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Thyroid Stimulating Exercises That Work to Boost your Thyroid

Is it possible to stimulate your thyroid with certain exercises?

Are some exercises better than others for your thyroid?

The short answer is yes, exercising can absolutely improve your thyroid function. 

In fact, several recent studies have shown that exercising can both reduce your TSH and increase free thyroid hormone levels. 

This is great news if you are trying to treat your thyroid naturally!

Let's go into more detail about how exercise can help you, which exercises are the best, how much is too much exercise, and other tips to help improve your metabolism

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NP Thyroid vs Armour Thyroid: What’s the Difference?

NP Thyroid is a thyroid medication which is similar but slightly different than Armour thyroid. 

Will switching from Armour to NP make a difference in your body? Will it help with weight loss? Will it prevent hair loss?

The answer is maybe and it has to do with the difference between these medications. 

The difference is not big, but sometimes a small difference can manifest as a large change in your symptoms.

This article will help you decide whether or not you should switch medications. 

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Thyroid Medication Names: List of T4, T3, & T4 + T3 Medications

This post contains a complete list of thyroid medication names based on the thyroid hormone content of the medication. 

The list includes medications with T4 only thyroid hormone, T3 only thyroid hormone, and T4 + T3 thyroid hormone combinations.

If you want to learn more about thyroid hormones, which hormone certain medications have, and how they will affect you, then this article is for you

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Can You Live Without a Thyroid? What to Expect After Surgery or RAI

Your thyroid gland produces some of the most important hormones in your entire body. 

But what happens if you have your thyroid removed? Or destroyed?

Are you able to survive?

The answer is yes and it has to do with the fact that thyroid medication contains the same hormones that your body produces naturally. 

The only problem is that once your thyroid is removed or destroyed, you will be required to take thyroid medication for the rest of your life. 

In addition, it can be difficult to optimize your medication to try and mimic what your thyroid gland would produce naturally. 

In this article, we are going to discuss the importance of thyroid hormone, what happens if you have your thyroid removed (or destroyed), the side effects you may experience, and how to optimize your medication afterward. 

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Thyroid Supplements for Weight Loss: Do They Actually Work?

Is it possible to take supplements to help you lose weight if you have thyroid disease?

Do they actually work? Or will they not work because of your condition?

I've treated thousands of patients with thyroid disease and I can tell you that while some supplements may help with weight loss they are probably not the weight loss cure you are searching for. 

Don't get me wrong, though. 

Certain supplements may be able to promote weight loss if combined with other therapies (we will talk more about those below). 

But you'll want to avoid those gimmicky weight loss supplements as they can often cause more harm than good - you know the ones that I'm talking about. 

They often sound too good to be true. 

In this article, I'm going to dive into weight loss supplements that actually work for thyroid patients, which supplements you should avoid, and why thyroid patients dealing with weight problems, to begin with. 

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Can Hypothyroidism Be Cured Permanently? 3 Treatments Which Help

Almost everyone with hypothyroidism will wonder at some point in time whether or not their condition is curable. 

What do I mean by curable?

I mean that the condition can be treated to the point that it completely disappears and you are back to normal. 

Can this actually happen?

The short answer is maybe. 

The long answer is probably not, but it depends on what actually causes it. 

If you have hypothyroidism, and you want to potentially reverse your condition, then this article will give you all of the information you need. We will discuss when it is possible to cure hypothyroidism, when it isn't, and other helpful information

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Thyroid Friendly Protein Powder: Which One Should you Use?

Is it safe to use protein powder if you have thyroid disease?

Is animal protein better than plant protein? Which one is ideal if you have thyroid disease?

How much protein should you consume each day? Will it help you with weight loss?

All of these questions are more will be answered in this article. 

But to the point:

Yes, you can and should consume plant-based protein if you have thyroid dysfunction as it can potentially help you manage your weight and feel better. 

The specifics are a little bit more complicated so let's dive in to help you gain a better understanding: 

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Synthroid Overdose: Signs you are Taking Too Much Thyroid Medication

Are you concerned that your dose of Synthroid is too high?

That may be the case, especially if you are experiencing symptoms such as hair loss, heart palpitations, and heat intolerance. 

The good news is that Synthroid overdose can be easily treated by simply reducing your dose. 

This article will outline the major side effects associated with taking too much Synthroid, what to do about it, the long-term (and short-term) consequences of taking too much, and how to determine your optimal dose

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Experimenting with 1 Trillion Probiotics: 10 Day Gut Cleanse

I'm a big fan of experimenting on my own health. 

In fact, most of the strategies and therapies that I've developed have been as a result of testing them on myself and then family members. 

Today, I'm going to explore my experience using high dose probiotics for 10 days straight. 

I took 1 trillion CFU of my own probiotics for 10 days straight. 

The result?

  • Improved digestion (secondary goal)
  • Better sleep
  • Better mood
  • Improved tolerance to certain foods (my main goal)
  • Temporary increase in gas (first 1-2 days)
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Is Using Iodine Safe for your Thyroid?

Have you heard that iodine can help improve your thyroid function?

While it is true that your body requires iodine, it's also probable that using high doses of iodine can potentially be dangerous. 

In this article, we are doing to discuss the dangers of using high doses of iodine, who should avoid using iodine, how to dose it appropriately, and what source to get it from. 

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