Foods To Eating For Hypothyroidism

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    what foods should I eat for hypothyroidism?
    What foods can I eat to activate my thyroid so that I can start loosing weight?

    • ANSWER:
      Iodine helps

  2. QUESTION:
    What foods can you eat in order to raise the level of the TSH in your blood?
    What foods can you eat in order to raise the level of the TSH
    (thyroid-stimulating hormone) in your blood?

    • ANSWER:
      hi,The thyroid takes in the iodine, obtained through food, iodized salt, or ... hypothyroidism, he or she will order a TSH (thyroid stimulating hor

  3. QUESTION:
    what foods do i eat to help treat hypothyroidism? what should be avoided?
    I am currently on a medication called synthroid but my thyroids seem to be getting bigger. is there any particular foods i should eat?

    • ANSWER:
      Thyroid conditions cannot be controlled, changed or improved by food; only the synthetic thyroid hormone (like Synthroid or Levothyroxine) will help in hypothyroidism. In the olden days, they used to say to avoid salt with iodine but that is no longer believed (by most people at least) since, unless you are eating huge cakes of iodized salt all the time, you wouldn't be getting much iodine. They used to say to avoid seafood from the ocean (salt+iodine) but that too is no longer done. Starting to take a synthetic thyroid hormone will cause your own body to stop producing it's own thyroid juice altogether so once you start, you cannot stop without having all the effects come crashing down on you; and often your condition will get worse with time until your doctor (and you) finally figure out the exact correct amount you need which often takes a lot of trial and error.

  4. QUESTION:
    What kind of foods should you eat to improve your metabolism?
    I have low metabolism and hypothyroidism and can't use diet aids so I want to know how to improve my metabolism naturally.

    • ANSWER:
      No food, drink or herb will boost your metabolism.
      If there was one, it would be worth a million bucks!

      Exercise, as little as 30 minutes a day, will boost your metabolism.

      The good news is that exercise helps metabolism even hours after you stop.

      Try walking briskly for 30 min to start (where you can barely carry on a conversation) and work up to an hour a day. You should do this 5-6 days a week.

      Good luck!

  5. QUESTION:
    How much goitrogenic food can someone with hypothyroidism eat daily?
    I have very bad hypothyroidism, and (as expected) I am extremely over-weight. My endocrinologist told me to avoid goitrogenic foods, but most of them are fruits and vegetables I would want to eat to lose weight. Are there moderate amounts I can eat? How can I find out how much?

    • ANSWER:
      You can get loads of info here:
      http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/
      http://www.thyrophoenix.com/index.html

      Blessings

  6. QUESTION:
    What foods are good for someone who has a low thyroid count?
    I have a low thyroid count and am trying to lose some extra weight that was gained, and I didn't know if there was certain foods that you should eat for a low thyroid count?

    • ANSWER:
      If you have hypothyroidism, you need to see a doctor.

      If you do not have hypothyroidism, don't monkey with your hormone levels because there is no such thing as a free lunch and if you screw with your thyroid, you can mess it up and bring on hypo/hyperthyroidism.

      If you cook with table salt, you are getting sufficient iodine. If you are cooking only with kosher or sea salt, you need to go out and get some table salt and use it in your cooking when you don't need a specific texture, as with kosher salt on meats.

      "They" put iodine in table salt because before they did that, the common person would not get enough and it leads to health problems.

      Humans consume a rather predictable amount of salt each day and it was for the health benefit of all that his became mandated.

      You obviously don't understand the damage you can do to yourself if you fu*k with your thyroid. Please, don't do it.

      Below is information on iodine deficiency and you can google "Hypothyroidism" for more info on that.

      Raw Foods That Hurt Your Thyroid
      http://ezinearticles.com/?Raw-Foods-That-Hurt-Your-Thyroid&id=418151

      Hypothyroidism: University of Maryland
      http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/hypothyroidism-000093.htm

      Iodine Deficiency
      http://www.med.umich.edu/1libr/aha/umioddef.htm
      Iodine deficiency is caused by a lack of iodine, a chemical element essential to the body's physical and mental development, in a person's diet. It is the single most common cause of preventable mental retardation and brain damage in the world.

      Is iodine deficiency common in the United States?
      Iodine deficiency is now rare in the U.S. as a result of widespread distribution of foods from iodine sufficient areas. The incidence of iodine deficiency occurs in certain geographical areas at higher altitudes with iodine depleted soil - usually in areas away from the seacoast and in countries where salt is not fortified with iodine.

      Does iodine deficiency affect women more than men?
      Iodine deficiency is more prevalent in women than in men, and more common in pregnant women and adolescents.

      What is the role of iodine in the body?
      Iodine is an essential element for thyroid function, necessary for the normal growth, development and functioning of the brain and body. It also influences a variety of metabolic processes in the body (converting food to energy, regulating growth and fertility, and maintaining body temperature).

      What are the effects of iodine deficiency?
      When the body becomes iodine-deficient the consequences can affect a person both physically and mentally. After many months of iodine deficiency a person may develop a goiter (an unsightly swelling of the thyroid gland in front of the neck), hypothyroidism and reduced mental function. It also increases the risk of still birth and infant deaths.

      Iodine-deficient women may give birth to babies with severe mental and neurological impairment. If this deficiency occurs during infancy or childhood, it causes irreversible mental retardation, growth failure, speech and hearing defects, among others. Even mild deficiency may cause a low intellectual capacity.

      What is hypothyroidism?
      Hypothyroidism refers to any state in which thyroid hormone production is below normal. There are many disorders that result in hypothyroidism that may directly or indirectly involve the thyroid gland. Since the thyroid hormone affects growth, development and many cellular processes, inadequate thyroid hormone has widespread consequences for the body.

      What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism?
      The symptoms of hypothyroidism are often subtle. They are not specific, which means they can mimic the symptoms of many other conditions. And patients with mild hypothyroidism often have no symptoms.

      Symptoms of hypothyroidism generally become more obvious as the condition worsens. Common symptoms include:
      Fatigue
      Depression
      Modest weight gain
      Cold intolerance
      Excessive sleepiness
      Dry, coarse hair
      Constipation
      Dry skin
      Muscle cramps
      Increased cholesterol levels
      Decreased concentration
      Vague aches and pains
      Swelling of the legs

      As the disease becomes more severe, there may be puffiness around the eyes, a slowing of the heart rate, a drop in body temperature and heart failure. In its most profound form, severe hypothyroidism may lead to a life-threatening coma. This condition requires hospitalization and immediate treatment with thyroid hormones given by injection. If left untreated, hypothyroidism can lead to an enlarged heart, worsening heart failure and an accumulation of fluid around the lungs.

      How is hypothyroidism diagnosed?
      If a patient is experiencing the symptoms listed above, a blood test can confirm a diagnosis of hypothyroidism.

      How is hypothyroidism treated?
      Hypothyroidism is generally treated with iodine and or/medication to support thyroid hormones. A person with hypothyroidism may require life-long supplementation and follow-up care. Consult your doctor about treatment options available.

      How is iodine deficiency treated?
      Once iodine deficiency is diagnosed, consult your doctor about treatment options. Commonly, iodine preparations are prescribed. In deciding to use iodine preparations, the risks of taking them must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will need to make.

      What foods contain iodine?
      In the United States, iodine is added to table salt so it is the primary food source of iodine. Iodine is also widely available in the following foods:
      Seafood
      Cod
      Sea bass
      Haddock
      Perch
      Kelp
      Dairy products
      Plants grown in soil rich in iodine

  7. QUESTION:
    What are things you can do to speed up metabolism?
    Any specific foods to eat?

    • ANSWER:
      Dieters often complain that they can’t lose weight because they have
      a “slow metabolism.” Unfortunately, many companies capitalize on this
      misconception by marketing products that promise to give consumers a
      so called “metabolic advantage” that helps melt away the pounds.
      They are useless. There are things you can't control about your
      metabolism, and no product ever will. On the other hand, there are
      simple natural techniques, which will allow you to do it.
      What you can’t control about your metabolism:
      Age: Metabolism slows about 5 percent for each decade after 40.
      That’s because as we get older, we tend to lose muscle and gain body
      fat. Lean muscle mass is more metabolically active than fat tissue. So
      when you lose muscle mass, your metabolism slows down.
      Gender: Men generally have faster metabolisms than women because
      they’re larger and have less body fat. Men’s basal metabolic rate is
      estimated to be 10 percent to 15 percent higher than women’s.
      Hypothyroidism: An underactive thyroid will slow down your metabolism
      and ultimately lead to weight gain. The good news is that a simple
      blood test can determine whether you have this condition or not. If
      you do, you can control it with the proper medication.
      Genetics: Some people are lucky enough to be born with speedy
      metabolisms — and others are not.
      What you can control about your metabolism: Diet

      Don’t eat fewer than 1,000 calories a day. Your body and metabolism
      thrive on food. When you fast or crash diet, your metabolism will slow
      down in order to conserve energy. Imagine your metabolism as a blazing
      fire. If the fire burns consistently with the appropriate amount of
      high-quality wood, it will burn at a steady rate. But if it doesn’t
      have enough wood, the fire goes out. If it has too much wood, it can
      get out control — just like your waistline!
      Eat every four to five hours. Our bodies work hard to digest and
      absorb the foods we eat, and your metabolism revs up in response.
      This is called the thermic effect of food. Take full advantage of this
      and schedule meals and snacks every four to five hours.
      Make breakfast a priority. Studies show that people who regularly eat
      a healthy breakfast within two hours of rising are more likely to
      control their weight. This may be because you’re lifting your
      metabolic rate after it’s been in a “resting phase” during the night.
      Eat protein with every meal: All foods create a thermic effect and
      will slightly boost your metabolism. However, eating protein gives
      your body a bigger metabolic boost than eating carbohydrates or fats.
      Plus, eating enough protein will ensure you’ll maintain and build
      muscle mass. (Remember, the more muscle mass you have, the greater
      your metabolic rate). Make sure to incorporate lean protein into most
      every meal.
      Best protein sources: fish, chicken breast, turkey breast, lean red
      meat, skim milk, nonfat yogurt, eggs and egg substitutes, tofu, beans,
      and lentils.

      Meal Examples:

      Breakfast: yogurt with fresh fruit
      Lunch: turkey burger on whole-grain bun and a salad
      Dinner: grilled chicken with vegetables and a baked potato
      Exercise

      Do aerobic exercise four to five days a week. Aerobic activities,
      such as running, brisk walking, swimming and bike riding, burn
      calories and increase metabolism while you’re working out. Several
      studies show that aerobic activities cause your metabolism to stay at
      an elevated level for a period of time after you have finished
      exercising.
      Work in strength-training exercise two to three days a week. Lifting
      weights and other strengthening activities, such as doing push-ups or
      crunches, on a regular basis will actually boost your resting
      metabolism all day. That’s because these activities build muscle. And
      once again, muscle burns more calories than body fat. In fact, if you
      have more muscle, you burn more calories — even if you’re sitting
      still.
      When it comes to supplements, I do not recommend them. The
      ingredients that are effective tend to boost metabolism only slightly
      and they can be risky. High doses of stimulants can make you jittery,
      and increase heart rate and blood pressure.
      The bottom line: The safest and most effective way to boost your
      metabolism is to eat an appropriate amount of food every four to five
      hours, incorporate a portion of lean protein into each meal, and
      exercise regularly!

