Thyroid Gland Challenges

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Facts

1. 90% of thyroid conditions are auto-immune diseases. That means your immune system is self-destroying your thyroid. As a result of this destructive attack, the thyroid slows down which is why you are feeling so bad

2. 75% of the immune system lives in our GUT – you will never have a healthy immune system and a healthy thyroid if you have all this bloating, constipation or food cravings (=not healthy gut)!

3. The gut converts T4 to T3 which is the active thyroid hormone!

4. The Gut Absorbs Vitamins and Minerals – Most people with thyroid conditions are deficient of many vitamins; Vid D, B12, selenium, iron just to name a few. Supplements will not be the miracle cure since the root cause of digestive issues was not yet solved (simply put: they can’t absorb).

5. The gut-and-brain connection – The gut is called “the second brain” since neurotransmitters are produced in the gut. For example, Serotonin, which is the “happy hormone”, is 70% produced in the gut and not in the brain! However, when experiencing digestive issues, it affects our mood and our memory.

Metabolism of Hormones

Hormones and toxins are metabolized in the liver and excreted in the form of feces through the GI (gastro-intestinal) tract. The majority of thyroid hormones are converted into its active form within the liver. This means your inactive T4 gets converted into the active T3. T3 is the hormone that is eventually used by your body for energy, clarity of mind and metabolism. If you have a weak liver, you are not converting T4 to T3 (even the synthetic form), as well as not excreting toxins out of your body. This can obviously lead to a variety of problems!

Many times individuals will face difficulties losing weight due to thyroid dysfunction. In such cases, NUTRITION and SUPPLEMENTS can be helpful to balance thyroid function and lose weight.

The butterfly-shaped thyroid gland, located in the lower front of the neck, produces thyroid hormones.

Healthy Thyroid Cell Responsibility:

Development * Growth * Metabolism

When challenged, the first noticeable symptoms will be:

  • Changes in  energy levels
  • Changes in  body temperature
  • Changes in  body weight.

Possible Thyroid Dysfunction

Hypothyroidism Symptoms:

  • Weight gain (regardless to what you eat or NOT)
  • Lack of energy, tired
  • Lowered body temperature
  • May have heat intolerance as well as cold intolerance
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Fluid retention
  • Periorbital
  • Ankle edema
  • Hypertension
  • Depression
  • Memory loss
  • Cognitive dysfunction
  • Anxiety, Insomnia
  • Arthralgias, Muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Dry rough skin
  • Thinning hair
  • Hoarseness

Hyperthyroidism Symptoms:

  • Sudden weight loss
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Hand trembling
  • Sweat
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Weak Muscles
  • Bowel movement changes
  • Menstrual changes
  • Eating more – no control
  • Sleep interruptions
  • Brittle hair