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The Number #1 Mistake When Supplementing Your Thyroid and Trying to Balance Your Hormones

There are buckets of information out there when it comes to supplementation and living a healthy lifestyle, but all this information makes it hard to know what is “right on” or what’s “just another trend”?

When it comes to thyroid health, we have to know the in’s and out’s of what is RIGHT otherwise we really could do more harm than good.

Want to know the #1 Mistake when supplementing a thyroid? Read on, because this not-so-little mistake happens way too often.

the number 1 mistake
the number 1 mistake

The #1 Mistake When Supplementing a Thyroid and Balancing Hormones

Plain and simple, clear as day- this mistake happens all the time. Whether you’re working with a seasoned health care practitioner or if you’re supplementing on your own, most people do this one thing that actually sets their hormones back.

Most folks take products that boost the hormone, not the gland.

There are loads of products out there in pharmacies and trusted practitioner offices that work on the hormonal level. Think of products like DHEA, melatonin, progesterone, pregnenolone (and, this is just a partial list). All of these products work on the hormonal level.

This might feel good in the short term. You might get a boost of energy and feel more clear-headed for a bit, but the positives are sure to wane over time.

Why?

There are two reasons why it’s not a good idea to supplement hormones over glands.

[Reason #1] The body is L.A.Z.Y.

This is fact.

We know that when we use a crutch for our body, that area of the body tends to work less and overtime that area can even atrophy.

This law applies to any area of the body. Use a cast for too long and the muscles will atrophy. Use glasses to improve eyesight and our eyes tend to weaken. Use a cell phone to store phone numbers and it’s harder to recall even the simplest of numbers (sound familiar).

And, this premise holds true for our glands too.

If there are more hormones circulating in the blood stream, then your glands don’t have to produce as much on their own. And, because our body is lazy, if that gland doesn’t have to produce as much on it’s own, it will atrophy over time.

[Reason #2] Your Hormones Won’t Equal My Hormones

This is also fact.

In the Western world of medicine, we’d like to think that hormones are calculated and static. We’d like to think that the amount of hormone that is necessary to help one person is the exact same amount of hormone that will help another. And, it’s simply not true.

When we supplement the hormone (and not the gland), we override our hormonal individuality and skip on over to dosages.

Depending on height, weight, heritage, pregnancy status most of us will varying amounts of nearly every hormone out there. When we supplement at the hormonal level, we’re taking out hormonal individuation.

Rather than supplementing at the hormonal level, supporting the gland is the way to go in nearly every case.

Introducing Team Vibrant!

Born out of my own truth.

There was a time in my life when I struggled with a low-functioning thyroid gland.

My hormones were a mess and (in some ways), my life was even messier. I was tired, frustrated, and sick….a lot.

It wasn’t until, I until I started supporting my glands (with whole food concentrates) that my thyroid and hormones made a dramatic shift for the better.

I went from sick all the time- to being able to kick a cold or flu pretty darn easily.

I went from painful, irregular periods, to clock-work cycles.

I went from pure exhaustion, to being able to wake up with the best of ‘em.

Over the last 13 years, I have literally helped hundreds of women break free from their hormonal duldrums (and their medications), so that they can finally feel like their best selves again.

Does it happen overnight? No. Way.

But with the right support systems, a bit of patience, and whole food nutrients that support the glands- anyone can shift their hormonal story. That’s why I created Team Vibrant.

Want to know what I recommend?

Here’s the bottom line.

I would love to tell anyone and everyone what nutrients to take to support their thyroid and help balance their hormones. But I know, to make this kind of lasting change in a person’s endocrine system that it takes consistency, understanding and commitment. And, from my end of things, I take a whole lot of responsibility.

There can be some ups and downs on the way to big success. You need to know what you’re taking and why; and I need to hold your hand and guide you.

A blog post listing formulas just isn’t going to hack it and get you the results you deserve. We can’t create big hormonal change on a whim.

Team Vibrant is a select, private membership community for those of you who want to learn the step-by-step plan and take the nutrients that truly support your thyroid gland and balance your hormones, so that you can live your best life again.

Aaand… I’m giving some big perks to those of you who are ready to join the team. (Click here to find out more.)

In Team Vibrant, I give you my all. The step-by-step plan that has worked for literally hundreds of women, just like you. I’m talking about women who have come to me because they’re struggling with their energy and their hair is falling out. They’re moody and their cycles are erratic. Some are swollen and bloated and others can’t sleep a lick- or can’t manage to wake up. Most have low sex drives and are limping along, sort-of getting through the day, bummed about their weight and those last few pounds that they can't seem to shake.

And, these women have turned it around using solid guidance and whole food concentrates.

Nope, I’m not a miracle worker- but I do understand one thing that is hard to find with any practitioner: You have to support the glands if you really want good hormonal communication in your body. It is the only way that’ll give your body lasting support and significant change. Anything else is simply guess work.

Here’s to hormonal freedom…now, let’s get going!

~ Kristin

Go Ahead: Eat Your Brassica's

Why cruciferous veggies should be included in a hypothyroid diet.

Brassica’s [informerly known as cruciferous vegetables: as in the likes of cabbage, broccoli, Brussel sprouts and more] are often admonished in the hypothyroid community.

First, comes the hypothyroid diagnosis.

Second, comes the list of veggies (mostly of the cruciferous type) to avoid.

Why?

Because Brassica’s are known to be high in naturally-occurring goitrogens and are often encouraged to be avoided.

In this post, I’m going to tell you why it’s important for you [even if you’re hypothyroid] to include Brassica’s in your food choices and why you might even want to eat lot’s of ‘em.

brussel sprouts pic
brussel sprouts pic

First, What the hay are Goitrogens?

Goitrogens are known to be substances that suppress the function of the thyroid gland by getting in the way of iodine uptake. Eventually, this suppression can be so great that it can cause swelling around the thyroid (also known as a goiter).

Your thyroid gland needs iodine to be able to make it’s thyroid hormones {T3,T4 and calcitonin}. Decreased iodine absorption equals less thyroid hormone.

Now, goitrogenic substances are most often found in drugs and chemicals, but they can also be found in food.

Here’s a partial list of some foods that contain goitrogenic compounds:

Soybeans, pine nuts, peanuts, flax seed, millet, strawberries, pears, peaches, spinach, sweet potatoes, bok choy, broccoli , Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, horseradish, kale, kohlrabi, mustard greens, radishes, turnips.

