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  • Aug 14

    On the 5th May 2011 I find out that I have an ‘under-active’ or ‘low’ thyroid (also called hypothroidism).

    Read my post: How to support your thyroid

    August 2012: I have since learned the following from Dr Steven Gundry 

     

     

     

     

    My symptoms (and there are many others): Being overweight and feeling the cold terribly (it is now winter in New Zealand).

    I had no idea that my thyroid was not healthy, but once I found out it explained why I find it difficult to release weight (my metabolism was not working correctly).

    The program I was put on involved taking my usual nutritional supplements (advanced quality multi minerals/vitamins, vitamin D3, CoQ10, vitamin C, Calcium/Magnesium tablet, grape seed extract and omega-3 capsules) and adding in Iodral (iodine). Once the Iodral is finished, I have been advised to eat seaweed (add to food, sprinkle on salads) to keep up my iodine levels.

    I set a goal to walk for one hour every day using wrist and ankle weights (I did not achieve that every day – more like 4 out of 7 days due to the winter weather and other commitments).

    I ensured that I was drinking 1 1/2 litres of water daily.

    I avoided products containing soy.

    Three months later and my thyroid is ‘normal’.

    This means that I now will find it easier to release the 10kgs of fat that has been clinging to my body.

    My goal is to release fat so that I can reach a healthy weight by Christmas Day 2011 and then I can wear a beautiful dress I have hanging in my wardrobe, that at present is too small for me.
    I am looking forward to letting you know when I have reached that goal.

    Update April 2013 – I am slowly getting closer to my goal weight of 64kgs, currently just over 67kgs.  I am finding that it very easy to keep to Dr Steven Gundry’s Diet Evolution program. I have dropped a dress size.  My ‘wheat belly’ has shrunk. I can wear skirts again because my backside has shrunk! I have heaps more energy and I feel very happy.

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  • Jun 30

    How do we find out if our thyroid is healthy?  I had given no thought to this question so was surprised to find out that I have an ‘under active’ or ‘low’ thyroid (also called hypothroidism).

    According to Doctor Ray Strand, Hypothyroidism or under active thyroid occurs when the thyroid gland is destroyed or is not producing needed amounts of thyroid hormone. This condition has also been called myxedema due to the potential harm possible to the body when there is no thyroid hormone. Patients can become edematous (filled with fluid), weak and fatigued, intolerant to cold, experience abnormal weight gain, notice changes in their skin and hair, and may suffer from total body pain. They can also develop congestive heart failure as well as significant increase in their cholesterol levels.

    Learn more:  What does the thyroid do and where is it located?

    My main symptom is being overweight (which of course leads to other problems like diabetes, heart disease and cancer), the other symptom is that I  feel the cold terribly (it is now winter in New Zealand). There are other symptoms so the best thing to do is to get screened.  (List of symptoms from the Mayo Clinic here.)

    There are two ways to get the health of our thyroid checked out – the usual way is by a blood test.  But this may not be as accurate as a Thyroflex test  - in this video, Naturopath David Holden explains the Thyroflex test.

    The other test that I had done was the VLA Test and that indicated that I need to exercise more to build up more muscle.  My healthy low-glycemic diet and the supplements that I take have kept me in good health – so the ‘only’ thing I need to work on is exercise.

    The nutritional supplements to support a healthy thyroid are advanced quality multi minerals/vitamins, vitamin D3, CoQ10, vitamin C. Plus “Iodral” with supervision from your doctor or Naturopath.  I also take a Calcium/Magnesium tablet, grape seed extract and omega-3 capsules.  I am ensuring that I am drinking 1 1/2 litres of water daily and avoiding soy products for the time being.

    My blood test results showed that my blood sugar levels are slightly elevated – again exercise is the key here too.

    The exercise I enjoy is walking (so much so, I have a website ‘Short Walks in Auckland‘), however I hate walking in the cold and wet of winter.  But I must get out walking every day for one hour – so I will.

    For sufferers of Hashimotos, Dr Steven Gundry suggests the following: “Most gluten free foods are made from corn, rice, and potatoes, all of which are lectins which contribute to Hashimotos. Please eliminate all grains, all peppers, potatoes, milk and milk products. You can have goat and sheep products. No pseudograins like quinoa! No Advil or Aleve. No stomach acid suppressants like Prilosec or Nexium. You will start to heal.”

    My goal is to release fat so that I can reach a healthy weight by Christmas Day 2011 and then I can wear a beautiful dress I have hanging in my wardrobe, that at present is too small for me.

    I am looking forward to letting you know when I have reached that goal.

    This is a photo of me on holiday in Australia last week:

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  • Sep 29

    Healthy skinDo you want a temporary skin fix or healthy skin for life? How much money do people spend on temporary fixes – cosmetics, botox, micro-dermabrasion, fillers and plastic surgery without thinking about providing nutrition for the skin from the inside? There is a now a new word ‘neutracueticals’ to describe taking care of our skin not only from the outside but also from the inside. Neutraceuticals are nutritional supplements that benefit our skin and the longer we take them the healthier and younger-looking our skin becomes.

