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Our thyroid, aka the butterfly gland, is a very important gland located in our neck that releases hormones to regulate weight, metabolism, energy, hair growth, temperature, and much more. Over 25 million Americans have thyroid problems, and most don’t even know it! It’s super important to keep this gland (and the rest of our bodies) nourished, healthy, and active!
Symptoms of an overactive (hyperthyroidism) or underactive (hypothyroidism) thyroid include weight gain, inability to lose weight, fatigue after a full night of rest, lack of appetite, brain fog, poor concentration and memory, muscle and joint pain, cold hands and feet, mood swings, anxiety, depression, a puffy face, brittle hair that doesn’t grow and/or falls out easily, brittle nails, and tons more! These do not sound fun!!
What causes the thyroid to become unhealthy? Lack of iodine, lack of exercise, poor circulation (couch potatoes – GET UP!), processed foods, hormonal imbalances, some prescriptions, birth control, not enough fruits and veggies, and pretty much consuming anything that isn’t clean and whole.
Here are 5 things that’ll drastically improve your thyroid health, which overall improves your health and yes, you will see and feel a difference!
- Get some iodine in your diet. Your thyroid needs iodine to function optimally, so take supplements like spirulina (superfood!) and replace table salt with iodized sea salt.
- Limit caffeine intake. Your adrenals and thyroids work together so if one isn’t functioning properly, neither will the other. Caffeine is terrible for your adrenals, making them release the stress hormone cortisol, which causes your body to store fat. Giving up caffeine is very hard, so try to limit yourself to one cup a day, and then slowly decrease that until you can nix it. A great coffee substitute that will save your life is Yerba Mate, a tea-like drink that tastes like a cross between coffee and tea and gives you tons of energy.
- Yoga! Certain poses are amazing for your thyroid, such as the rabbit pose, plow pose, one-legged forward bend, fish pose, and cat/cow pose. If you’re not sure what these are, they’re just a Google search away! Also, as you do these poses, remember to breathe in and out through your nose, take your time, and imagine those poses doing their magic on your thyoid…and body!
- AVOID SOY LIKE THE PLAGUE!
- Avoid cruciferous veggies like broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower. Research is still new, but studies are finding thyroid disruptions after consumption of these.
Even if your thyroid is healthy, you can still do these every day to improve your overall health. Namaste
Baking soda, all hail baking soda! It is such a versatile product with over hundreds of uses. Sodium Bicarbonate is a very active and binding compound that has been used for centuries from cooking, to household cleaners, to beauty regimes, to medicine! Here are 8 uses that will make your life easier….
Toothpaste Baking soda naturally whitens your teeth, binds to bacteria, germs and plaque, gives you fresh breath, and helps prevent infections. Mix 1/2 a cup of baking soda, 1/2 a cup of coconut oil, and a drop or two of mint extract into a jar, mix, and use as a toothpaste. Perks: you save a lot of money and avoid fluoride, sodium laurel sulfate, and other weird chemicals in most store-bought toothpaste.
Deodorant With its awesome binding and odor-neutralizing properties, baking soda mixed with a little bit of coconut oil (again!) will do the trick. BONUS: no daily exposure to aluminum and dozens of other harsh chemicals!
Unclogs drains Clogged up sink, shower, toilet? No prob. Just pour in half a cup of baking soda and a cup of white vinegar and let it sit for ten minutes. Also, you get to watch it bubble like you’re doing a fun science experiment so you know some chemical reactions are happening. Then, pour a pot of boiling water into the clog and it should eat through whatever is stopping it. And voila, you have a nice clear drain
Blemish bomb Lackluster skin and clogged pores getting you down? Mix a tablespoon of baking soda with a tablespoon of lemon juice, stir really well and spread over skin. Leave on for 20-30 minutes before you wash it off. Baking soda binds to bacteria, dirt, oil, etc that can clog pores and make your skin look dull. Lemon is awesome for zapping blackheads, oil, etc. These two together form a power combo at clearing your pores!
Rashes and other skin irritations Sprinkle baking soda into your hand and rub on any areas of your skin that are itchy, broken out, has rashes, hives, has insect bites, etc.
