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5 Simple Ways to Crush Hypothyroidism

5 Simple Ways to Crush Hypothyroidism

I grew up often feeling tired and being slightly overweight, despite the fact that I barely ate and was very active as a kid. Years later I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and realized that there were a few more things that I needed to do to be healthy than just eating right and exercising.

Hypothyroidism is a common endocrine disorder that results from deficiency of thyroid hormone. The thyroid is a small butterfly shaped gland that controls the way the body uses energy. This means that it control almost every organ in your body including the way your heart beats. The American Thyroid Association has stated that roughly 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease.

The study also pointed out that women are 5 to 8 times more likely to suffer from this condition than men. The signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism usually vary from person to person, depending on the severity of the hormone deficiency. Common symptoms that most patients suffering from this condition usually show include: constipation, weight gain, muscle weakness, a puffy face, an increased sensitivity to the cold, fatigue, impaired memory, a slower heart rate, thinning hair and depression, among any others.

The good news is that hypothyroidism can be treated naturally by following a few simple steps. In this article we are going to give you tips to help treat hypothyroidism naturally.

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1. Increase your protein intake

Various clinical studies have shown that protein helps boost thyroid function. According to experts, it does so by encouraging the release of the thyroid hormone, a factor that helps treat hypothyroidism.

In addition to green leafy vegetables and meat, including more potatoes, nuts, beans and cheese in your diet is a good idea to supplement your protein intake. If you decide to go via the route of using a protein powder, be very careful of many supplement companies that do not offer quality products. Use online educational resources to find the best protein powder that is fit to suit your dietary needs.

2. Avoid gluten

Gluten is a protein found in wheat and grain and is usually not well digested. It is estimated that approximately 90% of all patients suffering from hypothyroidism in the United States also suffer from an autoimmune condition.

An autoimmune condition, commonly known as Hashimoto, is usually caused by antibodies attacking the thyroid and resulting in thyroid destruction. Various clinical research studies conducted by independent institutions have proven that gluten plays a huge role in driving the antibody attack against your body.

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When you consume gluten, the protein portion of the gluten known as gliadin normally enters the bloodstream via the gut. Your body will then trigger a self-defense mechanism by creating antibodies to counter gliadin in a process known as the molecular mimicry. This is what usually results in antibodies damaging the thyroid gland.

With this in mind, know that every time you consume gluten, you are actually triggering your body to produce antibodies that can end up damaging your thyroid’s ability to function properly.

3. Increase iodine intake

Iodine is an essential trace element that is crucial to the body. Your thyroid glands actually require iodine in order to produce thyroid hormones. This means that if you have deficiency in iodine, then the chances of suffering from hypothyroidism are high.

Your body does not have the ability to make iodine so you need to ensure you are getting enough from your diet to enable your body to make enough thyroid hormone. In the early 1990s, iodine deficiency was the leading cause of hypothyroidism. The introduction of iodized salt virtually eliminated this problem.

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4. Eat natural diet

Did you know that the food that you include in your diet plays a critical role in treating hypothyroidism? By eliminating foods such as gluten and including food that have been scientifically proven to help boost the production of thyroid hormone, you can help treat this condition naturally.

A diet that is low in nutrient-rich foods increases the risk for thyroid disorders. Some of foods that are highly recommend include: fresh fruits, vegetables, foods that are rich in omega-3, foods that are rich in healthy protein as well as high-fiber foods.

A few great examples include spinach, fish, nuts, fortified dairy products, whole grains, seaweed and beans. Including these foods in your diet can definitely play a key role in supercharging your thyroid function.

5. Watch your oils

Not all oils are good for you if you are suffering from hypothyroidism. There are some oils that you need to avoid while there are a few that you need to boost the production of the thyroid hormone.

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Most of the oils that we use to cook foods can have a negative effect on the thyroid and can even cause thyroid disease. A good type of oil to use as a substitute is coconut oil. Coconut oil has the ability to help people with low thyroid function because it can raise your basal body temperatures while stimulating your metabolism and also boosting energy.

Hypothyroidism is a serious health condition that need to be treated as soon as possible. It can leave you feeling sluggish and also slow your ability to maintain a healthy weight if you do not learn how to manage it. The good news is that this condition can also be treated naturally by following the simple tips mentioned above.

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Last Updated on September 10, 2019

7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

1. Gratitude

Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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    2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

    This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

    For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

    What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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    Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

    3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

    This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

    Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

    An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

    Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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      4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

      According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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      There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

      5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

      Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

      Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

      6. Rise Earlier

      The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

      For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

      So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

      Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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      7. Listen to Uplifting Music

      Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

      Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

      It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

      Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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      Reference

      [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
      [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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