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1 In 10 Women Have Some Degree Of Thyroid Hormone Deficiency, Are You One Of Them?

1 In 10 Women Have Some Degree Of Thyroid Hormone Deficiency, Are You One Of Them?

The thyroid is a small gland located just below the Adam’s Apple. The little butterfly-shaped thyroid gland affects our lives in many significant ways. It’s the body’s control center for metabolic functions of every living cell. It has the ability to overturn mechanisms of daily life, producing profound changes. Thyroid diseases cause restlessness, fatigue, and weight change. It mostly affects women after pregnancy or menopause. One in every ten women is likely to develop thyroid problems.

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    Common Symptoms of Thyroid Hormone Deficiency

    Shifting Cycles of Menstruation

    The thyroid controls menstrual cycles. Hormone imbalances make menstruation very heavy, very light, or irregular. Thyroid disease can halt menstruation cycles for several months or even longer. This causes other glands to be affected like the ovaries and may lead to difficulty in conceiving. Thyroid problems are usually mistaken for symptoms of menopause. The problems develop after menopause in most cases. Thyroid problems during pregnancy stages may affect the health of mother and baby.

    Fatigue

    There is an overall sense of fatigue, listlessness and lack of concentration during the day. When the day closes and it is time to rest at night  there are sparks of sleep apnea, insomnia, weakness, and oversleeping!

    Body Heat and Cold Shivers

    Ever feel cold when nobody else is? Break into night sweats and cannot tolerate the heat or cold? Stand around shivering internally with cold feet? Sometimes excessively perspiring or sometimes a lack of perspiration?

    The Snail Pace Syndrome

    A sense of diminished reflexes when everything is on a go slow, also affects speech.

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    Chronic illness

    Chronic illness with a bout of frequent infections. Low immune systems coupled with regular colds and flu. Bronchitis susceptibility and infections that recurrently occur.

    Swelling Up

    Thickened skin around the eyes, face, lips, hands and neck, arms legs and feet.

    Discomfort in Throat and Mouth

    A sensation of a lump in the throat, difficult to swallow with pressure on the throat. Difficulty breathing, sore or burning throat sensation. Pain and tenderness in the thyroid area. Swollen gums, a craving for salty or sweet foods.

    Abnormal Kidney and Bladder

    A constant urge to urinate, urinary tract infections, kidney infections, bladder syndromes.

    Oversensitive Ears

    Internal itching, scaly ear canal, oversensitive in hearing and excess of earwax.

    Weak Eyes

    Poor focus with double vision, eyes that ache, blurred vision drooping eyelids, dark rings or puffiness.

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    Hair Out of Order

    Thinning, brittle, or premature gray hair.

    Nail Changes

    Soft, pale, brittle, or ingrown nails.

    Irritative Skin

    Dry, itchy skin, boils, and pale skin with rashes or skin tags and eczema and rashes.

    Pain, Aches, and Cramps

    Migraines, chronic headaches, and wrist pain. Muscle cramps and joint pain.

    Digestion Blues

    Constipation coupled with hemorrhoids, lack of appetite, food sensitivity and allergies, lactose intolerance. Irritable bowel syndrome.

    Emotional Blurbs

    Mood swings, resentment, no confidence, irritation and nervousness, depression and obsessive behavior.

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    Causes of Hypothyroidism

    Common causes of hypothyroidism are thyroid gland inflammation leaving the gland damaged, Autoimmune Thyroiditis, and Hashimoto Thyroiditis.

    Another cause is medical treatments. This may warrant the surgical removal of a thyroid gland portion and the patient develops hypothyroidism eventually. Other thyroid conditions like Goiters treated with radioactive iodine may result in hypothyroidism.

    It is advisable to check family history on conditions like:

    • Goiter
    • Celiac disease
    • Gluten intolerance
    • Premature gray hair
    • Diabetes
    • Autoimmune diseases like lupus and arthritis
    • Chron’s disease
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • High cholesterol

    There are several other causes, and one of them is environmental factors. It is best to keep the be aware of toxins present in various products and keep the living environment free from toxins.

    Potassium perchlorate is present in automobile airbags and fireworks. It inhibits the iodine uptake by the thyroid gland and contaminates water.

    Cigarette smoke has a similar effect.

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    Studies have indicated that chemicals in pesticides contribute to thyroid hormone disorders.

    There is controversy regarding soy products. Research has indicated that they affect thyroid hormones.

    Bisphenol A in plastics, food-can coating and dental sealant antagonizes thyroid hormones.

    Countering Hypothyroidism Blues

    It is possible to get back on track smoothly living a full life with medication to treat the condition of hypothyroidism following a healthy lifestyle by incorporating a nutritious diet with moderate exercise to manage hypothyroidism.

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      • Remove intake of gluten from diet.
      • Selenium is a health essential that can be found in Brazil nuts.
      • Omega 3 fatty acids are essential for thyroid functioning.
      • Get enough sunlight to optimize Vitamin D.
      • Spinach, kale, swiss chard, carrots, and sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A.
      • Drink organic coconut oil.
      • Filter drinking water from harmful chemicals that block iodine.
      • Work on stress levels with prayer, meditation, deep breathing, and gratitude.
      • Detox on a regular basis with a sauna or Epsom salt baths.

      Featured photo credit: Medicinenet via images.medicinenet.com

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      Last Updated on October 16, 2018

      The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

      The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

      It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

      If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

      One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

      Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

      In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

      Why you can’t sleep through the night

      The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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      Stress

      If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

      Exposure to blue light before sleep time

      We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

      While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

      Eating close to bedtime

      Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

      Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

      Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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      Medical conditions

      In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

      The vicious sleep cycle

      The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

      Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

      You get a bad night’s sleep
      –> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
      –> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
      –> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

        You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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        How to sleep better (throughout the night)

        To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

        1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

        What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

        Here are a few suggestions:

        • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
        • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
        • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
        • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
        • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

        2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

        What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

        • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
        • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
        • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
        • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

        3. Adjust your sleep temperature

        Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

        Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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        Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

        Sleep better form now on

        Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

        I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

        As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

        Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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