The thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland in the neck, can have a dramatic impact on a huge variety of bodily functions.
The thyroid gland is part and parcel of the endocrine system, which is a collection of glands that produce all-important hormones responsible for metabolism, growth, sexual function, sleep, and mood.
Located above Adam’s apple, your thyroid produces thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), which regulates, among other things, your body’s temperature, metabolism, and heartbeat. Things can start to go wrong when your thyroid is under-or over-active.
If you have hypothyroidism (a sluggish thyroid), your TSH levels will be high, as your body is trying to stimulate more thyroid hormone activity. If you have hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid), your TSH levels will be low, as your body is trying to stop excessive thyroid hormone production.
It could be due to genetics, an autoimmune attack, pregnancy, stress, nutritional deficiencies, poor liver detox, or toxins in the environment. Thyroid hormones touch every aspect of the body – from the brain to bowels – so diagnosing this disorder can be challenging.
Thyroid disorders are complicated, fickle, and highly individual – meaning thyroid issues are going to look very different for each person.
Sleep plays an important role in your physical health. For instance, sleep is involved in the healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels and balancing hormones that stimulate appetite.
Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, and weight gain.
Disturbances in sleep can follow a bizarre pattern. You may have noticed this phenomenon yourself when you wake up during the night at a particular time.
Now I am not speaking about an odd night here and there. Rather, I’m speaking specifically about waking up night after night. So much so, that the nights of sleeping through have now become a distant memory. The idea of going to bed may even be creating anxiety due to the frustration that comes with constant sleep disruption.
Being The Gut Detective, I especially like using products that can benefit everyone’s gut health.
Diatomaceous Earth is certainly such a product.
Yes, it does have a weird name I know, but it’s actually a natural product made up of fossilized remains of tiny, aquatic organisms. Sounds strangely disgusting right? Trust me though, this innovative ingredient care of mother nature is very easy to digest and it has many amazing benefits for your gut.
Diatomaceous Earth helps heal and repair the gut, leading to vibrant health. It’s no wonder then that it’s one of my favourite products in my clinic.
Let’s learn more, shall we?
You may have heard many times that “all disease begins in the gut”.
But what if I told you that … all disease actually begins in the MOUTH!
Let me explain further.
The human body has microbial colonies in many areas other than the intestinal system, and the ecology of these various microbial “communities” has a significant impact on many areas of health and disease.
One of the areas of the body inhabited by significant numbers of microbes that have recently been identified as having significant importance with regards to human health is the oral microbiome.
One issue that has arisen from this pandemic is definitely weight gain. It’s the most prominent and consistent complaint amongst my clients of late.
Stress has certainly taken its toll, activating a very strong fight-flight mode within us all with excessive amounts of stress hormones like cortisol being released. The result is an increased armour of defense against COVID – or simply added fat – to distance the virus from entering us.
Our bodies do what they are designed to do. Conserving energy for a possible famine whilst going through lockdowns is a protective mechanism that our primitive genetic makeup does very well.
Calming the stress response can actually have a profound effect on how weight is deposited in our bodies. One of the most accredited and sought-after ways to relax the body is the ancient practice of yoga.
The years have passed mighty quick for me as I find myself now aged 53.
I’ve been super busy raising a family, as well as running my clinic and the continuing education that goes along with that.
Just recently, I have noticed my menstrual cycle has disappeared.
My goodness, I am beginning menopause – I am perimenopausal!
Other than an obvious weight gain (which I put down to the pandemic stress), I personally haven’t had many other obvious signs to suggest this.
However, this is not the norm I can tell you now. So many of my clients come to me for help in relation to so many menopausal symptoms. The most popular being excessive menstrual bleeding, hot flushes, headaches, mood swings, vaginal dryness, and low libido.
So, let’s dive in ladies and learn just what goes on in our bodies as we mature.
No-one can deny a food craving when the desire hits right? We all know pregnant women have regular (albeit unusual) cravings, but what about the rest of us in our everyday life?
Why do we then crave certain food?
A food craving is an intense desire for a specific food. This desire can seem uncontrollable, and the person’s hunger may not be satisfied until they get that particular food.
Every person experiences cravings differently. Cravings are often for junk foods and processed foods high in sugar, salt, and fat.
Food cravings are in fact normal and are your bodies way of communicating its needs. A strong craving can indicate that your body is low in a specific nutrient, vitamin or mineral.
Understanding the reason behind a craving can point us in the direction of feeding the body what it actually needs instead of a temporary ‘fix’.
In our current uncertain climate, many of us may be feeling disconnected from our family and friends, whilst juggling home, work, and school commitments, inevitably impacting our stress levels and self-esteem.
How we cope during this time is based on how well we can adapt.
Abraham Maslow, a psychological theorist, developed a hierarchical representation of human needs and motivation in his 1943 paper “A Theory of Human Motivation” in Psychological Review.
He later explained in his book, “Motivation and Personality”, that individuals need to satisfy basic needs (such as food and shelter) in order to progress to higher-level growth needs. The feeling of frustration and uncertainty we are encountering in our daily lives can be linked to this theory.
The recent stress of COVID-19 that has swept across the world has left many feeling anxious and full of fear.
It’s hard to know how to process these emotions, let alone function with them, or best how to get rid of them.
But there is a way to release the magnitude of this stress.
The process involves tapping, or more precisely EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) tapping – and the results are extraordinary.