It’s a long list of foods {mostly of the Brassica type} and it doesn’t even cover the gamut. Nixing out all these foods seems like a shame. After all, most of ‘em are vegetables that we’re talking about.

Unfortunately, most practitioners forget to tell mention that lightly steaming or cooking brassica’s is enough to neutralize goitrogenic compounds. Cooking is all you need to do so that you can have your brassica’s and eat ‘em too.

Second, what’s so great about Brassica’s

Ounce for ounce, brassica’s are some of the most loaded veggies out there. They’re loaded with conventional nutrients like vitamins A, C and K, as well as folic acid and fiber. Brassica’s even have a significant amount of protein as well as omega 3 fatty acids. For a full brassica nutrient profile: click here.

Brassica’s are helpful for hypothyroid women for 3 reasons:

1. Crazy high in Fiber: Brassica’s are known to be unusually high in fiber. All this fiber helps with digestion and elimination. This is critical for hypothyroid women as we generally tend towards slow digestion which can build a higher toxic load in our system. Keeping our systems flowin’ with high fiber foods works in our favor.

2. Detoxify the Liver: Brassica’s are known to be potent detoxifiers for the liver. See #1. Because our digestion and absorption is a little on the slow side, detoxifiers become significant. Anything that can lower the toxic load on our system is going to help in the long run. Keeping the liver free and clear, will help our liver be the smooth hormonal regulator that it wants to be.

3. Anti-inflammatory: There is loads of research out there on Brassica’s and their amazing anti-inflammatory capabilities. Researchers are not sure why {maybe because Brassica’s are high in vitamin K or because they tend to be blood sugar stabilizers}, but paper after paper confirms that these veggies reduce inflammation and thereby help nearly every dis-ease in the human body- including a low-functioning thyroid.

Third, My Favorite Brassica Recipe

I love brassica’s in all shapes and sizes, but I will admit- Brussel sprouts have a fond place in my heart. I’ll cook ‘em up any which way and my kiddos are right there chomping at the bit. Sometimes I sauté them in butter, often I’ll cook ‘em in bacon grease, and every now and then I’ll roast ‘em in the oven.

Make Sure to Pass the Brassica's

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Here's to healthy hormones and brassica's for all!

~ Kristin

Your Thyroid and Food Allergies:

What's the Connection and What You Can Do About It

When a new client comes into my office and they know that they’re hypothyroid, the next thing that usually comes out is this:

“My digestion is awful and I feel like I’m sensitive to everything!"

Low Thyroid and Food Allergies

There’s one piece that goes along with hypothyroid that none of us can avoid.

Low thyroid = lower levels of hydrochloric acid.

It’s just part of the definition of having decreased metabolic function from the general (aka….your thyroid).

Hydrochloric acid is that invaluable acid that is made in your stomach. It helps with the initial breakdown of food in your stomach {as a side note: hydrochloric acid also protects us against bad bacteria, so there is a relationship to our immune system as well.}

When you’re low in hydrochloric acid then you’re likely to have a sensitive tummy because you just can’t break down your food with a whole lotta ease.

your Thyroid and food allergies
your Thyroid and food allergies

Slow Transit Time

Slow transit time is inevitable when our HCL levels dip. Food tends to sit in our tummy for a longer period of time and is not broken down efficiently.

When this happens, two looming digestive issues lurk (and create the perfect condition for food allergies to pop.)

1. Relux: Yep…..that burning feeling that can happen when you’ve eaten too much or if you’ve eaten the wrong food. It is well-documented that reflux tends to happen when there’s not enough hydrochloric acid in your stomach.

Now, hear me through on this one. In the Western world, we’re petrified of acid when there’s that burnin’ feeling. BUT- If your HCL acid levels are too low, food sits in your stomach too long and ferments (sort of like old trash.)

This fermentation process creates an acid that bubbles up and creates pressure. When we test for acid in the digestive tract- we can not distinguish whether that acid is from fermentation or from excessive levels of hydrochloric acid.

In the case of low functioning thyroid (and women with hormonal issues), it’s often due to low levels of HCL and poor transit time creating a fermented acid.

2. Leaky gut: When there a tiny holes in the small intestinal wall, larger food particles can pass directly into the blood stream. Over time this situation (known as leaky gut) can lead to food allergies, inflammation, and poor digestion. Often, it is started by the simple fact that food is not broken down well enough due to low levels of hydrochloric acid.

Reflux and leaky gut are no fun in and of themselves, and they create the perfect environment for a food allergy to start because they put a significant strain on the digestive tract. And, it all begins with low hydrochloric acid.

Why Removing the Food Isn’t Enough

When we’ve got a hunch that we have a food allergy, must of us want to get rid of the item and stay off of it {maybe even forever.}

It’s a smart reaction, and it’s a reasonable reaction to some extent. Aaaaand…….we can do better.

Removing the offending food helps {because we’re taking out the problematic food}, but if we don’t address the underlying digestive issue- low stomach acid, then our body is going to create the same reaction to another food. Suddenly, we’ll have a long list of allergies. Sound familiar?

Sure sounds familiar to me. I was in this same situation not so long ago, until I found out about the low thyroid- slow transit time connection. And, here’s how I improved my digestion over time.

Kristin’s Top Tips to Improve Transit Time

1. Take hydrochloric acid. Get a simple hydrochloric acid supplement at your local health food store. Taking this with meals will help improve your transit time, take a load off your digestive stress, and will kiss acid reflux goodbye.

2. Warm Apple Cider Vinegar first thing in the am before eating. Apple cider vinegar is one of the easiest and most affordable remedies out there. The malic acid in ACV helps to improve stomach acidity over the course of time. It’s not a quick fix, but every little bit helps.

3. Use Gelatin. Gelatin is a collagen builder. Now, truth be told, it will not improve transit time, but it does improve digestion. Gelatin is essentially collagen in a can and will help those tiny little holes in the intestinal wall- that we call Leaky Gut- heal. Here’s my favorite way to drink it (yep….I drink one of these a day.)

4. Chew Your Food Well. Believe it or not, chewing your food well does improve transit time! Increasing the surface area of anything will help it digest better. Take your time and chew well.

Now, It’s Your Turn (...pass it on!)

I love passing on my quick tips to help you support your hormonal health and get more out of life. If you’ve got a close friend that you know would benefit from this post, pass it on OR share it with the whole gang by clicking your favorite social share button at the bottom of the page. I sooooo appreciate it.

