The Autoimmune Hormone Connection

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Autoimmune disease is undeniably on the rise and who does it affect most? Us ladies! This might not come as a shock, but what might surprise you is just how much your autoimmune disease can completely wreck your hormones. Autoimmune diseases that cause hair loss, brittle nails and worse seem designed to attack our femininity. In this post we are going …

The Ovarian Adrenal Thyroid Axis Connection

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The Ovarian-Adrenal-Thyroid Axis or OAT for short is the most important axis to assess when striving for balanced hormones. The OAT is the way in which these three hormone producing glands (your ovaries, adrenals and thyroid) communicate and truly–rule your world. The 3-Legged Stool I like to think of the OAT as a 3-legged stool, which each gland representing a leg. When …

What You Need to Know About Heartburn & Hypothyroidism

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Heartburn — that sensation of burning in your chest or throat that may accompany meals or haunt you throughout the day. Chances are you’ve experienced it at some point, which you means you know how uncomfortable it can be. However, you might be asking yourself right now, what could Hashimoto’s or Hypothyroidism and heartburn possibly have in common? Heartburn is a common condition …

What is Leaky Gut?

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If you read my last article, Why Adrenal Fatigue Isn’t Real, you’ll understand that it was my tongue-in-cheek way of saying that, it’s ok to use non-medical terms when communicating with your doctor, friends or otherwise. Like the term adrenal fatigue, you may have heard the expression leaky gut floating around the Internet, among your friends, or even from your …

7 Ways to Heal Your Thyroid & Gut!

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Do you suffer from hypothyroidism or know someone who does? Chances are you know a little bit about the gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms that go along with it. I know. Fun, right? Thyroid digestive problems and intestinal issues, unfortunately, tend to go hand in hand. Here’s why that is and 7 ways to help heal. Hypothyroidism, a condition in which there is …

Best Fats for Hormones

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Now that fat is back with a vengeance in the mainstream media (thanks, Time Magazine), I feel like it may be time to talk a little bit more about it: the types of fat that are considered healthy to consume and just how much you should be eating. Fat is Good for You & Your Hormones I’ll keep this brief. …

9 Ways to Revive Your Hypothyroid Libido

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The unfortunate truth is that hypothyroidism libido function is less than stellar. While low libido is common in hypothyroidism…it should never be considered “normal.” Here, we’ll take a look at thyroid and sex drive and offer advice on how to increase your libido. Anyone with Hashimoto’s disease (the major cause of Hypothyroidism), or any autoimmune condition for that matter, knows …

The Rising Incidence of Thyroid Cancer in California

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The rising incidence of thyroid cancer in California has been of great concern among many physicians. A recent study out of the University of California, Los Angeles has found a higher rate of advanced thyroid cancer in certain parts of California. The numbers are well above the national average in certain parts of the state, leading researchers to look into …