Thyroid and Sleep: What’s the Connection?

Your thyroid is that butterfly shaped gland in your neck that produces hormones that regulate metabolism and energy. Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland produces too little thyroid hormone. Symptoms may include extreme fatigue, depression, weight gain and sleep problems. I was diagnosed with it in my late 20s when I stopped sleeping well and my energy levels dropped. For me, a combination of natural supplements, diet and prescription worked best.

The American Thyroid Association estimates that as many as 60 million Americans are unaware that they have some sort of thyroid issue. There is a connection between thyroid and sleep. If you suffer from insomnia or irregular sleep patterns, then you may want to have some blood work done. This may be the first step in getting a good night’s sleep.

So how do you fix it?

There are many solutions and finding the one that works for you is very personal. Here are some options.  Continue reading “Thyroid and Sleep: What’s the Connection?”

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A 6-Step Plan to Help You Stay on Track with New Year’s Resolutions

With the best of intentions, many of us start off the New Year with a commitment to improve our body, health and lifestyle. Whether that means eating healthier, exercising more, sleeping better, spending more quality time with loved ones, or making time for some much needed self care, we start January 1st with the determination to make this year our best one yet. We may have declared it out loud or silently said it to ourselves, but either way, this was the year we’d finally create that body, health and lifestyle we want most.

How can you ensure success and stay on track with New Year’s resolutions this year? Let’s create some strategies so you can unleash that lean, fit, energetic, vibrant and confident self you’re meant to be.  Continue reading “A 6-Step Plan to Help You Stay on Track with New Year’s Resolutions”

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Scary Foods to Make Yourself Eat: Seaweed

seaweedThe third item in our series “Scary Foods to Make Yourself Eat” is seaweed. Sometimes referred to as a sea vegetable but technically classified as algae, these green, red and orange plants of the oceans have 10-20 times the mineral content of their land-based cousins. As an excellent source of calcium, iron, iodine, magnesium and vitamin K, adding seaweed to the diet supports vibrant and strong hair, skin and nails. Seaweed is cooling, cleansing and alkalizing, helping to reduce inflammation in the body, eradicate toxins and support bone health. Its high concentration of mucilaginous fiber soothes the digestive tract, promotes balanced gut bacteria and supports weight loss efforts.

All that said, seaweed can be quite a foreign food to most Americans. Traditional in Japanese cuisine, most Americans’ exposure to seaweed involves that dark wrapping around our sushi rolls (nori) that we try our best to ignore, or the clump of nearly black slippery greens (wakame) that get left at the bottom of many bowls of miso soup.  Continue reading “Scary Foods to Make Yourself Eat: Seaweed”

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