Female Hormones Weight Loss

Female Hormones Weight Loss

Female Hormones Weight Loss – Diets and exercise not working? Don’t give up!

“Calories in, calories out” has traditionally been the mantra of doctors counseling women on weight loss. While your best friend can eat hot fudge sundaes without gaining a pound, you look at a bagel and it seems to go straight to your thighs. Your doctor may tell you you’re clearly consuming more calories than you realize. But if you feel that you are starving and the scale doesn’t budge, consider another part of the weight-loss equation–your hormones. – Livestrong

Female Hormones Weight Loss – Statistics show hormones cause Weight Gain in 75% of Women

Here are 7 signs your hormones are out of balance:

  1. Gaining weight around the middle and can’t shift the weight no matter what you do.
  2. Feeling tired, irritable more often than not.
  3. Feeling bloated often these days.
  4. Everything is starting to stress you, even the little things.
  5. Rely on coffee, tea to give you a pep up often during the day.
  6. Can’t think properly, your brain feels like it is full of cotton wool.
  7. Your sex drive has taken a nose dive.

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Natural Remedies for Insulin Resistance

Natural Remedies for Insulin Resistance

Natural Remedies for Insulin Resistance – Tired, Hungry, Gaining Weight? Want To Learn How To Make It All Stop?

 

Natural Remedies for Insulin Resistance – Have you been feeling tired, hungry and gaining weight? Hitting a wall in the afternoons and feeling “blahhh” more often than not? Maybe waking at night to go to toilet or feeling thirstier than normal?

These can be common signs of insulin resistance.

Did you know it is estimated 500,000 people in Australia suffer from undiagnosed insulin resistance? Most of them are unaware they have it and it just creeps up on them. I over hear them saying things like, “I think I’m just getting old” and leave it at that, like there is nothing you can do about it.

Well, that’s so not true! And it makes me even more determined to teach you otherwise. In truth, it’s a sign, your blood sugar levels are not as good as they should be. You don’t necessarily have diabetes, but you’re well on the way towards it.

Getting your blood sugar sorted, will mean you have less chance of getting diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, gaining weight or not being able to lose it, polycystic ovarian syndrome, breast cancer, and much more.

Eating in a way that balances your blood sugar, reduces inflammation and oxidative stress, and improves your liver detoxification is the key to preventing and reversing insulin resistance and diabetes. – Huffpost

Good news is, it’s not that hard to manage and heal. Let’s take a look at insulin resistance more closely and some Natural Remedies for Insulin Resistance.

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Autoimmune Specialist Naturopath Australia Online

Autoimmune Specialist Naturopath Australia Online

Autoimmune Specialist Online Australia – Gut, Thyroid And The Immune Connection

Autoimmune Thyroid Disease is a genetic predisposition, which runs in families but can skip one or more generations and affects more women than men. When Autoimmune Disease is diagnosed, a patient can be affected with more than one symptom. – Thyroid Foundation

If you have a thyroid condition, it is 90% likely to be an autoimmune disease.

This means that your own immune system is attacking the thyroid gland.

Autoimmune Specialist Melbourne  – As with any autoimmune disease, the immune system turns against one’s own body parts – in the case of rheumatoid arthritis it’s the joints, Coeliac’s it’s the gut, Type 1 diabetes it’s the pancreas, multiple sclerosis it’s the nerves, lupus it’s the joins and muscle tissue, and the list goes on.

In the case of thyroid autoimmune diseases, it’s called thyroiditis – it can either be Hashimoto’s which is an autoimmune disease that makes the thyroid hypo (slows it down) or Graves’ Disease which causes hyperthyroidism (or an overactive thyroid).

It’s well known now that people with one autoimmune condition are more likely to develop two or three other, more debilitating autoimmune conditions.

Statistics show that 50% of people with Hashimoto’s Disease will develop other autoimmune diseases, many of which can be far more debilitating.

It is therefore essential to restore the functioning of the immune system in order to manage the state of the immune system and hence your thyroid challenges. To restore the immune system one must, of course, restore the health of the gut.

 

gut and immune system

 

 

It has been estimated that the gut wall contains about 80—85% of the immune system. The good bacteria in the gut engages the lymphoid tissue, a very important part of the immune system.

