6 Signs & Symptoms of Hashimoto’s Disease (Plus 3 Supplements to Boost Thyroid Health)

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An in-depth look at Hashimoto’s Disease, what factors increase your risk, and what you can do to reverse the condition.

Over 30 million Americans struggle with a thyroid condition and many more are completely unaware. (1) Women are more affected, as one in eight will uncover a problem at some point in their lifetime. Interestingly, Hashimoto’s Disease conditions have increased dramatically over the past decade, raising your risk of a full-blown hypothyroid condition, as well as your risk of developing thyroid cancer. (2)

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This underlying condition can slowly develop over many years and can be difficult to uncover. Your thyroid gland communicates with every single cell in your body, so if it’s not firing on all cylinders your energy levels, waist-line and vitality will all suffer.

What Is Hashimoto’s Disease?

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An autoimmune condition occurs when your body, specifically your immune system, starts attacking itself. This “friendly fire” occurs when your immune system gets scrambled, and rather than sending out immune soldiers to fight off bacteria and viruses, the immune cells mistakenly attack your body’s tissues. Autoimmune conditions can impact various areas of your body – intestinal cells in Celiac disease, pancreas in type-1 diabetes, nerve cells in multiple sclerosis, or your thyroid cells in the case of autoimmune thyroid.

An autoimmune condition occurs when your immune system starts attacking itself.

Hashimoto’s disease (also called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis) is the medical term for an autoimmune thyroid condition, named after the Japanese researcher who discovered it in the early 1900s. Approximately 90% of patients with a hypothyroid condition test positive for autoimmune antibodies, highlighting the role of your immune system in the dysfunction.(3) Autoimmune conditions can build silently for 10-15 years before you experience exaggerated symptoms, such as; unexplained fatigue, sluggish bowels, brain fog, inappropriate weight gain, dry hair or hair loss, always feeling cold, high cholesterol, poor immunity or low libido, just to name a few.

What causes an autoimmune condition? Like most chronic diseases,  it’s multi-factorial. Let’s look at some of the common risk factors.

Causes of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

Leaky Gut

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Hashimoto’s conditions are not thyroid problems at all, as I discussed above, they’re immune system problems; your immune system is inadvertently attacking your thyroid. Over 80% of your immune system is in your gut, which makes your digestive health a top priority. Stress, a high-sugar diet, too much alcohol or caffeine, allergenic foods and a whole host of other factors can lead to dysbiosis – the build-up of bad gut bacteria – and ultimately a leaky gut.

Stress, too much sugar and caffeine can lead to a leaky gut, and ultimately a thyroid disorder.

A leaky gut occurs when contents from your intestine – undigested food particles, bacteria, viruses, etc. – make their way into your bloodstream through tiny holes in your intestinal wall. Imagine a long cheese-cloth lining your digestive system, from your mouth to backside, which keeps these unwanted particles out of your bloodstream and allows only the passage of nutrients into the body. Now imagine tiny holes in the cheese-cloth that let these foreign invaders penetrate the bloodstream. This is a leaky gut and it triggers a major inflammatory reaction by your immune system that sets the stage for autoimmune conditions like Hashimoto’s Disease.(4)


Gluten, a group of proteins found in wheat, rye, barley and other grains – play a major role in thyroid autoimmunity. Gluten wreaks havoc your digestive tract by punching little holes the cheese-cloth that allows a leaky gut to occur.(5) The gliadin protein looks very similar to your thyroid tissue, and thus when your immune system decides to attack the gliadin protein, it mistakenly also attacks your thyroid gland. Alarmingly, leaky gut can occur in totally healthy individuals, and not just those with digestive conditions like Celiac disease.

Nutrient Deficiency

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Nutrient deficiencies are very common today and the depletion of nutrients, in particular minerals, from the soil is a major reason. Selenium is a key mineral in thyroid health, converting T4 hormone into T3, as well as quenching inflammation in the body. Low levels are often seen in clients with thyroid dysfunctions and low levels also increase your risk of thyroid cancer.(6) Selenium is protective to the thyroid, and you’ll see in the solutions section below, sometimes food isn’t enough if you suffer from Hashimoto’s Disease. Other key nutrients like iron, magnesium, vitamin D and CoQ10 are also important.


Your thyroid hormones are made from iodine, a member of the halogen family of chemical. Unfortunately, other halogen chemicals like fluoride and bromide compete with iodine binding, which is harmful to your thyroid. The fluoride in your tap water may be a root cause in impairing your thyroid function, a recent study finding higher levels of fluoride in drinking water predicting prevalence of hypothyroidism in the United Kingdom.(7)

Excess Iodine Supplementation

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One of the most common suggestions to clients looking to improve their thyroid health when they go to a pharmacy or health store is supplemental iodine. The average iodine intake in America is between 138-353 mcg, per person, per day.(8) Some practitioners or laypeople suggest taking mega doses of supplemental iodine, far greater than the recommended intake, which can wreak havoc on your thyroid. Studies show it may trigger a Hashimoto’s condition.(9)


The risk of thyroid dysfunction increases with age. Women over 60 are at greater risk of diagnosis, therefore being proactive with your thyroid health is important as you get older.(10)

Supplement Support for Hashimoto’s Disease

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You can’t “cure” a Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis condition. The damage that is done to your thyroid is irreversible, however if you catch it early enough, you can bring it into remission. How do you know if you have Hashimoto’s Disease? This simplest way is to get a blood test (i.e. Anti-TPO) that will tell you if your thyroid is under attack. If your results are less than 35, that is the gold standard, however in clinical practice I see anything less than 300 as non-problematic. If your levels are greater than 500, you should think about additional protective support.(11)

Get an Anti-TOP blood test to find out if you have a Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis condition.

Like all thyroid dysfunction, If you’re struggling with Hashimoto’s, addressing your diet, movement and lifestyle factors are absolutely crucial to your success. However, supplement support can be highly beneficial in Hashimoto’s sufferers. Here is a list of the most beneficial to consider:

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is crucial for thyroid health and deficiency is very common. If you live in a northern city during the winter, or struggle with high blood sugar levels, chronic inflammation, or poor health then chances are you’re deficient in vitamin D. New research shows vitamin D provides a protective effect to the thyroid in those with Hashimoto’s, lowering antibodies levels in the blood.(12) Some people also have small “blips” in their DNA, called single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNiPs) that increase your risk of low vitamin D. (13) You can start by adding 1,000-2,000 IU of supplemental vitamin D daily. However, you should check with your doctor and get your blood levels check before increasing this dose further.


Selenium is critical for healthy thyroid support, but also protects your thyroid when under attack from an autoimmune condition. Adding supplemental selenium has been shown to reduce inflammation and thyroid antibody levels.(14) Symptoms of low selenium include feeling sluggish, catching colds and flu easily, brain fog and poor fertility.


Iron is critical to produce hemoglobin – a protein carrying oxygen around the body via red blood cells – and myoglobin, an oxygen binding protein found in muscle. It’s also crucial for energy production in the mitochondria of your cells, the tiny furnaces that power your body. If you’re low in iron, it’s like having a poor cell phone signal… the connection is sluggish and leaves you feeling stuck in the mud. Furthermore, if your levels are low, your thyroid won’t be working as effectively because iron is also required to convert T4 into the “active” T3 hormone.(15) Common signs of iron deficiency are lightheadedness, fatigue, irritability, brittle hair and nails, and headaches.