  8. QUESTION:
    Foods and exercises to gain muscle but not lose weight?
    I am an underweight teen who has been told by my doctor to be more active, for my joint health and anemia. What are some exercises I can do and foods I can eat that will prevent further weight loss? I have a fast metabolism, as well as joint and nerve damage. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Red meats are a good choice, seeing as you're trying to gain muscle weight and since you've got anemia, think beef and pork.

      Stretching every muscle you can move each night has been shown to decrease muscle degeneration, and is helpful for people trying to gain more muscle weight, this will also reduce stress and help your joints.. I typically take about 5 minutes each night to do this, originally it was to help wind down after the day, but there were un-founded benefits to it other than better sleep.

      You say you've got a fast metabolism, the only problem I see with this is that you're thin, meaning your metabolic rate can't possibly be that high because people with a fast metabolic rate are also prone to being physically active.. Getting a bike would be a good choice, it'll help your heart and lung function and will help your fore arms/legs/stomach without hurting your joints so much.

      http://healthmad.com/nutrition/iodine/

      Hypothyroidism (causes obesity/lethargy/low body temp/difficulty concentrating) is a silent epidemic in the States and GB, over 95% of American's have it but aren't diagnosed, those that are diagnosed aren't given the cure-they're given a treatment that they have to take for life.. In your case it's not the cause of obesity, yet, but it's likely the cause of your poor metabolic function.

      The above link will be to an article that explains hypothyroidism and what it does, and how you can get rid of it.. Read it carefully and apply as instructed, within about 6-8 months of continual dosage your thyroid should kick back into gear.

  9. QUESTION:
    where can i find a good diet for hypothyroidism?
    i would like any help i can get without having to take diet pills.. i was diagnosed with hypothyroidism 4 years ago. since then i have put on almost 40lbs. i would like some input on what foods to eat that would help speed up my metabolism. also a good workout regimen would help too. thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      According to Dr. Todd Nippoldt of the Mayo Clinic, "Generally, there's no hypothyroidism diet. Although claims about hypothyroidism diets abound, there's no evidence that eating or avoiding certain foods will improve thyroid function."

      Question asked of Dr. Nippoldt: "Can iodine supplements help regulate thyroid function in a person with hypothyroidism?"

      Dr. Nippoldt: "No. Some alternative medicine practitioners recommend iodine tablets or kelp supplements — which are high in iodine — for people with hypothyroidism. It is true that severe iodine deficiency can cause hypothyroidism. But iodine deficiency is extremely rare in the United States and other developed countries since the addition of iodine to salt (iodized salt) and other foods. If iodine deficiency is not the cause of hypothyroidism, then iodine supplements provide no benefit.

      "Hypothyroidism is safely and effectively treated with the synthetic thyroid hormone levothyroxine."

      Walking a couple of miles twice a day would help keep your metabolism revved up naturally. If your health is good enough, try it. My prayers are with you. The main thing is not to forget to take the synthetic thyroid hormone your doctor prescribes for you.

  10. QUESTION:
    Is there a meal plan that's benefical to hypothyroidism that can improve weight loss?
    I have hypothyroidism, and as a result have trouble upon trouble losing weight. I'm beginning to think it's a no win situation and it's very frustrating. Is there a meal plan that can help?

    I said MEAL PLAN not pill, fake diet fad, or advertisement, thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Most people have hard time losing weight on synthetic hormones, but do much better on natural hormones (Armour brand)

      I advocate a low carb way of eating for optimal health. One thyroid specialist, Dr. Broda Barnes who did the metabolic studies on carbs/calories ratios, found that treated hypothyroid patients (not untreated) tended to lower their conversion of T4 to T3 when under 30grams of carbs per day or under 1500 calories. So would suggest keeping carbs over 30 grams per day (less than 9 grams per hour though) and calories greater than 1500 (low carb way of eating requires calories to be MUCH higher than 1500 for most people)

      You can lose more body fat eating protein & fat (don't eat protein alone) than not eating AT ALL. To lose weight fast, eat all you want, but nothing but meat, eggs, healthy oils, mayo, butter & half an avocado a day (for added potassium). Keep the calories high & the fat percentage high, at least 65% of calories. Green vegetables & some cheese will continue weight loss but at a slower pace.

      The first 2 weeks eat several cups a day of (mostly) lettuce & celery, cucumbers, radishes, mushrooms, peppers & more variety of vegetables thereafter - add 5 grams per day additional every week (30 grams day first 2 weeks, 35grams 3rd week, 40grams 4th week etc) til you gain weight, then subtract 10grams. That will be your personal carb level (everyone is different & depends on how active you are.)

      Start with meat, fats & salads for 2 weeks and then slowly add in more green veg, wk4 fresh cheeses, wk5 nuts & seeds, wk6 berries, wk7 legumes, wk8 other fruits, wk9 starchy veg, wk10 whole grains. You will learn how your body reacts to different foods.

      The first week is just water weight but fat is lost thereafter if you keep your calories high enough. Otherwise the body will strip it's own lean tissue for nutrition. Although that may look great on a scale it will make it MUCH easier to accumulate fat in the future (since all that pesky lean tissue burning up calories will be gone). The body won't release fat stores if you lower calories below what it needs. It will slow metabolism to compensate & store every spare ounce as fat. If you continue lowering calories, it will continue lowering the set point, til it can survive off nothing & store fat on anything. The body will only release it's fat stores if it knows there is plenty of nutritious food.

      Eating carbs while trying to lose body fat is terribly inefficient. When in glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) you have to lower your calories (which slows your metabolism) & exercise heavily to deplete your glycogen stores before burning body fat.

      The core of Atkins program is converting the body from glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) to ketosis (burning fat as fuel). Dietary fat levels need to be at >65% of total calories, if not, the body will still remain in glycolysis by converting 58% of excess protein into glucose (via gluconeogenesis).

      It takes minimum of 3 days to convert a body to ketosis, (but only one bite to convert back to glycolysis). People feel sluggish the first week but most feel better than ever thereafter.

      Simple carbohydrates (sugar, flour, bread, cereal, pasta, potatoes, rice) trigger insulin which can store the calories eaten into fat. The more protein the more the fat burning hormone glucagon is released. The more carbohydrate the more the fat storage hormone insulin is released.

      Simple carbs are addictive & can be disastrous to health. The best way to break the addiction is NO carbs for 3 days. Make a huge batch of deviled eggs, eat one every time you want "something" - have huge omelets with bacon, sausage, peppers, mushrooms & cheese. Pork chops smothered with peppers, mushrooms & cheese - pork rinds & dip or tuna/chicken/turkey/egg salad - steaks - a huge sugar free cheese cake. Eat so much you won't feel deprived of anything. By the 4th day, the addiction will be gone & you can start making healthy choices.

      High insulin levels promote inflammation, weight gain, hunger & unbalance other hormones. Controlling insulin levels will balance out other hormones & allow human growth hormone (HGH) to be produced naturally so lean muscle will be gained even without exercise. Any exercise will greatly increase muscle mass with high HGH levels.

      Ground flax seed (2 Tbsp) 1/4 cup water, artificial sweetener, mix in a raw egg - let sit 10 min. to absorb liquid, put some cream cheese in the middle & nuke 2 minutes. Suggested for daily fiber needs.

      As long as you have <9grams carbs per hour, you will maintain insulin control & shouldn't gain weight, no matter the calories. Many people gain weight on high carb, do low carb to lose weight & then are shocked when they return to high carb & gain weight. Many people can return to moderate carb levels but very few can really eat all they want of sugar & maintain weight or health.

  11. QUESTION:
    What foods best help to boost metabolism and are suitable for vegetarians?
    And which foods contain lots of protein and are healthy (don't contain a lot of fat or carbs)?
    I'm a veggie :)
    Erm well mornings (newspaper rounds) evenings (Jog) on weekdays and on weekends Mornings (newspaper rounds) and Afternoon (Jog)

    • ANSWER:
      You vegan or vegetarian? Because there is a difference. Most vegetarians eat animal products like milk but they don't eat meat, vegans either neither. Many people are confused by the two. But here is a list for a vegetarian, not a vegan

      *Greek yogurt(but watch out for the sugars. Eat ones that are less than 12 grams of sugar per serving)
      *Quionta. It's like rice kinda but healthier for you. It has 8 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber per serving.
      *Cinnamon. There have been studies that people who sprinkle cinnamon on some of their foods lose more fat weight than those who don't.
      *Hot peppers contain a chemical called capsaicin which decreases your appetite so you eat less per meal.
      *Green tea. But not in the bottle. Green tea is only good for you if you steep it yourself and not add sugars.
      *Grapefruit. It's high in water content and is suppose to make people feel fuller longer. Apples, pears, grapes, berries and watermelon do the same thing.
      *Raw veggies. They are high in nutrients and fiber but low in calories. When you cook veggies they lose some of that good fiber and nutrients.
      *Sweet potatoes. They have more nutrition than a regular potato. Just don't add toppings.
      *Coffee. As long as you don't add sugar and cream it is actually good for you. But you wanna limit this to 1-2 cups a day because of the caffeine.
      *Oatmeal. But only the steel cut oats kind. Any of that instant stuff is not good for you.
      *Tabouli. It's another grain that is really good for you. Adding a bit of olive oil, chopped tomatoes, parsley and beans make this really good.
      *Soup as long as you don't get it from the can. It's usually has a ton of sodium which you don't need, You can get a broth from a can or carton that is very low in sodium and water that down some to make it better for you. Then add other things like beans and veggies to it.
      *Salad. As long as you don't use a ton of dressing and no cream dressings. Aka ranch, french etc
      *Cooking with vinegar instead of butter. Or just use vinegar on salads. I like mixing my vinegar with some olive oil and it's really good.
      *Nuts. As long as you stick to a serving because they can backfire and be very fattening if you eat too many. A serving is 1/4 cup.
      *Popcorn. It's very low in calories as long as you don't really add anything so it makes it a good snack if you are sick of fruits and veggies.
      *Low fat dairy. So like skim milk, low fat yogurt etc. (Almond milk also applies but it's not really dairy. It just has more calcium and vitamin D than dairy does)
      *Fish is extremely good for you. It has all the good fats that land meats don't and non of that unhealthy fats. (Some vegetarians still eat fish if caught in a non cruel way.
      *Beans. Again this is like nuts. It's really good for you but you need to stick to a serving or it can backfire. It's about 1/2 cup is a serving.

      Do not eat soy!!!!! I cannot stress that enough. Fermented soy is fine but regular soy has an estrogen mimic which is very bad for the body since it can throw off your hormone levels. One of the most common side effects is hypothyroidism.

  12. QUESTION:
    How can I lose weight with hypothyroidism?
    I have hypothyroidism and have found it very dificult to lose weight. I have been trying for about 3 years and dont seem to be getting anywhere. Does anyone know what I can do or take that might work with medication?

    • ANSWER:
      Eat more whole foods. Avoid all soy. Soy slows down the thyroid function. Use Celtic Sea salt. Take 3 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil per day. I take 1 tablespoon with each meal. The coconut oil will rev up your metabolism. Take a whole mulitvitamin. I like http://www.drrons.com/ his does not have any of the additives. And you will eventually not need thyroid medication. You can also check out Dr. Bruce Rind's website he is an expert in throid and adrenal glands problems. About 20 percent of his patients fly in from out of town. His office is in Washington, DC.

      http://www.drrind.com/

  13. QUESTION:
    Are there any things you should start to do at home if you have Hypothyroidism?
    Like eat certain foods or something like that.

