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Armour Thyroid vs Synthroid: Conversion, Dosage & Weight Loss

Whether you realize it or not thyroid patients have options when it comes to thyroid medications. 

If you are taking a medication and it isn't working for you then you owe it to yourself to learn about ALL of the options available to you. 

This post will take a deep dive into the difference between Armour Thyroid and Synthroid including how to determine which one you should use, which one is better for weight loss and more...

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Liothyronine User Guide: Dosage, Weight Loss, Side Effects & More

Liothyronine is a special type of prescription grade thyroid hormone, it's also the most powerful thyroid medication that exists. 

People taking liothyronine (especially over traditional medications such as levothyroxine) report significant improvements in their hypothyroid symptoms and quality of life. 

These benefits range from weight loss to reduced rates of depression and more. 

Learn who should consider using liothyronine and how to use it properly with this complete guide: 

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5 Benefits of using T3 Medication + Who Should Use It

Many patients on levothyroxine or synthroid stand to benefit by simply adding a small amount of T3 medication to their regimen. 

T3 is metabolized in the body in a different way than T4 which makes it special.

It's also the strongest and most powerful of all the thyroid medication BUT it must be used correctly.

Learn about the benefits of T3 including which patients should use T3 and why in this post: ​

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The Best Natural T3 supplements + Prescription T3 medications

Are you looking to boost your T3 thyroid hormone levels?

Maybe you know that T3 is responsible for managing your energy levels, or maybe you know how important it is for your metabolism. 

Either way there are several T3 supplements that you can use to increase your T3 levels in your serum. 

Use this guide to help you improve your thyroid function and increase the T3 in your body. 

Let's dive in: 

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How to take Levothyroxine & other Thyroid Medication (NDT/T3) Correctly

Did you know that changing the time of day you take your thyroid medication may impact your thyroid function?

Beyond the time of day there are several factors that YOU can change which may result in an increase thyroid function and conversion in your body.

These changes have helped hundreds of patients of mine in the past and I'd like to share these strategies with you.

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Tirosint vs Levothyroxine: The Case for Switching Thyroid Medication

You've probably heard from other patients that switching from Levothyroxine to Tirosint made all the difference. 

Considering that they are both T4 only thyroid medication, what is the difference between these medications?

Why do some patients have decreased symptoms, lose more weight and feel better on Tirosint but not on Levothyroxine?

Is there a difference between this thyroid medication compared to the others?

It turns out that many patients actually do much better on Tirosint (but not everyone). ​

In this article I am going to discuss who might do better on Tirosint, why most thyroid patients will probably do better on this medication and make a case for switching thyroid medications...

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Thyroid Success Story: Adding T3 to NDT for Weight Loss + Energy

I get some form of this question all the time:

What if I have hypothyroid symptoms but a low TSH? Can I still be hypothyroid?

Or what if I am already on NDT but still feeling symptomatic? What then?​

​The answer to this question is that, yes, you can still be hypothyroid with a "normal" TSH...

And I'm going to use this patient as a perfect example of how it can work and how to treat it. 

This particular patient came to me already on 3 grains of NDT (Naturethroid) with energy levels in the 4-5 out of 10 range and who had recently gained 30 pounds.

Her TSH was suppressed (TSH < 0.05 on initial lab tests), but she was obviously still symptomatic and gaining weight.

If you fall into this category, or you are taking NDT but still symptomatic or you have a suppressed TSH on levothyroxine alone - then this case study should be helpful for you.

Fast forward 3 months after working with me and making some changes and she is now down almost 20 pounds, has lost 3 inches off of her waist, 2 inches off of her hips and 2 inches off of her thighs, and is feeling "much more energetic and alive!".

Dani before after thyroid weight loss

 ​So how did we do it, and what changes did we make? 

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​6 Ways Naltrexone (LDN) Helps with Weight Loss + Who Should use it

Naltrexone, especially in low doses, can actually help the body lose weight in various ways. 

This doesn't mean it's a miracle weight loss medication.

In fact, it's far from it.

And only certain patients should even consider using this medication for weight loss.

I have found that certain patients tend to benefit more than others, especially hypothyroid patients with damaged metabolisms. 

In this article I will go over the various ways that Naltrexone might help to cause weight loss, who should consider using it and how to use it effectively. 

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Why Synthroid isn’t Causing Weight Loss and How to Fix it

Are you on the thyroid medication Synthroid and not losing weight?

If so you aren't alone...

Synthroid is one of the most commonly prescribed medications for patients who have hypothyroidism but here's the problem:

Not everyone does well on this medication.

Their bodies don't absorb it, they don't convert T4 to T3 or they need more T3 due to other problems. 

​Despite this, almost every patient is given Synthroid, Levothyroxine or other T4 medications and many of you are still dealing with weight issues. 

​And I want to share with you some reasons why that may be the case. 

It turns out that the thyroid is certainly involved in maintaining your metabolism and can lead to weight gain if you are hypothyroid - that much is true.

But did you know that simply replacing thyroid hormone in your body with medications like levothyroxine and synthroid often isn't enough to help you lose weight?

In this post I'm going to talk about the reasons why Synthroid isn't helping you with weight loss and what to do about it.

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