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Your Thyroid – metabolism, Weight-loss and hormones.

The THYROID
Thyroid gland, iodine levels, and overall health.

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What is the thyroid and why do I have to know about it?

Firstly the thyroid is a gland  situated in your neck. Its main function is to control your metabolic rate as well as play a role in your bodies growth and maturation. Now if that is something that get your attention then I don’t know what. Your metabolic rate has to fo with your metabolism (a familiar word we all know), a fast metabolism digests food quickly and is in favour for a healthy fit body.

A quick peak into what it helps function:

  • Breathing
  • Heart rate
  • Central and peripheral nervous systems
  • Body Weight
  • Muscle strength
  • Menstrual cycles
  • Body Temperature
  • Cholesterol levels

Pay close attention to the bodies temperature and weight. Because that is mainly what it control.

Weight Loss

The key to loosing weight as we know starts with a diet (lifestyle eating choice) that fits your body, followed by a daily exercise program or just exercising daily. Now that you have a basic understanding of the thyroid gland, I would advice you to get your thyroid checked, to find out if you have an overactive thyroid or an under-active thyroid. These are the two most common problems to have with the thyroid gland.

Overactive Thyroid

Too much or abnormal production of the thyroid hormones result in hyperthyroidism. The symptoms that arise with this is:

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability or moodiness
  • Nervousness, hyperactivity
  • Sweating or sensitivity to high temperatures
  • Hand trembling (shaking)
  • Hair loss
  • Missed or light menstrual periods
  • Mood swings
  • Insomnia (diffficulty sleeping)
  • Weakness and Tiredness
  • Swelling in your neck from the swelling of the gland
  • Irregular or fast heart rate (palpitations)
  • Weight Loss

Under-active thyroid 

Known as hypothyroidism, is when the thyroid glands has an insufficient hormone production. The symptoms include:

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Dry skin and hair
  • Depression
  • Sensitivity to cold temperature
  • Frequent, heavy periods
  • Joint and muscle pain

Read more about the symptoms:

Thyroid Gland Control

and

Thyroid Problems

Also The body needs iodine to make thyroid hormones, because the body does not make iodine it comes from ones diet. If one is not consuming enough Iodine in the diet the thyroid has to work hard. Iodine rich foods include: 

  • Kelp (VERY HIGH)
  • Cranberries, Strawberries and Potatoes
  • Dairy
    • Cheese, Milk, Yoghurt =
  • Eggs
  • Fish
    • Haddock, Cod, Salmon and canned fish, prawns

WITHOUT IODINE your body will severely suffer with complications such as:
IMBALANCED HORMONES – We all have this to a certain extent #acne #irregularcycle
PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL INSTABILITY– #moodswings
REDUCED ENERGY LEVELS – #Exhaustion

Iodine deficiency and the resulting low levels of thyroid hormone can cause women to stop ovulating which leads to infertility. It can also lead to an auto immune disease of the thyroid and may increase the risk of getting thyroid cancer. Some researchers think that iodine deficiency might also increase the risk of other cancers such as prostate, breast, endometrial, and ovarian cancer. – WebMD

The main hormones, known as triiodothyronine (T3) and Thyroxine (T4) cannot be made by the thyroid without iodine (mainly three and four iodine molecules).

Read up on:

Health Benefits for Iodine

 

**Health Advice: Get your thyroid checked/tested**

 

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NYE detox, Good Morning 2018.

New Year’s Eve was one hard, insane, banging evening. We all probably had a copious amount of alcohol and are exhausted. What can one say or do, walking in the door at 6am because you wanted to watch the first sunrise of the year. It was a wonderful evening and our liver is screaming. So let’s get back on track, cleanse our system and start our year off healthy.

Here is my daily detox plan for one week!

1 WEEK DETOX

2 probiotics a day morning after breakfast and after dinner (Metegenics)

Berry shake every day, strawberries, blue berries and one banana (look at my last berry post for the recipe).

AVIOD: BREAD, DAIRY, JUNK FOOD OR FAST FOOD.

CONSUME: Fruits, vegetables, all meats (with no sauce), rice, oats and make sure to not add too much salt to your meals.

One zinc tablet (zinc is vital for a healthy immune system).

One KOMBUCHA drink every second day.

45min-1hour exercise every second day (or every day depending how you feeling).

1 peppermint tea and 1 Ginger tea

Make use of power naps

Drink 2l of water every day !

Hope this helps, for more information and a week detox recipe is for breakfast, lunch and dinner visit DIET PLAN

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BERRY SMOOTHIE, weight loss, healthy stomach and heart benefits

**BERRY WONDERFUL**


HELLO to a healthy heart and digestive system. 

Strawberries, raspberries, goji berries, blueberries, acai berries, mulberries are the most well known berries and the most consumed. Maybe you are not aware of the large berry family, which also contain watermelon, coconut, banana, tomatoes and more. The berry family together promotes a healthy heart and a happy stomach. It has great benefits to our health (if you are not allergic). 