    • ANSWER:
      unfortunately, no
      the only thing to do is try to eat healthy so you dont gain weight.

  14. QUESTION:
    How to lose weight with type ONE diabetes and hypothyroidism?
    Ive been trying extremely hard to lose weight but the scale reads the same number. I have type ONE( not adult on set diabetes you get from poor lifestyle) and hypothyroidism which I think is the problem. I'm so tired of bring in twice the effort as a normal person and not seeing ANYTHING change(not a decimal number, nothing) so does anyone out there know of a diet and exercise plan or trick to help a person with my glitches lose weight? Thanks for the answers!

    • ANSWER:
      Hey there! I am in the same boat as you. I also have hypothyroidism and type ONE. While weight loss has been excruciatingly hard, I can offer some tips that I have been doing that have helped me slowly but surely get on the fast track to losing some weight.

      1. Take a multivitamin: Our bodies are always fighting off so much. If you take a vitamin, you will ensure that your body will be getting the vitamins and minerals it needs to fight off infection and allow your body MORE energy to do other things, such as losing weight. Look for multivitamins that promote a health heart and strong bones, as well as a good immune system.

      2. Count your calories: This is hard, but when there is a will, there is a way. Ever look on the nutrition facts of food and note the servings? Follow that! Record your total calories, fat, sodium, etc. Keep a journal and do this. I started out by just recording what I ate in a normal day, evaluating it (weaknesses: eat too big portions, not enough meat, too much bread/sugar, etc) and then seeing what I can do to improve it. Try to keep your calories to about 2,300 per day, and then whittle it down. I'm currently at 2,245 at the most per day, and I'm noting a change in my energy.

      3. EXERCISE: Speaking of energy, hypothyroidism simply kills your metabolism with an AK-47. :( RIght here, you just need a little more willpower. Think of living longer. At least that's what I do. Don't use elevators: instead, use the stairs. Walk a little more than you need to. Have Nintendo Wii? Do WiiFit. It works out muscles you never thought you could work out! Walk around your neighborhood every day. Go to a track at a school and walk the curves and jog the straights for thirty minutes to an hour. I totally understand taht your energy will deter you from doing this, but even a little effort should help.

      4. Stay happy! SOmething you love to do that doesn't compromise your health or well being? Indulge in it! I like to draw and sew among other things. If you keep your feelings and personality up, then you can do all i have listed above and more.

      5. Go to sleep on time. Yes this is very important. Your sleep helps regulate SO much.

      While ALL are important, the integral plan is to choose a method and STICK WITH IT! Watch your portions, and work out every day for at least thirty minutes. Take that vitamin, get some sleep, and remember to do something you enjoy.

      From one hypobetes dealer to another, I HAVE FAITH IN YOU!

      And a last note: I've been doing this very method for the past week and a half, and I lost four pounds. Just keep going, and with a little patience you'll get there!

  15. QUESTION:
    Why is hypothyroidism more common in women than men?
    I know what hypothyroidism is, but what causes more women to have hypothyroidism than men? If a male has hypothyroidism what would be some causes to that? In general, what are some underlying causes of hypothyroidism? My dad told me he went to the doctors and has hypothyroidism and has to go back to find out the causes. I don't know if their is a family history of hypothyroidism or other auto-immune diseases.

    • ANSWER:
      Thyroid activity fluctuates within the day in response to diet, stress, temperature, etc. In light of this knowledge, one can speculate or identify genetic, hormonal, lifestyle, & dietary factors as contributors to hypothyroidism.

      Since hypothyroidism often besets someone gradually, it is one of the degenerative diseases that gets noticed as lifespans increase.As you mentioned, autoimmune diseases can target the thyroid & cause dysfunction, either by elevating thyroid activity or decreasing it (sometimes it increases it first & then decreases it later). It's hard to isolate this as genetic or hormonal, since women do tend to have more autoimmune disorders. Perhaps it's both. Estradiol (an estrogen) can have an antagonistic effect on thyroid function by competing for binding sites. If estradiol binds first, then thyroxine/tetraiodothyronine (T4) & triidothyronine (T3) cannot exert their effects. Estradiol also limits other thermogenic (calorie burning) & potentially thyroid stimulating effects due to its functions in limiting muscular development & encouraging fat storage. Furthermore, estradiol does not limit the activity of the adrenal glands the way that testosterone does. The "fatigue" of the adrenal glands (not as pronounced or fatal as Addison's Disease) due to insufficient curbing of their activity can decrease thyroid function. Lifestyle factors such as lack of stress reduction accelerate this process. Finally, women tend to consume less calories than men; more specifically, they eat less fat & protein. Whereas adequate fat consumption is essential for the production of certain hormones (cortisol, aldosterone, progesterone, estradiol, testosterone, etc.), adequate protein consumption is essential for peptide hormones like thyroid hormones. Thyroid hormones consist of the amino acid tyrosine combined with 1, 2, 3, or 4 atoms of iodine (hence, they have names such as tri - iodo - thyronine). In the hope of losing weight or keeping weight down, many women deprive themselves of the building blocks for healthy amounts of hormones. Some foods & supplements are goitrogenic (goiter inducing/reduce thyroid activity), such as soy. Sometimes, the cause is idiopathic (of unknown origin).

      Men with hypothyroidism may have similar causes, such as an insufficient diet, excessive stress, etc. Low testosterone may correlate with low thyroid hormones, but it's hard to say which causes which, as there are thyroid receptors in the testes, yet testosterone may increase or decrease thyroid hormone production (without necessarily causing hypothyroid symptoms). Likewise, men may have idiopathic hypothyroidism.

      Most of the factors listed above still fall within two basic categories: primary (the organ itself) hypothyroidism or secondary (the organ[s] that instruct it to act) hypothyroidism. Both men & women may have hypothyroidism as a result of inadequate TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) from the pituitary gland or failure of the thyroid to respond properly to TSH.

      Sorry to make your eyes bleed from this lengthy response. As a final consideration, make sure your dad's doctor tests for thyroid function thoroughly via blood tests. TSH standards for hypothyroidism have been drastically revised (from 5.0 or greater to 3.0 or greater), & TSH itself is insufficient to identify true hypothyroidism without accounting for symptoms. The pituitary often mismeasures need for thyroid stimulating hormone. T4, T3, free T4, free T3, & reverse T3 are vital for determining true thyroid function. The source listed below contains information from patients contending with hypothyroidism who seek the best, most up-to-date medical advice concerning their disease. I wish you & your father well, as this can be very difficult to treat without a good doctor *who listens*.

  16. QUESTION:
    How fast can food really go through your body?
    Sometimes my stomach gets upset and I swear it is the food I've just eaten. Can it really travel that fast?

    • ANSWER:
      You can actually time your own "transit time"... check out the link below...

      The time it takes for food to travel through the digestive tract is known as bowel transit time. Bowel transit time varies considerably, even when repeated on the same person. Generally, the first marker should appear in the stool about 14 to 24 hours after ingestion, and the last should appear within 36 to 48 hours. A bowel transit time that is much longer (72 hours or more) indicates slowed bowel function. Talk to your health professional if you do a bowel transit test at home and get abnormal results.

      Bowel transit times are affected by certain medications and medical conditions.
      * Very long transit times may be caused by a narrowing (stricture) in your intestine, an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism), complications of diabetes, or Hirschsprung's disease.
      * Short transit times may be caused by inflammatory bowel disease, intestinal infections, lactose intolerance, or irritable bowel syndrome.

  17. QUESTION:
    What are some ways to speed up my metabolism?
    I have an on/off eating diorder depending on my mood etc. This really takes a blow at my metabolism and when i can think straight enough to wonder, I want do know, what can i do to speed it up?

    • ANSWER:
      Dieters often complain that they can’t lose weight because they have
      a “slow metabolism.” Unfortunately, many companies capitalize on this
      misconception by marketing products that promise to give consumers a
      so called “metabolic advantage” that helps melt away the pounds.
      They are useless. There are things you can't control about your
      metabolism, and no product ever will. On the other hand, there are
      simple natural techniques, which will allow you to do it.
      What you can’t control about your metabolism:
      Age: Metabolism slows about 5 percent for each decade after 40.
      That’s because as we get older, we tend to lose muscle and gain body
      fat. Lean muscle mass is more metabolically active than fat tissue. So
      when you lose muscle mass, your metabolism slows down.
      Gender: Men generally have faster metabolisms than women because
      they’re larger and have less body fat. Men’s basal metabolic rate is
      estimated to be 10 percent to 15 percent higher than women’s.
      Hypothyroidism: An underactive thyroid will slow down your metabolism
      and ultimately lead to weight gain. The good news is that a simple
      blood test can determine whether you have this condition or not. If
      you do, you can control it with the proper medication.
      Genetics: Some people are lucky enough to be born with speedy
      metabolisms — and others are not.
      What you can control about your metabolism: Diet

      Don’t eat fewer than 1,000 calories a day. Your body and metabolism
      thrive on food. When you fast or crash diet, your metabolism will slow
      down in order to conserve energy. Imagine your metabolism as a blazing
      fire. If the fire burns consistently with the appropriate amount of
      high-quality wood, it will burn at a steady rate. But if it doesn’t
      have enough wood, the fire goes out. If it has too much wood, it can
      get out control — just like your waistline!
      Eat every four to five hours. Our bodies work hard to digest and
      absorb the foods we eat, and your metabolism revs up in response.
      This is called the thermic effect of food. Take full advantage of this
      and schedule meals and snacks every four to five hours.
      Make breakfast a priority. Studies show that people who regularly eat
      a healthy breakfast within two hours of rising are more likely to
      control their weight. This may be because you’re lifting your
      metabolic rate after it’s been in a “resting phase” during the night.
      Eat protein with every meal: All foods create a thermic effect and
      will slightly boost your metabolism. However, eating protein gives
      your body a bigger metabolic boost than eating carbohydrates or fats.
      Plus, eating enough protein will ensure you’ll maintain and build
      muscle mass. (Remember, the more muscle mass you have, the greater
      your metabolic rate). Make sure to incorporate lean protein into most
      every meal.
      Best protein sources: fish, chicken breast, turkey breast, lean red
      meat, skim milk, nonfat yogurt, eggs and egg substitutes, tofu, beans,
      and lentils.

      Meal Examples:

      Breakfast: yogurt with fresh fruit
      Lunch: turkey burger on whole-grain bun and a salad
      Dinner: grilled chicken with vegetables and a baked potato
      Exercise

      Do aerobic exercise four to five days a week. Aerobic activities,
      such as running, brisk walking, swimming and bike riding, burn
      calories and increase metabolism while you’re working out. Several
      studies show that aerobic activities cause your metabolism to stay at
      an elevated level for a period of time after you have finished
      exercising.
      Work in strength-training exercise two to three days a week. Lifting
      weights and other strengthening activities, such as doing push-ups or
      crunches, on a regular basis will actually boost your resting
      metabolism all day. That’s because these activities build muscle. And
      once again, muscle burns more calories than body fat. In fact, if you
      have more muscle, you burn more calories — even if you’re sitting
      still.
      When it comes to supplements, I do not recommend them. The
      ingredients that are effective tend to boost metabolism only slightly
      and they can be risky. High doses of stimulants can make you jittery,
      and increase heart rate and blood pressure.
      The bottom line: The safest and most effective way to boost your
      metabolism is to eat an appropriate amount of food every four to five
      hours, incorporate a portion of lean protein into each meal, and
      exercise regularly!

