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Debunking the Thyroid Obesity Myth + 6 Weight Loss Tips & Tricks

Let's debunk this myth once and for all. 

No doubt you've heard people claim that their weight gain is due to having thyroid problems.

The reply is always something along the lines:

"Blaming your thyroid is an excuse ​for not having self control or for being lazy". 

But is this really true?

Not really, in fact the science supports the exact opposite.

This is a big deal for patients who are overweight or for those with thyroid problems because it validates what they are going through.

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Low Progesterone Symptoms Checklist + 8 Causes of Low Progesterone

Low progesterone is more common than you might think. 

If you've been dealing with changes to your mood, weight gain or irregularities in your menstrual cycle then you might have low progesterone without realizing it.

​Finding out if you have low progesterone is important because progesterone (along with estradiol/estrogen) help maintain and keep in balance other hormone systems in your body. 

Use this guide and low progesterone symptoms checklist to help determine if you have low progesterone, but more importantly what causes it and how to treat it: 

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14 SIBO Symptoms Explained + What to do About Them

SIBO, short for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, may be one of the most common gastrointestinal issues you've never heard about. 

SIBO refers to an overgrowth of bacteria (often accompanied by fungal overgrowth as well) that causes a multitude of both intestinal and extra intestinal symptoms.

Symptoms ranging from depression to weight gain and fatigue - they all may be associated with changes to the microflora of your intestinal tract.

But is it common? Take a look at these studies...

SIBO has been detected in as many as 50% of patients taking acid blocking drugs

It is estimated that up to 50% of hypothyroid patients deal with SIBO in some form

Somewhere between 4% and 78% (depending on the study) of patients with IBS actually have SIBO.

​Bottom line?

We aren't talking about a small amount of people here, we are talking about a huge portion of the population. 

If you are struggling with any GI related symptom then read this list of SIBO symptoms to help you determine if you need further testing. ​

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The Complete Guide to Andropause + 5 Causes of Low Testosterone in Men

​What is male andropause? Is it even real? 

These are the questions you may be asking yourself as you start to deal with low energy, decreased libido and weight gain as you age.

Andropause is real and it is something that all men will deal with over time. 

Properly diagnosing and addressing low testosterone is important because testosterone influences several critical functions in the body: weight management, subjective sense of energy and cardiovascular health. ​

Learn how to diagnose and treat this condition: 

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How to Use Myoinositol to Help Weight Loss & PCOS

When it comes to weight loss there are very few supplements that actually work or that have scientific evidence proving their efficacy. 

Because there are so few, certain supplements tend to stand out above the rest.

Myoinositol is one of these supplements and it works because it impacts hormones and acts as a secondary messenger in your cells.

Myoinositol not only helps with weight loss but it can also be used to treat sex hormone imbalances, PCOS and mood disorders.

Learn how to effectively and properly use this supplement here: ​

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Is Hypothalamic Obesity Disorder Causing your Thyroid Symptoms?

Are you undergoing thyroid treatment but not getting better?

Do you have ALL of the symptoms of hypothyroidism but normal "thyroid labs"? ​

Is T4 making your symptoms WORSE or are you gaining weight while taking this medication?

If so, hypothalamic obesity disorder may be the underlying cause of your symptoms. 

This condition mimics hypothyroid like symptoms but the treatment is completely different, and what's worse is that thyroid treatment may make this condition worse. 

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Does Progesterone Cause Weight Gain or Weight Loss?

​When you think of progesterone most of us are conditioned to think that it causes weight loss. 

But the truth is that progesterone can cause both weight loss and weight gain, depending on the situation of who is using it.

Not only that ​but how you take progesterone and at what dose may determine if it helps with weight loss or weight gain. 

Learn how to use progesterone correctly in this post. ​

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Graves’ Disease Diet Guide: How to Eat When You Have Hyperthyroidism

Can your diet change the course of Graves' disease?

Do certain foods make hyperthyroidism worse? Do certain foods make it better?

Can you lose weight by eating certain foods if you have this disease?

The truth is that changing your diet can certainly impact the progression of Graves' BUT you must be doing it the right way.

In this Graves' disease diet guide you will learn the answer to all of these questions and more: 

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How Contrave Helps with Weight Loss + Who should use it

Is Contrave really a miracle weight loss medication? 

Well, it is a newer weight loss medication but it's far from perfect. 

This particular medication helps people lose weight by influencing certain factors in the body ranging from hormonal control to appetite modulation. 

Because of this certain people stand to benefit more from using this medication than others. 

Learn how Contrave can help with weight loss and determine if it is right for you: 

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5 Reasons to Treat Subclinical Hypothyroidism + 5 Treatment Tips

It's estimated that up to 10% of people in the US have subclinical hypothyroidism. 

Statistically speaking that means you have a pretty high chance of having this issue even if you have tested "normal" for thyroid lab tests. 

Because subclinical hypothyroidism represents a treatable condition on the hypothyroid spectrum it's critical to accurately diagnose and treat this condition early.

Failure to treat can lead to overt hypothyroidism and worsening symptoms down the line.

In this guide I will walk you through everything you need to know about sub clinical hypothyroidism including 5 reasons you should treat the condition ASAP: 

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