If you have Hashimoto's or Hypothyroidism, you are in the right place. You have probably seen a doctor (or two) and been told that either, ‘your thyroid is fine for now and there is nothing you can do but wait and see’ or, ‘your thyroid is slow and you need medicine’. However even with that, you may not be feeling all that much better. Instead you are likely feeling discouraged, dismissed, and lost. Sound familiar?
When it comes to dealing with your frustrating thyroid, Hashimoto's and autoimmunity symptoms, you have to really understand where the symptoms stem from and look at them from all angles. You have to be a detective in finding the root cause of the issues.
That’s exactly what host, Inna Topiler does in Health Mysteries Solved - Thyroid and Hashimoto’s Revealed. She is a leading thyroid and Hashimoto’s expert and a Certified Clinical Nutritionist practicing a functional approach to thyroid health. Most of her patients consider her a health detective. She refuses to accept the unexplained and looks at thyroid in a much more detailed way. In this podcast, she shares real cases where she reveals how she solved the thyroid issue and gives the exact protocols that she used with her patients and students to help them feel like their old selves again. She shares her vast knowledge on the topic to shed light on health mysteries and offer practical step by step guides to help you feel better too.
The answers are out there, you just have to know where to find the clues. Whether you are newly diagnosed with Hashimoto's or hypothyroidism or have been dealing with thyroid challenges for a while, you will gain really valuable insights with Inna's in depth and heartfelt explanations. It’s time for you to solve your thyroid mystery without having to spend hours a day researching or struggling to make sense of contradicting information. Subscribe to Health Mysteries Solved - Thyroid And Hashimoto’s Revealed and let Inna help.
161 Hashimoto’s Connection to Dry, Saggy, Wrinkly Skin and How to Reverse It
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Alicia has Hashimoto’s and Hypothyroidism.She’s experiencing fatigue, bloating, and skin issues (dry, irritated, saggy, and wrinkly skin)She tried changing her diet based on her doctor’s recommendation, but the bloating persistedShe’d tried countless lotions and potions for her skin but nothing worked
I met Alicia inside my Thyroid Mystery Solved program and wasn’t surprised to hear the topical treatments for her skin weren’t working. Believe it or not, her bloating was my first clue as to why.
The Investigation - The Gut, Skin, Thyroid Connection
Most people who experience dry skin reach for the lotion. When it doesn’t work, they reach for more expensive lotion. They don’t realize that it’s all connected to their thyroid as well as their gut especially with Hashimoto’s or hypothyroidism. So, when I heard about Alicia’s issues with bloating and her skin, I knew we needed to dig more into her thyroid type and also explore what is happening in her gut.
This is something that Dr. William Davis has been researching for some time. You may recognize the name from his best-selling books Wheat Belly and Super Gut. He was also on the show a little while ago talking about how to improve digestion and slow down the aging process. It’s episode 112 if you want to give it a listen. We are further exploring the role that our microbiome plays in skin radiance and optimal thyroid function.
The Microbiome: Our Internal Powerhouse
Our conversation was quite in-depth but the first thing you need to understand is that your gut is bustling with trillions of microbes. These diverse inhabitants aren't just passive bystanders; they actively influence our well-being in numerous ways, including digestion, immunity, and, as Dr. Davis highlights, our skin and thyroid health. Recent research sheds light on this fascinating connection, revealing how specific bacterial strains within our gut microbiome can significantly impact the health and appearance of our skin and the function of our thyroid gland.
Dr. Davis explains that there is a good chance it’s a result of SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) which is estimated to affect at least half the population, and it's particularly common in individuals with autoimmune conditions like Hashimoto's. The presence of these "bad" bacteria in the small intestine, where nutrient absorption occurs, can lead to inflammation, dryness, redness, and even rashes. Conditions like seborrheic dermatitis, rosacea, and psoriasis can all be linked to imbalanced gut flora.
Restoring Balance: The Power of Lactobacillus Reuteri
So, what can we do to address this gut-skin connection and have the radiant skin we want? Dr. Davis emphasizes the importance of restoring a specific microbe we've all lost – Lactobacillus Reuteri. This unique probiotic strain (almost impossible to find in most people today) has the remarkable ability to colonize the entire GI tract, including the small intestine.