  18. QUESTION:
    How do convince yourself to stop eating all day?
    And that food is a much smaller part of your life than you think it is.

    Food now has such a high priority during my days but I want to make it so I don't care about it anymore...how?

    • ANSWER:
      You have a very deep question here. It all depends on what is causing this high priority issue. It could be psychologic, a way to tollerate some sort of subconscious stress. It could be chemical, the thyroid controls the way your body uses energy and when if it isn't functioning properly can lead to abnormal appetite. I would start with a checkup and bloodwork to rule out hypothyroidism. Then talk to a psychologist to see if you can uncover any underlying issues.

  19. QUESTION:
    Will I lose weight now that I found out I have hypothyroidism and am taking meds?
    I just found out I have hypothyroidism and was prescribed Levothyroxine for this, and was wondering if it will give me energy, and if I will lose weight from fixing this? Also, i have high cholestoral and was prescribed Lipitor for this,? Would any of these problems be a symptom of something else?

    • ANSWER:
      I think the first thing you need to realize is that doctors do NOT have the answers to making you healthy. Drugs will give you make believe health.

      The drugs you will take for hypothyroidism is just treating the symptoms, not the "root cause." If you focus on making your body healthy, you will NOT need those drugs. There is a reason your thyroid is not working well. Did your doctor tell you what that reason was or just give you the drugs because a blood test told him your TSH hormone was high? To solve the problem, he prescribed thyroid medication that you will now have to take for the rest of your life, right?

      Does it make sense to you that he has NO clue why your thyroid is not working right and prescribed a medication that gives you a life sentence of taking drugs and testing each year? (I'm assuming this is the case). In most cases, the problem is due to a deficiency of iodine that makes the T3 and T4 hormones in your thyroid. This deficiency is rampant now in the U.S. due to the fluoride being put in water supplies, toothpastes, sodas, and many other foods. Fluoride depletes the body of iodine. Also, if you eat the SAD diet (standard American diet), that lacks lots of sea foods from wild environments, not farm raised, you will be deficient in iodine.

      Test yourself to find out. You can do this at home. Did your doctor test you for this before he prescribed the drugs? Just go to the drug store and buy a small bottle of "Tincture of Iodine" that is used for sanitizing wounds. In the morning, paint a 2" x 3" patch on your forearm and watch it throughout the day. You should be able to see this after 24 hours. If it goes away in a few hours, you are deficient in iodine and most likely is the "root cause" of the thyroid problem.

      Obviously there are many other factors that can cause a thyroid issue, but start with the iodine issue first.

      In regard to Lipitor, did your doctor tell you that you will now be more susceptible to STROKE? Did your doctor just take the LDL cholesterol reading and NOT give you the pattern 1 or pattern 2 amount of LDL in your body? Did he explain that cholesterol is made by the body and only 15% comes from food and that it is necessary to make repairs in the body. Did he also tell you that Lipitor depletes the body of vitamin Q that your heart desperately needs to keep the heart muscle tissue healthy? Did he tell you that Lipitor greatly reduces your steroid hormones and you may have some sexual problems due to this?

      Has your cholesterol level changed over time? Gotten more or less?

      Inflammation is what causes heart disease, not cholesterol. Cholesterol is an alcohol that fatty acids can attach to. Since it is an alcohol, it mixes with the water in the blood easily where fatty acids do not. It is the job of cholesterol to carry fatty acids to damaged areas in the body to make repairs. Lowering this will cause areas not to get repaired well and that is where the STROKE issue comes in.

      Keeping your cholesterol at a constant level is what you want to look for, not the quantity, necessarily. Inflammation is the problem. If your cholesterol raises, you need to look at the inflammation issue, to correct the problem. Lowering your cholesterol leaves the inflammation in place that is actually causing the damage to your body.

      Additionally, did your doctor tell you that about 50% of the people that take that junk get muscle cramps, sore muscles, and a general feeling of tiredness due to muscle issues?

      Controlling inflammation, cholesterol, etc. can be done nutritionally much better than with drugs as a general rule. Most people find that when they get on a good nutritionally sound diet, they become healthy and do not require drugs.

      A Certified Nutritional Therapist can test you and determine exactly what nutrients you are lacking and how much you need to take to resolve the deficiency. They can then monitor you on a regular basis to see how your health is improving. An excellent approach is to work with your doctor to take his advise, but also have the CNT work with your doctor and yourself to get you off the drugs and become healthy.

      good luck

  20. QUESTION:
    Why do skinny people eat a lot of crappy foods and never get fat?
    My friend is a video game junkie and he never exercises but somehow stays skinny. While in my case, if i eat one McDonalds meal each day for a week, i would gain like 5-6 pounds. Why is this?

    • ANSWER:
      I am the same way, I suppose...although, I am slightly active. But I eat basically WHATEVER when ever I feel like it! I guess I have a fast metabolism, which is wonderful considering I used to struggle with hypothyroidism. After my doctor put me on some new meds, my metabolism kicked into full gear and now, I am at a healthy weight.

      This is what I ate early on today:

      Breakfast: 1 bowl of Kashi Honey Sunshine cereal with almond milk, half a banana, and a nonfat yogurt

      Snack: Apple

      Lunch: Pretzel bread with Laughing Cow cheese, edamame beans, carrots, and celery with a side of pears and a nonfat yogurt

      But then....I kinda went crazy...
      I ate:
      *Spoonfuls of cookie dough ice cream
      *3 Oreos with milk
      *Melted chocolate (I was baking and couldn't help myself!)
      *Some raw cookie dough
      *M&M's
      Then for dinner....Ravioli with asiago cheese and marinara sauce with an ear of corn w/ margarine

      I really have to break this sugar habit...and you should've seen what I ate yesterday! It was twice as bad as that...

      So, that's me. I don't get fat, but my diet certainly isn't benefiting my body. It goes to show that you can be thin and still be unhealthy.

  21. QUESTION:
    With hypothyroidism, what the fastest way to lose weight?
    Bathing suit season is coming up and I want to look good in my bathing suit. I have hypothyroidism so that makes it difficult, what is a fast and easy way to lose some weight?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are a few tips;

      WHEN to eat for losing weight...

      • Eat (at least) three times a day.
      Because when you eat only once a day, your metabolism gets slower than it already is! That's the main reason. Sounds funny, but to lose weight... you must eat (the right things, of course)
      • Eat low-fat, high-fiber foods such as salads and vegetable pastas.
      • Your last meal should be before 18:00. Try.
      OK, one apple after 18:00
      • Don't starve
      Starvation is not good for losing weight, nor your health.
      Starvation is the worse thing you can do in a weight loss diet.
      • Try oatmeal instead of cornflakes for breakfast--eating oatmeal can help reduce cholesterol levels, and its high fiber content will keep you full longer.

      WHAT to drink for losing weight...

      • Drink 6-8 glasses of water every day !
      Can be tap, plain, mineral, sparkling. I just love mineral sparkling water!
      This improves your bowel, reduces the "hunger" sensation, and hydrates your skin. Your skin will look much better after the first weeks!
      Don't believe the slogan "water makes me fat". Beside being stupid... you might get into serious troubles with your kidneys.
      • Drink ONLY natural juices, freshly squeezed!
      Don't drink Coca Cola, Pepsi, Spite etc. during the diet. Even lite or light versions.

      Exercise for losing weight...

      • If you want quicker results - exercise would be good.
      • Don't just sit in front of the TV and eat peanuts...
      I guarantee THIS won't work for your weight loss...
      • Start a regular exercise program and stick with it. Don't be afraid of those sweat suits and Lycra pants!
      • Start swimming. Swimming is an excellent exercise to get involved with, since it increases blood flow and uses muscles we don't regularly use. Start a swimming program and try to do it 3 times a week. You will feel excellent and rejuvenated.
      • Choose an exercise program that you enjoy, and don't shun the unconventional. For instance, did you know that regular vigorous dancing is exercise too?
      • Also Cardiovascular exercises such as running, jogging, or aerobics will help you lose that unwanted belly fat. Weight training can also help you lose body fat because the more muscle mass you have, the more ability your system has to burn body fat.

      Good luck!
      Hope this helps~

  22. QUESTION:
    Natural Home Remedies for Hypothyroidism?
    Are there any natural home remedies for something like Hypothyroidism? More specifically, is there a type of diet that is known to help reverse the disease over time? If so, what are some good foods to eat?

    • ANSWER:
      These particular herbs and supplements specifically support thyroid function:

      kelp
      all seaweeds
      sea salt
      celery

      These herbs support all the endocrine glands including the thyroid:

      siberian ginseng
      american ginseng
      black walnut
      juniper berry
      saw palmetto

  23. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to get my metabolism back on track?
    After years of not eating properly (skipping meals or overeating) I have begun to gain weight. I've started Weight Watchers and excercise but have seen no result after nearly two weeks. I know I have messed up my metabolism, but when will it kick back into gear?

    • ANSWER:
      Your metabolism will change based on a number of different factors - including the quantity and quality of food you take in and the amount of exercise you get everyday. It also changes based on your age, so that's something you may need to take into account.

      It's great that you've started to live a healthier lifestyle, but dramatic changes won't happen overnight. If you still haven't seen any changes in a few more weeks, you might want to consult your doctor - an underlying condition like hypothyroidism could also impact how quickly your metabolism bounces back. I'm also a big fan of natural supplements that are designed to get your metabolism back in gear, but check with your doctor before you start taking anything like this - some supplements can interact negatively with prescription medications you may be taking.

      Hope this helps!

  24. QUESTION:
    What foods are best if you have hypothyodism and a history of depression? I do take thyroid hormone.?
    I'm a big believer that you are what you eat. I know that entire books have been written on the best diet to follow if you have thyroid problems. I would appreciate a recommendation for such a book.

    • ANSWER:
      You can go to your local health food store and get a book called Prescription for Nutritional Healing. The basic idea from the book is to avoid fluoride(including that found in toothpaste and tap water) and chlorine(also found in tap water). Chlorine, fluoride and iodine are chemically related; chlorine and fluoride block iodine receptors in the thyroid gland, causing a reduction in iodine-containing hormone production and eventually hypothyroidism. Avoid processed and refined foods like sugar and white flour, avoid taking sulfa drugs or antihistamines unless specifically directed to do so by a doctor. A study at the University of Massachusetts revealed that levothyroxine(synthroid and others) can cause as much as a 13 percent decrease in bone mass, so talk to your doctor about prescribing Armour Thyroid tablets to replace deficient thyroid hormones. Eat in moderation foods like brussels sprouts, peaches, pears, spinich, turnips, and cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, kale, and mustard greens. If your condition is severe omit these foods entirely, they may further suppress thyroid function. It will also give you names of vitamins and supplements to take to replace minerals your body might be lacking due to the low acting thyroid. Hope this was of some help to you, cause the book has been a big help to me.

