Welcome to Week 7

This week we will be covering

  • Education Hub: Introduction to your Thyroid Gland
  • Underactive Thyroid Condition – Hypothryoid
  • Over Active Thyroid Function – Hyperthyroid
  • Thyroid Auto-Immunity: Hashimoto’s & Graves Disease
  • Natural treatments for thyroid health
  • The Best Water Filter systems
  • Cystic Hormonal Acne
  • Food Focus: Mushrooms
  • Action: Natural DIY Seaweed Mask
  • Health Kick: Increase Natural Iodine

VIDEO: Introduction To Your Thyroid Gland

Functions of the Thyroid Gland

What hormones does the thyroid gland secrete?

The 2 main thyroid hormones are T3 triiodothyronine and T4 thyroxine. T3 and T4 regulate your body’s temperature, metabolism and heart rate.

The amount of thyroid hormones secreted are dominated by another hormone, called thyroid stimulating hormone( TSH ), which is released from the pituitary gland in your brain. TSH stimulates the thyroid to construct T3 and T4. Blood tests are done for TSH levels when doctors investigate for thyroid illnes. T3 and T4 may also be tested for.

Calcitonin

Another hormone that’s produced in your thyroid gland is called calcitonin. This hormone, secreted by a small population of cells known as C cells, actively participate in regulating the level of calcium and phosphate in your blood.

The levels of calcitonin are driven by the amount of calcium in your blood. When your blood calcium levels lessen, less calcitonin is secreted and vice versa- when your blood calcium levels increase, levels of calcitonin increase. Calcium and phosphate are both involved in the formation of bones.

Functions of the Thyroid Gland

The thyroid gland is found in front of the trachea (wind tube) in your neck. The gland is divided into 2 lobes (right and left) and is connected in the middle by a thin bridge of thyroid tissue, known as the isthmus. Because of the 2 connected lobes, the thyroid has been described as being shaped like a butterfly.

The thyroid cartilage, which is the largest cartilage of the larynx( voice box) lies simply above the thyroid gland and is sometimes known as the Adam’s apple.

A normal-sized thyroid gland cannot be seen in the neck, and can scarcely be felt. It is only when certain conditions result in an enlarged thyroid gland (known as goitre ), that a bulge may be seen or felt simply underneath the Adam’s apple.

What is the function of the thyroid gland?

The primary function of your thyroid gland is to secrete thyroid hormones which are involved in regulating many of your bodily functions

  • Breathing rate
  • Heart rate
  • Body Temperature
  • Metabolism – How quickly you burn calories
  • Digestion
  • Babies and children require adequate amounts of thyroid hormones for brain development and growth.

Your thyroid requires iodine( a mineral that’s an essential part of our diet) in order to manufacture these thyroid hormones.

Under active Thyroid – HYPOTHYROID

HYPOTHYROIDISM 

Signs & Symptoms: 

  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Constipation
  • Dry coarse skin
  • Depression
  • Fluid retention
  • Husky deep/hoarse voice
  • Stiff and painful joints
  • Hair loss
  • High cholesterol
  • Poor memory & concentration
  • Poor tolerance of cold temperatures due to a reduce basal body temperature
  • Irregular or long menstrual cycles (longer than 32 days)
  • Sparse eye brows

Over active Thyroid – HYPERTHYROID

HYPERTHYROIDISM

Signs & Symptoms:

  • Anxiety
  • Heart palpitations
  • Hot flushes
  • Excessive Sweating
  • Insomnia
  • Overactive mind
  • Weight loss
  • Chest pain
  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Muscle weakness
  • Tremors
  • Enlarged thyroid (Goitre)
  • Difficulty controlling blood sugar levels
  • Prominent bulging eyes
  • Vision impairment

Auto-Immune Thyroid Conditions: Hashimoto’s & Graves Disease

Auto-Immunity is when your natural immune defenses, become confused and dysfunctional and as a result their natural ‘immune responses’ are unable to recognise self from foreign invaders and your own tissues is damaged in the process.

Many people view this as their body failing them, but the reality is, the human body is very smart and it is always, always looking to try and protect you, but when our body is so over worked and depleted it is not always able to do this job efficiently and that’s when disease takes over.

