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Many Americans suffer from anxiety that impacts their daily lives. They frequently turn to medications to help boost their mood, but did you know that there are nutrients that can help, too?
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The Overview of Thyroid Health
A few weeks ago I finished my mini-series on thyroid health. I wanted to give everyone a chance to review it before I did a summary. So today I will do a quick summary of the thyroid. Throughout this series, we’ve learned what the thyroid is, what it does and why this is so important. We have gone over many of the lab tests that are important to thyroid health. Once labs have been done we have covered what to consider when it comes to complementary care. Conventional treatment is just as important. If you have a TSH of 6 which as we know indicates a low thyroid, this must be treated with both conventional and holistic methods. While it is important to work with your doctor to determine the best medication for your desired outcome, you have to know your options. These can include Armor, Synthroid, and Levothyroxine for under-active thyroid. (1) For overactive thyroid treatments can include thionamides or radioactive iodine therapy.†(2)
In addition to going over basic hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, we have covered autoimmune issues that can affect the thyroid and how it can affect other systems such as the adrenals, female health and even weight.†
What can you do if you haven’t been feeling well and suspect it might be the thyroid? First, make a list of symptoms you are experiencing. Relying on memory is never exact. I know I personally get anxious waiting to see my primary care. Symptoms of thyroid disorder as I previously mentioned include weight gain/weight loss, feeling hot/cold, changes in sleep pattern, fatigue, menstrual irregularities, mood changes, hair loss, bone loss, constipation, and dry skin/hair. (3) I go through a complete list of symptoms in my blog about hyper and hypothyroidism.†
Once you have this list of symptoms, go to your doctor for blood tests. You can talk to your doctor about TSH, T3, T4 and antibodies to get as many details as possible. If weight gain or weight loss is an issue, do your food log. My previous blog goes into depth on these topics!†
Once you have a food log and blood work, talk to a nutritionist to see what is going on. You can also check out a blog on InViteⓇ Health that relates to you. Do you seem to have adrenal fatigue? Are you a woman postmenopausal? These are all things that are important to address.†
Working with the underlying issues is most important. However, that can take time. Working with the symptoms can also be important so that you feel better now. There are a number of InViteⓇ products that can be helpful. I’ve included products relating to symptoms not addressed in my prior blogs:†
This can accompany both hyper and hypothyroidism. What are some things that can be helpful? InViteⓇ Health has a wonderful multivitamin designed to help with energy called Performance Multivitamin. For those who do not like swallowing pills, a powdered multi called Multi energy powder can help. Studies show that long term, a good multivitamin helps with energy.† (5)
For those with digestion problems, InViteⓇ has Digestive HxⓇ. Studies show that supplementation with enzymes helps with bowel movements and digestive function. (6) A probiotic, for example Probiotic HxⓇ, helps with constipation, diarrhea, gas and bloating. Studies show that a good probiotic is very important for a health digestive tract! †(7)
L Theanine has been found in studies to be helpful with reducing anxiety. †(8)
Dry skin / nails / hair
Fish oil has been found in studies to be good for dryness in skin, and hair.† (9)
Do you struggle with tossing and turning every night? Do you have trouble sleeping? Well learn more about exercise in relation to sleep today!
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InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH
Every year, they do these different studies that show how stressed out people get when it comes to the holidays. It varies in terms of what actually drives those different stressors. For some people it can be financial, for others it can be the stress of having to deal with family. For many people, it’s the stress that’s brought on because they don’t feel like they have enough time to accomplish everything. Today, I want to talk about stress and the holiday season and different nutrients that might be very supportive when it comes to managing your holiday stressors.†
How stress impacts your overall health
We know that stress is incredibly detrimental to our health. We’ve seen the different studies that show the systemic impact of what actually occurs in the body when we have these different conditions that drive up these demands in our system. It creates an imbalance and we lose equilibrium.†
The primary pathway to which stress is driven is through the adrenal pathway with the release of cortisol, but we know that many other pathways are impacted by stress. When we think of holiday stress, we can start to look at the impact of serotonin, acetylcholine and GABA within the body. We know that GABA helps to keep us calm, but if you’re overly stressed, it may be that your GABA is being released in inadequate amounts. We can also look at imbalances of blood glucose, the loss of immune function and more.†
Supporting your body during the holidays
We want to make sure that we are making it through the holiday season as stress-free as possible. There will be stress that you can’t avoid, but we want to be able to manage it. This is why you want to stick to a diet during the holiday season that is going to help enhance your overall health and offset the impact of stress. Adherence to a Mediterranean Diet is beneficial.†
We also want to be able to inhibit some of those stress pathways. Different herbal extracts and adaptogenic herbs, for example, can be very beneficial. During the holiday time, I often will turn people to rhodiola. Rhodiola is working on two different fronts. Number one, we know it’s an adrenal adaptogenic herb, so it’s going to yield us this benefit when it comes to offsetting the negative impact that excess cortisol can bring about in the system. We also know that rhodiola helps with energy production, so at the cellular level, this is a great thing for helping to drive up ATP. If you are stressed out trying to get all of these different things done during the holidays and you feel like time is ticking, getting rhodiola on board can give you that extra little boost.†
The other thing that I would certainly encourage people to look into during the holidays would be something like L-theanine. We want to target those neurotransmitter pathways, especially to help enhance the release of GABA. GABA is important for helping us stay calm. When we are taking L-theanine as a supplement, this helps to allow the facilitation of GABA’s release. The L-theanine is very mild in terms of its targeted approach and helps to enhance the way that the body manages anxiety and stress.†
In this episode, Amanda Williams, MPH discusses the stresses of the holiday season. She explains how stress impacts the body and details multiple nutrients that can help fend off these harmful effects.†
- What is cortisol?
- The kinds of stress that you can’t avoid
- What to eat in place of processed foods
- What is GABA?
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