Here’s to happy tummies and digestive freedom!

~ Kristin

My Go-To Sleep Trick to bring on More Zzzzzzz’s

Ahhhhhh sleep…….

For so many of us with low-functioning thyroids,

we have a bit of a love::hate relationship with sleep.

Either, we sleep so hard that it’s impossible to drag ourselves out of bed.

OR

Sleep evades us. We have a hard time falling asleep, it’s challenging to stay asleep

and all we really want is a good night’s sleep.

And it all seems to get a bit more aggravated as we age.

Toss in the stress of work, a couple of kids, mis-communication with a partner and

you’ve got a sleep quagmire. (Can you relate?) 

get more zzzzz's
get more zzzzz's

Benefits of Sleep for Thyroid Types

The benefits of sleep have been touted for a looooong time.

Sleep is known to:

• Boost the immune system to stave off colds and flus

• Better weight control

• Help with memory and learning

• Improve mood

But there is one thyroid factoid that is particularly important when we’re talking

about sleep and how it affects your hormones.

Here’s What YOU Need to Know...

Your endocrine system gives your body a certain rhythm. It helps us to ramp up

during the day and it also helps us to calm down in the evening. Just like the tides of the ocean,

our hormone levels have the tendency to rise and fall throughout a day’s cycle.

Most people don’t know that our TSH (the hormone your pituitary releases to stimulate your thyroid)

is no exception. Your pituitary releases TSH in spurts.

Even though we’ve come to know (and love/trust) TSH values, they are not static throughout the day.

In fact, TSH output tends to be highest at night! Dr Philip Young- author of Thyroid: Guardian of Health- notes that

many hypothyroid patients actually will test hyperthyroid in the evening hours.

Bottom line: A good night’s sleep will help your body’s natural rhythm and improve thyroid function over time.

So……What To do?

Even with all the pre-sleep rituals, quality zzzzz’s can evade us. Every now and then, in the middle of the night

we find ourselves staring at the clock like it’s our worst enemy- just counting down the hours

until we need to be up and at ‘em.

If you find yourself tossing and turning, here’s my two-step formula to lull yourself back to sleep.

1. Relax:Waking up in the middle of the night is one of the easiest ways to trigger panic.

Suddenly, all sorts of debilitating thoughts creep in. Most sound like this:

Oh my gosh, I’m going to be sooo tired tomorrow.

I’ve got so much to do, I can’t believe this is happening or

I have got to get back to sleep…..

and then those thoughts roll over and over onto each other as if we can’t press the stop button.

Sometimes the anxiety of not sleeping just makes matters worse. Step 1 of the two-part formula is to

take a breath and re-wire your thoughts. Rather than go into panic mode, fall into acceptance.

Instead of going off on the stress, blame, get mad at yourself-for-something-you-really-can’t-control train,

shift your thoughts to something like this:

OK I’m awake. I trust my body and I trust that I am getting the perfect

amount of sleep for me. Then, go into this simple meditation practice.

2. The Practice:Clasp your hands behind your head. Close your eyes and soften your brow.

Just breathe. Rotate your head to the left, keeping your eyes closed and soft.

Gently hold this rotation for 3-5 minutes (sometimes I even doze off here).

No need to time it, just hold the rotation. When you feel ready, go ahead and slowlyrotate

your head to center, pause for a moment and then rotate your head to the right.

I’ve used this quick little practice time and time again with no-fail. Rotating the head in this way

calms the nervous system and relaxes the mind. Eventually, it will eventually bring you into a peaceful slumber.

Share the Zzzzz’s

This past year- I realized that I just can’t do it alone. I put social media on hold so that

I can focus 100% on my true-blue followers [the peeps who have signed-up here to be part of my on-line tribe].

Soooooo, if you found this post helpful, interesting or even inspiring, please take a minute

and share it with your friends by clicking on the links below. Sharing is one of the best ways that

we can spread the zzzzzz’s and keep the tribe going and growing. Thank YOU!

Sending you peaceful nights and sweet dreams!

~ Kristin

How do you want 2015 to feel?

It’s that time of year {…already?} when everyone is coming up with their yearly resolutions.

I loooooove a good resolution.

Not the kind where you’re supposed to lose 15 pounds or go on a strict diet,

or even the kind where you start working out for the next 364 days of the year.

I heart the kind of resolutions that address how I want to feel.

new year 2015
new year 2015

Can it be that simple?

OK folks, Let’s get honest.

When you’ve got a low-functioning thyroid or your hormones are as unpredictable as a

roller coaster then you know that you just don’t have the energy to put into a major New Year overhaul.

Reality is, we’re kinda maxed out as it is.

But don’t fret. Rather than put your attention on what you want to do this next year,

put a little bit of thought into how you want to feel.

Do you want to feel adventurous?

How about in tune or in charge?

Do you want to feel in love? Or connected?

When you focus on feelings, the “to-do’s” fall right into place.

Here’s what happened for me {and my surprising Aha moment}

Ever since I started Danielle La Porte’s Desire Map- I’ve focused a lot less on doing and a lot more on feeling.

This year, my hubby and I sat down by the fire {like we do every year}, got out the paper and started

our New Year’s process. By the end, I nailed down my 2015 feeling.

I aim to feel free.

{Spoiler alert: what happens next is the real eye opener so keep reading.}

Once you nail the feeling, then all you do is have fun brainstorming the actions.

What actions will bring you closer to your feeling?

If you’re like me, and you want to feel free then go ahead and make a list

of everything that brings on that free feeling for you.

Maybe hiking helps you feel free. Maybe wearing lipstick, or leaving work a bit early on Fridays,

or planning spontaneous dates with your girlfriends helps you feel free.

Maybe trying new foods or travelling brings the free feeling home.

Don’t worry about editing yourself here. Just keep writing down activities/behaviors

that bring you closer to your New Years feeling.

As I was writing and conjuring up freedom feelings, one activity kept coming back

to the top of my list. It was time for me to start clearing out. As in, get rid of stuff, clean out the cobwebs,

donate, trash, purge, whatever you want to call it. Cleaning out was my quickest path to freedom.

What…Sounds boring right?

I would have taken before and after’s, but that would be wayyyyy too embarrassing.

Like most low thyroid types, I too can get a little obsessive.

So, with a whole lotta support and a kick in the rear from my friend- Tamara Star and

her 40 Day Personal Reboot program, I started purging like a mad woman. Seriously, no corner went untouched.

