1 supplement in Hashimoto’s & Graves’ to reduce thyroid antibodies. Updated 2017

On the search to feel more energetic, more upbeat and regulate weight with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and Graves’ disease?  Have you heard about the mineral selenium?  It is one of the most extensively researched, science based, natural treatments for reducing the autoimmune attack on the thyroid!

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The Selenium Story: Continue reading “1 supplement in Hashimoto’s & Graves’ to reduce thyroid antibodies. Updated 2017”


Hashimoto’s or Graves & still tired, sick & depressed?

Vitamin D levels are often low in Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism as well as Graves hyperthyroidism.  

Unfortunately low ‘sunshine vitamin’ levels mean possibly a higher risk for a whole host of problems including:

  • depression
  • osteoporosis
  • inability to resist colds and ‘flus.

So simple fix right? Spend more time lolling about in the sun!  Continue reading “Hashimoto’s or Graves & still tired, sick & depressed?”

Hypothyroid, not yet medicated, but need to feel better?

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (Hashimoto’s) is the most common autoimmune disorder in the world affecting more than 10% of females and 2% of males causing hypothyroidism with fatigue, weight gain / difficulty losing weight, infertility, constipation, depression, anxiety and panic attacks, dry skin, dry hair, hair loss, swelling and more.

A study was completed on women in their 30‘s whose lab tests were showing a slowing of thyroid function because of Hashimoto’s but they were not yet bad enough to need medication – medically these patients are said to be ‘sub-clinically hypothyroid’ (Nordio & Pajalich, 2013).   It’s important to acknowledge that whilst lab results may not have not declined enough to support medication the person could be experiencing the unpleasant symptoms of a slow thyroid (Davis & Tremont, 2007). Continue reading “Hypothyroid, not yet medicated, but need to feel better?”

Healthy, delicious, fast lunch

Keeping on track with my 2016 goals gets hard when I’m time poor!  What I need is a quick and healthy meal to help me stay alert, calm and full throughout my busy afternoon while lovin’ my liver.
Challenge accepted!
Carrot & Beetroot Salad (with thanks to Everyday Cookbook)
1 carrot
2 beetroot (raw)
½ green apple
¼ red onion
Blitz together in food processor / Thermomix 3 secs (speed 5 for Thermie lovers).
Dump into large bowl & take 1 serving for lunch. Cover tightly and enjoy the rest with dinner.  I don’t find I need a dressing with this salad as the beetroot, carrot, apple and onion all get very moist when you process them together.
This salad is paleo, AIP (autoimmune paleo/protocol), thyroid friendly, Mediterranean diet friendly, low calorie, low fat… let’s face it this salad should join the UN it crosses so many different diet boundaries!
I add a tin of Wild Alaskan Pink Salmon to this meal to boost the protein, calcium, essential fatty acid content and most importantly for me personally balance my blood sugar levels so I stay energised and calm all afternoon!
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I drain the tin into a sink and with a fork mush the bones into the salmon flesh so they become one with the salmon.
Making the salad and adding the salmon takes only a few moments so really most of my 5 minutes is spent cleaning up!  I rinse the food processor bowl and drain it on the sink and pop my leftovers in the fridge.  I also had time to spare to take a quick pic & upload to Facebook 😉
For more quick and healthy lunch ideas check out my Facebook page: SoniaMcNaughton.Naturopath or make a time to see me (02) 4968 2157 at Mayfield Medical Connection.
Do you have a healthy ‘go-to’ lunch idea you can make in less than 5 mins? I’d love to hear it!

Infertility, miscarriage & thyroid

I wish more than anything in the world that I had found a thyroid-literate naturopath & doctor before I suffered through so many miscarriages & spent thousands of dollars on IVF. It’s one of the reasons why I went back to school for 4 years of full time study to become a naturopath myself & why I am so passionate about supporting women with thyroid issues.
Why? Hypothyroidism is the 2nd most common condition affecting women of reproductive age and the terrible tragedy is the pregnant woman with hypothyroidism is at increased risk miscarriage and other major gestational morbidities. That’s why.
Sonia McNaughton, Naturopath, herbalist, thyroid, hypothyroid, hashimotos. thyroiditis, infertile, miscarriage, baby
My gorgeous niece!
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My gorgeous niece!
If you know someone trying to fall pregnant who suspects they may be hypothyroid or is experiencing repeated miscarriages give them a gift of a lifetime with this instructional article by Dr. Hugh D. Melnick, Medical Director of Advanced Fertility Services in New York City on infertility, miscarriage and sub clinical hypothyroidism from his published response in American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology setting out the need to test newly pregnant women for thyroid disorders.
If you suspect you have a thyroid condition or you have been diagnosed with a thyroid condition and still don’t feel tip top let’s talk:  sonia@soniamcnaughton.com.
Sonia x

The Goldilocks Hormone Keeping Your Heart Beating

Heart cells can only use a biologically active thyroid hormone (T3) that is not commonly tested nor prescribed in Australia.  If you do not have the correct amount of T3 getting into your heart an alarming array of signs and symptoms can develop with fatal outcomes.

Drs’ Klein and Danzi in the American Heart Association publication, Circulation* claim:


“low T3 is a strong predictor of all cause and cardiovascular mortality” and that T3 is a stronger predictor than age, poorly regulated fats or malfunctioning heart muscle.


Too much T3 in hyperthyroidism and Graves can be just as fatal as too little in hypothyroidism and Hashimotos.

Does the discussion leave you confused? Let’s do a quick thyroid recap: Continue reading “The Goldilocks Hormone Keeping Your Heart Beating”

What to do when you’ve lost that lovin’ feeling*. The science behind regaining your lost libido.

What can you do when that lovin’ feeling is gone, gone, gone?*  And where does it go?  Are there any facts supporting the claims that aphrodisiacs can bring your sexy back**?

Lost libido can be an early warning sign or further proof that something is not quite right with your health, your diet or your lifestyle.  Not feeling the urge should not be ignored. It might in fact be an important clue in detecting what is happening and hidden in your body.

Continue reading “What to do when you’ve lost that lovin’ feeling*. The science behind regaining your lost libido.”

Fighting Fatigue, Boosting Energy

Feeling fatigued is a wide-spread problems for about 20% of our population who possess so little energy their exhaustion interferes with their ability to enjoy a normal life (9).

Are there evidence-based solutions that boost your energy that don’t leave you crashing and worse-off?

The simplest, natural treatment for fatigue is rest and sleep. Sadly this solution is often not possible or effective in cases when the lack of energy is caused by an underlying health problem, medication, or chronic long term stress (9).

Thankfully there are a wide range of solutions that are effective, affordable and easy to implement.

For a quick overview of the fatigue busters check out the mind map below.  For more detailed information I’ve included the evidence-based rationale behind each of the strategies. Continue reading “Fighting Fatigue, Boosting Energy”

Tired, teary & sluggish?

Feeling tired, teary & sluggish?  Can’t lose fat or gain muscle? 

You might have one of the most common chronic disorders – hypothyroidism. 

A whopping 5% of the total population have hypothyroidism and as you age your risk increases.  In your 50’s and 60’s 10% of the population have hypothyroidism.  Plus it’s more common in women than men (2, 3).  Continue reading “Tired, teary & sluggish?”