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Ep 07: Top 5 Issues Thyroid Patients Deal With and What To Do About It

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Tuesday, Feb 15, 2022 at 3:30 pm Central Time – The 3 Steps to Reclaim Your Thyroid Health and Crush Your Fatigue w/out Crazy Dieting or Beating Yourself up at the Gym 

 

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Today, we’re talking about the top 5 issues thyroid patients deal with on a day to day basis. It can be so frustrating and feel so daunting and hopeless. I talk to many who have just given up and succumbed to the mindset of “this is my new normal.” We’re told we have a new normal which equates to feeling fatigued, gaining weight, having gut issues and feeling depressed and anxious. And, we’re told it’s fine because there are meds for all of that! And, most of us have tried all of them at one time or another. They rarely work in the long term. 

I’m speaking not only from a professional standpoint here but also from a personal one. My story starts with being undiagnosed for several years and then eventually being diagnosed with thyroid cancer. My thyroid was removed and I totally thought the meds would make everything better for me. While I’m grateful they keep me alive, the thyroid meds alone didn’t keep me living.

 

So, let’s get to the Top 5 Issues Thyroid Patients have to deal with in order to function in life and what you can do about it.

1. Fatigue. This is the kind of debilitating  fatigue that only a thyroid patient understands. You can be SO tired that it hurts. I can only compare it to some of the phases of pregnancy…and try dealing with pregnancy fatigue on top of a thyroid condition? Not fun.

2. Weight Gain. Honestly, weight is a major issue people come to me for and something I’ve been frustrated with most of my life. I completely get it. But you may be surprised to learn that most people who come and work with me or join my programs care about this issue but it is typically secondary to wanting to feel good.

3. Poor Gut Health. Most people I work with have major issues with acid reflux, constipation, bloating, diarrhea or fluctuation between all of them. They take OTC meds to mitigate some of these symptoms. What I see a lot of the time is people not even knowing feeling bloated ISN’T normal. They think it’s normal to not go to the bathroom for days at a time just because this has been their experience for years. It is common for thyroid patients to have poor gut health in part because they typically have low stomach acid which makes absorption of their nutrients much less efficient.

4. Depression/Anxiety. I don’t think I’ve worked with or talked to anyone who has a thyroid condition who doesn’t feel some level of anxiety and/or depression. It seems that most live in one or the other but often it can slide between a continuum of anxiety on one side and depression on the other. Now, we all know there are times in life when we have reasons to be more anxious or depressed. What I’m talking about is long term, chronic feelings of depression and anxiety. Like fatigue, it can also be debilitating.

5. Aches & Pains. This is something I’ve only dealt with a handful of times. Unfortunately, this is not the same thing for many thyroid patients. I’m not sure the exact mechanism behind this but it results in pain in the feet, knees, muscles, as well as headaches. What I see clinically and biochemically is a cluster of nutrient deficiencies that stem from some of the other information we’ve talked about today. People with thyroid problems often have so much inflammation that comes from the types of foods we are eating, medications we may be taking, the alcohol we may be drinking – maybe to combat the stress and anxiety we feel, and those deficiencies I just mentioned. This is in addition to our thyroid glands probably not being optimized functionally speaking. This leads me to the action part of this episode…

 

What you can do about it…

 

The first thing you can do about dealing with one or all of these issues is to find someone who actually gets what this all means, has maybe actually dealt with these symptoms themselves, and looks for the root causes behind your issues. The term “root cause” probably has gotten so watered down by now that we don’t pay attention to what that really means. It’s basically how I work with people…My background is in Biology and Nutrition and it only makes sense to look at the cellular level for the causes of the issues mentioned above. When I work with people, I maybe don’t explain all the details of what we’re doing to restore their health. What I mean by this is I have a process, a method by which I help people restore their health…they may feel like this looks like eating a certain way (and it can) or taking certain supplements (and it does) but while we’re moving through this process, we’re also dealing with balancing your stress management system, how your body deals with sugar, and decreasing inflammation in your body. Often these things aren’t hard or expensive, but if you don’t know what it is or why it’s important to your overall thyroid function, health and wellness, you probably aren’t dealing with these issues properly. So, before you dive into the next quick fix or fad diet, I’m going to suggest you try these three things first. Start with one, work on it for a bit and move on to the next…It is simple. Sometimes, it’s not easy. My Thyroid Reset Method was designed for people dealing with these issues. But let me break parts of that method down here:

 

1. Deal with your ability to handle stress. Add mediation to your life in whatever way that looks like for you. Learn to de-stress throughout the day. Plan it into your day like you do eating lunch or scheduling a dental appointment. Make a list of things that bring you joy and pick one each day or week to make a part of your life. And do it. You need to check out from the busyness of life, drama on social media, or things that pop into your inbox you think you NEED to deal with NOW.