[If you’re ready to clear out the cobwebs and start fresh, I highly recommend Tamara’s Reboot Program.

You can find all the deets right here. She’ll give you all the how’s, why’s and when’s to make it happen.

From Day 1 she kicked my rear in gear and boy, am I glad that I listened.]

Once the stuff started hitting the appropriate box [donate, gift or sell]-

I started feeling free! Lighter, more energy, yep….the whole deal felt free.

This is major when you struggle with hormonal swings and low energy. Having my space clear has literally

made it easier to move around in my world. My head is thinking clear, my memory is better,

and I’m telling you…I’ve got more mojo. Now that’s a Reboot (Tamara style;)).

How Can The 10 Day Sugar Free Challenge Help?

By the time New Years rolls around, nearly everyone is ready to hop on a new diet,

try another exercise program or lose 10 pounds in a snap.

And while those intentions are well and good, our intentions have a hard time sticking unless we can

feel into our bodies. You see, our bodies are great communicators {to read more about how your body talks click here}.

Yes, in the 10 Day Challenge we cut out the sweet stuff for a few days so that we can finally feel

how we’re relying on food to medicate, soothe and get through the day. There’s no pressure to

stay off sugar forever, there’s just a whole lot of tools from recipes to techniques (and one stellar Facebook community)

to get you to feel your body again.

Are YOU Ready to Take the Challenge?

Do you want to feel like this:

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Or like this?

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Come on over, and join the Challenge. It's amazing what we can do when we clear out the junk

and connect with a community of people who all want the same goals~ to heal themselves with the

power of their plate.

Don't miss out. Get all the deets and the dates right here.

Here’s to a new year and starting fresh!

~ Kristin

PS. As always~ share this little number (with the share button of your choice) with a friend or a special loved one

because challenges are always way more fun when we do them together. XO

Holiday Survival Guide

There’s nothing like the Holiday season to give good cheer, warm receptions and a whole lotta stress.

For women with a low-functioning thyroid this time of year can be particularly tricky.

Between colder temps and erratic schedules the holidays can put a damper on the thyroid

and leave us feeling a bit wiped out and exceedingly exhausted.

The thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped gland found just below the Adam’s apple.

Just like a butterfly- it’s a sensitive one. The thyroid is sensitive to both internal and external stresses.

And, hypothyroid ladies tend be delicate ones- sensitive to the changes of the season, 

to different foods and to over-doing.

Here’s 6 tips to get your through the holidays and well into the New Year:

1. Eat Breakfast (and make it warm): Balance your blood sugar and heat up your bod

in one fell swoop by eating a warm breakfast. If you want to maintain your sanity throughout the day,

then start it right. Breakfast is a hormonal must and for those of us with a

low-functioning thyroid having a warm one is just the ticket.

During the cold months of the year, cut your thyroid slack by having your breakfast heat

boost your internal temp. Think outside the box and go for warm quinoa porridge,

simple scrambled eggs, or some warm chicken soup to get you going in the morning.

2. Schedule “ME” Time: It’s impossible to stay sane without getting yourself on the “To-Do” list.

Low thyroid folks tend to be caretakers and err on the side of overdoing. While it feels oh-so-good to tend to

someone else’s needs, it is absolutely necessary to take care of yourself.

Give yourself some TLC by scheduling it in. Whether it’s a hot bath or a crisp walk, get yourself on the list.

3. Perfect Schmerfect: The holiday’s can often bring out the worst of the worst

when it comes to self-judgment, doubt and and perfectionism. It’s hard for the body to glow

when the mind is chattering nasty words every time you catch your reflection. From the perfect dress,

to the perfect hair, to the perfect weight, all the perfectness can add up to impossible. And the feeling

of “not being good enough” is a downer for you, your hormones, and your health.

Give yourself a break and see what happens when you drop perfectionism

and replace it with kind thoughts.Find one thing that you love about yourself and highlight it.

See if you can go from “Do I really look like that?” to “Girl….I love your smile!”. Believe me, that little switch

will do your attitude and your mojo a big favor.

4. Check in Early: Sleep is key during the holiday season. OK, you might not get a lot of it on

a social night, but make sure that you check in early on the other nights during the week.

The darker months are tough on a low-functioning thyroid for two reasons: it’s cold and there’s not as much sunshine.

Getting good rest will help one other important gland in your endocrine system: your adrenals.

Strong adrenals pave the way for a healthier thyroid.

5. Get Good with saying “NO”: The thyroid is located right, smack dab in the middle

of your throat. Being able to “speak your truth” is vital for a healthy, functioning thyroid. It’s so easy for us

low-thyroid types to go into overwhelm and overload.Sometimes we just go along with what everyone else wants

because it’s easy. Saying “No” to what you don’t want is a big deal for thyroid types. But here’s the real trick.

When you say “No” to what you don’t want, you’re really saying “YES” to what serves you. Give yourself permission

and maybe even a little practice and go for the “N-O” when you mean it.

6. Connect with People (and enjoy the food): Party food and desserts are like the big

“elephant in the room” for low thyroid types. We tend to pack weight on or have reactions to food by looking

at a piece of cake. Parties are meant to bring people together to have fun and celebrate.

Make the party about the people and let the food be the icing of the event.

When it comes to dessert time there are some ways to keep it all in check. First, tune into your body

and let yourself enjoy dessert if you really want it. Note: at some events you might feel like skipping the sweets

and at others you might want to have some. Be in the moment and be true to yourself.

When you do choose the dessert, take your time to fully enjoy it. Taste the flavors and the sweetness-

let it roll in your mouth and make an impression. ENJOY it- rather than hide in deprivation or feel like

you’re sneaking something. There’s no need to beat yourself up for having something that feels

pleasurable in the moment. Less Guilt equals more freedom. More freedom is less stressful.

Less stress helps your hormones every single time.

Tips are Even Better when Shared

If any of these tips hit the “a-ha” meter for you, then make sure to pass ‘em along by using your

favorite social share buttons at the bottom of the post. And, if you’ve got a holiday tip to try,

make sure to leave a comment. I love hearing from you.

Here’s to spreading the cheer and let the Holiday season roll!

~ Kristin

Your Thyroid and Your Immune System: {plus, FIVE tricks to get you through cold and flu season}

This time of year is a challenging on the thyroid. Oh, yes it is.