  25. QUESTION:
    Will kelp really help with the symptoms of hypothyroidism?
    Can I take kelp pills if I'm already on medication?Will it help with my hypothyroidism?*Thanks
    Have you had any experience with it?
    I don't have a "goitre"..I was asking if it would relieve some of the symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      The Thyroid Foundation says not to, as does Mary Shoman (an expert in the field):

      "Is goitre due to lack of iodine in our diet? Should I eat kelp to get rid of this goitre?

      ANSWER:
      Iodine deficiency is the most common cause of goitre in the world but NOT in this country. We have had iodized salt for two generations, and there are many other sources of iodine now in our diets so that, if anything, we are receiving more iodine than in most places in the world. There is no point whatsoever in adding more iodine to the diet and that includes kelp, a form of seaweed high in iodine often sold in health food stores. The problem is that too much iodine is just as dangerous as too little iodine. Excess iodine can also cause goitres and can either cause a low thyroid state, (hypothyroidism) or excess output of thyroid (hyperthyroidism). It also aggravates Hashimoto's thyroiditis. In Canada it is a mistake to ingest kelp."

      Mary Shoman said:

      "While some herbalists and vitamin proponents recommend iodine tablets or kelp supplements (which are high in iodine) for people with thyroid problems, you need to be extremely careful about any decision to take iodine or kelp supplements if you are on thyroid hormone replacement therapy."

      Read more: http://thyroid.about.com/cs/drugdatabase/f/kelp.htm

      Hope that helps!

  26. QUESTION:
    What are some of the main issues and complications involving PCOS and Diabex?
    I have recently been diagnosed with PCOS and I have been craving really bad foods with the medication I am on, then I feel really sick after wards. Are these to do with the PCOS, or the meds? Or is there something else wrong? Could you please also leave a list of other things that PCOS can create or show? Ta.

    • ANSWER:
      I recommend optimizing vit.D levels & starting a low carb lifeplan. If you consider low carb, notify your doctor, meds may need to be lowered or eliminated.

      I highly recommend a fat based diet to maximize health & balance hormones. All carbs >9g per hour trigger insulin.

      Insulin is considered the "bully" hormone. While it dominates the bloodstream, other hormones aren't allowed to function properly, especially sex hormones & human growth hormone. This creates a major imbalance in the body which creates a lot of defenses that we call symptoms (excess fat accumulation, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol, etc.)

      This is an example of items founds in a high fat diet - I don't recommend this as the sole source of foods but with the addition of eggs, dairy, vegetables & cold water fish (sardines, mackerel, herring or salmon) - it would be much closer to ideal.

      1750 calories 23g of net carbs (65g of fiber) & 80% of total calories from fat-

      3oz sunflower seeds
      3oz chia seeds
      1oz flax seeds
      2oz almonds
      1oz Brazil nuts
      2oz Olives
      half avocado

      They don't know if insulin resistance creates PCOS or if PCOS creates insulin resistance. I believe it's just another side effect of insulin dysfunction. Long term ingestion of refined carbs "burn out" the insulin receptors on muscle cells, so calories go directly to fat cells, leaving muscle cells screaming for nutrition.

      Most people get overweight because their bodies just can't process carbs any more. They become insulin resistant & carbs go straight to fat cells. Fat storage is a symptom of the disease state. When your muscles become insulin resistant, then calories go directly to fat cells instead of to glycogen stores & you become overweight fast. It's nearly impossible to lose weight at this point without minimizing carbs because the body no longer is able to process carbs. The body won't release fat stores until the blood stream is free of insulin. In someone insulin resistant, the insulin response is too sensitive & produces too much insulin.

      As healthy as fruit may be, it just doesn't promote fat loss. Fructose, the sugar in most fruits is the most lipogenic (fat producing) carb & creates triglycerides which "trap" fat in fat cells.

      Type 2 diabetes used to be called adult onset diabetes because it was rare that people had it til they were in their 50s. They had to change the name because now it's common in children. Now they add high fructose corn syrup to infant formula & we have an epidemic of obese 6mo old infants who become diabetic as children.

      The whole purpose of carbohydrates is to put the body in fat storage mode so we can gain as much fat as possible to survive winter & famine. Carbs trigger an insatiable appetite so you can eat as much as is available. Carbs were only suppose to be available during harvest season, not year around.

      The body doesn't "need" carbs for energy. Carbs may provide quick energy but fats provide sustained energy. A low carb diet is a high fat diet, protein shouldn't be more than 30% of daily calories on any diet & preferably 20%. Coconut oil is the only fat to provide quick energy like a carb (but without the rise in blood sugar or insulin).

      Dr.Broda Barnes suggested that for someone with thyroid dysfunctions to never go below 1500 calories or 30g of net carbs per day - otherwise the thyroid could be harmed further.

      The Barnes Basal Temperature Test (BBTT)is a simple test anyone can undertake at home in order to assess their thyroid function. It is most often used to detect undiagnosed hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) but will also provide evidence of hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid).

      I highly recommend 1 oz. (about 4) canned (or fresh) oysters every day for the naturally occurring zinc (170% DV) & 90% DV of vitamin B12 as well as getting 1g a week in Omega 3 fatty acids, EPA/DHA. Animal studies show that zinc deficiency is associated with decreased serum T3 levels. Zinc may play a role in thyroid hormone metabolism in patients with low T3 and may contribute to conversion of T4 to T3 in humans.

      PCOS forum -

      http://forum.lowcarber.org/forumdisplay.php?f=46

      Vitamin D deficiency may contribute to the wide set of disorders associated with metabolic syndrome (syndrome X), as well as to PCOS. In a study published in 2004, the authors saw a 60% improvement in insulin sensitivity in healthy, vitamin D replete adults

      http://www.womentowomen.com/healthynutrition/vitamind.aspx

  27. QUESTION:
    What are food you are supposed/ not supposed to eat when you have an underactive thyroid?
    What are food you are supposed/ not supposed to eat when you have an under active thyroid?

    • ANSWER:
      Hey there,

      I have an underactive thyroid gland and there is no food that you are not supposed to eat. Nothing make it better or worse as far as from a disease standpoint. We may not have as good of metabolisms and the disease can make you prone to weight gain but that should not exceed 15-25 pounds.

      I'd suggest eating a balanced diet because of the side effects that thyroid disease can come with. It slows your entire system so you can get low blood sugar and pressure pretty easily. Balance your eating with exercise, it'll make you healthier in the long run and help relieve some of the symptoms of thyroid disease.

      I hope this helps you out, and that you're on some form of artificial hormone if you do have hypothyroidism.

  28. QUESTION:
    Is it possible I have an eating dissorder?
    I lost 8 pounds due to stomach problems recently and the doctors think I have an eating dissorder. I love to cook and I just love food, but I always have. I am also planning on attending college for cooking or nutrition...so I do have symptoms but...
    I do not think I'm fat! I think I'm too thin and am trying (really hard) to gain weight! The doctors don't believe me, so please include any weight gain tips (healthy please)
    thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      first off you may won't to do some checking around on the internet to find problems that could cause weight loss/lack of weight gain, it could very well be something out of your control such as hyperthyroidism. Ask you doctor, or find another one if your current one is too much of a jerk to listen, to find out what may be the underlying cause. I have been having issues with weight, about 15 pounds too much, and even though my calorie intake is balanced and healthy I still have trouble losing weight. Come to find out it is hypothyroidism. There are things that you could have that could lead to much worse down the road. With me, if I hadn't checked mine, further down the road my hair would start falling out, possibly go into a coma, or worse I could have died. If after this you find that you are in fact in good health, go to a nutritionist. They can guide you on a diet that would help you to achieve your goals in a healthy way, no diet tricks or unhealthy habits. I hope you can find a healthy way to a happier you! Good luck!

  29. QUESTION:
    Why does my face retain water if i dont eat food ?
    Has anyone experiencd bloating of face as if your face is retaining water. It swells up little bit if i am hungry the whole day and when i eat food it gets normal. Why does this happen. Any scientific explanation?

    • ANSWER:
      Hypothyroidism- One of the symptoms is puffy face, hands and feet.
      Nephrotic syndrome- One of the symptoms is facial swelling.
      Conduct Thyroid function tests and Kidney function tests.
      Consult an Endocrinologist.
      Please see the web ages for more details on Hypothyroidism, Nephrotic syndrome, Thyroid function tests and Kidney function tests.

  30. QUESTION:
    What are some ways to quicken your metabolism?
    I've always had a slow one. Exercise helps some. What are some eating habits or supplements that help as well?

    • ANSWER:
      Dieters often complain that they can’t lose weight because they have
      a “slow metabolism.” Unfortunately, many companies capitalize on this
      misconception by marketing products that promise to give consumers a
      so called “metabolic advantage” that helps melt away the pounds.
      They are useless. There are things you can't control about your
      metabolism, and no product ever will. On the other hand, there are
      simple natural techniques, which will allow you to do it.
      What you can’t control about your metabolism:
      Age: Metabolism slows about 5 percent for each decade after 40.
      That’s because as we get older, we tend to lose muscle and gain body
      fat. Lean muscle mass is more metabolically active than fat tissue. So
      when you lose muscle mass, your metabolism slows down.
      Gender: Men generally have faster metabolisms than women because
      they’re larger and have less body fat. Men’s basal metabolic rate is
      estimated to be 10 percent to 15 percent higher than women’s.
      Hypothyroidism: An underactive thyroid will slow down your metabolism
      and ultimately lead to weight gain. The good news is that a simple
      blood test can determine whether you have this condition or not. If
      you do, you can control it with the proper medication.
      Genetics: Some people are lucky enough to be born with speedy
      metabolisms — and others are not.
      What you can control about your metabolism: Diet

      Don’t eat fewer than 1,000 calories a day. Your body and metabolism
      thrive on food. When you fast or crash diet, your metabolism will slow
      down in order to conserve energy. Imagine your metabolism as a blazing
      fire. If the fire burns consistently with the appropriate amount of
      high-quality wood, it will burn at a steady rate. But if it doesn’t
      have enough wood, the fire goes out. If it has too much wood, it can
      get out control — just like your waistline!
      Eat every four to five hours. Our bodies work hard to digest and
      absorb the foods we eat, and your metabolism revs up in response.
      This is called the thermic effect of food. Take full advantage of this
      and schedule meals and snacks every four to five hours.
      Make breakfast a priority. Studies show that people who regularly eat
      a healthy breakfast within two hours of rising are more likely to
      control their weight. This may be because you’re lifting your
      metabolic rate after it’s been in a “resting phase” during the night.
      Eat protein with every meal: All foods create a thermic effect and
      will slightly boost your metabolism. However, eating protein gives
      your body a bigger metabolic boost than eating carbohydrates or fats.
      Plus, eating enough protein will ensure you’ll maintain and build
      muscle mass. (Remember, the more muscle mass you have, the greater
      your metabolic rate). Make sure to incorporate lean protein into most
      every meal.
      Best protein sources: fish, chicken breast, turkey breast, lean red
      meat, skim milk, nonfat yogurt, eggs and egg substitutes, tofu, beans,
      and lentils.