The good news is a Paleo diet is the best platform to reboot your iron status, as organ meat, grass-fed beef, wild game, and seafood are the top sources. If you supplement with iron, your best bet is the iron-bisglycinate form. It’s well tolerated (doesn’t cause constipation) and absorbed very well by the body. (If you take thyroid hormone medications, remember to take your iron separately from the thyroid hormone, as it will interfere with your medication.)

The Bottom Line

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis conditions are the most common form of thyroid disorder and are on the rise. If you uncover a Hashimoto’s condition, address the underlying root causes by upgrading your diet, movement and lifestyle habits, and adding supplemental support to protect your thyroid and overall health.

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Thyroid Disease Symptoms, Signs & Treatment

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It is estimated that 20 million Americans have a thyroid problem, and that 12 percent of the general population will develop a thyroid disease in their lifetime. (1) Those numbers only continue to grow. Autoimmune hypothyroidism, or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, is the most common autoimmune disorder that exists, primarily affecting women.

So what is causing the little butterfly organ at the base of the neck to be such a widespread problem?

The Thyroid: What It Is and What It Does

The thyroid is a small endocrine, or “hormone producing,” gland that sits at the base of the throat, with two “wings” that sit on either side of the windpipe.

The thyroid is responsible for producing triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4), the two main thyroid hormones. T4 is the inactive reserve form that is converted to T3 as the body needs it for energy and metabolism. The thyroid makes hormones when prompted from the pituitary gland, which is located in the brain.

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The thyroid is well known for being associated with metabolism, but it is responsible for much more than just the ability to lose weight. While it does regulate how the body uses energy—which is why a low-functioning thyroid can have symptoms of extreme fatigue, and those with an overactive thyroid might experience restlessness or an inability to sleep—the thyroid also influences how effectively the brain, heart, muscles, liver, adrenal glands, and reproductive organs function.

How the Thyroid Gets Messed Up

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The thyroid, like all endocrine organs, is very sensitive to the overall environment of the body. It can be especially sensitive to stressors and other issues, like inflammation, viral infections, or major hormone changes from pregnancy or menopause.

It is possible for people of any age or gender to experience thyroid problems, but the most common issues are seen in women over the age of 30.

Typical triggers for thyroid disease include:

  • Infection with a virus such as Epstein-Barr, cytomegalovirus, or certain members of the herpes virus family
  • Genetics, including a family history of anyone with an autoimmune disorder of any kind or thyroid problems
  • Pregnancy and postpartum changes
  • Environmental triggers like toxins or chemical exposure
  • Food allergy or sensitivity
  • Effects from another autoimmune or chronic condition, like celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, or fibromyalgia

While there may be other causes of an initial onset of thyroid disease, these are the most commonly found.

Hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease

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Hyperthyroidism occurs when the thyroid produces too many hormones, resulting in cells that are overstimulated. This effect passes throughout the body and can result in a heart that is also overstimulated, resulting in an increased heart rate. It can also result in feelings or symptoms of manic, anxiety, and an inability to be still and rest.

The thyroid has a lot to do with the quality of the mind, and an overactive thyroid often contributes to an inability to concentrate or to slow thoughts down. Thyroid disorders can often be misdiagnosed as mental or brain disorders because of how profoundly it impacts mood and stability.

An overactive thyroid can have its roots in hormone overproduction that is due to non-autoimmune reasons (like medication side effects, viral infections, or toxicity), or which are rooted in an immune system gone rogue, when the immune system produces antibodies to attack the thyroid.

Hormone overproduction from medications can cause an overactive thyroid.

Autoimmune hyperthyroidism is referred to as Graves’ disease. When the immune system is triggered, it attacks the thyroid and causes inflammation that enlarges the gland, resulting in higher levels of thyroid hormones than the body requires.

One of the common symptoms associated with Graves’ disease is an inflamed eye condition referred to as proptosis, where the tissue surrounding the eyes swells and causes the eyeballs to appear to bulge forward. This is reversible if treated early.

Hyperthyroidism and Graves’ disease are diagnosed by blood tests, and are typically treated with radioactive iodine or antithyroid medications.

Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

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Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid produces too few hormones, resulting in cells that are not receiving enough energy and end up in a slowed or sluggish state that can include mental symptoms like depression and weight gain without lifestyle changes.

An underactive thyroid can be caused by non-autoimmune reasons such as pregnancy or postpartum hormone changes, viral infections, medication side effects, or other reactions, or can be a result of an immune attack, resulting in autoimmune disease.

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, or autoimmune hypothyroidism, is the most common autoimmune disorder that exists, impacting roughly 14 million people, although many experts suspect that there are millions of people who are not getting proper diagnoses. (2)

The immune system responds to proteins in the thyroid gland that it mistakenly targets as foreign, slowly destroying the gland. In some people, the thyroid will completely cease to function, but in others, if diagnosed soon enough, autoimmune causes can be treated, and the disease can be paused or sent into remission. The result may be a partially functioning gland.

Hashimoto’s is diagnosed by blood tests, and in some cases, ultrasound or CT scan. It is often treated with lifestyle modifications to remove offending triggers, and can be modulated with thyroid hormone replacement.

Symptoms of Thyroid Dysfunction

ridged nails 1 - Thyroid Disease Symptoms, Signs & TreatmentThe symptoms of a dysfunctional thyroid are wide and varied, and for most, take many years to become fully apparent. It can sometimes take many years, or even a decade, to get a full diagnosis, since symptoms of thyroid disease can overlap with numerous other conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and adrenal problems.

Common symptoms of an underactive thyroid may include:

  • Fatigue or excessive tiredness
  • Intolerance of cold, or feeling significantly colder than everyone else in the room
  • Cold extremities or poor circulation
  • Low pulse
  • Dry skin
  • Hair loss on the head and eyebrows
  • Brittle nails
  • Constipation
  • Weight gain and inability to lose weight
  • Intolerance of exercise or exertion
  • Poor concentration and memory
  • Inability to stay asleep or fall into restful sleep, despite fatigue
  • Depression

Symptoms of an overactive thyroid can include:

  • Nervousness
  • Irritability
  • Poor concentration and memory
  • Feeling excessively warm, warmer than everyone in the room, or having hot flashes
  • Increased heart rate
  • Diarrhea or irritable bowels
  • Insomnia or inability to relax and fall asleep
  • Weight loss without effort
  • Bulging eyes
  • Anxiety or panic attacks
  • Thinning hair
  • Reduced or irregular menstrual cycle

For some, many of these symptoms will appear, but for others, only one or two prominent symptoms will appear.

Foods to Eat for Thyroid Health

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While there can be conflicting opinions as to which foods are specifically good for the thyroid, the general assumption is that fresh, unprocessed foods are beneficial, while processed foods are best avoided.

A diet rich in clean, free-range proteins, healthy fats, and vegetables and fruits is the best way to naturally support hormone function.

Proteins: The thyroid needs the right amount of protein for blood sugar balance and energy, so it’s essential to consume protein regularly. As a nutritionist who specializes in thyroid conditions, I recommend protein with every meal. 10 to 15 grams of protein is a good baseline, but some people need significantly more.

Fats: Thyroid issues can be triggered by inflammation and can also contribute to increased inflammation. Healthy fats are highly anti-inflammatory, and should be consumed regularly. Coconut oil, avocado oil, and oils from fatty, wild-caught fish should be part of a healing diet for any thyroid disorder.

