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Samantha McKinney

Thyroid issues are prevalent: An estimated one in seven people are affected, with even more suffering from an imbalance — and many not even aware that their thyroid is behind their symptoms. Samantha McKinney, RD, CPT, shares the signals our thyroid might be sending us, the tests to ask for, and the lifestyle habits we can implement in our daily lives to nourish and support our thyroids.

A picture of Sara Gottfried's new book next to avocados
By Sara Gottfried, MD
In her new book, Women, Food, and Hormones, Sara Gottfried, MD, discusses the keto paradox and why a traditional keto diet tends to work better in men than in women.
A woman holds red wooden heart next to her pelvis.
By Aviva Romm, MD
The menstrual cycle holds many clues to a woman’s overall health. Here’s how to identify what’s normal for you — and when to seek help.
The packaging for Life Time's men's multivitamin.
By Samantha McKinney, RD, CPT
Four reasons why a quality multivitamin can be a helpful tool in aiding in optimal levels of this critical hormone.
A content looking gray-haired woman looking out the window.
By Samantha McKinney, RD, CPT
Debunking common misconceptions about this inevitable phase.
A stressed man rubbing his eyes at work.
By Anika Christ, RD, CPT
Plus, how a Life Time dietitian overcame her own adrenal fatigue.
Samantha McKinney

Metabolism is more complex than simply being “fast” or “slow” or controlled by exercise. There are many things we can do in our daily lives to optimize it. Samantha McKinney, RD, CPT, shares how to build the foundation for a healthy metabolism, as well as ways to dig deeper if you’re not seeing results or feeling your best.

A ban looking at his upper body after getting dressed in front of the mirror.
By Samantha McKinney, RD, CPT
Plus, six lifestyle steps to help aid you in losing it.
scrabble tiles spelling out hormones
By Mo Perry
How estrogen, progesterone, and thyroid levels can affect your sleep.
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By Pilar Gerasimo
Like it or not, emotions share some very real biochemical links with your nervous, endocrine, immune and digestive systems. Isn't it time you learned something about how your body responds to what you feel—and vice versa?
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By Jessie Sholl
We assume they are safe. But in fact, many popular household cleaners are dangerously toxic. Learn about the eight scariest substances hiding under your kitchen sink, and how to replace them with safer, more natural options that really work.
A woman sleeps in a bedroom.
By Laine Bergeson Becco, FMCHC
There are many reasons why women chronically experience pain during intercourse. Here are some of the top causes — and what to do about them.
An illustration of a scale balancing a male gender symbol and a female gender symbol.
By Samantha McKinney, RD, CPT
This group of hormones can impact everything from fertility and libido to weight management and mood. Learn the role they play and how to tell if they’re off, plus seven strategies to help keep them balanced.
An older male doing a pull-up outside.
By The Life Time Training Team
Many lifestyle factors affect this important hormone — and there’s a lot you can do to optimize it in your own body.
A wave of lines going up and down like a roller coaster.
By Samantha McKinney, RD, CPT
Many of us are at risk of blood-sugar imbalance — whether you’re aware of it or not. Here's everything to know about blood sugar, including the habits you can implement to control it.
Illustration of moons.
By Samantha McKinney, RD, CPT
An imbalance in hormones can be to blame for weight gain and other unwanted symptoms — and learning to balance them is often people's secret to success.
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By The Life Time Training Team
Should alcohol be part of your healthy lifestyle, or could it be doing you more damage than good? Learn the health benefits and risks.
A woman smiling while walking outside holding a yoga mat.
By Samantha McKinney, RD, CPT
Your immune system and underlying health have never been more important than they are now — but do you know which health markers are most critical to keep healthy?
Man resting from a run outside.
By The Life Time Training Team
Low testosterone is more common than people realize — in both men and women. Here's what you need to know, so you know what to do.
Hand touching thyroid gland
By Elizabeth Larsen
Meet your thyroid, a delicate little gland located at the front of your throat. It controls how every cell in your body turns food and oxygen into energy — and that can mean big trouble if your thyroid goes on the fritz.
Doctor talking to a patient.
By The Life Time Training Team
When the thyroid gland isn’t functioning optimally, it can cause weight gain, digestive issues, hair loss and more. Find out how to tell if you may have thyroid issues.
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