Filling in your eyebrows can be more than a cover up

While all of the signs may be there, this one is most often overlooked, especially if you’re using fillers to fill in your eyebrows. The eyebrows hold an important key for health care providers that can better assist them in making a proper diagnosis. However, if you’re covering up your brows, your doctor can miss this clinical sign.

Pearls of Wisdom

 

Health care  providers have the tools to determine if your high blood pressure is related to a specific hormonal deficiency. Typically, a normal blood pressure is around 120/80. The elevated top number is referred to as systolic blood pressure. The bottom number is referred to as diastolic blood pressure. In the case of diastolic high blood pressure,  if elevated and  associated with signs such as the inability to focus properly, a lack of energy and cold hands and feet, an abnormality with this small gland may be the underlying cause. It can also be the underlying cause for some individuals to be unable to lose weight, even if you watch your diet and exercise. This disease can affect approximately 15 percent of the public at present.

The gland in question produces a hormone that I refer to as synergy. While it’s not estrogen, it does do a lot to create a form of synergism throughout the body. It can also help regulate sex hormones such as testosterone, progesterone and estrogen.

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How would you like to be able to lose weight when you diet and exercise, have warm hands, improve your energy and obtain better mental clarity? Clinical correlation is the clue! A healthcare professional can check for clinical signs where the outer edges of the eyebrows are missing. A detailed physical exam can help confirm signs that may be staring you in the face. I often tell my students when all else fails look at the patient.

Testing this hormone level is easy and involves a series of five different testing levels. To properly determine your individualized care, all levels should be thoroughly checked to ensure the right solution.

This important hormone should be given the special attention that it deserves. In order for it to work properly, you need to give it exactly what it needs and eliminate disruptors that prevent it from functioning properly. Fluoride toothpaste, high concentrates of chlorine in your drinking water and using brominated flour to cook with work against it. However, you can do your part to ensure its proper functioning such as trading brominated flours for almond, quinoa or rice flour. In addition to being great for cooking and baking, they are also gluten free. Other factors that can hinder it from working properly is smoking, dieting, iodine deficiencies, insufficient amounts of selenium and mental and physical stress.

Have you figured out the hormone that I’ve been talking about yet? If you said Thyroid Hormone, you’re right and deserve a gold star!

Your Thyroid
Approximately 1 in 8 women will experience problems with their thyroid during the course of their lifetime. Thyroid disease can prevent you from losing weight even if you diet and exercise. You may also feel too tired to get moving. Other clinical signs of an abnormal thyroid includes constipation, swollen ankles, dry skin, anxiety, memory loss, insomnia, bulging or frog eyes and more. You don’t need to experience all of these symptoms to be formally diagnosed.

The thyroid hormone is produced through a small gland that is located in the neck. When the thyroid gland is over stimulated, it may grow into something called a goiter. While the normal size of the thyroid is similar to that of a butterfly, there are four other smaller glands that are attached to it.  The parathyroid glands.  They are responsible for regulating calcium throughout the body. If you have had all or part of your thyroid removed, regulating calcium may be a problem for you.

Elevated TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) is known as hypothyroidism and found to be most common in women. Decreased TSH is commonly known as hyperthyroidism.

Thyroid disease can affect your adrenal gland.  Your adrenal gland produces cortisol, your stress hormone.    These two hormones work hand in hand. If you have decreased thyroid hormone, it creates a stressful situation in your body and a natural response it to increase cortisol production.   Your  overworked adrenal gland  can cause you to develop adrenal fatigue.  This could leave you feeling exhausted even before you’ve had a chance to get out of bed and start your day. Keeping up with the demands of an active lifestyle can be exhausting.

Your healthcare provider may find no issues with your thyroid if your TSH alone is normal range. However, you could actually have subclinical thyroid disease. This means that while the labs are normal, you still have the symptoms.

Abnormal thyroids could lead to Alzheimer’s disease. According to the World Health Organization, iodide deficiency is one of the most common preventable causes of mental retardation. Low Iodine can result  in the lack of adequate production of thyroid hormone. While it’s not conventional medicine  to check the iodine levels, testing is available through specialty labs in the office.

Other important minerals and vitamins necessary for the thyroid to function properly include copper, zinc, oleic acid, selenium and vitamins A, E and C. Until your thyroid levels have been thoroughly checked, I don’t recommended beginning a vitamin regimen to treat thyroid disease.  Seek your health professional’s help.

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