    You may have noticed that more and more companies are providing skincare products that contain herbs, nutrients and anti-oxidants – such as ‘amino peptide complex’, ‘Q10’, ‘feverfew’, ‘retinol’, ‘oatmeal’, ‘soy’, ‘lavendar’, ‘chamomile’, ‘ylang ylang’ as well as genes! The list goes on and on.

    Our skin, being the largest organ in our body does require care. And using products on the outside that are chemical-free and healthy is just as important as what we eat and drink. It goes without saying that our skin thrives on a healthy diet, proper sleep and good clean water. A good quick test to check if you are hydrated enough is to pinch the skin on the back of your hand – it should bounce back quickly when you let go. If not, drink more water.

    Last week I had a BodyTalk appointment with a lovely young practitioner. She asked my age and told me that I look about 10 years younger! I have been supplementing my healthy diet since the year 2000 and I believe it is really making a difference not only to my energy levels but also to my skin.

    Which supplements nourish our skin from the inside?

    Calcium with balanced levels of magnesium, Vitamin D3 and Vitamin K – helps with cells renewal, lipid barrier protection and antioxidant protection from DNA damage. A deficiency will manifest itself in dryness, itching, premature aging/wrinkling and an increased tendency to develop skin cancers. When there is a calcium deficiency, your body will ‘steal’ calcium from your bones and teeth.

    Antioxidants and grape-seed extract – these have anti-inflammatory, anti-allergy and anti-acne capabilities. They repair aged skin, reduce wrinkles, reduces free-radical damage, have wound healing properties and contribute to a healthy looking, glowing complexion. They stop us from ‘rusting’ inside.

    Omega-3 (from pure fish oils and flaxseed oils) – these block oxidation of skin oil and reduce acne. Without these essential fatty acids, dryness, skin irritation, whiteheads and blackheads will become regular features on the skin. They sooth inflamed skin and help prevent immature aging. They are essential for dry, sensitive skin.

    Minerals – these act as essential co-factors for vitamins and help catalyze many biological processes. Copper together with Vitamin C and the mineral zinc, helps to develop elastin, the fibers that support skin structure from underneath.

    Co-enzyme Q10 – it is better to be taken as supplement than to place it on our skin. It blocks oxidation of the oils in the skin and helps with the health of our skin therefore there is less chance of acne. It fights free radicals and improves the look of wrinkles. A vital nutrient if you are over 50, in so many ways.

    Ginkgo biloba – helps to increase circulation, prevent capillary fragility, improves tissue irrigation and helps to boost collagen formation and create fibroblast.

    Vitamin C – increases collagen production, (including dermal collagen) which is significant for wrinkle reduction, strengthening the skin’s barrier response, enhances the skin’s repair process and reduces inflammation. Lack of Vitamin C can also affect your nail strength and appearance.

    Glucosamine – not only supports healthy joints but a study (American Academy of Dermatology) has shown that glucosamine could prove an effective treatment to reverse the effects of skin cells damaged by UV exposure.

    Lutein – is not only good for our eyes but also contributes to increased skin hydration, elasticity and skin lipid content (according to a recent human clinical study).

    Phytoestrogens – important for preventing skin aging.

    Saw Palmetto – useful in the treatment of acne. Saw palmetto blocks the action of 5-alpha-reductase, reducing the amount of DHT in the skin and thereby reducing the stimulation of excessive sebum. Oral and tropical antibiotics can reduce the bacteria, which oxidizes skin oil. Antioxidants block the oxidation of skin oil and can reduce acne.

    By looking after your skin from the inside, you may never have to pay for expensive skin treatments. Plus you will have the added bonus of more energy, better sleep and better health.

    Further reading
    Bea Kinnear, has written a very comprehensive book on skin care covering skin types to preservatives, hair types to natural ingredients. It will open your eyes to the sometimes ludicrous claims made by many popular beauty products.
    Your Skin & You, 5th EditionYour Skin and You by Bea Kinnear

    If you would like to find out which nutritional supplements are recommended for healthy aging plus more information about self-preserving skincare, please request my free eBook, by completing the form on your top right.

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    For women 40+ who want to live life to the full and stay younger longer

  • Sep 25

    Combined Grape Seed Extract and Vitamin C Supplementation Improves Vascular Health

    Grape seed extract (GSE) is rich in flavonoids including epicatechin. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that can help to prevent the oxidation and disappearance of phenol compounds. Recent clinical study demonstrated that the combination of GSE and vitamin C supplement can improve vascular health in people with clinically diagnosed CVD.

    Scientists at Boston University School of Medicine and USANA Health Sciences recently conducted a double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled crossover study to examine the effects of GSE in combination with ascorbic acid on the effect of vascular indices including endothelium-dependent vasodilation.

    A total of 42 patients with coronary Artery Disease were treated with an acute dose of GSE (450 mg/day) plus ascorbic acid (1500 mg/day). After a 2-week washout period, patients received either an active (same total dose) or placebo treatment daily for 4 weeks (2 tablets in the morning and 2 tablets in the evening). Blood samples were collected and vascular testing were performed 2 and 4 hours post treatment (Acute) respectively. Tests were repeated after 4 weeks (Chronic) with the last dose taken the morning of the final day of a particular treatment (Acute-on-Chronic).

