8 Ordinary Household Items That Are Destroying Your Thyroid

9 Ordinary Household Items That Are Destroying Your Thyroid

You think you’re doing “everything right” or “eating healthy,” but you might be hurting your efforts to get and stay well by not paying attention to the harmful effects of the everyday items you use at home.

Your thyroid, a small, butterfly-shaped gland located in your lower neck, has enormous responsibility for your body’s metabolic processes. Specifically, your thyroid releases two primary hormones — triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) — that control metabolism.

Whether they’re synthetic or natural in nature, toxins are a piece of the complex thyroid puzzle.

Tap Water

Almost all of us have perchlorates in our bodies, according to the CDC. Perchlorate is a byproduct of the manufacturing of rocket and jet fuel, car air bags and fireworks. This toxin leaks into much of our drinking water and food supply. The CDC study found widespread perchlorate human exposure, and a connection between perchlorate levels and thyroid hormone levels. Perchlorate prevents the production of thyroid hormone, which can lead to low thyroid symptoms. One study found babies born with elevated levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone may have been affected by small amounts of perchlorate in their mother’s drinking water. These studies, and the work of the Environmental Working Group, show that not only is perchlorate exposure pervasive, but that even low levels of perchlorate exposure can have negative health effects on the thyroid.

Soy

Phytoestrogens in soy proteins have been found to inhibit thyroid peroxidase. Soy is able to disrupt normal thyroid function by inhibiting the body’s ability to use iodine, blocking the process by which iodine becomes the thyroid hormones, inhibiting the secretion of thyroid hormone, and disrupting the peripheral conversion of T4 to T3. Researchers have also found that infants fed soy formula had a prolonged increase in their thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels, compared to infants fed non-soy formulas. Soy is also commonly a genetically modified food (GMO), which adds another variable to consider.

Pesticides

One study found that women married to men who used pesticides in their daily work were at a much higher risk of developing thyroid problems than other women. Another study warns that about 60 percent of pesticides used today may affect the thyroid gland’s production of hormones. Many antifungals and weed killers used on produce have been shown to decrease thyroid function and increase weight-loss resistance.

Flame retardants

Flame retardants, or polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), have been found in several studies to disturb thyroid function. Flame-retardant chemicals are found in television and computer screens, as well as in the foam used for furniture and carpeting padding. PBDEs are also found in many Americans, and are linked to behavioral and developmental problems.

Plastics

Beyond an environmental concern, plastics can also be hazardous to your body’s environment. Antimony, a chemical that leaches from plastic bottles, is one concern. Researchers at theUniversity of Copenhagen found antimony levels in fruit drinks and juices in plastic bottles at levels 2.5 times higher than what’s considered safe in tap water! Phthalates in some plastics have been shown to decrease thyroid function. Bisphenol A (BPA) — also used in plastics, food can coatings, and dental sealants — decreases thyroid receptor site sensitivity, causing thyroid resistance, similar to PCBs.

Non-Stick Products

One study found that perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a chemical used to make Teflon, food wrappers, and other products, can affect thyroid function even at moderate levels of exposure. A study in Environmental Health Perspectives found that higher concentrations of PFOA are associated with the thyroid conditions that are seen today.

Halogens

Fluoride and chloride exposure can lead to a decrease of iodine transport and block the conversion of the T4 to T3, which is the active form of your thyroid hormone. Fluoride was found to suppress thyroid function, and the dose needed to reduce thyroid function was low, 2 to 5 mg per day. You can absorb these halogens through your food, water, medications and the environment. Because they’re similar to iodine, they can occupy your iodine receptors, making the body’s iodine levels unusable.

Heavy Metals

Mercury, lead and aluminum can all trigger antibodies, which in turn lead to autoimmune thyroid conditions such as the Grave’s and Hashimoto’s disease. This is not acute poisoning that I am referring to, which would show up on a conventional blood test. I’m referring to a chronic heavy metal toxicity which can only be accurately shown with a urine test using a chelating agent. The chelator will pull the metals from your cells where it has leached, so it can actually be measured on the test.