      Meal Examples:

      Breakfast: yogurt with fresh fruit
      Lunch: turkey burger on whole-grain bun and a salad
      Dinner: grilled chicken with vegetables and a baked potato
      Exercise

      Do aerobic exercise four to five days a week. Aerobic activities,
      such as running, brisk walking, swimming and bike riding, burn
      calories and increase metabolism while you’re working out. Several
      studies show that aerobic activities cause your metabolism to stay at
      an elevated level for a period of time after you have finished
      exercising.
      Work in strength-training exercise two to three days a week. Lifting
      weights and other strengthening activities, such as doing push-ups or
      crunches, on a regular basis will actually boost your resting
      metabolism all day. That’s because these activities build muscle. And
      once again, muscle burns more calories than body fat. In fact, if you
      have more muscle, you burn more calories — even if you’re sitting
      still.
      When it comes to supplements, I do not recommend them. The
      ingredients that are effective tend to boost metabolism only slightly
      and they can be risky. High doses of stimulants can make you jittery,
      and increase heart rate and blood pressure.
      The bottom line: The safest and most effective way to boost your
      metabolism is to eat an appropriate amount of food every four to five
      hours, incorporate a portion of lean protein into each meal, and
      exercise regularly!

  31. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to start losing weight?
    I am 17 and weigh around 290. Also I am 5'5. I have hypothyroidism and it is really hard for me to lose. I have been picked on all my life, I get looked past by guys and I just want my life changed. I am ready to work at it. I just need help because I don't know what I'm doing.

    • ANSWER:
      1. be Committed to it.
      2. DRINK WATER important.
      3. Forget about junk food
      4. Also important say no to junk food and soda again.
      5. Eat healthy off course veggies, fruit,
      6. Cardio you need to lose weight to get abs if you want any
      7. Check out six pack shorcuts or any source you want to use to help you with this.
      8. goodluck

  32. QUESTION:
    What is a safe way to speed up metabolism?
    Besides eating small quantities of food frequently?

    • ANSWER:
      Dieters often complain that they can’t lose weight because they have
      a “slow metabolism.” Unfortunately, many companies capitalize on this
      misconception by marketing products that promise to give consumers a
      so called “metabolic advantage” that helps melt away the pounds.
      They are useless. There are things you can't control about your
      metabolism, and no product ever will. On the other hand, there are
      simple natural techniques, which will allow you to do it.
      What you can’t control about your metabolism:
      Age: Metabolism slows about 5 percent for each decade after 40.
      That’s because as we get older, we tend to lose muscle and gain body
      fat. Lean muscle mass is more metabolically active than fat tissue. So
      when you lose muscle mass, your metabolism slows down.
      Gender: Men generally have faster metabolisms than women because
      they’re larger and have less body fat. Men’s basal metabolic rate is
      estimated to be 10 percent to 15 percent higher than women’s.
      Hypothyroidism: An underactive thyroid will slow down your metabolism
      and ultimately lead to weight gain. The good news is that a simple
      blood test can determine whether you have this condition or not. If
      you do, you can control it with the proper medication.
      Genetics: Some people are lucky enough to be born with speedy
      metabolisms — and others are not.
      What you can control about your metabolism: Diet

      Don’t eat fewer than 1,000 calories a day. Your body and metabolism
      thrive on food. When you fast or crash diet, your metabolism will slow
      down in order to conserve energy. Imagine your metabolism as a blazing
      fire. If the fire burns consistently with the appropriate amount of
      high-quality wood, it will burn at a steady rate. But if it doesn’t
      have enough wood, the fire goes out. If it has too much wood, it can
      get out control — just like your waistline!
      Eat every four to five hours. Our bodies work hard to digest and
      absorb the foods we eat, and your metabolism revs up in response.
      This is called the thermic effect of food. Take full advantage of this
      and schedule meals and snacks every four to five hours.
      Make breakfast a priority. Studies show that people who regularly eat
      a healthy breakfast within two hours of rising are more likely to
      control their weight. This may be because you’re lifting your
      metabolic rate after it’s been in a “resting phase” during the night.
      Eat protein with every meal: All foods create a thermic effect and
      will slightly boost your metabolism. However, eating protein gives
      your body a bigger metabolic boost than eating carbohydrates or fats.
      Plus, eating enough protein will ensure you’ll maintain and build
      muscle mass. (Remember, the more muscle mass you have, the greater
      your metabolic rate). Make sure to incorporate lean protein into most
      every meal.
      Best protein sources: fish, chicken breast, turkey breast, lean red
      meat, skim milk, nonfat yogurt, eggs and egg substitutes, tofu, beans,
      and lentils.

      Meal Examples:

      Breakfast: yogurt with fresh fruit
      Lunch: turkey burger on whole-grain bun and a salad
      Dinner: grilled chicken with vegetables and a baked potato
      Exercise

      Do aerobic exercise four to five days a week. Aerobic activities,
      such as running, brisk walking, swimming and bike riding, burn
      calories and increase metabolism while you’re working out. Several
      studies show that aerobic activities cause your metabolism to stay at
      an elevated level for a period of time after you have finished
      exercising.
      Work in strength-training exercise two to three days a week. Lifting
      weights and other strengthening activities, such as doing push-ups or
      crunches, on a regular basis will actually boost your resting
      metabolism all day. That’s because these activities build muscle. And
      once again, muscle burns more calories than body fat. In fact, if you
      have more muscle, you burn more calories — even if you’re sitting
      still.
      When it comes to supplements, I do not recommend them. The
      ingredients that are effective tend to boost metabolism only slightly
      and they can be risky. High doses of stimulants can make you jittery,
      and increase heart rate and blood pressure.
      The bottom line: The safest and most effective way to boost your
      metabolism is to eat an appropriate amount of food every four to five
      hours, incorporate a portion of lean protein into each meal, and
      exercise regularly!

  33. QUESTION:
    What foods do I eat to improve Beta-Carotene conversion?
    I would like to know if there are foods that make it easier for my body to convert Beta-Carotene? For example cooked or raw carrots? I have Hypothyroidism and I noticed my skin is a bit more yellow-ish than others' and I don't really like it...
    >>By the way I'm not asking what foods have more Beta-Carotene I'm asking how I can have Vitamin A without taking suplemments and without getting yellow skin! :( My body is bad at converting Beta-Carotene and its making my skin an ugly yellow!<<

    • ANSWER:
      Foods high in Beta-Carotene - http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/natural-food-sources-of-beta-carotene.php

      On a side note, eating a lot of carrots and sweet potatoes can turn your hands orange.

  34. QUESTION:
    What are somethings to help me lose weight quickly?
    I have had a couple disk injuries and knees problems, so I have been told not to really work out. Recently I lost my dad so some family made me and my family food and lots of sugary foods. So I have gained a lot of Weight. Also my cousin is going to hav a wedding in 5 months so I want to lose about 60 pounds to look great for this wedding. So can anyone please help me? Would becoming a vegan or vegetarian help me lose Weight?

    • ANSWER:
      Light swimming can't hurt you even if you've got a bad knee and have a slipped disk, consider starting..

      If you'd like to lose weight rapidly then drink cold water regularly, your body spends energy heating the water, which makes your metabolism work harder.. Vegetarians don't lose weight because they're only eating salads and other non-meat products, they lose weight because they've got a controlled diet more often than not.

      Hypothyroidism is a condition that's rampant in the States and England, it causes obesity-lethargy-slow thinking-low body temperature, I'd strongly urge you to start a regime to reverse it immediately..

      http://healthmad.com/nutrition/iodine/

      The above link is to an article that'll explain hypothyroidism and how to cure it in full, best of wishes to you and good luck.

  35. QUESTION:
    How much weight should I lose in six months if I eat only 1200 calories a day?
    I am 22 5'8 and 206 pounds. If I eat 1200 calories daily and exercise at least 3 times a week what should I expect to be down to in about six months? I have hypothyroidism so it is a bit harder for me to lose weight than for most people.

    • ANSWER:
      Haha just listened to a lecture similar to this from my mom to my cousin earlier today.

      My mom is like a health freak now she used to be pretty heave but is now around 140 so I think most of her advise is well credited.

      (Also the first thing you should do when you wake up is drink some milk/juice) Because when you go to sleep it slows your metabolism down quite a bit and its not that abnormal for some one to eat dinner at 6pm and there next meal to be at Noon Iv done it plenty of times because your metabolism is running so slow you don't get hungry very fast) A glass of milk when jump start your metabolism and get the calories ticking.

      According to her it depends on what kind of exercise you do assuming you eat properly, She said doing really good workouts at least every other day is best and if possible differ them up. Because if you go for a jog every day your body will eventually get used to it thus becoming less effective so buy doing joginng one day weights another day steps another day ect your body wont get in the pattern of one exercise.

      Also you should try and build up muscle it does not need to be alot but the more muscle you have the more carbs they eat, so in theory a fat person who lifted weights for an hour a day (Both arm and leg weights) Would eventually get enough muscle that over the course your fat would be eaten to provide food for your muscles (In case you didnt know fat is pretty much reserve food for your body extreme exercises are used to burn off the extra that we consume)

      Im pretty sure that if you followed your schedule correctly for 6 months you might be able to lost from 30-60 pounds. It honestly just depends on your age and sex height and fat distribution.

  36. QUESTION:
    What are some foods i can eat with hypothyroidism ?
    what can and can't I eat?

    • ANSWER:
      Corn derived food additives have been linked to hypothyroidism. Try removing food additives from your diet to see if helps regulate your endocrine system. High fructose corn syrup is the number one thing you need to avoid, but you will see vast improvement by removing all poly-syllabic ingredient from your diet. Stick with whole foods: real fruits and vegetables that you wash and prepare, brown rice or other healthy grains, grass fed beef and organic chicken, healthy fats like virgin organic coconut oil, raw butter and extra virgin olive oil. Avoid bottled dressings, spice mixes (single spices are great), condiments (unless you make them yourself), bottled beverages (including water with added minerals), prewashed or bagged produce, processed diet foods, low-fat or nonfat dairy (they contain horrible additives to try to make them palatable).

      Better choices:
      Plain whole milk yogurt to which you add organic cane sugar, frozen berries or honey to sweeten
      Wild caught fish or grass fed beef or organic chicken that you cook at home (try to avoid farm raised fish, sausage, bacon and deli meat)
      Produce that you wash and cook at home (prewashed and bagged salads contain food additives)
      Brown rice, millet, quinoa or amaranth with plenty of grass fed butter (no margarine!!)
      Raw milk if you can find it
      Homemade bread or crackers made with organic UNENRICHED wheat flour
      Desserts or snacks that you make at home (nothing with HFCS)
      Herbal tea, filtered water, homemade lemonade (lemon juice, sugar and water), chocolate milk (whole milk, sugar and raw cacao powder)
      I can't think of anything that you cook at home that would be contra-indicated with hypothyroidism.

      This routine will be hard at first, but you will be rewarded if you stick with it. Just give yourself a two week trial and see if you feel better. I guarantee it's worth it.

  37. QUESTION:
    how orange can you be if you eat carrots?
    so if you eat a lot of carrots or ceratine, (however you spell it,) how orange do you look? is it ridiculous or barely noticeable. also what's the most orange you can be by eating ceratine.
    oh here's the word carotene.

    • ANSWER:
      It is not a myth.

      In fact, there is a medical term for this condition called carotenemia. However, this is more likely to happen to an infant or young child rather than an adult. Also, it probably affects different people differently. I don't think most people would turn orange unless they ate a ton of carrots, but when we were in high school, one of my friends went on a carrot diet and she had a weird orange glow about her after a few days. It looked kinda like she got a really bad spray tan or something. Weird.

