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Dr. Meghna Thacker / Articles posted by meghna

Heart Health Awareness

According to CDC, here are some statistics of Heart Disease in the United States. About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that’s 1 in every 4 deaths. Every year about 735,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of these, 525,000 are a first heart attack and 210,000 happen in people who have already had a heart attack. Thus, I would like to bring your attention to this important organ in our bodies that incessantly works day in and out without us even being aware of it. It is on autopilot and we are not even aware about how many times it beats in a minute. Let us make sure that we give it some love. Next time when you go to see your doctor or come see me,...

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Detox for Your Health

Usually people have gained weight post holidays in December and then make new year resolutions for January to get in better shape. We tend to put all kinds of “Junk” into our bodies and then expect it to function optimally without any damage. That does not happen. But you do have an option of cleansing your body from these toxins. It is the best to Eat consciously throughout the year but in addition doing a Detox program 2 times a year, in spring and fall is good for you. It gives you an opportunity to reflect inwards, eat clean and do things that respect your body. In the end, what you eat between New Year’s and Christmas matters, not what you ate between Christmas and...

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How does your Gut Feel?

I am not asking about your Gut feeling! No, seriously, do you suffer from gas, bloating or indigestion? Or, after you eat, does the food just sit in your stomach and feel like a burden? Or maybe you pop tums after each meal to get rid of the heart burn. Sometimes, your body gives these physical symptoms that you are having trouble with digestion but a lot of times you Doesn’t! I recently saw a female patient, looks extremely healthy and feels great. She has good energy, exercises regularly and makes good food choices. She has a very positive outlook to life and is usually happy and smiling. Anyways, she had labs done and she was positive for Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Her thyroid antibodies are off the...

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How to Increase Your Energy?

Coffee, energy drinks, and foods that claim to increase your energy are everywhere for a reason. We have become a society of people who must hustle and always be productive to the point of burnout. We crave more energy to simply get through the day. Women, you know all about stress. You have the physical energy of lifting kids into car seats, go to work, the stress pregnancy and monthly hormonal changes add to your body. Then there’s the mental energy in taking care of your family, work, and your to-do list. These two forms, mental and physical energy, need to be refilled daily. The mitochondria are our powerhouses of Energy. They produce energy and many factors influence our energy levels. The balance of all the hormones...

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Now, your genes will determine the perfect weight loss diet for you

Taking personalisation to the next level If there’s one self-care topic that grabs our attention the most, it’s weight loss, especially when you’re a part of the tribe that has been struggling to lose those extra pounds. With progress, unfortunately, has come more stress, crazy schedules and poor lifestyle. “We’re definitely not making good food choices, says Arizona-based naturopath Dr Meghna Thacker, who practises at Tutera Medical. “Given our busy lives, most of us are looking for things that are fast and easy, and as a result, consuming tonnes of processed food. We’re compromising our health and sanity, all to satisfy our material needs. All this pressure creates causes cortisol (stress hormone) to peak and its production [to get] dysregulated, causing weight gain around the abdomen,” she...

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Natural Weight Loss Program

Have you wondered why maintaining healthy weight has become so hard in this modern-day society? There are more than a few reasons.  Food choices: We are not making good food choices. Looking for fast and easy, we are consuming tons of processed foods. When you walk into a grocery store, always shop around the outer edges of the store. Avoid the aisles, which are filled with 1000 options of processed foods. Yes, anything that comes in a box or can, is usually processed. Instead, shop for foods in their natural forms, like fresh produce- vegetables, fruits, nuts & seeds. Anything that does not look the same in its natural form, should generally be avoided. Example, fresh strawberries look the same as when they are picked from...

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A solution to the hormonal changes in a woman’s life

It is my passion to help women feel their best at every stage of life. As a woman, our hormones are very important. The hormones influence a young girl’s life starting in her puberty. A balance of hormonal rhythms will regulate her natural menstrual cycles. Her body needs to make sufficient hormones to support a healthy pregnancy. Thus, hormones are essential at every stage of her life. There comes a time when the ovaries stop producing adequate hormones and she goes from peri-menopause to menopause. The lack of these hormones brings along a long list of symptoms which may vary from person to person. In the mid-thirties, the Testosterone levels begin to drop when she notices that she easily gets tired, gains weight from increase...

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What is Adrenal Fatigue?

Adrenal glands sit on top of the kidneys and secrete the hormones- cortisol, adrenaline, and DHEA .Your adrenal glands are the organs that handle stress. Handling stress is like handling a bank account – your “adrenal bank account”. If you have a lot of adrenal reserve, it means that you can spend on the account. Therefore, many people can spend early in life; however, as we grow older, we have to pay more attention to our reserve and replenishment so as to increase those adrenal reserves, Therefore you need to live within your means. That means choosing diet, lifestyle, and sleep habits that replenish the reserve. Cortisol levels are generally high in the morning as we wake from a prolonged period of sleep, with an increase...

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Naturopathic Treatments for Thyroid Disorders

Our body has an innate ability to heal itself. The healing comes from within. If you get a minor cut on your finger or arm you don’t run off to the hospital. The body will trigger its own healing process and without you even doing anything, it will heal itself. Sometimes, to help the process of healing, we can provide some supportive treatments. In the above case, if you rub some Arnica gel or Homeopathic Calendula ointment, it will enhance the healing. Similarly, when the thyroid slows down or fastens up, by providing some natural treatments, it can correct itself. One of the tools that helps me find out what your thyroid gland may need to heal is the Micronutrient Test. Micronutrient Testing Nutrition at the Core...

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Hypothyroidism – Appropriate testing required

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ that is located in the neck below the Adam’s apple. It produces the thyroid hormones that regulate the body’s metabolism. Its functioning affects about every organ in the body. Thus if it is under functioning then everything in the body slows down, causing symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, dry skin, constipation, depression, brain fogginess or difficulty concentrating, sleep problems, hair loss, feeling cold or cold intolerance and menstrual irregularities. The two main thyroid hormones are T4 and T3. The T4 is considered a pro hormone while T3 is 300 % more biologically active compared to T4. Our bodies convert T4 to T3 through the deiodination process. This T3 is utilized by the cells to produce energy. TSH is...

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