose uptake by cells, it can decrease the rate of glucose absorption in the gut, it can slow response of insulin to elevated blood sugar, and it can slow the clearance of insulin from the blood. .. The body is connected so when working on improving thyroid health it often involves addressing adrenals/stress, gut, brain, liver, and circulatory system. Don’t ignore these other systems and unfortunately many practitioners do! .. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2699000/ .. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20516204 .. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4081681/“ . . www.hormonhalsan.com www.merciertherapy.se . . #thyroidhealing #thyroidproblems #hypothyroidism #thyroidawareness #thyroidawarenessmonth #hashimotosdisease #rootcause #healfromwithin #hormoneimbalance #constipated #wellnessjourney #leakygut #inflammation #thyroid #pms #itsallconnected #holistichealth #womenshealth #hormonehealth

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#Repost @hormonehealingrd ・・・ ”Most of us have ben taught that it’s normal to feel crazy, have painful cramps, heavy bleeding, and overall a very stressful event that is your period each month. ⁣⁣⁣⁣ This may be common, but it is not normal. ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ 𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝟓 𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐨𝐝𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟎:⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ 1️⃣𝐓𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐜𝐲𝐜𝐥𝐞! As cyclical creatures, we are lucky to be able to have these monthly cycles that give us insight on our overall health. ⁣⁣⁣⁣ Pay attention to how long your cycles are, how heavy your period is, your symptoms, etc. Get my free healthy period guide (link in bio & stories) for how to start tracking.⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ 2️⃣𝐁𝐨𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐦𝐚𝐠𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐮𝐦 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞. It’s a calming mineral that most people are deficient in, which is why it can be so helpful for preventing and improving period problems. ⁣⁣⁣⁣ Magnesium can be difficult to absorb, which is why I advise getting it in a few different ways. ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ 👉🏼Increase magnesium rich foods: nuts, legumes, leafy greens, avocado, seeds, plantains & bananas. ⁣⁣⁣⁣ 👉🏼Get it topically through magnesium oil spray (Ancient Minerals is a great brand) & Epsom salt baths. ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ 3️⃣𝐄𝐚𝐭 𝐬𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐬 𝐝𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐲. Seeds contain fiber and micronutrients that support hormone health. ⁣⁣⁣⁣ Fiber is essential for supporting hormone balance since our digestive health has a big impact on our hormones. ⁣⁣⁣⁣ Vitamins & minerals found in seeds are the building blocks of our hormones and help our bodies actually produce hormones. ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ 4️⃣𝐈𝐧𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐯𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐧 𝐁𝟔 𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐡 𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐝𝐬. Vitamin B6 is important for progesterone & happy periods.⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ 👉🏼 pork, poultry, fish, eggs, beef, liver, carrots, spinach, sweet potato, chickpeas, & avocado ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ 5️⃣𝐆𝐞𝐭 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐚 𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐚𝐱𝐞𝐝 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐝𝐚𝐲. When our bodies are stressed, they do not prioritize hormone balance. This is why so many of us struggle with PMS, painful periods, irregular cycles, etc. Prioritizing 15 minutes a day to truly relax (ideally with deep breathing) can do wonders for your hormones. ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ What is one thing you do to support a happy 🩸👇🏼”