      "Carotenemia is a clinical condition characterized by yellow pigmentation of the skin and increased beta-carotene levels in the blood. In most cases, the condition follows prolonged and excessive consumption of carotene-rich foods, such as carrots, squash, and sweet potatoes. However, carotenemia has been associated with more serious conditions, such as diabetes mellitus, anorexia nervosa, liver disease, kidney disease, and hypothyroidism. Carotene was first isolated in the yellow pigment of carrots."

  38. QUESTION:
    How can I achieve weight loss and built muscle strength with raw food diet?
    I am over 50, and I am allergic to nuts. I have been trying for the past 2 years without success, because I can't curve cravings (fats and sweets). When I break away from raw foods, it takes me about 3 days to go back. Plus my job is VERY stressful.

    This is my routine so far:
    Breakfast green smoothie
    Salad for lunch (green, chia seeds or hemp or both, blueberries or alike, dressing)
    Dinner (this is when things get crazy, and I eat what I can in a hurry and I am very tired and hungry, BUT I ALWAYS juice some veggies)

    • ANSWER:
      Inability to loose weight can result from an untreated hypothyroidism.
      The raw food diet you are practicing is great, but be sure to consume your daily caloric requirements.

      You should see your doctor and ask for the following blood tests: TSH, FT4, FT3 and most importantly anti-thyroid antibodies.
      Only they can reveal if you have a problem with your thyroid, like Hashimoto's thyroiditis.
      Normal TSH is 0.3-3. (Some doctors still use the out-dated reference range of 0.5-5.5)
      Some doctors are very misinformed and not knowledgeable about thyroid conditions.
      See the symptoms below:
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hypothyroidism/ds00353/dsection=symptoms
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hashimotos-disease/DS00567/DSECTION=symptoms
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com

      Treatment includes thyroid hormone replacement, such as Synthroid or natural Armour.

  39. QUESTION:
    Dog can not get comfortable and has a sore on his back left hind quarter?
    Our Dog is acting very spastic and can not seem to get comfortable for about 3-4 days now. Today we discovered a half dollar sized scrap/blad/abrashion on his back left hind quarter. He has been eating fine and otherwise acting normal. The spot doesn't look infected but we are unsure on how to help. He is a 10 year old male long haired chihuahua. He generally lays around almost all day sleeping about half the day.

    • ANSWER:
      Look at the picture on this site and if the spot looks like this, it's a "hot spot" caused by terribly itchy skin that makes the dog scratch himself until he breaks the skin open.
      http://www.dogandhorsecare.com/staph-infection

      Staph infections come from a lowered immune system that is usually due to allergies or Hypothyroidism. They need antibiotics to clear them up along with a steroid shot if the hot spot is bad enough.

      Check the label on what you are feeding and if it contains and corn, wheat, soy, by-products or chicken switch to a food that doesn't contain any of these ingredients as they are the most common cause of food allergies in dogs.

  40. QUESTION:
    How can I quickly treat hypothyroidism?
    I'm very sure I have hypothyroidism, I have all of the symptoms, and it effects everyone in my family. I know some doctors try to come up with other possible conditions you could have and don't always treat it right away. I want to get treated because lately I've been gaining more weight, quickly, and I don't want to ruin my body any further. How can I go about getting treatment ASAP?

    • ANSWER:
      A simple blood test will tell you if you have a slow thyroid. just hit up your doctor.
      The medication takes about a month to start working.
      Eat less processed food and non-hormone treated meats if you can. It will help the drugs work better.

  41. QUESTION:
    Making Metabolism Faster, Without Eating Tons Of Small Meals Everyday?
    I'm wonder if there is a way to boost my metabolism easy, other than eating tons of small meals everyday, it gets to be a hassle remembering to eat so many times whenever I'm not hungry, any other ways would be much appreciated.

    Thanks In Advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Make sure you eat breakfast.

      If you don't eat breakfast, you slow down your metabolism and send the body into "hoard mode," thinking it's starving because you're going a long period of time frequently 8 to 10 hours or more, without food.

      Eat the majority of your food earlier in the day.

      Dinner should be your lightest meal, and some experts recommend you don't anything after 8 p.m., or any later than 3 to 4 hours before bedtime. This helps your body process and burn the food when you're aware and moving around and burning more calories per hour.

      Don't starve.

      Dropping your calorie intake below 1,000 calories a day will signal to your body that you are in starvation mode, and will slow down your metabolism.

      Eat smaller meals more frequently.

      Smaller, more frequent meals keeps your blood sugar stable and provides a steady source of energy to fuel metabolism.

      Get enough aerobic exercise.

      As much as you can is really a help for your metabolism, and if you do it in the morning, you'll raise your metabolism all day.

      Build muscle with weight training or resistance exercise.

      At least two to three times a week, you should add weight training or progressive resistance exercise that builds muscle. Muscle burns more calories than fat, and the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn, even at rest!

      Water, water, water!!

      You've heard it before, but drink those 8 8-ounce glasses of water every day. The energy burning process of metabolism needs water to work effectively.

      Get enough B vitamins.

      Among supplements, if you are suffering from flagging energy, you need to make sure that you are getting enough B vitamins. Vitamin B-12 in particular is one that is essential for energy. To ensure you're getting enough B vitamins, consider taking a B complex, plus a separate sublingual B-12.

      Try a supplement for fatigue.

      Another type of supplement useful for fatigue is in the area of substances that the body naturally produces for energy production. Supplements in this category include:

      Co-enzyme Q10, also known as CoQ10, which supplies energy to muscles
      L- Carnitine
      NADH (Nicotinamide Adenine Finucleotide) which helps cells convert food into energy
      Green Tea extract
      Try Chinese Herbs

      In terms of herbal remedies, while you should avoid ephedra and ma huang stimulants, you can ask your practitioner about schizandra--a Chinese herb that is used for fatigue. Ginseng is also popular for energy. Before trying any herbs, supplements, or vitamins, you should of course consult with your practitioner to ensure they are safe for you. Ginseng, for example, is not recommended for someone with high blood pressure and many herbs and supplements are not recommended during pregnancy.

      Try mate tea

      In the process of writing my book, Living Well With Hypothyroidism: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You...That You Need to Know, I had the opportunity to interview herbal and aromatherapy expert Mindy Green of the Herbal Research Foundation. I asked her what, as a person with hypothyroidism, I should reach for when I'm just completely out of steam, and am ready for a giant double espresso in order to make it through the day. Mindy, said, unquestionably, mate tea. Mate, pronounced, "mah-tay," is an herbal tea native to South America. Mate is considered far more nutritious than black tea or coffee, and though it also has some caffeine, its effects are energizing, rather than making people jittery.

      Consider Energy Work

      Energy and bodywork , such as yoga, tai chi, qigong (pronounced chee-gung), and Reiki, can all help in adding and balancing energy. In qigong, tai chi, and yoga, gentle movements are used to move energy along the energy pathways of the body. In Reiki, a practitioner helps open up energy channels.

  42. QUESTION:
    How can I deal with this unbearable fatigue?
    I can barely keep my eyes open. I've been like this for years and years. I'm sure I have a Hypothyroidism and will be getting tested as soon as I see my doctor. What can I do about it till then?

    • ANSWER:
      Perhaps your fatigue problem is due to anxiety and stress.

      One of the most common fatigue causes is anxiety, which is known to effect 40 million U.S. adults each year. Anxiety is a state of fear of real or imagined danger, which is manifested as increased heart rate, trembling, panic, weakness, extreme fatigue and stomach or intestinal discomfort. Disorders of this nature make up the largest mental illness diagnosis in the U.S.

      In women of reproductive age, anemia is fairly common. It can be the result of heavy menstrual periods or having a baby. Anemia is one of the more common fatigue causes in women. When you don’t have enough iron in your body, your hemoglobin isn’t strong enough to carry the necessary amounts of oxygen to your body. Consume more iron-rich foods. As iron supplements can be potentially dangerous, they should be consumed with caution, or preferably in consultation with a suitable natural health practitioner.

      Your thyroid may be the cause of your fatigue. If you have hypothyroidism, this means that you have a slow metabolism, and this could be preventing you from getting the energy your body needs from the foods you eat. This can leave you feeling sluggish and even a little depressed.

      There are also many lifestyle problems that can increase your chances of feeling fatigued, including inactivity, heavy alcohol consumption, excessive physical activity, lack of sleep, antihistamines, stress and unhealthy eating habits. For most of these, identifying and solving the problem is usually the best course of action.

      Depression can also be a fatigue cause, as a poor mental and emotional state can translate to physical lethargy.

      You may have a urinary tract infection and not even know it. Often, the only symptom can be fatigue.

      Too much caffeine can actually be making you feel constantly tired. If you think that this might be the cause of your fatigue, try to do without it for a while and see how you feel.

      Food allergies can also be behind your fatigue. Since even a slight intolerance can be at the root of what’s making you tired, you should start eliminating foods from your diet to see how you feel. Slowly reintroduce the food after a time and see if it affects you.

      Another common fatigue cause, especially in today's toxic world, is the accumulation of too much toxins in one's body. An improved diet, regular exercise, as well as suitable detoxification protocols would help a great deal.

      As you can see, there are many different possible causes of your fatigue. If your fatigue has gone on for a long time, you should consider getting a check up, as you may have a more serious problem, such as chronic fatigue syndrome or other problems such as kidney failure or sleep apnea.

      Only by addressing your underlying fatigue causes, can true and total curing of your condition be effected.

      You can see further information in a web search for "common fatigue causes".

  43. QUESTION:
    What should I eat to meet my ideal weight?
    I look like SNSD Yuri. I'm not fat at all, but I weigh 144 :/ This is mainly because I have had imbalanced hormones for 7 months. I am still in the process of trying to control them. I eat heathy every day, and get 2 hours of exercise every day but I'm just not losing any weight. A few weeks ago I weight 146, so maybe I did lose 2 pounds, but my stomach feels smaller than usual. I am 5'4. How many calories should I be eating a day if I don't get a lot of exercise (because of school and homework)? How many calories should I eat a day if I get 1 hour of exercise? What types of foods should I eat? I don't eat junkfood at all. I eat a lot of fruit (mainly mandarin oranges or oranges). I eat 90 cal. fiber 1 bars, and drink only water. My weight has always been 115. I want to get my old weight back. Since my hormones are imbalanced, how long does it usually take for them to get balanced?
    I'm 16 years old (look like SNSD Yuri or Tiffany)

    • ANSWER:
      that depends on your age as well and i would just keep doing what you're doing already casuse it sounds really healthy and just wait until your hormones get balanced. just out of curiousity, is it hypothyroidism? cause i have that :)

  44. QUESTION:
    How do I loose weight with all my medical conditions?
    I have hypothyroidism and type 2 diabetes and I look at food and gain weight. My whole family is over weight and have the same medical issues, so if that and my meds maker gain weIght how do I loose it?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi:)

      I have hyperthyroidism:P I assume you are taking pills for this? If not, you should start immediately. It will kick off your metabolism. Other than that, you'll just have to eat healthy(calculate your BMR; how many calories you need each day and eat 500 calories less a day), and try and get some exercise, go swimming, cycling, aerobics, dancing, marital arts(I'd recommend it to anyone!:D). Borrow the neighbors dog and go for a walk:)

      As for the diabetes, I don't really have enough knowledge.