THREE MAJOR CAUSES OF AUTO-IMMUNITY

  • Heavy metal toxicity – Our body is very much energy and electrically based, cells communicate with one an other via chemical messenger systems which require water for the conduction of each signal and when the body becomes too high in heavy metals such as mercury, aluminium, cadmium, silver, bismuth, lead etc the energy emanated from the metals interferes with the natural signaling system in the body. Think of the resistance you feel when you try and hold 2 magnets together, its kind of like that, normal cellular signalling is disrupted and as hard as they body tries to carry out the normal every day functions, is simply cannot when you have heavy metal toxicity.
  • Stress – as I have explained the role of the adrenal glands in the past, when the body becomes stressed over an extended period of time the fight or flight response is initiated, which also involves recuiting the white blood cells as a defence army agains the perceived stress – be this a physical or emotional stress, the same response by the immune system occurs. And that is to be on high alert for danger and foreign invaders ie pathogens, toxins, cancerous cells etc So when the body is highly stressed for a long time, the immune system becomes frantic, desperately searching for the threat, constantly on guard believing the body is under attack. This is when the immune system becomes trigger happy so to speak, the white blood cells secrete the natural chemicals which would otherwise fight foreign invaders, only when these are not present, due to the heightened stress response, the secretions damage our tissues instead.
  • Infection – but not just any infection, we’re talking a low grade, highly resistant GIT infection or even a parasite, which on the surface can seem to co-exist within the human body in harmony or silence, but this anti-microbial invader slowly depletes the system, not only leading to nutrient deficiencies, but because the immune system is very aware that it is there, but is unable to eradicate it all on its own, over time it completely wares the immune system down triggering the auto-immune response.

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an auto-immune condition by which the immune system mounts an attack on the thyroid which results in inflammation and damage to the thyroid gland preventing it from being able to produce thyroid hormones, resulting in HYPOTHYROIDISM symptoms.

Graves’ disease is another type of autoimmune disease that causes the thyroid gland to produce too much thyroid hormone resulting in HYPER THYROIDISM symptoms.

When Graves’ disease occurs, the immune system creates antibodies that cause the thyroid to grow, making it look visibly swollen and enlarged in the throat area.   These antibodies are called thyroid-stimulating immunoglobulins which bind to thyroid cell receptors, which are normally “docking stations” for thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH—the hormone responsible for telling the thyroid to produce hormones). The antibodies then trick the thyroid into growing and producing too much thyroid hormone, hence the over active sypmptoms.

VIDEO: Watch the amazing Immune System in Action

Assessing the Thyroid Gland & Function

The first step is to visit your GP, who will be able to assess the visual appearance of your Thyroid and refer you for Medicare covered (Bulk billed) general thyroid tests.

I highly recommend you have the following 5 tests assessed, but more often then not, a GP will not warrant assessing all of these unless the TSH is out of range. The problem with that is that the reference range is far too broad – 0.3 – 5, and I believe that the Thyroid is dysfuntion if it is outside of this reference range 0.8 – 2. Secondly,  it is quite common that other markers, such as thyroid antibodies can be elevated or iodine deficient and the TSH still be within a normal range, so it is important that all of these markers be tested for a correct assessment of your thyroid health.

TSH – Thyroid Stimulating Hormone

T4

T4

Thyroid Antibodies

Urinary Iodine

If you are unable to have these markers tested or you have had these previously done and they are outside of the normal range and you need further investigation, then the below General and Functional tests are available. Please just be aware that these will not be covered by the Pharmaceutical benefits scheme as the referral forms are for private laboratories who do no bulk bill.

Complete Thyroid Profile – $160

Lab: Australian Clinical Labs

Includes: TSH, fT4, fT3, rT3, Thyroid antibodies

Extensive Thyroid Panel -$275 

Lab: Integrated Health Laboratories ie QML or Dorevich pathology centres 

Includes: Reverse T3, Thyroid tissue antibodies, Thyroid receptor antibodies, Urine Iodine, Parathyroid Hormone, Ionised Calcium, Cholesterol, CK)

Urine Iodine – $90 

Lab: Integrated Health Laboratories ie QML or Dorevich pathology centres 

PATHOLOGY REQUEST FORMS: Click below to Download

Natural Treatment for the Thyroid

VIDEO: Treating The Thyroid

1. CORRECT NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCIES

The key Nutrients which play a huge role in Thyroid hormone production are: Iodine, Magnesium, Zinc, Selenium & Iron

CAUTION: Supplementing with single nutrients, which are Synthetic, especially iodine, can actually put MORE strain on your thyroid. This is because if we have not first treated the cause of your thyroid dysfunction

PRESCRIPTION: EnergizeME

Dose: 15ml twice daily while condition is acute and thyroid symptoms flared up, then 10ml daily maintenance dose

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2. HEAL THE GUT

HEAL THE GUT

As a large majority of thyroid problems are related to auto-immunity, it is important to heal, protect, support and modualate (balance) the immune system and the only way to ensure all of this is to make sure your Gut is functioning properly. Over 90% of the immune tissue resides within the GIT so healing the gut is the first place to start when it comes to supporting the immune system.