Antibacterial Products

Triclosan is an antibacterial chemical added to soaps, lotions and toothpastes. Although some research has shown small amounts to be safe, there’s evidence that triclosan is an endocrine disruptor and impacts thyroid function. One recent study found that triclosan had an effect on thyroid hormones, and another showed that triclosan interacted with androgen and estrogen hormone receptors.

Source : – Organic Health

Get Rid of Back Pain By Massaging Your Feet

Get Rid of Back Pain By Massaging Your Feet

Did you know you can locate spine’s point on your foot’s edge? This is the area where all back problems are projected, and are located in a form of pain-points. By massaging your feet you will be able to get rid of back pain, tension and stiffness.

It does not matter if you are massaging your own feet or someone else is doing it for you, the results are equally efficient.
You will notice results after the very first massage. The massage, however, is very pleasant as well as beneficial for your health. Dedicate several minutes on this massage in order to feel much healthier.

Here is how to conduct the feet massage in order to get rid of back pain:

For starters, you need to locate the spine-points onto the edge of your foot. Sit down with your legs crossed and take one foot in your hands. The inner foot like, from the heel to the big toe, is the area you are searching for. This is your spine’s projection.

Visually separate the line, as if that is your spine and it parts. Apply pressure onto the spine-line, using your thumb. If you have back problems, you will be able to locate the exact points where you need to apply the pressure.

You will feel those points as painful and sort of swollen. By gently massaging these points, you actually affect the spine. This way, you will be able to get rid of back pains and tension as well.

Source : organichealth.co

DIY Delicious Sandwich Cake

DIY Delicious Sandwich Cake

Sandwich cakes are an easy cake recipe to start baking with – and they’re a perfect way to give your sponge extra flavour.Bake two (or three, or four) sponges of your favourite cake and sandwich them together to create a baking masterpiece.
Cooking thiner, separate layers rather than a whole, hearty cake also ensures that your sponges cook quicker and more evenly, which is why sandwich cakes are perfect for first-time bakers or if you’re trying a new oven you’re not familiar with.
The filling is the fun part! You can sandwich your cakes together with jam, buttercream, fruit or even chocolate – the choice is yours! You can give your cake any flavour you wish by using a inventive filling or combination of ingredients.

Instructions :

  • Cut a round loaf of bread in layers.
  • Mix cream cheese, mayonnaise and sour cream and divide the mixture in two parts.
  • Add chopped boiled eggs and spring onions to the first part and chopped smoked salmon and dill to the second.
  • Spread the first part on the base layer and put a second layer on it. On the second layer spread the second mixture.
  • Repeat the steps for all the six layers of bread.
  • Cover all the sides with cream. Decorate the cake with cucumber slices, smoked salmon and sliced boiled eggs

Banana Split Lush Recipe

Banana Split Lush Recipe

It may look complicated, but it is so simple to prepare. The Banana Split Lush (from Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen) is a dessert you will fall in love with, both aesthetically as well as culinary. What starts like an ordinary banana split will soon turn into a gastronomical delight.
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You will need these ingredients and measurements: 2 cup graham cracker crumbs 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, divided 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup butter, melted 2 [8] oz cream cheese 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar 1 [20] oz can crushed pineapple, drained

4 medium bananas, sliced 2 [3.4] oz white chocolate instant pudding 3 cup milk 1 [16] oz whipped topping or 4 cup fresh whipped cream, divided hot fudge sauce, slightly warmed 16 maraschino cherries with stems

