We’ve all heard the advice that a getting a good night’s sleep is critical for good health. Indeed, it is. Sometimes that’s easier said than done, right? And can we get a good night’s rest even in the face of stress? Yes!
The importance of fiber in the diet is indisputable and has a profound impact on our digestive health and microbiome, our 100 trillion organism-strong “mini ecosystem.” Most Americans are fiber deficient—some experts in the functional medicine community claim that it’s the most clinically important dietary deficiency.
For those with hypothyroidism, carbohydrates are critical. I’ve seen too many people crash and burn on a low-carb diet—and lose a ton of hair.
Low iron—and more specifically, low ferritin (iron storage protein)—is common in the hypothyroid / Hashimoto’s and also hair loss / alopecia communities. Let’s look at this root cause contributor, including issues people can have with absorption.
The FDA just approved the sixth iteration of JAK (Janus kinase) inhibitors for alopecia. But just because it’s newly approved doesn’t mean it’s great because none of the JAK inhibitors are great. In fact, the FDA has also issued a black box warning.
Elevated homocysteine is an important contributor to Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally, it’s a factor in cardiovascular disease, stroke, and even some cancers. It sounds like having an optimal homocysteine level is a good idea.
As we continue our transition into the colder months ahead, we can draw warmth and nourishment from the abundance of autumn foods.