There are tons of lymphocytes and other immune cells in the gut, which protect the body from viruses, bacteria, and other invaders. If the bacteria in the gut is damaged or abnormal, there are far fewer lymphocytes, and the immune system is compromised.

This can lead to the person developing chronic viral infections, allergies, chronic colds, autoimmune disorders, and the like.

 

What you need to know about the gut.

Everyone has bacteria in their digestive tract, or gut, that is essential to the function of the human body. A healthy adult has about 1.5 – 2 kg of bacteria in their gut, both good and bad.

The different types of bacteria live in harmony, with the good bacteria keeping a tight control on the bad. Normal levels of bacteria, or flora, in the gut protects against invaders, undigested food, toxins, and parasites. It keeps the gut wall protected, takes an active part in the digestion and absorption of food, and is essential to the immune function.

It helps to transport vitamins, minerals, water, gases, and other nutrients through the gut wall into the bloodstream. The bacteria also actively synthesizes various nutrients.

When the good and bad bacteria in the gut get out of balance also called a dysbiosis (i.e. more bad than good), a whole host of negative reactions can occur in the body.

Undigested foods can leak through into the bloodstream causing food allergies and intolerances, vitamins and minerals may not be absorbed, leading to deficiency, causing the bad bacteria to produce a whole host of toxins, and the immune system to not function properly.

 

Bloating, constipation, gas, diarrhea, acid reflux, pain, burping?

It’s NEVER “normal”.

Do you often experience bloating, gas, constipation, acid reflux, burping or bouts of diarrhoea?

It is so common for so many people that we have grown to believe that it’s “normal” to have frequent or chronic digestive issues. It’s very important to understand that it is not only “not normal” but it’s detrimental to your immune system (remember, this is where the immune system starts) and therefore also your thyroid health.

If you look at the picture on the left you see villi; these are hair-like projections located in the ileum – which is a part of the digestive tract.

 

Autoimmune Specialist Melbourne - villi

Normal Villi (left), Inflammed Damaged Villi (right)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The villi are instrumental in digesting carbohydrates, proteins, and fats without causing irritation of the intestinal walls.

The villi are also responsible for the absorption of the vitamins and minerals from the food we eat. The picture on the right is showing you a damaged form of the villi which is common in people with chronic digestive issues.

When we say “chronic” it does not have to mean you must be in a constant and debilitating pain – it just means you are frequently (say minimum twice per week) challenged with any of these: constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating, acid reflux, burping or intestinal pain.

 

What is “leaky gut” and why does it matter.

The intestinal walls are often irritated in those with intestinal permeability also known as “leaky gut”.

The term “leaky gut” is a non-medical yet very real and descriptive way of saying that the lining of the intestines is damaged and undigested food particles “leak out” to the blood stream and create havoc in the body.

This havoc is largely created by the immune system launching an attack on one’s own body parts when there is food “leaking out”.

Some of the food particles, like gluten, are said to look very similar to the thyroid gland cells and this is why so many people with thyroid conditions do well when they stop ingesting gluten.

 

Autoimmune Specialist Melbourne - leakygut

 

Autoimmune disease and a compromised gut create a vicious cycle.

A person suffering from an autoimmune disease invariably has gut issues.

The more inflammation in the autoimmune system, the more severe the gut issues. In a self perpetuating vicious cycle leaky gut flares up autoimmune conditions, which in turn further damages the gut lining.

Diagnosing leaky gut is not easy and the list of symptoms can be very long. It includes conditions like constipation, intestinal pain, diarrhoea, headaches, skin problems (acne, eczema), frequent colds, stubborn weight gain, urinary tract infections, insomnia and the list goes on.

Things that have a negative effect on gut flora:

Antibiotics and other drugs.

Diet, especially sugar and processed food.

Diseases.

Stress.

Other: physical exertion, age, alcoholism, pollution, etc.

 

Why do I need to change my diet?

Diet is an important component of a person’s health. The food that one consumes affects the type and amount of bacteria in the gut, the functioning of the immune system, and vitamin and mineral levels, among other things.

Poor diets can lead to improper digestive system functioning, food allergies and intolerances, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and toxins leaking into the bloodstream and therefore, into the brain and nervous system.

