Wednesday, December 01, 2010
...what could be better than that?
So treat yourself to a vitamin D test in order to optimize your levels of this important immunity enhancing prohormone.
As most of you know, D it made from a form of cholesterol in our skin, when its exposed to UV light until our skin turns pink. After that, our bodies have a built in feedback mechanism that stops the formulation of the "Sunshine Vitamin".
So unless you've been laying out nakie til pink recently on a regular basis, there's a good chance your stores of this vitamin are starting to get low by this time of year. Which ironically corresponds with cold & flu season.
Especially if you are hypothyroid, as we tend to need more D than the average human to get our levels where they need to be. Example: I was taking 1200 IUs, and I was under range. Not under "optimal" range which is the mid 40's to 70's, but under the standard range of 32.
That said, you really don't want to go supplementing willy nilly, until you have been tested first to see where you're at. Too much of anything (okay, mabbe not money) isn't better, its excess. And you can get yourself in trouble if you start taking an oil soluable vitamin, because it gets stored in your liver, not secreted by your kidneys.
Okay, I can hear ya whining... you were expecting sumpin good to eat with no calories, and instead you're getting another annoying Mzzchief health lecture. ha
So here's some links for ya:
Okay and you prolly want a coupon for that, sheesh you guys make me do everything ha:
Now get yourself tested, or at least start thinking about it!
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
While i knewthat hypothyroid disease puts us at risk for higher LDL cholesterol, I was surprised to learn, is that its the level of Free T3, not Free T4, that influences cholesterol numbers.
So if you're correcting your hypothyroidism with a T4 only meddie like Synthroid, Levoxyl, or generic levothyroxine, and your LDL cholesterol hasn't budged, it might be prudent to include a test for free T3 next time you go in for your thyroid test.
That way you can eliminate low T3 as a culprit!
As recently as this October, I lowered my Synthroid and added some T3 to my routine as my T3 was WAAAAY under range. Should be interesting to see what my cholesterol numbers are at my next blood draw.
Here's an excerpt from a study I found online:
THYROID HORMONE (T3) is important for normal regulation of development and physiology. T3 deficiency leads to elevated cholesterol levels in blood plasma that can be normalized, however, by T3 substitution (1). The liver is central in cholesterol metabolism, balancing hepatic cholesterol synthesis and hepatic uptake of plasma lipoproteins from the circulation against the excretion of hepatic cholesterol and bile acids in the bile (2, 3, 4, 5). T3 can influence the metabolism of cholesterol at several critical steps in the liver
From this study on the lack of a specific thyroid hormone receptor in mice and the resultant high cholesterol which was resistant despite endogenous T3 supplementation. Granted lack of a specific hormone receptor Beta is a different issue all together, but what can be extrapolated from this abstract is that T3 mediates cholesterol:
Take care of youse!
here are AArranna's links, hyperlinked, to make em easier to get to.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Here's an idea for better oral hygiene!
Make a tongue scraper a part of your tooth brushing mouth flushing ritual!
Don't have one?
All ya need is an old plastic yogurt or margerine container, a pair of sharp scissors, and potentially a nail file or sand paper if you're not handy with the scissors.
1.Cut down about an inch, then around the top of the container, removing the top inch of the container.
2.You will have a ring, but you only need half of one. So cut it in half so that you have an arch... a "C". This is the basis of your new toy.
3. Examine the "C" that you just cut off. Use the scissors to smoothe out any rough spots. If you're not having good luck with the scissors, use the nail file or sand paper to smoothe out any sharp bumps left behind. Try it on your arm to see if there are any rough spots.
If there aren't, then its ready!
How you use it?
Hold the two ends together, stick out your tongue and draw it down, pressing it into the surface. Now look at whats on your new tongue scraper. Gross, huh?Wanna do it again? Go for it!
If there's blood on your scraper, than you prolly didn't spend enuf time on Step #3. Get your scissors or nail file or sand paper and smooth down whatever you neglected to smoothe earlier.
Wash it off and use it everytime you brush, for fresh breath and better oral hygiene!
Friday, November 26, 2010
Recently I've resumed using a deep conditioning product called Hennalucent which coats the hair shaft. I used it for decades, then got out of the habit.
You can get it in neutral, which is what I do, but its also available in colors.
I mix mine with an egg and some jojoba oil, tie a plastic sack around my hair/scalp, leave it on for about an hour before rinsing. Lasts about 6 weeks.
Always good to do a spot test 24 hours before on your arm to make sure you don't have allergy, as henna is a herb.
Here's a link:
Fashion tip if you've got to leave the house... cover your tresses and that plastic sack with a do rag... I needed to pick my child up from school, she walked right past me not realizing who I was until I spoke... became furious and refused to walk by my side. Ah, motherhood!
Friday, November 12, 2010
Hmmm.... Makes a good case for obsessive compulsive hand washing... ha!
Possible vector leading to Hashimoto's?
Make a fun day!
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