You and Your Thyroid

English: Scheme of the thyroid gland. Français...

English: Scheme of the thyroid gland. Français : Schéma de la glande thyroïde. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve been doing a little reading lately about the thyroid.  You know, it’s that little butterfly shaped gland that stretches over the area of your Adam’s apple.  The ancient Greeks named the gland thyreos, which means shield, and it regulates your body temperature, as well as your immune system.  It’s a part of the complex endrocrine system in which those essential messangers–your hormones–keep your body functioning.  And, yes, you can blow it by drinking too much coffee and not eating enough. If it malfunctions, it can also be a sign of something wrong with your autoimmune system or endocrine system.

Some of the signs and symptoms of a poorly functioning thyroid gland are as follows:

-fatigue

-weight gain despite a low-calorie diet

-morning headaches which go away as the day goes on

-depression

-constipation

-hypersensitivity to cold

-poor circulation and numbness in hands and feet

-muscle cramps while at rest

-you get colds easily and have a hard time recovering

-slow wound healing

-need excessive amounts of sleep in order to be normal

-chronic digestive problems

-itchy, dry skin

-dry, brittle hair

-easily lose hair

-low body heat

-edema

-loss of outermost part of eyebrows

If you find yourself suffering from these symptoms, please get yourself tested.  Keep in mind, however, that sometimes you can still have thyroid problems, and your tests will come back negative. It’s important to do your research and be informed.  It might also be a sign that you need to do an elimination diet to see if there is an underlying allergy to gluten or one of the other top food allergens.

source: Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests Are Normal, by: Dr. Datis Kharrazian.

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Sweet Potato Salad (An Idea for Leftovers or Not)

Lentil and Sweet Potato Salad (recipe from IIN)

“Num, num!”  I think this salad is so yummy, and you can be so creative with it.  You can use turkey or chicken for the lentils, but the lentils are perfectly good too. It’s also really good if you add dried cranberries, cherries or, if you love sweet, dates.  So be creative.  I love that!

With Thanksgiving behind us, we might find ourselves with already baked sweet potatoes calling to our tummies from the fridge.  Well, put them in this salad.  Did you know that sweet potatoes help balance blood sugar despite their sweet taste?  Lentils, too, can help balance blood sugar.  So here’s what you need:

1/2 cup green lentils

1 large sweet potato

1/4 cup raw walnuts

1 tsp dijon mustard

1 tsp balsamic vinegar

1 tsp maple sugar

Dash of sea salt and ground pepper to taste

Dash of cinnamon

2 cups baby spinach

1.  Cook the lentils using 4 cups of water to every 1 cup of lentils.  Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer, and cook for 30 minutes on low

2. Dice the sweet potatoes into cubes, toss them with melted butter or coconut oil, and sprinkle with cinnamon, salt and pepper.  Bake them for about 30 minutes at 400*.

3. Fill a bowl with the washed spinach.

4.  Combine mustard, vinegar, and maple syrup.

5.  Toss lentils, sweet potatoes, and spinach together in bowl.  Pour dressing over salad.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here’s wishing you the very best Thanksgiving.

A wise man once said, “Gratitude is a combination of wonder and thankfulness.” I certainly agree. Many times in my life I have learned about being thankful the hard way. You know…those moments when you forget the person giving to you isn’t a robot, but someone, who on some level, cares about you. Then the person becomes tired of being seen as a robot and says so.  Really, that isn’t so much fun. Isn’t it amazing that anyone can do anything kind? Yet the quote tells us it’s a combination of thankfulness and wonder. What is wonder anyway? I think it involves humility means to be honest. When we seek to know what is true, we often find ourselves asking, “Why?” Why does my husband rub my back? Why do I have food in my pantry? Why does anyone do anything kind? This kind of wonder opens so many windows to the soul for us, and we find “every good and perfect gift is from above.” When we stop to think that their is love, how can we help but be grateful? So stop and wonder at all the good things about you today! I know I will.

It’s that time of the year when colds come around to fill our days with sinus discomfort. And because my friend, Kathy, asked, here is the bit on sinus comfort. I would also like to recommend acupuncture to help relieve sinus pressure. It amazes me that even just putting pressure on pressure points around your face will dispell sinus pressure. So be comforted…it’s no fun to be sick.

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My husband and I have sinus issues.  His are much, much worse than mine, and I’m constantly searching for relief or methods to cope with sloppy sinuses.  Everyone in our house has a neti pot.  My husband has a genie-in-the-magic-lamp looking neti pot from the Himalayan Institute.  When I first brought it home, and he started using it, he would actually sing songs praising his neti pot.  It helped him that much! 🙂  I am not as faithful as my dear husband at using my neti pot, and so my sinuses are not nearly as happy as they could be.  This summer my sinuses have been more irritated than usual, and so ever on the quest for sinus comfort, I found out about Olba Sticks and, to me the most surprising of all, probiotics in your neti pot.  I use the PB 8 capsules (http://www.amazon.com/Nutrition-Now-Veg-veggie-caps/dp/B00014JWLS), and when I add…

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