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October 2020: Inform and Empower - Women’s Health Month 
Did you know that many of the leading threats to women’s health can be prevented? The top U.S. causes of death for women include heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and unintentional injuries (CDC). Healthy habits are the best way to reduce risk factors and sustain healthy lifestyles. With Breast Cancer Awareness front-and-center this month, it is also important to recognize women’s health prevention overall in order make an impact on all of the preventable conditions. Utilize these tips and resources below to take control of risk factors and to live a longer, healthier, and happier life!
Eat Well
1 in 8 women develop a thyroid disorder during their lifetime – American Thyroid Association
A way to support women’s health is through prioritizing thyroid care. Thyroid disorders can certainly effect our quality of life as common symptoms include fatigue, weight loss resistance, brain fog, sleep issues, depression, hair loss, brittle nails and/or mood swings. With many women impacted by thyroid disorders it is important to learn how our nutrition can be a stepping stone to taking control of our health. Removing toxins, decreasing inflammation, supporting our gut health and resolving nutrient deficiencies can play a supportive role in each individual thyroid journey. From a lifestyle perspective, making sure our stress levels are in check is key as both physical and mental stress takes a toll on thyroid function. 
The good news is we can start to heal and support our thyroid through our forks. Eating food with ample sources of B vitamins, magnesium, selenium, zinc, iodine, omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin A, C and D can help your thyroid get the nutrients it needs.
Next grocery haul try to incorporate these foods: Eggs, beef, liver, salmon, mussels, oysters, shrimp, sea vegetables (nori, kelp), nuts and seeds, beans, lentils, mushrooms, bell peppers, broccoli, berries and brussel sprouts.
Recipe: Homemade Brazil Nut Milk Two Ways
*Next visit with your doctor, ask for a comprehensive thyroid panel to asses all hormones involved with proper thyroid function in order to receive a full picture*
Live Well
While you cannot eliminate risk factors due to family history, you can adopt & maintain a healthy lifestyle to be PROACTIVE with your well-being rather than reactive. Refer to the resources below which focus on lifestyle habits to help women THRIVE.

Be Well
Brazil Nuts contain essential nutrients for proper thyroid function. Brazil nuts are a great source of selenium which protects our thyroid and serves as an antioxidant. Eating 1-2 brazil nuts a day can provide you with ample selenium.

This month the challenge is to eat 1-2 Brazil nuts a day to support thyroid function!
*Disclaimer: The information provided is not intended to treat, diagnose, or replace your healthcare professional. Always seek medical advice for your specific circumstance as needed for any questions and concerns. This information provided is for educational purposes only. 

Free & Virtual Wellness Seminar on 10/30 at Noon CST. Please join us as the CGO Wellness Team partners with Advocate Aurora Health for a great hour on “Healthy Aging!” You are welcome to invite family and friends to watch, too. To Register:


In Good Health,
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Kayla Isaacs, CHES, CWWS 630.737.9383 |

Madeline Engelking, MBA, RDN 630.737.9356 | 
About the Monthly Wellness Newsletter
The everyday choices we make can help us live healthier, happier and more fulfilling lives. The CGO Employee Wellness Newsletter provides monthly resources and education on a variety of topics like nutrition, exercise, emotional health and resilience, prevention and more. Our hope is that this information empowers you to incorporate sustainable healthy habits for a lifetime of good health and well-being.

Always consult with your physician before beginning any wellness program. This general information is not intended to replace your healthcare professional.  

Sources: Zywave, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office on Women’s Health, CDC, American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, National Osteoporosis Foundation, American Thyroid Association, Naturally Nourished ALI MILLER, RD, LD, CDE, DR. WILL COLE, IFMCP, DNM, DC. Mindbodygreen

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