Nothing like flip-flopping temperatures to put a big, strain on your thyroid and put a damper on your immune system.

sniffle free
sniffle free

Tidbits About Your Thyroid [that you might not know]

Your thyroid is that sweet, butterfly shaped gland just below your Adam’s apple.

It’s got four lobes that mirror each other and it’s extremely sensitive to internal and external stressors.

To keep it simple, you can think of your thyroid as a control tower of sorts,

constantly adjusting and reacting to different input.

Internally, your thyroid is sensitive to stress that comes from within us.

It reacts to things like amount of sleep, thought patterns, nutritional status, and infections.

Externally, your thyroid will be affected by factors outside of us.

Environmental toxins, relationship stress, even parental stress can be a contributing factor.

Fall’s fluctuating temps challenge your thyroid and can be a just one more reason why up-and-down weather brings on nasty bugs.

Your Thyroid and Your Immune System

There’s a lot of talk about your thyroid being important for immunity, but do you know why?

1. It’s all about calcium.

Now I’m guessing that this might be a new consideration for a lot of folks.

When there’s talk about boosting the immune system, most people give a big shout out to remedies like Echinacea or zinc. And while there’s nothing wrong with those immune builders, they’re not the “King Pin.”

Calcium (and how it’s transported in the body) is the real deal.

Calcium- the most abundant mineral in your bod- tags germs so that your immune system knows what to attack.

In fact, tissue calcium saturation is the sole determining factor whether an acutely ill person will get better. Poor calcium levels equals poor prognosis. Here’s the study so you can take a look.

Your thyroid and parathyroid are big players in calcium metabolism and regulation. If they’re not functioning up to par, then you’ll have a harder time metabolizing calcium, and your immune system will have a harder time tagging germs.

Improve your calcium metabolism, and you’ll ace cold and flu season.

2. Your blood circulates through your thyroid every 7 minutes.

In Folk Medicine, DC. Jarvis writes about the connection between your thyroid, iodine and immunity.

He notes that all the blood in your body circulates through your thyroid every 7 minutes.

Your thyroid is soaking up iodine so that it can make hormones, and it also uses iodine as a handy antiseptic “wash”.

The iodine in your thyroid literally sterilizes your blood.

Boost your iodine status and you’ll be more likely to fend off any old bug.

What Can You Do About It?

Taking a little bit of time and effort during the fall to support your thyroid is so worth it.

I like to say, “less sneezing is more pleasing.” Here’s what YOU can do:

1. Get more rest: Nothing helps your thyroid more than rest.

I wrote about the thyroid-adrenal connection in my most popular post yet.

Click here and check out the ONE habit can help your hormones for good (and put it into action).

2. Eat your sea veggies: Iodine is 100% essential for your thyroid to be able to make

hormones (T3, T4, and calcitonin). Boost your “antiseptic” status by loading up on sea veggies.

Sprinkle a “sea veggie shake” like gomasio over eggs, soup or salad. Or, go for the gusto with this simple seaweed salad.

3. Dress for the season {not for the weather}: It can be tricky dressing for fall.

Mornings are chilly, afternoons are hot and all too often you can get caught in a brief sprinkle of rain.

Layer up and make sure that you’re dressing for the season and not for the weather. A light scarf around

your neck will help take a chill off your thyroid and keep your body temps more stable.

4. Consider taking calcium. It’s not called the “King Pin” for nothing, and not all forms of calcium are made the same.

Bottom line: Calcium lactate (made from beets) takes only 1 biochemical step to be usable for your body.

~ Kristin

Carbonates take a dozen steps. Ditch the carbonate, reach for calcium lactate, and you’ll be good to go.

5. Drink garlic tea: When worse comes to worse and you feel like you’re coming

down with something, garlic tea is your go-to remedy. It works like a charm- Every. Single. Time.

Just add a couple of cloves of chopped garlic to your favorite tea and sip on it throughout the day.

Sharing is Caring

Let’s face it, no one likes being sick. So, make sure to take a second and click on the social share buttons to the bottom left.

Your support is so important to me and I bet your friends will thank you for helping them go bug-free this season.

Aaand...I'd love to hear some of your favorite cold and flu remedies in the comments section. What do you go tucked up your sleeve?

Now, let’s get out there and be in the magic of this season (without all the sniffles and sneezes).

Wishing you a Kleenex-free Fall~

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How to Test Your Thyroid: 3 Easy Ways

Self-testing is an easy and inexpensive way to get more clues about your thyroid.
Self-testing is an easy and inexpensive way to get more clues about your thyroid.

Wouldn’t it be handy to be able to monitor your thyroid from the comfort of your home?

Inexpensive and convenient, self-tests are not necessarily accepted diagnostic material,

but they do give you some solid information.

Once you get familiar with a few of the self-testing options, you can start to track your thyroid over time.

And getting into a routine of self-testing helps you develop a closer relationship with your body.

My three favorite home thyroid tests are:

1. Feeling your thyroid 2. Basal body temperature 3. Iodine patch test

These tests are pretty darn straightforward. You can start with just one,

or play around with a few. Best of all, bringing notes on what you learn to your next office visit

will help your primary health care provider do a better job.

Feeling Your Thyroid- This is the most intuitive test, giving you the opportunity to learn where

your thyroid rests in your body, and how it feels. A swollen thyroid often indicates

that the thyroid is under functioning.

Your thyroid is located in the neck just below your Adam’s apple. The lobes of the thyroid fall on either side of your trachea.

1. Stand in front of a mirror so that you can see your neck and thyroid. Make sure to remove any scarves or necklaces.

2. Lift your chin a bit to stretch your neck.

3. Using your dominant hand, run your fingers down the front and side of your neck, being careful to note any swelling or bumps.

4. If you do feel bumps or a swelling near your thyroid, it’s a good idea to follow through with more tests.

Temperature tests

Your thyroid is in charge of your metabolism. If your body temperature is too high or

too low, that can be a sign that your thyroid isn’t functioning well.

To do this test accurately, visit the drugstore and buy a basal thermometer. It should

be able to read your temperature to the 10th of a degree; i.e., 97.4.

You can take your temperature orally or under your armpit.

1. Keep your thermometer by your bed. Your temperature needs to be taken upon waking before you get out of bed, eat, drink or go to the bathroom.

