Are you one of those people who often finds themselves comforting, listening to and advising friends and family? You know, the one who everyone seems to call when they need a shoulder to cry on? How do those interactions leave you feeling? For some, you may leave the interaction simply feeling grateful to have helped and grateful to not be in the same situation. For others, particularly, empaths, you may leave those interactions feeling completely drained. Recently, I had lunch with my friend and mentor, Sunny Schlenger. Sunny, who is an author and flow coach, and I discussed how we are both empaths and the effect it has on us and on our mental and physical health. Most people are socially and emotionally aware enough to pick up on … [Read more...]
Wednesday Weekly Roundup-Thyroid News-7.15.15
Here’s your Wednesday Weekly Roundup of Thyroid News from Thyroid Mom for July 15, 2015. SPECIAL SUMMER EDITION!! Articles for you on beating the heat, sunscreens, water safety and more! 15 Foods That Help You Stay Hydrated Healthy and Hydrating Summer Recipes Study Finds Most Kids and Teens Don't Drink Enough Water EWG's 2015 Guide to Sunscreens Best Sunscreen Buying Guide - Consumer Reports Water Safety: Tips for Parents of Young Children Drowning Prevention Heat Intolerance: Causes, Symptoms & Complications (hint: thyroid problems can cause heat intolerance) Heat Exhaustion Symptoms in Children, Dogs and Adults 101 Summer Activities to do with Kids 10 Ways Families Can Use Technology to Connect to … [Read more...]
How Do You Stay Hydrated in the Winter?
Did you know that you can become dehydrated in the winter just as easily as you can in the summer? It's true and the symptoms of dehydration are the same whether it's winter or summer. Even if you aren't sweating, you lose water vapor through your breath. I know that my kids and I have been feeling particularly parched lately and have dry, itchy skin. Hydration is important to adults and children with hypothyroidism. Many people with hypothyroidism complain of having dry skin, nails and hair, being constipated, and experience weight gain. Staying well hydrated can help with all of those things! While water is the best way to re-hydrate yourself, sometimes I want something different. Eating lots of fresh fruits (like watermelon) and … [Read more...]
7 Lessons Chronic Illness Has Taught Me: A Retrospective Look at Hypothyroidism
Drum roll, please!! I am thrilled to share this Guest Blog Post by Sarah Downing with you. Sarah is a thyroid advocate and creator of the blog, Butterflies & Phoenixes, and is also the Blog Editor for ThyroidChange. She has great advice for those of us battling chronic illnesses. Treat yourself with patience and kindness. Whilst you probably wish you could get well overnight, in reality it may take months and sometimes years to experience “normalcy” again. Consider just how long it took you to get sick in the first place. This is a daunting thought, so take it one day at a time and celebrate each stepping stone of progress. Be kind to yourself on the days you are filled with frustration and despair because your mental outlook does … [Read more...]
Hypothyroidism in Children: Not So Rare After All!
I don't believe that there are coincidences. I believe that things happen for a reason. One of the best parts of having a website and blogging about thyroid disorders is that I have met some incredible people along the way. One of those people is Dawn. I don't think it was a coincidence that we "met" online. Her story is similar to mine in that she also has an entire family with thyroid disorders. As you will see, hypothyroidism in children is not as rare as you think. I am honored that she is willing to share her story here at Thyroid Mom. I hope you enjoy learning about her and from her. My name is Dawn. I’m a wife, mother, college student, housewife, and I sell jewelry in an online store. I also have Hashimoto’s. People are … [Read more...]
Rise and Thrive!
So, it's that time of the year where we focus on new beginnings and starting over. I used to write new year's resolutions. I have kept some and totally missed the boat on others. A friend of mine, Sunny Schlenger, suggested new year's intentions. Sunny is a professional organizer, flow coach and author. I know that it's no coincidence that our lives crossed paths. In her article, Intentions vs. Resolutions, Sunny states that "intentions are desires that start at the feeling level." She goes on to say: "They’re quests of our higher self that want to see us be happy, healthy and successful at the things we have a desire to do." I love making lists, setting goals, etc. I have always felt sad, though, when I didn't succeed with … [Read more...]
Wednesday Weekly Roundup-Thyroid News-12.24.14
Here’s your Wednesday Weekly Roundup of Thyroid News from Thyroid Mom for December 24, 2014. These are articles, abstracts or blog posts that either appeared in the news this week or things that I found this week that I wanted to share with you relating to hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism in both adults and children. Happy Reading! General Thyroid Related Articles (Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s, Hyperthyroidism, Graves’ Disease, Thyroid Cancer) 10 Things You Need to Know About Your Thyroid Thyroid Disorders and the Shocking Link to Heart Disease, Cancer, Obesity, and Diabetes Stubborn Thyroid Issues? Several Symptoms You Haven't Noticed 5 Ways Hypothyroidism Can Be Naturally Treated with Food News in 2014: A Roundup of Key … [Read more...]
Wednesday Weekly Roundup-Thyroid News-12.3.14
Here’s your Wednesday Weekly Roundup of Thyroid News from Thyroid Mom for December 3, 2014. These are articles, abstracts or blog posts that either appeared in the news this week or things that I found this week that I wanted to share with you relating to hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism in both adults and children. Happy Reading! General Thyroid Related Articles (Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s, Hyperthyroidism, Graves’ Disease, Thyroid Cancer) How Weather Changes Affect Your Thyroid Subclinical Hypothyroidism Increases Early Miscarriage Risk Will A Gluten-Free Diet Really Make You Healthier? Thyroid Disorders & Children (Congenital Hypothyroidism) i-calQ Receives U.S. Patent for Smartphone-Based Method of Rapid Diagnostic … [Read more...]
Vitamin B2 and Thyroid Function
If you have been reading about thyroid related health issues, you have probably come across articles talking about B12 deficiencies. What I'm wondering, though, is whether you know about Vitamin B2? Riboflavin (B2) can have many benefits, and it's worth finding out if it can help you. Why should thyroid sufferers care about B2? B2 is required for thyroid enzyme regulation and the production of corticosteriods. Without B2, production of T4 is suppressed and adrenal glands fail to secrete their hormones. A B2 deficiency can contribute to an under active thyroid and ultimately lead to weight gain and other health issues. If you search for symptoms of B2 deficiency, among the symptoms on the list is diminished thyroid function. B2 is all … [Read more...]
Thyroid Disorders Don’t Have to be Scary!
It's Halloween! There are many scary things out there tonight. Don't let a thyroid disorder diagnosis be one of them. No matter what you or your children are going through, you don't have to be scared! Thyroid disorders don't have to be scary. If you or your child have just been diagnosed with a thyroid disorder, here are some things you should do right now: 1) Do your research. Take the time to learn what you can about Congenital Hypothyroidism or your specific thyroid disorder. There are many great books out there, including Mary Shomon's Living Well with Hypothyroidism, Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms When My Lab Tests Are Normal? by Dr. Datis Kharrazian, and Hashimoto's Thyroiditis Root Cause by Dr. Izabella Wentz. There … [Read more...]