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#Repost @functionalfertility ・・・ “{Homocysteine and fertility} PMID: 22271234, 17625006 . Homocysteine is produced when the body metabolizes methionine, an amino acid found in meat, fish, eggs, nuts and seeds. Homocysteine can accumulate due to inadequate intake of folate, vitamin B12, and genetic variations. . We usually think about homocysteine in terms of heart health – we know that elevated homocysteine is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease because it disturbs coagulation and prevents blood vessels from functioning normally. However, emerging research is showing that homocysteine plays a role in fertility as well. . Homocysteine can be measure in follicular fluid, the fluid that surrounds eggs within the ovary. Here is what early research is suggesting about elevated homocysteine in follicular fluid: ▪️An association with decreased quality of eggs (controversial as there is conflicting evidence) ▪️Reduced nitric oxide production, which affects ovulation, implantation, cervical ripening and uterine contractions ▪️Lower pregnancy rates in women using assisted reproductive technologies ▪️Increased oxidative stress, resulting in DNA fragmentation of embryos ▪️In animals studies, ovulatory disorders and depletion of granulosa cells (the helper cells that nourish developing eggs) . Sometimes, in the preconception planning period, we might run some labs looking at cardiometabolic health. This is why! If we find that you have elevated homocysteine (levels in the blood and follicular fluid appear to be well correlated), we might do a few things: ▪️Add high quality supplements, including folate, B12, and DHA ▪️Decrease alcohol and sugar consumption ▪️Address oxidative stress and inflammation . Stay tuned for a follow up with more information about homocysteine in women with PCOS!” . www.hormonhalsan.com www.merciertherapy.se . #homocysteine #pregnancyprep #preconception #cardiometabolic #functionallab #functionallabtesting #functionaldiagnostics #functionalmedicine #fertilitet #infertilitet #infertility #naturopathicfertility #fertility

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#Repost @hormonehealingrd ・・・ ”Hormone Healing Isn't Linear 😱⁣ ⁣ I know it's probably not what you want to hear, but it's important to acknowledge this when embarking on your hormone healing journey. ⁣ ⁣ Balancing your hormones takes time and can often look like this graph--huge improvements and then a dip, then another improvement. ⁣ ⁣ This can make you feel crazy and confused, but if we remember that our hormones are the last to change and that a number of different things impact our cycles, we can gain clarity and even learn what's best for us. ⁣ ⁣ 𝐈𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐓𝐨 𝐑𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫/𝐇𝐞𝐥𝐩 𝐘𝐨𝐮:⁣ 1️⃣𝐎𝐮𝐫 𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞. ⁣ ⁣ I say this everyday. If our health is a train, our hormones are the last stop. ⁣ ⁣ What you did 90 days ago impacts your current cycle. If you just started making nutrition or lifestyle changes, keep this in mind. ⁣ ⁣ 2️⃣𝗪𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧 𝐒𝐎 𝐦𝐮𝐜𝐡 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐜𝐲𝐜𝐥𝐞𝐬. ⁣ ⁣ As women we are cyclical creatures. We get feedback on a regular basis from our bodies that give us insight into our overall and hormone health. ⁣ ⁣ I recommend every woman track her cycle and symptoms in order to support hormone balance. I have a whole section on this in my free Modern Woman's Guide to a Healthy Period in my bio!⁣ ⁣ 3️⃣We cannot supplement our way out of hormone imbalance.⁣ ⁣ I get DM's everyday asking about what supplement a woman should take for X symptom. ⁣ ⁣ While I do use supplements in my practice, the issue with focusing purely on supplements or even using supplements first is that it can keep you from getting to the root issue of that symptom in the first place. ⁣ ⁣ Maybe you struggle with painful or irregular periods, anxiety/depression, or fertility issues. It shouldn't be about what the best supplement is--it should be about what is causing that issue in the first place. ⁣ ⁣ I hope this helps clear up confusion around how to actually balance your hormones and feel good. ⁣ ⁣ Tag a friend that needs this info 👇🏼” www.hormonhalsan.com www.merciertherapy.se

