The Thyroid Gland

Hey guys, Doctor Christopher Hood, we are in nutritional month. We already went over the general overview, we talked about brain body connection, and we also talked about the gallbladder. Today we’re going to talk about the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is overlooked in both men and women, most people are concerned about it only because it affects the gaining of weight, but the thyroid gland, the pituitary gland and the brain together actually control a lot of metabolic function which is important for health. The reason I bring it up because what happens is the thyroid gland in the neck, if you’re a person that deals with thyroid issuers, what we usually see is that your diet isn’t rich in something called Iodine. Now, Iodine is necessary for the production of thyroid hormones T3 and T4. So, what we’ll see in the production, is if you lack Iodine in your diet, your body doesn’t have what it needs to healthy thyroid hormones. Now people think “well I’m eating Iodized salt” Also known as table salt. You can’t extract it there. Its more used as a preservative. You actually need to take an iodine supplement or you should be eating it in food. If you’re a sushi fan, seaweed paper as a lot of Iodine in it, kelp has iodine in it, beats of Iodine in it, cabbage has Iodine in it. So, there’s different thing you can eat that have Iodine in there. We want that in your diet almost everyday. If you’re just not a fan of any of those things, you can take a supplement called Prolamine Iodine. Prolamine Iodine is a protein Iodine so even with an Iodine allergy you should be fine, but always check with your doctor first. But I just wanted to give you some tad bits on what you can do. If you don’t have it in your body constantly, your body can’t make the hormones. Another tip, if you’re getting choline from the shower through your skin, or in the tap water that you’re drinking it will out compete for Iodine. So, even if you’re taking Iodine and you’re experiencing high levels of choline you want be able to utilize it. Lastly as a chiropractor one big problem is where everyone is developing rounded shoulders and a forward head poster, from everyone being on their phones or working on the computer all day. Understand the thyroid gland in right in your neck, so when your neck started to travel forward, it will actually put compressive force against the nerves that are sending the signal from the brain to the thyroid so the thyroid works properly. So, what we do as chiropractors is that we make sure we get your spine to a normal alignment in your neck. So, the brain and thyroid can communicate properly. If you haven’t been to the  chiropractor and you’re having thyroid issues, please, seek out a chiropractor, go take a look, so your body works the way it’s supposed to work.

I hope you enjoyed, I’m doctor Christopher hood. You have an amazing month, and I’ll talk to you again soon.

Digestion, and how to support it

Hey, I’m Doctor Christopher Hood from Hood Chiropractic and one of the things I want to talk about today is digestion. So, I get a lot of patients that are really focused on nutrition because their stomach hurts, they get a lot of gas, they have a lot of blotting they notice that they eat it makes them sick. They get a lot of constipation, diarrhea, I know its gross but it’s true. And what I’ll fine in those patients, is that their digestion is just so far gone because their eating the Standard American Diet, S-A-D, that’s what it is, SAD. And its effecting their bodies ability to function. So, we want to change that diet, we always talk about how the diet should be 60-80% green leafy vegetables, no processed foods, plenty of omega fats, lots of water, good protein sources, but you have to understand years of eating the Standard American Diet end up causing a problem with your liver, it’s production of bile, and eventually your gallbladder.  That way most people get their gallbladder removed, it’s not just a normal sign of aging, the digestion and indigestion after their eating, packing down the tums trying to get down the acid and indigestion. It’s all a sign that your liver and gallbladder aren’t functioning properly. One of the things you want to do to reverse that, if you still have your gallbladder, every morning when you get up, you want to drink a cup of warm water with a wedge of lemon squeezed in there. The lemon juice and the warm water gets you digestion flowing, gets your bile flowing gets your liver functioning before you eat. If you already have your gallbladder removed, your gallbladder is actually necessary, it stores bile, and bile is used to break down fat. So, when you eat a fatty meal, excess bile is stored there, it squeezes into the liver to break down flat. If you had your gallbladder removed, you can’t process fat properly. That’s why you see a lot of people who have their gallbladder removed, after removal will start gaining weight around the mid-section, even though they haven’t changed their diet, their hormones system becomes affected and they become fatigued. Cause their body can’t break down fat properly. So aside from the lemon juice and warm water I also recommended these three supplements. Now when I tell you these supplements, if you’ve had your gallbladder removed, unfortunately you have to take these for life. The thing is, you don’t have enough bile salts to break down fats, so you need to take that artificially to stimulate it. Those supplements are AF Beta Food, Cholacol and Betacal. Those are natural bile salts. You have to have a doctor to get them. You would take those before every meal, your body will be prime to brake down and digest fat, your metabolism will be better and your digestion will feel better and therefor you’ll be healthier. Healthy digestion is really key to your body, because your digestion systems is one of the major organ systems in your body that’s constantly working , it never stops cause you’re always eating food.

If you guys like this, it is a pleasure to talk to you again. I’m Doctor Christopher Hood, it’s all good in the hood, God bless.

Nutrition of the Brain

Hey guys, Doctor Christopher Hood here. How many of you guess say, “There is so much information, I don’t know what to do, I don’t know how to apply it.” I’m teaching this stuff and I feel the same way, every time I go on the internet, there’s more information and how it applies. So, we’re going to get into some pacific this month. So, when it comes to nutrition, the first thing we want to address is the nutrition of the brain. Your brain is controlling the function of every other major organ, gland and system of your body and it does that through the spinal cord. Your brain is sending energy, electrical chemical signals through the spinal cords, down to the nerves that go to your heart, your lugs all the tissues! But! How do we nourish that brain, plenty of people come into my office, that are feeling tired, fatigued, depressed and they don’t know why. So, it all starts with is your brain. Your brain is control your functions. Number one thing I tell people what they can do is taking good healthy, omega fats. Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids are essential for brain developments. That’s why grandparents gave us fish oil as children. Because it healthy growth of the neurons of the brain. The brain is mostly made out of fat and protein, essential fats are responsible for making sure your synapses fire off when they’re supposed to, so you’re brain works at a sufficient pace. It also reduces inflammation in the body, lowers cholesterol, SO GOOD FOR YOU. 3000 mg of omega fats a day keeps the doctor away. 3000 mg a day, helps nourish your brain keep it healthy, keep it thriving. Number two thing I see people doing, which is incorrect is that people are using artificial sweeteners. The pink packet, the blue packet, the yellow packet, they all have neurological consequences. So much in fact that they’re doing research on multiple sclerosis and parkinson’s disorders along with artificial sweeteners. So, you got to cut out using artificial sweeteners. Pink, blue, yellow, oh my gosh, they’ll have purple one day, I don’t know. They’re bad for you, stop it, it is a neurotoxin get them out of your diet. Instead, what do you want to do? Stevia, stevia is a natural plant, it’s a ground up plant root. Its ultra sweet though, if you’re going to use it. So just a little tinsy bit, just a little bit goes a long way. You can use xylitol which is an alcohol based sugar, doesn’t affect your brain or your pancreas, if you’re worried about diabetes. You can also just use natural sugars, honey, raw sugars, dark molasses. No artificial sugars, instead natural sugars or stevia. The third thing we want to talk about is a nutritional supplement they just came out with. I’ve just been experimenting this within the past year, it’s called EHT. EHT itself has been show to increase the synapses in your brain so you’re brain functions better. So, it’s a newer product and now you’ve heard of it.

I hope these things are beneficial to you all, I’m doctor Christopher hood, it’s all good in the hood. God bless.