New This Week: April 28, 2011
Nutritional Deficiencies Your Body Can Show You
Clues about possible nutritional deficiencies can often be spotted by simply making a close inspection of a few areas on your body.
Examine Your Tongue (Low Thyroid or B Vitamin)
Look in the mirror and stick out your tongue.
Do you see "scalloped edges" along both sides where you can see the indentations from your teeth? This can indicate a low thyroid.
Does your tongue have a white coating that makes it hard to see the bumpy texture of your taste buds? It could be vitamin B deficiency.
Are the taste buds hard to see because your tongue is smooth and shiny? That can mean low iron or low vitamin B12.
Look at Your Eyebrows (Low Thyroid)
Are the outer 1/3 of your eyebrows gone? Think low thyroid.
Check Your Fingers (Low Thyroid)
Do your rings tend to feel tight after wearing them for awhile because your fingers start to get puffy? Take a multivitamin with at least 50 mg of vitamin B6 a day. Fluid retention reflected as puffy fingers can also indicate a low thyroid.
Be aware that low thyroid can be a serious health issue. In addition to its fatiguing effect, low thyroid is also associated with a 69% increased risk of heart attack and a three-fold risk of miscarriages! Fortunately, low thyroid is easily treated. You just need to be careful not to overlook that you may have it, as half the people who have low thyroid aren't aware of it because their blood tests during medical checkups show up as so-called "normal." (To learn more, see "Thyroid Hormone Deficiency — An Overview.")
Breast Tenderness (Low Iodine)
Are your breasts tender or do they have recurrent cysts (fibrocystic breast disease)? This often reflects an iodine deficiency. The fringe benefit of taking the iodine (6-12.5 mg a day) is that not only will the breast cysts often resolve, but it will give your thyroid a boost, which will increase your energy and help your lose weight if you are dieting.
Love & blessings,
Is Sugar Worse Than We Thought — Even Toxic?
Sugar might not only be responsible for the skyrocketing obesity and diabetes in Americans, but, according to a recent New York Times article, it could also be the cause of other chronic ailments such as heart disease, hypertension and even many common cancers.
BMR Complex for Thyroid Support
Maintaining proper thyroid gland function is critical to your health. The thyroid acts as your body's gas pedal, regulating its metabolic speed. If the thyroid gland produces insufficient amounts of thyroid hormones, the metabolism decreases and the person gains weight. Other symptoms of hypothyroidism include intolerance to cold, fatigue, achiness, confusion and constipation.
Studies have also shown that thyroid therapies can be particularly helpful in CFS and fibromyalgia.
Alternatives to prescription thyroid hormones are available as over-the-counter supplements. An excellent natural thyroid glandular supplement that I recommend is BMR Complex by Integrative Therapeutics. This natural alternative contains thyroid glandular, tyrosine, iodine and other nutrients and herbs.
See our Health A-Z section for a collection of articles on the importance of a healthy thyroid »
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JOKE OF THE WEEK
When Grandma Goes to Court
Lawyers should never ask a Mississippi grandma a question if they aren't prepared for the answer.
In a trial, a Southern small-town prosecuting attorney called his first witness, a grandmotherly, elderly woman to the stand. He approached her and asked, "Mrs. Jones, do you know me?" She responded, "Why yes, I do know you, Mr. Williams. I've known you since you were a boy, and frankly, you've been a big disappointment to me. You lie, you cheat on your wife, and you manipulate people and talk about them behind their backs. You think you're a big shot when you haven't the brains to realize you'll never amount to anything more than a two-bit paper pusher. Yes, I know you."
The lawyer was stunned. Not knowing what else to do, he pointed across the room and asked, "Mrs. Jones, do you know the defense attorney?"
She again replied, "Why yes, I do. I've known Mr. Bradley since he was a youngster too. He's lazy, bigoted, and he has a drinking problem. He can't build a normal relationship with anyone, and his law practice is one of the worst in the entire state. Not to mention he cheated on his wife with three different women. One of them was your wife. Yes, I know him."
The defense attorney nearly died.
The judge asked both counselors to approach the bench and, in a very quiet voice, said, "If either of you idiots asks her if she knows me, I'll send you both to the electric chair."