2. Move from eating processed foods to whole foods as much as you possibly can. The SAD is truly just sad. It is full of chemicals that wreak havoc on your health and moving towards foods in their whole state is going to be much more restorative to your health and life. Start small by making one meal per day a really good, quality meal. Example, if you eat a drive through breakfast, replace that with something you prepare at home that is made from whole foods like eggs, spinach and other vegetables. Start with where you’re at and start with the meal/snack that could use the most help in terms of moving towards more whole foods composition. This will help you with energy throughout the day and will help your body absorb quality nutrients rather than struggle to get the nutrients from low quality foods.

3. Eat balanced. What I mean by this is that you need to eat macros in balance. Start by making sure you get ample amounts of protein at each meal – 25-30 grams. Add some veggies and healthy fats to your meal and you’re set. By doing this, you’ll be optimizing your nutrient intake that fuels your thyroid and body, you’ll be creating satiety for your body which will help with energy and for making healthy brain chemicals for leveling out mood, and you’ll be balancing blood sugar so you avoid the swings in mood and stress that this causes biochemically and manifests as cravings and irritability in your behavior.

Ep 06: How does alcohol affect thyroid function?

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Wednesday, Jan 5, 2022 at 11 am Central Time – The 3 Steps to Reclaim Your Thyroid Health and Crush Your Fatigue w/out Crazy Dieting or Beating Yourself up at the Gym

 

Get YOUR copy of the Rock Bottom Thyroid Treatment:

BOOK

 

Get your FREE 5 Easy Ways to Help Conquer Sleep & Banish Fatigue Guidebook here:

 

https://tiffanyflaten.click/guide

 

Facebook Group – Nutrition for Thyroid Health

https://www.facebook.com/groups/nutritionforthyroidhealth/

 

Schedule your FREE Thyroid Breakthrough Session today by clicking here:

https://ThyroidBreakthrough.as.me/

 

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Alcohol and thyroid health – I get asked about this quite a bit and people are really concerned whether they can continue drinking alcohol when they are working with me to get their thyroid health in check. We often hear you can have everything in moderation. Sometimes, that’s just not true, when you are not balanced and struggling with some kind of flare as in autoimmune thyroid conditions.

 

Alcohol directly affects the hypothalamo-pituitary axis – think serotonin and dopamine – in the brain and is the reason why  in some it can cause dependency. This axis directly affects thyroid function through a series of reactions. But one thing you need to understand about your health is that EVERYTHING is connected. Our bodies don’t work in parts. Conventional wisdom and set up of our medical systems, IMO, have forgotten this part. We have a specialist for everything but it’s often forgotten that a dysfunction in thyroid hormone can potentially affect female hormones…but it’s written off that there are different pathways so one doesn’t affect the other. This is just one example. Ok, back to it.

It’s not 100% conclusive but studies show peripheral thyroid hormone levels – T4 and T3 – are lower when there is chronic alcohol consumption. Abstinence of alcohol for a few weeks gets hormone levels back to normal.

Alcohol is known to have a direct toxic effect on the thyroid gland. Ethanol ablation is actually a treatment option for some thyroid cancers – an example of the toxic effect.

Just like any study, there can be conflicting evidence. Moderate alcohol consumption can actually reduce thyroid cancer risk.

But as I’ve mentioned before, when I work with people, I have to look at the whole picture…what are the complaints, what are the symptoms, what are the primary goals, what is going on in the lifestyle? How bad do you feel?

 

With that in mind, my main concern is how well the thyroid is optimized. Alcohol has to be processed by the liver. So does our thyroid hormones. The liver is involved in the conversion of T4 to T3 hormone and when we consume alcohol, processing our macronutrients and other body processes are put on hold to get that alcohol (a toxin) out of our system. Alcohol becomes the primary fuel for several hours after consumption.

 

Then, we need to address our stress and rest in order to give the thyroid underlying support. When we consume alcohol – even occasionally – our sleep is regularly interrupted or at minimum, not restorative and is actually pretty poor.

 

So, what can you do?

1. Remove it completely to get to the root of your thyroid problems and to help resolve them.

2. Work to improve your liver health with healthy, whole foods, filtered water, lots of plant foods that are full of antioxidants, add turmeric to your foods with good black pepper for better absorption.

3. Do a specific liver detoxification/gut health protocol to clean out your body so you can start from scratch.

4. Experiment with alcohol to add it back and pay attention but take note of your sleep and other factors and how it affects you during the day.

5. Try to use better quality alcohol when possible – organic wines

Ep 5: How can nature improve your thyroid health?

How can nature improve your thyroid health?

 

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Facebook Group – Nutrition for Thyroid Health

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Schedule your FREE Thyroid Breakthrough Session today by clicking here:

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Today, I’m wanting to talk about the ways being in nature are beneficial to your thyroid health. It’s not a connection people often make. People come to work with me usually because of one main thing – mostly fatigue but often weight loss, and body pain. What people don’t really realize is that to get to the root causes of their thyroid issues, I’m working on many factors that contribute to those negative symptoms and recommending accordingly.

