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PCOS Diet Guide for Weight Loss & Hormone Balance

Do you have PCOS?

Did you know that changing your diet may be the first step in treating and managing PCOS?

But which diet is the best for PCOS? How do you determine what you should or shouldn't be eating?

This post will help guide you understand the importance in treating PCOS with diet, which diets are most effective, which foods you should be avoiding, which foods you should be eating, and how to lose weight if you have PCOS

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Radioactive Iodine (RAI) Guide: Indications, Side Effects, Weight Gain & More

Radioactive iodine is a procedure which results in the intentional destruction of your thyroid gland. 

This procedure is often used to treat serious medical conditions such as hyperthyroidism and thyroid cancer. 

But is this procedure without side effects?

Learn more about radioactive iodine including what it is used for, the side effects to watch out for, why it increases your risk of weight gain and more in this guide

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The Complete List of Menopause Symptoms + How to Diagnose it

What do hot flashes, fatigue, weight gain and decreased sex drive all have in common?

They all may be the result of a condition known as menopause. 

But these are not all of the symptoms associated with menopause. 

Learn more about menopause symptoms including why they occur, which ones are most common, how to treat them and how to test to determine if you really are in menopause in this guide

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Warnings Signs of Iodine Deficiency & How it Affects your Thyroid

Fatigue, minor weight gain, depression, and brain fog may all be early warning signs of iodine deficiency. 

Iodine is an important trace mineral which is required for thyroid function in your body. 

Deficiency, due to a variety of reasons, is more common due primarily to soil depletion and the standard American diet

Learn more about iodine deficiency including other symptoms of this condition, what to do about it, how to know if you should supplement with iodine and more in this post

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The Connection Between Hypothyroidism and Depression (+Treatment)

Does thyroid disease cause depression?

Should taking thyroid medication, if you have thyroid disease, eliminate your depression?

What should you do if you are taking thyroid medication but still experiencing depressive symptoms?

In this post, we will discuss the connection between hypothyroidism and depression including how to approach treatment, which thyroid medications are best and other causes of depression which can cause confusion for patients and Doctors

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What are Normal Estrogen Levels? Testing, Symptoms & More

What is considered a "normal estrogen level"? 

Did you know that weight gain can alter your estrogen levels? 

Or that having low progesterone may mimic the symptoms of high estrogen? 

Estrogen is an important hormone which fluctuates based on the day of the month and the age of the patient. 

Learn more about what constitutes normal estrogen levels in this guide including how to determine if your levels are normal and what to do about it

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How & When to Use Progesterone Pills (Prometrium): Pros & Cons & More

Are you suffering from the symptoms of progesterone deficiency?

Have you recently been prescribed progesterone pills?

Are you wondering if you should use progesterone cream or progesterone pills?

Learn everything you need to know about progesterone pills in this guide, including how and when to use progesterone, the differences between progesterone cream and progesterone pills, side effects associated with progesterone use and more

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Is Having A Suppressed TSH Dangerous? Learn the Pros & Cons

Is having a suppressed TSH dangerous to your body?

Will it cause bone loss or damage to your heart?

Can the negative side effects be mitigated or avoided with other interventions?

In this post, we will discuss the pros and cons of having a suppressed TSH including what potential negative side effects it can cause, how to avoid them and how you should dose your thyroid hormone.

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Are Goitrogens Dangerous? How to Protect your Thyroid Gland

Do goitrogens really cause thyroid problems?

Do you really have to avoid healthy foods like broccoli if you have a thyroid problem?

All of these questions and more will be answered in this post. 

We will go over what a goitrogen is, why you probably don't have to worry about eating healthy foods which contain goitrogenic compounds, why you should worry more about environmental goitrogens and more in this guide

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A Beginner’s Guide to Thyroid Nodules: Causes, Treatment, Symptoms

Have you been recently diagnosed with a thyroid nodule?

Do you have a thyroid nodule and you are wondering what it means or how to treat it?

Are you looking for treatment options, including natural and conventional, for your thyroid nodule?

All of these and more will be discussed in this beginner's guide to thyroid nodules designed specifically for patients. 

Learn the basics of thyroid nodules including symptoms that may be associated with your nodule, how to diagnose and manage your nodule and more in this guide

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