The thyroid is a vital hormonal gland located at the base of the neck. It is the master regulator of every system in our body because it determines our metabolic rate. Our cells are fuelled by the nutrients we eat which turns into energy (metabolism). This energy is how we produce hormones, detoxify, digest etc.
Gut and hormone imbalances arise when an individual is metabolically unhealthy because every system slows down. Your stomach acid will be low, digestion will be slow, blood circulation will be reduced, liver will be sluggish, progesterone will be low, immune system will be suppressed, minerals will be imbalanced… you get the point.
But this is what allows things like pathogenic bacteria, parasites and yeast to proliferate. This is why we take a very pro metabolic approach with our clients because this is what truly gets down to the root cause. Killing these invaders may be necessary once they have already overgrown but they will keep coming back until you improve your metabolic health.
Sadly, metabolic disorders like hypothyroidism are one of the most common among our population but are often overlooked.
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What is Hypothyroidism?
It is an under-active thyroid which can be caused by stress, medication like birth control, environment, diet, gut infections, liver toxicity, genetics, age, nutrient deficiencies such as retinol, selenium, iodine etc.
When the gland is under functioning, there is a lack of T4 and T3 hormones in the blood which can cause an array of symptoms such as:
Hair Loss/Brittle Hair
Muscle Aches and Weaknesses
Keep in mind, if you are taking thyroid medication, it not only is avoiding the root cause but it could be making your hypothyroidism worse. An increase in T4 without proper support for T3 production can cause T4 to move towards the reverse T3 pathway which inhibits thyroid function further.
This is why it is so important to test not just TSH but also T4, T3, Reverse T3, Anti TPO, Anti-TG, TSI Antibodies, your basal body temperatures and pulses. We want to decipher if antibodies are present and if it is a conversion issue or a production issue. We also run HTMA testing on most clients to get insight into their metabolism on a cellular level.
Hyperthyroidism is on the other end of the spectrum and is usually a result of an autoimmune disorder known as Grave’s disease. It is when your thyroid is over-active causing symptoms like; weight loss, increased appetite, heart palpitations, diarrhea, anxiety, insomnia, low heat tolerance etc. Both are problematic and have similar treatments but this is a lot less common than hypothyroidism.
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