Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Do I need an iodine supplement?

Iodine is an important element in the body.  It helps with the function of many of the glands in the body that produce hormone that control our body's metabolism.
The most well known gland that uses iodine is the thyroid gland.  

Hyper and Hypo thyroid symptoms

If the thyroid gland is hyper active, then you may have these symptoms:
  • Hot flushes, sweating
  • Trembling
  • Weight loss
  • Diarrhea
  • Hair loss
  • Nervousness, hyperactivity
  • Emotional instability and irritableness or fatigue
  • Insomnia and restlessness
  • Potency problems
  • Racing heart
If the gland is under active (hypo), then you may have these symptoms:
  • General loss of energy and power
  • Slowed metabolism
  • Overweight
  • Tiredness
  • Difficulties to concentrate or mental slowness
  • Constipation
  • Sensitivity to cold
  • Slow pulse
  • Waxy skin thickening and swelling (myxedema)
  • Dry skin
  • Deep, hoarse voice
  • Brittle, dry hair
  • Loss of sexual desire or potency problems
  • Sometimes even depression

    Other organs

    Not only does the thyroid require iodine to produce the thyroid hormones, but these other glands and organs also need iodine. 

So where do we get iodine? 

Here are 7 foods rich in iodine:
  1. Sea Vegetables (like seaweed)
  2. Cranberries
  3. Organic Yogurt
  4. Organic Navy Beans
  5. Organic strawberries
  6. Himalayan Crystal Salt
  7. Potatoes

Too little iodine or too many halogens?

People in many countries, including ours, suffer from what appears to be a lack of iodine in our diets.
In the 1920s many people in the Pacific Northwest and the Great Lakes Regions suffered from goiters.  The Morton Salt company started distributing iodized salt nationally.

What doctors are now seeing is an increase in halogens in the body.  

Iodine is a halogen, but so is fluorine, chlorine and bromine.  Too much of these elements will block our body's access to iodine.  So, even though you may have plenty of iodine, you are not able to absorb it correctly.  Your thyroid and other glands absorb these other halogens and you are not able to absorb the iodine that you need. 
Other chemicals that can be blocking absorption of iodine are mercury, amiodarone and lithium and a deficiency in tyrosine, selenium and zinc,

Currently, bromide is found in pesticides (methyl bromide),  some bread products (potassium bromate), brominated vegetable oil that may be added to citrus-flavored drinks, hot tub cleansers, certain asthma inhalers and prescription drugs, plastic products, some personal care products, and some fabric dyes.

So before you start supplements, start with your doctor and get your levels checked.

In the book, The Hypothyroid Diet by Kevin Dobrzynski, DN, it is proposed that we are getting enough iodine in our diets, but the receptors are being blocked by the bromine, chlorine, fluorine and astatine that we are ingesting.  These halides are blocking our absorption of iodine.  So, first we need to reduce the halogens and eat iodine rich foods like fish, seaweed, vegetables and eggs.  There is also iodine in yogurt, condensed milk and cheddar cheese.  We can reduce the halides with good water filtration.

Then after 6 months hormone production is still slow, you may want to look into a natural supplement like Good Herbs Cell Salts.   It is made of Arrow Root, Bladderwrac*, Irish Moss, Kelp (Atlantic)  Purified Water, 27% Whole Grain Alcohol.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Recipe for Success! - Tammy Meyer, Life Coach

A New Recipe….. for Success! This recipe includes a big heaping portion of top tips from Certified Life & Business Coach, Tammy Meyer!

The gesture of sharing recipes has always been a flattering, open exchange. We attend potlucks, host our closest friends and family, and when there are no left-overs, or when someone asks for a recipe, we feel flattered! The question I get most often as a Life and Business Coach is “What does a Life Coach do, exactly?” Every time I get this question I feel flattered, as if someone’s asking for my recipe; my recipe for their success. Coaches don’t give advice or tell others what to do. They do help others help themselves. This unconventional recipe shares some of the best practices and common ingredients that my clients use for their success. (Yes, there is a secret ingredient!)

