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Mother's Hashimoto’s may raise risk of child's autism–how to lower risk

While practitioners of functional medicine have long understood the link between the health of a mother's immune system and the risk of giving birth to a child with autism, asthma, allergies, and other disorders, it is validating to see this information in the New York Times: An Immune Disorder at the Root of Autism. In [...]

Stress, Autoimmune Disorders and the Thyroid

Stress and Thyroid Imbalance The connection between stress levels and thyroid   is a complex relationship which is still being investigated by physicians and patients alike, but one thing is known for sure, there is a clear correlation between the two. Patients experiencing hypothyroid disorders such as hashimoto’s disease commonly experience problems with stress and anxiety, [...]

Do you have Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism and consistently wake up around 3 a.m. and can't fall back asleep? Although the reasons for sleep problems can be complex, waking up too early is often a symptom of hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, and can be remedied through dietary changes and nutritional therapy. Balancing blood sugar is vital [...]

Watch out for vitamin B12 deficiency with Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism

Vitamin B12 deficiency is more common than people realize and can mimic or cause other disorders. A B12 deficiency is linked with memory loss, anemia, cardiovascular disease, and autism, to name a few. B12 is necessary for the brain and nervous system to function and for other aspects of health. It's believed B12 deficiency is [...]

Are you alkaline enough? How to reduce acidity for better thyroid health

If your body becomes too acidic it can lead to health problems — good pH balance is necessary for cells to function properly. Too much acidity plays a role in obesity, diabetes, heart disease, chronic pain and inflammation, and autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism. Fortunately, we can make the body more alkaline simply through [...]

Do you have Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism and low blood pressure?

We all hear about the risks associated with high blood pressure, but having low blood pressure can also pose health risks. When you have low blood pressure your blood, which carries oxygen and nutrients, is not being sufficiently pushed into the tissues throughout your body, including the brain. This means your brain and other organs [...]

We frequently hear about the dangers of high cholesterol, but keeping cholesterol as low as many doctors recommend may be doing your body more harm than good, especially if you have Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism. Although conventional medicine has demonized cholesterol and many healthy foods as a consequence, too little cholesterol can be harmful in a variety [...]

How to motivate yourself to exercise for better thyroid health

Exercise is the golden bullet when it comes to helping manage your Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism and other health maladies, such as lowering your risk of heart disease, bone loss, dementia, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity. Yet many Americans just can't seem to make the time or find the motivation. People with Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism struggle with added [...]

Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism—20 percent of diabetics are "type 1.5"

Do you have Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism and type 2 diabetes?Although insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes get pinned on diet and lifestyle choices, in some cases these disorders could be associated with an autoimmune reaction, which is the mechanism behind type 1 diabetes. As Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune thyroid disease that may lead to other autoimmune [...]

When your blood is drawn could affect TSH level and hypothyroidism diagnosis

If you check your thyroid levels in the afternoon with a blood draw, results may come back normal even though you're hypothyroid, according to a new  study. Checking your TSH in the morning can give you more accurate results. Like other hormones in the body, thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) follows a daily rhythm and is not consistent [...]

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