PRESCRIPTION: Good news, you’re already doing it! The Balance Me program through all 3 stages has been specifically designed to heal the gut and in effect support your immune system. So just keep following the program week by week and you’re well on your way to reversing and repairing your thyroid dysfunction.

If you have long term, more extensive digestive dysfunction that has not healed within the first 6 weeks of this program then it is an indication that there is something else going on within your body that needs addressing and in that case it would be beneficial to have a Complete Stool Analysis Test to determine what is going on in your digestive system. See information and download a request form below.

Comprehensive Stool Analysis (CSA) with Parasitology x 1 or 3 Request Form

3. TREAT GIT INFECTION

Through clinical experience and observation, I have found that ALL people suffering from an auto-immune condition have a resistance bacterial infection within their GIT, which is stressing the immune system, creating inflammation, digestive disturbance and depleting the body of vital nutrition. If your Thyroid is out of whack and you have high Thyroid antibodies then it is imperative that you treat the infection or your gut health, immune system and thyroid problems will never be resolved.

Thyroid Antibody Acronym Commonly Seen in
Thyroid peroxidase antibody TPOAb Hashimoto thyroiditis; Graves disease
Thyroglobulin antibody TgAb Thyroid cancer; Hashimoto thyroiditis
Thyroid stimulating hormone receptor antibody,

Thyroid Stimulating Immunoglobulin

TRAb, TSHR Ab,

TSI

Graves disease

RECOMMENDATION: Comprehensive Stool Analysis with Parasitology

This is an extremely useful functional pathology test, which I highly, highly recommend to anyone who has been diagnosed with an auto-immune disease such as Graves or Hashimoto’s. As already identified the health of the gut microbiome and presence of nasty resistance infections are 2 of the major drivers of auto-immunity so this test will identify the health of the beneficial bacteria and the presence of any unwanted nasty infections. The test will also show lots more, inflammation markers, cancer markers, digestive secretions, gut antibodies and more.

The test is done through a lab called Doctors Data and will cost you $439 for 1 sample or $499 for 3 samples. 

Having 3 samples allows for a more thorough investigation, especially if you have a parasite which is not always able to be detected with just one sample.

If you choose to have this test, the lab will bill your credit card directly and your results will be sent back to us, which we will forward to you free of charge.

4. REMOVE FLUORIDE FROM YOUR WATER

The Dangers of Fluoride

Fluoride is without a doubt a drug, that we are continually putting into our system, every single day, under the false pretense that it is protecting our teeth, the reality is that there is no increased health or reduced dental cavities in countries which fluoridate their water.

Fluoride in our water system has been linked to the following symptoms and disease states:

  • Fluoride binds to Iodine, making us dramatically deficient, leading to an under active thyroid gland
  • Inhibited formation of antibodies, and immune system disruptions
  • Damaged sperm and increased infertility
  • Bone cancer (osteosarcoma)
  • Increased lead absorption (heavy metal toxicity) fluoride acts like a magnet to lead drawing it out of contaminated foods, medication and into our system
  • Disrupted synthesis of collagen – leading to saggy skin and accelerated ageing
  • Hyperactivity and/or lethargy
  • Genetic damage and cell death
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle disorders
  • Inactivation of 62 enzymes and inhibition of more than 100
  • Skeletal fluorosis and bone fractures
  • Increased tumor and cancer rate

For more scientific evidence on the dangers of Fluoride visit: http://fluoride.mercola.com/

VIDEO: Watch this short 20 minute documentary to learn the history of Fluoride & the dangers it places on our system

5. LIMIT GOITROGEN EXPOSURE

Goitrogens stimulate the abnormal growth of either the thyroid gland itself or the growth of a tumor-like lump called a goitre. Iodine deficiency is one of the major causes Goitres.

Chemicals that have been shown to have goitrogenic effects include:

AUDIO: Goitrogens Explained

Goitrogenic foods

  • Soy beans and soy products – tofu, soy bean oil, soy milk, soy flour, soy lecithin
  • Peanuts, Walnuts, Pine nuts
  • Flaxseeds
  • Millet
  • Strawberries, pears, peaches
  • Spinach, bamboo shoots, sweet potatoes
  • Brassica and Cruciferous Vegetables: broccoli, kale, cauliflower, cabbage, turnips, raddish, brusselsprouts etc

It is believed that these foods contain natural cyanide which is able to tranform into thiocyanate within the body, which interferes with the natural production of T$ and in particular disrupts the conversion of T4 to T3.