Most people are under a lot of stress – whether it be normal, daily commitments or extenuating circumstances like an illness – acute and chronic,; caring for others, financial stress, or any other thing that can knock us off our game. Add that to a poor diet and no or over exercise and it sets us up for a dysfunctional thyroid. Stress – good or bad – directly affects the thyroid and its function. When getting to the bottom of our symptoms and for resolution of those symptoms, we need to deal with lifestyle aspects as well. Stress management is key!

 

Tips for and reasons to be in nature:

1. Get your D. Vitamin D helps with so many things – thyroid health and balancing the immune system are just 2 of the many.

2. Use your senses. Try this activity for yourself or with your kids/family:  5 Things you can see, 4 Things you can feel, 3 Things you can hear, 2 Things you can smell. 1 Thing you can taste (maybe)

3. Be mindful of what you’re listening to…is true crime or new the best way to unwind while you’re walking in nature?

4. Notice the detail – take pics  of cool things you see…like a rain drop on a leaf, the details of a snowflake, a squirrel in a tree – make a nature walk journal of pics to remind you throughout the year.

5. Be curious – exploring and questioning the things around you

6. Let you mind wander

7. Clean up

 

Ep 04: What is the best protein for thyroid health?

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NEXT WEBCLASS: https://tiffanyflaten.click/live-training-1

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 11 am Central Time – The 3 Steps to Reclaim Your Thyroid Health and Crush Your Fatigue w/out Crazy Dieting or Beating Yourself up at the Gym

 

Get YOUR copy of the Rock Bottom Thyroid Treatment:

BOOK

 

Get your FREE 5 Easy Ways to Help Conquer Sleep & Banish Fatigue Guidebook here:

 

https://tiffanyflaten.click/guide

 

Facebook Group – Nutrition for Thyroid Health

https://www.facebook.com/groups/nutritionforthyroidhealth/

 

Schedule your FREE Thyroid Breakthrough Session today by clicking here:

https://ThyroidBreakthrough.as.me/

 

Protein is so important for all the body processes including thyroid function. Studies show that low levels of protein intake affect the thyroid’s ability to do its job. When selecting  a protein powder supplement to use, I take into consideration all the things that can impact the function of the thyroid. This includes their potential  impact on blood sugar and insulin, inflammation, gut health, joint/muscle health and food sensitivities.

My two favorite proteins are PurePaleo, a beef bone broth protein, which has 21-27 grams of protein – depending on the flavor. It comes in chocolate, vanilla or unflavored.

The Vegan source of protein I love is OptiCleanse GHI. It has 26 grams of protein per serving and tastes amazing! It also has a full spectrum of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and supports gut health, anti inflammation, and detoxification. It comes in packages of 10 single serve packets for convenience.

It’s always ideal to eat real, whole foods. Strive to include 3 servings of protein (4-6 oz) at each meal and if you have a snack, ½ of that would be great. This will help improve blood sugar and stress on the body which affects thyroid function.

 

PUREPALEO (Use code ROCK10 at checkout)

Unflavored – https://rockbottomwellness.ehealthpro.com/products/purepaleo-protein-unflavored

Vanilla – https://rockbottomwellness.ehealthpro.com/products/purepaleo-protein-natural-vanilla-810-grams

Chocolate – https://rockbottomwellness.ehealthpro.com/products/purepaleo-protein-chocolate-810-grams-per-container

Opticleanse GHI:

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Search for Opticleanse GHI and look for the Chocolate, Vanilla or Chai Flavor.

Ep 03: How to Work Out When You Have a Thyroid Problem

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NEXT WEBCLASS: https://tiffanyflaten.click/live-training-1

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 11 am Central Time – The 3 Steps to Reclaim Your Thyroid Health and Crush Your Fatigue w/out Crazy Dieting or Beating Yourself up at the Gym

 

Get YOUR copy of the Rock Bottom Thyroid Treatment:

BOOK

 

Get your FREE 5 Easy Ways to Help Conquer Sleep & Banish Fatigue Guidebook here:

 

https://tiffanyflaten.click/guide

 

Facebook Group – Nutrition for Thyroid Health

https://www.facebook.com/groups/nutritionforthyroidhealth/

 

Schedule your FREE Thyroid Breakthrough Session today by clicking here:

https://ThyroidBreakthrough.as.me/

 

SUPPLEMENT STORE: https://rockbottomwellness.ehealthpro.com/

Happy New Year and this is resolution time. But before you get too deep into your exercise regimen, you might want to put on the brakes and change up your expectations. This episode Tiffany discusses:

1. How stress affects the thyroid

2. How exercise is an actual stressor

3. Examples of high stress activities

4. How stressful exercise can down regulate thyroid function

5. Restorative movement like yoga, pilates, stretching and walking

— HIIT Training – 2-3x/week for 20-30 minutes

— Resistance training – 2-3x/ week

— What exercises you can do to work WITH the thyroid and not against it