Vitamin B12 plays an essential part in our health, and deficiencies can lead to severe issues. But what exactly does B12 do and how common are deficiencies? The answer may surprise you. Known also as Cobalamin, Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that plays a crucial role in nerve function, , cognitive health, the production of red blood cells, and DNA synthesis. Low levels can lead to fatigue, brain fog, hormone imbalance, mental health problems, and physical disability. Severe, longstanding deficiencies left untreated can lead to permanent brain and nerve damage, and even death. Sometimes this is caused by Pernicious Anemia, which is an Autoimmune B12 deficiency, where the body attacks the Intrinsic Factor in the gut necessary for proper absorption of B12. B12 cannot be made by the body and so must come from the foods we eat, or supplementation. In addition, plants do not make B12, only animal products like meat, eggs and dairy which
Progesterone is a critical hormone our bodies require to function well. It is needed for fertility, thyroid health, weight management, and just to feel good in general. When you don’t have enough progesterone - or the progesterone you have is overtaken by estrogen, a whole range of negative symptoms can develop which can have a very serious impact on our health. This issue is often misunderstood or missed completely by medical professionals and can lead to inadequate or unnecessary treatment. What are some of the symptoms of low progesterone? Fertility issues (difficulty conceiving, miscarriages) A history of PCOS (PolyCystic Ovary Syndrome) Low thyroid function Intense PMS Low libido Unexplained, irrational or uncontrollable emotions Changes in menstrual cycle Progesterone levels can also be severely affecting after childbirth, and during perimenopause and menopause. One of the most common issues that affects progesterone levels is when the levels of estrogen become too high, leading to ‘estrogen dominance’ Estrogen dominance
Thyroid nodules are extremely common, although most people who develop them will be unaware of their presence. For some however, thyroid nodules can be a sign of a serious health issue. What are thyroid nodules, and when should we be concerned about them enough to seek treatment? Thyroid nodules are hard lumps which occur on the thyroid gland, behind the Adams apple and can contain fluid. They are often discovered during a medical exam, or when noticeable symptoms occur, like pain, discomfort in the throat, swelling, or difficulty swallowing or breathing. Although most thyroid nodules are benign growths, others can affect thyroid hormone production (Thyroxine), or even develop into cancer. For this reason, it is important to take any changes in the thyroid seriously and seek treatment if necessary. What are the symptoms of thyroid nodules? One of the most common symptoms of thyroid nodules, is a slight swelling of the neck. This can also be
For people that need to take thyroid medication or supplementation, it can be difficult to stay on a consistent dose as there are many things in life that can affect how our thyroid functions, and just how much additional, supplementary thyroid we need. One of the most common factors affecting our thyroid function is stress. But how does stress affect the thyroid, and what can we do about it? How stress affects your body For many people, 2020 has been a rather stressful year so far, and this can affect how your body functions in many ways. And aside from feeling more anxious, stress can cause many, very real physical affects in your body. For example, stress can cause metabolic changes and make it easier to put on weight and harder to lose. Stress can raise your blood pressure and even lead to heartbeat irregularity. Stress can lower your immune system and make you more
There are many reasons to be wary of modern gluten, but is going gluten free best for your thyroid? Most of us are aware that people who suffer from celiac disease must avoid gluten as eating it can cause a severe (even fatal) reaction. There is also an increasing awareness of how gluten can affect the thyroid, and those with an auto-immune thyroid disorder. In this article we’ll look at why this is and the benefits of avoiding gluten altogether. Humans have eaten gluten containing foods like wheat, barley, and rye for thousands for years and for the most part it has sustained us pretty well. That is until modern farming and hybridization radically changed the grains we eat into something very different, and made many people sick in the process. Many people experience this as gluten sensitivity and symptoms can range anywhere from a mild stomach upset to chronic inflammation, heart palpitations, and severe
In recent years the number of health advocates promoting low carbohydrate and ketogenic diets have exploded, offering simple ways to lose weight, reduce inflammation, and control blood sugar. But are low carb and keto diets good for people who have a thyroid condition like Hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s? The short answer is no, but let’s look at why this is. For a long time, we were told that carbs were good and to avoid saturated fat as this lead to disease. But as saturated fat consumption went down and chronic disease rates skyrocketed, it became clear that the science on this was wrong and consumption of the right fats was actually good for you, and perhaps the over consumption of carbs, especially sugar was more of an issue. While there is a large degree of truth in this, the current trend of cutting almost all carbs from the diet is presenting a new set of problems. Drastically
You may have heard of both B6 and B12, but did you know that there are 8 B-Vitamins in total? vitamin B is most commonly used to help increase energy, although it plays a significant role in the body's metabolic and brain function. Taking B-Vitamins regularly can drastically improve your overall health by ensuring your body is working properly at all times. Types of Vitamin B With eight main types of vitamin B, it is important to know the difference when choosing a B complex or vitamin regimen that is right for you. The following includes all of the B-Vitamins used to help improve the health of various areas of the body: B1 (Thiamin) B2 (Riboflavin) B3 (Niacin) B5 (Pantothenic Acid) B6 (Pyridoxine) B7 (Biotin) B9 (Folate) B12 (Methylcobalamin) Signs and Symptoms of a Vitamin B Deficiency If you are experiencing any of the following signs and symptoms, it may be time to talk to
The thyroid gland is much more essential than most are taught growing up. Sure, you may have learned about the brain, the heart, our lungs, and your joints, but you likely did not gain a thorough understanding of the thyroid before reaching adulthood. Understanding thyroid health along with conditions such as hypothyroidism is essential whether you have been diagnosed with an underperforming thyroid or an autoimmune disease which has inadvertently impacted the health of your thyroid. With a clear understanding of the thyroid and conditions associated with it, implement a healthy and nutritious diet to keep flares and imbalances at bay as you work towards providing yourself and your thyroid some relief.What is the Thyroid's Job?The thyroid gland is responsible for regulating the hormones in the body by making thyroid hormones and secreting them equally into the blood. It is located in the front of your neck, with glands on both sides beneath the jaw.