Thyroid Dysfunction: Focus on Goiter

Simply put, goiter is an enlargement of your thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is responsible for producing essential hormones such as T3 and T4, which are important for: Goiters may be simple, endemic, or sporadic. They may also occur with small lumps called nodules, which may be firm or filled with fluid – often harmless, but sometimes malignant. To compensate …

Symptoms Associated with Diabetes & How to Deal with Them

In the last 20 years, the number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has more than tripled as the US population has aged and become more overweight. Now, more than 30 million Americans have diabetes, and of those, 7.1 million are undiagnosed. To add to these alarming statistics are the estimated 33.9% of US adults who had prediabetes in 2015, a …

Cognitive Dysfunction and Copper Balancing Act

Nutrients are your body’s best friends when it comes to keeping all functions and systems balanced– including that of your brain. And when your micronutrient intake is out of whack, your cognitive function may be at risk. It’s a pretty well-known concept that heavy metals such as cadmium, lead, and mercury can travel through the blood-brain barrier and make a …

Thyroid Issues? Eat Your Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables contain a variety of chemicals classified as glucosinolates as well as sulforaphane, a phytochemical metabolite thought to be responsible for all the wonderful benefits attributed to the cruciferous vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables include the following: A recent large cohort study of over 88,000 participants showed a clear relationship between increased intake of cruciferous vegetables and a decrease in deaths …

Diabetes Reversal – Is It Possible?

Managing your diabetes can be daunting, especially when you’re presented with a variety of paraphernalia advertising to be the best product. Which glucose monitor should you choose? Which lancet is best? Will those blood sugar supplements  do what they promise? It’s hard to know which management techniques and solutions you should be looking for. But don’t worry– you’re not alone. …

Three Ways to Prevent Cognitive Decline by Focusing on Your Teeth

Taking a little more time with your toothbrush can pay off when it comes to protecting against cognitive decline. That’s because poor oral hygiene has a strong link to developing Alzheimer’s disease. In an 18-year study of over 5000 people, those who brushed their teeth less than once a day had up to a 65% higher chance of suffering from …

Can Side-Sleeping Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer’s?

We’ve long known that getting the right amount of good-quality sleep is critical to a sharp and healthy mind. But it turns out that it’s not just 8-hours of solid sleep safeguarding your brain; it’s also the position that you cuddle up into each night. It may sound unbelievable, so let me explain why. Our brains have a unique system …

The Low-Carb, Low-Thyroid Connection

By the time my thyroid patients come to me, they’ve usually already jumped on the low-carb bandwagon. I have no problem with this; low-carb diets can be a helpful way to lose weight and reduce thyroid-related complications like obesity and cardiovascular disease. If you’re unfamiliar with the low-carb diet, it seeks to get rid of carbs and put protein and …

Grow a Garden to Guard Your Brain Function

It might not be obvious, but growing a home garden has been linked to longevity, boosts in emotional and social health, and healthier diets. So with that in mind, it makes sense how a home garden can also have a positive effect on your brain health. Growing your own food, whether it’s in your backyard or the community garden can …

Diabetes Treatment And The Mineral You Can’t Miss

You’ve probably already heard of minerals like calcium and magnesium, but there’s an essential mineral that, while not in the running for “most popular mineral,” is just as important. That mineral is manganese. A recent study found that individuals with type 2 diabetes seem to have significantly insufficient levels of manganese, and while that doesn’t mean that a manganese deficiency …