Recipe for Success

Total prep time: unlimited.
Take your time. Connect with how you work best. Are you motivated by a deadline? Or does letting go of a timeline allow you to gain clarity around what you truly want?

1 full serving of ‘get clear on what you want’
1 daily list of your 6 most important things
1 gratitude journal
2 to 3 self care activities
1 full circle of personal boundaries
1 secret ingredient

Start with a full serving of ‘getting clear’ on what you truly want. No one else but you can determine this. Having a judgment free space to think, to brainstorm, and to ask “What if?” can sometimes be the missing ingredient to get closer to what you truly want. Think of this step as an experiment. Just see what comes up for you. Give your self permission to think limitlessly, setting aside fear and doubt, just for now. You can always let it creep back in, if you choose.

Write your ‘6 most important things’ list every night. The exercise of making this list allows you to clarify and focus on tasks that must be accomplished. Before you finish work every day, make a list. Before you go to bed at night, make a personal list. It helps you be more present at home and more productive at work by allowing you to focus on the ‘right here’ and the ‘right now’. Making a list also allows you to sleep better by not having your ‘to-do’ list running circles in your mind. Get it on paper every day. Start with it every morning to help prioritize your time. It will become a new habit.

Keep a gratitude journal. Every day, write down 5 things you are most grateful for. This is one of the most enjoyable activities for many of my clients. It can be a quick and simple bullet point list or a paragraphed journal entry. Do what resonates for you. Some days it can be difficult to find gratitude. The list might just cover the basics; a roof over your head, good food to eat. Other days it will include the juicy moments in life, lessons learned, experiences, people, and blessings. What happens over time is a subtle shift. By opening your mind and by gaining a new perspective of possibility thinking, new opportunities arise because you see things differently. When we approach life from a place of gratitude, we take the focus off of us and become more giving, more self-less.

Discover what self care means to you. True acts of self care include activities or time spent just for you. Determine what gives you energy. If you had one day or even just one hour all to yourself, what would you do? Find time on a regular basis to take care of you, remembering that you get to define ‘regular’. It could be once a month, once a week or something daily.

Identify your boundaries. Every time you say yes to someone else, with words or actions, you say no to yourself. Where and when in your life do you need to say yes, and when do you need to say no? How do you learn to say no with compassion? Boundaries are one of the most common topics I work on with my clients. Healthy boundaries keep the good in and the not-so-good out. It’s natural human instinct to want to change external factors, like circumstances or other people and their actions. Without healthy boundaries, we give others our power. Healthy boundaries release frustration and disappointment. Having healthy boundaries keeps our focus on what is within our control, what is out of our control, and what we can do to better ourselves and our situation.

Secret Ingredient. The secret ingredient to this recipe for success and for any forward progress is accountability. Accountability is the key ingredient to a successful coaching relationship. We call all have good intentions and truly want change. Until we are willing, supported, and accountable to doing things differently, we continue to live out of habit. Sprinkle in just enough accountability and we begin living with intention and working by design instead of by default. Each of my clients determines next steps from one appointment to the next. This creates momentum and consistent progress to achieve what they truly want in life and business.  Knowing that they are ultimately accountable to themselves, they get to choose what they want to do and when they want to do it. I help them help themselves. I’m truly flattered to share my coaching recipe for success. I am curious to know what your favorite ingredients are in this recipe. How would your life and business be different with a new recipe for success? Contact me for a complimentary chat, and bring one of your recipes to share!

Tammy is certified by the Institute for Life Coach Training, which is accredited by the International Coach Federation. She does personal life and business coaching in person and via phone internationally. She has a B.A. in Organizational Leadership and Exercise Science. She is certified as a Yoga Instructor by Yoga Fit. She is a certified Health Fitness Specialist, ACSM; Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist, NASM; and a Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, ISSA. Tammy’s favorite Wild Tree product (although difficult to pick just one) is the Guacamole seasoning!

