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This is Part 3 of a 3-part series on hypothyroidism and gut health:

Your worst nightmare just came true.

After “Google-ing” your health problems for six straight hours you must have read at least 27 articles that all pointed to this “one” devastating condition.

Then, any doubt you might have had was just laid to rest after your diagnosis was confirmed by your produce stock-boy at your local Whole Foods market.

That’s right…

You must have Candida.

There’s no other possible explanation.

Why?

It’s the only known health condition that is responsible for causing every single symptom and disease known to man (and woman).

Have digestive problems?

Must be Candida…

Do you crave sweets?

Must be Candida…

No sex drive?

Darn that Candida!

If you couldn’t detect the sarcasm up to this point, let me be frank…

We actually work with clients who do have Candida.

But it’s not quite as common as you might think.

Candida has become quite the catch-all diagnosis for just about every single symptom today.

The truth is that we all have Candida.

It’s a natural part of our digestive eco-system.

So you can’t kill it and get rid of it forever.

That’s a common misconception.

Candida is an opportunistic organism that only becomes a problem when it has the opportunity to overgrow and work its way up your digestive tract where it doesn’t belong.

Yet, what you might not know is that Candida overgrowth has a lot to do with your thyroid health.

Whether you suffer from Candida overgrowth in your intestines, or recurring yeast infections, everything here applies 100%.

That’s right, hypothyroidism and Candida overgrowth go hand in hand, which I’ll show you in just a second.

I’ll also show you some simple ways to help fix your Candida overgrowth and prevent it from coming back by fixing the underlying cause of the problem.

(Hint: this doesn’t involve starving Candida which will only make it worse.)

But first, let’s get one thing straight.

Hypothyroidism Is the Most Common Cause of Candida (Not Sugar)

Much of what you’ve likely been told about Candida is dead wrong.

For example… sugar doesn’t cause Candida overgrowth any more than it causes Diabetes, which is another myth we’ve busted in this article here.

Candida overgrowth is actually caused by hypothyroidism, estrogen dominance, excess cortisol and their effects on your immune system.

You might have heard that 80% of your immune system exists within your gut.

This is because your gut lining produces immune antibodies called secretory IgA which act as a barrier to keep pathogens, bacteria, and Candida from invading your cells.

So, anything that impairs your ability to produce secretory IgA makes you far more susceptible to Candida overgrowth.

And research shows that secretory IgA becomes deficient in hypothyroidism, making you more susceptible.

It has everything to do with hypothyroidism’s effects on estrogen dominance and excess stress

Estrogen Dominance, Excess Stress, and Candida

Hypothyroidism is well known for causing estrogen dominance and over-activating your body’s stress response.

(Note: How this occurs is covered in detail in this article “How to Heal Your Thyroid By Healing Your Liver”.)

And these two hormones that are overproduced during hypothyroidism are well known for directly inhibiting secretory IgA production and lowering your resistance to Candida.

The effects of estrogen dominance have been largely demonstrated through research.

There have been many studies that have looked at the effects of Candida on vaginal epithelial cells under the influence of estrogen.

What these studies have shown is that when estrogen is not present, cells have a natural immunity or resistance to Candida.

When estrogen was introduced, the Candida adhered aggressively and became invasive to the cells.

One study in particular showed that introducing estrogen resulted in the Candida being 8.6 times more invasive.

But it’s cortisol’s effect on your white blood cells that can make Candida deadly, which I’ll show you in a second.

First, it’s important to understand why Candida diets are so harmful to your thyroid health.

How Candida Diets Kill Your Thyroid Health and Make Your Candida Worse

The general idea behind most common Candida diets is that in order to kill the Candida, you have to starve it.

And if Candida feeds on certain forms of sugar and carbohydrates, then cutting carbohydrates out of your diet will do the trick.

However, what you probably don’t realize is that by doing this… you’re not actually killing the Candida as much as you are killing your thyroid.

It’s well known that restricting carbohydrates in your diet is dangerous to your thyroid health.

(Note: This is covered in more detail in this article “Stop Eating Low-Carb (If You Care About Your Thyroid)”.)

This is so well known and researched that it’s discussed in most physiology textbooks.

Without adequate carbohydrates in your diet bad things happen including…

  1. Your body over-produces cortisol, blocking your liver from converting T4 into T3.
  2. Your liver can’t detoxify estrogen, directly blocking your thyroid gland.

And as we’ve already discussed, estrogen and cortisol are the two primary factors that make you susceptible to Candida to begin with.

In other words, restricting carbohydrates and starving your Candida only…

  1. Further increases estrogen and cortisol levels, which…
  2. Furthers suppresses your secretory IgA production, which…
  3. Further lowers your immunity…
  4. And further makes you more susceptible to Candida overgrowth.

But that’s not even the worst of it.

Starving your Candida also makes it more aggressive.

Back in the 1940s a microbiologist by the name of René Dubos showed that if you starve yeast cells, they become more aggressive and invasive by sending out pseudohyphae (long branches of growth) that sink into the intestinal wall looking for food.

This is how it works its way up your digestive tract and becomes problematic.

And if Candida penetrates the intestinal wall and enters the bloodstream, it becomes increasingly more dangerous.

As Dr. Raymond Peat has pointed out, once Candida enters the bloodstream, it must be quickly killed by white blood cells. Otherwise, it can spread quickly within the body and become deadly.

And both excess cortisol and hypothyroidism are known to lower white blood cell production.

While death from Candida is actually very rare, it is possible in severely immune compromised people.

As you can see, restricting carbohydrates and trying to starve Candida only further contributes to the underlying problem and makes it worse in the long run.

If you’ve ever tried one of these diets you might have felt better initially.

This is most often due to the initial surge or overproduction of excitatory stress hormones that occur when restricting carbohydrates.

But because you need thyroid hormone (T3) to produce these stress hormones, this feeling eventually fades and you’re no longer able to produce them in sufficient amounts.

So, instead of starving your Candida, here are some actual ways to help correct the underlying cause of the problem.

3 Simple Ways to Correct Candida Without Killing Your Thyroid 1. Carrots for Candida

As mentioned, Candida oftentimes becomes a problem when it becomes invasive and works its way up your digestive tract.

This is where carrots can have an immediate positive impact.

A carrot itself has antimicrobial properties that can help push Candida further down the digestive tract where it belongs.

Carrot fiber also helps to absorb excess estrogen within the digestive tract further supporting healthy secretory IgA production.

(Note: for best results, we recommend using Dr. Peat’s carrot salad recipe, which you can find in this article “How to Boost Your Thyroid in 60-Seconds with a Carrot”).

2. Balance Your Blood Sugar

Your inability to balance your blood sugar plays a major role in triggering the over-production of cortisol that lowers your immunity to Candida.

Using more fruit in your diet and more frequently is an easy way to lower cortisol and boost your immunity.

Fruits are easily digested in the upper portion of your digestive tract, long before it reaches the lower portion of your digestive tract where Candida belongs.

3. Restore Your Secretory IgA

Improving your thyroid function is the ultimate goal for restoring secretory IgA production and proper immune function.

But there are many things that can also help along the way.

Thyroid, progesterone, and vitamin A are all well known to boost immunity by increasing secretory IgA.

So there you have it.

As mentioned previously, we have worked with a number of clients with more severe Candida overgrowth.

Although it’s not as common as you might think, we have had great success using our protocol.

So, before you jump back on the Candida diet bandwagon, I strongly encourage you to take a better, safer, and far more effective approach like I just mentioned…

…one that doesn’t involve restricting carbohydrates and killing your thyroid in the process.

Healing your thyroid involves using the right carbs and learning how to balance them properly.

You’ll learn about one of the most beneficial carbohydrates that you can use to help heal your thyroid when you download the 3 Food Triple-Thyroid-Boosting Daily Protocol.

This daily protocol will show you a very different side to your hypothyroidism. It’s based on real science (not modern day myths)… It’s been tested with real hypothyroidism sufferers… and it simply works.

The 3 Food Triple-Thyroid-Boosting Daily Protocol is all about taking the first step to overcoming your hypothyroidism by fixing some of the hidden underlying issues that are holding your thyroid hostage.

If that sounds like what you need, then just download the protocol and use it for yourself.

Click here to learn more about the 3 Food Triple-Thyroid Boosting Daily Protocol.

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You may not realize it, but there’s a hidden hormone lurking inside you.

Hiding in the shadows, it continues to multiply and build up within your cells.

At the same time, it’s ruining your health on many levels, including:

  • Suppressing your thyroid gland…
  • Damaging your metabolism…
  • Causing Hashimoto’s thyroiditis…
  • Burdening your liver…
  • Promoting cancer…
  • Driving autoimmune diseases…
  • Contributing to heart disease…
  • And more.

It’s there and it’s dangerous, but you probably don’t know it.

This hormone is none other than estrogen.

Today, I want to share a 3-Step Plan that I use with my clients to correct issues of excessive estrogen and estrogen dominance.

Whether you’re a man or a woman, young or old, it doesn’t matter.

Dangerously high levels of estrogen are being found more and more commonly in men today.

If you’re a woman (or man) and you’ve had your estrogen levels tested, then I hate to be the bearer of bad news…

…but you can’t accurately measure estrogen by blood work.

It’s highly inaccurate.

Why?

Because estrogen doesn’t accumulate in your blood.

It accumulates and hides in your tissue, where it does its damage.

Studies, such as the one below, show that tissue concentrations of estrogen are often 50+ times higher than in the blood.

The endogenous concentration of estradiol and estrone in normal human postmenopausal endometrium.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6513559

“The mean E2 concentration in tissue was 420 pg/g, 50 times higher than in plasma and the E1 concentration of 270 pg/g was 9 times higher.”

This is a common mistake my clients make all the time.

They send me their lab work claiming that their estrogen is “low”.

Then I look at the 10+ symptoms that all scream “estrogen dominance”, and we have to come to grips with reality.

This is also why Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is so dangerous.

Think of the millions of women being pumped full of estrogen when their tissue concentrations are already extremely high.

Think of the number of women that have died due to HRT without anyone knowing it.

It’s real and it’s scary…

…and it’s ruining your thyroid and immune system in more ways than one.

The Hidden Hashimoto’s Hormone

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (otherwise known as autoimmune thyroiditis) is one of the, if not “the”, most common form of hypothyroidism today.

It’s hypothyroidism, but with an immune component caused in large part by prolonged exposure to excessive estrogen.

In hypothyroidism your body is unable to detoxify estrogen efficiently, causing estrogen to build up in the body and become excessive.

This excessive estrogen blocks thyroid function and drives hypothyroidism in a number of ways, including:

  1. Inhibiting the proteolytic enzymes that allow your thyroid gland to release its thyroid hormone, directly blocking your thyroid gland.
  2. Blocking your liver from converting inactive T4 thyroid hormone into the active T3 thyroid hormone your cells need to survive.
  3. Blocking your metabolism and preventing you from using thyroid hormone efficiently.

This excessive estrogen also drives the autoimmune component of Hashimoto’s as well.

Studies, such as the one below, show that prolonged exposure to this excessive estrogen is what leads to the rise of the anti-TPO antibodies commonly used to diagnose Hashimoto’s…

2-Methoxyestradiol, an endogenous estrogen metabolite, induces thyroid cell apoptosis.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10940494

“Prolonged exposure to 2-ME led to apoptosis and to increased release of the autoantigen thyroid peroxidase (TPO).”

This is why so many thyroid sufferers develop Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.

Estrogen quickly accumulates inside your body. You’re left improperly treated. This leads to the prolonged exposure to estrogen that drives Hahsimoto’s.

