Your Thyroid and How it Affects Your Metabolism

If you have been reading my blogs and have read my “About Wendy” page, you know that I have medical conditions that I deal with on a daily basis.  The medical condition that I have been dealing with most lately is my hypothyroidism.

If you have a thyroid condition whether “hyper” or “hypo”, you know when there are changes that have occurred.  I have been working out faithfully for the past two months and have been eating healthier and watching what I eat now for several months, not losing a single pound (actually gained).  I have also been feeling more fatigued, muscle fatigue and weakness, anxiety, and been having mood swings.  So, I decided “Wendy, you need to get to the doctor and have your thyroid levels tested because something is definitely not right”.   Well, I was correct!!   The doctor’s office called me today and my thyroid levels are too low again and they need to increase the dose on my medications.  SURPRISE, SURPRISE!!!  Because the thyroid affects your quality of life and I’m struggling with mine right now, I have decided to talk about it.

Thyroid 101: What is the thyroid and what does it do?

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located in the front of the neck just below the Adams apple. The gland wraps around the windpipe (trachea) and has a shape that is similar to a butterfly formed by two wings (lobes) and attached by a middle part (isthmus). The thyroid gland works like a tiny factory that uses iodine (mostly from the diet in foods such as seafood and salt) to produce thyroid hormones. These hormones help to regulate the body’s metabolism and effects processes, such as growth and other important functions of the body.  Picture of the thyroid gland

The two most important thyroid hormones are thyroxine (T4) andtriiodothyronine (T3), representing 99.9% and 0.1% of thyroid hormones respectively. The hormone with the most biological power is actually T3. Once released from the thyroid gland into the blood, a large amount of T4 is converted to T3 – the active hormone that affects the metabolism of cells throughout our body.

What signs and symptoms can occur if thyroid function is affected?

If the thyroid is under-active, symptoms of hypothyroidism may occur. The signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism vary widely, depending on the severity of hormone deficiency. Some of the complaints experienced by patient’s with hypothyroidism include:

  • fatigue
  • mental fogginess and forgetfulness
  • feeling excessively cold
  • constipation
  • dry skin
  • fluid retention
  • non specific aches and stiffness in muscles and joints
  • excessive or prolonged menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia)
  • depression

Hyperthyroidism is suggested by a number of signs and symptoms. Patients with mild disease usually experience no symptoms. In patients older than 70 years of age, the classical manifestations may also be absent. In general, the symptoms become more obvious as the condition worsens. The symptoms are usually related to an increase in body metabolism. Common symptoms are listed below:

  • Excessive sweating
  • Heat intolerance
  • Increased bowel movements
  • Tremor (usually a fine shake)
  • Nervousness; agitation
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Decreased concentration
  • Irregular and scant menstrual flow

Weight Loss is Regulated by the Thyroid

The thyroid gland is the primary regulator of your body’s metabolism. If it does not function properly people can have weight loss as well as weight gaining issues.

It plays a distinct role in maintaining body temperature, can adjust the metabolic rate of every cell, controls neurotransmitters in the brain altering your moods, appetite, behavior and emotions.

When the thyroid isn’t doing its job, many people have significant hair loss, or feel cold even though it is warm.  When emotions aren’t regulated the result is often depression, forgetfulness, irritability and weight loss problems.

An underactive thyroid can’t regulate your body’s rate of metabolism and you become overweight, suffering with weight loss problems, even if you only eat a little food. If you have an underactive thryroid, without treatment weight loss seems hopeless.

Weight loss isn’t possible when your metabolism slows to a crawl.  You feel fatigued, and your mind acts like it is in a fog.

Most people do not realize how much thyroid imbalance can effect and change their quality of life.  If you are one of those who has struggled with weight loss for many years, you may find relief when you get the proper hormone testing.

So, my suggestion is….  If you have any of the above listed symptoms, I recommend you making an appointment with your physician to make sure that your thyroid isn’t awry.  I look forward to feeling myself again in the near future and hopefully I will start losing the unwanted pounds again.  

If anyone has any suggestions regarding the thyroid and/or thyroid diseases, nutrition related, other symptoms, treatments, etc please post a comment below.  Comments are always welcome!!!

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The Importance of Oral Health

Oral health is essential to general health and quality of life. It is a state of being free from mouth and facial pain, oral and throat cancer, oral infection and sores, periodontal (gum) disease, tooth decay, tooth loss, and other diseases and disorders that limit an individual’s capacity in biting, chewing, smiling, speaking, and psychosocial wellbeing.

Oral diseases and conditions

The most common oral diseases are dental cavities, periodontal (gum) disease, oral cancer, oral infectious diseases, trauma from injuries, and hereditary lesions.

