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Anna Garrett's picture

Why Can't I Lose Weight??? Could It Be My Thyroid?

Weight Gain

When I talk with women who are experiencing unexpected weight gain, often one of the first questions I am asked is "Could it be my thyroid?"

Sometimes, my answer is "yes". Our thyroid hormones play a huge role in regulating our metabolism and how our body uses nutrients. And as we age, our thyroid may get more sluggish. Cortisol (which you can read about here and here), can also affect the action of thyroid hormones by blocking the receptors in your body.
 
Research shows that even small changes in thyroid function can cause weight gain. In fact, many women who have been told their thyroid test results are "normal" may still have a reduced thyroid function (subclinical hypothyroidism) that's enough to cause weight gain and other bothersome symptoms. Unexpected weight gain and difficulty losing weight may be one of the first noticeable signals that something's amiss. 
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Laurie Erdman's picture

How To Create The Perfect Meal For A Warp Speed Life

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If your life seems to move at warp speed and you’re struggling to eat right, take a deep breath and read on. I’ve got the perfect meal formula for you.

Time is the chief “reason” people give for eating fast food, processed and pre-made meals or not eating at all. Between deadlines, meetings and getting the kids to bed, who has time to prepare a meal much less eat it?

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Eric Nelson's picture

Harvest Of Health Available To Anyone, Anytime

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For anyone who might have been listening, the exchange must have seemed pretty mundane.

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Bernie Siegel MD's picture

He Who Laughs Lasts

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Love and laughter are required to build and hold our lives together. For me love makes up the bricks which we build out of. Ask yourself what you are capable of loving and you will know what your life is about. But what holds that life and the bricks together? We need mortar and the mortar of life is humor. For me this represents childlike humor that isn’t offensive and doesn’t hurt or upset anyone. Humor of this type heals lives.

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Anna Garrett's picture

Are You Eating Enough?

Uninspired eating

When women gain weight, their first instinct is to cut calories. Often dramatically! This approach can quickly backfire. A significant calorie deficit will result in weight loss, but often it’s at the expense of your muscle mass and metabolism. If you skimp on protein, you lose muscle mass. If you skimp on good carbs, you can lose both body fat and muscle. If you skimp on calories overall, cortisol levels rise and this encourages your body to hang to all the calories it can get. What you lose depends on a few factors:

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10 Yoga Poses That Actually Hurt Your Joints

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By: Churchill Otieno

Yoga has been practiced for thousands of years, usually used to keep the practitioner in shape and healthy. However, there are dangers when it comes to yoga sessions. Some types of stretches can eventually do more harm than good, though there is some debate about it. Some steps can be taken to prevent yoga related injuries, however many don't even realize what can happen as a result of the injury. For some, their joints are in danger of being stretched, misaligned or otherwise mistreated. It is important to always consider three things before taking on a certain yoga pose. There are always precautions you can take to avoid damaging your joints and bones, however some are positions our bodies are simply not built to perform.

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Eric Nelson's picture

James Gordon Says Mind-Body Medicine No Longer ‘Complementary’

When asked what role mind-body medicine plays in maintaining our mental and physical well-being, the response from Dr. James Gordon is unequivocal: “Fundamental!”

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Steve Sisgold's picture

Horse Whispering For Life Enrichment

Horse Whispering
Interacting with Horses for Emotional, Mental and Physical Benefits.

No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.  ~Winston Churchill

Horses are a big part of our life and have been for a very long time. According to Wikipedia humans began to domesticate horses around 4000 BC and their domestication is believed to have been widespread by 3000 BC.

We bet on them. We compete on them. We police crowds and engage in warfare on them. We use them in beer commercials. We ride them as we gaze over a cliff at the ocean on vacation, and they pull us in a carriage through Central Park in New York city.

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Bernie Siegel MD's picture

Information, Inspiration and Expiration

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Most medical school applications of today state that the candidate for admission is interested in and fascinated by the human body. The problem is that people come with the body and are not treated properly and disturb physicians who have been given medical information but not a medical education. An education teaches you how to deal with and care for the human experience of illness and not just treat the diagnosis. A medical education would also teach the skill of communication so that we do not kill with our words, but heal with them just as we heal with a scalpel and do not wound with it, since individuals are not statistics. One of our sons showed me how wordswordswords become swordswordswords when not used properly.

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Melanie Bates's picture

Sugar: Little White Devil & A Post Op Update

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Well I went and did it.  For those who read my Hysterectomy? Or No? blog, I said, “yes, please,” and went under the knife on April 10th. I’m in love with my surgeon, he did an amazing job. Apparently, because of my Stage IV endometriosis, he spent a fair amount of time chiseling what he described as a “brick” out of my lower back.  I don’t know the medical term, but I haven’t had a single instance of the sciatica or the lower back pain that had been plaguing me for years. Phew! My very basic understanding, for those of you who don’t know (I certainly didn’t), is that new endometriosis is soft, pliable and often red, “middle-aged” endometriosis is more the color of chocolate and acts like super-glue which can bind shit together (literally), and “crone” endometriosis can “calcify” into a brick. Obviously, I’m not a doc and when I was listening to my surgeon describe this I was higher than an old redwood in Muir Woods so I may not have all the medical terminology down.

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