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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). This post explains the program I embarked on to overcome my under active thyroid.

    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).

    Program for under active thyroid

    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). Learn what you can do to support your thyroid health.

    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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  • Apr 24

    What is an antiaging skin diet? As I have become older, I have found it harder to control weight gain. Because of this, I began to research what causes this constant battle. Whereas in our teens and early 20’s we have a hunger for carbs however, as we age we do need to be more discerning about the types of carbs we eat. I love the smell of freshly baked bread but that is one of the things I have learned to reduce in my diet and to increase the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables. As you will read here, not only is a low glycemic diet helpful for weight management but it also keeps our skin healthier and less wrinkled too.

    The Great Skin Diet

    Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 11:33am

    AVOID HIGH GLYCEMIC FOODS ~ Carbs and sugars
    Carbs are found in foods like white bread, rice, pasta and potatoes. Not surprisingly, sweet treats, such as cookies, cake and candy, are full of sugar.

    HIGH GLYCEMIC FOODS: Our bodies convert carbs and sugar to blood glucose very quickly. The measure of how long this takes is called the glycemic index. Foods quickly converted to glucose are high-glycemic.

    o If we load up on carbs and sugars, our glucose levels go up. When the glucose level is too high, the body increases its production of insulin to get it back down.

    o So what happens to skin when our insulin levels are too high? Oil production rises and skin cells die quicker. Oil and dead skin cells block pores, which can lead to acne breakouts. Not surprisingly, studies show a correlation between a high-glycemic diet and acne.

    RISK OF WRINKLES: Sugar binds to skin protein, causing wrinkles, a binding process called glycation.

    o After these sugar/skin protein bonds are made, damaging structures called advanced glycation end products — or AGEs, for short — are formed. AGEs destroy collagen (which keeps skin firm), causing wrinkles. Then, free radicals are created, which damage skin cells.

    o Particularly in people over age 35, the effects of glycation become stronger. Diabetics are also highly affected by glycation: they “can have up to 50 times the number of AGEs in their skin as those who don’t have diabetes.

    o Cut down high glycemic foods if you’ve got: Oily skin, acne or wrinkles. Keep added sugar to no more than 10 percent of total calories you consume in a day. Also, limit other types of sugar, including like corn syrup and dextrose.

    o Enjoy clear, wrinkle-free skin by avoiding high glycemic foods ~ you’ll thank me later! 😀

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

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