2. When you wake up in the morning, put your thermometer deep in your armpit. Hold it there for up to 10 minutes. Record your temperature. If you’re taking your temperature orally, do so for 5 minutes. Then subtract ½ a degree from your result. This will account for the difference between your oral temperature and your body temperature. The normal underarm temperature averages 97.8–98.2 degrees F.

3. You’ll want to repeat this test for at least four days to get an average. If your average temperature is below 97.4 degrees, consider more testing,.

4. Menstruating women should test their body temperature starting on Day 2 or 3, to account for increased temperatures that come during the second phase of your cycle.

Iodine patch test

Although this test does not directly test thyroid function, it does give an indication

on iodine levels. Iodine is a critical mineral for your thyroid. Your thyroid uses iodine to

make its own hormones, T3 and T4. If your thyroid isn’t able to T3 and T4, you’ll most likely experience low thyroid symptoms.

1. Get a bottle of 2% iodine tincture at the drugstore.

2. Using a Q-tip, paint a 2-inch square on the inside of your forearm, just below the elbow. The skin here is fairly absorptive, while the skin on the back of your arm is more protective.

3. Let the patch dry. Do not shower, bathe or swim until the patch fades.

4. If the iodine patch fades away in less than 10–12 hours, it indicates that your body needs more iodine.

Now I’m curious, and I’d love to hear from you. Have you ever tried any of these self-tests at home? 

If so, let us know how self-tests helped you navigate your thyroid health.

~ Kristin

It's Liver time!

Spring is here! Can you feel it? I love the change of seasons. It brings a sense of renewal, wonder and anticipation. And right now, I am so looking forward to opening spring windows, smelling spring flowers and soaking up the sunshine.

In Chinese Medicine, spring is all about your liver. Your liver is a big, old workhorse for your body. It’s got over 500 functions- from regulating hormones to filtering blood. It’s a mover and a shaker, and when your liver is not functioning at it’s best it can get really bogged down.

Sometimes, your liver is known to “stagnate”.

Stagnate? Yuck!

How is your liver feeling this spring?
How is your liver feeling this spring?

When your liver “stagnates” it means that it gets stuck, it’s sluggish, it’s having a hard time getting it’s job done.

When your liver gets clogged up it can really feel like a quagmire- physically and emotionally. When it comes to hormones, if your liver is moving on the slow side, then you’re going to have a heap troubles like erratic temperatures, sore breasts, painful periods and sleepless nights.

Because your liver is in charge of so many functions, a lot can go haywire when it’s not at it’s best. Aside from the physical complications, your liver can have a pretty hefty hand in your emotions too. A stagnant liver can make a gal moody or cranky.

So, if you’re feeling yourself a little on edge, or you just want a little more spring in your step, then it might be time to put a little lovin’s into your liver. Here are my top three tips to get your liver moving again.

1. Just a squeeze of lemon in your water will get your liver groovin’. That bitter/sour taste of lemon can help kick your liver into action. Lemon is known to detoxify your body and wake up your system. You don’t need loads. Just a little squeeze in your water will freshen things up and give your liver a little perk.

2. Rub the tops of your feet. The liver meridian begins near the end of your big toe and goes up the top of your foot. There’s a few other meridians that are there too, but often tightness on the top of your feet will relate to your liver.

If your liver is stuck or bogged down, expect the top of your feet to be tight. If your liver is free and clear, then I bet your feet will feel pretty good too. Take a couple of minutes to rub the top of your feet. Working out any soreness will help stimulate your lymph and get your liver cranking.

3. Take a hike. There is nothing like fresh air and a brisk walk to help your liver out. Remember, your liver is like a general. It’s coordinating and telling all the other organs what to do. Gentle movement tends to help your liver get it’s message out.

In Chinese medicine, we say that movement helps to soothe your liver. Exercise can clear your head and help work out your emotions. But, be careful with this one. A gentle walk is far kinder to your liver, than an all out exercise catharsis.

With these three tips and a little bit of sunshine, your Spring is sure to be sweet. See you out there!

~ Kristin

What burner are you on?

What burner are you on? I have a love-hate relationship with this question.

Being a momma of a newly 8 year old and a soon to be 4 year old, I will admit I often find myself on the back burner. Let’s face it. There’s a bit of a shift when you birth beings into this world. You kinda have to take the back seat for a little bit, don’t you?

Yes…and no.

Yes, our kids, our partners and our families are going to be a priority for all of us. It’s natural to be on the backburner when you’ve got kids and a household to manage. But, when the scales tip too far or for too long, the imbalance can have an effect on everyone’s health and happiness.

And no, being on the front burner all the time isn’t where it’s at either. Ever been around someone who only cares for them? It gets a little old after awhile.

The key is balance.

We all struggle with this from time to time. But the key to keeping it sane amidst all of the action is really in finding the middle road. The place where you’re feeling satisfied and you’re able to dole out some TLC.

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Here are my 5 quick tips for finding the middle burner:

1. Schedule “ME” time Yep, you got it. Whip out your week’s calendar and make a date for yourself. Block off a little time for a quick walk, a gentle bath, or a date with your best friend. Do something once a week just for you.

2. Practice saying no Everyone’s life gets wonky from time to time. Saying “no” is a true art form. You don’t need to be ugly or aggressive. Just be honest. The best part about saying no to something is that you’re really saying yes to what you really need. When saying no gets hard for me (because it can), I focus more of my energy on what I’m really saying yes to.

3. Turn off the technology Technology can soak up all sorts of time. If you feel like you don’t have enough time in a week to grant yourself some “ME” time, then try and cut back on your screen time. Those minutes add up pretty darn quick and soon you’ll find yourself getting back to a few things that you really love.

4. Make lists, (and realize that you don’t have to complete ‘em!) Lists seriously up my productivity, but they can also make me a little anxious. There’s nothing like looking at a piece of paper with a whole lot of to-do’s to get my heart racing. So now I make lists, but I’m totally ok with not finishing them. My lists just roll from one week to the next and I don’t have any expectations as to when my to-do’s need to be done.

5. Plan only 40% of your time. If you’re feeling over scheduled and over committed, think long and hard on this one. There really is no need to jam-pack your day. Believe me, the time is going to get filled one way or another. Might as well have a little “cushion” for some spontaneity or even a little solitude. You’ll feel better by the end of your day, and more relaxed by your weekend.

Tell me, how do you get back on track? When things are getting all loopy and crazy, and you can tell you’re giving a whole lot more than receiving, how do you find the middle road? Leave a comment here. You never know who you might inspire.