So, what can we learn from our extremely high incidence of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis?

It goes to show you just how backwards and ineffective thyroid treatment today really is.

Yet, it doesn’t end with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis…

The Hidden Cause of Autoimmune Disease

While estrogen is largely responsible for the high incidence of autoimmune thyroiditis, it’s also largely responsible for the development of many other autoimmune diseases.

It all comes down to your thymus gland, which sits right behind your breastbone.

Your thymus gland serves an important role in maturing your immune T-Cells and helping to regulate your immune system.

Yet, estrogen is well known for causing damage to, and shrinking, your thymus gland.

Estrogen induces thymic atrophy by eliminating early thymic progenitors and inhibiting proliferation of beta-selected thymocytes.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16751381

“We have found that daily i.p. injections of the synthetic estrogen 17-beta-estradiol reduce thymus cellularity by 80% over a period of 4-6 days.”

More specifically, estrogen has been shown to increase the production of auto-immune antibodies while inhibiting your immune system from properly handling them.

Below are a handful of common autoimmune diseases known to involve excessive estrogen:

  • Arthritis
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Sjögren’s syndrome
  • Lupus

While estrogen is responsible for so many devastating health effects, correcting excessive estrogen is sometimes easier said than done.

The 3-Step Approach to Correcting Excessive Estrogen

We already know that hypothyroidism leads to excessive estrogen.

Yet, there are many very poor and illogical recommendations out there that more often than not cause more harm than good.

The only way to fully address excessive estrogen and estrogen dominance is through the following three steps.

Step 1: End the Aromatase Estrogen Overproduction

Most people associate estrogen as a “female” hormone produced only by the ovaries.

Yet, in hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s, estrogen is over-produced by the aromtase enzyme.

Aromatase is an enzyme found largely in your fat cells that converts androgens, like testosterone, into estrogen.

Other factors that increase aromatase include:

  • Age
  • Cortisol
  • Low-Carb Dieting
  • Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs)
  • Alcohol
  • Prolactin
  • Prostaglandin
  • Removal of the Ovaries

In hypothyroidism, both the increased amount of aromatase and the increased activity of the enzyme largely contribute to the problem of excessive estrogen.

Menopausal women continue to produce larger amounts of estrogen through aromatase, even when their ovaries produce little.

With clients, we most often correct this aromatase issue with the use of two safe, natural, and extremely powerful aromatase-inhibitors.

The first is our molecular progesterone oil.

The second is our High Gamma Vitamin E Complex.

In fact, High Gamma Vitamin E is so effective that it is shown to decrease estrogen levels by 55% in 10 weeks.

Dietary tocopherols inhibit cell proliferation, regulate expression of ERα, PPARγ and Nrf2, and decrease serum inflammatory markers during the development of mammary hyperplasia

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3374909/

“Serum E2 levels were significantly reduced by the treatment with 0.5% γ-TmT.”

Some studies indicate maximum effectiveness from 2,500 mg daily.

Step 2: Stop Storing and Start Detoxifying Your Estrogen

Preventing the over-production of estrogen is the obvious first step.

Yet, most hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s sufferers still can’t detoxify the estrogen that’s already stored in their tissue.

Your liver naturally detoxifies estrogen by attaching glucuronic acid and excreting it through your urine.

Aside from hypothyroidism itself, there are a number of factors that prevent you from detoxifying estrogen, including:

  • Estrogen
  • Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs)
  • Endotoxin
  • Protein deficiency
  • Carbohydrate deficiency

With clients, we strongly focus on improving estrogen detoxification through a number of ways.

We always start with the elimination of dietary PUFAs as well as lowering the PUFAs in our blood and tissue.

Then we must feed the liver all the adequate nutrition it needs to do its job.

This starts with a minimum of 70 to 100 grams of high quality protein, and even more carbohydrates, especially from fructose.

One or two raw carrots daily helps prevent estrogen from being reabsorbed.

Finally, we further boost thyroid hormone (T3) through diet and/or supplement a high quality thyroid hormone supplement, such as our Forefront Health Raw Desiccated Thyroid.

Step 3: De-Activate Estrogen and Block Estrogen Receptors

Regardless of your true estrogen levels, you also have to account for the “activity” of your estrogen.

For example, lower estrogen levels with higher estrogen activity can be more damaging than higher estrogen levels with lower estrogen activity.

Ideally, we want lower estrogen levels with lower activity.

There are many factors that influence your estrogen’s activity, including:

  • Inflammation
  • Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs)
  • Number of estrogen receptors

As mentioned previously, we detoxify estrogen by attaching glucuronic acid, which inactivates the estrogen.

Keeping inflammation low is extremely important as inflammation increases the production Beta-glucuronidase, which removes the glucuronic acid and re-activates the estrogen.

Another way your body inactivates estrogen is by attaching sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG).

Normally SHBG helps reduce estrogen’s activity by attaching to it and preventing it from entering your cells.

However, PUFAs in your blood stream bind to SHBG, preventing it from de-activating estrogen.

Finally, the effects, or activity, of estrogen depends largely on the number of estrogen receptors at the tissue level.

In hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s, large numbers of estrogen receptors amplify estrogen’s dangerous effects.

By blocking and eliminating estrogen receptors you can further decrease the activity of estrogen.

Similarly to their estrogen lowering effects by inhibiting the aromatase enzyme, both progesterone and Vitamin E also work by directly blocking estrogen receptors.

As you can see, fixing your estrogen dominance requires the use of all three of these steps.

Focusing on one without the others is a common mistake I see many thyroid sufferers make.

You don’t need potentially dangerous supplements like DIM or I3C to do it.

There are safe, natural, and even more effective options available.

But, this isn’t something that you can continue to ignore or leave untreated.

It’s one of the biggest missing pieces to the hypothyroidism puzzle that most people never figure out…

…and by doing so, is leaving you at risk of developing Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and other autoimmune diseases.

The post 3-Step Plan Can Lower Hidden Hashimoto’s Hormone by More than 55% In 10 Weeks appeared first on Forefront Health.

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Her name was Mary.

She suffered from severe hypothyroidism and depression.

During our first consultation, she told me her heart-breaking story of how both were ruining her life, in so many ways.

Of her long list of thyroid symptoms, depression was one of the most debilitating.

She was being treated for her depression with an SSRI (selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor) medication.

While SSRI medications are widely prescribed for depression, their effectiveness is questionable.

First, the full actions of SSRIs are not entirely understood.

Second, studies show that their use increases suicide risk. This alone should call into question their safety and effectiveness.

Some SSRIs have been shown to work by activating the body’s stress response. This results in increased production of excitatory stress hormones.

While their excitatory effects can help mask the symptoms of depression, they can also be harmful to your thyroid health.

This was surely the case with Mary.

Without telling anyone, Mary stopped taking her anti-depressant.

(NOTE: This is very dangerous and not recommended. Always consult with your doctor before making any changes to your medications.)

Almost overnight, Mary’s body temperature took a nose dive. Her temperature plummeted from 98.1 F (36.7 C) to 96.5 F (35.8 C). Then, her symptoms took a drastic turn for the worse.

This showed just how strongly her anti-depressant was activating her body’s stress response.

It also showed how much these stress hormones were artificially elevating her body temperature.

In other words, her anti-depressant was having an effect; just not a healthy one. It was suppressing her thyroid in the process.

The results of what happened next were incredible. I’ll show you what we did in just a minute.

While many medical treatment options for depression are questionable…

…studies show a direct link between hypothyroidism and depression.

Those who are at highest risk are those with any of the following:

  • Elevated T4 levels
  • Low T3 levels
  • Elevated rT3 (reverse T3)
  • Blunted TSH response to TRH
  • Positive anti-thyroid antibodies (Hashimoto’s thyroiditis)

Well, that covers just about everyone.

Yet, here’s something important to understand.

Many causes of hypothyroidism also influence depression in several ways, including:

  • Low cholesterol
  • Vitamin A deficiency
  • Elevated serotonin
  • Poor thyroid hormone conversion
  • Poor metabolism
  • Elevated estrogen
  • Progesterone deficiency
  • Elevated Endotoxin
  • And the list goes on…

Poor metabolism, resulting in low brain energy, is one primary cause of depression.

In Mary’s case, we had great success by stimulating her metabolism.

By properly simulating metabolism, we can significantly increase energy production of the brain.

Below, you’ll find the 3-Step Protocol we used to stimulate her metabolism. As a result, her depression improved dramatically.

(Note: Mary also used our 3 Food Triple Thyroid-Boosting Daily Protocol. It’s a super simple way to start your day feeling right, feeling calm, feeling clear, and feeling full of energy. You can download it free here.)

Step 1: Improve Depression with Thyroid Hormone (T3)

Doctors sure are quick to prescribe anti-depressants.

Yet, few, if any, test thyroid hormone levels in cases of depression.

As we know, low thyroid hormone (T3) is a well known cause of depression.

Studies show that active thyroid Hormone (T3) is a very effective treatment option.

This study alone showed a 24.7% remission rate among depression sufferers over an average of 9.6 weeks.

A comparison of lithium and T(3) augmentation following two failed medication treatments for depression: a STAR*D report.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16946176

“RESULTS: After a mean of 9.6 weeks (SD=5.2) of treatment, remission rates were… 24.7% with T(3) augmentation… “

That’s incredible considering these results were from thyroid hormone supplementation alone.

Thyroid hormone (T3) is the strongest regulator of metabolism and energy production.

But here’s something else that is interesting…

High inactive thyroid hormone (T4) levels also cause depression.

This is because high T4 levels are often a sign of poor thyroid hormone conversion by the liver.

Many depression studies using T4 only medications show it to be ineffective.

Seeing as how most doctors prescribe T4-Only medications, like synthroid and levothyroxine, this poses a big problem for those suffering from hypothyroidism and depression.

In Mary’s, case we increased her T3 levels using a non-prescription source of desiccated thyroid. You can learn more about it by clicking here.

Step 2: Improve Depression with Coffee

This is one of my favorites.

Few people understand the full therapeutic benefits of coffee for thyroid health.

Yet, here’s one more to add to the list of coffee benefits.

Studies show that coffee can work as an effective anti-depressant. When used properly, it has little to no negative side-effects.

This study shows that 2 to 4 cups of coffee per day reduces your risk of depression by 15% to 20%.

Coffee, caffeine, and risk of depression among women.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21949167

“CONCLUSIONS: In this large longitudinal study, we found that depression risk decreases with increasing caffeinated coffee consumption.”

Sorry to all you decaf drinkers. Unfortunately, decaf coffee doesn’t provide the same benefit.

Studies also show that coffee drinkers who drink 2 to 4 cups of coffee daily are 50% less likely to attempt suicide.

That’s another added benefit, considering many anti-depressants increase suicide risk.

Coffee is effective against depression for similar reasons as thyroid hormone (T3).

This is because caffeine mimics many of the effects of T3 on metabolism. So, it helps to increase brain energy too.

In Mary’s case, we increased her coffee intake up to 2 to 3 cups per day as tolerated.

But, not everyone tolerates coffee well.

This is because of poor nutrition and inadequate liver glycogen (blood sugar fuel).

Just like using thyroid hormone (T3), coffee works by pushing on the gas pedal of your metabolism.

If your fuel tank is empty, you’re always going to run into problems.

Step 3: Improve Depression with B-Vitamins

Here’s something that isn’t as well known, but still very important.

Hypothyroidism and depression are also linked by certain B-Vitamin deficiencies.

