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High Blood Pressure and Hypothyroidism

It is no secret that high blood pressure and hypothyroidism or low thyroid function, diagnosed or not, go hand in hand, as does low blood pressure. How can they not? When the thyroid is functioning in a less then optimal way, the body has no choice but to compensate as a means to producing cellular energy (body’s communication mother board). It accomplishes this task by producing an excess of adrenaline and cortisol. What is important to understand in this scenario are the effects of cortisol and adrenalin on blood vessels. Cortisol narrows the arteries, adrenaline increases the heart rate, both of which force the blood to pump faster and faster.     This is a very natural process essential to human survival and very effective in battling the effects of stress (limited; food, water, fresh air, sleep and healthy movement), however the body is not designed to live in this … Continue Reading

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What Causes Muscle Cramps?

What causes muscle cramps? Well, there are a wide variety of factors responsible for these painful contractions, one of the most common being mineral deficiency. What we want to explore is what is causing the mineral depletion. Sure, supplementing with sea salt, mineral broths, bananas, coconut water and other electrolyte/mineral sources can help relieve muscle cramping but if we keep ignoring the bigger issue we will never rectify the true underlying issue.   Low energy metabolism, hypometabolism, hypothyroidism (whatever you wish to call it) can all be considered the underlying cause of nagging and debilitating muscle cramps. When the body does not have the adequate resources for efficient energy production it has not option but to compensate and it does this by way of adrenaline and cortisol. In addition to helping you handle stress, these two primary adrenal hormones help control body fluid balance, blood pressure, blood sugar and other … Continue Reading

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Thyroid Medication Not Working?

Is your thyroid medication not working and your doctor just keeps on increasing the dosage with little to no change in effectiveness, or a reduction in your symptoms? There is probably a very good reason for this and its got stress written all over it! As Josh explains in this video, supplementation in any form (especially thyroid!) is useless and counterproductive without the support of a sound nutritional foundation. Foods used in the right way and in support of the body’s current state of metabolic health are very effective in reducing the load on the body, restoring adrenal function, down regulating the associated inflammatory hormones and restoring thyroid health!   Shocking right? Well, the effect of chronic stress on the function of the adrenal glands is the most frequently overlooked cause of low thyroid function or secondary hypothyroidism. Under chronic stress, exhausted adrenals or adrenal insufficiency the body must compensate … Continue Reading

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The Thyroid-Gut Connection

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In this short video Josh explains a lot of the interrelations of the different systems of the body (focusing on the thyroid-gut connection) offering new possibilities to how we are approaching health. Have a watch!   A couple of quick notes on the video: 1. Josh starts off really loud so turn your volume down to avoid being startled. There is a purpose but our overall goal in everything we do is to reduce stress, not create it. 2. This is not a plug to our program just useful insight. However, for you physiology geeks out there (like us) The Metabolic Blueprint might be of interest to you. Are you one of those people who believe the only way to health is to heal your gut? If so, you have the right idea but chances are you are unaware of the thyroid-gut connection and the affects of thyroid hormone on … Continue Reading

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The Female Body Blueprint

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Understand your body with The Female Body Blueprint – FREE on Amazon until February 27th! There’s a lot of conflicting information out there about what you should eat, how you should exercise and what medication you need to stay healthy. this is especially true if you’ve experience irregular menstrual cycles, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), hypothyroidism, chronic fatigue or other symptoms of hormonal balance. What if we told you that most of that information was wrong? Many people who provide this information, while well intentioned, often don’t understand Holistic Health nor the real causes underneath what’s happening physiologically; thus, perpetuating problems that send you to yet another new specialist, who gives you yet, another new pill. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. Maybe you have tried to reclaim your healing by perusing the web and trying on a “one size fits all” approach. You might be getting caught up in fad diets and strenuous … Continue Reading

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Fasting – Yay or Nay?

To fast or not to fast, this is the question? It is also a decision you ultimately need to make for yourself yet there are factors worth examining when contemplating whether or not fasting is the right choice in moving you closer to your health goals. (Our job is simply to inform you) Yes…fasting carries many health benefits and has been a part of religious tradition for thousands of years however there are several variables being overlooked which could be detrimental to your current state of health. Additionally, and very likely unbeknownst to you, there is a good chance you are already in a fasting state. By definition fasting involves the abstinence of food or drink for a period of time (typically qualified by an 8-10 hour time frame), yet it can also include the time in which we sleep at night and can also include the abstinence of any … Continue Reading

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Gluten Free Gravy Recipe

Ingredients: 4 cups bone or chicken broth 3 tbsp of gluten free flour (coconut, bobs redmill or potato) 3 tbsp organic butter Directions: Add bone broth to a sauce pan over medium-high heat. Reduce the liquid by half. While liquid is reducing, put GF flour into a 2-cup liquid measuring cup and slowly whisk in a stream of cold water until flour becomes a thick paste. When liquid in the the pan has reduced to the desired amount, turn down the heat to medium and add butter. When the butter is melted, add the paste by whisking into the liquid in the pan. Continue to stir with whisk over medium heat until its thick. Season with additional salt and pepper if desired. You can also try this: Use the pan drippings from your turkey in place of the broth Note: Using pasture raised or organic butter and gluten free flour … Continue Reading

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Fermented Foods…Another School Of Thought

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So many people are afflicted with digestive distress these days and want nothing more then to be freed from the undesirable, vast array of common symptoms. Lately we have received multiple questions on whether the consumption of fermented food is “good for you” or not. This is a great question! Most people believe the consumption of fermented foods such as kimchi, kombucha, yogurt and others will stimulate the production of digestive enzymes. Unfortunately there are 2 are two very important questions we must ask!: Why is the body not producing digestive enzymes in the first place? What are the effects of eating fermented foods on somebody with a compromised digestive system? HCL production and low thyroid Anytime the body expresses a compromised digestive system (low enzyme production) it automatically indicates a stress is present. Whether the stress is internal or external, something is limiting the ability of the body to … Continue Reading

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Let Food Be Thy Medicine

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FOOD provides the body the resources it requires to maintain health…THIS is the purpose of eating! The macronutrients we consume (carbohydrates, protein and fat) breakdown to micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), which serve as the catalyst to every function in the body. Provided this information, it becomes very clear how reasonable and logical it seems to be able to use food as supplementation and to heal the body. So then the question becomes, if this is so true and makes so much sense, why is it not working for the millions of people consciously striving for better health, with little (short lived) to no success? Well…here is our answer: Treating symptoms with cookie cutter protocols involving elimination diets, nutrient specific supplementation, diets involving an imbalance of macronutrients (ie. high protein/low carb, high fat, vegetarian, etc), detox programs, this food or that food, is a for sure quick and rapid fall down … Continue Reading

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WANTED: People Hungry For Change

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Everyday we receive emails from clients completely flabbergasted by the changes they are experiencing in their energy, mental focus, sleep, skin, bowel movements, menstrual cycles…you name it…change is happening and it is SO cool to witness! The coolest part is all these changes are happening by making simple modifications in diet! Yup…you heard me correctly! No supplements, crazy cleanses, elimination diets, probiotics, fermented foods and all that other hoopla involving “fixing” symptoms. We are taking people back to the basics using the exact same steps we share in our Fight Fatigue With Food e-Course! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain! I mean seriously,,,how much harm can come of creating more awareness around how your food is affecting you, learning how to use digestible foods, how to balance your meals AND how frequently YOU should be eating them? Simple changes can only be made when you know what … Continue Reading

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