Carbohydrates: While super low-carb diets may be therapeutic for some conditions, thyroid disorders require carbohydrates. The thyroid requires a certain level of carbohydrates and glucose to synthesize hormones. While these can primarily be achieved from vegetables and fruits, they should be consumed in higher quantities than are typically found in low-carb or ketogenic diets.

Foods to Avoid for Thyroid Health

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Goitrogens get a bad rap in the thyroid community because they are reputed to reduce the thyroid’s ability to make hormones. The thyroid needs iodine, and it is suggested by some thyroid practitioners that goitrogens interfere with the ability of the thyroid to access iodine.

Foods that are considered to be goitrogens include cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts. Other goitrogens are flax seeds, peanuts, soy, spinach, strawberries, and sweet potatoes.

Goitrogens like Brussels sprouts might not be as bad for the thyroid as previously thought.

Dr. Datis Kharrazian, a well-respected expert in the thyroid community, explains that thyroid enlargement is not caused by goitrogens in foods, but rather from inflammation in general. Unfortunately, many thyroid patients avoid eating all goitrogens and miss out on the anti-inflammatory benefits of cruciferous vegetables, which also help to remove toxins and chemicals from the body that can, in some cases, be causes of autoimmunity in the first place.

Instead of avoiding these healthy vegetables, thyroid patients should instead focus on avoiding foods that can trigger immune sensitivity and cause inflammation. These foods can include:

  • Processed foods of any kind
  • Sugar (even natural and artificial sweeteners)
  • Vegetable oils
  • Refined carbohydrates
  • Grains, especially wheat and gluten
  • Soy
  • Dairy
  • Legumes

Because the Paleo diet naturally excludes many of these foods already, it has become a go-to therapeutic food plan for anyone suffering from thyroid conditions.

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Lifestyle Factors and Thyroid Health

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The thyroid—and all endocrine organs—are extremely sensitive to sources of toxins and chemicals. While food can be a major source of this, chemicals from cosmetics, environmental sources, households, work spaces, and numerous other outside sources can accumulate in the body and contribute to inflammation, chronic conditions, and hormone imbalances.

When it comes to addressing thyroid health, it’s best to avoid synthetic ingredients of all kinds—especially in cosmetics or personal care products that touch the skin and can get absorbed.

Supplements for Thyroid Health

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Many patients dealing with thyroid disorders feel desperate to find relief. Supplements can be an alluring option since many make claims to provide relief or support for the thyroid.

While some supplements can definitely be beneficial, it’s essential to run any supplements by a practitioner who is skilled in thyroid wellness. Below I’ve addressed some of the most common supplements recommended for thyroid conditions.

Iodine: Many holistic practitioners recommend iodine to anyone with symptoms of thyroid disorders. This practice should be seriously questioned, however, since supplemental iodine can worsen autoimmunity. When iodine is consumed naturally from food sources, like sea vegetables, it can be highly beneficial. But in supplement form, when it lacks the other whole food components, it can increase inflammation in the thyroid.

Selenium: Selenium is one of the nutrients required by the thyroid to synthesize hormones. It is found naturally in foods like Brazil nuts, sardines, grass-fed beef, and chicken. It could be argued that anyone eating a Paleo diet will consume an ample amount of food-sourced selenium and does not need to take extra. However, in some cases of extreme deficiency, a practitioner may recommend a short course of supplemental selenium.

Magnesium: A mineral that is a common deficiency, magnesium is required for the conversion of T4 into the active T3. Without enough magnesium, thyroid hormone levels will likely not appear normal. Magnesium is found in foods such as leafy greens, avocado, dark chocolate, and seafood, and again, will typically be regularly consumed on a Paleo diet. But since deficiency is common, a high-quality magnesium citrate or magnesium glycinate supplement can often be beneficial for thyroid conditions.

Turmeric: Highly anti-inflammatory, turmeric is a potent medicinal supplement and food that is often beneficial for chronic conditions, including thyroid disorders. While it’s not safe for everyone (pregnant women and those on blood thinners should not take turmeric), it can be integrated into the diet and does not necessarily need to be consumed in capsule form.

Medication & Hormone Replacement

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Many thyroid conditions are treated medically. For some, this can take the edge off of numerous unpleasant and life-altering symptoms, but when thyroid problems are due to autoimmunity, medication alone will not be enough to reverse or completely remove symptoms.

Graves’ disease or hyperthyroidism can often be treated with thyroid blockers or radioactive iodine to downregulate the thyroid’s hormone production.

Hormone replacement therapy can help treat hyperthyroidism.

Hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis can often be treated with thyroid hormone replacement. There are a number of prescription medications available, most of which are either T3 or T4 (or a combination of both). Thyroid medication dosing is a temperamental process and there is rarely a one-size-fits-all dosage that works. Thyroid patients need regular monitoring of their levels to ensure that dosage is meeting needs, and not artificially creating hyperthyroid conditions.

Hormone replacement is often a long-term process, especially when Hashimoto’s has destroyed part or all of the thyroid. It’s essential for thyroid patients to work with their practitioner to find a hormone replacement plan that makes them feel well. Sometimes one medication won’t work, and the patient will actually feel worse. Expert thyroid practitioners will use their patients’ feelings as well as lab results to seek out a hormone replacement plan that is effective.

7-Day Thyroid Meal Plan

Day 1

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Breakfast: Zucchini Fritters with Kale and Mushroom Sausage Patties
Lunch: Sweet Honey-Baked Salmon with Baked Butternut Squash
Dinner: Crockpot Rosemary Citrus Chicken with Cauliflower Mashers

Day 2

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Breakfast: Salmon Eggs Benedict with Sweet Potato Muffins
Lunch: Rainbow Turkey Salad
Dinner: Coconut-Crusted Chicken Fingers with No Potato Salad

Day 3

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Breakfast: Savory Zucchini Pancakes with Bacon and Chives
Lunch: Chicken Mango Lettuce Wraps
Dinner: Avocado Bacon Burger with Cajun Sweet Potato Fries

Day 4

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Breakfast: Double-Meat Breakfast Burrito
Lunch: Salmon Burgers with Mango Jicama Slaw
Dinner: Crockpot Chicken and Cauliflower Rice Soup with Paleo Dinner Rolls

Day 5

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Breakfast: Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus Dipped in Soft-Boiled Eggs
Lunch: Taco Soup with Ground Beef
Dinner: One-Pan Maple Dijon Chicken and Brussels Sprouts

Day 6

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Breakfast: Bacon and Spinach Frittata
Lunch: One-Pan Lemon and Herb Chicken
Dinner: Mashed Garlic Cauliflower and Meatballs with Roasted Asparagus

Day 7

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Breakfast: BLT Breakfast
Lunch: Mushroom-Onion Hasselback Chicken with Brussels Sprout and Apple Salad
Dinner: Tangy Sweet Pork Chops with Beet Purée

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9 Surprising Health Benefits Of Bay Leaves

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Bay Leaves Image Design 1 - 9 Surprising Health Benefits Of Bay LeavesYou will see bay leaves mentioned in many recipes, especially when you look at Mediterranean, especially Italian, cuisine. They add a lot of aroma and flavor to dishes, even though you do not eat them. While cooking, the aromas and properties are released into the dishes to help add taste just like any other herb or spice.

