Kombucha Culture & Leaky Gut Connection

Since I had moved to sunny and beautiful San Diego a few months ago, I have been exploring local organizations and services that make a difference in their community’s health. So I decided to start a series of blogs to connect folks who are looking for support with their thyroid health (hypothyroid, Hashimoto’s / Grave’s) and local resources. Today I would like to introduce a new venture that just opened its tap room doors (literally a few weeks ago) – the Kombucha Culture. Noel Brady, Adi Ramon, and Eric Mathur established Kombucha Culture in 2014 and I had the pleasure to peruse the establishment and taste their goodness during the tap room grand opening.But before I jump into how delicious their beverage creations are and how I was craving them the next day, I want to share with you the reason I had chosen to share about their products with you. After all,
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Still not feeling well, despite thyroid treatment?

I was recently giving a talk about thyroid health and stress at a Thyroid Support group I organize in San Diego. One of the participants with thyroid imbalance shared with the group about how she was prescribed medication, feeling a slight improvement, and then going back to feeling exhausted again.As you may or may not know, thyroid wellness has been my passion for the last few years because of my own personal journey, struggle and victory over the disease. I have done tons of research and studying from some of the top practitioner experts on the topic.There have been over 300+ symptoms identified when it comes to this disease, and the top most common are stubborn weight, persistent exhaustion, and feeling cold (low body temperatures). Crazy right? So if you have thyroid imbalance and feeling all kinds of discomforts, its not “all in your head”!This person in my group was sharing about how her symptoms returned, despite receiving the treatment. She was in shock. Well, she is
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A smoothie for breakfast. Is it a healthy choice?

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and sometimes it just doesn’t fit into our schedule the way it should. How we begin the day will determine how the rest of the day goes. It will determine if we feel energized or if we feel dragging with a lack of energy. What we put in our bellies is directly related to how we physically feel. So if you are a skip-breakfast and grab-the-coffee-mug morning person then this blog is totally for you.We all need and crave energy. I know I do! Sometimes it seems easier to grab a quick bowl of cereal or even forget breakfast and just get through the morning on 1-2 cups of coffee for the boost needed to survive the day.But I don’t want you to just survive through the day; I want you to THRIVE through the day. I also don’t want you to go through
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Clean eating vs diets. Why Diets don’t work.

You may have heard all the buzz around clean eating. But what exactly is clean eating? And how is it different from dieting? Talking from experience, I cannot tell you how many diets, and how much time and energy I have spent on pills and programs to lose weight and rebalance my hormones. Time and time again, I was promised this ‘new me’, only to be let down shortly after the diet or program was over.  Every time I gained more than I had lost, it left me self-conscious, disappointed, and feeling like a failure. The truth of the matter is: DIETS DON’T WORK! Sure, sometimes you lose the weight (at a cost to you financially, your health, and your body) for a short period of time, but diets cannot give you long-term sustainable weight or fat loss.When going through these drastic changes of dieting, your body goes into shutdown mode and
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Postpartum depression: are you misdiagnosed?

Imagine. You’ve just gotten pregnant and the sickness begins. Somehow it doesn’t feel like any normal kind of sickness.  You eat and gain weight nearly uncontrollably.  You have a hunch what it is, but the doctor diagnoses you with normal pregnancy issues and ignores your concerns. You give birth to your little precious being and somehow, unexplainably, you picture yourself throwing him against the wall.  The depression is unbearable.  You’re unable to lose weight no matter what you try. You are extremely exhausted.  You beg your doctor to check your thyroid, knowing it could be the culprit.  They find, after ignoring you the first time, that your TSH came back at 100 (normal range is 0.5-2.5). Awareness about thyroid issues is lacking. This is a problem as it’s leading to many women being misdiagnosed with postpartum depression and automatically prescribed antidepressants.  Unfortunately, doctors aren’t perfect. Many of them are jumping to the
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Are you surviving or thriving in this toxic world?

