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Thyroid & Metabolism

(Byron J. Richards, CCN) - Many individuals are confused as to whether they have a low or underactive thyroid, or some type of thyroid condition such as hypothyroid, hyperthyroid, elevated thyroid autoantibodies, or Hashimotos thyroiditis. Interestingly, many people are simply suffering from rather simple nutritional deficiencies.

The healthy function of your entire thyroid system is a top-level health priority, as sluggish thyroid is now shown to make any other health problem more challenging. A lack of proper nutrition for your thyroid system is a huge metabolic problem. How can your body make energy if it is lacking basic nutrients that make normal thyroid function possible? Is it any wonder that close to half the population is complaining of fatigue and other symptoms of low thyroid?

An amazing array of science now explains how nutrition assists thyroid hormone to work properly in your body. Nutrition helps your body make thyroid hormone and activate thyroid hormone, helps thyroid hormone work inside cells, and assists your brain to better regulate overall thyroid status. Even if you are taking thyroid medication it is likely you can benefit from appropriate nutritional support.

There are several basic nutritional inadequacies that stress healthy thyroid function. These are the very first things anyone concerned about thyroid health should supplement. I have designed three potent dietary supplements to assist you with basic thyroid nutrition: Thyroid Helper®, Iosol Iodine, and Daily Energy Multiple Vitamin™. In my experience, these products help over 80% of the people who try them. This is our Thyroid Energy Package.*

A brief description of these supplements is listed next, followed by more in depth information about how they work. I then explain a number of other thyroid-related topics and how nutrition can help.

Best Thyroid & Metabolism Supplements:

Thyroid Energy Package™ Thyroid Energy Package™

Boost your metabolism with our comprehensive thyroid support package.* Thyroid Helper®, Daily Energy Multiple Vitamin™, and Iosol Iodine.

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Thyroid Helper® Thyroid Helper®

Most popular thyroid supplement to improve energy, mood, motivation, and weight management. Specialty formula to enhance conversion of basic thyroid hormone T4 to active T3. Essential nutrition for anyone with thyroid issues.*

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Iosol Iodine Iosol Iodine

Aids natural formation of thyroid hormone. Safest and most effective type of iodine for thyroid function. Helps warm up body temperature.*

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Daily Energy Multiple Vitamin™ Daily Energy Multiple Vitamin™

Co-enzyme B vitamins are highly efficient in metabolism to help turn on cellular energy production.* These nutrients work extremely well with Thyroid Helper™ and Iosol Iodine.

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Blood Booster™ Blood Booster™

Iron is needed to activate the cellular response to thyroid hormone. A lack of iron in cells can cause fatigue. Blood Booster™ contains high quality iron bisglycinate, a highly absorbable, non-toxic form of iron that does not upset the digestive system. If your diet is low in iron, you experience fatigue, or have vertical grooves in fingernails, you may need more iron.*

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Strengthener Plus™ Strengthener Plus™

Contains bioactive zinc citrate and picolinate to help thyroid hormone bind to the DNA receptors inside cells (called zinc fingers). Helps fatigue, loss of sex drive, weak fingernails. Also contains MSM sulfur and copper.*

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Leptinal® - The Leptin Helper Leptinal® - The Leptin Helper

This weight management booster is designed to help reduce body fat and prevent excess fat from blocking the function of leptin and thyroid hormone. Better leptin entry into your brain helps your subconscious brain make TRH (thyroid-releasing hormone), in turn enabling proper TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) signaling. It also helps metabolism function in a manner that promotes fat burning instead of fat storage.*

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LeptiSlim® LeptiSlim®

Cravings for sweets and carbohydrates, along with weight gain, put major stress on the thyroid system. LeptiSlim® helps curb appetite, reduce food cravings, increase metabolism and promote stable blood sugar. It is one of our best nutritional supplements to help overcome food cravings.*

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LeptiFiber® LeptiFiber®

When trying to lose weight, you must keep detox systems working well, as toxins are released from stored fat when weight is lost. Toxins may crash your thyroid long before you reach your goal weight. Extra soluble fiber is needed to bind to toxins as they are excreted in bile. Such fiber also helps regularity and reduces cravings for food. LeptiFiber® provides two soluble fibers that help absorb toxic waste products like a sponge: partially hydrolyzed guar gum and arabinogalactan. The powder dissolves almost completely in water and has very little taste.*

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Stress Helper® Stress Helper®

Stress Helper® provides a critical boost of specialty stressbusting nutrients. It supports the adrenals and helps stress tolerance, nerve function, mental clarity, and mood. Helps morning energy and promotes a refreshing response to exercise. May assist with abdominal weight loss.*

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Quercetin Quercetin

Many irritants in your blood (pollution, stress chemicals, germs) can irritate and inflame your thyroid. The best nutrient to help stabilize your thyroid tissue is the bioflavonoid quercetin. It can help calm down and cool off a thyroid system that may be suffering from too much wear and tear. Quercetin also helps excess congestion and mild allergies.*

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Learn more about Thyroid and Metabolism:

Simple Case Thyroid Problems
Quercetin, Vitamin D, Iron, Zinc and Thyroid Function
Thyroid, Leptin, and Weight Management
Toxins Magnify Thyroid Struggles
Thyroid and Stress
Thyroid and Sleep
Thyroid and Cholesterol
Thyroid and General Cardiovascular Health
Complex Thyroid Problems
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Simple Case Thyroid Problems

A common problem is that your thyroid lacks nutrients to make basic thyroid hormone, known as T4 (thyroxin), or you may lack key nutrients that help convert T4 to the biologically active T3. Your thyroid can be inflamed or stressed, which gets in the way of making T4 at an optimal rate. And your liver can be inflamed or stressed, which gets in the way of converting T4 to T3 at an optimal rate. Cells around your body require basic nutrition to carry out the metabolic instructions that T3 is giving them; otherwise it is no different than not having enough T3.

Any or all of these simple-case thyroid problems can be addressed with nutrition. Optimal nutrition can enhance the formation of thyroid hormone in the thyroid gland, enhance the activation of T4 to the biologically active T3, and enhance the nutritional ability of cells to utilize thyroid hormone. I have designed various dietary supplements to fill these specific needs.

Thyroid Helper® provides the selenium needed by your liver to convert T4 to T3. Manganese is also provided to boost specific antioxidant enzymes inside your thyroid gland and in your liver, so that both organs can function in a less stressed and inflamed manner. Tyrosine is added to boost dopamine and nerve related thyroid formation, as well as providing the core molecule of thyroid hormone (T4 is one molecule of tyrosine surrounded by four molecules of iodine). Several herbs that are synergistic with these functions are provided to round out the very popular Thyroid Helper formula.*

I recommend a water-soluble and extremely biologically active form of iodine called Iosol Iodine. It is one of the most popular supplements to help individuals warm up. Iodine is needed for thyroid hormone formation. Unlike potassium iodide which can clog the thyroid gland due to its poor solubility, Iosol readily washes away if it is not needed. It is hands down the best iodine on the market today.*

Daily Energy Multiple Vitamin™ is a breakthrough in bioactive nutrients, containing all co-enzyme B vitamins and special mineral transporters. I designed this product to enhance cellular uptake of vital nutrients to carry out the instructions of thyroid hormone within cells so that energy is actually made. It is free of the cheap cyanide-producing form of B12 known as cyanocobalamin. Cyanide metabolites are very hard on the thyroid -- only cheap vitamin companies put this low grade B12 in their products. Vitamin B12 and folic acid are especially important for the enzymes that make thyroid hormone. A lack of B12 is commonly found in those struggling with thyroid function (along with poor mood).*

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Thyroid Energy Package™ Thyroid Energy Package™

Boost your metabolism with our comprehensive thyroid support package.* Thyroid Helper®, Daily Energy Multiple Vitamin™, and Iosol Iodine.

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Quercetin, Vitamin D, Iron, Zinc and Thyroid Function

A variety of other nutrients, if lacking, can impede healthy thyroid function. At the top of this list are quercetin, vitamin D, iron, and zinc. Ensure you are not lacking in these, as anyone of them can be responsible for the symptoms of a sluggish thyroid.

Quercetin is a bioflavonoid common in the plant kingdom, a potent polyphenol antioxidant and immune system modulator. It has a stabilizing affect on the immune system, helping various types of immune cells maintain their composure under stress. It has a modulating effect on immune system signals, helping to calm down inappropriate excess. This helps the tissues and cells in your thyroid gland better tolerate common irritants such as pollution and stress.*

Researchers recently demonstrated that a lack of vitamin D was associated with lower levels of T4 and that irritation of the thyroid gland was more pronounced if vitamin D is lacking. It should be noted that cold weather itself is a temperature stress that makes your thyroid work harder, and the lack of sun in winter months makes it more likely you could be deficient. Most people need 2000 IU of vitamin D per day in the winter months for a variety of health needs, which includes thyroid support.*

When thyroid instructions reach the DNA of your cells it tells them how to set the metabolic pace of the cells activities, in turn setting into motion a number of different genes that carry out these instructions. It has now been discovered that iron is required for up to 80 of these vital gene signals, otherwise thyroid instructions dont get implemented. A lack of iron also impedes proper oxygenation of blood (see Thyroid and General Cardiovascular Health section below for more info). A lack of iron can cause fatigue, especially muscle weakness, which can readily be confused with thyroid-related fatigue. Vegetarians, menstruating women, and heavy exercisers are most at risk for a lack of iron.*

Our Blood Builder contains the highly superior iron bisglycinate, a true protein/iron complex. This form of iron is highly absorbable and does not induce iron-related digestive distress or free-radical problems.*

Zinc is another cofactor mineral that needs to be adequate for thyroid hormone to perform at an optimal pace. A lack of zinc is known to reduce the activity of TRH (thyroid releasing hormone in the hypothalamus), in turn tending to depress thyroid hormone levels. Zinc participates in the conversion of T4 to T3, and zinc is needed to bind active thyroid hormone to the DNA of cells. Zinc is needed for immunity, sex drive, and maintaining leptin status while on a diet. It is lost in sweat and by stress. Our Strengthener Plus formula contains zinc in its most biologically active forms.*

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Quercetin Quercetin

Many irritants in your blood (pollution, stress chemicals, germ debris) can irritate and inflame your thyroid. The best nutrient to help stabilize your thyroid tissue is the bioflavonoid called quercetin. It can really help calm down and cool off a thyroid system that feels like it is suffering from too much wear and tear.*

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D, Vitamin D D, Vitamin D

Additional vitamin D supports thyroid function, bone health, mood, cardiovascular health, and the immune system. Helpful for anyone during the winter months when sunshine is lacking.* Each capsule contains 1,000IU of vitamin D3.

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Blood Booster™ Blood Booster™

Contains high quality iron bisglycinate. A lack of iron in cells can cause fatigue because iron is needed to implement the cellular response to thyroid hormone. Helpful for fatigue, vertical grooves in finger nails.*

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Strengthener Plus™ Strengthener Plus™

Contains bioactive zinc citrate/ picolinate that helps thyroid hormone bind to the DNA receptors inside cells (these are called zinc fingers). Helpful for fatigue, loss of sex drive, weak fingernails.*

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Thyroid, Leptin, and Weight Management

It is very common that individuals who are overweight have a majority of the symptoms associated with a sluggish thyroid function. This is especially true for those who have a history of yo-yo dieting or have difficulty losing weight by cutting back on calories and trying to exercise more. Leptin is known as the fat-hormone, as it is made in your white adipose tissue or stored fat. Following a meal leptin is released from your fat, enters your blood, and travels up to your brain delivering a message that you are full and also letting your subconscious brain know how much fuel you have on hand (like the gas gauge in your car).

One of the simple-case leptin problems encountered by any person who is overweight is that their leptin gas gauge is sticky, and leptin is not entering your brain correctly (leptin resistance). This produces a false state of perceived starvation, meaning you feel hungry and your subconscious brain thinks your fuel tank is near empty (even though you have plenty of stored fat on hand). When this happens, leptin sets your thyroid to a lower level so that you dont perish from the famine, and the famine doesnt even exist!

I designed Leptinal® to enhance how fat burning is activated in your white adipose tissue, to reduce leptin resistance by enhancing triglyceride metabolism, to improve leptin signaling within your brain, while simultaneously turning down the inflammation that fuels leptin and thyroid problems. It is a unique combination of DHA, GLA, tocotrienols, pomegranate, and citrus-derived polymethoxylated flavones. Because the essential fatty acids of DHA and GLA are woefully lacking in the typical American diet, they are key basics that need to be supplemented to promote optimal leptin function that assists easier weight management.*

Another simple-case leptin issue involves problems relating to how insulin functions in your body, resulting in food cravings especially for sweets, and easy weight gain from eating carbohydrates. LeptiSlim® is specially designed to knock down these sweet cravings, while at the same time supporting more optimal insulin function so that your body can process carbohydrates in a more efficient manner. It is a potent combination of metabolically-activating first milk colostrum, insulin supportive chromium and vanadium, and the sweet-tooth busting herbs gymnema sylvestre and inula racemosa.*

Covering your basic nutrient bases with Leptinal® and LeptiSlim®, while closely following the five rules of the Leptin Diet, is the best way to get started addressing body weight in relation to thyroid issues. Leptinal and LeptiSlim are designed to be used with other thyroid support, as described in previous sections.

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Leptinal® - The Leptin Helper Leptinal® - The Leptin Helper

This weight management booster is designed to help reduce body fat and prevent excess fat from blocking the function of leptin and thyroid hormone. Better leptin entry into your brain helps your subconscious brain make TRH (thyroid-releasing hormone), in turn enabling proper TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) signaling. It also helps metabolism function in a manner that promotes fat burning instead of fat storage.*

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LeptiSlim® LeptiSlim®

Cravings for sweets and carbohydrates, along with weight gain, put major stress on thyroid function. LeptiSlim® helps curb appetite, reduce food cravings, increase metabolism and promote stable blood sugar. It is one of our best nutritional supplements to help overcome food cravings.*

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Leptin Control Pack® Leptin Control Pack®

This is our most popular support package for weight management. Take one pack in the morning and one pack in the middle of the afternoon to sustain energy and burn calories.* Each individually wrapped packet contains: 1-Leptinal®, 1-Thyroid Helper®, 1-Stress Helper®, 1-LeptiSlim®, 1-Cinnamon Plus™, 1-Green Tea Extract, and 1-Quercetin.

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Toxins Magnify Thyroid Struggles

One of the key factors that helps induce weight gain and reduces the ease with which you can lose weight is the issue of environmental chemicals, chemicals in food and water, and toxins from low grade infections (like Candida or bacterial overgrowth). This issue is always made worse if your internal plumbing systems arent up to the challenge (constipation, irritable bowel, liver issues, lymph stagnation, chemical sensitivity, fibromyalgia, etc.)

Some chemicals like perchlorate, chlorine, and fluoride can directly bind to your thyroid gland and reduce iodine uptake. Many other chemicals, especially the fat-soluble ones, can bind to thyroid cell membranes and participate in thyroid inflammation and thyroid autoantibody production.

Fat-soluble chemicals can readily cross your blood brain barrier and interfere with how your brain senses any hormone level, including thyroid. Endotoxins from infections (lipopolysaccharides or LPS) directly interact in the Thyroid Releasing Hormone (TRH) region of your hypothalamus gland and intentionally turn down TRH production interfering with thyroid hormone production. Endotoxins also make you hungry by elevating your stomachs hunger signal, ghrelin.

Your liver, which is your main detoxification organ, is particularly sensitive to toxic excess. Because T4 is converted to T3 on cell membranes of your liver, fat-soluble toxins readily interfere with thyroid hormone activation by your liver. One of the reasons Thyroid Helper works so well is because it helps your liver cope with this type of toxic stress, while fueling the nutrients that your liver needs to perform the T4 to T3 conversion. Additional liver support may also be needed, such as Daily Balancer, to help your liver specifically clear toxins more efficiently while simultaneously protecting liver cells.*

If you are trying to lose weight, you must keep detox systems working well as toxins will be released from stored fat as weight is lost. This toxins can crash your thyroid long before you get to your goal weight, if you dont take care to ensure they are smoothly flowing out of your body.

Extra soluble fiber is needed to bind on to these toxins as they are excreted in your bile. Such fiber also helps regularity and reduce cravings for food. We have two excellent soluble fiber products that taste fine, are easy to mix, and have no sweeteners of any kind (Fiber Helper™ or LeptiFiber™). Fiber also helps regularity, but if you are constipated then you need Motility Helper™, a colon cleansing product that moves your bowels. No progress on thyroid issues occurs if you are constipated.

Other supplements that are helpful for those in a toxic rut include Daily Balancer™ (the best liver support product), high quality Chlorella (a great binder of fat-soluble toxic waste), and Immune Plus™ (for congested lymph - excess mucous, shoulder stiffness, etc.).

In order to make sustained thyroid improvement it is vital to keep internal plumbing flowing along in a healthy way.

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Fiber Helper™ Fiber Helper™

Fiber Helper™ provides a great source of three different soluble fibers that help absorb toxic waste products like a sponge: oat beta glucan, psyllium, and arabinogalactan. Many people do not get enough fiber because they do not eat enough fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Adequate fiber is essential for your bowels to move well and the final elimination of toxins - two important topics for a smooth functioning detoxification system.*

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LeptiFiber® LeptiFiber®

LeptiFiber® is a great source of two different soluble fibers that help absorb toxic waste products like a sponge: partially hydrolyzed guar gum and arabinogalactan. These two fibers dissolve almost completely in any beverage and have very little taste. It is extremely easy to mix. Helps curb appetite.*

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Motility Helper™ (Turkey Rhubarb) Motility Helper™ (Turkey Rhubarb)

The best product for moving the bowels and cleaning toxic waste from the GI tract. Contains laxative herbs. Works well with Fiber Helper™or LeptiFiber.*

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Daily Balancer™ Daily Balancer™

Top nutritional supplement for the liver. Supports the natural processes of detoxification.* Contains resveratrol, chlorella, milk thistle extract, carnosine, NAC and r-alpha lipoic acid.

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Chlorella Chlorella

A nutrient-dense green algae antioxidant for detoxification, energy and digestion.* The finest quality chlorella.

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Thyroid and Stress

Your stress management system is rooted in the function of your adrenal glands, which operate in an interdependent fashion with your overall thyroid system. Many books on adrenals list all the symptoms of low thyroid as adrenal problems and vice versa. There are differences. Morning energy, stress tolerance, and aerobic fitness are primarily adrenal issues. Thyroid issues are more about afternoon energy level, being too cold, and feeling mentally sluggish or heavy headed (adrenals issues go more with brain fog).

Thyroid sets your basic supply of energy for your body to use. Not having enough automatically stresses your adrenals if there is an increased demand for needed energy. Conversely, tired adrenals make it so your body gets too inflamed from even normal activities forcing your thyroid to go slower than it would like so that you dont overheat and burn up. Ongoing stress can wreak havoc with these problems.

If you are someone who struggles with a long list of adrenal and thyroid symptoms then you have to nurse both systems back on at the same time. A good way to do this is to use basic thyroid support along with basic adrenal support.

In order to get these systems back into good condition you must find an amount of exercise you can do on a consistent basis and then gradually increase the amount. When you can get a refreshing response to aerobic type exercise that is done at least three times a week, then both your adrenal and thyroid system will be working better. Dont push too hard with exercise, be consistent and gradually improve what you can do.

Key nutrients for stress management can be plugged into a thyroid support program, enabling you to have better stress tolerance (Stress Helper and Phosphatidylserine) and less wear and tear from stress (quercetin and vitamin C).*

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Stress Helper® Stress Helper®

Stress Helper® provides 150 mg of Pantethine per capsule along with Acetyl-l-Carnitine and Carnosine, a critical boost of specialty stress-busting nutrients that not only helps the adrenals but also helps calm emotional stress and boost nerve function, mental performance, and overall mood.*

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PhosphatidylSerine (PS) PhosphatidylSerine (PS)

Builds highly electrical brain cells, the fastest acting nutrient for short-term memory, focus, and coordination. Helps improve the function of the adrenal based stress response system enabling your core limbic system to better process stress demands in an appropriate way. Many students use this nutrient to help boost memory retention while studying and offset the stress associated with an upcoming test.*

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C, Vitamin C C, Vitamin C

The highest concentration of vitamin C in your body is in your adrenal glands. Upon stress stimulation your adrenals release vitamin C prior to the release of cortisol, essential for a normal stress response. Adrenals simply must have vitamin C or they cannot perform up to par. We use highly purified vitamin C, in unbuffered capsules or buffered tablets.

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Quercetin Quercetin

Many irritants in your blood (pollution, stress chemicals, germ debris) can irritate and inflame your thyroid. The best nutrient to help stabilize your thyroid tissue is the bioflavonoid called quercetin. It can really help calm down and cool off a thyroid system that feels like it is suffering from too much wear and tear.*

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Thyroid and Sleep

When stress is either extremely intense or has been going on too long, then the relaxed reserves in your nervous system tend to deplete. This gives your brain a wired feeling, meaning you are likely to be more anxious or irritable during the day and have poorer quality sleep at night. This has a major bearing on how your subconscious brain (hypothalamus gland) processes thyroid-related information, directly interfering with the normal production of TRH (thyroid releasing hormone), which in turn regulates your pituitary gland (TSH), and those overall regulation of your thyroid system. This will leave you with a mixture of hyper and hypo symptoms, and unless you cool this off these symptoms, including the lack of quality sleep, remain problematic and induce ongoing thyroid wear and tear.

This combination of symptoms causes you to be tired, irritable/anxious, and hungry during the day and you typically eat more because it brings temporary relief to these feelings. At night, your subconscious brain is set to hyper-vigilant, left over circuitry from evolution so that you do not miss a hunting opportunity. In this inappropriate metabolic pattern thyroid hormone levels are set very slow by your subconscious brain (TRH-related control) so that your body can conserve energy during this misperceived famine. The only way out of this is to relax and un-inflame your system so that it can calm down.

On an exercise basis this is stretching, walking, prayer/meditation, stress management, etc. towards the goal of you feeling calmer and more in control of your life. The Thyroid Energy Package (Thyroid Helper®, Iosol, Daily Energy Multiple Vitamin™) and stress support nutrition (listed above) should be balanced with relaxing nutrients like RelaxaMag™ and Sleep Helper™ (which can be used during the day as needed to feel calmer). These help your daytime energy feel smoother and less hyper. RelaxaMag and Sleep Helper are also used at bed, and can be combined with any other product that helps you sleep, like Melatonin.

You are not just trying to knock yourself out at bed. You are trying to get a smoother energy production during the day and replenish depleted relaxed reserves. If this problem is locked in, then relaxing lifestyle adjustments are also mandatory. It can take a month or two to unwind a wound up system and thyroid wont work right until you do.

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Magnesium, RelaxaMag™ Magnesium, RelaxaMag™

Contains the relaxing mineral magnesium bound to the amino acid glycine. Glycine behaves as a relaxing neurotransmitter in your brain, an important nutrient that can help you relax and sleep better. Especially helpful for getting to sleep or relaxing the mind. Take 1-3 at bedtime, use during the day as needed. Works synergistically with Sleep Helper®.*

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Sleep Helper® Sleep Helper®

Sleep Helper® boosts your supply of relaxing neurotransmitters. Theanine in Sleep Helper® has been shown to produce relaxing alpha brain waves within 40 minutes. It may be taken during the day to settle nerves, offset stress, and improve attention span - it will not make you drowsy. Take at bedtime to help you relax. It helps settle your thoughts and support a state of relaxation that is conducive to falling asleep. Take 1-2 at bedtime, use during the day as needed.*

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Melatonin - 180 caps Melatonin - 180 caps

Melatonin is the hormone that helps guide your sleep. Levels decline with age and are often needed in the winter months. Available in both 0.5 mg and 3 mg capsules so that you can try various amounts and use a dose that works best to assist your sleep.*

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Thyroid and Cholesterol

Proper thyroid function is an important aspect of cholesterol fitness. Every cell in your body uses small fragments of cholesterol for needed metabolic functions, including the support system to maintain the three-dimensional structure of the cell itself. The rate that cholesterol is used by your cells is governed by thyroid hormone. If thyroid function is sluggish then the natural cellular use of cholesterol is reduced.*

While any cell can make its own cholesterol if needed, it is a common practice for a cell to post a sign on its outer surface that tells LDL cholesterol to drop off some of its cholesterol packages (LDL is similar to a UPS truck delivering a package, in this case a cholesterol-containing package). On the other hand, if cell function is going too slow based on sluggish thyroid then extra cholesterol may start to pile up inside the cell. When this happens the cell posts a call tag on its surface, wanting LDL to pick up rather than drop off cholesterol.*

Thyroid Helper®, Iosol Iodine, and Daily Energy Multiple Vitamin™ (The Thyroid Energy Package) are designed to activate thyroid hormone at the cellular level to naturally support optimal rate of basic cell functions and consequently the use of cholesterol. Exercise also conditions thyroid hormone to work better in cells. These strategies help cholesterol flow to where it is needed, rather than pile up as an unneeded surplus. This concept is another important aspect of cholesterol fitness and is especially important for any person who has sluggish thyroid function.*

In addition to these basic nutrients, a very good supplement for anyone who is concerned about thyroid health and cholesterol fitness is our Daily Super E. This is a one-of-a-kind specialty product containing a near 50-50 mix of special forms of vitamin E: gamma tocotrienol and alpha tocotrienol. The gamma tocotrienol is a natural modulator of cholesterol synthesis, helping to promote fitness in how your liver makes cholesterol. The alpha tocotrienol stabilizes blood cells against free radicals, improving circulatory pH and enhancing oxygen status. As described in the next section, improved oxygen status in your circulation is synergistic with thyroid and cardiovascular health.*

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Thyroid Energy Package™ Thyroid Energy Package™

Boost your metabolism with our comprehensive thyroid support package.* Thyroid Helper®, Daily Energy Multiple Vitamin™, and Iosol Iodine.

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Daily Super E™ Daily Super E™

Tocotrienols are the most potent and biologically active form of vitamin E, making Daily Super E™ a top cardiovascular health product. We have specially formulated a mix of alpha and gamma tocotrienol to give you the benefits of both of these potent nutrients. Alpha tocotrienols are absorbed into cell membranes 70 times better than plain vitamin E and protect cells of the circulation and cells lining arteries far better than plain E. Gamma tocotrienol is the best natural modulator of the enzyme HMG CoA reductase, the primary enzyme involved in cholesterol synthesis, something plain vitamin E does not do.*

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Thyroid and General Cardiovascular Health

Thyroid hormone controls the rate that oxygen is used at the cellular level to make energy. Your circulatory system is how oxygen is transported to cells. Thus, there is tremendous overlap between a healthy thyroid and cardiovascular system, and conversely, between a stressed thyroid and cardiovascular system.

Indicators of good health include a sense of feeling well oxygenated, reflected in very easy breathing and a head that feels quite awake. Numerous studies in the past year show the extreme importance of maintaining optimal thyroid function so as to support cardiovascular well being with the use of oxygen being a common theme. Additionally, stressed nerves directly irritate both systems, pushing them in the wrong direction (felt as a lack of stress tolerance, irritation, anxiety, racing heart, trouble sleeping, etc.)

Therefore, a relaxed and smooth feeling in your body, accompanied by easy breathing and an awake head, along with plenty of oxygen during exercise, are all signs of a good foundation of oxygen that enhances both thyroid and cardiovascular health.

High quality iron is vital for the transport of oxygen in your blood (Blood Builder, described in the section Quercetin, Vitamin D, Iron, Zinc, and Thyroid Function). Proper function of your hemoglobin also requires vitamin E (Daily Super E described in the previous section). The other two best nutrients that support oxygen status are Q10 (cellular and heart support) and Cardio Helper (overall circulatory support). RelaxaMag, Quercetin, and Sleep Helper all assist in a more relaxed feeling that is conducive to better oxygen utilization.*

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Blood Booster™ Blood Booster™

Contains high quality iron bisglycinate. A lack of iron in cells can cause fatigue because iron is needed to implement the cellular response to thyroid hormone. Helpful for fatigue, vertical grooves in finger nails.*

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Daily Super E™ Daily Super E™