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#Repost @drdemeri ・・・ ”Yes, you read that right!⠀ ⠀ PMS cravings are so common they’ve become part of the culture but still I see a lot of women who get scared of the week before they get their period because they think they will gain weight.⠀ ⠀ The thing I want you to understand is that it’s normal to be hungrier before your period.⠀ It happens because both estrogen and serotonin drop, which were your natural appetite suppressants.⠀ ⠀ In your luteal phase your predominant hormone is progesterone, which is appetite-enhancing but you don’t need to get alarmed because it also increases the metabolic rate, so you burn more calories.⠀ ⠀ If your body is asking for more food, then please provide it. It needs all those nutrients to keep your hormones balanced and to have less PMS symptoms. You should never fast or restrict healthy carbs before ovulation or your period! Drinking alcohol before your period is a no no as well! ⠀ This advice comes also with a BUT.⠀ ⠀ Because eating donuts 🍩and cookies 🍪every day is not a good excuse to satisfy your cravings.⠀ Your body will actually need whole foods where it can subtract nutrients and there are no nutrients in donuts or cookies!⠀ ⠀ 👩🏽⚕As a Naturopathic doctor I recommend to my ladies who are dealing with severe cravings to consume foods rich in:⠀ ✅ Fiber (fruits and vegetables)⠀ ✅ B-vitamins (meat, eggs, legumes, sunflower seeds, nuts, dark leafy vegetables)⠀ ✅ Calcium (nuts, beans, broccoli, kale, sardines)⠀ ✅ Magnesium (nuts, avocado, dark chocolate, pumpkin seeds)⠀ ⠀ In the traditional Chinese medicine this period of your menstrual cycle is when yang energy is at its peak.⠀ The best foods to have now are the warming foods that help to support the warm, yang energy, like: stews, cooked vegetables, soups and bone broths.” www.hormonhalsan.com www.merciertherapy.se

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#Repost @drdemeri ・・・ “🧠 The brain and nervous system are comprised of 60% fat, so having a diet full of the right kinds of fats and oils is an essential part of maintaining your brain health.⠀ ⠀ ✅But not all fats are created equally. The fats that our brains need the most are omega-3 fats that are found in fatty fish, egg yolks, red meat, flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts, and algae.⠀ ⠀ ✅Other foods that are high in fat and have different roles in the body and brain are avocados, nuts, seeds, olives and olive oil, and event saturated ones like coconut oil and grass-fed meat.⠀ ⠀ ❌Vegetable oils like canola, grapeseed, corn, sunflower, and soybean but also hydrogenated oils are highly processed and contribute to inflammation and the progression of disease.⠀ ⠀ If your brain is nurtured with healthy fats then you will experience more mental clarity.⠀ ⠀ If you’re experiencing brain fog and inability to concentrate it’s a sign that the brain is inflamed. It will work slowly and will impact all the other organs and systems in the body.⠀ ⠀ 🙇To give you an example, if it’s hard for you to concentrate at what you are doing then you begin to get stressed and frustrated that you can’t finish the work in time. This raises the cortisol levels which will impact as well other systems in the body.⠀ ⠀ Because each healthy fat has it’s own specific benefits, I try to incorporate each one of them based on the cooking methods:⠀ 🔸When I sauté or cook at high heat I use avocado oil or ghee⠀ 🔸In salads I always love using extra virgin olive oil⠀ 🔸When I bake, I love the sweet nutty taste of coconut oil. In my morning coffee I love Brain Octane Oil by @bulletproof ⠀ What type of oil do you use when you’re cooking and what is your favorite healthy fatty food?⠀ Share in the comments and let’s start eating!” www.hormonhalsan.com www.merciertherapy.se