Common causes of oral diseases

Risk factors for oral diseases include an unhealthy diet, tobacco use and harmful alcohol use. These are also risk factors for the four leading chronic diseases – cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes – and oral diseases are often linked to chronic disease. Poor oral hygiene is also a risk factor for oral disease.

The prevalence of oral disease varies by geographical region, and availability and accessibility of oral health services. Social determinants in oral health are also very strong. The prevalence of oral diseases is increasing in low- and middle-income countries, and in all countries, the oral disease burden is significantly higher among poor and disadvantaged population groups.

Prevention and treatment

The burden of oral diseases and other chronic diseases can be decreased simultaneously by addressing common risk factors. These include:

  • decreasing sugar intake and maintaining a well-balanced nutritional intake to prevent tooth decay and premature tooth loss;
  • consuming fruit and vegetables that can protect against oral cancer;
  • stopping tobacco use and decreasing alcohol consumption to reduce the risk of oral cancers, periodontal disease and tooth loss;
  • ensuring proper oral hygiene;
  • using protective sports and motor vehicle equipment to reduce the risk of facial injuries; and
  • safe physical environments.

Dental cavities can be prevented by maintaining a constant low level of fluoride in the oral cavity. Fluoride can be obtained from fluoridated drinking water, salt, milk and toothpaste, as well as from professionally-applied fluoride or mouth rinse. Long-term exposure to an optimal level of fluoride results in fewer dental cavities in both children and adults.

Most oral diseases and conditions require professional dental care, however, due to limited availability or inaccessibility, the use of oral health services is markedly low among older people, people living in rural areas, and people with low income and education. Oral health care coverage is low in low- and middle- income countries.

Traditional curative dental care is a significant economic burden for many high-income countries, where 5–10% of public health expenditure relates to oral health. In low- and middle-income countries, public oral health programmes are rare. The high cost of dental treatment can be avoided by effective prevention and health promotion measures.

This article was retrieved from the World Healthy Organization (WHO).  I hope you found this information to be helpful and stop by again soon.  

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Native Americans and Diabetes

Native Americans suffer with diabetes…

Native Americans are at a greater risk of having diabetes than anyone. While almost six percent of the U.S. population has some form of this disease, among the Native American populations, that number is twice as high.

Diabetes Among Native Americans

Prevalance of type 2 diabetes among Native Americans in the United States is 12.2% for those over 19 years of age.

One tribe in Arizona has the highest rate of diabetes in the world. About 50% of the adults between the ages of 30 and 64 have diabetes.

Other medical issues associated with diabetes

Ten to twenty-one percent of all people with diabetes develop kidney disease.   Among people with diabetes, the rate of diabetic end stage renal disease is six times higher among Native Americans.

Diabetes is the most frequent cause of non-traumatic lower limb amputations. The risk of a leg amputation is 15 to 40 times greater for a person with diabetes. Each year 54,000 people lose their foot or leg to diabetes. Amputation rates among Native Americans are 3-4 times higher than the general population.

Diabetic retinopathy is a term used for all abnormalities of the small blood vessels of the retina caused by diabetes, such as weakening of blood vessel walls or leakage from blood vessels. Diabetic retinopathy occurs in 18% of Pima Indians and 24.4% of Oklahoma Indians.

According to the American Diabetes Association

There are 15.7 million or 5.9% of the population in the United States who have diabetes.

While an estimated 10.3 million have been diagnosed, 5.4 million people are not aware that they have the disease.

Each day approximately 2,200 people are diagnosed with diabetes. About 798,000 people will be diagnosed this year.

Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States and the sixth-leading cause of death by disease. Based on death certificate data, diabetes contributed to 193,140 deaths in 1996.

Each day approximately 2,200 people are diagnosed with diabetes. About 798,000 people will be diagnosed this year.

Health care and other costs directly related to diabetes treatment, as well as the costs of lost productivity, run $98 billion annually.

Diabetes Prevention

1: Get more physical activity

There are many benefits to regular physical activity. Exercise can help you:

  • Lose weight
  • Lower your blood sugar
  • Boosts your sensitivity to insulin — which helps keep your blood sugar within a normal range

2: Get plenty of fiber

It’s rough, it’s tough — and it may help you:

  • Reduce your risk of diabetes by improving your blood sugar control
  • Lower your risk of heart disease
  • Promote weight loss by helping you feel full

Foods high in fiber include fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, nuts and seeds.

3: Go for whole grains

Although it’s not clear why, whole grains may reduce your risk of diabetes and help maintain blood sugar levels. Try to make at least half your grains whole grains. Many foods made from whole grains come ready to eat, including various breads, pasta products and many cereals. Look for the word “whole” on the package and among the first few items in the ingredient list.