Unlike other probiotics that mainly reach the colon, Reuteri takes up residence throughout the gut, producing natural antibiotics called bacteriocins that fight off the harmful fecal microbes. This reduction in "bad" bacteria lowers the toxic burden in the bloodstream, leading to noticeable improvements in skin health.
But the benefits of Reuteri go even further. It communicates with the brain via the vagus nerve, triggering the release of oxytocin, the "love hormone" known for its positive effects on skin health, body shape, and overall well-being. Oxytocin stimulates th
160 How to Support the Nervous System for Hashimoto's and Hypothyroidism
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Terri Ann was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s and has struggled with symptoms for years.She’s experienced weight gain, exhaustion, food sensitivities, anxiety, depression, hair loss, sleep issues, and brain fog.She’s seen countless practitioners and has tried everything with no consistent results.She’s become reliant on supplements, even though they are not working.First Steps in Healing Hashimoto’s Chronic Symptoms
I have seen Terri Ann’s Hashimoto’s symptoms before and I knew something was lying under the surface. My first step was to get her access to the Primal Trust Program since they specialize in tough chronic cases like this. Also if you don’t know your thyroid type of your immune triggers, please join me at my next Free Hashimoto’s Training Here
The Investigation with Dr. Cathleen King
Who better to discuss Terri Ann’s case than the creator of the Primal Trust Program, Dr. Cathleen King? She’s a renowned physical therapist and neuroscience-based mind-body practitioner. As the CEO and founder of the Primal Trust Academy & Community, Dr. King specializes in addressing chronic illnesses, including autoimmunity, Lyme disease, chronic fatigue, long-haul COVID, mold issues, and Mass Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS). Her unique approach combines brain retraining, vagus nerve toning somatics, and trauma-informed practices to unlock self-healing so I knew she’d be so helpful with this case.
The Multifaceted Approach to Supporting Hashimoto's and Hypothyroidism
If you’ve listened to this show for a while then you know I am a staunch believer in having a multifaceted approach to supporting anyone with Hashimoto's and hypothyroidism. Dr. King is also a big supporter of this approach so we kick off our conversation by exploring how interconnected systems are affected, because having one autoimmune disease often links to others. Triggers for these conditions vary, from infections to toxins and mold, which is exactly why we need a comprehensive, whole-body perspective. Our conversation starts with looking at the foundational role of the nervous system, something often overlooked in conventional approaches.
Your Nervous System's Crucial Role in Managing Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s
There is no minimizing the foundational importance of the nervous system in addressing autoimmune and thyroid conditions. As the master regulator, the autonomic nervous system influences organ functions, endocrine processes, and digestion. Stress responses mark the beginning of these health challenges, prompting compensatory measures by the body. Dr. King focuses on the intricate control panel aspect of the nervous system, highlighting the potential for positively influencing the autonomic nervous system. In other words, we can make a difference in managing our thyroid issues by managing our nervous system.
The Overlooked Nervous System
Despite being the master switch that runs the show, the nervous system often takes a back seat in health discussions. Dr. King explains that this is because we have all normalized stress in our lives, a factor often overlooked in conventional medical approaches. Instead of stress analysis and tailored exercises for the nervous system, the focus is usually on blood tests and markers. And Dr. King would know because, as she shares in this episode, her decade-long journey included a battery of tests, supplements, and protocols, missing the crucial piece of the puzzle: the state of her autonomic nervous system. This gap in the medical approach is the fire that fuels her mission – redefining how we handle chronic illnesses by making nervous system regulation a central part of the strategy.
Understanding the Polyvagal Response to Busy Lives
So many of us are juggling busy lives. Dr. Cathleen King outlines a practical approach t
159 Best Kept Weight Loss Secrets for Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's
Ariella has Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism and has been struggling with her weight since her diagnosis. Everything that had worked in the past for weight management was not working.She tried very low-calorie diets but knew that it was neither sustainable or healthy.
When I met Ariella, I saw how much she was struggling and I knew exactly where we needed to look to solve her health mystery.
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I hear about the struggles of weight management from my Hashimoto’s and hypothyroid clients all the time so I know how frustrating it can be because it is so much more complicated to navigate. That’s why I was excited to connect with Michael Antonelli. He is a leading expert in functional nutrition and wellness, with a wealth of knowledge in the realm of thyroid health. He is also the founder of Healthgevity, a nutraceutical company. He has a passion for uncovering effective strategies for metabolic optimization so I knew he was the perfect person to discuss Ariella’s case with.
