Make Your Way Back From Thyroid Disorders
Have you gone to labs and were told the results were normal, only to have recurring thyroid symptoms you had always had before you began hormone therapy? Did you know that EVERY cell in a person’s body has receptor positions for thyroid hormone? Did you know the most regular source of hypothyroidism has nothing to do with a problem in a person’s thyroid gland but their immune system? What else could be attacking your thyroid if your immune system is attacking it? This vital part of the human body directly impacts the metabolism that is happening within the body. People who experience this particular gland’s issues may be inflicted with many different complications with their health, including weight issues, mood swings, and energy levels that a person may experience.
Common warning signs:
- Weight gain, with a low-calorie diet or not
- Temporary headaches in the morning
- Cold weather sensitivity
- Hands and feet numbness, and poor circulation
- Resting and experiencing muscle cramps
- Exposed to catching colds and other sicknesses easily and also recovering slowly
- Slow healing
- Excessive sleep is needed to function properly
- Persistent digestive issues (hypochlorhydria)
- Dry, itchy skin
- Brittle, dry hair
- Hair loss
- Edema (myxedema)
- Eyebrow loss, especially outside portion
Numerous people have endured symptoms of thyroid disease and have no idea that the problems they are experiencing could show a potentially serious complication. The thyroid is a small gland that can be found in the lower area of the neck region. The only reason for the thyroid is to secrete specific hormones throughout the whole body. Two certain hormones are released by the thyroid gland.
One is called “Thyroxine”(“T4″), and the next one is called “Triiodothyronine”(“T3″). These specific hormones, after being released, have the main purpose of giving energy to different cells all over the body. Many complications can happen within the thyroid.
The complications that occur in your body as a result of your thyroid are vast.
Support systems of the thyroid:
- Bone metabolism
- Immune System
- Brain/Nervous System
- Endocrine System(testes, ovaries, adrenal glands)
- Gastrointestinal function
- Liver and gallbladder
- Growth/Sex hormones
- Fat Burning
- Insulin and Glucose Metabolism
- Healthy cholesterol levels
- Proper stomach acid
- Thyroid “Cross Talk”
The thyroid needs the other organs and systems, and the systems also need the thyroids. That is why it is called “cross-talk” amidst the systems. “Cross Talk” is seen between these systems:
- Thyroid & Immune System
- Thyroid & Gut
- Thyroid & Brain
- Thyroid & Endocrine System
- One affects the other!
- Thyroid Basics
The Hypothalamus sends signals to the pituitary gland via TRH. The Pituitary gland sends a signal to the Thyroid via TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone). TSH causes the enzyme TPO to stimulate the release of T4 (93%) and T3 (7%). These hormones ride the “taxi cab”- thyroid-binding globulin (TBG)
Thyroid Hormone Conversion
In the liver, 60% of T4 is converted to T3. Poor liver function will cause poor T4 to T3 conversion. 20% of T4 is sent to the gut to be converted to T3. If you have poor gut flora, it will cause poor conversion of T4 to T3. Also, 20% of T4 is sent to peripheral cells for conversion to T3 using the 5’diodianaze enzyme. A small percentage of T4 goes to Reverse T3.
A true thyroid functional test
Are you aware that there are 11 lab markers to evaluate your thyroid properly, yet almost all doctors only order two?
- TSH (this is what conventionally is ordered)
- Total T4 (Thyroxine)
- But what about these tests?
- Total T4 (thyroxine)
- FTI (free thyroxine index) (amount of T4 available)
- FT4 (free thyroxine) (affected by prescription drugs)
- T3 Uptake (How much of T3 is taken up by TBG)
- FT3 (free triiodothyronine) (Active Thyroid Hormone)
- Reverse T3 (Body can not use)
- TPO and TBG Antibodies (Hashimotos)
- TSH Antibodies (Graves Disease)
- TBG levels
How can you manage health without all the information? Burning out the thyroid gland with hormone replacement is a 50-year-old model.
To manage your health, you need to look at the causes of the problem…not just the symptoms.