Understanding and Overcoming Thyroid Dysfunction

by Chris D. Meletis, ND

Thyroid

One of the most common reasons patients visit my office is because they are chronically tired and fatigued. Although there are many causes of fatigue, a poorly functioning thyroid gland is often the culprit behind their low energy levels.

If you’re fatigued, this may be your problem as well. Low thyroid function or hypothyroidism not only can zap your energy levels—it can also be to blame for other symptoms such as:

  • Increased sensitivity to cold
  • Constipation
  • Pale, dry skin
  • Sluggishness
  • A puffy face
  • Hoarse voice
  • Elevated blood cholesterol and liver enzyme levels
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness
  • Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints
  • Muscle weakness
  • Heavier than normal menstrual periods
  • Brittle fingernails and hair
  • Depression (more…)

Ribose Increases Energy 61% in CFS/Fibromyalgia: A Multicenter Study

Abstract
Fibromyalgia represents a cellular energy crisis with many causes. Treatments that increase energy production can often be helpful. This includes the “SHINE” protocol (Sleep, Hormones, Infections, Nutrition, and Exercise), which was shown to be highly effective in an earlier RCT. A soon to be published multicenter study showed that D-ribose supplementation (Cor­valen) increased energy an average of 61% at three weeks, while also improving sleep, cognitive function, pain, and overall well-being. (more…)

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Study Proves Defective Cellular Energy Function

Sufferers of CFS/ME can now state unequivocally to their doctors that their symptoms are not in their heads, that they suffer from a mitochondrial dysfunction. They can refer their doctors to this study & ask them to do the proper testing. 

Sad Woman, from FreeDigitalPhotos.netby Heidi Stevenson

For years, sufferers of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), have been subjected to the abuse of modern medicine, which has claimed that it’s a mental disorder, that it’s all in their heads. Now, a clinical study clearly documents that these people, mostly women, suffer from a dysfunction of mitochondria, the cells’ energy production centers. (more…)

Vitamin B: The Happy Vitamin that Packs a Punch

Vitamin B is sometimes called the “happy vitamin,” and for very good reason. Vitamin B is a dietary powerhouse, boosting energy levels and enhancing performance of nearly every system in the body. Hundreds of delicious and abundant foods are packed full of vitamin B, ready to unleash the raw power in even the most timid consumer.

Benefits of Vitamin B
Vitamin B converts food into energy. These nutrients also help the nervous system function properly, enabling the energized body to move in an efficient and coordinated way. (more…)

Magnesium Deficiency: The Source of Most Modern Chronic Illness?

To be in good health is a true blessing, and without proper nutrition a foundation for health cannot be built. I found this out the hard way. For several years I experienced severe fatigue daily, along with muscle spasms, weak teeth, shortness of breath, anxiety and generally not feeling well. I started to conduct research on the unpleasant assortment of symptoms that I was experiencing, and I repeatedly came across information on the essential element called magnesium. It turns out that the majority of Americans (80% or more) are magnesium deficient due to poor diet and soil depletion. Every symptom that I had was a sign of magnesium deficiency. Upon further research I discovered magnesium oil, which is easily absorbed – more so than pill form – through the skin via Transdermal Magnesium Therapy. After using the oil for several months, all of the symptoms have disappeared. (more…)

Constantly Tired? Here Are 10 Herbs To Increase Energy, Vitality, And Adaptability

How difficult is it for us to achieve a work-life balance? How much more difficult is it to achieve a life-energy balance? And does it not seem that there are never enough hours in the day to achieve any balance at all? You’re not alone. Your days may seem that way, but in truth the balance is always there, always available and always achievable. That doesn’t mean it isn’t difficult, but a few ancient herbal formulas will certainly help you achieve the balance you never thought possible. Skip your daily sugar boost, coffee or red bull because in the long-term they will always let you down. Adaptogenic herbs will give you sustained energy and vitality while allowing your mind to think freely, calmly and without excessive stimulation. (more…)

Are you Tired and Rundown from Adrenal Fatigue?

Do you feel tired and rundown most of the time and have problems getting a good rest – and when you are able to sleep it does not seem to help much with how tired you feel?  If so, your problem may be adrenal fatigue, particularly if you have experienced major stress in your life.  Fortunately fixing adrenal fatigue is relatively simple to do. If the right steps are taken you may soon be able to renew your adrenals and gain back vitality, energy and wellness. (more…)

6 Little Known Signs of Adrenal Fatigue

 

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You’d have to be living under a rock not to notice that adrenal problems are at epidemic proportions in our modern culture.  The fact that a Starbucks or some other coffee shop is on practically every corner and that the average American now consumes a whopping 180 lbs per year of refined sugars is surely evidence enough.     By the way, the 180 lbs of sugar per year figure is a shocking 27% increase just since 2003 when sugar consumption was 142 lbs per person per year! (more…)