When women in their 40s and 50s notice a drop in energy, changes to sleep patterns, an increase in depressed moods and unexplained weight gain, they often chalk it up to the beginnings of menopause – but could the real culprit be a thyroid disorder?
Hypothyroidism is a condition caused by an underactive thyroid not producing adequate levels of thyroid hormones. Some of the symptoms are very similar to those of menopause and, with thyroid disorders most likely to occur in middle-aged women, the two conditions can often be mistaken for each other.
Some researchers theorise that menopause may even exacerbate an underlying hypothyroidism condition and cause it to come to the fore. During menopause estrogen levels drop, and its estrogen that the thyroid glands rely on to promote healthy functioning. Other studies have shown that some women’s menopausal symptoms improve after undergoing treatment for hypothyroidism.
Classic symptoms of hypothyroidism include:
- Inability to concentrate and ‘fuzzy’ thinking
- Interrupted sleep
- Unexplained weight gain
- Increased sensitivity to cold
- Muscle weakness
- General lethargy or fatigue
- Hoarse voice and throat
- Face, and sometimes hands, look more ‘puffed up’ than usual
- Dry, flaky skin
- Irregular periods
- Hair loss.
If you’re experiencing the above symptoms the only way to know if it’s thyroid disorder, menopause or some other condition, is to be tested by a qualified health professional.
These very detailed tests of your thyroid functioning and hormone levels to give you a clear picture of any hormonal unbalances. The most important test will determine the balance of thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), two crucial types of thyroid hormones. The presence of adequate levels of T4 is very important however there must also by healthy levels of T3 in circulation to help T4 carry out its important work.
To help you feel like YOU again and if you would like to find out more information please contact me. 🌱 xo
This month is dedicated to raising awareness of Australia’s second deadliest cancer. Sadly, Australia has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world; 1 in 13 Australians will develop the disease in their lifetime, however, almost 99% of cases can be treated successfully when detected early! Raising awareness is important, as bowel cancer doesn’t discriminate, affecting men and women, young and old.
This year, Bowel Cancer Australia and Red Apple Day have set up a virtual bowel cancer ribbon that you can download to show your support! Head to their website here for more information – https://www.virtualbowelcancerribbon.org/
Are you part of the 38% of the world’s population that is affected by chronic pain?1 If so, you know firsthand how it can reduce your quality of life, and take a detrimental toll on your physical and emotional health. If you’re at the point of feeling like you’ve tried everything, read on to learn about a compound that may be the pain-relieving answer you’ve been searching for. But first, let’s take a look at how chronic pain develops in the first place. 👀
When tissues become injured or damaged, which occurs in fibromyalgia, arthritis, neuropathy, musculoskeletal disorders (and many more conditions), there is a multitude of systems, cells and chemical messengers that coordinate to create inflammation and the sensation of pain at the site of injury. In the ideal scenario, once the tissue is repaired, an orchestra of cells and compounds also work to slow and eventually turn off these responses, returning the body to normal. Unfortunately, when the body cannot resolve this tissue damage, turn off this inflammatory response, or reduce the number of pain signals produced, chronic pain develops. 🔥
The Power of PEA
The powerful compound that works to reduce inflammation and pain, which I hinted at above, is called palmitoylethanolamide, or, PEA. Have you heard of it before?
If not, PEA is a natural, fat-soluble molecule produced by humans, animals and plants, and can be found in foods such as meat, eggs, soy and peanuts.2 It is produced on demand when pain or inflammation are created within your body, acting to reduce their levels and helps to bring your body back into balance (homeostasis).
PEA is a natural, fat-soluble molecule produced by humans, animals and plants, and can be found in foods such as meat, eggs, soy and peanuts.2
It does this by supporting a system you also may not have heard of before, called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is made up of compounds and receptors that predominantly work on your brain, spine and immune system, communicating with them to reduce the sensation of pain and the production of inflammatory cells.