Firstly according to Nancy Copperman (a dietitian and the director of public health at the Community Health in New York), berries have high levels of phytochemicals which are natural nutrients that help protect cells from damage. This is great, your white and red blood cells are the main gears that keep your whole body system going. They basically are best friends, if one is down, the whole system is down.

Also berries are delicious and easily accessible weight loss pill sfor many that want to loose weight. The reason for the weight loss effects is due to the high fibre content in berries and also gives a sense of fullness. This corresponds to a well known weight loss diet called the ACAI Diet. This diet plan consists of the berry family. It is basically a detox diet, which  fights fatigue, boosts energy, flushes out excess pounds, and eliminates toxins. These are all the properties of berries. 

Furthermore berries are full of antioxidants called anthocyanins, which helps oxidation, preventing oxidative stress (lack of oxygen to the brain), improving your focus and memory. Raspberries contain ellagic acid, which inhibits blood flow and has anti-cancer properties. All berries are a healthy detox. Overall for the stomach it helps balance good bacteria. 

FULL BODY BENEFITS:

Weight Loss
Anti inflammatory (helps muscles)

Lowers Blood pressure
Flush out toxins
Great for skin (acne and wrinkles)

Helps maintain healthy digestive system, reduces bloating, and gas
Prevents cell damage

Helps IBS
HEALTHY HEART

MY SMOOTHIE RECIPE

  • 1 Banana (not super ripe, just a little bit of green)
  • Handful of blueberries 5 cut up
  • 5 Strawberries
  • Tablespoon of Peanut butter
  • 250ml Almond Milk (your choice of milk) 
  • Teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • Vegan Protein powder (2 scoops, whatever the labels dose instructions are)

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(Vegan powders are very healthy and tasty ingredients to add to smoothies, because they are lactose free, GMO free, soy free and has non artificial flavours or sweeteners. Some cocoa and pea protein is soothing and light). #Herbalife

To read up more about the vegan protein and ACAI Diet click on the links below:
**ACAI DIET**
**VEGAN PROTEIN POWDER**

 

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Stomach Soothers, NO MORE BLOATING !

Tired of fighting a bloated uncomfortable stomach? Always gassy? Feeling exhausted, because you are struggling to digest? If you are the person carrying Rennie’s, Rolaids or  Pepto-Bismoloften in your bag, this is most certainly for you. Everything we eat today, may cause mild or sever bloating, gas, indigestion,  constipation, heartburn and sometimes diarrhea. 

Well, the best solution is to turn to the herbs ! The herbal life is the best way to detox, cleanse and heal. Instead of another cup of coffee turn to a herbal tea when you are out. It is a cheap and natural effective solution. Don’t waste money on so many tablets and medications that all have side effects…We don’t want to look like drug addicts at the table plus we do not have time for side effects.

Here are some of the best remedies for stomach relief:

TEAS

PEPPERMINT TEA:

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Is the best tea for bloating, because it soothes the stomach. Peppermint together as a herb is made up of Mentha and piperita. This has a direct antispasmodic effect, because it has antimicrobial properties. This relaxes the stomach muscles, freshens the breath and calms the nerves. Not to mention peppermint also regulates blood flow to the scalp which his great for hair growth. It is also great for the skin and is healing  for acne. Peppermint for the stomach truly is a heavenly relief. One of the best stomach relief tablets is SPASMOPEP, which is peppermint oil. Now the OIL has a greater effect than the tea. It is cheap and VERY effective, if you are bloated and in company, this is the best way to go.

spasmopep_caps-228x228This is the magical product, all natural. It is just peppermint oil and you can carry it in your bag for any digestive problems. No time for uncomfortable and unhappy you anymore.

More Benefits: 
Peppermint Oil

GINGER TEA:

Ginger TeaAnother natural herb. Ginger tea is proven to be one of the best teas for stomach relief, upset stomaches and pain. Ginger tea causes the inside of your body temperature to generate more heat. It is exactly the same idea of trying to put a hot water bottle on your stomach to reduce swelling, but this is internal, therefore it has a much greater and promising effect.

Some may find the extra warmth a little weird, which is why peppermint tea might be a better option. Although in more sever cases ginger tea helps vomiting and nausea. Mainly all the stomach problems…

Ginger Tea BENEFITS

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I hope this helps. It is much better to rather have herbal teas after meals as opposed to coffee. It is will help your digestion even if you are not bloated, caffeine is the worst, rather keep that for the mornings. Ginger or peppermint tea is golden, however if you are at a restaurant and they don’t have it, camomile tea would be the third option. Some restaurants may give you fresh peppermint or ginger instead of the tea bag, which is still just as effective and beneficial.

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NO MORE BLOATING, GAS, IBS or DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS !

NO MORE:

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FINALLY, the root solution for IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), constant bloating, gas, digestive problems and constipation (symptoms of intolerances and more).

