A Natural Approach to Thyroid Health by Dr. Andrea Hillstad

Dr. Andrea Hillstad

Dr. Andrea Hillstad is a Naturopathic Doctor, practicing in West Fargo, ND and Pelican Rapids, MN. Dr. Andrea was born and raised in the Fargo/Moorhead area. She received her bachelor’s in biology from Minnesota State University Moorhead. From there she went on to complete her medical degree at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona. Dr. Andrea specializes in digestive disorders, auto-immunity, detoxification and family practice.

There are numerous people with thyroid disorders today. It seems that everywhere I turn I run into someone who says they’re on thyroid medication. Maybe you’re one of those people or know someone who is. On the flip side, maybe you’re one of the many people I come across who have all the symptoms of low thyroid (fatigue, weight gain, dry skin, thinning hair, constipation), but they were told their blood test came back normal. This is because your doctor is only looking at one hormone, your TSH, and not the whole picture. This is where a Naturopathic Doctor can really help.

For the thyroid and all its hormones to function properly, many things need to be in place in order for that to happen. Quick biology lesson. The TSH your doctor is testing stands for Thyroid Stimulating Hormone and it is made in the Pituitary. The TSH tells the thyroid to make T4. In order to do this, the thyroid needs ample supply of Iodine and Tyrosine (an amino acid founds in proteins). T4 then goes out into circulation and converts to T3, the most active thyroid hormone. In order for this to happen properly, the body needs the mineral selenium. Other essential nutrients needed include zinc, vitamins A, B12, C and E. Continue reading

Bye Bye Water Jugs – Hello Filtered Water from Home Again

After switching our drinking and cooking water from our own filtered water at home to store bought bottled water, we are once again making a change back to our own home’s filtered drinking water. We were surprised at the processing of bottled water and quickly made the change.

Water from our own well tasted slightly like rotten eggs at times and left rust in the washer and shower so we figured that was not good for us. Plus we softened our water with salt pellets which made us wonder if it gave us elevated salt levels. Nevertheless we started buying seemingly harmless water in gallon jugs at the store. For my family of four plus our dog, I was buying about six to eight gallons a week. Even if I was buying natural spring bottled water it was still a problem. Continue reading

Chia Seed Pudding – Great Dessert

I love to invent recipes and this week’s recipe is one of my favorites. I had to actually stop making it. 🙂 Although it is healthier I would eat spoonful after spoonful after spoonful and say wow that is so good after each bite (LOL). Needless to say I needed a break from my favorite treat.

This pudding to also a great way to use up any raw milk that is about to turn into yogurt. That is one of the many benefits to raw milk. It does not spoil. It just morphs. 🙂

The formula to make chia seed pudding is 3 parts milk to 1 part chia, plus any flavorings you want to add. But I do have a written recipe for you too.

3 cups chia seeds organic
1 cup raw milk grass fed
1/2 cup cane sugar organic
1 T. Cinnamon organic
Pinch of Himalayan salt

Whisk all ingredients together. Stir occasionally before leaving it in the fridge overnight for chia to absorb all the milk.