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Is Your Thyroid Gland Making You Fat?

Are you feeling frustrated by healthy diets that don’t seem to work? Have you been faithfully clocking hours in the gym yet put on pounds that can’t be explained? If you are sighing each time you step on the weighing machine – well, it’s a lot more than calories in and calories out.

The verdict: You may have a thyroid problem.

Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck, just above your collarbone and just below your Adam’s apple. This gland produces thyroid hormone, which mainly helps control the rate at which your body burns calories – your metabolism (as well as your heart rate, body temperature, digestion, fertility, mood, and a host of other functions). When thyroid hormones become imbalanced — either too high or too low — chemical reactions all over the body are thrown off and your body functions go haywire.

If you are experiencing unexplainable weight gain, chances are you have an underactive thyroid or also known as hypothyroidism. However, if you are snacking on chips and gulping soda daily or if you are a frequent customer at fast food joints or if you are one of those who consider watching football as ‘exercise’, your thyroid is not to be blamed. You need a lifestyle change!

Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the body lacks sufficient thyroid hormone. Since the main purpose of thyroid hormone is to “run the body’s metabolism“, most people with this condition will experience slow metabolism. Hypothyroidism can lower your energy and make you feel sluggish and tired, hence less likely wanting to get up to exercise or even if you have the motivation and energy to do so, you still experience weight gain. Other symptoms of hypothyroidism include feeling increasingly tired (even in the mornings), dry skin and hair, hair loss, underactive bowel, intolerant to cold, puffy eyes or may even experience brain fog. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Are you always tired and lethargic?
  • Do you gain weight easily?
  • Do you suffer from chronic fatigue?
  • Do you have dry skin, and experience hair loss?
  • Do you suffer from constipation?
  • Do you have PMS or menstrual abnormalities? Is your libido low?

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Are You Being Poisoned?

Feeling sluggish or out of sync? Having skin problems, aches and pains, or digestive problems? Always falling ill? Having trouble kicking off the extra pounds? It might be time for a body detox.

We read it in the news headlines: There’s mercury in our seafood, hormones in our dairy products or poultry, and pesticides in our fresh fruits and vegetables. Toxins are all around us. They are in our food, our water and even in the air that we breathe. Every day we also exposed daily to harmful chemicals in our cosmetics, perfumes, cleaning supplies, and sometimes in the clothes we wear. Also, having habits like drinking alcohol and smoking can increase the build up of toxins in the body.

As these toxins get into our body and accumulate over time, you will start experiencing some of the symptoms above, including unexplained fatigue, sluggish elimination, irritated skin, allergies , menstrual difficulties or mental confusion.

While it is almost impossible to run away and escape the toxins in the environment, you can do something to help your body cleanse itself of them. Truly believing that the body has the healing capacity to heal itself, a detoxification gives the body a helping hand to be cleansed so that it can eradicate these toxins from the body. Detoxification simply means cleansing your system from all unhealthy and damaging toxins that have accumulated.

Detoxification gives the body organs a rest, stimulates the liver to drive out toxins from the body, eliminates toxins from the intestines, kidneys and skin, and improves blood circulation. A detoxification is a time of reflection, where we listen to our body’s needs and learn what is good for it.