~ Kristin

How's Your Rebound Factor?

The other day a colleague of mine asked me, “How are your clients holding up through this cold and flu season?” It took me a minute as I went through my mental file (yes, I have this uncanny way of recording my clients in my mind), and I said “You know, we’ve made it through pretty darn good so far.”

Sure a few of my clients have caught a cold here or there, but I couldn’t think of anyone who had a knock-down, drag-out flu. You know, the kind of flu that I’m talking about. The kind where you’re sick for weeks on end and you just can’t kick it.

Yep, my clients' have built up their “rebound factor”.

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Good health isn’t about not getting sick. We’re all going to fall under the weather from time to time. Good health is about your “rebound factor”. It’s when you get sick, but your body is able to bounce back. Colds don’t last as long, they’re not as intense and they certainly don’t come back to haunt you once you’ve finally made it through the woods.

Now, I bet you’re wondering, “What does the rebound factor have to do with hormones?”

One of those hidden little signs of a poor functioning thyroid is your immune system. People with dysfunctional thyroids tend to get sick and stay sick. It can be a serious drag in more ways than one.

You see, all the blood in your body passes through your thyroid every 7 minutes. A super, happy, high-functioning thyroid is able to make use of one potent mineral: iodine. [For those of you who may not know, iodine is a natural antiseptic. Western doctors still use it as a prep agent for most surgeries.]

So here’s how it goes. With all the blood circulating through the thyroid gland every 7 minutes, your body is able to spritz a little antiseptic spray on any bugs, germs, or yucky stuff that may be already trapped in your blood. And iodine is known to kill that stuff on the spot.

Admittedly, there are more ways than one to get a microbe in your system. Often airborne pathogens sneak right in. This is why even those of us in the fittest of conditions will still “go under”. But, rarely do these illnesses just stay locked in your respiratory system.

When an illness goes deeper and starts to affect more of your body, this is when a healthy thyroid makes all the difference in the world. A healthy thyroid will sling that iodine around like it’s no one’s business. It will actually clean and sanitize your blood. But, a sluggish thyroid just can’t mobilize iodine efficiently enough to knock the bug out.

Ever since I started supporting my client’s hormones, this “rebound factor” has gone through the roof. Yes, the people that see me get sick from time to time. But, rarely do they stay sick.

So, now it’s time to take a moment and a deep breath. Every now and again it’s helpful to do a little check-in with yourself. When’s the last time that you got run down and wiped out? Were you in the “really sick” category or were you able to “beat” it? How would you rate your rebound factor?

There’s no need to stay sick and tired. No way, there’s just way too much life out there waiting for us. If you're feeling like your "rebound" needs a "reboot", then it just might be your time to make the leap and say “bye bye” to your hormonal blues.

As always, I want to know. Is your "rebound factor" a boon or a bust? Leave a comment and tell me, how have you bumped up your "rebound factor"?

~ Kristin

How do you want your 2014 to feel?

It’s that time of year again when everyone is coming up with their yearly resolutions. You know the drill, the lists of I should do this and I shouldn’t do that. And when it comes time to assess what we want to do for our health, the resolutions get down right self-deprecating, don’t they?

This past year I’ve treated myself to The Desire Map process with Danielle Laporte. Her work emphasizes feelings over doing. Sounds a little crazy doesn’t it? But I think she’s onto something. Most of us are running through our lives, just doing one thing after another and rarely are we even taking the time to enjoy what we’re doing.

Resolutions start to look just like this.

I’m going to start doing (such and such). Or I’m going to stop doing (fill in the blank).

In honor of Ms. Laporte, Jim and I sat down this past weekend and started our own little list of feelings. We dreamed about our business, our kids, and our home all in relation to how we want them to feel. Golly, it was a creative process. And by the end of the evening, both Jim and I were feeling really close and super connected. Priceless if you ask me.

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For 2014, I’m shooting for connection. For me, feeling connected hit almost every single one of my categories. I’m going for it this year. Connection is almost stamped into my being at this point and I am holding this feeling high for 2014.

How does it feel? I'm already reaping the benefits of connection. Just by having this feeling in the back of my mind, I can tell I’m responding a little softer and gentler to the people closest to me. Believe me, I have a long way to go- but reaching for connection- seems to be my ticket right now. I wonder what all will come to me in honor of this feeling. It’s too soon to tell, but I bet it’s gonna feel good.

Now it’s your turn, I wonder what feeling are you turned on by? Do you want more fun in your life, more sexy in your relationship? Or are you looking for calm? Tell me in the comment section, I’d love to hear from you.

So here it is 2014. Ripe with all sorts of possibilities and magic. This year, I'm sending deep peace and love to all of you. I am so grateful for my on-line family. And, I am so looking forward to connecting soon.

~ Kristin

Want to know my favorite vitamin?

Vitamin R. Vitamin R is the least expensive vitamin that you can find on the market. It’s not one that’s really talked about all that often. It doesn’t even come in a box, but wowzer- it is a super healer and it’s really potent at this time of year.

Vitamin R is that rare vitamin that we all need. It’s the vitamin that supports repair and rejuvenation and it’s known as rest.

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There is something to be said about putting yourself out there in the world. To accomplishing things and doing your work. There is also something to be said for taking a break and falling into deep rest.

We all get caught up in the hustle and bustle of this time of year. We’re all trying to make special moments for the loved ones in our lives and that takes a bit of effort. But, there is a deeper calling at this time of year. Do you feel it?

It’s the calling of the darkness.

The darkness beckons us to break free from our patterns and our doings to spend a little more time reflecting.

As women, we are constantly doing for others. We give to our children, our mates, we extend to our friends, our neighbors, and our communities. And from time to time, it is so important that we take a break to give deeply to ourselves. Truly, truly, we can only give as much as we are able to receive.

I just wrapped up the last hormonal healing circle with 13 amazing women. This was the first time that I offered my work in this circle form. And, it was truly transformational.

One woman’s thyroid nodules are shrinking, another busy mom has dropped weight and changed her eating patterns, a third gal is cycling regularly, and a forth reports that she has finally broken through her hormonal stuckness. I am so proud of all the women who joined me over the last three months. They have taken their health into their own hands and now they are glowing in the results.

I am a big believer in “right” timing. I know you’ll know when it’s your time to take your health into your own hands and learn how to balance your hormones for good. If you’re feeling the call to go deeper, I am right here ready to be your guide.

