Ways to Improve Thyroid Function

Posted on January 22 by
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Consume…..

Iodine: sardines, wild caught Alaskan salmon, Celtic sea salt and eggs. (up to 1200 mcg)

Selenium: wild caught Alaskan salmon, brazil nuts, garlic, onions, tomatoes and sunflower seeds. (400 mcg)

Tyrosine: almonds, bananas, wild caught Alaskan salmon, organic fee-range poultry, avocados and eggs. (food is best)

Choose all natural, organic foods……..
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Avoid…..

Gluten
Non-Fermented Soy
Genetically engineered food
Bromines
Plastic
Toxins (BP, PFOA, fragrances like Glade plug ins and cheap candles)
Processed foods and chemicals like artificial sweeteners and food coloring
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By cleaning up your environment, food, beverages and personal products, it will help to improve thyroid function, which also helps with things like fibromyalgia, adrenal issues and hormone imbalances.

Tips to Improve Your Sleep for Greater Health

Posted on January 21 by
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Sleep problems are some of the most common issues experienced by Americans today. Many people occasionally experience symptoms of insomnia, with many citing long work hours and electronic use as some of the reasons. Not only are we getting too little sleep, but we’re also suffering from deterioration of our sleep quality. Fortunately, improving your sleep isn’t as hard as it seems. Your mental health will thank you for it!

Learn How Sleep Affects Mental Health

We spend one-third of our lives sleeping, so it’s no surprise that sleep plays a key role in our mental health. According to the Harvard Medical School, the rejuvenating stage of REM sleep supports our emotional health, strengthens our memory, and contributes to daytime cognitive functioning. Sleep disruption impairs our thinking and makes it much more difficult to regulate our emotions during waking hours. This may be why insomnia has such a strong link to psychiatric disorders like anxiety, depression, ADHD, and bipolar disorder.

Develop a Bedtime Routine

Did you know your body can learn to sleep more efficiently? We can reinforce the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle by going to bed and waking up at the same time every day. Following a bedtime routine can help your mind wind down and even tell your body that it’s time to produce sleep-inducing hormones. Try to engage in quiet, relaxing activities in the last 30 minutes before you go to bed. Of course, these activities will depend on your own personal preferences, but some great ideas include reading, doing yoga, listening to music, meditating, and taking a bath. Just make sure you avoid stimulating activities like exercising, working, or watching TV.

Make Your Bed as Comfortable as Possible

If you wake up feeling sore and unrested no matter how much sleep you get, your bed may be the culprit. An uncomfortable bed causes you to sleep hot, toss and turn, wake up with back pain, and awaken when your partner moves. A good-quality mattress and comfortable bedding can make a huge difference. When looking for a new mattress, focus on back and pressure-point support. Memory foam, gel foam, and latex mattresses can all offer the support you need at different levels of firmness and temperature control.

However, before you select a mattress, it’s important to determine what type of sleeper you are, as choosing the wrong one could actually contribute to your insomnia. If you’re a back sleeper, side sleeper, or stomach sleeper — or if you’re someone who rotates a lot at night — find a mattress that addresses your specific needs. Additionally, if you suffer from lower back pain, you need to take that fact into consideration when you’re shopping around.

Avoid Stimulating Foods and Beverages

In addition to avoiding stimulating activities, you should also avoid eating certain foods too close to bedtime. The following foods and beverages can disrupt your sleep by keeping your brain and digestive system active long after you’ve gone to bed:

● Coffee
● Caffeinated tea (including green tea)
● Sugar-filled desserts
● Dark chocolate
● Spicy foods
● Fatty fried foods
● Alcohol
● Meat

Instead, reach for nuts or herbal tea with honey to help your body produce melatonin, the sleep-inducing hormone.

Create the Perfect Sleep Environment

Most of us use our bedrooms for activities other than sleep, such as work, entertainment, and engaging in stressful conversations with our partner. Change how you think about your bedroom and use it for only two things: sleep and romance. Remove all distractions from your bedroom. This means getting rid of the TV, work desk, and treadmill. Keep your bedroom as dark as possible during the night because any amount of artificial light can obstruct a restful sleep. Distracting sounds from outside can be managed using white noise machines. Finally, keep your room cool, between 60 and 67 degrees, since your body temperature needs to drop to prepare for sleep. You may even consider investing in a smart thermostat to make temperature optimization that much easier.

Caring for your mental health means making yourself a priority. Stop putting things like work and social engagements ahead of your sleep. You’ll be able to work more productively and enjoy your waking hours more fully when you get the restorative sleep you need.

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New Low Carb Pasta (Safeway)

Posted on January 16 by
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24 grams of protein and only 9 grams of net carbs!

In my experience with pasta like this, I cook a little longer than the directions to break down all the fiber so it is easier to digest.

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Lemon Pepper Green Beans

Posted on January 16 by
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb fresh green beans cleaned and stems removed
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice about 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbsp water
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼-½ tsp fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Heat two teaspoons olive oil in large skillet. Add green beans and cook for 8 minutes on medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Beans will start to char slightly.
  • Add 2 Tbsp. lemon juice and 1 Tbsp. water to the beans, cover, and turn heat to low. Cook 2 more minutes. Remove lid and continue to simmer until water has evaporated.
  • Add salt, pepper, and another drizzle of fresh lemon juice. Serve immediately.2Skillet-Green-Beans-1a-768x774

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