I Sleep, but I’m always TIRED… Maybe its my Thyroid
Depending on which source
you look at, Thyroid conditions affect women somewhere between 4 and 10 times
more than men. The Thyroid Foundation of Canada states that about 5% of the
world population is affected and the Australian Thyroid Foundation adds that 1
million Australians currently have an undiagnosed Thyroid issue (that’s 1 in 25
people!). As rates of thyroid conditions (especially hypothyroidism) tend to increase
as we age and we have an aging population, we may expect to see numbers
increase further. The Thyroid Foundation of Canada goes on to state that Thyroid
disorders are very treatable. Given that a large percentage of the affected
population is unaware of their situation, this would lead to a substantial number
of people, unnecessarily feeling fatigue, irritability, discomfort and with an inability
to be fully productive.
What is the Thyroid?
The Thyroid gland is an
important part of the endocrine system. Its job is to control many bodily
functions via secreting hormones – T3 (triiodothyronine)
and T4 (thyroxine). They
regulate the body’s temperature, metabolism and heart rate and in doing so affect
many areas. The Pituitary (and Hypothalamus) glands monitor and control the
amount of T3 & T4 that the Thyroid releases. Thyroid conditions create either a state of Hyperthyroidism or
Hypothyroidism, that is, too much or too little thyroid hormone production,
Thyroid disorders may
be caused by iodine deficiency; autoimmune diseases (namely Hashimoto’s
Thyroiditis and Graves’ Disease); viral and bacterial induced inflammation (thyroiditis);
congenital; malignant (cancerous) and benign tumours/nodules on the thyroid
gland, disfunction of the pituitary or Hypothalamus glands; or as a result of some
treatments (surgical removal of the thyroid gland [or part there of] & toxic
changes from radioactive iodine therapy).
tend to vary as there are many factors involved, further, as symptoms tend to
start slowly and gradually progress, it may take a while for sufferers to
realise that they are not just tired or stresses etc.
- weak slow heart beat
- muscular weakness and constant fatigue
- sensitivity to cold
- thick puffy skin and/or dry skin
- pale and cold (maybe clammy) skin
- poor appetite
- brittle hair
- voice may be croaky and hoarse
- slowed mental processes and poor memory
- weight gain/difficulty losing weight
- goitre (increased size of the thyroid)
- rapid, forceful heartbeat
- muscular weakness (due to muscle loss)
- weight loss (due to muscle and fat loss) in spite of
- restlessness/irritability, nervousness/anxiety and
- profuse sweating
- heat intolerance
- hot, moist skin
- eye changes (generally bulging)
- goitre (increased size of the thyroid)
Generally is treated
by medicating with T4 thyroid hormones (and sometime T3 also). This is a life-long
treatment and requires frequent blood test monitoring.
Hashimoto’s is an
autoimmune condition creating a low level of Thyroid hormones and is the most
common cause of Hypothyroidism. As with all autoimmune diseases, the immune
system is over-active and is associated with inflammation. A diet and lifestyle
that reduces inflammation and supports the immune system to balance, may be of
benefit in combination with medication and monitoring. It is also worth noting
that generally only T4 hormone medication is given, but some people respond
better with a combination of T3 & T4 hormone medications. Further, some
people find that animal derived Thyroid hormones are more effective for them
than the synthetic medications. So be aware that there are a few options out
there and if your symptoms are not responding as expected, some experimentation
with the support and guidance of your GP is possible.
Lifestyle changes that
may assist in the management of hypothyroidism include:
- Reducing gluten intake
- Checking MTHFR gene function and your body’s
ability to absorb and use Folic acid/folate/folinic acid effectively – and supporting
- Reducing stress
- Supporting Adrenal overload and the body’s
- taking adaptagenic
herbs (such as Siberian Ginseng, Rhodiola and Ashwaganda)
- Supporting Kidney and Liver functions and the
body’s detoxification processes
- Eating an anti-inflammatory diet
- Avoid gluten,
dairy, red meat, processed sugar, packaged foods
- Adding turmeric,
omega 3, green leafy vegetables
- Supporting optimal Thyroid function
- Salt balance
(electrolytes) – using water, sea salt and honey
Graves’ Disease (a
genetic autoimmune disease) is the most common cause of Hyperthyroidism.
