How are you feeling?
If you are not feeling well, it may be your Thyroid. How can you know?
How you feel most of the time may have to do with your BMR. Your BMR or Basal Metabolic rate = how fast calories /energy is burned at rest. Your BMR is a reflection of your overall metabolism which is a reflection of Thyroid activity.
Metabolism, generally refers to how fast (and efficiently) our body takes in nutrients and eliminates waste as it repairs and builds cells and tissues in the body, needed for healthy functioning. While specific nutrients help metabolic function, specific toxins interfere with it. Part of my clinical assessment in identifying the root cause with each patient is finding out why something is not working in your body, before starting treatment.
Key Minerals for optimal metabolic function
Key Metals which block metabolic function
Patients often report they feel tired, sluggish, depressed, chilly, “toxic”, have multiple sensitivities, multiple allergies, pain, weight gain, poor wound healing, hormone imbalance, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and many other vague, general and conditions which seem to be a “bucket list of everything not working optimally” click here for more symptoms
When cells become nutrient deprived and “starved” the inner environment accumulates more cellular waste - cellular metabolism starts to shut down as pH is altered and enzymes function poorly.
I recommend the following strategy and approach to patient care:
Key Strategies for assessing Thyroid or Hypometabolic (low) function:
1. Get tested for heavy metal (element) toxicity
Your hair like tree rings, stores historical information on what the body has been exposed to for up to 3-6 months. Once you identify and know what is making you toxic, we can work towards safe elimination, without overburdening the body! Hair mineral analysis is a cost effective way to check which minerals and metals are making you toxic and altering your metabolism. SAMPLE TEST REPORT
2. Track your body temperature
Your Thyroid is a relatively resilient organ. High cortisol levels, high estrogen levels (including estrogen mimics from environmental contaminants such pesticides, plastics and hormones in animal feed can all block thyroid enzyme activity, causing a range of symptoms. You may also require hormone testing to see if you have high estrogen or cortisol levels. How to track your body temperature.
3. Improve cellular function with Biotherapeutic Drainage
L-Tyrosine, pH balancing formulas, Enzymes and cofactors are essential, but will not drain cells and from toxins. Micro-doses of homeopathic minerals and plants are given to “unclog” and improve cell metabolism through drainage. Drainage is the removal of waste from the cells, organs, tissues via the organs of elimination: kidneys, liver, skin, and lungs. Read more here
4. Restore Glandular Function
Thyroid function, Metabolism, Heavy Metal Toxicity, High Estrogen and Cortisol are factors which need to be considered in assessing Thyroid function. Which of these systems is imbalanced will vary from individual to individual, based on inherited or acquired predisposition. Restoring glandular function with Restorative Formulations and other herbal, vitamin, and homeopathic combinations are part of this step.
How do I know it is working?
Improvement of Symptoms = Improvement of Temperature
Generally, most patients respond well to this therapeutic approach. The key change besides improved symptoms is an increase in body temperature, which reflects improved Thyroid function and Metabolism.
Use this guide to track your temperature properly to assess thyroid function and response to treatment.
Step into fall!
Fall is a season of change - cool hints in the air remind us of what lies ahead.
Our bodies shift as we take in less light with shorter days, harvest and enjoy the last fruits of summer. Traditionally a fall detox was to help the body prepare for winter ahead. Immune health, joint health and hormonal health are some of the key areas of focus for a good fall seasonal detox plan. Read on and enjoy the fruits of fall!
Naturopathic Medicine is an approach to life that creates and maintains health
By learning the language of our body, we start to recognize and understand it's many cries for help- only then are we in a position to truly heal.
1. Listen to Your Body
Is it "nature calling" or your stomach growling?
- listen and act on: hunger, thirst, bathroom urges and fatigue.
Ignoring urges of the body is harmful to health and can cause:
digestive trouble, dehydration, low blood sugar, headaches, constipation and insomnia
Take Action: Take a break, snack, drink water, go to the bathroom, rest for 5 minutes if you cant have a nap! Be kind to yourself and listen to your body.
2. Step Away from your Computer
Neck pain, back strain, fatigue and obesity in adults and children are all caused by sitting for long hours. In terms of health risk, sitting is the new smoking leading to heart disease, diabetes and cancer - leading causes of death.
Take Action: Give yourself permission to step away form the computer. Go for a 5 minute walk, jump up and down, dance... changing activities improves our brain function, improves oxygen delivery and relieves stress.
3. Do not Suppress Your Urges
Habits are formed by repetition. Sneezing, coughing, hiccoughs, passing gas, burping are natural ways our bodies eliminate toxins or foreign bodies. Ignoring these urges may lead to respiratory and digestive problems requiring treatment.
Take Action: Excuse yourself and allow your body to do what it needs in private.
Going against your body is a subtle form of violence and ultimately causes harm
more next week on simple ways to live in line with your body - for a lifetime of health!
Dr. Angeli Chitale ND has been treating endocrine, thyroid and fertility conditions since 2000. Dr. Chitale ND focusses on improving physiology by encouraging patients to first develop a healthy relationship with their bodies and themselves.