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Mango Crush

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If your mornings are usually pressed for time, the worst thing you can do is skip the most important meal of the day. Not to worry- a breakfast shake is the perfect solution. All you need is five minutes, a blender, and a to-go cup. You can even prepare a blender the night before to save time. Easy-peasy! As a bonus this smoothie has fat torching nutrients that are sure to help you reach your pre-holiday weight.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup frozen mango chuncks
  • 1/2 cup low fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • 2-4 ice cubes

Directions:

  1. Throw it all in a blender, saving the protein for last. Blend until desired texture is reached.
  2. Lastly, pulse in whey protein until well blended.

Sluggish Thyroid?

If you’re active or have a healthy diet and are still gaining weight your thyroid could be at blame. A sluggish thyroid is becoming more and more common. As mentioned in my last article: Thyroid: Test! Don’t Guess, symptoms of an underacting thyroid include weight gain, fatigue, constipation, cold extremities, hair loss, swollen face or moonface, and depression.

It’s estimated that 13 million cases of thyroid dysfunction go undiagnosed each year, and inadequate blood testing is a major factor, according to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.

Blood Test Thyroid Markers

The problem with blood testing is many doctors only order TSH which is not very accurate in diagnosing a thyroid disorder. Additionally, many doctors refer to the pathological lab ranges that come with the test results rather than the “functional” ranges. Pathological ranges are the averages of all the people who have taken the test in the last year. Yes, the averages of both the healthy and the sick. As the sick population keeps getting sicker, the range gets wider and the less useful they become. On the other hand, functional ranges have been carefully researched as healthy parameters for whatever is being tested, in this case it would be a healthy functioning thyroid. To give you an idea of the difference let’s look at TSH. A standard TSH lab range is 0.35-5.5 uIU/mL, but the functional range is much narrower 1.8-3.0 uIU/mL. It’s also important to look at the whole person, including symptoms, and not just the test results.

Blood Test Functional

To better understand the thyroid ask for a complete thyroid panel. A complete panel will include the following thyroid markers:

  • Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
  • Total T4
  • Free T3 Index (FTI)
  • Free T3 (FT3)
  • Resin T3 Uptake (F3U)
  • Reverse T3 (rT3)

If you suspect Hashimoto’s or autoimmune thyroiditis, ask for:

  • Thyroid Antibodies (TPO, TGB)

 

For more information, please give me a call @ (949)338-2201, or email me at lorin@lovetolivenutrition.com to schedule a complementary 15 minute consultation.

 

Thyroid: Test! Don’t Guess

How do you know if your thyroid is under performing, or if your thyroid medication isn’t working? When it comes to hormones, you should always test and not guess. On the other hand you can’t ignore your symptoms either. Below are some symptoms of low thyroid health. If a light goes off while reading then it might be time to get your thyroid tested. Luckily it’s Direct Labs test of the month and there are several tests on sale. Contact me if you’re interested in learning more: lorin@lovetolivenutrition.com or (949)338-2201.

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Possible Symptoms of a low functioning thyroid:

  • Weight gain even while following a low calorie diet
  • Fatigue
  • Morning headaches that wear off as the day progresses
  • Excessive amount of sleep required to function properly
  • Chronic digestive problems
    • Constipation
    • Difficulty digesting (low stomach acid or hypochlorhydria)
  • Poor hair, nail, or skin health
    • Hair falls out easily
    • Brittle nails
    • Dry, itchy skin
    • Poor wound healing
  • Hypersensitivity to cold temperatures
    • Low body heat temperature
  • Poor circulation and numbness in your extremities
  • Loss of outer 1/3 of eyebrow
  • Moon face or facial swelling (edema)

 

There are several hormones involved with the thyroid gland. If one hormone level is off then a cascade of imbalances occur. The thyroid influences dozens of functions within the body which is why it is critical for it to function properly. Some functions include: metabolism, bone metabolism, gastrointestinal function, energy production, liver and gallbladder health, anti-aging human growth hormone production, glucose metabolism, and maintaining normal cholesterol and blood fat levels.

Test! Don’t Guess- contact Lorin for more information.