Hypothyroidism sufferers are often deficient in B-Vitamins. Studies show that certain B-Vitamin deficiencies are another common cause of depression.

The B-Vitamins most directly associated with depression include:

  • Thiamine (Vitamin B1)
  • Riboflavin (vitamin B2)
  • Niacin (Vitamin B3)
  • Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6)

It was Dr. Abram Hoffer who pioneered many studies on B-Vitamins and depression. He is well known for his work on linking Niacin (Vitamin B3) deficiency to depression.

There are many therapeutic benefits to B-Vitamins. Of particular interest is their ability to help restore healthy metabolism and energy production.

They also have many anti-stress effects. They also help improve glycogen storage and liver function too.

All these are essential for proper thyroid function.

In Mary’s case, we also used certain B-Vitamins to help further increase brain energy.

This is one reason I created a Vitamin B Thyroid Complex for my clients. It uses these B-Vitamins, and others, optimized for your thyroid health.

(NOTE: Want to see the full list of benefits this Vitamin B Thyroid Complex has to offer? Click here to learn more.)

Fixing depression can involve more than just stimulating brain energy. So, I’ll continue to add more helpful tips in future parts of this article.

Yet, Mary was a very interesting case, and this is what worked most effectively for her.

We sometimes do see body temperature drop and symptoms worsen when lowering stress hormones.

It can be a temporary, but necessary, effect when regulating thyroid function.

Yet, I never saw such a fast and significant decline in body temperature as Mary’s.

So, we did what we could to stimulate energy production and restore her body temperature.

It all started with this simple 3-Step Thyroid-Depression Protocol.

Over the following weeks, her body temperature rose and surpassed its former stress-induced peak. And this time she was supporting her thyroid instead of suppressing it.

More importantly, by restoring energy production and body temperature, her depression resolved. And she starting feel much more like her normal self again.

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You’re innocent until proven guilty, right?

Or, are you guilty until proven innocent?

Imagine this…

You’ve been convicted of a murder you didn’t commit.

You spend decades behind bars while your name is thrown through the mud and everyone around the world despises you.

Then you’re proven innocent… only to be convicted of the same crime yet again and thrown back in jail for decades more.

Now, imagine this happens to you four times in a row.

While this may seem like a made for TV crime series, it’s actually very real.

The innocent party here is… cholesterol.

And it’s been proven innocent yet again (and hopefully for the final time).

This should be a day of celebration for you.

Why?

Because cholesterol is essential to your thyroid health.

And higher cholesterol might just help the millions of thyroid sufferers like you worldwide.

I’ll explain what I mean in a minute.

First, it’s important to understand that cholesterol has never been the cause of heart disease.

Think about it…

If every time you see an out of control fire you also see firemen, does that mean that firemen must be the cause of all those fires?

Of course not!

Well, then you shouldn’t be so quick to blame cholesterol for heart disease either.

It’s never been proven to cause heart attacks or heart disease.

In fact, much like the firemen are actually trying to help put those fires out…

…your cholesterol is actually trying to help protect you (and your thyroid) in much the same way.

Cholesterol is NOT the Cause of Heart Disease (Hypothyroidism Is)

The truth is that hypothyroidism was first discovered to be the cause of heart attacks in 1890.

And the hypothyroidism and cholesterol connection was established back in the 1930’s.

Even research today continues to prove what we have already known for well over 100 years now.

For example, take a look at the graph below.

This data was taken directly from the HUNT Study, the largest population-based heart disease study ever conducted.

And it shows very clearly that your “bad cholesterol” rises in direct correlation to your thyroid function.

Image Source: Eur J Endocrinol February 1, 2007 156 181-186

But this isn’t something you’ll ever hear from your doctor.

And that’s because the medical community and pharmaceutical industry has spent the past 60 years trying to convict cholesterol for the deaths of over a half a million people every single year.

But time and time again all charges against cholesterol have been dropped.

Starting in the 1950’s, so called “heart healthy” polyunsaturated fats were recommended after discovering that they could lower cholesterol.

This was great until further research proved the opposite and showed that those ”heart healthy” fats actually increased your risk of heart disease.

Not only that, but research shows that polyunsaturated fats are extremely thyroid suppressive as they block every part of your Thyroid Hormone Pathway.

(Note: Want to learn more about your Thyroid Hormone Pathway and why our approach to hypothyroidism is so effective? Then take a look at this article on “How We Overcome Hypothyroidism When All Else Fails”).

Then in the 1970’s, the US declared war on high cholesterol foods and promoted a low cholesterol diet.

However, this trial was over before it even started.

Endocrinologist and thyroid expert, Dr. Broda Barnes had already shown through his hypothyroidism and heart disease research that low cholesterol diets actually made heart disease worse.

“…the low cholesterol diet had not only failed to protect the arteries, but the damage was increased four fold.”

Dr. Broda Barnes

I’ll tell you more about why Dr. Broda is so important in just minute.

Then starting in the 1980’s, the pharmaceutical industry again declared war against cholesterol with the inception of cholesterol lowering Statin drugs.

Unfortunately statin drugs have been proven useless as they don’t actually save any lives at all.

Statins and all-cause mortality in high-risk primary prevention: a meta-analysis of 11 randomized controlled trials involving 65,229 participants.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20585067

CONCLUSION: This literature-based meta-analysis did not find evidence for the benefit of statin therapy on all-cause mortality in a high-risk primary prevention set-up.

However, they have been shown to increase your risk of diabetes, increase muscle wasting, and decrease libido.

That brings us to today…

We’ve finally got it right this time, they say.

It’s all about “good cholesterol” vs. “bad cholesterol” right?

WRONG.

And the latest pharmaceutical drugs developed to prevent heart disease have proven it.

A new class of cholesterol drugs was developed that effectively increases “good” HDL cholesterol while at the same time decreases “bad” LDL cholesterol.

The results?

They’ve stopped all clinical trials because all three of these newly developed drugs failed big time.

“We have a paradox: here we’ve got an agent that more than doubles the levels of good cholesterol and lowers bad cholesterol and yet has no effect on clinical events [heart attacks]”

Professor Stephen Nicholls – lead author on Evacetrapib clinical trials

In other words, “good cholesterol” vs. “bad cholesterol” makes no difference at all.

So, as it turns out… “bad cholesterol” isn’t quite as “bad” as you might think.

Through all of these trials, cholesterol has been proven innocent… and rightfully so.

Because what you might not realize is that anything you do to artificially lower your cholesterol is dangerous to your thyroid.

Why Lowering Your “Bad” Cholesterol Is “Bad” for Your Thyroid

As mentioned previously, hypothyroidism and cholesterol are directly related… especially “bad cholesterol”.

That’s right.

The more hypothyroid you become, the higher your cholesterol rises.

This is why long before modern day thyroid tests were developed, doctors were trained to test for elevated cholesterol as an indicator of hypothyroidism.

This is because you need thyroid hormone (T3) to use cholesterol efficiently.

Your body requires cholesterol, thyroid hormone (T3), and Vitamin A to produce all of your protective steroidal hormones including…

  • Pregnenolone
  • Progesterone
  • DHEA
  • Testosterone

But when you’re hypothyroid and lack thyroid hormone, you can’t convert cholesterol into these important hormones and so cholesterol rises accordingly.

Treating thyroid patients with T3 can quickly lower cholesterol levels back down to normal because your body is actually using the cholesterol and increasing production of these hormones.

Yet, artificially lowering cholesterol through diet, drugs, supplements, or otherwise when your body still can’t use that cholesterol is very dangerous…

because it further lowers your levels of these protective steroidal hormones.

And without these essential hormones, you’ll always be hypothyroid.

Take progesterone for example.

Progesterone plays an important role in activating the enzymes that allow your thyroid gland to release thyroid hormone into your bloodstream.

Progesterone deficiency alone is a very common cause of hypothyroidism today.

And it should be no surprise that a deficiency in any/all of these protective steroidal hormones is associated with an increased risk of heart disease.

But what might surprise you is this…

Hypothyroidism Is the True Cause of Heart Disease Today

As I mentioned previously, hypothyroidism was first discovered to be the cause of heart attacks way back in 1890.

Yet, because heart disease was so rare at this time, it didn’t warrant further studies.

That is until it was brought back to light by the work and research of Dr. Broda Barnes.

Dr. Broda Barnes is well known for thyroid and heart disease research and proving that hypothyroidism was the cause of heart disease.

He showed this through both his extensive autopsy research from Graz, Austria along with his own clinical research in the US.

Dr. Barnes conducted his own clinical study of patients being treated for hypothyroidism with desiccated thyroid replacement therapy.

Based on the established heart attack rates at the time, it was predicted that 72 of his study patients would experience a heart attack at some time during this study.

But that’s not what happened at all… only 4 of the study patients did.

That’s a 94% reduction in attacks without any changes other than treating these patients with desiccated thyroid replacement therapy.

And Dr. Broda Barnes determined the proper thyroid dosage for these patients, not based on lab testing, but through a similar method as we teach in our Ultimate Thyroid Testing Protocol training.

(Note: This testing protocol is not only more accurate than lab testing, it can be done easily from home, for free, and in five minutes. You can get it for free by clicking here.)

Dr. Broda Barnes showed that with proper testing and thyroid treatment, we could save hundreds of thousands of lives a year that are lost to heart disease.

Unfortunately, while his work has never been refuted or further studied, it simply continues to be ignored by the medical system today.

But that’s not even the worst part…

In their process of wrongly convicting cholesterol, they’ve been responsible for the deaths of millions of people.

The Untold Dangers of Low Cholesterol

Have you heard that your cholesterol could be too low?

Probably not.

And I’m sure you’re doctor has never told you that low cholesterol is deadlier than high cholesterol.

And this is a major problem today that I continue to see with my clients.

A few years ago, after reviewing a client’s lab work I noticed that his cholesterol was around 150 mg/dL, which is dangerously low.

When I asked him about it, he said that his doctor had just put him on a Statin drug to further lower his cholesterol because, as his doctor put it… “it could be better.”

That’s pure madness.

What your doctor doesn’t know is that while your risk of death due to heart disease might be slightly better with low cholesterol, your risk of death from other causes is worse… including cancer.

Decline in serum total cholesterol and the risk of death from cancer.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9229204

“The group with the highest decline in cholesterol displayed an excess risk for most cancer sites. These associations were more pronounced in subjects whose weight remained stable or decreased over time than in those who gained weight.”

Plasma lipids and mortality: a source of error.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6102243

“Cancer mortality was 66% higher in the group with the lowest plasma cholesterol than in the group with the highest plasma cholesterol.”

So, before you try to get your cholesterol down even further, here’s what you need to know.

Why Borderline High Cholesterol Is Healthy

The truth is that your borderline “high cholesterol” might be healthier than you think.

The current recommendations for cholesterol state the following…

  • 200 mg/dL (5.2 mmol/L ) or lower = “Desirable Cholesterol”.
  • 200 mg/dL to 239 mg/dL (5.2-6.2 mmol/L) = “Borderline High”.
  • 240 mg/dL (6.2 mmol/L) or above  = “High”

But what does the research say?

It’s important that we look beyond just heart disease and look at all-cause mortality.

Otherwise, as shown above, you might just be trading heart disease for cancer.

And we both know that doesn’t solve any problems.

Based on all-cause mortality studies, optimal cholesterol with lowest all-cause mortality is actually 200 mg/dL to 240 mg/dL (5.2-6.2 mmol/L).

In other words… people who are healthiest and live the longest are the ones who are considered to have “Borderline High” cholesterol.