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#Repost @drdemeri ”Glutathione is a really trendy topic in the functional medicine world but if you haven’t heard of it I would be delighted to share that with you, because it’s SUPER important.⠀ ⠀ Glutathione is a natural and indispensable antioxidant made in the liver, actually it’s considered the “Master” antioxidant. It’s found in every cell in the body and works all the way at the level of mitochondria.⠀ Its role includes:⠀ 🔹Making DNA⠀ 🔹Supporting immune function⠀ 🔹Forming sperm cells⠀ 🔹Breaking down oxidative free radicals⠀ 🔹Helping certain enzymes function⠀ 🔹Regenerating vitamins C and E⠀ 🔹Detoxification⠀ 🔹Helping the liver and gallbladder deal with fats⠀ 🔹Assisting regular cell death⠀ ⠀ Another fun fact I want to share with you is that the ovum (the female egg) has more than 15 thousand mitochondria (over 10x more than other cell in the body) and that is because it needs a huge amount of energy to conduct all chromosomal processes before ovulation.⠀ ⠀ If the #mitochondria is not functioning well, there is an increased risk of chromosomal abnormalities and in case that egg gets fertilized, the body will reject it.⠀ ⠀ Guess what is causing mitochondria to get damaged? Free radicals, toxins and heavy metals, and that’s why glutathione is there to extinguish and neutralize them.⠀ ⠀ There are a handful of foods that naturally contain glutathione, including:⠀ 🛡Grass-fed milk (if tolerated)⠀ 🛡Allium-containing foods (garlic, onion, leeks)⠀ 🛡Cruciferous Foods (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, bokchoy, arugula, collards, watercress, radishes)⠀ 🛡Alpha Lipoic Acid-rich foods (Organ meats, beef, brewers yeast, peas, tomatoes)⠀ 🛡Selenium-rich foods (seafood, Brazil nuts, eggs, mushrooms, organ meats)⠀ ⠀ In order to maintain and boost your glutathione production, you also need to consider:⠀ ❌Avoiding processed foods⠀ ❌Avoiding sugar⠀ ❌Drinking min 64oz of water daily⠀ ❌Getting 7-8 hours of sleep/night⠀ ❌Reducing chronic stress⠀ ❌Exercising at least 5 days/week⠀ ⠀ In my practice, if patients need additional support, I use supplementation either in the form of liposomal glutathione formulation, or selenium, ALA, NAC and/or SAMe "

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#Repost @hormonehealingrd ・・・ ”I'm going to be honest.. I'm not great at embracing rest. I've gotten A LOT better, but I have had to literally change my entire life and mindset around in order to do this. ⁣ ⁣ Even when I started working for myself I had a difficult time with taking time off, not working weekends, and having boundaries. This forced me to look at WHY I don't want to rest. ⁣ ⁣ Naturally I broke out my journal, got quiet and did some deep breathing for a few minutes, then reflected on why I was scared to rest. It wasn't easy, but it was much needed. ⁣ ⁣ Most of my fears around rest were rooted in not working hard not, not making enough money, not being successful enough, not being a good enough wife, blah blah BLAH. ⁣ ⁣ The funny thing is when I went through how resting could benefit my life it was all the opposite--better dietitian and more successful clients, more money, more creativity, more energy for my friends and family, a better relationship with my husband. ⁣ ⁣ 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘪𝘨𝘨𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘰𝘯 𝘐'𝘷𝘦 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘯𝘦𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘴 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘥𝘰. ⁣ ⁣ 📓𝐀 𝐉𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐄𝐱𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐢𝐬𝐞 𝐅𝐨𝐫 𝐘𝐨𝐮:⁣ 1️⃣Make sure you have a quiet space and a journal and pen on hand. ⁣ 2️⃣Put some music on if you want, light a candle or in scent, anything that helps you set the mood and create a comforting space. ⁣ 3️⃣Take a seat or lay down (whatever is most comfortable), close your eyes, and take some deep breaths. Breathe in for a count of 5 and out for a count of 5. Don't overthink this. Just enjoy how relaxed your body gets, loosen your neck and shoulders, and be here now. ⁣ 4️⃣Next, grab your journal and answer these 3 questions. ⁣ 🔹What do you think will happen if you take some time to rest?⁣ 🔹What is the worst thing htat could happen if you rest?⁣ 🔹What is the best thing that can happen if you rest?⁣ 🔹What is one way you can begin to incorporate more rest into your life?⁣ ⁣ Tag a friend you want to share this exercise with! 💖” www.hormonhalsan.com

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Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you all 🎄🤶🏽⛄️🎁

