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What are Supplements and How Do I Know Which Ones to Take?

I was sick and sensitive to every kind of food when battling thyroid cancer. And, until I found the right combination of supplements, I wanted to throw up. I spent $80 to $100 on different quality supplements. But every time I took them, I was sick. No matter how much food I ate with them.

People who suffer from chronic conditions are out of balance. They have unbalanced blood sugar and hormones. As a result, they’re super fatigued and are in chronic pain. But they’re not getting any help from their doctor, so they take supplements.

Supplements are nutrients that people use to replace what they are lacking in their diet. They can either be sourced from food or are synthetic. However, some are marketed as essential but contain no substances that impact our bodies.

Yet, people buy these supplements because they were recommended on Instagram. They think it will make them feel amazing, but in reality, they feel no change and actually get sicker. Or maybe you bought a specific brand because it worked for your grandma, and you were surprised when it didn’t work for you. That’s why you need someone who has the expertise and understanding of how nutrients work together.

Here’s a look at how supplements can help with chronic illness and which ones to take.

What are the supplements I should take?

High quality

Many supplements don’t have an active effect when entered the body. One example is magnesium. There are many forms of magnesium, like Magnesium Threonate, which helps cross the blood-brain barrier to help people with anxiety. However, it’s not easy to find that form. So, people often buy magnesium oxide, thinking it’s the magnesium they need for their bodies. And then, suddenly, they have diarrhea, and that’s because the milk of magnesia is for constipation.

Maybe you’ve taken high-quality supplements before and then quickly needed to replace them, so you opt for a cheaper version over the counter. But unfortunately, you could be wasting your money because the lower-quality supplements won’t always have the same ingredients or worse.

Natural combinations

A problem in the last couple of years is that everybody is taking high doses of supplements. It’s good for zinc, for example, as it’s good for the immune system, thyroid health, and blood sugar. However, it drives the level of our copper stores down, and copper is important for joint health connective tissue.

You could be taking 10 different supplements and have no idea they are making you deficient in certain nutrients. So, you need a natural combination of supplements that produce a combined effect greater than their separate effects.

Regulate medication

It can be hard to find balance when you have a thyroid condition and do not have enough thyroid hormone. So, you need to be extra cautious when taking multivitamins and minerals. What happens is that your thyroid meds ad certain minerals like calcium will compete for absorption. So, you could be blocking the absorption of your thyroid medication, which will make you still feel like garbage.

I started taking a supplement and later had my thyroid numbers checked, and everything was up. My tumor markers increased, and I just flatlined. So, you must be super careful if you have a condition. You need to work with someone that can help you figure it out.

If you need help with a chronic condition, please see your healthcare provider for specific health care concerns. I can also help you find the supplements and vitamins you need for your body. Book a free 30-minute call with me so we can talk through your goals, one step at a time.

 

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

When you’re dealing with thyroid issues, it can be quite frustrating. I’ve talked to so many people who have just given up. We’re told that fatigue, weight gain, depression, anxiety, and feelings of hopelessness are “fine” because there are meds for all of that, and most of us have tried all of them at one time or another.Yet they rarely work in the long term, and it just keeps us on this hamster wheel, a vicious cycle that never gets resolved.In my experience of recovering from thyroid cancer and now absent a thyroid gland, I have no choice but to take medications. I’m grateful I have that option, but meds aren’t the only answer if you have a thyroid condition.Here’s a look at the top five issues you might be dealing with as a thyroid patient and what you can do about them.

FatigueYou might think it’s just normal to feel exhausted all the time, especially if you lead a busy life with a job, kids, household responsibilities, and so on. You might explain it away that you’re tired because you’re constantly running around.The fatigue associated with thyroid conditions is different from feeling tired after a busy day, however. It’s debilitating, like the feeling you might have while pregnant (for those of you who can relate to that). Your body is constantly tired and in pain.
Weight Gain

For someone with a thyroid condition, the typical “calories in, calories out” model of weight loss and maintenance doesn’t work. Exercising to burn calories, tracking every gram of food, and obsessing over calorie counts never worked for me, and I would venture to guess it’s not working for you either.Anybody who’s ever relied on this old model might think they can burn fat either by reducing caloric intake and/or through exercise. This method does not work for all, however, and you might have found yourself frustrated when the weight doesn’t budge even when you’re diligent.Poor Gut Health

Most of the people I work with have major issues with acid reflux, constipation, bloating, diarrhea, or some combination of these issues. It’s common for thyroid patients to struggle with digestive upset and lack of absorption of nutrients due to low stomach acid.Oftentimes, people take over-the-counter medications to mitigate these symptoms. Over time, their body grows dependent on OTC meds, and they’re afraid to stop taking them because when they do, symptoms return.No one has ever advised them to change how they’re eating in order to resolve the underlying issues. Well, let me be the one to say there are better options than taking OTC meds for the rest of your life.

Depression and Anxiety

Also common among thyroid patients is depression and anxiety. Some people present more depressed with low energy and feelings of hopelessness. Others are more anxious, tired, wired, worried, and even panicked.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.

Aches and Pains

Aches and pains could present as headaches or pain in the feet, knees, or just muscles in general. What I see clinically and biochemically is a cluster of nutrients that are deficient, stemming from gut health, inflammation, lifestyle factors, certain foods, and medications. Those deficiencies just lead to more and more of these symptoms.Side note: Some people may try to combat the anxiety, stress, and pain they feel by drinking alcohol, but alcohol makes matters worse and inhibits thyroid function.

Finding Solutions

If you try to resolve all of these issues at once, you may get overwhelmed and quit. So the first thing you can do when dealing with one or all of these issues is to find someone who actually wants to help you get to the root cause of your symptoms.That’s how I work with people. I look at what we can do to support everything underlying so that you can actually resolve your symptoms and come out on the other side, feeling like you were supposed to feel.No, you don’t have to give in to your symptoms as though they’re some kind of “new normal,” nor can you simply order a wellness test online and think you’re going to figure it out on your own. It takes the patience and guidance of someone like me who’s lived what you’re going through or has helped people like you.Aside from that, here are some basics I recommend incorporating into your life:

●     Add meditation into your life. Start with five minutes a day, and stick with it.
●     Move away from eating processed foods, and focus more on whole foods as much as you possibly can.
●     Eat your macros in balance. Start by making sure you get ample amounts of protein at each meal, a good 4 to 6 ounces.

 

If you follow these tips, you should notice a big difference in two weeks’ time. Don’t feel like you have to do it all, but start somewhere, and you will start to regain balance and normalize.Care to get on a call to talk more? Schedule your FREE Thyroid Breakthrough Session today by clicking here.