How healthy is your thyroid?
I commonly see patients who have had their thyroid blood tests done, and told that they are all good. The problem is, they still feel fatigued, and know that something is not quite right.
Sub-clinical hypothyroidism is fairly widespread, but is often not recognised by your GP, as they will only look for overt signs of thyroid disease on your blood tests. As a Naturopath, I look to support people in optimal health, and just because you might not yet have thyroid disease, your thyroid might need some support to prevent it from moving this way in the future.
The medical reference range for a thyroid assessment is:
TSH 0.5-5.00, – But ideally we want to see it around 1-2
T4 10-20 – ideally >15
T3 0.5-4.00 but ideally should be a 3:1 ratio to T4.
thyroid antibodies: ideally less than <60
Symptoms of a sluggish thyroid can present as: cognitive decline, cold hands and feet, dry skin, fatigue, weight gain, inability to lose weight, hair loss, depression, constipation, infertility, ovulation failure, miscarriage, muscle cramps and weakness, swelling and fluid retention.. to name a few.
There are many factors that interfere with our thyroid function:
Inflammation, oestrogen excess, aggressive caloric restriction (really low carbohydrate diets), environmental toxins, stress, and nutritional deficiencies.
The thyroid also needs the liver to work efficiently to help regulate thyroid hormones. The liver can often become overtaxed from an increased workload of processing medications, environmental toxins, too much sugar and excess alcohol. Liver function should always be assessed and supported when addressing thyroid health.
So, what is needed for optimal thyroid function?
There are some key nutrients that your thyroid needs to work effectively: these are iodine, zinc, selenium, iron, and vitamin B2.
You also need to make sure there are no hidden causes of inflammation in your body, such as poor gut health or stress, as this will greatly affect your thyroid function also.
If you are experiencing these symptoms, come and see one of our practitioners in clinic for a comprehensive assessment of your health and thyroid function.
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What Is SIBO?
SIBO is the acronym for “small intestinal bacterial overgrowth,” defined as excessive bacteria in the small intestine. While bacterium naturally occurs throughout the digestive tract, in a healthy system, the small intestine has relatively low levels of bacteria; it’s supposed to be at highest concentrations in the colon.
The small intestine is the longest section of the digestive tract. This is where the food intermingles with digestive juices, and the nutrients are absorbed into the bloodstream. If SIBO is indicated, malabsorption of nutrients, particularly fat-soluble vitamins and iron, can quickly become a problem.
When in proper balance, the bacterium in the colon helps digest foods and the body absorb essential nutrients. However, when bacteria invades and takes over the small intestine, it can lead to poor nutrient absorption, symptoms commonly associated with IBS, and may even lead to damage of the stomach lining.
When you have SIBO, as food passes through the small intestine, the bacterial overgrowth interferes with the healthy digestive and absorption process. The bacterium associated with SIBO actually consumes some of the foods and nutrients, leading to unpleasant symptoms, including gas, bloating and pain.
Even when treating small intestinal bacterial overgrowth with antibiotics, relapse rate is high. This is a chronic condition that can be cured, but it takes patience, perseverance and a change in diet. In fact, SIBO treatment include a healing diet, and some foods should be avoided until the gut flora is back in balance. (source)
- Alternating constipation and diarrhoea
- Food sensitivities
- Belching and flatulence
- Heart burn
- chronic digestive complaints
- Abdominal cramping and pain
- Joint pain
- Skin Symptoms
- Iron and B12 deficiency
- Respiratory symptoms (eg: asthma)
- Mood symptoms e.g.: depression and anxiety
What does it do?
Instead of allowing the villi and the microvilli in your small intestine to absorb nutrients from the food, the bacteria digest it instead, causing it to ferment. A bi-product of the bacteria’s digestion is methane and/or hydrogen gas, which is only produced by the bacteria and not our bodies.
These cause bloating, flatulence, cramping, diarrhea and more. It is also believed tis gas can cause leaky gut syndrome where the cell wall of the gut becomes permeable and allows food particles through to the blood stream.
SIBO Summer Cookbook by Rebecca Coomes is based on the SIBO Bi-Phasic diet by Dr Nirala Jacobi ND. It is a great resource which I highly recommend and I have for sale in the clinic. It has 60 recipes for people treating small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.
This book is not just about recipes. It teaches you about the foods to avoid and the foods to replace in your diet. It informs and educates you, along with inspiring you to make easy changes in your diet to improve your health.
The diet and recipes in this book are designed around the 5 pillars of health.
1: Awareness – being aware of your symptoms is the first step in your recovery
2: Nutrition – nutrition is vital to a healthy gut life and essential to recovery
3: Movement – our gut responds positively to movement
4: Mindset – positive beliefs will support you to achieve wellness
5: Lifestyle – the way you live your life is fundamental to recovery.
If you are concerned about your health or would like to talk more.
Please contact Monica at Croydon Herbal Health. Ph (03) 9723 9755
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Your Body is an Orchestra by Monica Roberts
Today I went with my elderly relative to her rheumatologist . Oh my God! Seriously!!. Here’s what transpired..