      But talk to your doctor, she/he will help you make a diet plan with your medical issues taken into account^^,

  45. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to boost one's metabolism?
    I am trying to find the best way to burn fat. I am wondering if fasting works because when I don't eat for a long period of time I feel lighter and less bloated. But I have also heard that not eating is really bad for your metabolism. I have also heard to only when I am hungry eat very small portions until I'm full and not eat again till I am hungry to boost my metabolism? What will boost my metabolism and burn fat the best, Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      Dieters often complain that they can’t lose weight because they have
      a “slow metabolism.” Unfortunately, many companies capitalize on this
      misconception by marketing products that promise to give consumers a
      so called “metabolic advantage” that helps melt away the pounds.
      They are useless. There are things you can't control about your
      metabolism, and no product ever will. On the other hand, there are
      simple natural techniques, which will allow you to do it.
      What you can’t control about your metabolism:
      Age: Metabolism slows about 5 percent for each decade after 40.
      That’s because as we get older, we tend to lose muscle and gain body
      fat. Lean muscle mass is more metabolically active than fat tissue. So
      when you lose muscle mass, your metabolism slows down.
      Gender: Men generally have faster metabolisms than women because
      they’re larger and have less body fat. Men’s basal metabolic rate is
      estimated to be 10 percent to 15 percent higher than women’s.
      Hypothyroidism: An underactive thyroid will slow down your metabolism
      and ultimately lead to weight gain. The good news is that a simple
      blood test can determine whether you have this condition or not. If
      you do, you can control it with the proper medication.
      Genetics: Some people are lucky enough to be born with speedy
      metabolisms — and others are not.
      What you can control about your metabolism: Diet

      Don’t eat fewer than 1,000 calories a day. Your body and metabolism
      thrive on food. When you fast or crash diet, your metabolism will slow
      down in order to conserve energy. Imagine your metabolism as a blazing
      fire. If the fire burns consistently with the appropriate amount of
      high-quality wood, it will burn at a steady rate. But if it doesn’t
      have enough wood, the fire goes out. If it has too much wood, it can
      get out control — just like your waistline!
      Eat every four to five hours. Our bodies work hard to digest and
      absorb the foods we eat, and your metabolism revs up in response.
      This is called the thermic effect of food. Take full advantage of this
      and schedule meals and snacks every four to five hours.
      Make breakfast a priority. Studies show that people who regularly eat
      a healthy breakfast within two hours of rising are more likely to
      control their weight. This may be because you’re lifting your
      metabolic rate after it’s been in a “resting phase” during the night.
      Eat protein with every meal: All foods create a thermic effect and
      will slightly boost your metabolism. However, eating protein gives
      your body a bigger metabolic boost than eating carbohydrates or fats.
      Plus, eating enough protein will ensure you’ll maintain and build
      muscle mass. (Remember, the more muscle mass you have, the greater
      your metabolic rate). Make sure to incorporate lean protein into most
      every meal.
      Best protein sources: fish, chicken breast, turkey breast, lean red
      meat, skim milk, nonfat yogurt, eggs and egg substitutes, tofu, beans,
      and lentils.

      Meal Examples:

      Breakfast: yogurt with fresh fruit
      Lunch: turkey burger on whole-grain bun and a salad
      Dinner: grilled chicken with vegetables and a baked potato
      Exercise

      Do aerobic exercise four to five days a week. Aerobic activities,
      such as running, brisk walking, swimming and bike riding, burn
      calories and increase metabolism while you’re working out. Several
      studies show that aerobic activities cause your metabolism to stay at
      an elevated level for a period of time after you have finished
      exercising.
      Work in strength-training exercise two to three days a week. Lifting
      weights and other strengthening activities, such as doing push-ups or
      crunches, on a regular basis will actually boost your resting
      metabolism all day. That’s because these activities build muscle. And
      once again, muscle burns more calories than body fat. In fact, if you
      have more muscle, you burn more calories — even if you’re sitting
      still.
      When it comes to supplements, I do not recommend them. The
      ingredients that are effective tend to boost metabolism only slightly
      and they can be risky. High doses of stimulants can make you jittery,
      and increase heart rate and blood pressure.
      The bottom line: The safest and most effective way to boost your
      metabolism is to eat an appropriate amount of food every four to five
      hours, incorporate a portion of lean protein into each meal, and
      exercise regularly!

  46. QUESTION:
    What is a good healthy food to eat in the morning that doesn't contain iron or calcium? ?
    I have Hashimoto's hypothyroidism and take levothyroxine first thing in the morning. But iron and calcium interfere with the body's ability to absorb the medication. Practically all the foods I have contain calcium (cereal, yogurt, even bananas!)

    What is a food you can recommend that does NOT contain iron or calcium, and will not interfere with the medication?

    • ANSWER:
      First, cereal??? Everyone eats cereal with milk (full of calcium, obviously)
      But you could do cereal if you switched over to almond milk. I switched over awhile ago because supposedly cows milk is no longer good for you. I don't know if that's true or not, but almond milk definitely is good. It does take some getting use to though.

  47. QUESTION:
    are there any special diets or anything for hypothyroidism?
    I have hypothyroidism and I cannot lose weight and I know thats normal but I'm on a very strict diet and exercise regime and it still will not work. I am also tired of being infertile and I hate that my hair is so frekin thin. is there any special home remedies or diets I can try for this? I do not have helathcare coverage so the medication is honestly out of reach at the moment.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. You need to modify your diet to suit your condition.

      1). You should concentrate on foods that are rich in iodine. Deficiency of iodine in the body is one of the major cause of hypothyroidism. Some of these foods include egg, fish, cheddar and iodized salt.

      2). You should eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. These foods have high fiber contents and will help you to lose weight.

      3). Drink plenty of water everyday, at least 10-12 glasses a day. This is very important, please don't ignore this.

      4) Selenium is another important trace element. Good sources of selenium are onions, Brazil nuts, soybeans, turkey and fish.

      Try to incorporate these foods as part of your daily diet.

      In addition there are some herbs that are very good for controlling symptoms of hypothyroidism. These include seaweeds, cayenne, kelp etc.

      To get the desired result you should engage in regular body exercises. Try to stick to one exercise and do it regularly.

      You should formulate a simple diet plan that will contain all these foods.

  48. QUESTION:
    is there any natural remedies to help a slow thyroid?
    I exercise 5-6 days a week, eat a bundle of vegies,meat and little carbs.Meanwhile my energy is decreasing and I cant seem to tone up. Is there any natural solutions to a slow thyroid?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes definately.
      Iodine and tyrosine are essential # nutrients required for the production of thyroid hormones.
      Selenium is required for the conversion of thyroxine (T4) to triiodothyronine (T3)
      Zinc is involved in the transcription of thyroid hormone and as an enzyme co-factor in T4 to T3 conversion.
      Vitamin A is involved in the formation of thyroid hormone receptors, and in the binding of thyroid hormones to cellular receptors.
      As an electron donor, vitamin C is involved in tyrosine metabolism and thyroid hormone synthesis.
      Vitamin D is required for the maintenance of a normal healthy immune system and healthy cell development.
      Cysteine, methionine and taurine which help support Phase II liver detoxification pathways.
      Bupleurum falcatum has been traditionally used to aid in the maintenance of healthy liver metabolism and provide support for healthy liver function.
      Antioxidants zinc, selenium, vitamin C and vitamin E that help reduce the harmful effects of free radicals.

      Also, there are certain foods that actually suppress thyroid function.
      Goitrogens can induce hypothyroidism and goiter. In sufferers of hypothyroidism, goitrogens can further depress thyroidal function and stimulate the growth of the thyroid (goiter).
      Many goitrogens are generally members of the brassica family. These include:
      Broccoli
      Cauliflower
      Brussel Sprouts
      Cabbage
      Mustard
      Kale
      Turnips
      Rape seed (Canola Oil)
      Other goitrogens include:
      Soy
      Pine nuts
      Millet
      Peanuts
      Corn

      Also, avoiding dairy and gluten products is ideal as there is a high connection to autoimmune disorders and gluten intolerance, same with dairy, and also flouride.
      Flouride suppresses the thyroid hormone. Infact it was used by doctors till the 70s for overactive thyroids!
      But before you jump to conclusions that its your thyroid, go get your TSH levels checked by your doctor. Its a simple blood test, and for peace of mind, its always good to have a definate diagnosis.

  49. QUESTION:
    How to make a cat loose weight?
    Now the new cat I´ve just adopted is extremely overweight. All she did at the shelter was eat and sleep. She does not go outside so she wont be getting exercise from that. Me and my boyfriend were thinking to make her do a "routine" at the house and control what she eats.

    What kind of routine could that be and how much should a cat eat?

    Any other tips would be great as well!

    • ANSWER:
      'm glad that you understand that overweight pets are prone to health issues. Fat cats are also at risk for heart problems, kidney issues and as you said, diabetes.

      Here are some steps you can take to help your cat become trim and healthy:

      1.) Stop free feeding. Some cats can handle having food in the bowl at all times, but some cannot. Stick to feeding times and only feed the recommended amount of food as listed on the packaging. Make sure each cat eats out of a separate bowl.

      2.) Feed better quality food. Many popular commercial cat foods contain a lot of fillers and junk that make cats fat- even so called diet foods! When buying cat food, always look at the ingredients. If you feed a diet that contains corn, soy, wheat, gluten or animal byproducts, ditch that food! Find another food that contains only named meat sources and named meat meals as the first ingredients. Cats are carnivores and were meant to eat MEAT! :)

      I'll list some great brands in the space provided below.

      3.) Feeding a wet or partially wet diet can help a cat lose weight. Wet food is very healthy for cats because it really helps to keep them hydrated. Contrary to popular belief, wet food isn't any worse for teeth than dry food.

      4.) Play with your kitty- get a laser pointer, or some jingly balls, or something your cat finds interesting and get her up and playing for as long as you can, every single day.

      It will take a while for your kitty to get back down to normal size, but if you're not seeing results after a few months, a trip to the vet and some blood panels are in order. The cat could have a medical condition causing her obesity, such as hypothyroidism.

      I hope this information is helpful.

      Good Luck!

  50. QUESTION:
    How to get budgie to eat his greens?
    Hello. Anyone know how to get a budgie to eat vegetables and fruit? I know they are important for him. I bought a bag of mixed food but he sits in it (like its a bath) and throws out everything except the actual seeds(which are fattening). So I placed a little grated carrot and celery into a small bowl on the cage floor but he just ignored it. I don't even know if he can see it!

    So if anyone out there has discovered a way around this I (and budgie) would be most grateful for your advice :-)

    • ANSWER:
      Budgies (budgerigars or parakeets) often suffer from obesity, fatter liver disease, goiter and hypothyroidism due to poor diets. Encourage your budgie to eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables along with a formulated diet. Budgies often resist converting to a pelleted diet. Introduce a more healthful menu by clipping pellets and biscuits intended for larger birds to cage bars. Watch your little guy gnaw on them!

      http://www.birdchannel.com/cooking-with-bird-talk/default.aspx

      http://www.birdchannel.com/bird-club/bird-fun-and-games/bird-videos.aspx

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