This is very important to take into consideration before blindly accepting cholesterol lowering drugs from your doctor, “just to be on the safe side”… or before you try that cholesterol lowering diet that’s supposed to be so healthy for you.

Is trying to force your cholesterol lower the best thing for you?

Are you just trading heart disease for cancer or some other unnecessary cause of early death?

Or should you start by fixing the real underlying cause of the problem and focus on your thyroid health?

If you have high cholesterol due to a thyroid hormone deficiency, or low cholesterol due to liver dysfunction, the right diet can make all the difference.

(Note: Want to see just how big of a difference the right diet can make? Try our Ultimate Thyroid Boosting Meal Plan and jump-start your thyroid today… Click here to learn more.)

So tell me…

What’s your cholesterol?

Is it “Borderline High”?

Or is maybe is too low?

Leave a comment below and let me know.

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Hypothyroidism and diabetes tend to go hand-in-hand.

Anyone who is diabetic will functionally become hypothyroid because their cells become blocked from using thyroid hormone efficiently.

And anyone who is hypothyroid will have a tendency toward becoming pre-diabetic and eventually diabetic because of how their body compensates for their thyroid condition.

In this article, which is based largely on the work of Dr. Raymond Peat, I’m going to show you how you can prevent this from happening, but in order for this to all make sense…

…you first have to understand the truth about diabetes and the vicious cycle that causes it.

Today, diabetes (along with a list of other health conditions) is blamed directly on the over-consumption of sugar.

It’s oftentimes referred to as the “Sugar Disease”.

And for those without a proper understanding of how the body works, this might make sense.

When a diabetic consumes large amounts of glucose, their blood sugar rises.

And a chronic rise in blood sugar can lead to various health complications.

But, let me ask you this…

Imagine you have a clogged sink drain while your water is running.

As the water level continues to get higher and higher do you curse the water and blame it for clogging your sink?

No, that wouldn’t make any sense.

Would turning off the water and letting the water sit there solve your problem?

Of course not.

We all know the underlying problem that you have to fix is the clog itself.

Then why are so many people guilty of taking this very approach with diabetes today?

Diabetes is NOT a Sugar Disease

Let’s get one thing straight…

Diabetes is not a disease “caused” by sugar.

You require insulin to deliver glucose to your cells.

This is why in type 2 diabetes, insulin injections are prescribed to treat the condition while doing nothing to solve the problem.

Diabetes is a dysfunction within your body that prevents your cells from using glucose.

So, just as the case with your clogged sink, blaming the water, or in this case sugar, doesn’t make much sense.

If the underlying problem is that your cells are clogged, preventing you from being able to use glucose, then you can’t blame glucose as the problem.

And if you think that turning off the water, or removing sugar from your diet is the solution then you’re in for a big surprise as well.

Removing sugars and carbohydrates from your diet as a band-aid approach to forcing your blood sugar lower also fails to fix the underlying problem.

Regardless of what your blood sugar levels are, your cells are still clogged and the underlying problem still exists.

In fact, using a low-carb diet to manage your diabetes is actually quite dangerous in itself.

With the increasing popularity of low-carb diets today, I’ve been seeing a higher prevalence of diabetes and especially pre-diabetes in my clients.

For example, I recently consulted with a couple who both followed a low carbohydrate diet, one for 2 years, and one for less, while both developed thyroid issues.

(Note: Low-carb diets are well known to suppress thyroid function as discussed in this article on low carb thyroid dangers.)

But they became very concerned when their latest trip to their doctor uncovered that both had also become pre-diabetic with elevated blood sugar.

They didn’t understand how their blood sugar could possibly be high when they ate so few carbohydrates and absolutely no sugar.

This is far more common than you think.

And I’ll explain how this happens in just a second.

The important thing to understand here is that diabetes is caused by a dysfunction within your body preventing your cells from using glucose.

And blaming sugar and trying to avoid all sugars is NOT how you fix the underlying problem.

How Hypothyroidism Leads to Diabetes

It all boils down to what’s called the Randle Cycle.

In a nutshell, the Randle Cycle is a mechanism by which the presence of large amounts of free fatty-acids (or fats) in your bloodstream compete with the sugar in your bloodstream and block your cells from being able to use or metabolize your blood sugar.

So, it should be no surprise to learn that diabetics have high levels of circulating free-fatty acids in their blood.

And as mentioned previously, if you can’t get sugar to your cells then you won’t be able to use thyroid hormone efficiently.

So, how does this occur in hypothyroidism?

It’s well known that in hypothyroidism, your liver loses its ability to store and release its storage form of sugar, glycogen.

(Note: This is covered in detail in this article on “How to Heal Your Thyroid By Healing Your Liver”.)

And it’s this liver glycogen or stored sugar that is supposed to be keeping your blood sugar stable, especially between meals.

This is why hypothyroidism sufferers lose the ability to properly regulate their blood sugar and instead are forced to compensate by over-producing stress hormones instead.

Those stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol, are hormones of survival.

Consider the fact that your brain is the largest consumer of sugar in your body. And it requires a huge amount of sugar to function.

If your blood sugar continued to drop too low then your brain would not be able to function, you would lose consciousness, and you wouldn’t be able to recover.

In other words, life as you know it would be over.

The primary purpose of these stress hormones is to keep you alive by preventing your blood sugar from dropping too low.

When you are hypothyroid and your blood sugar drops, your body first secretes the stress hormone adrenaline.

It does so to stimulate your liver to release its stored glycogen/sugar, which as mentioned a hypothyroid liver can’t store.

Adrenaline also triggers the release of free fatty-acids from your stored fats into your bloodstream, which we know from the Randle Cycle prevents your cells from being able to use sugar.

And it’s these free fatty-acids that are responsible for the development of insulin resistance.

This is well documented through numerous research studies including the following two just as an example:

Free fatty acids and insulin resistance.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17285001

“Dysregulation of free fatty acid metabolism is a key event responsible for insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. According to the glucose-fatty acid cycle of Randle, preferential oxidation of free fatty acids over glucose plays a major role in insulin sensitivity and the metabolic disturbances of diabetes mellitus. However, other mechanisms are now described to explain the molecular basis of insulin resistance.”

“The increase in free fatty acid flux resulting from increased lipolysis secondary to adipose-tissue insulin resistance induces or aggravates insulin resistance in liver and muscle through direct or indirect (from triglyceride deposits) generation of metabolites, altering the insulin signalling pathway. Alleviating the excess of free fatty acids is a target for the treatment of insulin resistance.”

Interaction between free fatty acids and glucose metabolism.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12172479

“Elevated plasma FFA levels have been shown to account for up to 50% of insulin resistance in obese patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Lowering of FFAs in these patients or interfering with steps in the pathway through which FFAs cause insulin resistance could be a new and promising approach to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.”

If you want to blame diabetes on something, blame it on PUFA.

This is why we recommend avoiding polyunsaturated fats (PUFA) at all costs.

PUFA oils are generally oils that are liquid at room temperature (olive oil is a slight exception) and are used widely in restaurants, almost all packaged foods, and just about everything you eat.

Needless to say, much of the fats consumed today are in the form of PUFA.

And therefore there are high levels of PUFAs stored within your body’s fat stores.

So, when you are hypothyroid and compensate by secreting large amounts of adrenaline, it results in large amounts of PUFA being released into your bloodstream.

And as Dr. Raymond Peat points out, these PUFA are responsible for killing insulin producing beta-cells of your pancreas.

“The antimetabolic and toxic effects of the polyunsaturated fatty acids can account for the “insulin resistance” that characterizes type-2 diabetes, but similar actions in the pancreatic beta-cells can impair or kill those cells, creating a deficiency of insulin, resembling type-1 diabetes.”

Dr. Raymond Peat, PhD

This is also shown through research:

Long-term exposure of INS-1 rat insulinoma cells to linoleic acid and glucose in vitro affects cell viability and function through mitochondrial-mediated pathways.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21161439

“The results of this study indicate that chronic exposure to linoleic acid-induced β-cell dysfunction and apoptosis [cell death]…”

So, not only do these free fatty-acids cause insulin resistance within your cells, they kill your cells that produce the insulin that you need to deliver glucose to your cells.

This is a diabetes disaster just waiting to happen.

And cortisol plays an important role in diabetes as well.

The primary role of the stress hormone cortisol is to break down protein tissue in your body and to convert that protein into sugar, as a means of preventing your blood sugar from dropping too low.

And it’s this cycling of adrenaline and cortisol among hypothyroidism sufferers that creates the vicious diabetes cycle.

Hypothyroidism and the Vicious Diabetes Cycle

With hypothyroidism we see a continual cycle where your body compensates by secreting large amount of adrenaline followed by large amounts of cortisol.

As adrenaline rises and releases stored PUFAs into your bloodstream it…

  1. Blocks your cells from metabolizing glucose.
  2. Promotes insulin resistance within your cells.
  3. Kills your insulin producing cells.

Then cortisol rises and breaks down protein resulting in a surge of glucose, which is blocked from entering your cell and results in…

  1. The production of more adrenaline.
  2. More insulin resistance.
  3. And more death to insulin producing cells.

This cycling and surging of adrenaline and cortisol is what’s responsible for the development of insulin sensitivity and insulin deficiency.

Over time your ability to metabolize glucose becomes further and further impaired as your blood sugar continues to rise in an attempt to keep your cells and brain functioning.

As you can see, the problem actually has little to do with sugar itself…

…and it has everything to do with PUFA.

While avoiding PUFA in your diet is extremely important, there are also foods that you should be using that can help protect you from diabetes by boosting your thyroid function.

Some of those foods can be found in our 3 Food Thyroid-Boosting Daily Protocol.

You can down it for free by clicking here.

Low-Carb Diets May Lower Blood Sugar But Worsen Diabetes

Lowering your blood sugar by removing carbohydrates from your diet will never fix the underlying problem of diabetes.

Sure, you’ll go to your doctor who will monitor your fasting blood sugar and see that it is lower, or even within “normal” range.

Your blood sugar will likely remain within range for a period of time.

But the underlying dysfunction still exists.

Your cells are still not able to use sugar.

And you are still for all intents and purposes, diabetic.

Your brain still requires huge amounts of sugar to function and will get it at any cost.

It’s pure survival.

It’s supply and demand.

In diabetes, if your brain can’t get the sugar it needs (increase in demand) it will force your blood sugar higher (increase in supply) by producing more stress hormones.

And if it’s the over-production of adrenaline and cortisol that caused the problem to begin with… then forcing your body to produce more of these stress hormones will never solve the problem.

By removing more and more carbohydrates from your diet, all you’re doing is forcing your body to produce more adrenaline and cortisol to compensate, which only makes your diabetes worse.

This is why diabetics and hypothyroidism sufferers who follow a low-carb diet long term will see that their blood sugar “stabilizes” initially for a period of time and then begins to increase again no matter how few carbohydrates they consume.

Just as in the case of my two low-carb clients I mentioned earlier.

The more carbohydrates they removed from their diet, the more diabetic they became.

And the more difficult it becomes to reverse.

How to Reverse Diabetes

I work with plenty of diabetic clients and it does take time and is not always easy.

The approach we take with clients and use in our Hypothyroidism Revolution Program is very different than what most are used to.

But it’s important to understand that the only way to solve the problem of diabetes is to fix the underlying dysfunction that causes it.

In our case of the clogged sink, we don’t blame the water (sugar) and we don’t just turn the water off (remove carbohydrates from our diet).

Instead we work to remove the clog (the real underlying problem) itself.

For starters, we need to overcome your inability to regulate your blood sugar.

