Your Body in Balance – Part 5 – Dr. Neal Barnard – Thyroid, Healthy Hair & Skin

Your Body in Balance – Part 5 – Dr. Neal Barnard – Thyroid, Healthy Hair & Skin

Part 5 – A Healthy Thyroid,
Healthy Skin and Hair

From the book – Your Body in Balance, by Dr. Neal Barnard

Q – Is flax is estrogenic? And will it cause issues with my reproductive system?

Form of programmed cell death that occurs in multicellular organisms.

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
Autoimmune disease in which the thyroid gland is gradually destroyed.

Type 1 diabetes
Form of diabetes in which very little or no insulin is produced by the pancreas.

Q – What is Hashimoto’s Disease? And how you you treat it?
Hashimoto’s disease or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is a condition that leads to hypothyroidism.

Q – Are there are 4 types of diabetes?

Thyroid gland
Endocrine gland in the neck consisting of two connected lobes.

Condition that occurs due to excessive production of thyroid hormones by the thyroid gland.

Hypothyroidism, also called underactive thyroid or low thyroid, is a disorder of the endocrine system in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone.

Thyroid-stimulating hormone
thyroxine (T4)
triiodothyronine (T3)

Swelling in the neck resulting from an enlarged thyroid gland.

The thyroid uses iodine to make thyroid hormones.

Traces in most foods are very modest
Good sources = Iodized salt, sea vegetables (2.5 g of dried nori (sushi) = 40 mcg.

Jeanne uses: Kombu kelp = contain up to 2,984 mcg of iodine per seaweed sheet (1 gram).

Cause of hypo or hyperthyroidism?
Autoimmune attack = you begin to attack your own thyroid gland

What effect does soy have on thyroid function?
Soy can reduce the absorption of thyroid medications.

So what is a menu for a healthy thyroid?

Acne = oil production increases and the cells lining the sides multiply, clogging the follicle, which then fills with bacteria.

Nina and Randa’s… story
Age 20 = acne arrived with a vengeance

What impact does chocolate have on acne.
There is good evidence that chocolate can cause acne

what effect does dairy have on acne?

Milk boosts IGF-1 levels in your body which stimulates the oil producing cells in your follicles.

Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1)

But it isn’t acne also a sign for PCOS?
Signs and symptoms of PCOS include irregular or no menstrual periods, heavy periods, excess body and facial hair, acne, pelvic pain, difficulty getting pregnant, and patches of thick, darker, velvety skin.

Any natural or synthetic steroid hormone that regulates the development and maintenance of male characteristics by binding to androgen receptors..

Can foods help you keep a healthy head of hair?

In hair follicles, testosterone is converted to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is the baldness trigger and causes hair follicles to gradually shrink and stop producing hair all together.

Sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG)
Glycoprotein that binds to androgens and estrogens.

So how do foods fit into keeping a healthy head of hair?
Researchers noticed that boldness was less common among Asians than in whites.
As Asian countries began to westernize, baldness was one of the conditions that was more prevalent
. A low-fat, plant-based diet encourages your body to build more sex hormone binding globulin
SHBG rain in testosterone and keeps it active until it is needed.

In 2009 researchers compared 80 young men with progressive hair loss 280 men without hair loss. What did they find?
Balding man were more likely to have insulin resistance
Insulin resistance is linked to hair loss in both men and women

What are some of the other causes of hair loss?
obviously Poor diet
Thyroid disease
Various medications


So can we do to keep our skin and hair healthy?
Avoid animal products
Avoid adding oils in cooking

Avoid high fat foods (peanut butter, avocados, etc.)

Avoid added sugars
Have adequate protein from plant sources

Eat lots of fruits and vegetables
Protect your skin from excess sun exposure


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