    Environmental toxins can be found in what you eat, drink, breathe, feel and think. You may not be aware of toxins, but if you want to be healthy, being educated on the latest in toxins is a must! Chronic conditions, like type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity, may be associated with environmental toxins in your body. The pearls of wisdom from expert speakers at The Detox Summit are essential to your health. Join us online for free from August 4-11. This Detox Summit will provide you with the information you need to:     Learn about environmental toxins in food, air and water     Understand internally-generated toxins, like thoughts, emotions and behaviors     Recognize toxins of all types and eliminate them     Focus on breakthrough solutions to gain more energy and vitality Navigate your way through today’s toxic terrain when you register for the free, online Detox Summit today: “Detox” is a multi-faceted
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Mother’s Intuition

My baby’s tummy was not happy. It hasn’t been happy for weeks. This mama already tried many remedies and now was getting all kinds of advice, from pediatrician, from her own mom, from homeopathic doctor, from Facebook friends, from real life friends, even from Google. Of course, this mama was clueless about what to do next. Whom to listen to? This was not a unique situation. Throughout the first year of my son’s life I have come across these types of situations multiple times: about how often to feed the baby, how to get him to sleep, what is normal as far as his bowel movement goes… and the list goes on. These are situations that do not have a clear cut answer. If you are a mom, you will probably be able to relate. At first, all of the advice made my head spin. I felt stuck in my tracks, paralyzed and not
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Healthy snacks for toddlers, or What in the world is in those Cheerios?

A few moms in my birth month group had recently asked me a question: “What do you think about feeding my 1 year old baby (about to become a toddler) some Cheerios?” and “What are some other healthy snack options for the times you are on-the-go”? This got me thinking. I have not bought cereal for my family in years because I do not consider it to be real food. Especially Cheerios. But I decided to investigate to see what’s in there. Maybe the ingredients are super awesome? I thought “Hmmm, this may be an easy answer to a snack dilemma”. So, I pulled up the ingredients for Cheerios, Organic 365 Morning O’s, and Happy Baby Organic Puffs. Here are my findings: The GOOD: 1. All of them have WHOLE grain (oats or brown rice) as the first ingredient, which is awesome. First ingredients are very important, because its the
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Hashimoto’s and Pregnancy

Many say there are risks that come with Hashimoto’s and trying to conceive and the actual pregnancy. That was why I was pretty scared at the prospect of starting our family. I very much wanted to have babies. But one doctor after another was telling me that I might have trouble conceiving and once I conceive, might have a problematic pregnancy. Why, do you ask? It is those damn hormones that are out of whack! And it is those crazy antibodies that are after my thyroid! And on top of it all, they tested my reproductive hormones, and some of them were out of balance as well – my estrogen levels were too high and progesterone levels were too low. A common problem for women of my age, as I was told. Great (sarcasm here)! As you have read in my previous blog entries, I was already working to improve
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6 Healthy Habits to Prevent Cold and Flu

Since the chilly weather took over, I constantly find myself wanting to run and hide from sneezing, coughing people (although I have nothing personal against these lovely people 🙂 But hey, such is life. There will always be someone who is ill that we cannot necessarily avoid. And that’s OK! In fact, we are constantly being bombarded by millions of harmful bacteria, but somehow our bodies are resilient enough not to let them destroy us. Yes, our body’s immune system are amazing. They have this incredible ability to deal with “foreign invaders” – harmful bacteria and viruses. But, not everybody’s body has an immune system strong enough to always do its job. Our immune system is often weakened after being bombarded by stress, processed foods, environmental allergens, and toxins. So what can you do to ensure you keep your immune system strong? Here are 6 things to start with! 1.
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Breakfast Recipes For Energetic Day

I decided I want to share with you how I got here – to a better and healthier me, minus Hashimoto’s and other imbalances. I figured it’s not enough to rant and rave about getting healthy, but instead I can do some good by sharing how I did it. I will continue to write about how I am progressing with my health. But at this time what is more important for me is to share with you how I did it, because I want you to know it is possible. So I will start with some great breakfast recipes. Remember, for excellent energy through the day combine high quality protein with fiber. This breakfast list was inspired by a few of you who wanted to know how to make a good, healthy breakfast, that brings a punch of energy into your day. Please enjoy and let me know what you
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Happy First Year Anniversary, Gluten Free life!

And happy it truly is! I am so grateful to have stuck with my decision to go gluten free, because I truly believe this was one of the main reasons I am now Hashimoto’s free. I stuck with it 100%. I made no exceptions.The decision to go gluten free was both easy and not so much at first. It was easy, because the other option of being sick simply was not an option. It was difficult, because it was like starting a whole new life. I had to do research on what I could/could’t eat, had to read every label of the foods I bought, had to research restaurants before going out or traveling. It wasn’t easy from the social aspect of it – I always had to either bring something gluten free with me when going to dinner to a friends/family’s house or just to simply inform them of
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