4: Lose extra weight

If you’re overweight, diabetes prevention may hinge on weight loss. Every pound you lose can improve your health. And you may be surprised by how much. In one study, overweight adults reduced their diabetes risk by 16 percent for every kilogram (2.2 pounds) of weight lost. Also, those who lost a modest amount of weight — at least 5 to 10 percent of initial body weight — and exercised regularly reduced the risk of developing diabetes by almost 60 percent over three years.

5: Skip fad diets and make healthier choices

Low-carb diets, the glycemic index diet or other fad diets may help you lose weight at first, but their effectiveness at preventing diabetes isn’t known nor are their long-term effects. And by excluding or strictly limiting a particular food group, you may be giving up essential nutrients. Instead, think variety and portion control as part of an overall healthy-eating plan.

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Heart Healthy Diet Rules

Dietary and lifestyle guidelines for general heart health from the American Heart Association.  

These guidelines are for healthy adults and children older than age 2 as well as people who already have health problems such as coronary artery disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, or heart failure.

The AHA diet and lifestyle guidelines recommend that you:

  • Eat a variety of fruit and vegetable servings every day. Dark green, deep orange, or yellow fruits and vegetables are especially nutritious. Examples include spinach, carrots, peaches, and berries.
  • Eat a variety of grain products every day. Include whole-grain foods that have lots of fiber and nutrients. Examples of whole grains include oats, whole wheat bread, and brown rice.
  • Eat fish at least 2 times each week. Oily fish, which contain omega-3 fatty acids, are best for your heart. These fish include tuna, salmon, mackerel, lake trout, herring, and sardines.
  • Stay at a healthy weight by balancing the amount of calories you eat with the activity you do every day. If you want to lose weight, increase your activity level to burn more calories than you eat.
  • Eat foods low in saturated fat and cholesterol. Try to choose the following foods:
    • Lean meats and meat alternatives like beans or tofu
    • Fish, vegetables, beans, and nuts
    • Nonfat and low-fat dairy products
    • Polyunsaturated or monounsaturated fats, like canola and olive oils, to replace saturated fats, such as butter
  • Read food labels and limit the amount of trans fat you eat. Trans fat raises the levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and also lowers high-density lipoprotein (HDL, or “good”) cholesterol in the blood. Trans fat is found in many processed foods made with shortening or with partially hydrogenated or hydrogenated vegetable oils. These foods include cookies, crackers, chips, and many snack foods.
  • Limit sodium intake to less than 2,300 mg of sodium per day (about one teaspoon). Choose and prepare foods with little or no salt.
  • Limit alcohol intake to 2 drinks per day for men and 1 drink per day for women.
  • Limit drinks and foods with added sugar.
  • When you are eating away from home, try to follow these heart-healthy guidelines.

Special considerations include the following:

  • Older people. As you age, you do not usually need to eat as many calories. Although the general dietary guidelines remain the same, older people should be careful to choose foods rich in nutrients to meet their nutritional needs without too many calories.
  • Children. Many more children are becoming overweight. Although more research is needed on specific dietary guidelines for children, overweight children have an increased risk for diabetesand coronary artery disease (CAD) later in life. Children over the age of 2 can follow the AHA diet and lifestyle recommendations and maintain normal growth while lowering their risk of heart disease in the future.
  • People with kidney disease. Cardiovascular disease can develop in people who lose normal function of their kidneys. If you have kidney disease, you may need to limit some nutrients including protein and sodium. For more information, see the topic Chronic Kidney Disease.

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Four Nutrients That Help Prevent Headaches

When you look around the world today, we face big headaches: environmental disasters, financial crises and political unrest. But if your own head hurts, that’s all you can focus on.

Headaches affect nearly everyone at some point. Types of headaches include tension headaches, migraines, cluster headaches and sinus headaches.

Migraines are one of the more painful types of headaches. They usually cause throbbing or pulsing on one side of the head and may be accompanied by nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound. Some foods, alcohol, food additives such as monosodium glutamate (MSG) or nitrates, and artificial sweeteners such as aspartame may trigger migraines. Anxiety, stress, lack of sleep, skipping meals (which causes low blood sugar) and dehydration can also kick off these painful headaches.

You may turn to prescription and over-the-counter medications to treat or prevent migraines. But these can be expensive, cause side effects and even cause rebound headaches — a vicious cycle. The good news is there may be another way to prevent the misery of migraines. Studies are showing some migraines may be caused by deficiencies in certain nutrients. To find headache help, check out the following vitamins and minerals:

Headache Helpers

Magnesium: This mineral is essential to many body functions. It relaxes your nerves and muscles, builds and strengthens bones and keeps your blood circulating smoothly. Several studies show people with migraines have low levels of magnesium. In addition, studies have shown that supplementation with magnesium reduced the frequency of migraines. To increase your levels of magnesium, eat nuts, legumes, dark green leafy vegetables, soy products, whole grains and seafood.