RECOMMENDATION: If you suspect you have an enlarged Thyroid or have been diagnosed with a goitre, then the first step is to assess your iodine levels. This is done through a Urinary iodine test, which at this stage, is not covered under the Pharmaceutical benefits scheme (Medicare) in Australia so will result in an out of pocket expense of $40. You can see your GP for a referral for this test or download a request form below.

Integrated Labs Pathology

Urine Iodine $90

Water Filter Options

Permenant Home Filtration Systems

Alkaway – UltraStream Alkaline & Ionized Water Filter

Key Features

  • Easy to install to your kitchen tap, no continually refilling jugs
  • Alkalises your water
  • Removes Chlorine, Pesticides and Fluoride
  • 1/10 the price of other Alkalysing systems
  • 3 times the filtration efficiency
  • You also have the option to fit the UltraStream under the sink, so your filter isn’t visible or taking up room on the bench

The UltraStream from AlkaWay is a ‘new-generation’,  simpler, far more affordable way to alkalize, ionize and purify water.

For more information visit: https://www.moment4life.com.au/product/alkawayultrastreampurifer-alkalizer-ionizer/

Short term Water Filtration Solution

Ecobud Life Water Jug

Filtered, fresh Life Water in your fridge every day. Use this fabulous filtration system indoors or outdoors, and get great tasting water without the unwanted extras.

Forget boiling, elaborate filtration systems or the need for electricity. Enjoy purified drinking water quickly from your fridge day and night. The Gentoo eliminates chlorine, contaminants and bacteria and up to 98% of fluoride from your water, leaving you with a cup of liquid health.

  • Alkaline water pH 8.0 – 8.5
  • Removes chlorine
  • Removes up to 98% fluoride
  • BPA Free
  • Filter replacement indicator
  • 3 month filter replacement
  • Indoor and outdoor use

Audio: Have you been told your Thyroid is fine?

Hormonal Cystic Acne

Hormonal Cystic ACNE, if you’ve ever experienced it, you know exactly what I’m talking about, its painful, red, lumpy, sometimes pussy, sometimes not and it pops up on your face and commonly on your back too!

Unlike other milder forms of acne, cystic acne is noticeably painful and occurs when oil and dead scalp cells build up deep down in hair follicles or pores. Cystic acne is most common during puberty for teenagers, but sadly, it can continue into the adult years, especially when there is a hormonal imbalance. For adult girls, it’s common to to experience cystic acne around their menstrual cycles, especially on the the jawline and chin, which are the common areas for hormonally motivated breakouts and this is often worse in women with PCOS but you don’t have to have PCOS to experience hormonal acne.

The basic fact is that you’re body is trying to excrete toxins, through the wrong channel, ie your skin, it should be pushing these toxins and excess hormones out through the bowels and then, hello, no nasty pimples. Addressing the underlying hormonal imbalance is a must and of course this involves a whole heap of other things you can be doing too, let me explain! 

Do I have Cystic Acne?

Cystic Acne Symptoms

Acne vulgaris is the medical name for common acne which most teenagers experience through puberty and in fact anyone who has a bit of a toxic lifestyle will sprout a zit here or there! Cystic acne, medically referred to as Acne conglobata,  is a more serious and more rare form of acne that occurs mainly in young men, but it can affect people of both sexes and various ages, we especially see this in women who have PCOS.  Cystic acne occurs when your skin’s pores get clogged with oil and dead skin cells, toxins and become inflamed, giving them there large, red lumpy appearance. It becomes cystic acne when the pore ruptures underneath the scalp, which causes the inflammation to spill out into the surrounding skin tissue and so the body very cleverly (but very inconveiniently) creates a cysts around the area to contain the spilling toxins which can easily become infected with bacteria causing more break outs. This is your body’s way of containing the infection and inflammation, which can be dangerous to the body creating a form of sepsis. So there you have a large red lump on your skin as a result.

Symptoms of cystic acne include : large, red and painful breakouts on the face, chest, back, upper arms, shoulders and/ or thighs. They appear as raised, red bumps that generally do not have a whitehead and are quite painful if you try and poke and prod them! Sometimes they are not even visible on the surface but you know they are there as they are quite painful, this just means they are more under the surface, but still have the same clogged pore and toxic presentation. Cystic acne is the major cause of poor self esteem and low confidence especially if they occur on the face.

The unique appearance of a cystic acne is due to the acute damage to the oil gland causing intense inflammation and irritation, which leads to redness, swelling and soreness. Cystic acne is easy to diagnose to by a dermatologist and does not require any special tests.

What Causes Cystic Acne?