Why It’s Hard to Lose Weight with Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s
The battle against weight gain with Hashimoto's extends beyond thyroid support. Slow metabolism, hormonal imbalances, water retention, fatigue – each a piece of the intricate puzzle. If you find yourself ticking off these challenges, you're not alone. Michael Antonelli sheds light on the complex web of factors, from blood sugar intricacies to the downstream effects on adrenal glands. It's not just about shedding pounds; it's about unraveling the complexities and finding personalized solutions. Understanding these nuances empowers you to reclaim control over your well-being.
Navigating the Blood Sugar Balance with Hashimoto’s
Balancing blood sugar is a cornerstone in our journey toward better health. I often encounter people who've heard about blood sugar but might not grasp its significance fully. It's more than just a buzzword; it's a vital component of our well-being.
Michael Antonelli sheds light on the importance of maintaining blood sugar levels within a specific range. Think of it as orchestrating a symphony—timing and balance matter. For those practicing intermittent fasting or relying on small meals throughout the day, the goal is to keep glucose levels steady. This steady supply fuels our bodies optimally, ensuring they perform at their best.
But what causes blood sugar spikes, and why are they problematic? Michael explains that these spikes can result from various factors, such as skipping meals or consuming high-sugar or high-carb foods without adequate protein or fat. The body responds with insulin production to lower the elevated blood sugar. While this might provide a temporary energy boost, it initiates a cascade of metabolic challenges, contributing to weight gain or resistance.
What’s the Difference Between Brown Fat and White Fat?
Many people don’t realize that there are different types of fat and that each plays a different role in weight gain and weight loss.
Brown Fat: This is the active player, a metabolic powerhouse buzzing with mitochondria. Think of it as the body's go-to for sustainable energy. Activating brown fat is so much more than weight loss as it influences everything from clarity of thought to overall vitality.
White Fat: On the flip side, we have white fat—a storage unit designed for emergencies. The challenge with white fat is convincing the body to part ways with this resilient fat. White fat is what we are targeting with weight-loss practices like cold exposure, intermittent fasting, exercise, and calorie restriction. What we’re really doing is trying to awaken the elusive brown fat and restore metabolic equilibrium.
In short, brown fa
158 Are Immune Supplements Safe for Hashimoto's? Here is What You Need to Know
Winter can be a challenging time, especially for those with autoimmunity like Hashimoto's. The usual advice for boosting immunity may not apply, and some commonly recommended supplements can even trigger flare-ups. In this episode, I’m sharing the essential strategies to stay healthy this winter without causing a Hashimoto's flare-up. Staying Updated on Immune Protocols Staying abreast of the latest immune protocols is crucial. In this episode, I'll share my most recent Hashimoto's-safe immune protocols, incorporating the newest research and insights to help you navigate the winter season with confidence. Tailored Advice for Autoimmunity Generic immune-boosting advice may not be suitable for those with Hashimoto's or other autoimmune conditions. Understanding the nuances of your overactive immune system is key. In this episode, I explain more in-depth why following standard recommendations can potentially exacerbate your condition and explore a more personalized approach. Cautionary Note: Immune-Boosting Supplements to Steer Clear of with Hashimoto's Standard recommendations, such as Echinacea, Astragalus, Reishi, and Elderberry, can potentially trigger adverse reactions for those with autoimmunity. These supplements, often included in various immune formulations, may inadvertently stimulate an already overactive immune system, leading to potential flare-ups. To ensure your wellness regimen is tailored to your specific needs, it's advisable to avoid these immune-boosting herbs and supplements. Always scrutinize product labels to confirm their absence in the formulations you're considering, as even seemingly benign formulations may contain these ingredients. Choosing the Right Supplements The good news is that not all immune-boosting supplements are off-limits! After years of finding answers for myself and my Hashimoto’s and immune-compromised clients, I’ve carefully curated a list of safer options, including: Vitamin C: An often-overlooked powerhouse for immune support. Vitamin D: Essential for winter, with dosage recommendations based on individual needs. Zinc + Quercetin: A dynamic duo for prevention and healing, with a crucial tip on maintaining mineral balance. Garlic: A potent, quick-acting option with guidelines on when and how to use it. Liposomal Glutathione: An immune balancer and antioxidant to help support your body's defenses. Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators (SPM): Aids in taming inflammation and balancing the immune system. Bonus Protocol for Optimal Winter Recovery For those seeking a detailed roadmap to navigate through illness and help prevent Hashimoto's flare-ups, here's an exclusive bonus protocol designed to be followed for 7-10 days or until you experience improvement *please be sure to always check with your medical doctor before starting any new protocol*: Vitamin C (5000-6000mg per day): Administer in divided doses, whether you prefer the effervescent delight of C+BioFizz dissolved in water or the convenience of capsules like Stellar C. If you encounter loose stools, consider the refrigerated Liposomal Vitamin C, aiding absorption through mucous membranes. Vitamin D Supreme (10,000 IU per day): Vital during winter, adjust the dosage based on individual needs. For those with difficulty absorbing vitamin D, alternatives like Emulsi D3 Synergy or Hi Po Emulsi D are recommended. Zinc (1 capsule twice per day): Integrate zinc into your daily routine with meals, supporting immune function. Quercetin and Nettles (3 capsules twice per day): Enhance zinc's efficacy by facilitating its entry into cells, aiding in virus deactivation. Take with any meals for optimal absorption. Allimax (3 capsules twice per day): Leverage the power of this patented allicin extract with high potency, odorless and effective against bacteria, yeasts, and other pathogens. Use when symptomatic, exposed to illness, or feeling under the weather.
157 Why Medication and Diet Changes May Not Be Enough to Stop Hashimoto's Symptoms
Check out my program Clear Your Thyroid Blocks. The Case: Molly has Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s She feels exhausted and foggy from the moment she wakes up. She’s been taking thyroid medicine for a while and has not noticed much improvement in her energy or mental clarity. The Investigation When I met Molly and reviewed her labs, I noticed right away that she was not supported for her thyroid type. This meant that although she was on medicine, her cells were not getting what they needed. I knew exactly where we needed to look to solve her health mystery. Looking Beyond TSH Levels When someone is first diagnosed with a thyroid issue, it is usually because they have had a lab test showing their TSH is out of range. But, there is so much more to understanding and treating a thyroid issue than the TSH levels. In this episode, I speak with Dr. Eric Balcavage about this and the intricacies of thyroid function. Dr. Balcavage is the host of The Thyroid Answers Podcast and co-author of The Thyroid Debacle. To fully understand the impact of a thyroid imbalance, you must look at the journey of thyroid hormones from production to absorption and their critical role in cellular activities. Dr. Balcavage eloquently explains the cellular dynamics, likening cells to people in either manufacturing or defense mode. He highlighted the significance of T3, the active form of thyroid hormone, and how its absorption into cells influences the delicate balance between energy production and cell defense mechanisms. This conversation sheds light on the often overlooked aspect of thyroid health—absorption—and provides valuable insights into why individuals might still experience suboptimal well-being despite having sufficient thyroid hormones. Understanding these nuances is crucial for anyone seeking a holistic approach to thyroid care. Decoding Functional Thyroid Ranges and Unveiling the Root Causes One critical aspect often overlooked in medicine is the interpretation of lab values. It is a common misconception that as long as thyroid levels fall within the functional or optimal range, they are deemed satisfactory. This is something I talk about often in this podcast and Dr. Balcavage agrees, emphasizing that optimal ranges don't necessarily equate to appropriateness for an individual's unique health profile. In this episode, we explore scenarios where seemingly normal TSH levels could mask underlying issues, such as inflammation-induced TSH suppression or hypothalamic saturation due to excessive T4 intake. The pitfalls of solely focusing on T3 supplementation without unraveling the root causes of impaired T4 to T3 conversion are not to be ignored. Dr. Balcavage explains the importance of investigating whether a genuine inability to convert exists or if the issue stems from inflammatory and stress responses, shedding light on the nuanced complexities of thyroid health. Chronic Stress and “Multisystem Adaptive Disorders” Stress and other triggers can cause a cell danger response. Dr. Balcavage provides insights into how this response manifests differently based on its duration and the impacted tissues and systems. He further explains that the cell danger response is not unfamiliar to most, as we've all experienced it transiently during times of illness or stress. However, for some, this response becomes chronic, creating a new operating system laden with symptoms and imbalances. This can lead to cellular repercussions—weight gain despite a balanced diet, glucose resistance, hormone dysregulation, and diminished parasympathetic function, among others. Cumulative stress and poor recovery can also have a major impact which Dr. Balcavage likens to adding incremental weights to a fragile plank. He emphasizes that it's not always the result of a single, dramatic stressor like a specific infection or toxin. Instead, it often stems from the relentless accumulation of life stressors, each contributing to the breaking point.
