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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 October 20, 2020

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future. Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

Bonus: Think Like a Rhino

More Tips for Procrastinators to Start Taking Action

Featured photo credit: Malvestida Magazine via unsplash.com

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