Cystic acne can be caused by or related to:

  • Hormonal changes: including polycystic ovary syndrome, elevated androgens, oestrogen dominance

It’s most common in teenage boys and young men. It’s believed that hormones called androgens can play a part in the development of cystic acne in teens when there is an increase in androgens. Such an increase leads to changes in your skin that can result in clogged pores and acne.

Cystic acne doesn’t only affect men, though. For women, hormone changes that trigger cystic acne can be brought on by menstrual cycles, pregnancy and menopause. Cystic acne is also more common among women who suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome.

  • High levels of humidity and sweating: Pore-clogging makeup and face and body care products.

This is where exercise and saunas are wonderful as they will help to open the pores and releases the blockages

  • Some medications and chemicals: for example, corticosteroids, lithium, phenytoin, isoniazid , which may worsen or cause eruptions that are similar to acne and all chemicals in general.

We know that when toxins and foreign unnatural chemical based products (most, not all) enter the body, our body’s natural response is to remove them! But if you liver and kidney’s are already overwhelmed with toxins, your bowels sluggish and clogged with too many toxins and mucus, plaque and all that other toxic stuff, these chemicals will be redirected and removed via our skin causing rashes and acne!

  • Genetics

Cystic acne often runs in families. If one or both of your mothers had severe cystic acne, then you have a greater chance of having it as well.  However with recent research in the last 5-10 years on Epigenetics, we now understand that the immediate cellular environment and things such as stress, diet, toxicity etc have a far greater impact upon our DNA and cells, meaning we are definetely not a victim to our poor genetics, so you can completely change your own health income based on the foods you eat and the positive lifestyle choices you make so you won’t follow in your mums and your mum’s mums footsteps if you choose to do things differently! The same very much applies for Breast cancer and genetics.

Hormonal Skin Pigmentation Issues – Melasma

Melasma is a skin condition that can occur as a result of hormonal imbalances.

Although genetics play a part, it is primarily bought on by the changing levels of Progesterone and Oestrogen making it more common to occur during or after a pregnancy, however it isn’t always associated with a pregnancy.

Melasma occurs when the melanocytes, the cells that cause skin pigmentation are stimulated by abnormal levels of progesterone and estrogen. This causes these cells to produce extra levels of melanin -the compound responsible for skin pigmentation), resulting in skin discoloration.

Appearance

The primary presentation of melasma is skin discoloration or pigmentation which affect either the epidermis (top layer of skin) or the dermis (second layer of skin) or both. Melasma of the epidermis tends to cause spots with a dark brown color and a well-defined border. Melasma of the dermis tends to cause lighter spots that are not as well defined.  The end result is varying colours and pigementations of the skin which can look blotchy, spotty or patterned. If the melasma is affecting both layers of the skin, it will cause a mixture of light and dark spots.

Melasma can take a long time to treat, with conventional medicine implementing sun protection (such as sunscreen) all throughout the year, usage of bleaching creams, or using mild solutions of cleanser. This treatments may irritate the skin and cause post-inflammatory pigmentation. Other, stronger treatments include corticosteroid creams and salicylic acid to treat to peel off the pigments. These methods may not be completely successful and commonly need several months to be effective. However we know that addressing the underlying hormonal imbalance is the best way to target the cause of the pigementation, and the skin will then rebalance and repair itself. All of these issues are currently being balanced within the Balance Me program.

Hormonal Skin Pigmentation Issues – Melasma

Rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that most often affects the face and although it is often mistaken for acne, eczema, or a skin allergy it does differ slightly in its presentation, but the underlying driver is commonly associated with hormonal imbalances.

Signs and symptoms of rosacea may include:

  • Facial redness. Rosacea usually causes a persistent redness in the central part of your face. Small blood vessels on your nose and cheeks often swell and become visible.
  • Swollen red bumps. Many people who have rosacea also develop pimples on their face that resemble acne. These bumps sometimes contain pus. Your skin may feel hot and tender.
  • Eye problems. About half of the people who have rosacea also experience eye dryness, irritation and swollen, reddened eyelids. In some people, rosacea’s eye symptoms precede the skin symptoms.
  • Enlarged nose. Rarely, rosacea can thicken the skin on the nose, causing the nose to appear bulbous (rhinophyma). This occurs more often in men than in women.

Causes

Hormonal imbalances is the major underlying driver of this condition, however certain lifestyle factors seem to trigger it or flare it up, these include:

  • Hot drinks and spicy foods
  • Alcohol
  • Temperature extremes
  • Sunlight or wind
  • Emotions
  • Exercise
  • Cosmetics
  • Drugs that dilate blood vessels, including some blood pressure medications

Generally speaking all of the above simply magnify the level of inflammation which is already present due to the hormonal imbalance, elevated stress chemicals and toxicity within the body.