Antacid If you have a heartburn or indigestion, step away from those toxic tums and instead, just mix 1-2 teaspoons of baking soda with 8 ounces of water and drink it down. This is works wonders for UTI’s, by the way.
Shampoo This sounds a bit strange but it really does wonders for your hair! Most shampoos, especially if they contain sodium laurel sulfate, strip natural oils from your hair, and your hair will secrete excess oil in response. Baking soda doesn’t strip your natural oils. Instead, it binds to them and helps to neutralize them so the results are less harsh and wont make your hair follicle swell like SLS does. Mix 2 tbsp of baking soda with 2 cups of water and pour into your hair. Massage your scalp and work it through your hair. Leave in for 3 minutes, then wash out. Apple cider vinegar makes an amazing post-rinse and will make your hair stronger, shinier, and voluminous.
Detox Bath Mix a cup of baking soda into your bath for an awesome detox. It binds to heavy metals, so as you bath, baking soda will help to draw out and bind to these toxins. A great relaxing bath detox I love is mixing baking soda, half a cup of epsom salt, 5 drops of rosemary oil, and 10 drops of lavender oil. Light some candles, turn off the lights, and drift off to heaven.
Try any of these easy, creative, and affordable remedies today and watch your life become that much more awesome
Fluoride is a very toxic chemical that is banned in most countries, yet is found abundantly in American products (surprise, surprise!). It is mostly found in drinking water, soda, processed foods, toothpaste, baby fo…od, Teflon products, beer and wine (this one is extra saddening), and many other products.Some side effects of fluoride include:
Calcification of the pineal gland, aka our “third eye” which can dumb us down and make us less intuitive. Pretty much turns us into sheeple.
Disrupts endocrine system
Headaches and brain fog
Neurotoxicity, brain damage and Alzheimers
Disrupts cognitive functions (ADHD, anyone?)
Blocks thyroid function (spirulina to the rescue!)
Depression and mood swings
Increases tumor growth
Skin problems and rashes….and much more.Fluoride, clearly, is awful! Be sure to drink filtered, reverse osmosis water, steer clear of tap water, and check your toothpaste labels.Recently at a friends house, she showed me her water filter system that involves osmosis that also removes fluoride from the water. This pictures shows the aftermath of the bucket where the fluoride was filtered to. Imagine that in your body? UGH! Just say no to fluoride!
What is Leaky Gut? Leaky gut syndrome is a condition we get when we consume unhealthy foods, drinks, etc. that after time, eventually permeate through the cells of our intestines and leaks into our blood stream. The cells in our intestines form very tight junctions with each other, and with time, these junctions can get separated, allowing things to slip through. Your body sees these particles as foreign invaders and begins to attack them, thereby causing food allergies and inflammation. These invaders are free to roam our blood streams and can go to our joints, muscles, bones, and in severe cases can pass our blood-brain barrier. Ahhh!! That is creepy to think about!!! So, after developing leaky gut, when the very foods we consumed that caused this “leakage” are consumed again, we develop an allergy and other unpleasant symptoms towards them.
What causes it? Excessive alcohol consumption, sugar, GMO’s, processed foods, Candida Albicans (yeast), stress, medications, not enough physical activity, lack of fiber in diet, and pretty much anything that’s unnatural.
What I find crazy about this is that it is the underlying factor behind so many conditions and so many people have this, but don’t know it and are diagnosed with allergies, weight gain that is VERY hard to lose, chronic fatigue, eczema, indigestion, IBS, headaches, joint pain, etc. So, to find out if you have it, observe your diet and lifestyle and pay close attention to how your body reacts after you consume something. If you instantly feel fatigued, achy, depressed, get rashes, or anything that’s not ideal, you may have leaky gut.
What to do?
- Eat clean foods like fresh fruits and vegetables. Leafy greens every day are a must!!
- Exercise every day, even if it’s just for 10 minutes in your living room. Gotta keep things moving and circulating!