10 Creative Refashion Ideas for Summer

10 Creative Refashion Ideas for Summer

It’s really cool to turn the old or oversized clothing to new uses, especially when the clothing is new but of wrong size or the materials are really good that it will be a waste to idle them in the closet. Let’s try to make them fashionable for this Summer by cutting the extra and adding stylish elements to them.10-refashion-ideas-from-old01.jpg10-refashion-ideas-from-old02.jpg10-refashion-ideas-from-old03.jpg10-refashion-ideas-from-old04.jpg10-refashion-ideas-from-old05.jpg10-refashion-ideas-from-old06.jpg10-refashion-ideas-from-old07.jpg10-refashion-ideas-from-old08.jpg10-refashion-ideas-from-old09.jpg10-refashion-ideas-from-old10.jpg

 refashion old T-shirt into top

repurpose old jeans into new fashion tutorial

How to Cut Your Own Hair

how to cut your own hair

Have you ever tried cutting you own hair? It’s really a daunting job, at least for me because if I mess up, I am not sure if I could go out to meet with friends. But sometimes we do need to take some challenges, such as cutting our own hair. And here is a little trick for you.

What a creative and easy way to cut your own hair! All you need to do is just combing your hair forward to make a ponytail and then trimming or snipping the end of the ponytail. Untie the ponytail and you can see the effect: you’ll have a nice layered hairstyle. It works like magic, right? Next time if you are really busy and want to save a trip to the hair salon, and if you are brave enough to take the challenger, you can think about trying this little trick to give yourself a new look. Good luck!

 

How To Make Hard Taco Shells in Your Oven for “Baked Tacos”

Culinary School – DIY Hard Shell Tacos
INGREDIENTS
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 15 ounce tomato sauce
  • 1 pkg taco seasoning or 2 – 3 Tablespoons of homemade taco seasoning)
  • 1 – 2 cups shredded cheese (I didn’t measure)
  • 18-20 hard taco shells (I think I used 15, but I crammed them pretty full)
  • Your favorite taco toppings.
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Brown ground beef. Drain off any fat and add refried beans, tomato sauce, and seasoning.
  2. Spoon mixture into taco shells.
  3. Place filled shells into a 9×13 pan, standing up. Sprinkle with cheese.
  4. Bake at 400 for 10-12 minutes or until heated through.

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Easy Homemade Calzone Recipe

Pineapple Salsa Recipe A delicious combination of sweet and spicy

Ingredients:

  • Whole pineapple
  • 1 cup pineapple, diced
  • 1 cup peppers, diced (any combination of red, orange, yellow or green peppers)
  • 1 cup Roma tomatoes, diced
  • ⅓ cup cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ cup onion, diced
  • 2 limes
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Optional: 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced

Suggestion:

I would suggest using this salsa for these Hawaiian BBQ Walking Tacosor on top of these Easy Baked Chicken Breasts.
Author: The Gunny Sack
Serves: 2 cups

Instructions:

  1. To make the pineapple bowl, cut about ⅓ of the pineapple off, leaving the stem attached to the larger piece of the pineapple. Make a cut around the outer edge of the pineapple fruit and make cuts across the middle too. Use a metal spoon to loosen and scoop out the pineapple chunks. Pour the extra juice out of the pineapple bowl so that it is empty.
  2. Dice enough of the pineapple chunks to make one cup of diced pineapple to be used for the salsa and save the rest for another use.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together diced pineapple, diced tomatoes, diced peppers, minced onions, chopped cilantro, lime juice, salt, and pepper.
  4. Transfer the salsa to the pineapple bowl for serving.

 

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Inspiring Easy Breakfast Ideas

EASY BREAKFAST IDEAS

To all my ladies who are culinary disabled and are looking for quick and easy ways to impress your boyfriend, husband, mother, brother or sister? This your deal. And the ones who love cooking? Well, you are going to love it even more.

Here’s a quick and easy way to cook breakfast for your loved ones.

To make this heart sausage eggilicious breakfast you would need

Sausages

Eggs

Frying Pan

Oil

Match Sticks

EASY BREAKFAST IDEAS

Step 1 : Slice your sausage into half and retain the edge. Do not split it into half. Just hold it tight at the edges.

