Health Articles — sugar

Childhood Obesity connected to Under Active Thyroid

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  ____________________________________________________________________________   If you are a parent of an overweight child this is may be emotionally difficult to read. This post has been written to provide educational information that you may already know or may not be aware of. The purpose is to provide educational information regarding what may occur if changes are not made and habits continue. If you are struggling and are concerned about your child's weight and don’t know how to make the first change, I am here to help and will support and guide you without judgement. Your child's health is important to me as well as...

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Insulin Resistance

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  ____________________________________________________________________________ Insulin Resistance What is insulin resistance? It is a condition where the liver, muscle, and fat cells stop responding to instructions from a hormone called insulin to take glucose from the blood and use it for energy. The result is excess levels of glucose stay in the blood causing inflammation and damage.What is glucose?Glucose is sugar, a blood sugar. When carbohydrates are eaten, they are broken down into their simplest form and sent to the liver for processing. Some of the glucose is sent to the blood while the rest gets stored away in the liver and muscles...

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Thyroid and weight gain

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  ____________________________________________________________________________   Thyroid and weight gain. What's the link? The thyroid gland is the largest gland in the endocrine system. It sits in the middle of the neck just below the Adams apple in men and it is shaped like a butterfly. The thyroid gland produces several thyroid hormones after being asked to do so by the pituitary gland in the form of TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone). The hormones that come from the thyroid are mainly inactive (T4) and need to still be converted into their active form T3 which is needed for metabolism. Thyroid hormones are vital for the...

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Dysregulated fat burning hormones

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  Dysregulated fat burning hormones Trying to lose weight but can’t???????It’s great to get out there and start walking, go to the gym, ride a bike. Then you start to do this but nothing is happening. You seriously walk everyday but NOTHING is happening.What is going on????????It’s all about the hormones!!!!!!!There are 5 fat burning hormones that play a HUGE role in how our body burns and stores fat. Basically, what this means is that if any of these hormones aren’t doing their job properly and have become dysregulated then no matter how much walking, riding and cardio you do,...

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Pain and Sugar addiction

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  Pain and Sugar addiction Did you know we have a system that connects our pain tolerance to the gut and sugar addiction?It is known as the endogenous opioid system.Endogenous means from internal origin and opioids act on the nervous system often used to relieve pain.Common pharmaceutical opioids include morphine, codeine, and oxycodone. The illegal drug, heroin is also an opioid.Our internal opioid system not only controls our pain but also makes us feel good and controls our natural reward feelings and addictive behaviours.We have opioid receptors in our brain, spinal cord, and gastrointestinal tract which are activated by peptides....

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