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#Repost @the.fertility.dietitian ・・・ ”If you watch my stories, you know yesterday was a big day for BBN & pregnancy announcements!! I am so proud of the time my clients take to focus on their health, get to the bottom of their fertility struggles, improve their egg & sperm quality and give their future tiny humans the best start they can. . Preconception care has such a HUGE impact on egg & sperm quality, improving your chances of conceiving, having a healthy full term pregnancy, AND the lifelong health of your future tiny humans. . Think about this. At 5 weeks gestation, a female embryo is already forming her eggs…these are the eggs that will become your future grandchildren!! . When we conceive, we are genetically programming future generations. We have the ability to set up our children and future grandchildren with the best health possible by taking time for preconception care. Infertility is on the rise and the research is clear that it’s not just because women are having babies later. Egg & sperm QUALITY (not just the number of eggs you have left) have a huge impact on the ability to conceive and carry a baby to term. . No matter what your genetic code is, we can change how it is expressed. Nutrition and lifestyle are major influencers on our genetic expression, which can be the difference between health or disease in ourselves and our children....and how hard our children have to work to stay healthy. This is true no matter how conception occurs….naturally or with fertility medications, IUI & IVF. . Genetic programming of a tiny human starts 3-4 months BEFORE conception and continues through pregnancy. But depending on your health, up to a year of preconception care can make a world of difference for your tiny human AND for your ability to have a healthy pregnancy. . Make 2020 the year you take a different approach to your fertility. Nutrition & lifestyle have a HUGE impact on overall health, hormone balance, gut health, inflammation and more. . Are you ready to optimize your fertility!? ” www.hormonhalsan.com wwww.merciertherapy.se

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#Repost @hormonehealingrd ・・・ ”✨⁣⁣How Adrenal Dysfunction Happens ✨⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ After chatting about hormone testing yesterday and specifically digging into metabolized cortisol and what adrenal dysfunction looks like, I got quite a few DM's about how this happens in the first place. ⁣ ⁣ What drives adrenal dysfunction in the body? We have this stress response, but how does it work?⁣ ⁣ Let's demystify how adrenal dysfunction (often called adrenal fatigue) happens in the body. ⁣ ⁣ 👉🏼The first step is that we are exposed to stressors and we have our typical stress response where we make cortisol, DHEA, and adrenaline. We also release blood sugar and get the body to react to a stress (no matter what the stress). ⁣ ⁣ 🔹We are all equipped to handle stress, but with the way we live today we are constantly bombarded with stressors. ⁣ ⁣ 👉🏼This leads to us constantly having this stress response and chronically high cortisol levels. ⁣ ⁣ 👉🏼Our bodies can only keep up with this much cortisol output for so long. Eventually the feedback loop that is the HPA axis gets fatigued and dysfunctional. ⁣ ⁣ When this happens is different for each person. Some people can handle more stress than others and take longer to burnout. Thyroid health and nutrition play a large role in this as well. ⁣ ⁣ This depletion can also deplete DHEA and therefore our sex hormones like estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, which impacts our monthly cycles, energy, sleep, and moods. ⁣ ⁣ Tag a friend that needs this info! 💖” www.hormonhalsan.com www.merciertherapy.se

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#Repost @the.fertility.dietitian ・・・ ”ANTIOXIDANTS help protect egg & sperm from damage. I like to think of antioxidants as little superheroes, coming to save the day (or the eggs & sperm in this case)! If eggs are left unprotected, free radicals can start to oxidize both egg & sperm. Oxidation damages DNA, proteins, cells & mitochondria in the egg. . There is a normal process in metabolism that creates what we know as free radicals, which can be thought of as “bad guys”. Free radicals also result from external sources like air pollution, chemical exposure, smoking or any other toxins. If our exposure to free radicals is high they can lead to oxidation which damages egg & sperm health. . Our ovarian follicles naturally have quite the antioxidant defense system, but this system doesn’t always work as it should, which is seen in unexplained infertility, PCOS, and age-related infertility. We are also constantly bombarded with toxins no matter how “clean” our products are, so working with your body to fight against free radicals is crucial! . When oxidative damage starts to happen, the energy source of the cells known as the mitochondria, start releasing more “bad guys”, causing even more damage. When the mitochondria is damaged, it can’t provide the energy to egg development or embryo survival. . This is BAD news! Our eggs have 10X more mitochondria than any other cell in the body, which points to how much energy they require & protection they need to be able to produce this energy. In other words, mitochondria function is critical for egg quality & embryo development. . There is good news!! We can support our antioxidant system in BIG ways: ✨Antioxidant rich diet ✨Supporting natural detox pathways: nutrient rich diet, hydration, BM daily, sweat daily ✨Supplementing powerhouse antioxidants specific to your body/needs . Targeted testing goes a long ways in helping determine which antioxidants are best for YOUR body to supplement, & how to best support YOUR detox pathways. . Share with someone that would benefit.💕” . www.hormonhalsan.com www.merciertherapy.se #infertilityjourney#infertilitysupport #ivfsupport #fertilitydiet #fertilityfood #unexplainedinfertility