They can also be ground into a spice, so you can add them to your cooking and leave them there. However, they are most commonly used whole and removed before eating. The oils from the leaves can also be extracted for aromatherapy needs.

However, did you know there are more reasons to use bay leaves in your cooking than just for taste? There are some ways your health will benefit from the use of the leaves. You may be surprised to hear just how they can improve your health.

Bay leaves come from a variety of different plants, but the real leaf comes from the Laurus nobilis. All types of bay leaves are full of various nutrients, but those from Laurel trees have the most. They are found in the Mediterranean and have been used for medicine for centuries throughout the world, even during the Roman period.

Here’s a look at nine health benefits that are extremely surprising to many. Are you ready to make your health better than ever before?

They Support Your Digestive System

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One of the most significant benefits of adding bay leaves to your body is for your digestive health. This is more than just helping to keep your digestive system working, which is something fiber can do. Bay leaves are a diuretic, meaning that they can stimulate urination and help to decrease the number of toxins that are in your body. The leaves help to encourage the body to release all the toxins through the urine, which helps with a weekly detox.

Another major digestive benefit is by helping to release toxins the opposite way. Bay leaves can encourage vomiting when something toxic or poisonous has been eaten. However, vomiting only happens due to toxicity in the body. In a healthy body, you will not feel the need to vomit after eating.

Like fiber, bay leaves can also help to keep the digestive system working. Some studies show the organic compounds can help to relieve upset stomachs, reducing the feeling of gas and discomfort after eating. Those who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, and even celiac disease can find that their symptoms are no longer as bad after eating a dish with bay leaves. You can also benefit from the use of essential oils with bay leaves to breathe in for reducing some digestive discomforts.

Bay leaves aid with the digestive process, making it easier for the body to break down some of the complex proteins and starchy carbs in the diet. They will also make it easier for the digestive system to absorb nutrients within the food, offering extra health throughout the body. When the digestive system works better, there isn’t as much inflammation, which helps to reduce bloating and pain after eating.

Help to Reduce Inflammation Throughout the Body

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Inflammation is not only an issue within the digestive system. It is something that can affect the whole body.

The immune system has an inflammatory response to aid in healing. The problem is this inflammatory response can be kick-started for the wrong reasons. Some particles are wrongly presumed to be bad, so the immune system kicks in to get rid of them.

Eating bay leaves will help to release parthenolide, a phytonutrient that helps to reduce inflammation almost instantly. You do not just need to eat the bay leaves to get this phytonutrient. You can crush the leaves and gain the oils to help create a topical treatment. Topical treatments with bay leaves have been used for centuries to reduce inflammation around wounds and to ease the pain in joints due to arthritis.

Improve Your Respiratory Health

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Breathing problems are becoming more and more apparent. More people who have asthma than ever before. Some of the issues are linked to viruses or bacteria, while others are linked to an overactive immune system or inflammation and fluid within the respiratory system.

Bay leaves can help to relieve respiratory conditions. In some cases, they offer relief from the symptoms, but in other cases, they can help to get rid of the conditions. They can help to improve breathing overnight to get a better night’s sleep, especially when breathing problems are linked to a temporary illness.

You will find bay leaves are packed with antioxidants to help fight off infections. They are also a natural antibiotic, helping to overcome many chest infections.

While you can gain benefits from eating bay leaves, one of the best options is to use them through aromatherapy. You can use a bay leaf essential oil in hot water or burn. Breathing in the steam will help to get deep into the lungs to clear out the infections directly. Another option is to create a poultice that is spread onto the chest (and other infected areas) to draw out toxins and alleviate conditions.

Studies have shown that using the oil directly on wounds can help to clear out the bacteria and avoid sepsis. It is possible to help increase the speed at which a wound heals.

You can leave the poultice on overnight on the chest to help improve breathing throughout the night. Wash it off the next morning.

Protect the Heart Health

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While the lung and breathing health is protected, it is important to treat any heart conditions. You will always want to prevent some of the most life-threatening conditions.

Many types of foods will help to protect the heart. However, they tend to protect the arteries, which will, in turn, protect the heart. Bay leaves are slightly different. They help to strengthen the heart’s capillary walls. They instantly support and enhance the muscle that keeps your blood pumping.

This wall strengthening benefit is through a compound called rutin. It is released when you eat the bay leaf, or you can gain it through aromatherapy treatments.

Of course, bay leaves also help to reduce cholesterol levels to protect the arteries. This is another organic compound called caffeic acid. Rather than increasing the amount of good cholesterol in the body, like most other ingredients, the caffeic acid helps to get rid of the bad cholesterol. It is the bad that is most problematic for the heart health, so you want to get rid of it as much as possible.

Can Help to Prevent Yeast Growth

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You may have heard of a fungus called Candida. This is one of the most common types of fungi within the body. It is the cause of many fungal conditions, including vaginal thrush. If you want to avoid health problems, you want to keep the fungus at bay.

The problem is that the fungus can easily grow in the digestive tract. It isa yeast that can cause a variety of health upsets and discomforts. You can only get rid of Candida with the right diet. Bay leaves are just what you need.

Studies have shown that bay leaves have antifungal properties. Using bay leaf essential oil is the best, but you can also gain the properties through eating the ingredient or adding bay leaves to your dishes while cooking to release the oils.

The studies show that bay leaves can disrupt Candida adhesions within the walls of the cells. It is harder for the fungus to get through the membrane of the cells, so it cannot affect (or infect) the body.

Bay Leaves May Prevent Cancer

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When you look at a lot of healthy foods, you will see cancer prevention on the list. There is a big reason for this: antioxidants. The same applies to bay leaves, but there are other reasons for cancer prevention in this ingredient.

The antioxidants are certainly beneficial. When the body is packed with antioxidants, it will find it easier to fight against the growth of free radicals within the body. Free radicals affect the growth of new cells and can disrupt damaged cells to create strange ones. These free radicals are also linked to dementia and aging, so eating more bay leaves can prevent or slow them down.

However, it is not just the antioxidants that help to prevent cancer in bay leaves. They are also full of many other organic compounds, including phytonutrients, parthenolide, and linalool. They also fight against the growth of free radicals in the body. When everything works together, the free radicals do not stand a chance in the body.

Studies have also shown that bay leaves may help to treat cancer. The nutrients within bay leaves have shown that they can repair and remove cancerous cells. However, medical treatments are still encouraged, but bay leaves can be used alongside them. So far, the studies show most effectiveness in colon cancer patients, especially when the cancer is in the earlier stages.

Possible Help to Manage Your Diabetes

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If you have diabetes, you will look for foods and ingredients that will help to manage your condition. This is especially the case if you have Type I diabetes, which can be the hardest to manage. The good news is bay leaves have shown positive results in studies.

One of the biggest benefits of bay leaves is the ability to help regulate the blood sugar levels. They help to encourage the slower breakdown of food, meaning not as many sugars are released into the bloodstream. There’s no need to release as much insulin into the body. When insulin is needed, bay leaves have shown improved receptor function.

Studies show that by using ground bay leaf twice a day can reduce your blood sugars. Thisis not just good for those managing their diabetes, but those trying to prevent it. Adding ground bay leaves to your recipes is extremely easy. This study did involve the use of regular diabetes medication to help manage the condition.

Some studies have shown that regular use of bay leaves can help to prevent and reduce symptoms of Type II diabetes. In fact, it is possible to eliminate the condition. In one study, patients took bay leaf capsules over 30 days and showed that their serum glucose levels changed. Those who had the placebo capsules showed no improvement, suggesting that bay leaves are certainly beneficial.

Improve the Look of Your Hair and Skin

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If you suffer from dandruff or dry skin, you will want to consider the use of bay leaves more frequently. Don’t just eat the herb, but apply it topically to your skin and hair. You can just add some bay leaves to water to soak and then rub them directly onto the affected areas.

The chemicals and nutrients within the bay leaves are released. They are then absorbed into the layers of the skin and the hair follicles, helping to eliminate dry skin and hair conditions. You will want to wash your skin and hair first, allowing the skin a chance to absorb the nutrients throughout the day.

Topical treatments with essential oil have also shown some benefits. You can add drops to your bath water to help treat excessive dry skin conditions.

If you suffer from wrinkles or must deal with many acne breakouts, you will always want to use bay leaves directly. Boil them in water and then add them to a bowl. With a towel over your head, inhale the steam and allow it to get straight into your pores. This will open your pores, remove all the impurities, and add some moisture to help reduce the signs of aging. The steam will also help to improve any breathing difficulties, as you inhale all the health benefits.

The antioxidants will also help to relieve the look of your skin. They will fight the free radicals to help support the growth of collagen and prevent some signs of aging occur.

Reduce Stress, Anxiety, and Other Mental Health Conditions

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Finally, bay leaves will not just help your physical health. There are plenty of studies that show the properties help to support the mental health. Stress and anxiety are the most common health problems treated, but bay leaves may be able to help others. You can also mix your bay leaves with some basil and thyme for extra benefits.

Bay leaves are packed with linalool, which has shown the ability to lower the number of stress hormones within the body. When the stress hormones are out of sync, you will feel more worried and anxious. Stress raises the blood pressure and puts much weight on the heart.

Use the bay leaves through aromatherapy practices for the best results. However, eating them will also help to release the nutrient within the body.

It is time to add more bay leaves to your diet. They aid your health in multiple ways, whether you are looking for a wound treatment, help to relieve breathing difficulties, or want to treat your stress problems. On top of that, they taste great and add much flavor to your dishes. You will not regret buying them, whether you get the leaves, ground leaves, or use an essential oil.

The Recovery Tactics That Help Keep My Autoimmune Disease In Check

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As anyone who lives with an autoimmune disease knows, stress and neglecting recovery are some of the worst things you can do to trigger your symptoms. Even without an autoimmune disease, those things can cause issues with digestion, fatigue, hormones, weight, and soft-tissue injury.

While I definitely believe in the power of active recovery when it comes to keeping fit, passive recovery is largely overlooked. Our world is so filled with stimuli: We’re attached to our phones for work and leisure, and for many of us, we don’t wind down nearly enough. After being in a constant state of “go,” your adrenals start to wear out and that all-too-familiar feeling of burnout and exhaustion start to creep in. That’s where passive recovery tactics come in.

The bodies’ balancing system.

Our parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems are part of our autonomic nervous system, which is the system in the body responsible for many of our internal organs’ vital functions like heart rate, digestion, respiratory rate, and arousal.

Think of sympathetic to parasympathetic as yin and yang: They are complementary systems. Your sympathetic nervous system is your adrenaline-fueled “fight-or-flight” response that gets triggered by mental or physical stress, and your parasympathetic nervous system is your “rest and digest” system that gets triggered by relaxation, rest, and comfort.

So why am I talking about this? Because our parasympathetic nervous system doesn’t get nearly enough time in the spotlight. And it asks for the least complicated things to help it do its job.

What exactly is passive recovery, and how can it help me?

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Passive recovery is pretty great. It involves sleeping, hanging out with our loved ones, snuggling with furry friends or lovers, reading books, and slow walks outdoors to soak up the scenery. Passive recovery is the non-activities that make you feel blissed out and relaxed. Yes, it actually is super important to just chill out and do nothing sometimes—not just for self-care Sunday and a mental reprieve but because your body physiologically needs time to spend in parasympathetic mode for recovery.

When I was first diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, I didn’t realize that I also had leaky gut as a side symptom of my inflammation and weakened immune system. My body was constantly flared up, ready for a fight, and my sympathetic nervous system was ruling dominantly over my parasympathetic nervous system. I’m already the personality type to never be able to sit still, so this was a huge challenge for me.

But after I started incorporating things like a nightly meditation and journaling, slowly chewing my meals and relaxing instead of scarfing down lunch while doing emails on my phone, and immediately just sitting still for five minutes to decompress when I get home from a long day, I started noticing a huge difference in my digestion and inflammation. It’s also the type of cyclical practice where progress builds on top of progress. My increased ability to relax led to better sleep, which led to less fatigue during the day, which led to less reaching for sugars and caffeine in the afternoon, which then helps energy stability and lessened inflammation.

While I’m not saying that nightly meditation will magically cure your leaky gut and autoimmune disease, I am saying that incorporating passive recovery can be an extremely helpful tool for managing your symptoms, which aids in the path to healing. Give some of these practices a try, and see what you notice!

Want to understand recovery better? Here’s everything you need to know about active recovery.

5 Healthy Weight Loss Diet – Eat And See The Difference!

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Not all diet that you eat has the same effect on your body. All calories are also different and have a different metabolic reaction in the body as each food undergoes a breakdown process in the body. There is a diet that aid quick healthy weight loss and most of these are natural food too. Using these essential weight loss ingredients, you can cook up interesting healthy weight loss foods for a faster, healthier and tastier weight loss process.

Here are our 5 healthy weight loss diet from the dieter’s food list for your quick reference:


1. Green Leafy Vegetables:

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Leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, and swiss chards all those super foods have numerous properties that make them the perfect diet food for the weight watchers. Loaded with fibres and essential nutrients they are low in empty calories and carbohydrates that slow down your weight loss process.


2. Boiled Potatoes:

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It is a misconception that potatoes are in general bad for your weight loss. The truth, however, is the cooking of potatoes that makes it healthy and unhealthy. Boiled potatoes are a nothing but a storehouse of energy that the body needs to burn more calories. It is also a highly fulfilling food that makes you feel full faster and stays satisfied longer.


3. Beans And Legumes:

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Rich in protein foods are the best diet to lose weight naturally. The high fibre content found in beans and protein also helps the body’s metabolic function improving digestion and keeping you full longer.


4. Apple Cider Vinegar:

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Known for its deep cleansing properties, research and studies have proved apple cider vinegar to be one of the best food for healthy weight loss. It eliminates the body of toxins providing a deep cleansing. Having apple cider vinegar just before meals can make one feel fuller faster. It also helps in preventing sudden sugar spikes in the blood which causes excess glucose in the blood stream thereby causing an increase in weight.


5. Whole Grains:

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Say no to gluten and shake hands with whole grains like millets, oats, and barley. Each of these grains has immense nutritional properties and are rich in fibre. Replacing your regular rice and wheat with these healthy weight loss superfood can help you attain your weight loss objective faster.


7 Ways To Make Fruits A Good Halloween Treat

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Fruits Image Design 1 - 7 Ways To Make Fruits A Good Halloween TreatHalloween treats are enjoyable, but the majority are unhealthy. While you want your kids to have fun over the once-a-year celebration, you also want to make sure they do not end up with too much candy. Fruit is an excellent alternative.

The problem is most kids just don’t want to eat fruit. It is boring. They know it is healthy and it just doesn’t look at appetizing as the chocolates, popcorn, and candy that’s on offer at other houses. You need to find a way to make fruit interesting. Make your children forget all about the nutrition in fruit and see and enjoyment in it.

You can easily make your fruit look more interesting. Here are seven ways to make it an excellent Halloween treat for the whole family.

Start with the Frozen Boo-Nana Pops

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Boo-nanas are a popular addition to any healthy Halloween party. They are fun, nutritious, and tasty for all. However, you can go one step further by making frozen pops with your boo-nanas. They are extremely easy to create, and you can make enough for the whole party without spending a fortune.

These can also become portable. You will just need some tin foil, cling film, or other types of wrap. The bananas will start to melt and become mushy when the kids are on their way to trick or treating.

Get the kids involved in making their tasty treat. They will want all their friends over for a Halloween party. There is chocolate involved, but very little. It is the chocolate that makes kids believe they are eating something unhealthy and Halloween-worthy.

The recipe below will make four boo-nana pops. You can increase the number of ingredients you have to create the number of pops you will need.


  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 cup of white chocolate
  • 8 chocolate chips
  • 4 popsicle sticks


  • Chop your bananas in half and then slice in half lengthways
  • Place the popsicle sticks into each banana quarter and then place on a cookie sheet with wax paper; freeze the bananas
  • Meanwhile, melt the white chocolate in a mug until it is soft
  • Dip each of the frozen bananas into the melted chocolate, scraping off the excess
  • Put the bananas back on the cookie sheet and add two chocolate chips to each banana stick for the eyes
  • Put back in the freezer until they are hard

These are best eaten frozen. However, you can send them out to the kids. The chocolate will melt, so let parents know to put the boo-nanas back in the freezer before eaten or encourage them to eat on the way around!

Make Your Spooky Spider

Sometimes you need to create a more substantial dessert or snack out of smaller items. Grapes just don’t look as fun until you make them into something spooky and enjoyable. For Halloween, you want to use grapes to make a bid spider. The kids can grab a grape or two when they want to eat them.

This will be funafterschool project for the kids before they go out trick or treating. You can also create it in the middle of the treats table if they are having a home party with their friends.


  • 1 plum
  • A few handful of grapes
  • 16 pretzel sticks
  • Dab of peanut butter/cream cheese
  • Two raisins


  • Grab the plum and add eight holes, four on each side
  • Place grapes over eight pretzel sticks, leaving enough space on one side to put into the plum
  • Add the other eight pretzel sticks to the last grape on each of the initial sticks
  • Fill the second set of eight pretzel sticks with the other grapes
  • Place the legs into the plum
  • Add a small dab of peanut butter or cream cheese at the front of the plum and add the raisins on top; creating the eyes of the spider

If you prefer, you can also do this with black olives. Make sure the olives are pitted. If you do not want to use pretzel sticks, you can opt for toothpicks to keep everything in place.

If the plum is too small for the eight legs, you can use two plums instead. It is not quite a spider with two parts of the body, but it is better than not enough legs, right? Join the plums together with extra pretzel sticks. If you add fewer legs, come up with a creative reason for the lack of eight legs!

Make a Few Apple Monsters

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Monster mouths are fun and easy to make, but you can go a little step further. Opt for full apple monsters instead. This recipe will use nuts for the teeth. If your kids are allergic, you will want to add seeds instead.

If you are not into the whole monster, you can create a monster vampire instead. There’s an excellent alternative under this first recipe.


  • 1 red apple of choice
  • Chopped nuts of choice, preferably almonds or cashews
  • Toothpicks
  • Marshmallows
  • Green icing


  • Start by chopping quarters out of your apple
  • In each quarter, chop a small section out of the skin, creating a mouth-like quarter of apple
  • Chop the nuts lengthways and then stick them into the apple, creating uneven teeth for the monsters
  • Stick two toothpicks on the top of the mouth and add a marshmallow to each toothpick
  • Finish with a dollop of the green icing on the marshmallows to create the eyes

The apple will brown if you just leave it out. Avoid this by spritzing it with some lemon juice or placing it in salt water.

Adapting for Vampire Mouths:

You can use the apples to make your vampire mouths if you want. Instead of adding all the nuts, you can use two seeds to place in the top section of the mouth, looking like the vampire teeth. Alternatively, you can use bits of straws, but you will need to remind everyone to take the teeth out before eating the mouths!

Make a Candy Corn Fruit Cocktail

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Sometimes you can trick kids into eating something nutritious without even hiding the fruit! It is all about creating something that looks appealing to them. A fruit cocktail looks more fun than eating the pieces of fruit on their own.

Make your fruit cocktail with a Halloween twist. This recipe does use cream and some candy, but not enough to cause a major health problem. After all, one piece of candy corn is going to be a drop in the ocean with all the fruity goodness.

You can choose whatever types of fruit you want, but I recommend using the same colors as the candy corn. It is possible to make your fruit cocktail look like a candy corn.


  • Pineapple chunks
  • Orange segments
  • Whipped cream
  • 1 candy corn per cocktail for topping


  • Use a clear glass and add a layer of pineapple
  • Top with a layer of oranges
  • Add a layer of whipped cream on top and serve with the candy corn piece on the top

Place the cocktails in the fridge until you are ready to serve them. They make excellent snacks for the kids during the day, but they can also make excellent desserts for a Halloween dinner party. The kids will love getting involved in creating these dishes.

Make Your Grape Caterpillars


Fruit kebabs can be made to create all types of funky designs and monsters. For Halloween, you can create creepy crawly caterpillars with ease. It is all done with some grapes. You will need some kebab skewers or toothpicks, depending on the size of caterpillars you want.

These can be used for trick or treating. Wrap them in some cling film, so everyone gets to see the funky caterpillars in his or hertrick or treat bags. Parents will love that you have added something healthy with a twist.


  • Green grapes
  • Cream cheese
  • Chocolate chips


  • Place as many grapes as you can on your kebab sticks, leaving a little space to grab the stick with your hands at the bottom
  • Add two small dollops of cottage cheese on the front grape
  • Top the cream cheese with a chocolate chip each

If you do not want to use cream cheese, you can use vanilla icing instead. Melted white chocolate will also work, but the cheese is just a little easier.

Get your kids involved in making these. Let them place the grapes onto the skewers. If they are too young to do this without catching the tip, help them with it. When kids get involved, they are more likely to enjoy their treats afterward.

Arrange Your Monster Fruit Bowl

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You do not have to get crafty with small bits of fruit. Sometimes it is all about the way your layout the fruit for kids to snack. You can create a delicious fruit bowl with a Halloween twist with ease. Look out for different types of fruits that you can throw together to create a bowl.

Start with this simple bowl. You can then find new and exciting ways to put your fruit bowl together. The best thing about this trick is you can convert the idea for all different seasons. You will never run out of ways to put the fruit together.


  • Apples
  • Large oranges
  • Black grapes


  • Chop up your apples and oranges, leaving the skin on both
  • Layer the fruit, so the orange segments create the shape of a face, leaving a space for the mouth, eyes, and nose
  • Add most of the apple slices within the space for the mouth, creating it as gory as you would like
  • Add the grapes in the holes for the eyes and nose
  • Finish with a few apple slices to create the hair

Put the bowl of fruit out for your kids to snack on throughout the day. You will be surprised at how little is left by the end. Don’t worry if the treat tempts you. It is there for everyone to enjoy.

Create a Watermelon Monster

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This is one of the biggest projects and can take time to chop. You may find your kids cannot help at first, but they will enjoy putting it together once you finished the preparation. The main part of the dish is a watermelon that you are going to turn into a monster. It is hilarious for kids to look at and will make the perfect centerpiece for a Halloween party.


  • 1 watermelon
  • Mixture of fruits of your choice
  • Two slices of cucumbers
  • Two black olives or grapes


  • Start by chopping the bottom part of your watermelon slightly, so that it can stand up straight without rolling
  • Now carve the bottom half of the front of your watermelon into a mouth shape; get creative as you would with a pumpkin without scooping the watermelon out as you will want the chunks for later
  • Chop up all your fruit into chunks
  • Place the watermelon at the back of the serving plate
  • Add the fruit chunks at the front, as if they are spewing out of the watermelon monster’s mouth
  • Finish by adding the slices of cucumber above the mouth of eyes with the olives as the pupils; secure with toothpicks or pretzel sticks

You can opt for chocolate drops for the eyes if you want. You will need some icing to keep the chocolates in place.

Being Healthy does not Need to Be Boring

One of the best things about fruit is the versatility of it. There’s no need just to give a piece of fruit and be considered a bore. You can make the fruit look fun. After all, it tastes so much better when it looks appealing.

The treats above don’t take too long. The trickiest will be the watermelon monster head, but that is more because of the carving. Kids will love getting involved helping to put together all the fruity creations and will be mighty proud when they have friends over. On top of that, the parents will adore you for healthy Halloween snacks!

Protein in Urine Linked to Increased Risk of Memory Problems and Dementia

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A recent study just revealed that the presence of protein in urine is linked to a slightly higher risk of developing dementia and cognitive problems.

The study further reveals that the presence of protein in urine also suggests kidney damage, and individuals with this problem also have a higher risk of developing memory damage, thinking impairments and dementia.

The medical experts conducting this study reviewed several studies that link up kidney damage and illnesses with a history or development of dementia and cognitive damage.

Their assessments revealed that kidney damage is a factor that increases the risk for dementia or cognitive damage, and chronic kidney disease and dementia share several symptoms. For instance, diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, along with affecting the brain in similar ways. It is likely that these two illness have similar vascular factors, or perhaps, it is even likely that kidney dysfunction directly effects the brain.

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The study reviewed more than 22 studies, of which five studies evaluated the meta-analysis of protein found in the urine sample of over 27,805 participants. Urine that contains protein is given the name of proteinuria or albuminuria. The results of the study revealed that the individuals who had protein in their urine had a 35% higher risk of developing dementia or cognitive damage as compared to those who didn’t have protein in their urine.

For certain other studies, the results and the estimated glomerular filtration rate did not seem to show any kind of connection. While in some studies regarding kidney function, serum creatinine, cystatin C and creatinine clearance, the researchers failed to conduct a meta-analysis because very few studies were available, and they couldn’t be compared because the methods used were entirely different.

The researchers concluded that the presence of protein in the urine indicates a slight increase in the risk for developing dementia and cognitive damage. However, extensive research is require to further validate the claims that kidney dysfunction is a risk factor and cause of cognitive impairments, or perhaps that both these diseases are caused by the same dysfunction mechanisms.

The 15 Best Superfoods for Diabetics

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Nature offers us an endless assortment of essential minerals, antioxidants, vitamins and other nutrients that aid in preventing and fighting off the symptoms of diabetes. We’ve picked out 15 delicious and nutritious superfoods that can aid in promoting weight loss, fighting inflammation, and reducing blood sugar levels amongst countless other health benefits.

Here, take a look:

1. Turmeric

For the past 5000 years, ancient Indian medicine has regarded turmeric as an incredibly powerful spice to heal countless health ailments. The traditional Indian diet recommends the use of turmeric in every recipe, be it white rice, soups, stews, or flour breads, as it encourages rapid and easy digestion of carbs to prevent a sudden blood sugar spike.

Turmeric owes its rich, yellow colour to its powerful concentration of curcumin, the active ingredient that is highly beneficial in maintaining healthy and balanced levels of blood sugar. Curcumin is the compound that also regulates fat metabolism within the body by directly influencing fat cells, kidney, cells, muscle cells and pancreatic cells, which allow it to reduce inflammation, and fight off the nefarious attacks of cancerous tumors, primarily interleukin-6 and necrosis factor.

Nutritionists and health experts widely recommend the regular consumption of turmeric to obtain the beneficial properties of curcumin, which reduce high cholesterol levels, insulin resistance, obesity, high blood sugar levels and all other symptoms that heighten the risk of diabetes.

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2. Walnuts

These filling and delicious nuts are one of the richest sources of alpha-linolenic acid, which is an essential polyunsaturated fatty acid that aids in reducing inflammation. It also boosts a powerful density of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, fiber, L-arginine and protective phytochemicals, which provide them potent antiviral, antioxidant, anti-cholesterol and anticancer properties.

These beneficial properties allow them to aid the body in preventing and eliminating the symptoms of several chronic ailments, primarily heart disease and diabetes. Be sure to pick out walnuts with their shells intact, as the process of cracking them open forces you to slow down as you eat. This gives your body more time to chew and process the food, promoting feelings of satiation without having to consume too many calories.

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The Hashimoto’s Disease and Celiac Disease Connection

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hashimotos disease - The Hashimoto’s Disease and Celiac Disease ConnectionYou may not realize that two seemingly unrelated diseases might be related. Even though these diseases tend to affect different parts of the human body, they may both arise because of very similar inherited tendencies. In the case of Hashimoto’s and Celiac disease, it seems clear that the presence of one means that the other one should be tested for.

This is because both conditions tend to appear together in a significant number of people. They also frequently occur together because they are associated with similar genetic predispositions.

Before drawing a relationship between these two medical conditions, it might be helpful to understand them a little better. This article will explore the following topics:

  • The function of the thyroid gland
  • An overview of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
  • An overview of Celiac Disease
  • Scientific studies drawing a relationship
  • Steps to take if you suspect that you have one or more of these conditions

Prior to discussing the connection between Hashimoto’s and Celiac disease, it is helpful to understand the function of the thyroid gland. This small gland has the big job of regulating metabolism, and it does this job by producing T2 and T3 hormones. When the thyroid gland functions properly, the body gets the signal to produce a satisfactory amount of energy for whatever activities that it is called upon to perform. When the gland does not function properly, patients may suffer from health issues that require medical treatment.

What is Hashimoto’s Disease?

There are different types of thyroid diseases. Sometimes called Autoimmune Thyroiditis, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is the most common type of thyroid disease that is diagnosed by doctors today. As the first name implies, it is an autoimmune disease.

As this disease progresses, the thyroid actually enlarges, but it cannot produce enough hormones to regulate energy in the body. Eventually, a patient will suffer from hypothyroidism, and this needs to be treated by a medical doctor. Typical treatments will include medication and possibly diet changes.

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is actually a condition that causes the small intestine to become hypersensitive to dietary gluten. As this disease progresses, parts of the small intestine can actually become damaged. This makes it difficult for people who suffer from this disease to digest food properly.

