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If you're pregnant and freaking out at the thought of pushing a small cantaloupe sized head out of your vagina, and on the other hand want to do everything you can to avoid unnecessary medical procedures for your birth, in this article in my latest article I share two of my favorite natural remedies, proven to ease labor and birth. If you're a doula, midwife or OB, you'll find this informative, too!
Today, in the third episode in the Natural MD Radio series on detoxification, I explain what ‘food as medicine’ really means and show you the why behind your body's need for specific nutrients to support detoxification and help you stay optimally healthy in today’s world. I also teach you about the word ‘phytonutrients’ - perhaps one of the most important food words to know. And I share which foods are the 'powerhouses' for these nutrients.
PLUS, as a special gift, you get access to the Natural MD Detoxification Foods Guide. It’s totally FREE and you can use it to bolster up your next shopping trip with all the nutrient-rich foods I talk about in the podcast – and more!
There's so much diet and health information out there - I don't know about you, but it boggles my mind and it's nearly impossible to keep up with. There are also typically only a few small kernels of truth sometimes buried in a sea of inflated claims, hidden sales pitches, and hype. If you've noticed, nearly everyone with a blog is using the same formula these days, especially MD's who have reached health celebrity status. Blogs now act as 'infomercials' - selling their latest shake, green drink powders, gut repair products, and supplement bundles shamelessly, right in the article. But how do you know which is which (hint: if specific supplements are being sold by the person writing the article for that topic discussed in the article - it's a sales pitch!).
I know how hard it is for me to sort it out the wheat from the chaff with all of my years of training and experience and my very low tolerance for BS - so I can imagine there might be times you're throwing your hands in the air saying "Screw it, I don't know what to eat anymore - so forget even trying to find the best healing diet for me."
Too often your doctor isn't able to help you sort it out, either, because in reality, we get almost no nutrition training in medical school, or literally none, an issue highlighted in the Health and Science section of The Washington Post in an article titled about as straight forwardly as possible: Your doctor may not be the best source of nutrition advice.
During my own 7 years of medical education - between med school and residency - we had 2.5 hours of scheduled nutrition classes. One hour was cancelled - hmm - that could have been the class that taught 100 MDs in training the importance of nutrition in preventing chronic disease. Gone. I taught 30 minutes of nutrition in a public health class, even bringing leafy greens and whole grains to the glass and playing 'What's this?" Nobody had a clue. That left 1 hour total taught by a professor. This problems leaves most medical doctors thinking nutrition has no role in health. Has you ever tried to speak with your doctor about nutrition and been told that food doesn't do a thing? Hmmmm...
So you might imagine my surprise and even a little bit of delight to come across an article in one of my medical update feeds recently about "The Thyroid Diet," and to even find some agreement that going gluten free and taking some supplements might have a positive impact. Are times changing? Let's hope so! Because in fact, it's been demonstrated time and again that 85% of chronic disease is preventible - and largely with dietary and lifestyle changes. Only about 15% can be chalked up to genetics.
So what of The Thyroid Diet? Well, there really isn't a thyroid diet per se, however, there are some several nutritional and dietary strategies that can help prevent and even reverse hypothyroidism - including the autoimmune type - which is also the most common form - Hashimoto's.
I’ve been an advocate for sound nutrition and healthy eating and its impact on our health for over 35 years now - and that is as strong as ever for me. In this new article I’ll walk you through what I know about using diet for thyroid health and creating a “Thyroid Diet” that works for you. Given that it's expected that 1 in 8 women in the US will develop hypothyroidism, I hope you'll read this article to understand this condition better, do a quick self-audit to make sure you're not having symptoms, and if you are, learn what you can do - including some simple, accessible dietary changes and supplementing that can make a world of difference.
While there should be absolutely no judgment over what type of birth you prefer or require, it’s worth considering the natural tools that can help you avoid preventable birth interventions. @avivarommhttps://t.co/IgvWqrnVS1