Articles

Ridha Arem
Behavioral therapy to overcoming food cravings and food addiction

Behavioral therapy to overcoming food cravings and food addiction

Being overweight or obese can generate health problems such as metabolic syndrome, type II diabetes, heart disease, and hormonal imbalances which perpetuate further weight gain. If you are overweight you most likely have food addiction, food cravings, and stress related eating which are likely to fuel your weight gain and make it harder for you to lose weight. Behavior such as overeating can be modified through behavior change techniques that are taught during behavioral therapy of intervention. Behavioral intervention for weight loss seeks to change compulsive eating habits. Behavioral intervention includes meeting with groups and a specialist multiple times a...

Read more →


Ridha Arem
Melatonin supplementation can help your metabolism

Melatonin supplementation can help your metabolism

Melatonin is a compound formed in the pineal gland that has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The release follows a circadian pattern, meaning there is a higher rate of release at night than during the day. It allows the body to follow the day and night schedule cycle. Melatonin supplements are used widely in the United States primarily as an aid for falling asleep and not waking up during the night. People with metabolic syndrome tend to have decreased melatonin levels although some studies have suggested that melatonin may alleviate some of the symptoms associated with metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome, often...

Read more →


Ridha Arem
Sex & your thyroid: hormones of desire

Sex & your thyroid: hormones of desire

Did you know that thyroid hormone excess may have a direct effect on the brain chemicals that regulate sexual interest? Hyperthyroidism can cause a hypomanic state and increase sexuality in women. A hyperthyroid man, on the other hand, loses the patience to engage in foreplay to excite his partner. Conversely, there is a lack of sexual interest during hypothyroidism in women due to the lower estrogen levels. And during hypothyroidism in men the low sex drive story is the same. Moreover, both sexes can be affected by fatigue, making them too tired to engage in sex. If hypothyroidism occurs with...

Read more →


Ridha Arem
Could your thyroid be perpetuating your depression?

Could your thyroid be perpetuating your depression?

The association between thyroid imbalance and depression has been recognized for many years. But how much is the thyroid contributing to your depression? Interestingly, subclinical or low-grade hypothyroidism is more strongly associated with depression than overt hypothyroidism with up to 40% of people with low-grade hypothyroidism also having depression. Some research has shown that when treating low-grade hypothyroidism with thyroid medication, the depression diminishes and even sometimes resolves. If you are suffering from depressive symptoms, consider getting your thyroid tested as fixing the imbalance could help alleviate some symptoms. It is even possible to get off anti-depressants with the right thyroid...

Read more →