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5 Basic Facts Everyone Should Know About Their Thyroid

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Meet the gland that can increase your energy, give you better sleep and weight management: The thyroid.

Did you know that more than 12% of the U.S. population will have a thyroid condition at some point in their lifetime? Of those with thyroid disease, 60% are unaware that they have it.

The thyroid, the butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck, can either make or break performance in all areas of life.

Because healthy thyroid function is so key to living a healthy life, here are 5 basic facts everyone should know about their thyroid.

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Kelly Starrett and Diane Fu Talk About Life-Changing Experience

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Yesterday we brought you the story of Diane Fu, the CrossFit and Olympic lift coach who was doing everything right but felt so wrong. She changed her life with WellnessFX and is currently on her way to overcoming a detrimental thyroid issue.

Her colleague and friend Kelly Starrett joined our CEO Jim Kean to talk about Diane’s transformation from a third-person perspective. Kelly, author of Becoming a Supple Leopard and owner of CrossFit Mobility, has taught tens of thousands of people how to improve their movement in order to be more efficient and safe with their hectic everyday lives.

See what he had to say and follow along with the time-marked summary below. Enjoy!

0:00 – WellnessFX CEO, Jim Kean Introduces Our Guests
As a CrossFit trainer in San Francisco back in 2011, Diane was often known as the “cranky” one. On the inside, she felt tired, bloated, and was constantly cold, even though she was eating right and training like a beast. Kelly Starrett saw this happening and watched as his star trainer changed her life with WellnessFX.

0:51 – Kelly On Diane’s ‘Before’
Diane was Kelly Starrett’s go-to coach. Competing in the Olympics next year? See Diane. Father of five, work a traditional job, and want to get in shape? Diane’s got you.

But Kelly noticed that, lately, Diane just wasn’t feeling good. She was cold all the time, cranky, and just generally unhappy.

1:35 – Time For An Intervention
Diane was diligent about her training and nutrition: it was clear neither her movements nor her diet was a significant problem. There had to be something . . . deeper.

Diane got her blood tested with WellnessFX. All her markers were in the green, except one. That’s all it took to get the ball rolling.

2:25 – Some Problems Need Deeper Investigation
Kelly usually sees people struggle with dehydration, lack of sleep, or not handling stress well. But not Diane. When the WellnessFX results came back and highlighted a malfunctioning thyroid, things started to fall into place. As Diane worked with Dr. Justin Mager, Kelly saw firsthand that fixing this “one small thing” was like opening the flood gates. It had been blocking so much of what Diane’s body needed to be her best.

3:36 – Kelly On Why Everyone Should Get Tested
The body is never in a static situation; it’s always moving. One of Kelly’s big takeaways from watching Diane go through WellnessFX is that we shouldn’t think of conquering one problem as the end. There are constantly things changing along with diet, lifestyle, stress levels, and whatever else life decides to throw at us.

How do we stay on top of these changes as they happen? Test regularly.

4:20 – Why Diane’s Story Is So Great
Kelly can’t stress this enough: Diane was someone who had it all together. Her diet was strict, her training was perfect, her lifestyle had no major health flaws. This story just goes to show that even those who have it all figured out need to get tested.

5:25 – Test Everyone
Kelly finishes up by proclaiming that he hopes all of his clients can be tested by WellnessFX.

Our CEO Jim Kean agrees with this, but wants even more: for everyone to be tested.

Help us make it happen. Spread the word: WellnessFX changes lives!

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Learn About Your Thyroid With the New WellnessFX Package!

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Twelve percent of people, 1 out of every 8 people, will have a thyroid condition at some point in their lifetime.  Of those with thyroid disease, sixty percent are unaware that they have it.  Considering these numbers, you have a 1 in 14 chance of having thyroid disease without even knowing it.

So what is the thyroid and what problems can a dysfunctional thyroid cause? The thyroid gland is a hormone in the neck that controls how quickly the body uses metabolizes energy. Simply put, the more thyroid hormone you have working, the more you will metabolize energy.  Thyroid dysfunction comes in the forms of both too much and too little.

  • Hypothyroid: An under-active thyroid metabolizes less energy, which can cause you to gain weight, suffer chronic fatigue, or often feel cold. This is more common in women and can also contribute to feelings of depression.
  • Hyperthyroid:  An over-active thyroid will metabolize more energy, making you feel restless, causing undesired weight loss, and feeling hot.

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Biomarker Series: Happy Thyroid for A Happy Life

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Twelve percent of people have some sort of thyroid disease. That’s 1 out of every 8. Of those, sixty percent don’t know that they have it. All things considered, that means you have a 1 in 14 chance of having some type of thyroid disease you’re not aware of.

So what is the thyroid and why is it causing so many people problems (even problems, it seems, that they’re not aware of)? The thyroid gland is a hormone in the neck that controls how quickly the body uses energy. Simply put, the more thyroid you have working, the more energy you will burn up. Thyroid problems can come on both sides of the coin.

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.