To do this, we use diet to compensate for the liver by eating the right balance of carbohydrates and frequently enough to keep blood sugar regulated.

We’re essentially using diet to regulate your blood sugar while your liver is unable to do it.

Then we work to prevent the release of the free fatty-acids into our bloodstream that triggers the Randle Cycle and promotes diabetes.

One way to do this is through the use of vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) which helps inhibit the lipase enzyme that releases free fatty-acids from stored fat.

Keeping those free fatty-acids out of your bloodstream is essential.

Then we can use certain carbohydrates therapeutically to help restore your ability to get glucose to your cells and for your cells to use that glucose efficiently.

For example, consuming more fruits and getting more fructose is known to help improve your cells ability to use glucose.

Acute fructose administration improves oral glucose tolerance in adults with type 2 diabetes.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11679451

“CONCLUSIONS: Low-dose fructose improves the glycemic response to an oral glucose load in adults with type 2 diabetes, and this effect is not a result of stimulation of insulin secretion.”

Focusing on less grains and starches and more fruits is very effective.

Yet today, we live in a world where more people have become afraid of healthy carbohydrates.

Fruit and fructose containing sugars have been shown to prevent diabetes.

Even orange juice has been shown to be an ideal source of carbohydrates for diabetics.

So, don’t be afraid of carbohydrates.

They can actually help save your life.

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It’s a question I get asked almost every single day…

“How can I get off my thyroid medication?”

While your doctor and the manufacturer of your thyroid medication will likely tell you that it’s impossible, there’s some interesting research that says otherwise.

The answer for some may be as simple as… “light”.

The problem however is that sometimes research like this can be very difficult to understand.

Not because it’s necessarily complicated… but because it’s not always available in English.

Yet, we have Vladimir Heiskanen to thank for bringing “light” to this research (pun intended).

Vladimir was kind enough to send me an article he wrote on light therapy for hypothyroidism which presented some very promising results.

So, I wanted to share some of his findings with you and how you can use this to help heal your own thyroid issues.

And just to be clear, we’re not talking about slight improvements in thyroid function.

Multiple studies out of Brazil showed that this light therapy not only reduced the need for thyroid medication in all patients…

…it also showed that

47% of patients no longer required any thyroid medication even 9 months later, when the study concluded.

Along with a 39% to 49% decreased in TPOAb (anti-thyroid antibodies) among those with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.

And get this…

A Russian study demonstrated a 97% success rate when treating subclinical hypothyroid women.

Their baseline TSH averaged at 9.1 mIU/L, but after ten sessions of LLLT, the TSH was normalized in 337 (97%) of these women. Their TSH averaged at 2.2 mIU/L after the LLLT treatments.

These results were so impressive that according to Russian Researchers…

In our opinion, it [LLLT] is the method of choice in the treatment of [subclinical hypothyroidism], especially in the elderly.”

What Is LLLT and How Does It Work?

LLLT stands for “low level laser (light) therapy”.

Specifically it focuses on the therapeutic properties of red to near infrared light.

Maybe you’ve seen the infomercials with those red light devices claiming to improve your mood, take away all of your aches and pains, cure your acne, or even help you re-grow your hair…

Well, all those claims are based on the therapeutic benefits of LLLT.

But please don’t go out and buy one of these cheap devices.

They are most likely poor quality and not designed accurately enough to provide much if any results.

With that being said, LLLT is scientifically proven to do all of these things and more.

However, real and effective LLLT devices as used for medical therapy typically cost in the range of thousands of dollars, making them unaffordable to most individuals.

But don’t worry…

You can get some of the same benefits that will only set you back $10 to $20 (I’ll explain in a minute).

The important thing to understand is that LLLT works by activating a very important enzyme known as “cytochrome c oxidase”… which plays a crucial role in healthy metabolism and energy production.

(Note: Activating “cytochrome c oxidase” is also something that we do in Step 5 of this article on “How We Overcome Hypothyroidism When All Else Fails”.)

In fact, as Dr. Raymond Peat points out, this is one of the same mechanisms that T3 (thyroid hormone) works to help stimulate healthy metabolism.

In other words, one of the reasons that light therapy has been proven as an effective treatment for hypothyroidism (and potential replacement for thyroid medication) is because it activates this important enzyme, the same way thyroid hormone does.

But also as Dr. Raymond Peat points out, there are many factors today that tend to de-activate this important enzyme… such as dietary PUFAs (polyunsaturated fats), excessive stress, estrogen dominance, low thyroid function, lack of light, copper deficiency, etc.

So, how can you benefit from this?

The Truth Is You Don’t Really Need a Fancy Laser

As Vladimir points out… so much of the light therapy research these days is focused on the use of laser light.

Most likely because laser light can be easily adjusted, which allows researchers to test specific parameters of the light very easily.

Now, less expensive devices using LED lights are becoming more widely used.

But even inexpensive higher powered incandescent light bulbs can provide many of the same therapeutic benefits.

In fact, we use this with clients all the time and it doesn’t have to be expensive at all.

You can get the all the parts you need at your local hardware store including bulbs and inexpensive reflectors to make a simple homemade lamp.

The key is to expose the light directly to your skin to activate the cytochrome c oxidase enzyme, making sure to get exposure to your thyroid and chest.

Starting with as little as 15 minutes daily can provide positive results.

(Note: We are NOT recommending this as a replacement for your thyroid medication as it isn’t as strong or directed as LLLT. But we still highly recommend it for its therapeutic benefits.)

The Bottom Line: Why You Need Light Therapy

If you work indoors, away from windows, and with little exposure to sunlight then light therapy can help protect against light deficiency and hypothyroidism.

If you work the night-shift then this can become extremely important.

But even as we’re approaching winter time in the northern hemisphere, days are beginning to shorten, which naturally reduces our light exposure.

And it’s the reason why so many hypothyroidism sufferers experiencing a worsening of symptoms during the winter months.

All of these are reasons why using light therapy can become extremely important for protecting your thyroid.

Want to build your own light therapy lamp for less than $20?

Here are the detailed instructions on how we use it with our clients and how you can use it too:

How to Build Your Own Thyroid-Boosting Light Therapy Lamp

So tell me…

Have you used light therapy?

If so, leave a comment and let us know you’re experience.

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Are you looking for a simple way to effortlessly boost your thyroid?

How would you like to boost your thyroid function by up to 61% with about zero effort on your part?

No thyroid medication necessary. (If you’re taking thyroid medication, then you need this even more. I’ll explain why in a minute.)

If you can spare 10 seconds a day, then this is for you.

Trust me; it doesn’t get any easier than this.

It all boils down to one single vitamin.

But let me give you one BIG WARNING

This vitamin comes in different forms.

Use too much of the wrong form of this vitamin and it can further suppress your thyroid function.

We’ll get to that in just a second, but first you need to know what which vitamin I’m talking about and how powerful it is.

Vitamin A and Hypothyroidism

You may not know this, but thyroid hormone (T3) and vitamin A have an important relationship.

Yet, most hypothyroidism sufferers are deficient in Vitamin A.

And this is a major problem for your thyroid health.

Thyroid hormone (T3) and Vitamin A work together synergistically to support your thyroid health.

Both are required to convert your cholesterol into all of your thyroid-protective youth hormones.

Simply put, being deficient in Vitamin A prevents you from being able to use thyroid hormone.

So, it won’t matter how much thyroid medication you use, without adequate Vitamin A your thyroid medication won’t help much.

And the more thyroid medication you use, the greater your need for Vitamin A.

Want to see just how necessary and power Vitamin A is for your thyroid health?

Take a look at this 2012 study published by the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. It shows just how effective Vitamin A is for treating subclinical hypothyroidism.

The effect of vitamin A supplementation on thyroid function in premenopausal women.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23378454

“Vitamin A caused a significant reduction in serum TSH concentrations in obese (p = 0.004) and nonobese (p = 0.001) groups. Serum T3 concentrations also increased in both obese and nonobese vitamin A-treated groups (p < 0.001). Serum T4 decreased in all 3 groups after treatment.”

This study looked at the response of thyroid function to Vitamin A supplementation in pre-menopausal women.

The results after the end of the 4 month trial were quite significant, including…

  • 30% to 33% reduction in TSH.
  • 38% to 61% increase in T3 thyroid hormone.
  • 16% to 23% decrease in T4 thyroid hormone.

These results were without the use of any sort of thyroid medication, which is quite amazing.

Yet, understanding these results is important as well.

The rise in T3 thyroid hormone and fall in T4 thyroid hormone is oftentimes an indicator that the improvement in thyroid function resulted from an improved conversion of T4 to T3 in the liver.

(Note: Liver issues and hypothyroidism go hand in hand as discussed in this article on “How to Heal Your Thyroid By Healing Your Liver”)

But, I also want you to keep in mind that the form of Vitamin A used in this research study was not the form of vitamin A you’ll find in most multi-vitamins or health food stores.

Good Vitamin A vs. Bad Vitamin A

When most people think of Vitamin A, they think of carrots.

Carrots contain a rich source of beta-carotene which is one form of Vitamin A.

And because it’s relatively inexpensive, you’ll find that beta-carotene is the form used in almost all multi-vitamins and other supplements out there.

Yet, it’s important to understand that too much beta-carotene will actually suppress your thyroid.

Beta-carotene itself is not a usable form of Vitamin A.

Your liver has to convert beta-carotene into usable Vitamin A before your body can use.

As Dr. Broda Barnes explains, the liver dysfunction that occurs with hypothyroidism prevents you from converting it efficiently…

“In other words, the thyroid has a profound effect on the liver. We have other evidence that a lack of thyroid is accompanied by a sluggish liver. In the first place, it has been apparent for a century that patients with myxedema (very low thyroid activity) have a yellowish tint to their skins. This has been found to be due to the presence of too much carotene in the blood. The liver converts carotene into vitamin A which is colorless. Under the administration of thyroid, the liver becomes more active and the carotene soon disappears.”

-Dr. Broda Barnes

Dr. Broda Barnes also points out, this is why many hypothyroidism sufferers develop yellowish calluses or a yellowish pigment to their skin, which is common sign or symptom of hypothyroidism.

In fact, in my own personal experiments many years ago, I juiced carrots daily. This only worsened my thyroid condition as I developed a case of carotenemia (yellowish/orangish pigment of the skin)

My wife joked that I had an uncanny resemblance to an Oompa Loompa (from the movie, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”).

With that being said, carrots should not be avoided entirely.

In fact, I use them with clients for some very therapeutic purposes.

However, large amounts of beta-carotene from the over-consumption of beta-carotene rich vegetables and carrot juice should be avoided.

So, what kind of Vitamin A should you be using?

The short answer is a “usable” form of vitamin A.

In the study above, the researchers used retinyl palmitate which tends to work well for most and is what I formulated into our Vitamin ADK Thyroid Formula supplement.

(Note: If you are pregnant, or trying to become pregnant, then it is not advisable to use large amounts of vitamin A. Please discuss this with your doctor.)

But, you still need to be careful with the other ingredients used in your Vitamin A supplement as well.

For example, many Vitamin A or retinyl palmitate supplements are dissolved in some sort of PUFA (polyunsatured fatty acid) oil, which is well known for being very toxic to your thyroid. We avoid this common mistake by dissolving our Vitamin ADK Thyroid Formula in safe and protective coconut oil.

It doesn’t make sense to try to solve one problem only to create a bigger problem for yourself in the process.

While certain supplements can be very helpful with improving and restoring thyroid function, it’s important to understand that supplements are designed to “supplement” an already healthy diet.

