What are Goitrogens and How Do They Affect My Thyroid?

Goitrogens are substances that disrupt the production of thyroid hormones by interfering with iodine uptake in the thyroid gland. This triggers the pituitary to release thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), which then promotes the growth of thyroid tissue, eventually leading to goiter. Goiter will eventually adversely affect thyroid function. Foods which have been demonstrated to have goitrogenic effects include Soy, Cassava (when …

Controlling Blood Sugar With the Glycemic Index

Carbohydrates with a low glycemic index of 55 or below causes a slower rise in the blood glucose and insulin values in the type 2 patient with diabetes.  All major diabetes organizations from around the world now recommend use of the glycemic index ranking system in the meal planning control aspect of glucose management in diabetes control. Fifty grams of …

Thinking Smarter by Decreasing Brain Stress

What is brain stress? When talking about a stressed brain it is really a topic about oxidative damage to the brain -a type of stress caused by rampant free radicals and an imbalance in the antioxidant status of brain metabolism . Abnormal oxidative stress is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), but what exactly to do about it remains cloudy. …

Hacking Hypoglycemia in Type 2 Diabetes

Blood sugar will naturally vary throughout the day in response to various stimuli. However, when blood sugar drops precipitously fast or drops below 70 mg/dl and becomes symptomatic needing treatment, it is termed hypoglycemia. Symptoms of hypoglycemia may occur even if blood sugar does not drop below 70 mg/dl if the blood sugar drops rapidly from a higher number to …

Recent Study Finds New Ways to Fight Cognitive Decline

While we’ve long known that the lymphatic system was the clearing house for the rest of the body, it wasn’t until a short time ago that scientists located a lymphatic system within the brain. This led researchers to ask, “Could improving the lymphatic system be a tool for reducing cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s?” This is what you need to know. …

Drinking Tea – A Secret to Preventing Alzheimer’s

If you’re trying to protect your brain, it may be time to pour a cup of tea. Turns out that those who regularly sip on tea have a significantly lower chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive disorders.  A 2017 Chinese study observed 950 adults over the age of 55 for two years and found that those consistently drinking …

Prediabetes: A Ticking Time Bomb

Prediabetes, a condition where the blood sugar is too high for optimal cellular function but not high enough to be labeled diabetes, is a silent killer – a precursor to the dreaded heart attack. Prediabetes is not just a warning phase; it is an active disease state where the root cause should be sought out and treated as an active …

5 Infections Increasing Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s is currently affecting over 5 million Americans and is expected to double in just over 3 decades.  While this disease is costing Americans over $440 billion per year, targeted pharmaceutical therapies have done nothing to delay or reverse this devastating disease. Unfortunately, the cause of Alzheimer’s has been a mystery for decades, but now, there may be hope.   The …

Thyroid Dysfunction – Natural Supportive Treatment

The American Thyroid Association has estimated that over 20 million US Americans suffer from some form of thyroid disorder, and 60% are totally unaware that they have it. Since the thyroid gland is involved in energy metabolism, it also may affect your chances for obesity and its related consequences. There are two primary types of thyroid disorders: hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. …

6 Environmental Triggers for Diabetes

Most of us are aware of the lifestyle triggers for diabetes– poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, obesity– but few are aware of the environmental insults that may play a cumulative role in the development of type 2 diabetes. Termed diabetogenic, these 6 environmental toxins can act as endocrine disruptors or glycemic pathways to alter glucose metabolism and trigger a diabetes response. …