Nodules on the Thyroid (cancerous or benign) and Thyroiditis caused by viral or
bacterial infection can also be causes.
Treatment is based
around reducing the levels of thyroid hormone in the body. This can be done via
- Thyroid blocking drugs
- Destroying thyroid cells with radioactive
- Surgically removing the thyroid gland (partial
treatment is required, a healthy lifestyle may generally support optimal
response to treatment, your general health and your resilience.
It is also important
to note that the treatment of Hyperthyroidism may result in a subsequent hypothyroid
state, meaning that Thyroid hormone medication may be required.
Spring 10 Day Reset
Join us, 29th April 2019 to make a few simple changes, just for 10 days. A quick way to reset or boost your metabolism, aid detoxification and feel great. Allowing you to Restore * Refresh * Re-Energise
In this busy and stressful world, we can’t escape the multitude of chemicals in our food, water, air, personal care and cleaning products and even home furniture and furnishings. Our body’s are constantly bombarded with stimuli, stress and chemicals and are therefore constantly active – filtering, neutralising and removing metabolic waste products and added toxins.
Even when our body’s are effective at this and coping enough to stay healthy, it still makes sense to help support this amazing system. We can do this by including simple, regular activities that help reduce build up and therefore reduce the load placed on our digestive, immune and detoxification processes. This also optimises repair and rebuilding processes to maximise our strength, mobility, function, comfort and energy. What’s more, it helps to minimise and maybe even reverse “age related” wrinkles, hormone imbalances and even, symptoms of chronic illnesses.
It’s a combination of core principles, focusing on 4 main areas
We then, split this into 10 daily modules, detailing each topic and containing simple, actionable steps
Simple and easy to implement, it’s a matter of small actions performed daily to produce a transformational outcome.
It’s the application of effective action steps within these 4 areas that allows massive change. Shifting the body to a more alkaline state which translates directly to
- reduced inflammation
- improved healing/repair
- improved hormone balance
=> reduced pain
=> increased energy
To Join Us
Once Registered, you’ll receive an email explaining how to ensure you are part of the closed Facebook group.
You’ll also get a link to access a bonus Healthy Treats Recipe ebook
Via the closed Facebook group, you will receive mini worksheets and action steps for each day and details of a short, simple and effective excerise program, when we come to the movement module.
This is a 10 day program designed to do 2 main things
- provide you with a simple 10 day detoxification process that you can keep coming back to, whenever you feel you need it (yearly, or seasonally)
- help you create healthful habits that you can implement into your everyday life.
Optimising what you put in, to Maximise what you get out – To keep you energised, looking good and feeling great. No matter your age!
Please be aware
- If you have a specific issue, it is best that you undertake this program under the guidance of your primary healthcare professional.
- It is a short detoxification program, not a “weight loss” regime. It will give you quick results to boost your metabolism and your energy, and help you feel more comfortable as well as have less pain, and it is highly likely you will lose fat and build stamina within this short time
- While you could follow this basic program to allowing you to lose fat and build tone, stamina, strength and flexibility. A healthful and sustainable weight loss program will take a minimum 3 months. Realise that we are a product of what we have eaten, done and thought over the past 3-12 months. We replace every cell in the body, but this takes months and in some cases years to complete. While we feed our body the right things, we will replace each cell with healthier ones… an exciting and empowering idea! Consistency, Patience and Belief is KEY
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Honey – A Treat or a Treatment?
Written by Dr Alexis Weidland (Osteopath)
So honey tastes great, but it’s just sugar right?
