Thyroid Issues

Thyroid_glandsThe thyroid gland is located in the neck. It controls all your metabolic processes including regulating growth rate, temperature, heart rate, how you utilize energy, how you make proteins and etc. It is vital gland which regulates most of your inner body activities.

The thyroid gland might not work properly due to a number of reasons., for example an infection, malnutrition of certain dietary components especially iodine, malignancy or unknown reasons.

Here are 8 signs to look out for that suggest you might have a thyroid problem:

You’re exhausted: You had full-night sleep 8 – 10hours but you wake up in the morning and you still feel tired or want to sleep again. This means the circulating thyroid hormone in your system is low ergo signals are not reaching your target ‘wake-up’ muscles as they are supposed to.

Hyperactivity: When our thyroid sends constant unregulated signals to all the systems it controls, you get overwhelmed. All your metabolic processes speed up and your entire body spins into an overdrive. You can’t calm yourself down. Your hands can’t stop trembling and you are nervous all the time.

Heart:Your heart rate increases with increasing circulating thyroid hormones. The pumping pressure of blood from your heart is increased when there is increased circulating thyroid hormone whereas the pressure of blood returning to fill your heart is increased in reduced circulating thyroid hormone. The latter can cause swelling of lower extremities and even a fluid buildup around your heart which reduces your heart rate.

Hypoactivity:With reduced signals being sent to your target receptors, there comes a delayed, slow functional activity. You become forgetful, you can’t concentrate, you are constipated, and you are not sweating as you should so your skin is unusually dry, your vision might begin to fade and your hearing might decrease.

Weight changes: Depending on which form of thyroid disease you have, weight changes are a common symptom. If you’re producing large amounts of thyroid hormones then you might experience a paradoxical weight loss with an increased appetite.Reduced circulating thyroid hormones cause a puffiness (increased weight) which is usually accompanied by a decreased appetite.

Heat/cold intolerance:Your body temperature is control by your thyroid and your hypothalamus. However, when the thyroid is affected, the whole system goes haywire. You feel hot in winter and cold in summer. To confirm this, simply ask those around you if they’re feeling cold on a sunny hot day.

Face, head and neck: People might notice a constant blank stare or a dull look along with coarse facial features. Your hair might become very thin. Your neck might have a protruding noticeable mass.

Reproductive changes:Your menstrual flow might be less than usual or you might miss your periods. Infertility, loss of pubic hair and low sex drive.

You should visit your doctor (GP or endocrinologist) when you experience the above symptoms. They will give you a full physical exam and then run a couple of laboratory tests such as your Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) levels, your T3 and T4, Antibodies to your thyroid hormone e.g. TPOAb, TgAb etc. Once they confirm the diagnosis, they come up with a treatment plan. Many forms of thyroid disease are treatable. You can also bcaa supplements to your prevention plan.

This entry was posted on February 15, 2015 at 2:29 am.

Midnight snacks

midnight_snackRushing through a day can leave no time for your essential needs, like eating. And eating is not “just eating”, it’s a kind of art. Just as much as a chef making a glorious recipe, it is an art to give your body the nutrition it needs. And not just that: sometimes your metabolism can be so sensitive, that it has to be fueled at a particular time with carefully chosen ingredients.

Basically, if you skip giving it the right fuel during the day, you might find yourself catching up in the middle of the night.  A good diet, to your body’s needs, should be carefully planned ahead, but what to do if you skipped it for any reason?

You are hungry but you don’t want to overeat.  And you definitely can’t groundhog your day to set it right.  If you get hungry during the night, try helping yourself with some smart snacks.

Like mixing oil rich with omega-3 fatty acids (flaxseed oil, for example) with a little bit of low-fat cheese. Another version of a smart snack could be mixing chia in with a little bit of yogurt.

Flaxseed and chia are rich with omega-3 fatty acids and fibers, therefore helping us not be hungry. Chia should be soaked in a little bit of water for 10 minutes or so, to swollen up a bit. Then it can be mixed with yogurt.

Using dairy products can help to level your sugar, just be sure not to use those that have too much dairy fat or too little – dairy products with chemically removed fat have increased dosages of sugar and too much fat will bring too many calories into your body that’s preparing for sleep. Cottage cheese could be a good choice, but check that it doesn’t contain too much salt.

Whatever you choose to use, mix it well: those ingredients will stay a bit separate, but after some time, steering will start a process that will help your body to better absorb ingredients from it.

During the night, it will work on its own, keeping your blood sugar levels in balance. In the morning you may discover that you don’t feel (and look) so swollen. After some time, you may discover that your body fat is lowering, especially that ”life vest” around your waist.  Eating this little snack has many benefits for the body, it is even used in diets for curing fatal diseases.

Omega-3 fatty acids, with some other ingredients, will help body chemistry, participating in huge amount of processes necessary for our well being.  So next time you forget to treat yourself properly, try to minimize damage by eating right.  Even better: plan to take a little snack like this one hour prior going to sleep.  You don’t have to mess up your day to treat your body right.

This entry was posted on January 10, 2015 at 12:29 pm.

Mushrooms: The Magical Fungi

mushroomMushrooms, in all its loveliness, has been used in many different ways. You can see them mostly in Asian cuisine, or used as dyes for textiles. But the most controversial yet is its ability to treat and prevent certain diseases. Here are some of what mushrooms can do for your body.

Here are the medicinal uses of mushrooms:

  1. Antibacterial and Antiviral
    Mushrooms were discovered to have antibacterial and antiviral properties that can help your body ward off infectious diseases like Hepatitis B, Influenza, Polio, HIV and more.
  1. Improves Immunity
    Mushrooms are known to boost immunity because of their ability to promote maturity of dendritic cells (which are immune system cells produced in the bone marrow), keeping you away from harmful bacteria and viruses that lurk just around the corner.
  1. Supplies Vitamin D
    They are called “sunshine”mushrooms because it’s the only known plant source that has this kind of vitamin that is normally produced by the body when exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D keeps you from getting osteoporosis, bone pain, some skin problems like vitiligo and rickets when consuming this wonderful fungi.
  1. Anti-cancer
    It is high in antioxidants to further improve your immune system function and is observed to retard the growth of tumors in certain cancer types. Mushrooms also prevent recurrence of cancer cell growth and is advised to be taken by cancer patients for maintenance of health and well-being
  1. Aids in weight loss
    Mushrooms are rich in fiber so it makes you feel sated longer resulting in a low-calorie diet. It also reduces appetite so binge eating is not an option.
  1. Keeps the heart healthy
    Mushrooms are naturally rich in potassium and low in sodium. These two go hand in hand in maintaining a healthy blood pressure thus, lowering your risks for cardiovascular diseases.

Not all mushrooms are safe, some are poisonous and others can be deadly that could lead to more harm than good. So, do your research and get a mushroom expert who knows a great deal about it before you eat it. To get the maximum benefits it can give, you have to know your mushrooms first, the proper way to prepare and cook it to avoid major mishaps.

These medicinal fungi comprises only a part of your daily diet. A variety of healthy options are still out there waiting for you. Remember that a healthy, balanced meal is your road to a sound mind and body.

This entry was posted on December 12, 2014 at 5:30 am.