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Angela Foster Performance Podcasts - Episode 148

EP 148 – Thyroid Health, Fertility & The Gut Connection with Margaret Floyd Barry

Margaret Floyd Barry is a certified Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Master

Restorative Wellness Practitioner who specialises in Thyroid function and autoimmunity

She talks with Angela about the role of digestive dysfunction in chronic illness and how the thyroid and your gut are affected by stress, toxins, diet, lifestyle, and lack of sleep. With this combination of stressors exhausting the immune system, it can be in a constant inflammatory loop but as Margaret explains the key is to identify and systematically remove the stressors from the immune system whilst also supporting it to calm down and pull it away from the pro-inflammatory loops, she shares great content on how this can be approached along with invaluable information about the links between the thyroid and fertility

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Thyroid Health, Fertility & The Gut Connection with Margaret Floyd Barry

Margaret Floyd Barry is a certified Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Master

Restorative Wellness Practitioner who specialises in Thyroid function and autoimmunity

She talks with Angela about the role of digestive dysfunction in chronic illness and how the thyroid and your gut are affected by stress, toxins, diet, lifestyle, and lack of sleep. With this combination of stressors exhausting the immune system, it can be in a constant inflammatory loop but as Margaret explains the key is to identify and systematically remove the stressors from the immune system whilst also supporting it to calm down and pull it away from the pro-inflammatory loops, she shares great content on how this can be approached along with invaluable information about the links between the thyroid and fertility

Key Takeaways

    • There are thyroid receptors on every single cell in the body
    • The vast majority of the immune system lives in or around the gut and digestive tract, so this is a good starting point
    • Much of the conventional diet causes damage to the digestive system and triggers the immune system resulting in a consistent burden and drain on it
    • Focusing on digestive healing and removing inflammatory foods, can be enough to put some individuals into full remission from autoimmune conditions such as Hashimoto’s and Graves
    • Some of the proteins in gluten containing grains can look very similar to thyroid tissue so removing gluten from the diet is essential
    • Our immune system gets really good at doing what we ask it to do most frequently and we ask it to inflame all of the time
    • Helping your immune system to calm, resolve and anti-inflame is critical
    • Changes and imbalances in any hormone affect the signalling to glands
    • The thyroid and adrenals are closely linked and if you have dysregulation in one the body often makes adjustments through the other
    • The adrenals play a vital role in the transition from peri menopause through to menopause
    • how robust and healthy the adrenals are will often dictate how smooth the transition will be
    • when you have an underactive thyroid it affects the hypothalamus hormone GRH which in turn can lead to hormone dysregulation and an anovulatory cycle
    • The research indicates there is some form of autoimmune mechanism that is contributing to complications with fertility 

Best Moments

‘It has an incredible role in our metabolism and energy levels’

‘There isn’t a body system that the thyroid isn’t impacting in some way’

‘We are supporting the immune system to come back into balance and this means supporting the digestive system’

About the Guest

Margaret Floyd Barry is a functional nutritionist, writer and real food advocate who’s been on the pursuit of the most nutritious and delicious way of eating for the better part of her adult life.

Having seen family members suffer the devastating effects of chronic illness from a young age, Margaret has long had the desire to help others find a better way back to optimal health and wellbeing. Through years of experience working with the most complex client cases, including reversing her own autoimmune condition, Margaret has established a powerful system for restoring health by addressing the root cause of illness.

Today, Margaret runs Eat Naked Kitchen – a thriving private practice that supports clients throughout North America and Europe in achieving true health and vitality through therapeutic diets and lifestyle changes. She also helps fellow practitioners build their own successful practice through Restorative Wellness Solutions – a two-year comprehensive functional nutrition certification program for qualified health professionals. Together

with her business partner Anne Fischer Silva, Margaret teaches qualified health professionals the same proven system she uses to achieve life-changing results with even the most complicated clients.

 

CONTACT DETAILS

https://www.eatnakednow.com/

www.restorativewellnesssolutions.com

Instagram: @margaretfloydbarry

About the Host

Angela Foster

Angela is a Nutritionist, Health and Performance Coach. She is also the Founder and CEO of My DNA Edge, an Exclusive Private Membership Site giving individuals the tools and bio hacks needed to optimise their genetic expression for optimal health and performance.

After recovering from a serious illness in 2014, Angela left the world of Corporate Law with a single mission in mind:

To inspire and educate others to live an energetic, healthful and limitless life.

Angela believes that we can truly have it all and has spent the last 5 years researching the habits and routines of high performers, uncovering age-old secrets, time-honoured holistic practices and modern science to create a blueprint for Optimal Human Performance.

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