Low Iron Linked with Muscle Health, Sleep Disorders, Mood, Stroke Risk, and Mitochondria

Do you have iron deficiency and not know it? Fatigue, weakness, and cold intolerance are common symptoms of low iron. Standard blood tests may not reflect early iron deficiency. There is, however, a special lab test that tells you how good your iron stores are even before extensive changes occur. This lab test is called serum ferritin. Serum ferritin levels reflect the actual amount of iron stores in the body. A depletion of iron stores indicates a functional deficiency and early iron deficiency, which can cause a variety of health disorders. There is more to low serum ferritin and iron deficiency than meets the eye.

Symptoms of Iron Deficiency

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6 Toxins that Destroy Your Thyroid

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Some people believe that the thyroid is the “heart” of the endocrine system. As one of the largest endocrine glands, it plays an important role in maintaining energy levels and secreting hormones—among other things. When the thyroid’s working properly, it’s business as usual. Unfortunately, nasty chemicals can play a huge role in problems.

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10 Symptoms of Thyroid Problems Your Doctor May Miss

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About 12% of Americans develop thyroid disease, and of those who get it 60% will never know they have it. [1] That’s a problem. The thyroid regulates hormone balance and contributes to weight, mood, and mental stability. If ignored, a thyroid imbalance can develop into serious medical conditions. Awareness is key, so to help, here are 10 symptoms of thyroid problems that are often missed.

1. Cholesterol That’s Too High or Too Low (more…)

The Soy Decoy: Why Soy is Not a Health Food

This post was originally published in June of 2010, but the topic is still pertinent today! Soy is one of the most commonly mistaken modern “health foods”, and unfortunately, can be found in just about everything in the form of soy lecithin. This article covers why this plant is not at all what we should be putting in our bodies and explains why soy is not a health food!

Guest Post by Katie Fox

I know it goes against everything we hear these days about healthy eating, but I’m here today to tell you that I don’t eat soy products, and I don’t think you should eat soy products, either.

There.  I came right out and said it.  Might as well get the controversy right out in the open from the start, right? (wink)

Honestly, I’m not looking for a fight.  In my real off-line life, I almost never talk about dietary choices with people unless they flat-out ask me my opinion.  Diet is a really personal thing, and people often feel defensive if their choices are questioned.  But the soy issue really concerns me, so I decided to take this opportunity while guest-posting here at Keeper of the Home to talk about the side of soy we don’t usually hear about. (more…)

10 Health Dangers of Bromine

BromineBromine is a chemical compound frequently used in flame retardants, baking ingredients, cell phones, plastic, dye, soda, and prescription drugs. Despite the warnings from the Centers for Disease Control about the serious, long-term health effects from constant exposure, use of the chemical shows no signs of slowing down. [1] Why should you care? Because research has identified the following 10 dangers of bromine as the most damaging to human health. (more…)

Herbs For Thyroid

 

Unless you suffer from a thyroid condition, it is easy to ignore the function of the thyroid gland. Although small, this endocrine gland – situated just below your neck – plays a big role in regulating metabolic processes in your body. With a dysfunctional thyroid, the functioning of almost all your organs is likewise disrupted. Thyroid disorders generally fall under 3 categories: an overactive thyroid or hyperthyroidism, an under-active thyroid or hypothyroidism and an enlarged thyroid characterized by the presence of nodules.

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11 Everyday Toxins That Are Harming Your Thyroid

Millions of people struggle with low thyroid symptoms, and millions more experience the symptoms of a low thyroid only to have their labs come back negative. They’re told they are “normal,” and are left with no answers. Symptoms like anxiety, irritability, depression, brain fog, weight gain and fatigue can debilitate lives for decades. One major underlying factor that isn’t being addressed in the standard model of care is toxins.

Whether they’re synthetic or natural in nature, toxins are a piece of the complex thyroid puzzle. Here are 11 offenders that may be affecting your thyroid function:

1. Perchlorates (more…)

Iodine Deficiency — An Old Epidemic is Back

The issue of iodine deficiency will be growing in importance over the coming decade. This is occurring for a number of reasons:

  1. Iodine deficiency with goiter has historically been widespread in the U.S. (especially in the Great Lakes region). This is why iodine was added to salt.
  2. Until recently, a lot of our iodine intake was from wheat (~ 25%).
  3. Unfortunately, flour mills have switched from adding iodine to using bromides instead. Bromides in flour was banned in the U.K. in 1990, and in Canada in 1994, as being toxic, but the FDA still allows its use in the U.S.
  4. As iodine and bromine (and fluorides) are all related chemically (called halides), they can act as competitive inhibitors to each other.
  5. Because of this, we are seeing iodine deficiencies from both decreased intake, and from bromine and fluorine making the iodine you do have less effective.
  6. Iodine intakes (estimated by urine output) dropped by ~ 50% from 1971 to 2001 (see article in Salt Institute).
  7. The current RDA for iodine is ~ 150 mcg/day. Much of this comes from iodine added to salt. Unfortunately, most of the salt used in food processing does not have iodine, and people are using less salt at home (the stuff that is iodized) because of the misguided medical advice (except in those with heart failure) to avoid salt. People who eat more salt live longer.
  8. An additional problem is that the addition of large amounts of unfermented soy (e.g., soy milk, soy cheese, soy protein added to food) inactivates an enzyme called “thyroid peroxidase” and can cause “hypothyroidism.” This is less of a problem with fermented soy products like tempeh and tofu. (more…)