With that being said, you should never ignore the importance of your diet.

But, if you’re looking for an easy way to boost your thyroid with zero effort, then this is it.

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Allergies can sometimes be the most crippling and frustrating symptoms for some sufferers.

Yet, did you know that hypothyroidism and allergies are intricately connected?

Unfortunately, many are left feeling miserable trying to manage their allergy symptoms the best they can while never getting long-term relief, because they fail to address this thyroid connection.

That can all change right now, and I want to show you how.

It all comes down to the…

The Hypothyroid-Allergy Connection

Allergies are primarily caused by the excessive buildup of inflammatory chemicals in the body, especially histamine and prostaglandins.

Histamine is normally released by mast cells (a type of immune cell) in response to allergens you may come into contact with.

Yet, you might be surprised to learn that your body can overproduce histamine for many reasons that have nothing to do with pollen or other seasonal allergens.

Prostaglandins are normally produced due to stress or injury to your cells.

Both are natural chemical reactions, but the problem occurs when these chemicals are overproduced, which is quite common in hypothyroidism.

In hypothyroidism, your cells can become chronically stressed, which significantly increases histamine and prostaglandin levels.

Prostaglandins are also commonly overproduced due to the high levels of thyroid-suppressive polyunsaturated fats in the modern diet.

Studies have even shown that mothers who consume larger amounts of PUFAs in their diet have babies more prone to allergies.

Maternal breast milk long-chain n-3 fatty acids are associated with increased risk of atopy in breastfed infants.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14987297

“CONCLUSION: Higher n-3 FA levels in the colostrum do not appear to confer protection against, but may be a risk factor for, the eventual development of atopy [genetic tendency to develop allergic diseases] in high-risk breastfed infants.”

(Note: Want to see just how bad PUFAs are for you thyroid and overall health? Then go read this article on “The Worst Food for Your Thyroid – and Doctors Claim It’s “Essential” to Your Health”.)

This leads to chronic inflammation and makes allergy symptoms like these even worse:

  • Sneezing
  • Watery, itchy eyes
  • Coughing
  • Headache
  • Digestive problems
  • Scratchy, sore throat
  • Skin rash
  • Runny nose
  • Difficulty breathing

Chronic inflammation not only makes you feel terrible, it can also do lasting damage to your health, especially to your thyroid health.

The good news is… there are many things you can easily do to stop the overproduction of these chemicals, and just as important, reduce the miserable symptoms of allergies.

3 Ways Hypothyroidism Triggers Allergies and Worsens Allergic Reactions 1. Estrogen Dominance

Hypothyroidism and estrogen dominance go hand-in-hand.

In hypothyroidism there are numerous ways in which estrogen becomes dominant, including:

  • Increased Estrogen Production
  • Decreased Estrogen Detoxification
  • Decreased Progesterone Production

As estrogen dominance increases, its negative effects on your immune system and allergies increases as well.

Estrogen increases both the number of mast cells and their release of histamine, while decreasing your body’s ability to remove histamine from your system.

This allows histamine to build up within your body, amplifying the inflammation and allergic response you may experience from common allergens.

Effect of oestradiol on mast cell number and histamine level in the mammary glands of rat.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22112012

“More mast cell number and higher histamine concentrations were observed in the oestrous stage than that in the prooestrous and dioestrous stages. Ovariectomy decreased the mast cell number and histamine concentration, which were reconstituted by exogenous oestradiol.”

Over time, this leads to the Estrogen-Histamine Cycle, which results in histamine intolerance.

(Note: Click here to learn more about Hypothyroidism and Histamine Intolerance: How High Histamine Foods Can Help Heal Your Thyroid.)

Estrogen Dominance also increases nitric oxide, which is another way it increase the severity of allergic reactions.

Estrogen increases the severity of anaphylaxis in female mice through enhanced endothelial nitric oxide synthase expression and nitric oxide production.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25553642

“Our study defines a contribution of estrogen, through its regulation of eNOS expression and NO [Nitric Oxide] production.”

Lowering estrogen to improve your allergies and thyroid health doesn’t have to be complicated.

One way is to get started with this super-simple, quick, and easy 60 Second Thyroid-Boosting Carrot Recipe we use with all our clients.

You can download this 60-Second Thyroid-Boosting Carrot Recipe here.

2. Low Blood Sugar

Low blood sugar (or hypoglycemia) is another common problem among hypothyroid sufferers, due to its effects on your liver.

In hypothyroidism, your liver can’t store/release glycogen efficiently, which is necessary to keep your blood sugar stable between meals.

This leaves you prone to developing low blood sugar, which is another condition that increases histamine production.

As I mentioned above, this increases the severity of allergic reactions.

The following study shows just how big an effect blood sugar levels can have on allergic reactions.

The relationship of the blood sugar level to the severity of anaphylactic shock.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1557370/

“When hypoglycaemia is induced by Bordetella pertussis vaccine or insulin, shock is potentiated whereas in hyperglycaemia induced by injections of alloxan or glucose shock is delayed and severity is decreased.”

In this study, researchers showed that low blood sugar significantly increased the allergic response.

Yet, more importantly, they also showed that the allergic response could be delayed and significantly decreased simply by raising your blood sugar.

3. Hypothyroid Metabolism

Another common effect of hypothyroidism is its negative effects on your metabolism.

Hypothyroidism promotes an incomplete form of metabolism, which results in an increase in lactic acid and a decrease in the production of carbon dioxide (CO2), both of which increase histamine production in your body.

This is why CO2 levels are commonly deficiency among thyroid sufferers.

The study below shows that histamine levels are significantly reduced by CO2.

Treatment of mast cells with carbon dioxide suppresses degranulation via a novel mechanism involving repression of increased intracellular calcium levels.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21284650

“Significantly, the stimulatory effect of 48/80 on fluorescent intensity and histamine levels was greatly inhibited (>95%) to near control levels by pretreatment with 100% CO…”

In other words, when CO2 levels are decreased by hypothyroidism, it makes you more susceptible to histamine and allergic reactions.

And, by increasing your CO2 levels, you can significantly inhibit the histamine response to help decrease allergic reactions.

7 Ways to Boost Your Thyroid and Eliminate Your Allergies

If you’re hypothyroid, there’s a good chance your levels of histamine and prostaglandin are too high.

There’s a lot you can do to help fix that.

Here are 7 tips to lower your levels of these inflammatory chemicals in your body, get relief from your allergies, and boost your thyroid all at the same time.

1. Progesterone

Progesterone boosting thyroid function through its ability to lower estrogen and combat estrogen dominance and its harmful effects.

It also improves allergies by preventing mast cell activation and the release of histamine.

Supplementing progesterone also decreases the production of nitric oxide by your cells.

Both of these are very effective ways to help reduce your susceptibility to allergens.

(NOTE: Click here to learn more about Molecular Progesterone Oil we recommend and use with our clients.)

2. Vitamin E

Vitamin E is also well known to help boost thyroid function by its ability to lower estrogen and protect against thyroid-suppressive PUFAs.

Similarly to progesterone, its estrogen lowering effects also help prevent the release of histamine.

In addition to that, Vitamin E also prevents the formation of prostaglandins by lowering and inactivating the free fatty acids (PUFAs) in your bloodstream.

Inhibition of PGE2 production in macrophages from vitamin E-treated rats.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1745656

“These results strongly suggested that the inhibition of PGE2 production by vitamin E results from the inhibition of the activities of both phospholipase A2 and cyclooxygenase.”

(NOTE: Click here to learn more about the Thyro-Protect Vitamin E that we use with our clients.)

3. Thyroid Hormone (T3)

Thyroid hormone (T3) can also help to significantly decreases allergies and allergic responses.

Thyroid hormone not only lowers your estrogen levels, it also increases progesterone and other thyroid-protective youth hormones to stabilize mast cells and prevent histamine release.

Thyroid hormone is also known to stimulate healthy metabolism to increases CO2 levels.

While this helps to improve your thyroid health (and your overall health), it also helps stave off severe allergic reactions.

(NOTE: Click here to learn more about our non-prescription Raw Desiccated Thyroid Supplement we use.)

4. Avoid PUFAs

Polyunsaturated fats are known to cause serious damage to your entire thyroid hormone pathway.

Simply put, avoiding PUFAs in your diet is a must for restoring proper thyroid function.

(NOTE: Want to learn a simple way to reduce PUFAs in your diet? Start by eliminating these “15 Worst Cooking Oils for Your Thyroid”.)

Since PUFAs are the source of prostaglandin production, avoiding PUFAs in your diet can significantly decrease your prostaglandin production, which is a major allergy trigger.

5. Regulate Your Blood Sugar

Not only does hypothyroidism cause poor blood sugar handling… poor blood sugar handling traps you in a perpetual state of hypothyroidism through what we refer to as the Thyroid-Adrenal Stress Cycle.

Maintaining adequate blood sugar levels helps to delay and decrease the severity of your body’s allergic response.

If you find yourself having an acute allergic reaction, raising your blood sugar can help.

This is true both for moderate to severe allergies, and for major allergic reactions that trigger anaphylactic shock.

6. Coffee/Caffeine

Coffee and caffeine help boost thyroid function in many ways.

(NOTE: Want to learn more about the many ways coffee and caffeine boosts your thyroid? Be sure to read this article on “The Ultimate Guide to Coffee, Caffeine, and Your Thyroid”.)

Caffeine has been shown to block the release of histamine from mast cells.

Inhibitory effects of caffeine on Ca2+ influx and histamine secretion independent of cAMP in rat peritoneal mast cells.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9013201

“These results indicate that caffeine inhibits Ca2+ influx and Ca2+ efficacy in the secretory apparatus independent of cAMP, resulting in the inhibition of secretagogs-evoked histamine secretion from rat mast cells.”

Coffee also stimulates healthy oxidative metabolism, which improves both blood sugar handling and CO2 production to further help reduce allergic reactions.

This makes drinking coffee a great way to lessen the effects of allergies while giving your thyroid health a much needed boost.

7. Bag Breathing

Maintaining adequate CO2 levels in your bloodstream is key to maintaining healthy metabolism and thyroid function.

Increasing CO2 levels also helps to lower inflammation and inhibit prostaglandin formation within your body.

An easy way to increase CO2 levels in your body is through bag breathing.

For these reasons, bag breathing can help to stimulate healthy metabolism and decrease the release of histamine to inhibit the allergic response in a healthy way.

It’s very simple and easy to do.

All you need to do is to hold an empty deflated bag over your mouth and nose and breath in and out for as long as you comfortably can.

When you exhale, the CO2 from your breath becomes trapped in the bag, increasing the concentration of CO2.

When you rebreath that exhaled CO2, you absorb it back through your lungs causing your blood CO2 levels to rise.

Over time, your CO2 levels will return to normal so practicing this multiple times per day will have a greater overall effect.

So, there you have it.

The Hypothyroid-Allergy Connection is a common cause of both allergies and heightened allergic responses.

Eliminating your allergies can be achieved by:

  1. Decreasing the number of immune mast cells.
  2. Decreasing the amount of histamine those mast cells release.
  3. Decreasing the levels of prostaglandins.
  4. Decreasing nitric oxide levels.

And to do that we’ve covered seven simple thyroid-boosting tips that can help.

While each one can certainly help, using all seven would certainly have a greater therapeutic effect.

Yet, the goal is to start simple.

We always recommend starting with things that can give you the best response with the least amount of effort.

For example, maybe you want to start by reducing estrogen, which is one of the biggest and most common thyroid-allergy triggers.