Tocotrienols are the most potent and biologically active form of vitamin E, making Daily Super E™ a top cardiovascular health product. We have specially formulated a mix of alpha and gamma tocotrienol to give you the benefits of both of these potent nutrients. Alpha tocotrienols are absorbed into cell membranes 70 times better than plain vitamin E and protect cells of the circulation and cells lining arteries far better than plain E. Gamma tocotrienol is the best natural modulator of the enzyme HMG CoA reductase, the primary enzyme involved in cholesterol synthesis, something plain vitamin E does not do.*

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Q 10, CoQ10 Q 10, CoQ10

Q10 enhances the use of oxygen in energy production within a cell, enabling thyroid hormone to carry out its primary function of regulating the rate of cellular oxygen utilization. Also helps fatigue with a heavy head (lack of oxygen to the brain).*

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Q10, Super CoQ10 Ubiquinol Q10, Super CoQ10 Ubiquinol

The Ubiquinol form of Q10 is an excellent antioxidant nutrient. It supports cellular energy production and cardiovascular health.*

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Cardio Helper™ Cardio Helper™

Cardio Helper™ includes the finest quality extracts of trans resveratrol, grape seed extracts, hawthorn, and horsechestnut. It is designed to support and enhance circulatory integrity and nourish your heart. By enhancing circulation, oxygen is more readily transported and made available to cells. This supports healthy blood pressure and effective delivery of nutrition to cells.*

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Magnesium, RelaxaMag™ Magnesium, RelaxaMag™

Contains the relaxing mineral magnesium bound to the amino acid glycine. Glycine behaves as a relaxing neurotransmitter in your brain, an important nutrient that can help you relax and sleep better. Especially helpful for getting to sleep or relaxing the mind. Take 1-3 at bedtime, use during the day as needed. Works synergistically with Sleep Helper®.*

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Sleep Helper® Sleep Helper®

Sleep Helper® boosts your supply of relaxing neurotransmitters. Theanine in Sleep Helper® has been shown to produce relaxing alpha brain waves within 40 minutes. It may be taken during the day to settle nerves, offset stress, and improve attention span - it will not make you drowsy. Take at bedtime to help you relax. It helps settle your thoughts and support a state of relaxation that is conducive to falling asleep. Take 1-2 at bedtime, use during the day as needed.*

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Complex Thyroid Problems

Individuals are quite confused by many thyroid-related medical terms that are bantered about: hypothyroid, hyperthyroid, elevated thyroid autoantibodies, or Hashimotos thyroiditis to name a few. Oftentimes an individual will have all the symptoms of a low or underactive thyroid yet lab tests come back normal. In other cases, lab tests do not come back normal but taking thyroid hormone fails to correct how the person is feeling or only partially helps.

Important: Always consult your doctor before changing the dose of thyroid medication. You cannot simply use nutrients and not take a prescribed medication. If you are taking thyroid medication you can typically take any nutrients listed in these sections. If your thyroid system improves you may not need as much medication or any medication but that can only be determined by your doctor and not by your own self-administration. If you have any questions about combining nutrition with thyroid medication please consult your health care professional every persons situation is a bit different.

When you are using nutrition to support thyroid function you are simply trying to nourish your overall thyroid system, as well as other systems that may be stressing your thyroid function. This approach falls under the category of assisting the healthy structure and function of your body and is not the treatment or prevention of any disease or medical condition.

The topics listed above are key topics relating to thyroid fitness, ranging from the simple to the more complex. Space does not allow a complete discussion of many of the topics, though it may be very important for you to work on issues related to thyroid to foster overall improvement. More in depth discussion of these important related topics can be found on these health topic pages:

Weight Management & Leptin
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Fibromyalgia
Adrenals
Stress, Energy & Mood
Sleep
Healthy Cholesterol
General Cardiovascular Health

Do not get overwhelmed and think you have to do everything at once. You simply need to get started and see how you do. However, you do need to pay attention to and understand all these related topics especially if you are having trouble in one or more of these areas. If you arent making enough progress you can gradually add more support until you feel you are moving in the right direction.

As you are doing better it is vital to exercise consistently, eat as healthfully as possible, and follow the Five Rules of the Leptin Diet.

There is plenty of information on this website to assist your basic understanding. If you have additional questions feel free to call us at 1-800-717-9355, and ask to speak to one of our trained Wellness Consultants.

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