Well, yes… and no.
Honey is high in calories, containing a whopping 17grams of sugar, zero fats and minimal (0.1g) protein in just 21 grams of honey (1 Tablespoon) (1,2) .
Honey is made up almost entirely of carbohydrates, specifically sugars, it is a combination of fructose, glucose and maltose (3) . But while table sugar or sucrose (a combination of glucose and fructose) has a Glycaemic Index (GI) of 68, honey’s GI is 50 – still high, but a little lower (4) .
From the above information, you could be forgiven for thinking that honey is not all that great. Based on that, it is only a slightly better sweetener alternative to regular sugar.
Looking a little deeper
- While both honey and table sugar have a high GI, (unlike refined sugar), who’s Glycaemic Load GL is 28. Honey’s GL is around 16, depending on the source it is claimed even lower (2) .
- GL is a conversion of GI into a serving size, appropriate measure, although it is still an incomplete view of food and its effect on blood glucose levels, it may be more accurate than GI.
- According to Glycaemic Load, a measure less than 10 is low, between 10-20 is moderate and over 20 is high (5) . So while sugar remains a high GL food, honey drops to a moderate GL food, possibly making it better for diabetics (though not perfect).
- While sugar contains calories (from carbohydrates) and is void of nutritional value or health benefits.
- Honey contains:
- plant-based antioxidants (6,7)
- amino acids (22 of them)
- trace vitamins (including B vitamins [B1,2,3,5 & 6], A, C, D, E & K)
- trace minerals (about 27, including iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and selenium)
- 5000 enzymes (1,8)
- has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory benefits (7) .
- Scientists believe that it is the antioxidants found in honey that are responsible for its
many potential health benefits (6) .
Did I say of health benefits?
Yes, you read correctly!
Honey appears to have been used since ancient times in medicine, and it is still used today, maybe you’ve heard of Manuka Honey? (3) .
So, while honey as a sweetener choice, may only be marginally better that refined sugar, as a medicinal aid, used in moderation within a healthy, varied, high plant filled diet, scientific research suggests it could be the perfect choice!.
8 surprising evidence based benefits of honey:
- Well, honey can be beneficial for the healing of wounds, especially in diabetic patients (7) .
- It is cardio protective and shows some promise in supporting those with diabetes due to its ability to reduce oxidation of LDLs
- Improves blood lipid profile – reducing cholesterol and triglycerides, while increasing HDLs
- Improves the widening and relaxing of arteries (supporting reduction in blood pressure and increase circulation even to the heart) (9,10,11) .
- Appears to reduce general inflammation (10,11) .
- Supports the immune system (15) and has shown great promise as being more effective than cough medicines in children (12,13)
- As well as in reducing medications for allergy suffers (14) .
- Because the compounds in honey positively impact the immune system, healing ability and inflammatory response of the human body internally as well as on the skin and this is further supported by the antimicrobial benefits of honey. This combination makes it perfect for treating skin conditions from acne and dandruff to psoriasis and eczema as well as skin lesions, burns and wounds.
1. WOUND HEALING
Honey assists in wound healing which is especially useful in diabetic wounds, due to complications and difficulties as a result of slowed healing rates in people with advanced diabetes. In fact, because honey has to ability to fight microorganisms, support healing itself via trace nutrients and antioxidants and reduce inflammation as well as keep the would moist, it is a perfect remedy all on its own (7) . It has the added benefit of still being effective against antibiotic resistant microbes as well as being cheap and accessible (7) . This is especially useful in diabetic wounds due to slow healing complications (7) .