Lowering estrogen to improve your allergies and thyroid health doesn’t have to be complicated.

You can easily start with supplementing progesterone and/or vitamin E.

Or maybe you’d rather use something food-based to help lower your estrogen levels like this super-simple, quick, and easy 60 Second Thyroid-Boosting Carrot Recipe we use with all our clients.

You can download this 60-Second Thyroid-Boosting Carrot Recipe here.

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It’s sad but true.

Your doctor is probably looking at your thyroid tests all wrong.

This means that they (and you) are missing vital information that can give you clues and insight into how best to fix your thyroid issues.

Working with clients over the years, I’ve seen a lot of thyroid tests.

I’ve seen clients with TSH levels above and beyond 100 mIU/L (now that’s a lot of inflammation!).

I’ve seen clients with extremely low thyroid hormone levels.

I’ve also seen clients with extremely high thyroid hormone levels who were still extremely hypothyroid.

Yes, it happens more than you might think.

Just about anything is possible when it comes to your thyroid.

So, it’s important to understand how to interpret thyroid tests correctly.

But it’s also important to understand that just measuring the hormone levels in your blood doesn’t tell you what you really need to know.

That requires a different type of testing which I’ll show you a minute.

Now, most doctors (and patients) only look at thyroid tests with respect to the test reference ranges.

If that’s what you and your doctor are doing then you’re missing out on so much more.

But that’s about to change because I’ll be showing some of the common lab test results we see and what they really mean.

And please keep in mind that we look at a number of other tests and test values when working with clients.

So while this isn’t a comprehensive list, it can help you get discover some bigger hidden thyroid problems that need to be fixed.

1. Correctly Interpret Your TSH

Let me start by saying that TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) is a very inaccurate thyroid test when used alone.

And if your doctor is only testing your TSH, then you need to either ask for additional testing or find a new a doctor who will.

The reason is because TSH is actually very poorly correlated with thyroid function due to the high percentage of false negatives.

In other words, while many doctors will test your TSH and tell you that your TSH is within “normal” range… you’re likely still very hypothyroid.

This is because your TSH is influenced by more than just your thyroid function.

All of the factors below can lower your TSH (to within the normal reference range) while masking serious thyroid issues:

  • Aging
  • Stress
  • Infection
  • Blood Sugar
  • Excessive T4
Hidden Thyroid Problem #1…

Your TSH should be below 1.5 mIU/L (or ideally below 1 mIU/L).

(Note: Having a TSH value above 1.5 mIU/L means you’re still hypothyroid and are at a higher risk of death due to heart disease, which was covered in this article here.)

But keep in mind, even a TSH below 1.5 mIU/L doesn’t mean that your thyroid is fine and healthy.

You still need more information.

2. Correctly Interpret Your T4

Some doctors who are willing to test beyond TSH will also test T4, the inactive form of thyroid hormone.

While this can be useful information it still doesn’t tell you what we really need to know.

Most doctors will simply look to make sure your T4 is anywhere within the test reference range.

However, your T4 levels should ideally be close to the middle of the test reference range.

(Note: Your test, test reference range, and measurement units will likely differ so you’ll need to determine the mid-range for your own thyroid test.)

If your T4 is much below that then this does indicate that there’s a potential problem.

But there’s more we can learn by looking at T4 and TSH together.

Hidden Thyroid Problem #2…

If your T4 level is below the middle of the reference range and your TSH is “normal” or high…

…this is a common sign of estrogen dominance and that estrogen is directly suppressing your thyroid gland from releasing thyroid hormones.

Estrogen has a tendency to inhibit the proteolytic enzymes that are required for your thyroid gland to release the thyroid hormone it has stored.

3. Correctly Interpret Your T3

Unfortunately, most doctors won’t test T3 levels, the active form of thyroid hormone that you and your body depend on.

And this is yet another huge mistake being made by the medical system today.

For those patients who do get their T3 tested, it’s oftentimes interpreted incorrectly as well.

Having T3 levels within the test’s reference range isn’t enough.

Ideally, T3 should be at least in the upper quarter of the test reference range.

(Note: Your test, test reference range, and measurement units will likely differ so you’ll need to determine the mid-range for your own thyroid test.)

But we can also learn more from looking at T3 and T4 together.

Hidden Thyroid Problem #3…

If T4 is normal or high and T3 is low…

…this is a common sign that your liver is not able to properly convert your T4 into T3 efficiently and focus needs to be on improving liver function.

(Note: Liver dysfunction is one of the most common causes of hypothyroidism today and we show you some simple ways improve your thyroid hormone conversion in this article “How to Heal Your Thyroid By Healing Your Liver”.)

Hidden Thyroid Problem #4…

T3 testing in general is a bit more complicated than testing other thyroid hormones.

This is because many patients also have some degree of thyroid hormone resistance that is preventing them from using the T3 that is available.

(Note: Thyroid hormone resistance can be caused by certain parts of thyroid hormone pathway being blocked which is covered in more detail in this article on “How We Overcome Hypothyroidism When All Else Fails”.)

Because of this, some patients require larger doses of T3.

And in some cases, tests can show T3 levels well above the test reference range and these patients feel considerably better when they do.

Unfortunately, most doctors will panic and lower your thyroid medication regardless of whether or not you feel better, even if lowering it makes you feel worse.

While all of these test values can be helpful in discovering some common thyroid problems that need to be fixed…

…it’s important to understand that these tests alone still can’t accurately diagnose you.

There’s still more you need to know.

We still need to know the most important thing, which is regardless of how much thyroid hormone you have available in your blood… can your body actually use it?

You can supplement or medicate with all the thyroid hormone you want, but if you can’t get that thyroid hormone to your cells then it’s all a lost cause.

And you’ll always be hypothyroid.

So, that’s exactly what you’ll discover when you go through the Ultimate Thyroid Testing Protocol.

This thyroid testing protocol will show you a very different side to thyroid testing than you’ve seen… and help pinpoint even more hidden thyroid problems that need to be fixed.

It’s based on real research and has been shown to be far more accurate than lab testing today… It’s the same thyroid testing protocol that we use with all of clients… and it works.

The Ultimate Thyroid Testing Protocol is the first step to getting the answers you need to start testing and overcoming your hypothyroidism.

If that sounds like what you need, then put this testing protocol to work for you.

Click here to learn more about the Ultimate Thyroid Testing Protocol.

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Do you drink coffee?

Ever wonder if it’s actually good or bad for you and your thyroid health?

Some love coffee and say that they can’t live without it (more on this a second).

Others claim that coffee is nothing more than an addictive stimulant that is ruining the lives of millions of people who consume it daily.

Well, one thing is certain… coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world.

It’s also one of the largest sources of antioxidants in the human diet.

Yet, there are a lot of anti-coffee claims out there… such as:

  • Coffee increases stress hormones and should be avoided due to adrenal-fatigue because our lives today are inundated with stress…
  • Coffee worsens thyroid function and should never be used in cases of hormonal issues.
  • Caffeine over-stimulates the body and depletes the body of nutrients.

The good news is that all of these common anti-coffee claims have one thing in common…

…they’re all FALSE.

And we’re here to set the record straight.

Unfortunately, coffee is one of the most misunderstood foods with respect to its health benefits.

In this article you’re going to learn:

  • How coffee and caffeine both boost and protect your thyroid health on numerous levels.
  • How coffee and caffeine reduce your risk of almost every disease from heart disease, to cancer, to diabetes, and even neurodegenerative brain diseases.
  • How coffee and caffeine help you to be healthier and live a higher quality of life.

Now, that’s not to say that some people don’t have trouble tolerating coffee.

Some experience blood sugar instability, insomnia, anxiety, etc.

However, these types of issues typically stem from other underlying dysfunctions, such as poor liver function, poor diet, and nutritional deficiencies, and not from the coffee itself.

We’ve worked with many clients to overcome these issues so they could use coffee to the benefit of their thyroid health.

Believe it or not, scientifically speaking, coffee has many similarities to thyroid hormone in how it affects your body.

For example, like thyroid hormone, coffee helps to stimulate healthy oxidative metabolism, which is necessary for high-energy production.

Dysfunctional metabolism is one reason why fatigue is such a common symptom of hypothyroidism.

Keep in mind that for coffee to have beneficial effects on your thyroid health, it does NOT have to work by augmenting thyroid hormone levels.

This is a common mistake made by many so-called experts who claim that coffee has no positive effects on thyroid health.

While some see reaching for a morning cup a coffee to help get your day started as a sign of addiction or weakness…

…the fact that some feel like they can’t live without coffee is simply a sign that coffee is helping them to produce energy more efficiently (and in a healthier way too).

Now, let’s get a couple of things straight.

  1. I’m in no way saying that simply drinking coffee will cure anyone of their thyroid dysfunction (or any disease), or that coffee can be used as a replacement for your thyroid medication.
  2. While the health benefits of coffee are quite clear, using coffee cannot completely protect you from thyroid-suppressive dietary (i.e. low-carb), lifestyle and supplement choices. For example, if coffee decreases your risk of heart disease by 15 percent, yet your diet increases your risk by 30 percent, you will still be at a greater risk of heart disease, even though the coffee is still helping.

However, when used properly, coffee can certainly play a BIG role in helping to improve your thyroid health by improving the efficiency of your thyroid function.

Aside from its thyroid-boosting effects, coffee has far too many additional health benefits to ignore.

Simply put, it is one of the easiest and most effective ways to boost your thyroid and protect yourself from numerous deadly diseases, which you’re about to see.

If you currently drink coffee, then this will help reinforce why you should continue to make coffee a part of your daily life.

If not, then you may find yourself wondering why.

5 Ways Coffee Boosts Your Thyroid Hormone Pathway (and Your Thyroid Health)

To truly understand the full thyroid-boosting benefits that coffee has to offer, you have to first understand that your thyroid health depends on much more than just your thyroid gland.

Instead, your thyroid health depends on an intricate Thyroid Hormone Pathway, which your thyroid hormones must travel before they ever gets to your cells, and before your body can ever use it.

(NOTE: Learn more about fixing your Thyroid Hormone Pathway in this article on “How We Overcome Hypothyroidism When All Else Fails”.)

With hypothyroidism (and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis), your pathway becomes blocked on multiple levels preventing your body, organs, tissue, and cells from using thyroid hormone properly.

That’s why we always say…

“If you can’t get the right thyroid hormone to your cells or your cells can’t use that thyroid hormone efficiently, then you will always be hypothyroid.”

Now, let’s take a closer look at how coffee (and caffeine) helps to protect and boost your thyroid by making your Thyroid Hormone Pathway function better…

1. Coffee Helps Protect Your Thyroid Gland from Thyroid Cancer

Unfortunately, there’s not much research with respect to coffee’s direct effects on the thyroid gland.

The research that is available does suggest that coffee reduces your risk of thyroid cancer and also helps lower
TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone), which provides additional protective effects.

Does coffee consumption protect against thyroid disease?

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2816215

“Statistical analysis revealed a strikingly negative (p less than 0.05) association between benign and malignant thyroid disease and consumption of coffee. After adjustment for possible confounding variables, the association remained statistically significant.”

The protective effects of coffee against thyroid cancer are further supported by additional evidence.

First, caffeine is known to increase cyclic AMP, which inhibits cancer cell growth.

Second, as we’ll cover in detail in just a bit, coffee is also well-known to reduce the risk of numerous other types of cancer.

Unfortunately, some also attempt to argue the thyroid protective effects of coffee based on unreliable studies.

