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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 August 15, 2018

      7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

      7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

      Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

      Video Summary

      Why is it important to train up our core strength?

      There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

      This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

      Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

      In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

      One Exercise, multiple benefits

      There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

      By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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      When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

      Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

      In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

      What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

      What will happen when you start doing planks every day

        1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

        Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

        • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
        • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
        • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
        • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

        2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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          Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

          Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

          3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

            Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

            4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

              Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

              A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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              A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

              On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

              5. You’ll improve overall balance

                Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                  Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                  7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                    Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                    How to hold a plank position

                    1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                    2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                    3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                    4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                    5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                    6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                    7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                    Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                    Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                      How to improve your plank time gradually

                      1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                      2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                      3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                      Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                      Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                      You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                      • Prolapse
                      • After prolapse surgery
                      • Pelvic pain conditions
                      • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                      • Previous childbirth
                      • Overweight

                      Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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