In the meantime, I hope you can take some time off during the holidays and spend a little time replenishing your store of Vitamin R.

~ Kristin

Why do my boobs hurt so bad?

It’s that time of the month again, and you’re feeling a little bloated, a little cranky. And what the heck, now you’re really wondering, “Why do my boobs hurt so bad?” Yes- we’ve all had PMS from time to time, but it can happen. Your cycle can be gentle, easy and pain free. It might take a little bit of time, and a little bit of focus. But you can do it, and I can teach you.

In Chinese medicine, we follow the cycles of nature. Nothing connects us more to the tides of nature than our menstrual cycles. I know, some gals feel their like period is a curse because it's painful when we're out of whack. But when your cycle is “in the flow”, it can be a time of deep rest and renewal.

Those painful, swollen boobs are not here to haunt you. They’re here to remind you that something is out of balance. From a Chinese medicine perspective, swollen painful breasts (especially when it’s the sides of your breasts) usually point to a liver imbalance.

When your liver gets all stagnant and stuck, pressure starts to build in your system. Your liver is a huge workhorse for your body. It is in charge of over 500 different metabolic reactions. It just so happens that your liver is a big help in metabolizing hormones. So, when your liver just can't handle the workload anymore, the pressure builds and your boobs tend towards the tender side.

So, what’s a girl to do? Here’s my top, three tips to turn the tide on a stuck liver. These three tips may not solve all your liver challenges, but they sure can get it running a little better.

1. Drink apple cider vinegar with your water. Just a splash or two in a glass of water. Use a brand that’s raw and unfiltered, like Bragg’s. You want all the good stuff to be in that vinegar to help mobilize your liver and get ‘er going again.

2. Walk, don’t run. Walking is your best exercise for the liver. The liver needs gentleness, to soften out the edges. I see too ladies in my practice who over exercise. I know, there’s nothing like a quick run to burn off some anxiety, but your exercise should leave you feeling lighter and fresher, not run down.

3. Rub ‘em. Yes, you heard me right. Rub ‘em. When your liver is stuck, it needs a little help to get the energy flowing. Rubbing your breasts can really help relieve some of the backed up pressure. This doesn’t have to be super fancy. Just start under your arms, cup your breasts, and rub them in a circular fashion. Practice this a couple times a day when they’re really sore.

I’ve been celebrating some pretty big successes wit my clients. In 10 weeks time, we’ve had one woman start cycling regularly, another gal has come out of the energy swamp and is feeling like a total champ, and one of the other participants is happy to report that she is no longer having hot flashes. Getting your hormones on track is not some crazy, dirty little secret. All you have to do is follow nature’s rules…. 

~ Kristin

What to do when Life throws you a curve ball

From time to time, even I get into a slump. Since the flood in Boulder, my attention has been on “other” things. I’ve been carpeting my basement, juggling the kids and school, and sharing more of my work on-line. Every now and then life gets a little topsy turvy and sometimes those things that are so necessary to keep us running smooth go to the bottom of the list. Things like eating well, having some down time, and breathing fresh air. So what’s a gal to do when the self-care takes a dip downward? I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve that I’ve been using to get myself back on track.

1. Put your self on your list. I live by my lists. I am a forgetful cat and my lists really help keep me on track. I separate my list into different categories. One part of my list is for work, another for my art, and a third is for my family. When my self-care slips, guess what I put on my list? Yep- I put myself right on top! I don’t need oodles of “away” time, but a little alone time can go along when we need to get back on track.

2. Schedule myself in. Number 1 and number 2 might look like the same thing, but they’re not. Every now and again, I‘ll put my on my list and I still don’t take the time to get away. That’s when I have to make some dates and put myself into my schedule. Sometimes a simple tea or a massage is all that I need to right my head and get back in the flow.

3. Dress Up. Have you ever noticed that it’s hard to wallow in yourself when you’re looking sharp. I can easily slide down the sweatpants and t-shirt path. Who doesn’t like to be comfy? But dressing up does have its benefits. When you look good, you feel good. And it’s a whole lot easier to take care of yourself when you’re feeling good. So now, I’m really curious. How do you get yourself righted when life is throwing you a curve ball?

Come on the ride with me and learn how to boost your thyroid and balance your hormones. And I’m looking for just the right gals who are ready to dive-in and change their health for good. Whether you live in Boulder or not, I’ve got the answers that you’ve been waiting for. Check in with yourself, maybe it’s your time to sign-up and make the commitment to your health. Believe me… you won’t regret it.

~ Kristin

Why does it feel so good?

Picture this. You’ve just had a long day. A couple of things didn’t go as planned- your kids were a little wild or maybe something at work just fell through. You’re tired, you’re cranky and you’re just about ready to give in. When- a good friend comes over, hears your story and gives you a hug.

You, my friend, have been “touched’.

We’ve all seen the studies and we all know that human beings thrive on skin contact. There is no doubt at this point that touch is absolutely necessary. But, why does it feel so good?

In Chinese medicine, there is a special point right in the palm of your hand. It’s known in the Western world as “Pericardium 8”. Its true name is “Palace of Labor”. This point is known for revitalization- physically, mentally and spiritually.

The pericardium is the wrapper of your heart. It serves to protect the heart, as well as, open the heart. The pericardium and the heart are so closely connected, that medical texts rarely differentiate between the two.

The heart and pericardium meridian serve as the fire for our souls. They are the heat, the passion, and the warmth that keeps our system beating to it’s own drum. Every single time that you touch someone with the palm of your hand, you are opening that very vulnerable and energetic aspect of your being.

When you touch a friend with an open palm you are extending through your very own pericardium meridian. Really, you are touching them with your heart.

And it feels so good, because it is so human.

Over the last few months, I’ve been “touched” as I’ve been hosting the Inward Healing Circle. The women in this group are so brave and courageous as they are tackling their hormones head on.

Here’s what a couple of the gals have said about the healing circle:

Last night was the first night in close a year I went to bed without taking medication, and I slept ALL night! Things are looking up already. I am SO grateful to have found my way to you. Thank you!!!

I wanted to let you know how grateful I am that I decided to do the inward circle...it's really been good support.  My nervous system was so worked up after work yesterday, and I went home and did the thyroid/pituitary exercises, and just cried and rested and felt loved.  

Send me an e-mail if you have any questions and/or would like to get started. In the meantime, make sure that you reach out and connect with someone that you love. It’ll feel good, guaranteed.

~ Kristin