January 5, 2015
Thyroid Disease

Thyroid Disease

If you’re overweight and tired you’ve probably suspected that it’s your thyroid. It’s just one of those things. In fact I have worked with more than a few patients that were excited when I told them they had problems with their thyroid. It was such a relief to know there was a reason for all their struggles. The thyroid is a gland in the front of your neck that’s pretty much the gas pedal for the whole body. The hormones that are made in the thyroid tell all the other parts of the body to do their jobs. So when the thyroid is working right your body burns calories doing all the things it should: growing, healing, moving, staying alert and warm. When it is working too slow […]
January 5, 2015
Gluten Free

To gluten or not to gluten, that is the question

  Gluten free products are advertised more and more as a healthy alternative but most people don’t understand what gluten is or if they should be worried about it.  Gluten is a protein found in healthy foods like wheat, barley, rye, and wheat varieties like spelt, kamut, farro and durum, plus products like bulgar and semolina.  In addition to being in breads and pastas gluten is used in many packaged foods, soups and sauces as a filler or as a thickening agent.  Checking the labels on processed foods is the only way to find ingredients that contain gluten.  Look for the grains mentioned above plus:  brewer’s yeast, oats, and malt.  Oats don’t contain gluten but are most often contaminated with it by being processed on the same equipment […]