Risk factors

Anyone can develop rosacea. But you may be more likely to develop it if you:

  • Are a woman
  • Have fair skin, particularly if it has been damaged by the sun
  • Are over age 30
  • Smoke
  • Have a family history of rosacea

Hormones are chemical messengers produced by the endocrine system (adrenal glands, hypothalamus, kidneys, ovaries, pancreas, pituitary gland and thyroid). They regulate processes such as development, digestion, growth, metabolism, mood control and reproduction.

Hormonal imbalances—whether due to pregnancy, menstrual cycle, menopause, endocrine disorders, or stress—cause reactions in the body and skin that can lead to rosacea symptoms. While hormone levels are difficult to detect and can fluctuate unpredictably, medical testing may help determine if hormonal imbalances are at the root of the rosacea problem. The following hormones are mainly associated with rosacea.

Estrogen and Rosacea

Estrogen has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce oil gland activity and size, tighten pores, create strong collagen and elastin, promote hydration and ward off aging. However, as estrogen production slows temporarily during menstrual cycles, pregnancy and menopause, rosacea symptoms start to appear.

Lower and slower estrogen production cause increased oil production, swelling, inflammation, slower cell renewal, collagen and elastin loss and dryness. The oil creates a perfect haven for the microscopic mite that thrives in rosacea sufferers. The inflammation and loss of elasticity weakens capillaries, which need elasticity to expand and contract according to blood flow.

Testosterone and Rosacea

Testosterone increases with menopause, triggers oil production and creates the ideal environment for the microscopic skin mite. People mistakenly assume the bumps and pimples they see with menopause are acne, not knowing that hormonal imbalances of menopause can cause rosacea too.

DHEA and Rosacea

DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), a precursor to sex hormones (estrogen, progesterone and testosterone), also plays a role in the development of rosacea. Aging, menopause, high sugar diets, stress and medications can decrease DHEA, leaving the skin vulnerable to the negative effects of cortisol and an impaired immune system. Acute or adrenal stress can raise DHEA, occurring when adrenals attempt to produce cortisol to cope with stress, but do not produce enough, resulting in a hormonal imbalance.

Addison’s Disease, a rare adrenal insufficiency disease, plus other endocrine disorders are also linked with rosacea. HGH (Human Growth Hormone) and DHEA are considered anti-aging hormones. Production of HGH normally declines with age, especially in women after menopause. Thyroid hormones cause skin to become warm, sweaty and flushed, which are key rosacea symptoms.

Healing Hormonal Skin Conditions Naturally

  1. Don’t Squeeze any pimples that occur with your condition

Ok I’m kidding myself I know, of course you are going to squeeze it, but here’s why you should be careful.  Cystic acne, unlike common acne, typically does not give you “poppable” head. Due to the the depth of cystic acne lesions, picking or squeezing can be completely ineffective and will likely extend healing day from days to weeks. The more you touch an infected pimple, the angrier and more unsightly it’s going to become. If “you’re just trying to” pop cystic acne, you’re just going to spread the breakout underneath the scalp. In addition, you can easily end up with scarring that lasts well beyond the pimple, perhaps even forever. Two words to remember with cystic acne: Hands off! Or for god sake at least cover your hands in Tea tree oil before you do it as it will prevent it from getting infected.

2. Ice It

You can apply an ice cube directly to a breakout for several seconds to constrict the small blood vessels feeding the painful cyst. The ice helps immediately decrease the size and redness of the offending acne.

3. Adopt a Healthy Skin Care Routine

Maintain a simple, calming scalp care routine that avoids heavy and scented moisturizers. Before applying moisturizer daily, always make sure that your scalp is thoroughly exfoliated and clean. An oil-free and unscented moisturizer is a great choice.

To encourage healthy skin turnover and growth, make sure to utilize exfoliants that are effective but not harsh and abrasive. Some good alternatives include glycolic acid and fruit enzymes. When you’re in the sunshine, the best sunblocks to use are all-natural sunblocks to help reduce the chances of acne scarring. For scars, a natural vitamin C product can help. Some cystic acne scars can regrettably take months to mend, but don’t lose hope.

4. Hygiene – Towels and Pillowcases

Something you might not think about is what else touches your face daily, like towels and pillowcases. To reduce the chances of irritation and sensitivity, it’s a really smart notion to avoid cleaning these items with strong cleansers and bleaches. Instead, opt for natural and unscented laundry products, like my Homemade Laundry Soap. You also want to change your towels and pillowcases often to avoid the presence and spread of bacteria, which only induce your acne worse.