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#Repost @the.fertility.dietitian ・・・ “Sleep is extremely important for optimizing your fertility! How is your sleep!? Are you getting 7-9 hours each night? Are you waking feeling rested? . Sleep is our bodies time to restore itself, repair tissues, do some deep detox work, keep our immune systems strong and our brain sharp. So what does all of this have to do with fertility!? EVERYTHING!! . If our body doesn’t have time to rest & repair, it will steal resources away from focusing on reproductive health. This includes egg quality, sperm quality and overall reproductive function…..& if resources are focusing on repairing or protecting the body during the day fertility is compromised. . Inadequate sleep throughs off the balance between hormones cortisol and melatonin, which help regulate our circadian rhythm or sleep/wake cycle. This imbalance leads to other hormone imbalances, increased stress, increased inflammation, decreased protection of egg & sperm quality and our body struggles to regulate appetite and blood sugar balance which can mess up other hormones & even our cycle. . Tips to improve sleep: 👉🏻Set a consistent bedtime & wake time 👉🏻Avoid screen time for 1-2 hours before bed 👉🏻Decrease caffeine and keep intake to morning time 👉🏻Wind down before bed with something like journaling, stretching or connecting with your partner . What is your biggest barrier to getting good quality sleep!? 👇🏻” www.hormonhalsan.com www.merciertherapy.se #ttc #fertility #infertilitysucks #infertilityjourney #infertilitysupport #infertilitywarrior #fertilitydiet #fertilityfood #ttcjourney #ttcwithpcos #ttcsisters #infertilitysisters #ivf #ivfjourney #ivfsupport

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#Repost @drmarkhyman ・・・ ”Imbalances in your hormones are triggered by bad food. ⁣ ⁣ If you eat sugar, you’ll produce more insulin, more estrogen, and more testosterone. Any type of flour and sugar can lead to these imbalances. ⁣ ⁣ Dairy and gluten are often triggers for inflammation and hormonal imbalances. ⁣ ⁣ Xenobiotics or environmental chemicals like pesticides in our food can act like powerful hormone disruptors and trigger our own hormones to go out of balance.⁣ ⁣ We know that sugar, caffeine, alcohol, stress, and lack of exercise all contribute to worse PMS and all hormonal imbalances – including menopause.⁣ ⁣ After removing the bad stuff, you will want to replace it with good stuff. ⁣ ⁣ Eat a whole, real, unprocessed, organic, mostly plant-based diet with organic or sustainably raised animal products. When you focus on this type of diet, you minimize intake of xenoestrogens, hormones, and antibiotics. Taking simple steps like choosing organic food and drinking filtered water can hugely impact hormone balance.⁣ ⁣ Getting good quality sleep every night and exercising regularly can help balance your hormones. Along with supplementing with Omega-3, vitamin D3, B vitamins, magnesium, and probiotics.” www.hormonhalsan.com www.merciertherapy.se

