Have you ever gone to the doctor about your thyroid symptoms and been told things like this?
- "This is just a normal part of aging."
- "These things just happen."
- "We don't really know what causes it."
- "There's no way to fully fix it."
I don't know about you, but if there are things my body is doing that it wasn't previously doing, I want to know why!
Can you relate?
Your thyroid did not randomly go out of balance. There is a reason. Once you understand that reason, you take back the power to be proactive about the solution. Let's talk about some of the reasons, shall we?
Your thyroid doesn't function in isolation. It relies on other parts of your body to work optimally. In order to balance the thyroid, you must address your body as a whole--most importantly 3 key areas:
Let's briefly break down these categories so you can start to understand the connection to your thyroid and related symptoms.
1. Adrenal Glands
Your adrenal glands are part of your Endocrine System, just like your thyroid. They are responsible for producing stress hormones that different metabolic processes in your body need in order to function correctly. The most common of these hormones is cortisol. When you are experiencing stress of any kind (physical or emotional), your adrenals are signaled to pump out cortisol. while a balanced amount of this hormone is good, most of us are in a chronic state of stress, causing cortisol levels to rise to an unhealthy amount. When this happens, your body is trained to prioritize the stressor and put other systems on hold, like: digestion, immune response, healing, and thyroid function. Are you starting to see the connection?
Your liver is your largest detoxification organ. In today's world, it's hard to quantify just how many toxins your liver is having to process on a daily basis through the food we eat, the personal products we use, and what we are breathing in the air. One of the main connections to thyroid imbalance is the fact that conversion of the inactive thyroid hormone (T4) to the active, usable form (T3) occurs largely in the liver. If your liver is burdened with toxins and poor cleansing function, you will be unable to convert thyroid hormone effectively and symptoms will remain.
With most autoimmune diseases, there is some level of "Intestinal Permeability" or Leaky Gut. This is when the lining of the gut becomes weakened, and harmful particles of food and other substances enter into the blood stream. This leads to inflammation, which is another root cause of thyroid disease. The gut is also where a percentage of T4 is converted T3, just like the liver. It is also where nutrients are absorbed. This means that you could be eating nutrient-rich foods, but if your gut is out of balance, your body won't properly absorb them. When your gut is healed and balanced, your thyroid will, in turn, balance. They are a great duo!
So, what now?
It's one thing to understand the connection and another thing to take steps toward addressing these root causes. In the weeks to come, I will be breaking down each of these 3 categories and offering tips to move toward balance in these three areas.
The encouraging thing is that once you start treating your body with care, these systems will balance out and treatment of symptoms becomes sustainable and simple!
Ready to get answers now instead of waiting for the next post? Let's dive in right away to your personal situation!
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