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Could You Have Low Thyroid Function?

Could You Have Low Thyroid Function?

 — by Dr. Elena Michaels

Are you experiencing:

 

• Fatigue

• Weight issues (unable to lose weight or keep it off)

• Hair loss

• High or very low cholesterol

• Cold hands and feet

• Dry skin

• Difficulty concentrating/”brain fog”

• Short term memory loss (no, it’s not “just aging”)

• Recurrent infections

• Muscle aches/joint pain

 

Many people who have sought help for a variety of health concerns and thyroid function, are told that their blood tests are “normal”.

You may have been told there is “no physical cause” for your symptoms, and  because you say “something is wrong” and you don’t “feel right” antidepressants may have even been suggested.  There is a place for antidepressants, but it really may be your thyroid gland that is not functioning well, and/or being attacked by your own body.  Most cases of low thyroid function are from Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is an immune system issue more than a thyroid issue.  “Chasing thyroid numbers” to get them into the lab range can be frustrating and even useless as with Hashimoto’s, the thyroid values can go up and down in cycles which are frequently felt physically and emotionally.

There are ways to enhance the immune system that are “immune neutral”…they don’t stimulate parts of the immune system and throw other parts out of balance.  Healing the digestive system is important as the autoimmunity directly affects the digestive system.  Eliminating inflammatory foods isn’t enough…damaged tissue must be healed as well and further tissue destruction must be monitored.

If you have been feeling frustrated about your health, not feeling well, missing your “get up and go”, lacking motivation and dealing with some of the symptoms above, working with a specialist trained in the newest ways of dealing with thyroid and Hashimoto’s can help you understand what is going on with your body and regain control of your health, and your life.

 

Dr. Elena Michaels is a traditional naturopathic doctor, specializing in thyroid issues, Hashimoto’s and autoimmune conditions.  She sees people in her office in Valencia, California and also does phone consultations for those who are not local.  Dr. Elena is also a holistic psychotherapist and hypnotherapist and has been helping others create greater health, happiness and balance for more than 30 years.  Contact her at 661 250-4395, Elena@DrElena.com or www.DrElena.com

 

 

My Favorite Tea For A Cold Night Or Whenever I Need Extra Balancing

Even though I grew up in Ohio and Pennsylvania on the edge of Lake Erie, I don’t like the cold weather.  I guess that’s why I moved to Southern California.  But it still gets cold here and is 48 degrees right now (that’s what my oracle, the iPhone says).  😉

So I thought I would share with you my favorite tea for a cold night.  I also make this tea when my throat feels scratchy, my stomach feels upset, I feel achey or anytime I just feel like I might not be as balanced as I want to be!

*  Grate frozen organic ginger root into a big mug.  I just put my flat grater over the top of the mug and go to it!   I do about a half tablespoon into the mug.

(I keep my organic ginger root, peel and all, in a little zip lock baggie in the freezer.  It’s easier and faster to slice and grate when it’s frozen.)

*  Pour boiling water over an organic ginger tea bag and steep until the temp is just right for drinking.

*  Add Sweetleaf Lemon Stevia to taste.

I sip this and my body just loves it…it also soothes my soul!

In the warmer weather I will do it in a tall glass and add cool purified water.  I add some boiling water and let it sit, then I add some ice cubes and sweetener.

I’ve also done this with sparkling water and I have also just used ginger juice by The Ginger People when I’ve felt lazy.  😉

When I make it cold and sweetened with the lemon stevia and I use sparkling water, it tastes like ginger ale.

This always brings back sweet memories as my grandmother used to give me a glass of ginger ale when I was a little girl and whenever I wasn’t feeling well.  This is just a healthier and no-sugar version of the Canada Dry Ginger Ale she used to give me.  This healthier version makes me feel nourished and cared for.  It’s something nice to do for myself.

Ginger is great for the immune and digestive systems and it’s a great anti-inflammatory herb.  It wonderful for autoimmune thyroid because it does not stimulate Th1 or Th2 (which can put an autoimmune thyroid person out of balance and initiate a flare up of symptoms).  So ginger (along with peppermint and rooibos) is a “go to tea” for me and I recommend it to all of my autoimmune thyroid clients.

And now, to sip…ahh–ahhh…

Yours in health, healing and happiness,

Dr. Elena 😉

Essential Oils – Are They Really Pure?

Here is a short (casual) video shot after having dinner with friends when someone asked me about labels that say “pure essential oils” which really aren’t pure.  That means that there may be some pure essential oil in the bottle but the entire contents of the bottle is not all pure essential oil.  They are obvious carriers/extenders/chemicals added to fill the volume of the bottle if the label states the warnings I talk about on this short video.  Be informed and be conscious of what you are buying and using especially if you are using the oils topically, inhaling them or using them with a child, elderly person or someone who is dealing with a health challenge!  Here is a link to the ones I have used for the past 17+ years:

https://www.youngliving.org/elenamichaels

Yours in health,

Dr. Elena 😉

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