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25th October 2017

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My Thyroid Safari 


Today I have made an intentional decision to get out of my shell and share my story about my journey with thyroid disease. I call it My Thyroid Safari. I have been in my shell because I wanted to know and understand what I was going through and manage it before sharing it with the world. I am now at a point in my journey that I can confidently talk about my experiences. I do this because I want to help someone out there who may not be aware of what is going on in their body or may be aware but does not know what to do about it.

It’s been quite an interesting self-discovery journey. Why the unexplainable mood swings?   I had no idea that the lactose intolerance I developed way back in 2009 had a connection to my thyroid condition.  I also did not know that the constant fatigue I experienced at work had anything to do with a thyroid malfunction. Why did I feel more tired in the morning than I did when getting into bed at night? Why is it that despite the addiction to working out at the gym four years ago, the digits on the scale were going clockwise? Why was I so forgetful? Why did I have difficulty concentrating on anything? This I came to know as brain-fog.  Why did I hate being out in the sun? I would perspire (still do) after 30 seconds of being in the sun. Why did I get those many boils early in my teens and early twenties? Why did I prefer eating my dinner for breakfast and breakfast for dinner? Why was I always constipated?

This story is about finding answers to these and many other questions that constantly plagued my mind about what my body was going through. caipirinha-2663029_1920

This journey of knowing, understanding and managing thyroid disease has made me more self-aware than I ever was.I have chosen to make lemonade out of this lemon. I must say the lemonade tastes so good that I do not wish the experience would have been any other way.


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The demands of our lives in the current times make it difficult to get all the vital nutrients we need for a whole fully functional body. Microwaved food, canned meals, take away food, junk food all contribute to the complexities in our quest to get the much-needed nutrition. sardines-825606_1920Furthermore, as the body ages with it also comes a decrease in the system’s ability to absorb essential nutrients. That said there is a need to supplement the body’s requirement for nutrients by using supplements or multivitamins.burger-151421_1280

Supplements vary in complexities from a single nutrient to multi-nutrient in its composition and can be used for different uses. Based on age, gender, general health there are different options available to meet one’s needs. A good place to start when determining your supplemental needs is to review your medical history and state of health with your doctor. The most common recommendation is to take a multi-nutrient supplement. The pros of this approach is that it reduces the potential of taking more than the body needs.

There aresupplements- capsule-1079838__180 a number of multi-nutrient supplements available in the market that are of good quality and meets the body’s needs. In addition to these, there are other supplements specific to men, women, teenagers, those with an active lifestyle, of those above 50 years of age among others. Single-nutrient supplements  such as calcium, magnesium, vitamins A, C, D, E, B complex, selenium among others. These are purposely formulated to address specific deficiencies in the body. However, one must exercise caution when taking these supplements as they have a higher content of a single nutrient and may trigger undesired health effects or interact with the routine medication. It is important to understand the desired/anticipated health benefits when taking supplements be it a single formulation or multi-nutrient/multivitamin formulations.

Overall there are well-documented health benefits attributed to the responsible use of supplements.  Unfortunately, with this added benefit there is the risk of abuse and overdosing on supplements negating the benefit they offer in the first place. Always consult your health care provider to find out if your body needs any dietary supplements before making any purchase decision.

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Your Kidney Health on World Kidney Day

Today March 10th 2016 is #WorldKidneyDay, a global health awareness campaign that seeks to engage the world’s populations about the significance of taking good care of their kidneys in order to reverse the trend of kidney diseases and related health problems.

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This day was  first celebrated in 2006 with the intention of raising awareness about preventable yet treatable kidney disorders and is the result of the inventiveness of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN)  and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF). The theme this year is “Kidney Disease & Children- Act early to prevent it!” and the global campaign’s “Move Your Feet 4 World Kidney Day” central message is to encourage all persons worldwide to remain active maintaining a daily minimum physical activity level in order to maintain good kidney health. It advocates observance of 8-golden rules to keep our kidneys healthy.

I had to take the kidney quiz in order to understand and appreciate the work that these twin fist-size, bean shape organs do in my body and what I needed to do to have them fully operational for a lifetime. The kidney disease check  also provides an analysis of an individual’s riskiness of developing kidney disease.

Being a firm believer in preventive health and the fact that kidney disease is a slow silent killer that shows no symptoms until it is in its final stages, I appeal to you to take personal responsibility in getting your kidney function tests done annually to facilitate early detection or confirm the soundness of your kidneys. The timely discovery of a kidney disorder can result in either stoppage or slow advancement of kidney disease.  As the old adage goes, prevention is better than cure.