DR: Good afternoon.
Dr: How are you?
Us: Well you know not so good… she gave her story.. She’d been in hospital quite sick.
Dr: Oh thats too bad.
Me: U think! ( I didn’t say that)
Me: Do you think that there is a possibility that an infection like Lymes disease could be at the base of this case. Could we arrange some kind of test. Me knowing that she’s had a history of bacterial overgrowth, tick bites and ross river fever.
Dr: There is no such thing as Lymes disease in Australia.
Me: Is it possible to get her tested for infections, bacterial, viral any other parasites.
Dr: You would have to see the infectious disease Dr for that.
Me: OK, Well she has some bowel issues and seems to play a role in her attacks, what do you think of the bowel or imbalance of bacteria having an impact?
Dr: Well you would have to see a gastroenterologist for that.
Me: How about her diet, do you think that it needs addressing?
Dr: I’m not sure how that would be, but you could see a dietitian I suppose.
Me: REALLY !! (i didn’t say that either).
Me: IN MY PRIVATE THOUGHTS.. DID YOU NOT know that the body is an orchestra, and all of our organs, brain, blood, tissues, skin are linked, each having an effect on each other. Diet, lifestyle, bowel, brain, stomach, lungs, heart Shall I go on. You can’t look at one isolate organ to treat a person!. So times up, 10mins.. pay lots of money and off we go, with one more pain management drug to her 4 already.
Ok so I’m on my high horse. I know there are some excellent Dr and practitioners out there doing amazing things, but at times I get very frustrated.
Imagine if we all worked together, what we could achieve.
Your wellbeing matters, and all of you is connected to all of you, you are not JUST a heart or a bowel or a lung.
Pineapple – Fruit With Amazing Health Benefits
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Pineapple is known as king of fruits, fruit which in the past was only available to natives of the tropics and the rich Europeans. This tropical plant originated from Uruguay, Brazil, Puerto Rico and Paraguay.Ripe and juicy pineapple will satisfy your sweet tooth.
Besides good taste there are many health benefits. Pineapple is rich in vitamins and minerals, and contains a low amount of fats and cholesterol.
Health Benefits of Pineapple
Pineapples contain roteolytic enzyme called bromelain. Bromelain breaks down proteins, has natural anti-inflammatory properties and reduce swelling. Pineapple helps in healing the sore throat, arthritis and joint pain.
Anti inflammatory properties of pineapple fruit reduce the symptoms of arthritis and help to reduce pain after surgery and sports injuries.
To increase the efficiency, pineapples should be consumed between meals without other foods. On the other hand, the health benefits of bromelain is improving digestion. If pineapples are consumed with other foods, bromelain will help in digesting it.One of the benefits of this fruit is that it helps to build healthy bones.
Pineapple is rich in magnesium and trace mineral that is needed by the body to build bone and connective tissue. Just one cup of pineapple juice provides 73% of the recommended daily amount of magnesium.
The benefit of pineapples can cause bone growth in young people and strengthening of bones in older people.
This fruit is a good source of vitamin C and it offers excellent protection from free radicals. According to research vitamin C, the most important water-soluble antioxidant is invaluable against the destructive effects of free radicals.
Pineapple is good for colds and cough. Usually when people get sick they consume orange juice as a source of vitamin C, but it is good to know that the benefits of pineapple juice against cold or cough are also good as orange juice, plus with additional benefits because of bromelain, which helps cough and other symptoms of colds and flu.
Pineapples can improve oral health. Eating pineapple reduces the risk of gingivitis and periodontitis. Besides increasing the ability of connective tissue to regenerate, it also increases the body’s ability to fight invading bacteria and other toxins that contribute to gum disease.
Australian scientists have found useful molecules in the stalk of pineapple. Initial studies have shown that they prevent the occurrence of certain types of cancer (cancer of breast, lung, colon, ovarian and skin cancer).
Among other benefits, the royal fruit relieves arthritis, helps with high blood pressure, bronchitis, throat infections, indigestion…
If you want to get all benefits of pineapple it is the best to be consumed fresh.
Todays Chat with Monica.
A client has had a spontaneous reaction to allergies. One weekend he decided on a getaway. Whilst he was away and got bitten by mosquito, and then suffered immune deficiency.
He came to see me and asked me:
‘Why does this happen?’
‘I’m usually really well.’
‘No body else got the virus!’
Well our health is like stacking the deck. Or sometimes like falling dominoes.
We don’t just get sick, we don’t just suddenly have heart attack, or hormonal disruption, or diarrhea. Usually there are many factors that slowly stack up.
This is what happens: Let’s say you get stressed, more than usual. Then you have a few bad nights of not sleeping and your social commitments are high. You don’t eat well because you are busy. Your body’s resistance starts to fall, inflammation starts to rise, hormones start to deplete and your body’s ability to repair becomes compromised. Your ability to cope decreases. It just takes someone walking past you with a cold, and before you know it… Your sick!
We can minimise our body’s responses by remembering to breath deeply right into the belly, eat well, loads up on the greens, and get really good sleep.
See you in the clinic.
Your wellbeing matters.
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