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Thyroid Supplements For Weight Loss: Which Work & Which Don't

Can you use thyroid supplements to help you with weight loss? The answer is maybe and that it really depends. Some supplements work better than others, but you should never plan on only using supplements if your goal is weight loss. Why? Because it usually takes a lot more than just 1 or 2 supplements to help you lose all of your weight and feel back to normal. This should go without saying, but just keep it in mind. Having said that, there are certain categories of supplements which can...


#44 Can Hypothyroidism Be Cured Permanently?

The answer is that it really depends. Sometimes hypothyroidism is curable and sometimes it isn't, it depends on the cause of your condition. Before we talk about these conditions you need to understand the difference between a cure and a treatment. All forms of hypothyroidism can be treated but when I talk about a cure I am talking about a therapy which will completely heal your body. All types of hypothyroidism are treatable but not all are curable. Conditions that cause hypothyroidism...


#43 Synthroid Overdose: signs you taking too much thyroid medication

Are you taking too much Synthroid? Synthroid is the most commonly prescribed medication in the US which means that millions of people are taking this medicine. Of those millions, there will always be a small percentage who are either taking too much or too little. We are going to focus on those people who are taking too much. Symptoms of taking too much Synthroid include... Common but less serious side effects: Increased hair loss Weight loss (sometimes but not always) Tremors in the...


#42 These Supplements Block Thyroid Medication Absorption

Do supplements help or hurt your thyroid? Many supplements can actually improve your thyroid function but they can also interfere with thyroid medication absorption! If you are taking supplements and if you take thyroid medication then this information is important for you. Certain medications and over the counter supplements can act to block or bind up thyroid medication like Levothyroxine or Synthroid. If you take supplements together with your thyroid medication then you may be limiting...


#41 Is Using Iodine Safe for your Thyroid?

Is using iodine safe for your thyroid? In this video, I discuss all of the potential risks associated with using iodine. Iodine is an essential nutrient required for thyroid function in your body, there's no question about that. But does using high doses of iodine help or hurt you? Will using iodine worsen your thyroid function? It turns out that using high doses of iodine may be associated with an increase in certain conditions. 4 conditions that may result from excessive thyroid dosing...


#40 What is a Normal Free T4?

What is a normal free T4? If you are looking for a quick answer then somewhere in the top 50% of the reference range is a good starting point but it is much more nuanced than that. Various other conditions, even taking thyroid medication, can impact your free T4 and change up what would be considered normal. In addition, because T4 is a hormone, we also need to establish the difference between a healthy and a normal level. A healthy free T4 is one that would be seen in people who are active,...


#39 How to Calculate Optimal Reference Ranges for Free T3 and Free T4

There is a big difference between optimal thyroid lab tests and normal lab tests. The reference range for your lab tests includes both healthy and unhealthy people that you are compared to. By creating a tighter reference range for your lab tests you can ensure that you are being compared to only healthy people. In this video, I go over 2 examples of how to calculate this reference range for both Free T3 and free T4 and show you exactly how to do it. Free T3 example: You generally want your...


#38 Is Synthroid Gluten-Free?

Is Synthroid Gluten-free? The answer is yes, based on a recent study which looked at all of the ingredients. But why is this important? It has to do with the fact that most hypothyroid patients suffer from Hashimoto's thyroiditis which is an autoimmune condition of the thyroid gland. And about 5% of people with Hashimoto's also suffer from Celiac disease which is an autoimmune disease to gluten. That means that roughly 1 in 20 people with Hashimoto's will also not tolerate gluten. This study...


#37 Why Thyroidectomy Patients Need T3

This video is all about why thyroidectomy patients need T3 thyroid medication. Thyroidectomy is a procedure in which your thyroid gland is completely removed. After you undergo this procedure you will be required to take thyroid medication for life. One problem that thyroidectomy patients face is persistent symptoms such as weight gain, brain fog, constipation, and fatigue after their procedure and even after taking thyroid medication. In this video, I highlight the importance of taking...


#36 Thyroid Storm Symptoms - How to Prevent and Treat this Condition

Today is all about the condition known as Thyroid Storm. But what exactly is a thyroid storm? It's best understood as a condition that results from hyperthyroidism but it's unique in that it is considered a medical emergency. A medical emergency is any condition which must be treated as soon as possible or it may lead to death in the person experiencing it. Thyroid storm is most commonly caused by the same conditions that cause hyperthyroidism, the most common being Graves' disease. But, it...