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#Repost @fertilitynutritionist ・・・ “Thyroid health and fertility . . Thyroid disfunction is one if the biggest endocrine issue in females and always something you should look into if looking to start a family. . . Hypothyroidism ( where T4 thyroxine to T3) or what I call the savings to current/checking account transfer becomes problematic, you can start to feel it in the body with potentially cysts forming on the ovaries, menstrual irregularities, weight gain and temp regulation going wrong ( anyone having hot flushes without being anywhere near menopause, or sitting there with 4 layers on?) as well as brain fog, depression and dry skin and hair. It can also lead to increased production of prolactin — (scroll down to my hormone series for more on this) When your prolactin levels are high, you may not ovulate. You may also start to lose hair. I’m always on ‘Eyebrow’ watch on the underground in London - loss of hair in eyebrows can be a tell tale sign also!! Hyperthyroidism is also an issue but less common. Testing will pick up the issues up nonetheless and symptoms of this are more wired feelings, and weightloss, it is directly opposite to hypothyroid issues. . . Hypothyroidism has also been tied to a definite increase in the risk of miscarriage and if TSH, T4 and T3 are out of balance and you start to become auto immune to your own thyroid tissue and thyroid antibodies are raised on a test - and are labelled ‘hashimotos’ you are about four times more likely to have a miscarriage than women who aren't. . . Not all doom and gloom though as although you may have some of these symptoms there may be other root causes. - Test don’t guess, ALWAYS. as Dr Google can spin us all out! If in the UK, click on the link to a test I recommend in my profile on day 3 of your cycle which covers all the basics including thyroid health. If not grab that info and ask your doctor to perform the test. “ . www.hormonhalsan.com www.merciertherapy.se

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#Repost @functionalfertility ・・・ “{Touring the FERTILITY MATRIX: part 1} ENERGY PRODUCTION - PMID: 25719756, 28721182, 29598846 . Adequate energy production is essential for ovulation, fertilization, and implantation. For this reason, zoning in on mitochondrial health is part of my preconception care plan. . FUN FACT: More mitochondria are found per oocyte (egg cell) than any other organelle in the human body - which makes total sense! It takes a ton of energy to grow, mature, and release an egg every cycle. . Our mitochondria largely influences ovulatory function, the quality of eggs and sperm, and embryo development. In fact, mitochondrial dysfunction is implicated as a major contributor to ovarian aging and infertility. Growing evidence even suggests that the potential for an embryo to be successful is related to the ability of the egg cell’s mitochondria to generate energy. . Mitochondria can be damaged from environmental toxins (cigarette smoke is a big one), nutrient deficiencies, eating processed fats and sugar (looking at you, fructose), several medications, elevated blood sugar, and heavy metals. As you can see, most of us would likely benefit from some mitochondrial love. . The good news: We have lots of tools to fire up mitochondrial function. Let me tell you about a few of the ways we can give mitochondria a boost and power up our ovaries: ◾️The Mito Food Plan: AKA the OVARY POWER FOOD PLAN from @instituteforfxmed focuses on mitochondrial superfoods (like blueberries, spinach, and walnuts), ensures nutrient density and provides an antioxidant punch. ◾️Nutrients: Alpha-lipoic acid, L-carnitine, CoQ10, magnesium, N-acetylcysteine ◾️Phytochemicals: Curcumin (hello golden milk!), quercetin, resveratrol, and green tea ◾️Exercise: both physical exercise AND brain exercise support mitochondrial function. Bonus if you can tolerate some exercise in the cold – mild cold exposure can also rev up mitochondria.” . www.hormonhalsan.com www.merciertherapy.se . #functionalmedicine #fxmed #fxmedicine #functionalmedicinenutritionist #functionalfoods #functionalnutrition #functionalhealth #integrativemedicine #fertility #functionalfertility #naturopathicmedicine