    The study found that treatment (Acute, Chronic, and Acute-on-Chronic) with the combination of GSE and vitamin C significantly increased serum vitamin C and plasma epicatechin level; Decreased SIN-1 induced 8-isoprostane formation indicating an increase in Plasma Antioxidant Reserve; and improved endothelial function in the peripheral microvasculature (capillaries and arterials).

    This finding is significant because oxidative stress is associated with a variety of chronic degenerative diseases including CVD. Thus, treatment with GSE plus vitamin C significantly increases the capacity to guard against the detrimental consequences of oxidative stress in the plasma. The role of endothelial dysfunction (decreased blood flow) in CVD is well established, therefore the finding that GSE plus vitamin C improves endothelial function (increased blood flow) suggests that GSE plus vitamin C supplementation work in a complimentary fashion to improve indices of vascular health by providing both antioxidant protection and improved microvascular endothelial function in patients with clinically diagnosed CVD.

    Source: Shenouda SM al; Grape Seed Extract Plus Vitamin C Improves Indices of Vascular Health 2009; USANA Clinical Research Poster; http://www.usana.com/dotCom/difference/hir/sci_crb; Accessed 6 Sept 2010.

    Disclaimer: The information provided in the article is strictly educational. It may not be used to promote USANA products, nor is it intended as medical advice. For diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions, please consult your health care professional. This information may be copied and freely distributed only if all text remains intact and unchanged.

  • Apr 24

    I must admit, I have been very slack at applying eye cream and now the wrinkles are starting to show. I have always wondered if there is such a thing as an antiaging eye cream. Thanks to Marie Bertrand, I now know there is. And I now use it too!

    25 Reasons Why I LOVE my Eye Nourisher

    Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 9:59am

    1. It works on fine lines and wrinkles, thanks to its active ingredient “Centella asiatica”.

    2. It gently exfoliates the eye contour, which is very difficult to do in a normal skin care routine.

    3. When combined with oral intake of a high-quality grape-seed extract (typically 2 tablets in the morning and 2 at night), my Eye Nourisher helps fade the appearance of dark circles in all skin types – caucasian, african american, asian, indian, …

    4. Because of the presence of the Regenisomes, it actually repairs DNA damage around the delicate eye area.

    5. My Eye Nourisher is strongly antioxidant and will prevent future fine lines and wrinkles.

    6. Its texture is light yet moisturizing.

    7. It will not cause milia around the eye contour.

    8. My patients usually start to see results within 3 weeks, when applied twice a day.

    9. It is hypoallergenic and very well tolerated when properly applied (always stay on the periorbital bone and pat, pat, pat all around the eye).

    10. Echinacea helps soothe and calm the delicate eye contour.

    11. It contains vitamins A, C and E – essential for healthy skin cells around the eye.

    12. It is free of added chemical preservatives. (if you don’t quite grasp why that’s important, please refer to my other discussion “The problem with Chemical Preservatives)

    13. The DSR Technology it contains helps prevent the breakdown of collagen, an essential protein for skin’s youthful appearance.

    14. The DSR technology is an acid-free exfoliating technology that includes Glucosamine HCI, algae extract, yeast extract and urea. All natural ingredients!

    15. In clinical studies, the DSR Technology has been shown to improve the appearance of:
    a) fine lines & wrinkles,
    b) superficial and deep firmness,
    c) clarity of the skin and
    d) strengthening of the skin (makes it less sensitive!)

    16. One tube is inexpensive in comparison to other brands (do your research, skin care lovers!)

    17. It is the #1 Treatment Eye Product at my clinic, SkinScience (actually, it’s the only one we carry now, because it works better than anything else on the market)

    18. Patients come back and purchase 2-3 tubes at a time, because they are so impressed with the results! They want to share this great product with their friends & family. I can live with that. :)

    19. It’s like food for your eye area: green tea, grape seed extract, whole grape extract, oryzanol (rice bran extract) – what a powerful blend of healthy ingredients!

    20. Two (2) different forms of vitamin C ensure skin cells are protected inside and out.

    21. For aestheticians and spas, my Eye Nourisher can be used to perform a lymphatic drainage of the eye contour before a masque or before a galvanic treatment.

    22. It is perfectly safe to use with a galvanic device, as it does not contain any ingredients that can harm the skin or body when used on a long term basis (contrary to a lot of products out there that are meant to be used with such devices but do contain chemical preservatives).

    23. Just as an FYI, the Regenisomes in this product can be found on the ingredient listing as “Micrococcus Lysate”, which is an extract from a natural source. (sorry for the nerdiness!)

    24. My Nourisher acts on ALL aspects of aging of the eye area.

    25. It is a great product to offer a friend to introduce him/her to an antiaging skincare line.

    I rest my case!

    Marie Bertrand
    Microbiologist and Skin Scientist
    SkinScience Clinic | www.skinscience.md

    Find out which self-preserving eye cream and skincare products I use and recommend.

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