156 Hyperthyroidism or Hypothyroidism? Reasons for Fluctuating TSH
Shortcut to my thyroid program. The Case: Lucy was experiencing symptoms that went back and forth She would experience heart palpitations, hot flashes, and anxiety and then she’d have periods of fatigue Her doctor suspected hyperthyroidism and tested her for Graves I knew that there was reason to investigate further because her symptoms weren’t adding up. When it comes to hyperthyroidism, there’s one person I often turn to - Dr. Eric Osansky, a chiropractor and host of the ‘Save My Thyroid’ podcast. His interest in hyperthyroidism comes from his personal Graves diagnosis in 2008. He is also the author of 2 thyroid books, ‘Natural Solutions for Hypothyroidism and Graves’ Disease’ and ‘Hashimoto’s Triggers: Eliminate Your Thyroid Symptoms by Finding and Removing Your Triggers’ On this show, we talk a lot about hypothyroidism and how Hashimoto’s can be at play. Many don’t think that Hashimoto’s can also be present when someone has an overactive thyroid (Hyperthyroidism and sometimes Graves’ Disease). It all starts by looking at and understanding TSH levels. Reviewing the Basics of Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH) The thyroid gland is a critical component of our endocrine system, responsible for regulating our metabolism. When it comes to thyroid assessments, most practitioners start by examining the Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH). Dr. Osansky explained that TSH stands for "Thyroid Stimulation-Communicating Hormone" and is produced by the pituitary gland. This hormone plays a vital role in communicating with the thyroid and serves as a fundamental element of many thyroid evaluations. When it comes to hypothyroidism, including conditions like Hashimoto's, you'll often see elevated TSH levels. This is because the thyroid hormone in the body is on the lower side. It might be just within the lab's reference range, or it could be overtly low. In response, the pituitary gland sends a clear signal to the thyroid: "We need more thyroid hormone!" This signal takes the form of an increased TSH level, prompting the thyroid gland to produce more thyroid hormone. Conversely, in the case of hyperthyroidism, it's the complete opposite. With hyperthyroidism, there's an excess of thyroid hormone circulating in the bloodstream, mainly bound to proteins. In this scenario, the pituitary gland signals the thyroid to slow down production. As a result, you'll commonly observe not only low TSH but sometimes an undetectable TSH, especially in conditions like Graves' disease. This undetectable TSH indicates that the pituitary is working hard to halt the overproduction of thyroid hormone. So, while TSH levels can provide valuable insights, they're just one piece of the puzzle. We need to dig deeper into the thyroid hormones to get the full picture. Comprehensive Thyroid Testing is Always Key According to Dr. Eric, to reach a proper diagnosis, we must also examine the thyroid hormones, particularly free T3 and free T4. These free hormones offer a more accurate representation of thyroid function. In hyperthyroidism, where the thyroid hormones are typically elevated, examining free T3 and free T4 alone is often sufficient because total hormones will also be elevated. On the other hand, in hypothyroidism, some practitioners prefer to assess not only free hormones but also total hormones to gauge production since a significant portion of thyroid hormone is bound to proteins. Let's not forget reverse T3, an inactive form of T3. It's a bit of a controversial character in the thyroid world. Some suggest that reverse T3 may act as a blocking agent, especially in hyperthyroidism. Elevated reverse T3 levels are common in this condition, further hinting at its role in dampening excessive thyroid hormone activity. But the thyroid's complexity doesn't end here. We also need to consider antibodies, which play a crucial role in autoimmune thyroid conditions like Hashimoto's. Plus, keep in mind that it's not just the th
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