- Drink fresh juices and lots of lemon water
- TAKE PRO-BIOTICS. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. These add good bacteria to your digestive tract and help fight off the bad guys
- Stretch abdomens daily. Yoga is great for this
- Spend 10 minutes a day taking deep breathes of fresh air
With correct diet, we can avoid so many common daily ailments and live better, healthier, happier, and more stress-free lives!!
Probiotics- probiotics are the “good bacteria” that lie in your intestinal tract that build up immunity, fight any pathogens such as yeast and bad bacteria, as well as keeping things moving. The less time your body spends fighting off pathogens, the more time it has to spend on repairing hair, skin, and the rest of our tissues to keep us beautiful and healthy. Also, these are super important if you want to keep that tummy flat. There are many brands, but my personal favorite are the Pearls.
Leafy greens – full of vitamins, minerals and fiber, these aid in detoxing and also help to keep your tummy flat by sweeping toxins out of your body. The nutrients nourish your body and help keep your skin and hair glowing and healthy. There are tons to choose from such as spinach, dandelion greens, kale, Swiss chard, etc. so mix it up and get creative with smoothies, salads and wraps!
Lemon water – lemon squeezed into warm water aids in flushing your kidneys and cleaning your liver. Aka, it helps you drop toxins and water weight which again, can make your stomach shrink while nourishing your body with over 100 enzymes, minerals, and vitamins.
Coconut water – chock full of electrolytes, coconut water is the one thing Jamaicans say goes straight to your heart. Electrolytes are vital for optimal body functions, as well as being super important for post workout sessions. Coconut water is a natural and very potent source of electrolytes, among numerous beautifying vitamins and minerals. Also, coconut water works wonders for hangovers! Talk about a multi-purpose drink!
Cacao – cacao beans grow from a fruit tree and are known to be the most pure, natural form of chocolate. Cacao has been proven to aid in weight loss and control cravings. These can be found in powder and nibs, and are an extremely versatile ingredient in smoothies, desserts, and other healthy snacks. They have over 300 compounds and are LOADED with antioxidants and magnesium which is SUPER important for our cells to carry out optimal function. Fun fact: when you’re having chocolate cravings – your body is really asking you for magnesium. Have a stash of cacao nibs on you if you crave chocolate a lot.
These 5 super foods are a very beautiful investment to your health and beauty. You should see and feel dramatic improvements in yourself when consuming these at least 4x a week.
We all know how hard it is to resist eating that scrumptious looking pasta at the dinner table or those dangerous brownies in the office kitchen. When we digest food, your body has to produce unique enzymes to break down particular substances, i.e. amylase breaks down starches, protease breaks down protein, and lipase breaks down fat.
One of the main reasons people get food babies and feel comatose after consuming too much and/or unhealthy food is because the amount of energy it takes for your body to produce these enzymes to digest these particular food materials. When you eat too much, your body goes into overdrive to produce additional enzymes which can rob you of your natural energy. SO, to optimize digestion without zapping your energy (whether you’re on a diet, cleanse, trying to eat healthier, etc.), there are some vital things I highly recommend you do during times where not-so-healthy food is consumed.
Before your meals, you should…..
Consume leafy greens before every meal where starch, protein, and fat are involved. Leafy greens are loaded with enzymes that can help break down food, so it is super important to eat these first so that your digestive tract already has these enzymes in it, ready to tackle those hard to break down foods about to enter. Also, leafy greens help keep our body more alkaline which is vital for optimal health. Breads, animal proteins, sugars and fats are very acidic to your body and having the greens in your system first will form an alkaline buffer against the acidic foods and will protect your tissues.The healthier your tissues, the healthier your skin, hair, nails, energy – EVERYTHING!
Raw, unpasteurized cabbage. Whether fermented or not, cabbage is packed with enzymes that also do wonders for metabolism. When fermented, they produce additional pro-biotics which are AWWESSOMMMEEE for your digestive tract. The key here is to eat it before you eat your meals. Buffet lovers – this one will be your best friend.
Digestive enzyme supplements.
You can find these in health food stores and most regular stores as well. Be sure to get ones that have amylase, protease, and lipase. Take before your meal so you digest better
After your meals, it is ideal to consume…
Peppermint tea, ginger, lemon, and/or cayenne pepper. These all to help speed up digestion and relieve food babies and comas. Cayenne pepper especially will help speed up metabolism and give you an energy kick. Even better, mix all 4 into a tea for a powerful metabolism tonic.