6. The Cystic Acne Diet

Foods to Avoid :

Dairy products

Refined processed Sugar:

Caffeine and chocolate:

Fried and fast foods: These foods are also highly processed and low in fiber. Additionally, they contain a number of ingredients that cause inflammation, including hydrogenated oils, sodium, chemicals, flavorings and sugar.

Foods to Eat :

Probiotic-rich foods: The healthier your gut is, the better your balance of good versus bad bacteria. When you ingest probiotic-rich foods like kefir and cultured vegetables, the probiotics line your gut and create a healthy, sealed roadblock that prevents inflammation that can trigger acne. One Korean study of 56 acne patients found that drinking a Lactobacillus-fermented dairy liquor effectively reduced their total acne lesion counting and decreased oil production over 12 weeks.( 3) High-zinc foods: People with acne tend to be low in zinc so you definitely want to increase your dietary intake of zinc by consuming things like grass-fed beef, chickpeas, pumpkin seeds and cashews to prevent a zinc deficiency. Zinc also supports a healthy digestive tract, which improves skin health.Vitamin A-rich foods: Foods high in vitamin A like kale, spinach, sweet potatoes and carrots fight infection and speed healing, two things you definitely require when you’re trying to get rid of cystic acne.( 4) Fiber-rich foods: Devouring high-fiber foods like vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and oatmeal encourages colon cleansing as well as the growth of good bacteria in the gut, both of which can help eradicate cystic acne.High-quality protein foods: Grass-fed beef, organic chicken, wild-caught fish and free-range eggs are high in protein and nutrients and help balance blood sugar, a key component in the fight against cystic acne.Liver-supportive foods: Since hormones are processed in the liver, feeing liver-supportive foods can help clear up acne. Eat more cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower as well as leafy greens and high-fiber fruits, such as pears and apple, for improved liver function.

Supplements to Consume :

Probiotics( 10,000 IU to 50,000 IU daily, typically two to three capsules twice daily ). Taking probiotics can boost your immunity and help your internal fight against cystic acne. You can also use probiotic scalp care products, which can provide a protective external shield.Omega -3 fatty acids( 1,000 milligrams of fish oil/ cod liver oil daily or 3,000 milligrams of flaxseed or chia seed oil ).

Omega -3 helps reduce inflammation and subsistence hormone balance.

You can also consider gamma-linolenic acid( GLA) found in evening primrose and borage oil for hormonal balance. One scientific study specifically found that after 10 weeks of omega -3 fatty acid or GLA supplementation, inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne lesions decreased significantly.( 5) Zinc( 25-30 milligrams twice daily ). Research suggests that people with acne have lower blood and scalp levels of zinc. Taking zinc by mouth helps treat and reduce acne.

Vitex( 160 milligrams of vitex/ chasteberry ). This herbal remedy is specifically recommended for hormonally induced acne.( 6) Guggul or guggulsterone( 25 milligrams twice daily ). Guggul is made from the sap of a tree native to India. For individuals suffering from cystic acne, a controlled clinical trial found that guggul supplements outperformed 500 milligrams of tetracycline.( 7)

7. Relax

As with everything health- and beauty-related, stress only induces things worse. Find ways to decrease stress in their own lives because stress can cause your body to release hormones that only make acne worse. The more you relax, the better your scalp will be. Try natural stress relievers to help improve your skin.

8. Sleep

Getting proper sleep on a nightly basis can help improve your overall health, including balancing hormone levels and decreasing the inflammation associated with cystic acne. You also give your cystic acne uninterrupted time to heal.

9. Exercise

Regular physical activity is excellent for the body’s lymphatic system and detoxifying your entire body. It’s also excellent for your mood and self-esteem, which tend to both take a dip when you’re fighting cystic acne.

10. Essential Oils

Essential oils like tea tree and lavender can help fight cystic acne. The best way to use essential oils for acne is to apply two to three drops topically to the area of fear. Tea tree and lavender essential oils are safe for neat( direct) application, but they can also be combined with a carrier oil such as jojoba or coconut oil if you have sensitive skin.

