Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2015! 

You always see those memes saying "new year, new me" yada yada... The problem is actually living up to it past January 7th. Let's face it, our New Year's resolution every year is to lose weight or do this or do that and we're motivated for a short while before giving up the proverbial ghost of what could be... (To those that can follow through with their resolutions, bless you)... Come on warriors we can stick to this! 

Moving on... 

Here are some challenges to get us out of bed and into the place we need to be:

1. Detox in the morning. Get rid of the New Year's partying (staying on the couch and binge-watching Netflix counts) and start the year off cleanly...If you're not a fan of ginger or lemon, just drink some black tea, but I promise you this "morning flush" will set your body in motion... No pun intended...Repeat daily

For the detox drink:
A few think slices or small chunks of ginger layered with 
Two thin slices of lemon topped with 
Boiling water enough to fill one mug.

Sip, don't chug. 
Chase this sucker down with a nice tall glass of cool water to flush out any other toxins. C'mon you gotta finish the battle. 

The reason for the lemon and ginger mix is what they bring to the table for the sluggish and low metabolic function as a result of thyroidism. Most of the time we don't absorb what we need to and to truly obtain the most out of ourselves and the food we eat, this little tonic can surely do the trick. Ginger contains enzymes which act as a catalyst for nutrient breakdown and absorption, it also breaks down toxins which then are able to be passed through liver and kidneys. The other known property is its natural chemical compound for reducing pain and inflammation... So if you're experiencing cramps, ginger is the trick. If you hate ginger, suck it up... Hold your nose and take it like a champ. Lemon, on the other hand, revs up your defense system by supplying Vitamin C. Scurvy no more. Also, lemon oil is one of those great aromatherapy oils for anxiety reduction and fighting fatigue. 

2. Get motivated. Finish reading this conquer-script. Put down the remote, the mouse, the tablet and/or the phone... Bundle up or, simply, just put your shoes on and take a walk around the block. Baby steps... Something will come to you. That's for your own personal journey. It's a blank page on the 2015 chapter of your life, do something meaningful for you and for the planet.

3. Last, but not least, if you see someone experiencing the same symptoms, have 'em get checked out.

 *While you're at it, things to look out for on blood tests- free T3, free T4, antibodies, tsh, and the vitals such as vitamin D, vitamin B and Iron (these promote the uptake of hormones and, also, affect mood and lethargy)... Look for balance. Also check out "Thyroid Sexy" on facebook to get more resources. 

Don't have thyroid issues but know someone who does??? 

Here are some suggestions for birthday presents or even a survival kit for the thyroid warriors (pets included) in your life (based on what we have found to work to help sustain your body with this disease)

* Essential Oils (pure organic) we like Oil Garden  and Sun Spirit. Aromatherapy works wonders with us thyroid patients (and even non-patients alike), calming or revving up the system and aiding digestion (stress inhibits proper digestion, so easing stress levels enables you to function better and excrete better too, allowing less bloat). Certain ones to try: lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus and cinnamon.

* Coconut oil... We swear by this because not only is it a great oil to use for cooking but it's great for dry skin and for dry hair. Just slather it on (put a plastic bag over hair so that heat can allow the oil to penetrate hair follicles and distribute oil all over), wait about 15 minutes and away you go! Also put some in smoothies, baked goods and pet food. Both my cat and dog love it and their coats show it too!

* Epsom Salts- Great for a long soak in the bath. Epsom salts contain high doses of Magnesium. And Magnesium is the second most abundant element in human cells and the fourth most important positively charged ion in the body. It helps the body regulate over 325 enzymes and plays an important role in organizing many bodily functions, like muscle control, electrical impulses, energy production and the elimination of harmful toxins. 

* Tea- Yes, always great to have in stock and we especially love our teas that we drink from Pukka ...amazing organic and pure herbs and fantastic flavors. My personal one (wolf) at the moment is Elderberry and Echinacea. White tiger loves her some Honey Vanilla Chamomile or Pukka Love tea. 

* Heat packs and hot water bottles- We get hot and then we get cold again... nature of the beast. Keep us comfortable.

* Natural Fiber in clothing and also sleepwear, including bedding. A lot of thyroid disease suffers experience many varied skin allergies. Making sure anything that touches your skin (the biggest organ in the human body) with only natural fibers as much as possible will not only ensure comfort but also enable your body to cope with any of the myriad of thyroid related discomforts that may arise.