I know so many people including myself who are intolerant to most foods and try to eliminate them to avoid digestive problems. That’s great, but it’s not just the foods you are intolerant to. Its about the bad bacteria in your stomach caused a large amount of sugar and carbohydrate servings. You may think everything you are eating is healthy, but if you are having room much of the same thing you will have these symptoms. It’s all about your gut, learn to balance the good bacteria in your gut. 

Everything starts and ends with your gut.

Your diet is everything, I’m not promoting a fancy diet like the 100000s of diets you come across. This is to help you cleanse to have good balanced bacteria in your stomach. Also you may have visited a dietitians that have set out a meal plan or a doctor that prescribe medication for your IBS or whatever else. This is awesome, more money down the drain and you are still suffering. I have been to them all and I have experimented on so anything. I have tried basically everything on the market. The catch is, don’t treat the symptoms, treat the cause and that is your DIET (lifestyle eating choices).

The solution to a happy stomach and no more of this digestive nonsense is the FODMAP diet. Don’t think of it as a diet think of it as a cleans or an eating phase so that you can go back to normal. It’s just an elimination of certain foods to help your intestines go back to having balanced bacteria in your gut.

Bloating, gas, constipation, IBS, diarrhea and others is due to the bacteria in your gut and intestines. The bloating, gas and diarrhea comes from your small intestine, which is due to consuming too much sugars found in foods and large amount of carbohydrates (causing a large amount of bad bacteria in your stomach) or eating something you are intolerant too. The constipation and cramps happen in your big intestine, where some of the food that already caused problems in your small intestine went into your large intestine, enhancing the problem.

Solution for life !

Now you may not have heard of probiotics and prebiotic’s. This cleanses your gut, and as previously mentioned,

YOUR GUT IS EVERYTHING !

Probiotics balances the bacteria in your stomach, which is great and needed, but you ALSO need to have a balanced  diet (healthy lifestyle) to maintain the good bacteria in your intestines. A LOW FODMAP diet is basically eliminating foods that is HIGH in FODMAP, which causes too much bad bacteria. FODMAP is commonly known as carbohydrates…This is not a permanent diet it’s just for your stomach to go back to “normal”, having balanced healthy bacteria and not too much bad bacteria.

FODMAP (What does it stand for):

Fructose:
A simple sugar found in many fruits, vegetables and added sugars.

Lactose: A carbohydrate found in dairy products like milk.

Fructans: Found in many foods, including gluten grains like wheat, spelt, rye and barley.

Galactans: Found in large amounts in legumes.

Polyols: Sugar alcohols like xylitol, sorbitol, maltitol and mannitol. They are found in some fruits and vegetables, and often used as sweeteners.

So now that you know what it is, you need to learn how to just eliminate foods that are high in FODMAP for a while then reintroduce them slowly and find out what truly is the weapon of stomach destruction.

The foods that are HIGH in FODMAP are:

Fruits: Apples, applesauce, apricots, blackberries, boysenberries, cherries, canned fruit, dates, figs, pears, peaches, watermelon.

Sweeteners: Fructose, honey, high fructose corn syrup, xylitol, mannitol, maltitol, sorbitol.

Dairy products: Milk (from cows, goats and sheep), ice cream, most yogurts, sour cream, soft and fresh cheeses (cottage, ricotta, etc) and whey protein supplements.

Vegetables: Artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, beetroot, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, garlic, fennel, leaks, mushrooms, okra, onions, peas, shallots.

Legumes: Beans, chickpeas, lentils, red kidney beans, baked beans, soybeans.

Wheat: Bread, pasta, most breakfast cereals, tortillas, waffles, pancakes, crackers, biscuits.

Other Grains: Barley and rye.

Beverages: Beer, fortified wines, soft drinks with high fructose corn syrup, milk, soy milk, concentrated fruit juices.

This is suitable for all vegans and vegetarians♥️
So no matter what your lifestyle eating choice is, if you are lactose I am sure you are sorted with your lacto-free milks or substitutes like almond, soy, oat, rice and other milks, perhaps you are taking lactase tables before you consume dairy, which helps with digestion. However with A LOW FODMAP you need to avoid all dairy to align your stomach (gut). If FODMAP is the cause of your problems then you’ll feel relief IMMEDIATELY.

People who have problems with FODMAP foods end up feeding the wrong bacteria and build so much bad bacteria. Try not having these foods for about a week and a half. This is just to experiment with your body. Its recommended by MANY dietitians. So once you have eliminated these try introduce the food one at a time and figure out what is too harsh on your stomach. When you start introducing the foods and you feel that something its too heavy and destructive you may want to avoid it permanently.

Read up more about the FODMAP diet. Some doctors and dietitians don’t know your body like you do. So have fun, it’s a project, go for blood tests, figure out what you can and can’t eat. Try the LOW FODMAP…Guarantee you it will work. And we all want to have a happy stomach. I know this from experiments, my research and professional advice.