Mushrooms

The Benefits of Mushrooms

  • Mushrooms are super high in the top 5 nutrients our Thyroid glands largely relies on and is often deficient in: Iron, Zinc, Selenium, Iodine and Magnesium
  • Mushrooms are the only fruit or Vegetable that can increase our Vitamin D levels
  • Mushrooms are super low in calories
  • Mushrooms boost the immune system
  • Mushrooms are loaded in Antioxidants
  • Mushrooms are also high in B vitamins and help to boost your metabolism

 

Your Thyroid Loves Mushrooms

Balsamic Garlic Grilled Mushroom Skewers

Ingredients

Vegan, Gluten free

Produce

  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 2 lbs Mushrooms
  • 1/2 tsp Thyme

Condiments

  • 2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Soy sauce

Baking & spices

  • 1 Salt and pepper
directions
  1. Marinate the mushrooms in the mixture of the remaining ingredients for 30 minutes.
  2. Skewer the mushrooms and grill over medium-high heat until just tender and slightly charred, about 2-3 minutes per side.
Nutrition Facts: Calories 62, Fat 0.8g (Saturated 0, Trans 0), Cholesterol 0,Sodium 233mg, Carbs 9g (Fiber 2g, Sugars 5g), Protein 7g
Recipe Acknowledgment: http://www.closetcooking.com/2016/07/balsamic-garlic-grilled-mushroom-skewers.html

ACTION: DIY Seaweed Face & Neck Mask

Seaweed is a superfood! Its loaded in minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and especially iodine which is amazing for your skin and your thryoid!

BENEFITS OF SEAWEED MASK

  • Improves skin elasticity and supports collagen production
  • Minimises fine lines and wrinkles
  • Assists with healthy ageing
  • Improves skin texture and tone – brightens dull lifeless skin
  • Reduces fluid retention and puffy eyes
  • Reduces enlarged thyroid and goitres
  • Protects against sun damage
  • Improves sleep quality, allows your body to reach the Deep REM sleep wave

‘DIY’ Seaweed Face & Neck Mask to boost Thyroid Function & Improve Skin health

‘DIY’ FACE & NECK SEA WEED MASK

Ingredients

  • 1/2 teaspoon kelp powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon chlorella or  Spirulina powder
  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel (fresh if possible to avoid weird thickeners and preservatives)
  • 1 teaspoons skin nourishing oil ie coconut, jojoba, avocado, sweet almond oil
  • 1 drop skin nourishing essential oil eg Lavender, Chamomile, Neroli, Jasmine or any of the Doterra blends

HINT: if you have Moment 4 Life LiftME, you can use 1 teaspoon of this to replace the Kelp, Chlorella, Spirulina

Directions

Use a small glass bowl and gradually blend all the ingredients with a small whisk or fork, adding one ingredient at a time, to ensure it stays smooth. Add a few extra drops of filtered water to change the thickness of the mask depending on your preference.

Application

Apply the mask to your face and neck, ensuring to cover the thyroid gland. Use a circular rubbing motion to apply the mask, as it will provide a gentle exfoliation process also. Allow the mask to dry on the face for approx 15-30 minutes, then rinse with warm, not hot water. Hot water will damage the capillaries on your delicate face skin.

Follow by moisturizing your skin with an organic chemical free gentle moisturizing cream.

Frequency

Repeat the process 1 to 3 times weekly to bring back life to your tired, damaged skin

I recommend

100% Pure Skin care, an all natural, organic Australian company with a great range of moisturizes, make up and skin care.

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AIM: Increase your intake of natural iodine

Remember when we are consuming nutrients from a whole food source, such as a vegetable, fruit, plant etc it is virtually impossible to overdose and consume a toxin amount. This is because the mineral is in its natural form and is surrounded with all the necessary co-factors and supportive nutrients, mother nature created all plants in perfect balance so it is in my opinion impossible to cause harm through real, natural unprocessed food.

Natural sources of Iodine

Top 10 Iodine Rich Foods List

1) Dried seaweed

  • Nori
  • Hijiki
  • Kombu
  • Wakame
  • Arame
  • Dulse

7g contains 4500 mcg 

2) Cod fish
An 85g serving of this fish contains 99 mcg

3) Natural Yogurt
1 cup: 87 mcg

4) Turkey breast

A quarter of  a turkey breast 34 mcg

5) Navy beans
½ cup: 32 mcg

6) Tuna
A 95g (standard lunch box sized can) contains: 17 mcg

7) Eggs
1 large: 12 mcg

8) Baked potato
1 medium potato contains  60 mcg

9) Strawberries
1 cup of fresh strawberries: 13 mcg

10) Cranberries
30g of cranberries 90 mcg

CAUTION: Avoid Iodised Salt

Iodised salt is toxic to your thyroid and the reason being is because it is 100% synthetic, the sodium itself is of chemical origin and so is the iodine and together this synthetic lifeless ‘non-food’ is just another toxin that your body has to detoxify out and does not provide any nutritional value. Always use natural mineral sea salt or Himalayan sea salt products

And that‘s a wrap! You’re now finished week 7! Keep up the great work