Stay healthy with Superfoods!

Stay Healthy With Superfoods!

Ever see these things in your health food store and wonder what to do with them? Here is a summary of Superfoods and what they can do for you.  As any food, you want to eat them in moderation and when you feel your body needs them. Fall is a great time of year to add superfoods to your diet to be strong against colds, viruses and other seasonal illnesses.  Also refrain from eating and drinking dairy which causes phlegm and inflammation of the sinuses.  Some local stores are Infinity and Beyond, 5 Seasons, Health Nuts and Coast Health Nutrition.

Superfoods are a class of the most potent, super-concentrated, and nutrient-rich foods on the planet.
Extremely tasty and satisfying, superfoods have the ability to tremendously increase the vital force and energy of one's body, and are the optimum choice for improving over-all health, boosting the immune system, elevating serotonin production, enhancing vitality, cleansing, lowering inflammation, and alkalizing the body. Nourishing us at the deepest level possible, they are the true fuel of today's “superhero.”   - David Wolfe, raw foods expert

1. Cacao (Raw Chocolate) — The seed/nut of a fruit of an Amazonian tree, cacao is the highest antioxidant food on the planet, the #1 source of antioxidants, magnesium, iron, manganese, and chromium and is also extremely high in PEA, theobromine (cardiovascular support), and anandamide. Raw Chocolate improves cardiovascular health, builds strong bones elevates your mood and energy, and increases longevity.
2. Goji Berries (Wolfberries) — Used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 5,000 years, goji berries are regarded as a longevity, strength-building, and potency food. This superfood contains 18 kinds of amino acids, including all 8 essential amino acids, up to 21 trace minerals, high amounts of antioxidants, iron, polysaccharides, B & E vitamins, and many other nutrients.
3. Maca — A staple in the Peruvian Andes for thousands of years, this adaptogenic superfood increases energy, endurance, strength, and libido.  Dried maca powder contains more than 10% protein, 20 amino acids, including 7 essential amino acids. As a root crop, maca contains five times more protein than a potato and four times more fiber.  Increases your oxygen capacity which helps with acclimating to high altitudes.
4. Hemp Products eaten in their RAW form — Hemp seeds are packed with 33% pure digestible protein, and are rich in iron, amino acids, and vitamin E as well as omega-3's and GLA. Hemp is a perfect food for growing children and adults looking to increase protein intake.
5. Spirulina and AFA Blue-Green Algae — Spirulina is the world's highest source of complete
protein (65%) and best take in hot dry climates. Spirulina provides a vast array of minerals, trace elements, phytonutrients, and enzymes. AFA Blue-green algae, better in cool/damp climates, is a wild-grown superfood that is made up of 15% blue pigmented phycocyanin which, according to Christian Drapeau in his book Primordial Food, increases our internal production of stem cells. Both Sprirulina and Blue-green Algae are vital superfoods.
6. Bee Products (honey, pollen, and propolis) — Bee pollen is the most complete food found in nature containing nearly all B vitamins especially vitamin B-9 (folate) and all 21 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. Honey, in its organic/wild, raw, unfiltered states is rich in minerals, antioxidants, probiotics, and enzymes. If your metabolism can handle sweeteners, honey is the best. Russian research indicates that honey is a longevity superfood.
7. Camu Berry — Highest Vitamin C source on planet. Great for rebuilding tissue, purifying blood, and enhancing immunity, and energy. Camu berry is one of the best anti-depressants, immune building, and eye-nourishing superfoods in the world.
8. Sea Vegetables (kelp, dulse, nori, hijiki, bladderwrack, chlorella, etc) — Rich in life-giving nutrients drawn in from the ocean and sun, sea vegetables help remove heavy metals, detoxify the body of radioactive iodine, provide numerous trace minerals, regulate immunity, and decrease the risk of cancer. Seaweeds benefit the entire body, and are especially excellent for the thyroid, immune system, adrenals, and hormone function.

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