All of these things can lead to a plethora of different health problems ranging from autism, depression to thyroid dysfunction.

When we change our diet, we start to cleanse the body. We begin to repair the gut lining, dispose of built up toxins, restore immune system function, and we see our health starting to shift.

Symptoms such as weight gain, fatigue, anxiety, constipation, difficulty concentrating, diarrhea, insomnia and so on start to disappear. Once the immune system is repaired, the thyroid is no longer under any attack and our body can heal.

 

A stricter diet is often necessary.

If you have been diagnosed with an autoimmune condition like Hashimoto’s or Graves’ Disease, it’s very likely that a simple diet improvement might not be enough at this point.

Generic advice dispensed by mass media, like “eat whole food”, “unprocessed” and “local” might not be enough.

Food allergies and intolerances may be simmering away which need to be uncovered so digestive issues can be resolved.

That’s what I’m here for your Naturopath Autoimmune Specialist Online Australia  – to decode it all and formulate a plan that works for you!   So, CLICK HERE to book in for video consult to get you started today.

Thyroid Disease Treatment – Online Naturopath Australia

Thyroid Disease Treatment – Online Naturopath Australia

Thyroid Disease Treatment Online Naturopath Australia 

Why are so many thyroid conditions not diagnosed properly?

 

 

Your thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck below your Adam’s apple, is your chief gland of energy an metabolism and is like a master lever that fires up the genes that keep cells doing their jobs. You can think of the thyroid as a fundamental mechanism in a complex machine, as every cell in your body has thyroid hormone receptors. – MBG

Thyroid Disease Treatment Online Naturopath Australia – Health practitioners who really understand thyroid health are disillusioned by the standard mainstream medicine diagnosis and treatment of thyroid conditions and their unwillingness to change and improve the way they do things.

So why are so many of us flying under the thyroid radar? Why are so many of us undiagnosed in spite of feeling run down, fatigued, moody, struggling with weight, anxiety, depression, hair loss and infertility?

There are many reasons, but let’s just focus on the key ones:

1. Incomplete tests 

You probably know this by now that the “standard thyroid test” a traditional doctor would ask for is TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) and T4 (this is just one of the hormones produced by the thyroid).

Unfortunately, we know today that this is a very inconclusive way of making a thyroid diagnosis. Many people have a “normal” TSH and T4 in spite of showing all signs on hypo- or hyperthyroidism. However, when a complete tests are done like T3 (this is the bio-available active hormone that our body cells have receptors for), reverse T3 and antibodies called TPO and TGB – only then a diagnosis can be completed.

Many of my clients have TSH, FT4, FT3 which are normal even though they feel really unwell and compromised. They often have thyroid antibodies (TPO, TG) which can be quite high. This means that their immune system is constantly attacking their thyroid gland and breaking it down.

 

2. TSH “normal” range is set as 0.5 to 5.0

Most endocrinologists are, sadly, still basing their diagnosis on outdated education and are not even aware of the revised range, which the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists recommends which is 0.3-3.0.

Most holistic doctors and functional medicine practitioners however believe that this should be further revised to be in the 1.0 – 2.0 range.

 

3. Total T3 instead of Free T3

This is another mysteriously overlooked thyroid health marker – if a doctor orders the T3 test (too often, they do not), it’s most often Total T3 and not the Free T3.

Free T3 means it’s the unbound or bio-available T3 hormones that you body receptor can actively use – receptors are like parking lots that are waiting to be filled up with T3 to function properly.

Total T3 consists of both bound and unbound T3 and is a useless measurement as we just want to know how much FREE T3 there is.

 

4. Ignorance and outdated practices 

You might be asking “so, why are doctors not getting updated with this information?”.

Good question. Partly due to an outdated approach that never got enough attention to be changed (although that’s changing now with many thyroid advocate groups pushing for it).

Another reason is that most endocrinologists (the doctor looking after hormonal health, including the thyroid) are too busy with the diabetes pandemic and have therefore little time and willingness to learn more about the thyroid.

 

So this is what I do for you as an Online Client anywhere in Australia. I get this all sorted for you and work out a plan to get you feeling fantastic again! Thyroid Disease Treatment Online Naturopath Australia  – Click here to book now