Specifically, PEA works to stimulate or increase the activity of the ECS, spurring it on when there is this pain to relieve or inflammation to dampen. However, if the pain or inflammation becomes chronic, PEA levels can become depleted, restricting the benefits it can provide.
For this reason, people with chronic pain may choose to supplement with PEA, to make up for what their body is struggling to produce. Being that PEA can already be made by your body, it is considered very safe to take and has been shown in numerous clinical trials to assist a broad variety of pain-related conditions at several different doses.
What the Research Says
PEA has demonstrated its pain-relieving effects in the following conditions:
- Fibromyalgia (FM): 35 patients with FM, already taking pain medications, took 600 mg/d of PEA for 12 weeks. Results showed PEA reduced their overall pain. The average number of painful body points also decreased from eight to one.3
- Osteoarthritis (OA): 111 people with mild or moderate knee OA received 600 mg/d of PEA for 8 weeks, and at the end of the trial, their knee pain and stiffness reduced by 53.7%, compared to 25% in the placebo group.4
- Diabetic neuropathy: A 600 mg/d dose of PEA across 8 weeks reduced the intensity and presence of pain, pins and needles, burning and numbness in 30 people with diabetic neuropathy.5
- Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS): 50 patients took 1,200 mg/d of PEA for 8 weeks, experiencing a decrease in the pain intensity of their CTS, compared to people who didn’t take PEA, whose pain actually increased.6
- Sciatica: 636 sciatica participants who were prescribed 600 mg/d of PEA for 21 days reported their pain reduced and quality of life improved.7
A 600 mg/d dose of PEA across 8 weeks reduced the intensity and presence of pain, pins and needles, burning and numbness in 30 people with diabetic neuropathy.5
PEA: The Missing Puzzle Piece?
If you’re suffering from chronic pain, PEA could be the missing puzzle piece in your pain management plan.
Whilst PEA does not carry with it many interactions with medications, I always recommend discussing your unique case with a healthcare Practitioner, to ensure PEA is appropriate for you. Further, as PEA is fat-soluble, it’s also important you’ve prescribed a type of supplemental PEA that enables it to become more water-soluble, so your digestive system (which is also water-soluble), can absorb it properly.
If you would like to discuss if PEA could assist with your case, and ensure you are prescribed a well-absorbed form please contact me. As providing or replenishing your body with PEA will allow it to do the work it loves to do, which is reducing your pain. Having seen PEA’s wonderful benefits in patients with conditions such as those we’ve been through above, I’d suggest to give it a go-to to see the pain relief you could experience too!
It is important when taking a probiotic supplement to select the right type (strain) of bacteria, as different probiotic strains can play different roles in the body. To provide a brief snapshot, we’ve included some examples of strains with their specific therapeutic qualities (just to name a few!)
Your Practitioner will recommend a probiotic specific to your needs, which also meets strict quality and efficacy criteria. So you can ensure that you are taking the right probiotic combination for your health condition or restoring your microbiome. 🌿
When home delivering supplements to an elderly patient today, all she really wanted was to be a HUGGED from someone who cared.🥰xoxo
The power of a hug can help us all to cope with our daily lives.🤸♀️
Catching the nasty seasonal bug going around is a battle no one wants to fight!!🤧🙅♂️
If you do start to feel like are getting sick, there are immediate steps you can take that can help your immune system regroup, get stronger and start fighting back.
Create your very own cold and flu ‘first aid’ kit, using our top six natural remedies, so you can knock infections on the head and stay well this winter! 🌨
To help you come out on top this cold and flu season, speak to me about sourcing the best quality supplements to help you beat cold and flu symptoms.
The aim of the week is to highlight how powerful exercise, physical activity and movement are for your physical and mental health. Being physically active reduces your risk of chronic conditions, like heart disease and diabetes, reduces your risk of mental illness and helps you to live a happier and healthier life.
Head to the website https://exerciseright.com.au/ to learn more, and to find some great resources like fact sheets and eBooks to help you to Exercise Right.🏃♂️