Gluten is a very common ingredient in bread and other types of food. People who suspect they may suffer from this condition should seek treatment from a doctor. Treatment might include medication and/or a change in diet.

Is there a Connection Between Hashimoto’s and Celiac Disease?

The relationship between these two diseases has been established. The first clue is the significant number of people who suffer from both. Also, scientists have established that both diseases tend to arise because of common genetic predispositions. Scientists believe that the genetic links explain why celiacs tend to suffer from autoimmune thyroid disorders more than members of the general population.

Consider some findings from a variety of medical research studies:

  • According to studies Celiac disease occurs four to fifteen times as often in people with thyroid conditions than in the general population.
  • In the adult population, Celiac disease occurs between about 3.3 and 4.8 percent of the time in people who suffer from Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
  • The conclusions of these studies is that people who suffer from one of these conditions should be screened for the other condition.

What Should you do if you Suspect Hashimoto’s or Celiac Disease?

Of course, you should always visit your doctor if you are not feeling well for any length of time. Symptoms of Celiac disease might include bloating, abdominal pain, nausea, and other types of gastric distress. Symptoms of hypothyroidism may include fatigue, unexplained weight gain, and more. If you have already been diagnosed with one of these medical conditions, you should suggest checking for the other one.

In any case, you might try a gluten-free diet to see if that helps relieve your symptoms. Even people who have not yet been diagnosed with any specific disease are finding that a gluten-free diet helps alleviate digestive problems, but if you do have a tendency to develop Celiac Disease, you might need to stop eating gluten to avoid intestinal damage. As always, discuss any concerns you might have with your physician.

Do you think that you may be suffering from Hashimoto’s or Celiac disease? Contact us today to see what options Dr. Cohen may have for you.

Could Your Recent Weight Gain Actually be a Symptom of Hashimoto’s Thyroid Disease?

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hashimotos thyroid disease symptoms - Could Your Recent Weight Gain Actually be a Symptom of Hashimoto’s Thyroid Disease?All thyroid disease is not alike. One particular type of thyroid disease is actually an autoimmune condition where your body is attacking itself. This autoimmune thyroid disease, known as Hashimoto’s Disease, occurs when inflammation in the body causes an uncontrolled immune response. This results in the body’s immune system attacking its own healthy tissues. Along with the current obesity epidemic, hypothyroidism seems to be escalating wildly at the same time. Since a low functioning thyroid causes general weight gain, the two are intimately connected. Low thyroid function is not easily detected or diagnosed in its early stages. Hypothyroidism, when left untreated, may contribute to weight gain as well as various other debilitating symptoms, and could lead to serious health problems. It is therefore important for you to recognize the early symptoms since they may indicate the presence of an autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.

What Is Hashimoto’s Disease?

Hashimoto’s disease is a common disorder in which the thyroid gland is attacked by the body’s own immune system. This may lead to hypothyroidism, a condition in which the thyroid, under persistent immune attack, is unable to provide enough hormones for the needs of the body. The thyroid gland is responsible for producing hormones that control the body’s metabolism, including how fast the body burns calories from food.

What Is an Autoimmune Disease?

Your immune system is your body’s defense against external and internal invaders that can cause harm to the body. Its function is to clearly distinguish between friendly and unfriendly invaders and to eliminate those that are a threat. When autoimmunity occurs, the immune system becomes dysfunctional. Instead of fighting an infection or allergen, your immune system becomes confused and directs a hostile attack on the joints, gut, skin, thyroid, brain and often against the entire body.

Many conventional drugs, when used selectively, are able to help individuals deal with the symptoms, but they are not a long term solution. These drugs should be used as an interim intervention to cool off inflammation while the root cause of the disease is found.

What Are the Symptoms?

Symptoms of Hashimoto’s can often be silent in the beginning stages of the disease, but eventually the following symptoms will become evident:

–              Fatigue and poor stamina

–              Weight gain

–              Lower voice tone

–              Depression

–              Cold or hot feelings

–              Dry skin and hair

–              Constipation and diarrhea

–              Anxiety, fidgetiness, or panic

When the thyroid cells become unable to convert iodine into hormones, a person will slowly develop hypothyroidism and may experience some or all of the following symptoms:

–              Anemia

–              Chest pains

–              Brain fog (sluggish thinking, forgetfulness, lack of a zest for life)

–              Exhaustion

–              Graying hair, hair loss, weak brittle nails

–              Low basal temperature, cold and heat intolerance

–              Headaches, migraines, frequent colds or flu, slow recovery from infections

–              Low libido, infertility, miscarriage, severe PMS

–              Tenderness, muscle cramps, tired aching muscles

–              Sleep disturbances

–              Restless leg syndrome and ankle reflexes

–              Slowed speech

–              Seasonal exacerbation of symptoms (cold or hot weather)

–              Severe weight gain

Less frequent symptoms include excess ear wax and increased blood pressure.

How is Hashimoto’s Disease Treated?

Although there is no cure for Hashimoto’s, medication can be used to regulate hormone levels and restore normal metabolism. Types and strengths will depend on your weight, age, severity of symptoms, other health problems and other medication which may interact with synthetic thyroid hormone medication. A TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) test will monitor your thyroid function to determine the dosage. It may take many months for symptoms to subside.

It can also be extremely useful to reduce inflammation in the body. This might mean eliminating gluten or other possible foods or environmental toxins that produce inflammation.

Other treatments include:

–              Improving gut health

–              Acupuncture

–              Lymph massage

–              Contrast hydrotherapy

–              Stress reduction, good sleep, exercise

–              Homeopathy

–              Chiropractic

The Role of Chiropractic in Treating Hashimoto’s Disease

In some cases an imbalance in the spine may lead to thyroid dysfunction or be the cause of a weak immune system. Chiropractic belief is that all cells and tissues are controlled by the nervous system and an imbalance can cause health issues. Therefore many people who suffer from a hypothyroid condition will benefit immensely from receiving chiropractic care to help achieve overall optimal health as chiropractic is all about balancing the interaction between the nervous system and every cell and tissue of the body, including the thyroid.

An imbalance in the nerves that serve the thyroid gland may result in a malfunction. This should be looked at particularly if you are on a nutritious diet, exercising well, controlling stress levels and still having problems with your thyroid. If the nervous system is out of balance, it often results in a weakened immune system, which makes the body more prone to chronic diseases which in turn may trigger autoimmune response dysfunction.

A nervous system that is out of balance can also make a person more susceptible to stress which sometimes causes a leaky gut. The leaky gut can then produce an autoimmune condition such as a thyroid dysfunction.

If you have Hashimoto’s and would like to find the root cause of the condition, it may benefit you to visit a chiropractor as part of your healing program to determine whether an imbalance in the nervous system could help alleviate some of your symptoms.

If you are at all concerned about your symptoms, talk to your medical practitioner first in order to determine whether there are other factors to consider regarding your condition.

In most cases Hashimoto’s can be well managed with medication, lifestyle changes and functional medicine, as well as natural remedies and holistic treatments. A successful outcome will involve: a clinical assessment, a treatment plan that integrates detoxification, improvement in receptor site sensitivity, thyroid gland support, and effective conversion of T4 cells to T3. As each person will react differently, there is no treatment plan that will fit everyone. An individual with Hashimoto’s has to actively take part in the healing process by doing everything possible to calm down inflammation, detoxify the body, eat a nutritious diet and get support from health care professionals as well as family members to restore their health.