#35 5 Reasons You Can’t Lose Weight

In this video, we will discuss the 5 main reasons that you can't lose weight even if you are eating healthy and exercising regularly. It may surprise you that this combination does not work for everyone! In fact, there are many people who will need to do more than just eat healthily and exercise in order to lose weight. The top 5 reasons you can't lose weight: #1. Your metabolism is damaged What do I mean? Your metabolism is best understood as the total amount of calories that you burn...


#34 Hypothyroidism vs Hyperthyroidism: The Primary Difference, Lab Tests, Symptoms & More

What's the difference between hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism? These conditions represent polar opposites and it's important to realize this. Hyperthyroidism is a condition which results in too much thyroid hormone while hypothyroidism is a condition which results in too little thyroid hormone. Each medical condition presents differently in both symptoms and lab tests. Learn the difference below: Lab tests in hypothyroid patients: - TSH - The TSH is usually high in hypothyroidism. - Free...


#33 Thyroid Cancer Treatment: Thyroidectomy vs RAI vs TSH Suppression

This video is all thyroid cancer treatments including what treatments are available if you have thyroid cancer, the consequences of these therapies on your life, and we'll also discuss some important factors which help determine your prognosis. It's important to realize, though, that the majority of thyroid cancer cases are caused by the least aggressive form of thyroid cancer. This, combined with the fact that the most common therapy to treat thyroid cancer is the removal of the thyroid...


#32 5 Benefits of Guggul & Guggulsterone: Weight Loss, Thyroid Function & More

This video is all about the benefits of using a botanical known as guggul. Guggul also referred to as guggul extract or guggulsterone, are all variations of the same main ingredient which is guggul. Guggul is acquired from tree sap found in India and commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine. The reason I want to focus on guggul today is that it can potentially benefit several important systems in the body including your thyroid function. Guggul has been shown to impact the following systems in...


#31 Side Effects of Stopping Thyroid Medication Abruptly (& Why you Shouldn't do it)

This video will discuss the side effects of stopping thyroid medication abruptly. Is it safe to stop taking your thyroid medication? The answer is no for several reasons which I will explain here. But first, we need to talk about why you are taking thyroid medication, to begin with. Thyroid medication is prescribed to those people who are deficient in thyroid hormone (meaning their body isn't producing enough). So if you were to stop taking your thyroid medication then your body would revert...


#30 Menopause Weight Gain: What Causes it & How to Prevent it

Why do menopause and weight gain go hand in hand? On average women entering menopause gain around 15-20 pounds without changing their diet or exercise routine. Why do women gain weight without making any of these changes? The answer has to do with how menopause impacts the body but especially how it impacts your hormone system and how they impact your metabolism and body weight. There are several factors that come together to trigger weight gain in menopause women: #1. Genetic factors. You...


#29 Low TSH: 3 Causes and What it Means if you are Hypothyroid

Today we are talking about what to do if you have a low TSH, what it means for your body, what causes it and what to do. There are 3 main causes of a low TSH that you should know about: 1. Thyroid medication (You are taking too much) → Common 2. Hyperthyroidism (Your body is producing too much) → Common 3. Pituitary/Hypothalamic dysfunction (Your body can’t make it) → Not very common We are going to focus on the first one today, meaning what happens if you have a low TSH due to taking...


#28 Why Calorie Restriction Does Not Lead to Long Lasting Weight Loss

Today is all about caloric restriction and why this type of dieting doesn't lead to long-lasting weight loss. Calorie restriction causes certain changes in the body which lead to an energy deficit and a reduction in body mass. People generally only think of calorie restriction in this way and they believe that by reducing their calories they will be able to lose weight and keep it off. The problem and the reason it doesn't work is that you need to be looking beyond these two changes and you...


#27 10 Important Tips for Taking Synthroid: Dosing, Side Effects, T3 Medications & More

Today is all about Synthroid. If you take this medication then you'll want to learn more about these 10 tips and tricks that you can use to help feel better. Synthroid is one of the most common thyroid medications used to treat hypothyroidism but it's not without problems. These tips are designed to help you find your optimal dose, help you understand if you are absorbing Synthroid, help you figure out if you need a new medication and more. 10 Tips to know when taking Synthroid: #1....


#26 Selenium Deficiency Symptoms & Early Warning Signs (+ What to do Next)

This video is all about selenium deficiency, how it presents, what to do about it and how to know if you are overdosing on selenium supplements. First off: Why is selenium important? Selenium plays an important role in regulating several key enzymes in your body. These enzymes control the production of thyroid hormones, glutathione, and even your metabolism. If you don't have enough selenium in your body then these enzymes may not function properly which may cause certain and specific...