2. CARDIO PROTECTIVE:
Honey contains a variety of antioxidants including vitamin C, flavonoids and others and research shows honey has potential pharmaceutical benefit in: fighting free radicals (one factor involved in heart disease); reducing the oxidation of LDLs in the blood (a major factor in plaque and clot formation); promoting vasodilation of the blood vessels (the opposite of which, vasoconstriction, is a major cause of high blood pressure and restricted circulation to the heart) (9) (Honey contains a variety of antioxidants including vitamin C, flavonoids and others and research shows honey has potential pharmaceutical benefit in reducing cardiovascular disease due to its antithrombotic (reduce clots), anti-ishaemic (increase circulation and oxygen), and vaso-relaxant actions (allows blood vessels to relax and widen). These actions assist in a reduction of clots and arterial blockages including from arterial constriction itself; reduce LDL oxidation thus further reducing plaques and potential clots; and reducing blood pressure via reducing artery resistance and plaque growths) – this is too technical yes? (9)
3. REDUCED INFLAMMATORY MARKERS
Studies show that C-reactive protein, a marker for general body inflammation as well as homocysteine, a necessary amino acid but in high levels is a potent free radical) both reduce with honey supplementation (10, 11) .
4. REDUCED LDL, CHOLESTEROL, TRIGLYCERIDES WHILE INCREASED HDL
Studies show the potential of honey supplementation to improve the blood lipid profile, beneficial for many things, most notably cardiovascular disease and diabetes (10, 11) .
5. AN EFFECTIVE ALTERNATIVE TO COUGH MEDICINE
In multiple studies, honey performed as well as cough medicine or better, especially in children (12, 13) .
6. ALLERGY SUPPORT
At least 1 study shows that pre-seasonal use of honey (made with the pollen of the plants that one is allergic to) can reduce use of allergy medications and days symptomatic days (14) .
7. SUPPORT IMMUNE SYSTEM
Honey contains polyphenols, a group of plant antioxidants that assist the body in flighting diseases. A study showed that taking honey daily, raise blood levels of polyphenols, showing that honey is a bioavailable form of such antioxidants as at least the polyphenol group of antioxidants (15) .
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- Fahmida Alam,1 Asiful Islam, 1 Siew Hua Gan, 1 and Md. Ibrahim Khalil 2 , *, 2014 ‘Honey: A Potential Therapeutic Agent for Managing Diabetic Wounds’, Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2014: 169130. [Published online 2014 Oct 15]. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4216698/
- M I Khaliland S A Sulaiman .2010, ‘The Potential Role of Honey and its Polyphenols in Preventing Heart Diseases: A Review’, Afr J Tradit Complement Altern Med. 7(4): 315–321. Published online 2010 Jul 3. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3005390/
- Al-Waili NS1. 2004, ‘Natural honey lowers plasma glucose, C-reactive protein, homocysteine, and blood lipids in healthy, diabetic, and hyperlipidemic subjects: comparison with dextrose and sucrose’, J Med Food. Spring;7(1):100-7. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15117561
- Majid M, Younis MA, Naveed AK, Shah MU, Azeem Z, Tirmizi SH. 2013, ‘Effects of natural honey on blood glucose and lipid profile in young healthy Pakistani males’, J Ayub Med Coll Abbottabad. Jul-Dec;25(3-4):44-7. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25226738
- Paul IM1, Beiler J, McMonagle A, Shaffer ML, Duda L, Berlin CM Jr. 2007, ‘Effect of honey, dextromethorphan, and no treatment on nocturnal cough and sleep quality for coughing children and their parents’, Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. Dec;161(12):1140-6. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18056558
- Shadkam MN1, Mozaffari-Khosravi H, Mozayan MR. 2010, ‘A comparison of the effect of honey, dextromethorphan, and diphenhydramine on nightly cough and sleep quality in children and their parents’, J Altern Complement Med.Jul;16(7):787-93. doi: 10.1089/acm.2009.0311. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20618098
- Saarinen K1, Jantunen J, Haahtela T. 2011, ‘Birch pollen honey for birch pollen allergy–a randomized controlled pilot study’, Int Arch Allergy Immunol.2011;155(2):160-6. doi: 10.1159/000319821. Epub 2010 Dec 23. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21196761