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Hello Informed Beaute'!   When talking about thyroid with guests, the conversation is usually related to hair loss, the thinning of eye brows, and weight gain.   Effecting over 60% of women, your thyroid plays a key role in helping you metabolize food, store and use energy, manage your weight and temperature control, think, talk, and yes, that cherished sleep. Hypothyroidism is growing common and is characterized by an underproduction of the hormones needed to support your activity on a daily basis. As a result, it's only natural you may experience fatigue, poor concentration, cold sensitivity, weight gain, dry skin, hair loss, and irritability.

The brain and thyroid communicate with the body to maintain optimal balance. In a healthy state, the brain produces thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). TSH prompts your thyroid to produce the thyroid hormone T4 (thyroxine), which is then converted in other parts of the body to T3 (triiodothyronine), the form our cells use most effectively. In the case of hypothyroidism, either the thyroid’s ability to make and release T4, or the body’s ability to convert T4 to T3, becomes compromised, often showing up in the form of elevated TSH.  Have I lost you?  

Time Sensitive:  Check out this great video with one of my favorite new Funcitonal Medicine young leaders.   

If the video is no longer available, you may access this via Chris's website HERE!  

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CHRIS KRESSER, L.AC.Author, Your Personal Paleo Code

In this video, Chris reviews the following:

Why the TSH test is not enough! (And what is.)

Cruciferous vegetables, to eat or not to eat

How a rise in thyroid antibodies can be a GOOD sign

One single dietary change that can reverse autoimmune disease.


You can sign up for podcasts like this through Sean Croxton's series on the Thyroid Health.

Sean Croxton is the host of UndergroundWellness Radio, an internet-based podcastfocusing on real food, functional medicine,and holistic health. Since 2008, he hasconducted weekly interviews with theleading experts in the real health community.

Sean also writes and video blogs on hisUnderground Wellness website and is theauthor of The Dark Side of Fat Loss.

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