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Magnesium and Hashimoto's: 5 Big Reasons You Need it

Magnesium and Hashimoto’s: 5 Big Reasons You Need it

Patients with Hashimoto’s are at Increased Risk of Developing Magnesium DeficiencyMagnesium is one of 3 main nutrients required to prevent thyroid gland damage inside of your body and, unfortunately, thyroid patients often don’t get enough.  If you are struggling with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, thyroid gland damage, inflammation, or poor thyroid lab tests, then this information is for …

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7 more treatments for thyroid hair loss that work

7 More Treatments for Thyroid Hair Loss That Work

Solving Thyroid Hair Loss Doesn’t Have to be ImpossibleHas your thyroid taken away your hair? If so, you aren’t alone.  Thyroid hair loss is one of the most concerning symptoms that thyroid patients experience.  Hair loss can cause significant distress both emotionally and physiologically, and it’s never a normal or good sign.  Here’s the good news though: It can almost …

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5 reasons thyroid patients should go gluten free

5 Reasons to Go Gluten-Free For Thyroid Problems

The Thyroid Gluten Myth (Or is it a Myth…?)If we go back in time just a few years ago, the gluten-free diet was pretty much in its prime.  Every natural practitioner was recommending the gluten-free to treat things like autoimmune disease, thyroid problems, and some even recommended it for weight loss.  Fast forward a few years and …

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How to Get Off of Thyroid Medication Safely

How to Get Off of Thyroid Medication Safely

Do You Want To Get Off of Your Thyroid Medication?If you’re like most thyroid patients then you’ve probably been told that once you start taking thyroid medication you have to be on it for the rest of your life.  But what if I told you that this isn’t the whole story? What if I told you that …

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15 Skin Conditions Caused By Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

15 Skin Conditions Caused By Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

Hashimoto’s Can and Does Impact Your SkinYour skin is the largest organ on your body and you should care a lot about the health of your skin for one very important reason: It is an outward manifestation of inward health (1).  Put another way, you use the health of your skin as a proxy to see what is …

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6 healthy habits that may hurt your thyroid

6 Healthy Habits That May Be Hurting Your Thyroid

Healthy Habits that Aren’t so Healthy for your ThyroidAs a thyroid patient you probably already know that making and keeping healthy habits can have a noticeable improvement on your thyroid.  I don’t need to convince you that eating healthy whole foods, getting enough rest, or taking the right supplements can help improve your thyroid.  In fact, there’s …

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Living with Thyroid Problems: 7 Things You Should Know

Living With Thyroid Problems: 7 Things You Should Know

What I Wish Thyroid Patients Knew Before They Were DiagnosedLet’s talk about how thyroid disease can impact your life.  Did you know that being diagnosed with a thyroid problem means that you will experience life-changing symptoms? Did you know that these symptoms may persist for the rest of your life? Having a thyroid problem is no joke because …

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which is the best form of zinc to take for the thyroid

The Best Form of Zinc to Take For Your Thyroid

Zinc is So Important For Thyroid HealthWhenever I say that zinc is one of the most important nutrients for thyroid function, I’m always met with a response like:  “What about iodine?” And while iodine is important (as are many others), there’s a good case to make that zinc is up there in the top 3.  Because of this, …

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is your thyroid medication gluten free?

Is Thyroid Medication Gluten Free?

Thyroid Medication is Gluten-FreeIf you are like most thyroid patients then you have probably heard that gluten can cause problems if you have a thyroid problem.  And while this is certainly true, it’s also true that not everyone with thyroid problems HAS to be gluten-free (but more on that below).  This line of questioning leads to one …

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thyroid detox - 5 ways to gently detox for better thyroid function

Thyroid Detox: 5 Ways to Gently Detox for Better Thyroid Function

Why Thyroid Patients Need to DetoxWhether you realize it or not, your thyroid is under attack on a daily basis.  And I’m not talking about your own immune system (which is the hallmark of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis).  What I’m talking about is the onslaught of chemicals and toxins that your body comes into contact with day in and …

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