Step 2 : Stick the edges together with a matchstick

Step 3: Fry the sausages like usual

Step 4: Break the eggs into the sausages and let it fry till the time you want it and by that I do not mean you can burn it. You can either have that sunny side up effect or just mix it up in there

Take it out and serve your loved ones and be sure to capture the momentary happiness/shock/surprise in their eyes ?

Do let us know how it turned out for you!

Eyebrows 102 – Beauty Tips

Beauty Tutorial Eyebrows 102

One day I was looking in the mirror and was saddened by my eyebrows. They just weren’t looking good. They were losing their shape and just…. ugh. So I went to the MAC store with my brow concerns and asked the nearest artist for some help.

They educated me on “The Art of the Brow: Fake It ‘Til You Make It Edition.” The whole idea is to use a gel eyeliner as a base to create the underlying shape and either blend it into the hair you have or use it as a template to create brows, if you lack them. They suggest MAC’s Fluidline in Dipdown, but I found a much cheaper alternative that I used in the video. I thanked the artist like 43 times before leaving the store with all this new information.

If you want to see how to revive your brows or create new ones, check out the video below:

The Look:

Beauty Tutorial Eyebrows 102 the look

How to Get the Look:

Baby powder as a better alternative to dry shampoo..

Use baby powder as a better alternative to dry shampoo

Emergency situation! Bear Grylls style.  Imagine it …

You’re in the shower. As a modern woman, you need to shave your legs immediately for one of two reasons. Either …

1) You’re about to go on a 3rd date.

or

2) You’ve let the past 2 weeks go by without shaving your legs because you couldn’t be bothered and besides when you’re in the shower you barely have enough time to rinse the soap out of your hair before someone is yelling at you because they can’t find something they’re probably already holding. Because of this, your legs are itching. A lot. As though the hairs growing out of them are made of fibreglass insulation. Dipped in mosquito juice.

So … regardless of the reason, you need to shave your legs.

Unfortunately because you’re a busy, modern woman you didn’t remember to pick up shaving cream.

 Shaving cream

 

Now what?

You need to shave your legs BUT YOU’RE ALL OUT OF SHAVING CREAM!

You could use soap, but the truth of the matter is your very best #2 choice if you run out of shaving cream is hair conditioner.

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As proof for you,  I conducted a little experiment.

Make Hair Dye With Kool-Aid And Hair Conditioner

Make Hair Dye With Kool-Aid And Hair Conditioner

If you’re looking something to experiment with your dull hair, you’ll definitely go for this hair dye with hair conditioner and Kool-Aid.  The process was fairly easy, simply mixing a packet of grape, fruit punch, strawberry cherry Kool-Aid with some water and conditioner, and the end result is stunning and bright. Just make sure you’re prepared for that, as a non-professional hair stylist, you may not administer the color perfectly evenly, or that the final result may not be as subtle as you’d like, depending on your initial hair color. You can google the see the Kool Aid Dye Color Chart for reference. This is really worth trying, you don’t need expensive hair dyes anymore, and you can change the color again after its fading away in a few weeks. Awesome?!

 

  • 3 Kool-Aid packets (color of your choice)
  • White hair conditioner (of your choice)
  • 2 mixing bowls
  • Aluminum foil
  • Cup of hot water

How to:

  1. Heat a cup of water in the microwave or stove, slowly pour the water on Kool-Aid to desolve it.
  2. Pour the Kool-Aid mixture into a separate bowl with several healthy squirts of conditioner, blend until the mixture formed into a paste. Now your custom-colored hair-dye is ready!
  3. Part the dry hair into sections and drench each section in the dye.
  4. Finally, when the chosen section of hair is colored, wait an hour before rinsing with water. Let dry. (The longer you keep the Kool-Aid on your head, the richer the color: 15 minutes provides a subtle tint, while five hours ensures a deeper, more uniform final product.)

Here is the video tutorial: