Why Is Exercise So Important??

Here at S & A, we have always advocated that there is no single solution for improving thyroid function, improving health, losing fat and keeping it off, and living vibrantly! You cannot out exercise an unhealthy diet and you cannot out supplement an unhealthy lifestyle. Period! End of story!! You can’t pop a pill and think that is all that you need to do. Can exercise and supplements help? Certainly, but not in isolation.

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Are You A Country Cook??

I grew up on down home country cooking!!  My mother was the best and she taught me well!  Summers in the south, back in the day, meant my brothers and me going to the garden with my dad first thing in the morning.  To call it a garden was a disservice.  He was a farmer and never did things on a small scale!  His garden was big enough to feed the town!  I always looked down that long, long row of squash or beans with dread.  I couldn’t stop until I reached the end.  It would be so hot and humid and some of the plants had prickly leaves that would leave little fine, hair-like splinters in your fingers.

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Are You Getting Enough Protein In Your Diet?

It seems like every year some new-fangled weight loss diet takes the media by storm! When you have Hypothyroidism or some other metabolic disorder that makes losing weight difficult, we can fall victim to these new “best thing since sliced bread” kind of diets. We want to lose the weight and we are so desperate for results, we give these a try. Often times, these so called diets mess up our metabolism even further and it can take a long time to recover!

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Why Isn't My Diet Working?

This is a nutrition and lifestyle plan, that is sustainable and pleasurable long term, something you can start out and hold out on.  Your plan must include whole foods that give you the nutrients and micronutrients needed for energy and vitality!  What are whole foods? They are vegetables and fruits that are in their natural form, clean and lean proteins that are not processed.  Whole foods will prevent cravings and leave you satisfied; keeping your hunger, energy and craving in check. Your thyroid, your metabolism your hormones will all be working in harmony with each other to prevent that regain!  One indulgence won’t derail your efforts and your thyroid will adjust to handle the extra calories.

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How do Chlorine, Fluorine, and Bromine Exposure Affect Thyroid Function?

How does the exposure to chlorine affect the thyroid?  In order to make thyroid hormone, the thyroid gland must have iodine.  T4, T3, T2, T1, are identified by the number of iodine atoms attached to the structure.  T4 has 4 iodine atoms attached, T3 has 3 atoms, and so on. The thyroid gland actively grabs onto iodine in the blood and stores it within the gland to make sure it has enough on board to make thyroid hormone when needed by the body.  If you remember from your high school chemistry class, elements in the same group (or column) on the periodic table have similar chemical properties.

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Balancing Hormones

Have you ever been told that, “Your thyroid test came back in the normal range!” or “The dose of thyroid medication you are on is perfect!”?  You know in your heart of hearts that something is wrong because you still have hypothyroid symptoms!  You feel fatigued! You can’t seem to get yourself going in the morning! You don’t sleep well! You have mental fog and seem forgetful!  Your joints and muscles hurt! Sound familiar? It’s a vicious cycle.

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What is MTHFR?

What is MTHFR and why are we talking about this today?  According to Dr. Ben Lynch and Dr. Allen Christianson, the vast majority of people with hypothyroidism have a defect in the MTHFR gene.  In one of their lectures, they even go as far as to say from their research, 100% of the people with thyroid disease has this defect.

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3 Tips On Eating To Avoid The Midday Slump

It’s coming, you can feel it, you’re trying desperately to will it away, but, inevitably the clock strikes 3:00pm. Suddenly, you are beyond exhausted. Now I KNOW we have all been there!! Just the thought of striking the letters on the computer keyboard seems like a daunting task, not to mention, all of a sudden you can barely keep your eyes open.

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The Magic Of Vitamin D

In our last blog, Does The Winter Season Make You Fat, we talked about the importance of Vitamin D and combating the winter season weight gain!  So we wanted to dive in and give you some more information on the magic of Vitamin D! Many health experts consider the benefits of vitamin D to be one of the most important health discoveries in the last century!!! How amazing is that? 

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Does The Winter Season Make You Fat?

As the holiday season comes to an end and winter is in full effect, most people are gearing up to work off all those holiday treats, which means lots of calorie-laden foods, like egg nog, turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and cookies.

For many, this means weight gain.

Many people also start going into hibernation mode come dropping temps like we’ve seen lately.  They eat heavier foods. They gain (more) weight. They cozy up and hunker down.

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