Riboflavin (B2): This vitamin is essential for normal cell function, growth and energy production. When you don’t get enough riboflavin, you may have headaches, fatigue, visual disturbances, digestive problems, cracks in the mouth, and sensitivity to light. However, one study showed daily supplementation with riboflavin significantly decreased migraine attacks. Good sources of riboflavin include dairy products, eggs, enriched cereals/grains, meats, liver and green vegetables.

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10): This compound boosts energy, enhances the immune system, and acts as an antioxidant. Aging and certain medications and diseases can reduce the body’s production of CoQ10. An article in the April 2002 issue of the Journal of the International Headache Society reports more than 60 percent of the patients in a trial cut the frequency of their migraine attacks at least in half after four months. Key sources of CoQ10 include salmon and tuna, organ meats (such as liver) and whole grains.

Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA): This compound, which acts as an antioxidant, is important in the energy-related functions of the body’s cells. A recent study shows supplementing with ALA reduced the frequency, intensity and number of headache days in migraine sufferers. ALA also maximizes the positive effects of other antioxidants such coenzyme Q10. ALA is found in red meat, organ meats and yeast.

Shake It Up!!!

Unfortunately, many of us don’t eat a nutritionally balanced diet and may even cut out some food groups entirely. Reliv nutritional supplements offer the optimum balance of nutrients to support good health. Many also contain the headache-relieving ingredients discussed above. For example, Reliv Now®, Reliv Classic® and Reliv Now for Kids® contain magnesium and riboflavin, along with a host of other essential nutrients. And GlucAffect®, ReversAge® and ProVantage® all contain both CoQ10 and ALA. So with just about every Reliv product choice, you’re benefiting from potential headache help as well as the vital nutrition your body craves.

I have been living with headaches, especially migraines most of my life.  These migraines were running my life because I was getting one every single day.  After the first few weeks on the Reliv products, I have not had one single headache (including migraines). ***If you’re tired of dealing with headaches and they just continue to consume your life, it’s time you take your life back.  Find out for yourself how Reliv can help you, try it TODAY!!!***

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Non-Hodgkin’s (Large B Cell) Stage 3 Lymphoma

“Two days after Christmas in 2008, a chest x-ray revealed that I had a large tumor (9 cm.) the size of my fist…at which time I began to dramatically increase my Reliv shakes. On January 6th, 2009, a surgical biopsy was done and we learned that I had lymphoma, which was later classified and staged. Since an initial PET scan revealed that there was evidence of it on both sides of my diaphragm, the label they gave me was “Non-Hodgkin’s (Large B Cell) Lymphoma, Stage 3”…which was not good news.

The treatment program that was recommended for me is called R-CHOP, and it is considered strong chemotherapy. R-CHOP is a combination of Rituxin along with Cytoxan, Adriamycin, Vincristine, and Prednisone, a really nasty combination of drugs. My first round of chemo was on January 22nd, and I took Reliv the entire time that I was on chemotherapy, even during my infusions. I mention that because it would have been very difficult for me to do that by myself; my wife would mix my shakes and hand me one about every two hours while I was receiving my treatments. We did this because we felt that I needed to get just as much good nutrition into my body as I could while I was receiving chemotherapy through my infusions. Well, that paid off, because less than three months later, on April 17, 2009, my oncologist told me that a second PET scan revealed no cancerous activity whatsoever! What had been Stage 3 Lymphoma was no longer Stage 2, or even Stage 1. My oncologist declared me to be in full remission, and I will be scanned periodically for the next 5 years just as a precaution.

There is no doubt in my mind that strong chemotherapy literally dissolved the malignant tumors in my body, but the problem with chemotherapy is that it destroys more than just cancer cells, it also kills things you need, things like healthy cells. Reliv helped my body create healthy cells and it allowed me to withstand the ravages of strong chemotherapy. The entire time that I was on chemotherapy, my blood work was perfect – red cell count, white cell count, platelet count, you name it. I never experienced any fatigue, no nausea, no constipation, no neuropathy, no mouth sores and, really, no pain of any kind. The whole litany of side-effects that they told me were coming my way never, ever materialized. I never missed a day of work, which was truly a blessing and, really, my only side-effect throughout my ordeal was hair loss and, of course, it has all grown back. Most people that have taken strong chemotherapy will tell you that their experience was not at all like mine.

I think what amazed my oncologist the most is that I never missed a day of work and, when he discharged me in May, 2009, my oncologist described my recovery as both ‘dramatic and remarkable.’ I credit God’s grace, lots of answered prayers, and the power of patented nutrition. I refer to it as the ultimate hat trick!

The Reliv products do not cure cancer, I want to be very clear about that. But when you put the best possible nutrition into the human body – faithfully and consistently – the human body can do amazing things. It can heal – just as God designed it to do.”
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