The Autoimmune Protocol and Gut Healing Diet is a stricter version of the Paleo diet with a focus on incorporating gut healing foods such as fermented foods and bone broth. Basically, the diet eliminates any foods that may cause a person inflammation, then after the 30 days you start reintroducing foods one by one and track your body’s reaction to each food. I decided to try this diet after years of feeling exhausted and not receiving relief from my Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis symptoms such as fatigue, bloating, weight gain, and digestive issues. Once I was on medication and my thyroid was stabilized, I continued to have these symptoms. I’ve talked to many endocrinologists about my symptoms and basically each doctor has said most patients with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis don’t ever recover fully from their symptoms. I never thought to question my doctor or look into alternative medicine options, so I learned to live with my symptoms.
Spring cleaning is all about decluttering your home, but what about your mind? Some days I feel so overwhelmed by my own thoughts, and my mind feels cluttered. There should be a larger focus on clearing your mind during this season. Spring is a new start, when flowers begin to bloom and represents a time for regrowth and renewal. During the start of the spring season many people do a detox, spring clean, or begin a new fitness routine. However, cleaning and detoxing your mind is a great way to start this season feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. Below are 5 tips to help you declutter your mind.
St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner! Usually after a day filled with drinking, I wake up feeling bloated, dehydrated, nauseous, and my head hurts. My Luck of the Spinach Smoothie recipe is a great way to restore nutrients to your body and help you relieve hangover symptoms. Even if you don’t have a hangover this smoothie is an amazing way to obtain nutrients your body needs.
In the United States we are exposed to over 80,000 toxins each day. Toxins can wreak havoc on our bodies in many ways including: increasing inflammation in the body, disrupting hormones, and putting us at risk for an autoimmune disease. Some of these toxins are environmental, while other toxins are from our food, beauty routine, and cleaning products. Since I have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks the thyroid, toxins can cause even more damage to my thyroid. The thyroid is the largest endocrine gland and plays an important role in maintaining energy levels and secreting hormones—among other things. Many beauty products contain toxins that are endocrine disruptors, which have many negative impacts on the body including: increasing production of certain hormones, decreasing production of others, imitating hormones, turning one hormone into another, interfering with hormone signaling, telling cells to die prematurely, competing with essential nutrients, binding to essential hormones, accumulating in organs that produce hormones, and more. Since you apply beauty products directly onto your skin, these harmful toxins go directly into your bloodstream, whereas with consuming food your liver can filter out some of the toxins you ingest. After doing hours and hours of research on Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, the thyroid gland, and the immune system I’ve decided to try to go chemical-free as best I can. Obviously, I can’t control environmental toxins, such as the toxins we are exposed to at a gas station, but I can control my personal care products, cleaning products, and the foods I consume.