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#Repost @hormonehealingrd ・・・ ”✨Healing Hormones From The Top Down✨⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ I've been talking a lot about gut health and your hormones this week so I thought I would dive into another area of focus when it come to healing your hormones: the brain! 🧠⁣ ⁣ A lot of things can impact our hormones (gut dysfunction & imbalances, mental/emotional stress, under eating, not sleeping enough, heavy metals, etc.), but what they ultimately come down to is 𝐒𝐓𝐑𝐄𝐒𝐒. ⁣ ⁣ Our bodies recognize these stressors and set off the cascade that is 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞:⁣ ⁣ 1️⃣Brain is alerted of the stress. ⁣ ⁣ 2️⃣Hypothalamus makes CRH and tells the pituitary to make ACTH. ⁣ ⁣ 3️⃣Pituitary makes ACTH and this tells the adrenals to release cortisol, adrenaline, and DHEA. ⁣ ⁣ This feedback loop keeps going no matter what the stressor is. ⁣ ⁣ Infection in the gut? 𝘚𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘱. ⁣ ⁣ Mental/emotional stress? 𝘚𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘱. ⁣ ⁣ Chronic inflammation? 𝘚𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘱. ⁣ ⁣ How does this impact your hormones?⁣ ⁣ 👇🏼⁣ ⁣ Your brain, hypothalamus, and pituitary also talk to your ovaries and stimulate sex hormone production (see image). ⁣ ⁣ Over time, chronic stress can cause signaling issues that lead to imbalances in sex hormones. ⁣ ⁣ 🚨Indicators of a Signaling Issue:⁣ 🔹short cycles ⁣ 🔹long cycles ⁣ 🔹not ovulating ⁣ ⁣ Addressing a Signaling Issue:⁣ 👉🏼Identifying and reducing stressors: nutrition, lifestyle, lab testing⁣ 👉🏼Supporting signaling from the brain to the ovaries (things like maca, vitex, and other herbs can be helpful--PLEASE talk to your doctor/dietitian before taking)⁣ 👉🏼Support central nervous system: ice baths, contrast showers, ginger, tart cherry juice ⁣ 👉🏼Support HPA axis/adrenals: based on your test results, properly support with minerals/herbs/lifestyle/nutrition⁣ ⁣ This is why I do a full nutrition/lifestyle inventory as well as functional lab testing with clients. You get the full picture and can created a targeted protocol 🙌🏼⁣ ⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Tag a friend that needs this info 💖” www.hormonhalsan.com www.merciertherapy.se

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#Repost @vulverinekoos ”“Men mina värden är bra” 🥥 Vet ni, de är nästan alltid “bra”. I alla fall om man går efter den konventionella vårdens referensvärden. 🥥 Vad som är normalt och vad som är friskt är i de flesta fall två olika saker. 🥥 Referensvärdena inom #vården, som avgör ifall du bedöms som “frisk”, är baserade på alla som kommit till just de labben. De utgår alltså ifrån en enormt varierad befolkning, inklusive sjuka personer och de med funktionell #näringsbrist. 🥥 Den breda korridoren för vad som anses vara “normala värden” varierar också beroende på var du är i landet, vilket betyder att du kan få en diagnos på exempelvis #hashimotos i ett län, men inte i ett annat. Därför att deras gräns ligger på olika antal (34 eller 60) - baserat på hur många i det länet som har antikroppar. Om många har anti-TPO, så höjs gränsen för vad som är “normalt”, och den höjningen har ingenting att göra med hur folk mår. 🥥 När det pratas #järnbrist så utgår vården från hb, hemoglobin. Det är det mest ytliga järnvärdet, och ligger nästan alltid bra. Tar du några järntabletter så går hb snabbt upp och ser jättebra ut, men det är INTE den viktigaste parametern vad gäller din järnstatus. Ska du veta hur du ligger till så behöver du testa alla möjliga järnrelaterade värden; ferritin, järn, transferrin, TIBC etc. Vad gäller ferritin (järndepån) så ligger referensen på 7-120 på de flesta ställen. Det är ett ENORMT spann. Är man kunnig i #näringsmedicin så vet man att det behöver ligga på absolut minst 30 för att folk ska må ok, men du kan alltså komma hem från vårdcentralen med 8 + beskedet att du “ligger normalt”. 🥥 Vad gäller D-vitamin så anses allting mellan 75-250 vara “optimalt” (också ett stort spann). Allt under det är egentligen för lite. Men på vissa ställen i landet ligger referensvärdena på 25-105, dvs mellan “svår brist” och “helt ok”. 🥥 De optimala värdena för olika näringsämnen är en mycket smalare korridor. 🥥 När jag träffar nån som säger “jag har inga brister” utifrån VC-prover, så betyder det helt ärligt inte mycket för mig. Jag vill se de faktiska siffrorna, jag vill inspektera deras menscykel och jag vill höra deras faktiska historia och symptom"