The most important thing to keep in mind here is that the healthier your terrain, the easier and faster your metabolism. The less energy spent on digestion, the more energy your body will use to repair your tissues for clearer skin, brighter eyes, stronger hair, improved moods and an overall healthier body!
Feeling sluggish, tired, blah, brain-dead? The best way to curb these Debbie downer feelings is to flood your brain with some cognitive boosting brain nourishment!! Step away from the coffee and other stimulants, and nourish that brain! Here are some easy and healthy ways to snap out of that funk!
WALNUTS Walnuts are packed with Omega 3’s which are vital for proper cognitive function and also lowers depression. They are full of antioxidants, amino acids, manganese, copper, folic acid, vitamin E, and especially argenine, an amino acid that plays a big role in cell division and protein synthesis. All of these nourish your body and blood that travels to your brain to nourish and energize. Ever notice how walnuts look like brains? Mother Nature knows best! (there are other foods that look like the parts of the body they’re great for, but that’s for a later post)
SPIRULINA is one of the best green Superfoods that you could put in your body. It is a complete protein, that is it contains all 8 essential amino acids that your body relies on through diet. This superfood is proven to boost brain health, nourishing your cells, facilitates in protein synthesis, and helps bind to and eliminate heavy metals that could be giving your brain fog and low energy. You can find these in tablets, or in powder form to add to smoothies and other recipes.
YOGA is AAA-MAZING for stimulating circulation and oxygen to your brain. Especially if you have a sedentary lifestyle, your brain could probably use some additional circulation. My favorite moves for a quick pick-me-up are downward dog, triangle pose, plow pose and bridge pose.
Acne just straight up sucks!! There’s nothing worse than looking like Rudolph before a hot date, or waking up to a pepperoni face! The good news is that it is fixable by eliminating and adding a few things to your diet and your skin. By the way, no amount of face wash or medications will cure the root cause of acne. Nature, on the other hand, can! 4 things that trigger acne include:
OVER-TAXED LIVER. The condition of your liver is reflected by the condition of your skin. When you have too many toxins in your liver, it wont be able to filter them all out through your colon and will instead kick em out through your bodies largest organ, you skin. Ever notice how people who use too many prescription drugs start to get liver spots on their skin? This explains why. Avoid things like processed foods, prescriptions (unless its life sustaining), alcohol, milk, gluten, and wheat. To help cleanse it for prettier skin, I highly recommend milk thistle, lemon water, parsley and cilantro.
DAIRY. Dairy is loaded with hormones, anti-biotics, pesticides, GMO’s, and pus. All of these will wreak havoc on your skin!! There are hundreds of studies proving direct correlations between acne and dairy consumption. Try replacing dairy with almond milk or coconut milk. Even better, make your own almond milk! Here’s a simple recipe here. http://barefeetinthekitchen.blogspot.com/2013/02/how-to-make-almond-milk.html
SOY. Soy is an estrogen mimicker and can lead to hormonal imbalances in your body. Too much estrogen is linked to acne. Steer clear of soy!!!
TOO MUCH WASHING YOUR SKIN/AND OR USE OF CREEPY FACIAL PRODUCTS. The more you wash your face, the more you dry it out causing your skin to produce extra oil to keep your skin hydrated. If your pores are clogged, the oil coming out will get backed up causing pimples and blemishes. With face wash in the mix, this can further dry out your skin. Nix them! Most are LOADED with weird and hard to pronounce chemicals. I highly recommend using sea salt for an exfoliant, and bentonite clay masks to clear your pores. Top it off with some Coconut Oil and your skin will look amazing! Most people get scared of putting coconut oil on their face but if your skin already has oil on it, it wont have to produce additional oil which will decrease your chances of clogged pores and a pepperoni face.
For a cleaner liver, clearer pores and radiant skin, I highly recommend juicing as often as possible and sweating everyday to allow toxins to leave your body. All of these, especially when done together should give you beautiful, clear skin.