For example, one meta-analysis study found no correlation between coffee and thyroid cancer, however, the author was unable to draw this conclusion due to the unreliability of the study data stating…

“Coffee contains a variety of biologically active compounds that might affect the risk of cancer. For instance, caffeine increases intracellular cyclic adenosine monophosphate, which has an inhibitory effect on cell (i.e., tumor) growth [13,27]. However, the effects of caffeinated versus decaffeinated coffee on thyroid cancer were not studied in this meta-analysis due to limited information. Only one study [22] reported separate association estimates for caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee with thyroid cancer, showing that drinking caffeinated coffee has a preventive effect on thyroid cancer, whereas decaffeinated coffee was associated with an increased risk [22]… These findings should be interpreted with caution because of potential biases and confounding variables.”

While there is still room for plenty of additional research, the research that is available has demonstrated a significantly lower risk of thyroid cancer among coffee drinkers.

2. Coffee Boosts Your Thyroid By Protecting Your Liver

We say it all the time…

Probably the most important, yet overlooked, piece of the thyroid puzzle is your liver.

Your thyroid gland may produce thyroid hormone, but it’s your liver that must convert that thyroid hormone into its usable form and regulate the amount of thyroid hormone your body needs all day every day.

And that’s just scratching the surface.

Your liver is also responsible for detoxifying numerous thyroid-suppressive hormones and toxins as well as regulating your blood sugar.

All of these are essential for proper thyroid function.

Studies show that both coffee and caffeine protect your liver in numerous ways, including:

  • Lowering liver enzymes (a sign of stress/damage to the liver).
  • Protecting against fatty liver disease.
  • Protecting against fibrosis of the liver.

Effects of coffee consumption against the development of liver dysfunction: a 4-year follow-up study of middle-aged Japanese male office workers.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10680318

“These results suggest that coffee may be protective against the liver dysfunction…”

Protective role of coffee in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20165979

“CONCLUSIONS: A possible opposite, if not antagonistic, role of coffee with regard to overweightness and insulin resistance, similar to that reported in hepatocarcinoma and cirrhosis, is envisaged in the natural history of NAFLD.”

Association of coffee and caffeine consumption with fatty liver disease, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, and degree of hepatic fibrosis.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21987293

“CONCLUSION: Coffee CC is associated with a significant reduction in risk of fibrosis among NASH patients.”

Liver dysfunction is a major cause of hypothyroidism today.

Anything that improves liver function, including coffee and caffeine, in turn helps to improve thyroid function.

Want to experience the difference that the right coffee can make?

Try the coffee that we developed and use ourselves and with our clients that can help get you back to the happy and healthy you.

Your thyroid will surely thank you.

3. Coffee Boosts Your Thyroid By Lowering Thyroid-Suppressive Estrogen

Estrogen is probably the most thyroid-suppressive hormone there is.

When overproduced and/or unopposed by progesterone, it blocks your thyroid function in many ways, including:

  • Inhibiting the proteolytic enzymes that allow your thyroid gland to release its thyroid hormone, directly blocking your thyroid gland.
  • Blocking your liver from converting inactive T4 thyroid hormone into the active T3 thyroid hormone your cells need to survive.
  • Blocking your metabolism and preventing you from using thyroid hormone efficiently.

To make matters worse, hypothyroidism itself promotes estrogen dominance, which in turn further suppresses your thyroid and traps you in a perpetual state of hypothyroidism.

The good news is research shows that both coffee and caffeine can help protect against estrogen dominance in a number of ways, including:

  • Lowering estrogen levels among premenopausal women.
  • Increasing progesterone levels among premenopausal women.
  • Increasing sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) among postmenopausal women, which binds to and inactivates estrogen in the blood.

Relationship between caffeine intake and plasma sex hormone concentrations in premenopausal and postmenopausal women.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19384973

“RESULTS: In premenopausal women, caffeine intake was inversely associated with luteal total and free estradiol, and positively associated with luteal progesterone levels (P-trend = .02, .01, .03, respectively). Coffee intake was significantly associated with lower luteal total and free estradiol levels, but not luteal progesterone levels (P-trend = .007, .004, .20, respectively). Among the postmenopausal women, there was a positive association between caffeine and coffee intake and SHBG levels (P-trend = .03 and .06, respectively).”

Coffee and caffeine have also been shown to protect against thyroid-suppressive estrogen in other ways.

For example, the aromatase enzyme that exists in your fat cells is a common means of estrogen overproduction in hypothyroidism.

This enzyme converts androgens like testosterone in estrogen.

Coffee is a well-known and recognized aromatase inhibitor, meaning that it helps to stop this enzyme from producing excess estrogen.

Caffeine has also been shown to provide additional anti-estrogenic benefits through its ability to directly block estrogen-receptors.

This is evident through the mounting research showing caffeine’s ability to protect against estrogen-receptor (positive and negative) cancers.

Caffeine and Caffeic Acid Inhibit Growth and Modify Estrogen Receptor and Insulin-like Growth Factor I Receptor Levels in Human Breast Cancer.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25691730

“RESULTS: Moderate (2-4 cups/day) to high (≥5 cups/day) coffee intake was associated with smaller invasive primary tumors (Ptrend = 0.013) and lower proportion of ER(+) tumors (Ptrend = 0.018), compared with patients with low consumption (≤1 cup/day). Moderate to high consumption was associated with lower risk for breast cancer events in tamoxifen-treated patients with ER(+) tumors (adjusted HR, 0.51; 95% confidence interval, 0.26-0.97). Caffeine and caffeic acid suppressed the growth of ER(+) (P ≤ 0.01) and ER(-) (P ≤ 0.03) cells. Caffeine significantly reduced ER and cyclin D1 abundance in ER(+) cells. Caffeine also reduced the insulin-like growth factor-I receptor (IGFIR) and pAkt levels in both ER(+) and ER(-) cells.”

4. Coffee Boosts Your Thyroid By Lowering Thyroid-Suppressive Stress Hormones

Stress hormones are well known for their thyroid-suppressive effects.

Both stress hormones, cortisol and adrenaline, inhibit the conversion of T4 to T3 in the liver and increase the conversion of T4 to reverse T3.

Stress hormones are also probably the most controversial topic when it comes to coffee and caffeine.

Many people have been led to believe that coffee is bad because it increases stress hormone levels.

However, this is a very misunderstood topic.

What you need to understand is that most of the benefits of coffee are dose-dependent (the more you drink the more the benefit) and come from long-term use (drinking it daily).

Some studies show that if one has avoided coffee and begins using it, there can be a temporary increase in stress hormone production over the course of a few days.

Yet, studies further show that after a week or two of continual use, coffee actually lowers stress hormone production significantly.

In other words, the daily use of coffee is extremely protective against stress.

(NOTE: If you don’t tolerate coffee well, then it’s most often due to underlying dysfunctions within your own body that need to be fixed. We’ll cover this and how to improve your tolerance to coffee in more detail in an upcoming article. Coffee is something that everyone can and should benefit from.)

Coffee and caffeine lower stress hormones in a number of ways.

The following study shows that coffee directly blocks the 11beta-HSD1 enzyme responsible for the production of cortisol.

The researchers also determined that this effect was not due to caffeine, but rather to other components of coffee.

Coffee inhibits the reactivation of glucocorticoids by 11beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 1: a glucocorticoid connection in the anti-diabetic action of coffee?

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16814782

“Coffee extract blocked 11beta-HSD1-dependent cortisol formation, prevented the subsequent nuclear translocation of the glucocorticoid receptor and abolished glucocorticoid-induced expression of the key gluconeogenic enzyme phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase.”

While the study above demonstrated the potent anti-stress effects of coffee unrelated to caffeine, caffeine itself has been shown to provide even more anti-stress benefits.

The following study shows that long-term caffeine use also inhibits production of the stress hormone adrenaline.

Chronic caffeine intake decreases circulating catecholamines and prevents diet-induced insulin resistance and hypertension in rats.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21733336

“We concluded that long-term caffeine intake prevented the development of insulin resistance and hypertension in HF and HSu models and that this effect was related to a decrease in circulating catecholamines.”

Caffeine also suppresses stress by increasing dopamine and your sensitivity to dopamine.

Dopamine in turn lowers serotonin, another potent anti-thyroid hormone.

Serotonin, a stress hormone commonly elevated in hypothyroidism, activates your pituitary gland to increase cortisol, estrogen, and prolactin, all of which are extremely thyroid-suppressive.

(NOTE: Want to learn more about how serotonin promotes stress in your body? Take a look at this article on “How to Suppress Stress and Regain Control of Your Thyroid by Cracking Down on These 4 Thyroid-Stress Activators”.)

As you can see, coffee helps stop the overproduction of stress hormones and is not a burden to your adrenal glands like many have been led to believe.

(NOTE: Want to know why your thyroid is actually responsible for your adrenal issues? Be sure to take a look at this article on “Why You Don’t Have Adrenal Fatigue and Why Treating It Is Ruining Your Thyroid”.)

5. Coffee Boosts Metabolism and Active T3 Thyroid Hormone By Reversing Insulin Resistance

Insulin resistance (and diabetes), which is extremely common in hypothyroidism, also inhibits the conversion of inactive T4 into active T3 thyroid hormone by your liver.

It does so by preventing your liver cells from properly using glucose (sugar), the inherent problem of diabetes.

As Dr. Raymond Peat states:

“Since glucose is needed by liver cells to produce the active (T3) form of thyroid, diabetes almost by definition will produce hypothyroidism, since in diabetes glucose can’t be absorbed efficiently by cells.”

Studies have confirmed this by showing that those with diabetes develop elevated T4 and low T3 levels, a classic sign that T4 is not being convert into T3.

The Relationship Between Thyroid Function and the Prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Euthyroid Subjects.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27906594

“CONCLUSIONS: This study demonstrated that decreased FT3, FT3/FT4 ratios, and increased FT4 levels are independently related to a higher prevalence of T2DM in both males and females.”

So, anything that can help reverse or prevent insulin resistance and diabetes will also help improve thyroid function by increasing the conversion of inactive T4 into the active T3 thyroid hormone in the liver.

Well, coffee helps do that too.

Numerous studies have now demonstrated that long-term coffee and caffeine use protects against insulin resistance and type-2 diabetes.

Chronic caffeine intake decreases circulating catecholamines and prevents diet-induced insulin resistance and hypertension in rats.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21733336

“We concluded that long-term caffeine intake prevented the development of insulin resistance and hypertension in HF and HSu models and that this effect was related to a decrease in circulating catecholamines.”

(NOTE: Want to learn how hypothyroidism is the real cause of diabetes? Be sure to read this article on “Hypothyroidism and Diabetes: How to Reverse It and Why Sugar Is NOT the Problem”.)

Both hypothyroidism and diabetes also impair the final stage of your Thyroid Hormone Pathway… your metabolism.

One of the essential functions of active T3 thyroid hormone is to promote healthy oxidative metabolism. This is required for your cells to produce the large amounts of energy they need to maintain their healthy and disease-free state.

If you are hypothyroid (or diabetic), your healthy oxidative metabolism becomes inhibited.

Many studies have demonstrated coffee and caffeine’s ability to stimulate healthy oxidative metabolism and the efficient use of glucose.

This is yet another way that coffee and caffeine help promote healthy thyroid function by supporting a healthy, pro-thyroid state of metabolism.

5 More Undeniable Health Benefits of Coffee

The benefits of coffee and caffeine don’t stop with just your thyroid.

The additional health benefits coffee has to offer may make you question why anyone would not want to drink it. (We’ve had many clients who can’t..

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