It can seem like a never ending science experiment trying to figure out the right thyroid medication and dosage, sometimes! It makes matters worse if you're still not getting the results and symptom reduction you want even with all the experimenting!
There are some key reasons why your medication may not be bringing you relief. By implementing some of the strategies below, you can increase the effectiveness of your medication and work toward addressing the root cause of the issue altogether.
Here are 3 reasons why your medication may not be helping:
1. You may not be converting the inactive form (T4) to the active form (T3).
You can be taking all the medication in the world, but if your body is not converting it to the form it needs, you won't feel better. This is especially tricky, because it can show up on lab work that you have enough T4, but this doesn't tell if your cells have access to the usable form that will actually decrease your symptoms.
What can help:
Focusing on liver and gut health. A large percentage of this conversion form T4 to T3 happens in the gut and liver. When you are balancing your gut flora and supporting your body's natural detoxification pathways, this conversion will happen much easier!
2. Your cells may not be healthy enough to receive the thyroid hormone efficiently.
Almost every cell in your body (some research says EVERY SINGLE cell) has thyroid hormone receptor. These cells + thyroid hormone act like puzzle pieces, the cell receiving the hormone and putting it to work in your body. When your cells are unhealthy and "warped" due to poor nutrition and other lifestyle factors, they are not in a state to receive that thyroid hormone well.
What can help:
Focusing on antioxidant-rich foods full of vitamins and minerals will nourish and cleanse your cells. When your cells are getting rid of waste products that are harmful and bathing in peak nutrition, they have everything they need to function well and receive the thyroid hormone your body systems are begging for!
3. You may have an autoimmune component that your medication is not addressing.
Unless your doctor has tested for thyroid antibodies and is incorporating an autoimmune protocol into your treatment, many thyroid medications alone are not doing much to address the autoimmune response occurring in your body. You may NOT have an autoimmune component instigating your hypo/hyper thyroid, but it is very common and crucial to make sure this is not a contributing factor. If you've been diagnosed with Hashimoto's or Graves Disease, these are the common autoimmune diseases that often go along with thyroid imbalance.
What can help;
Identifying and eliminating potential troublesome or inflammatory foods from your diet is a great place to start. This can vary from person to person, but common problematic foods with autoimmunity include dairy, soy, gluten and high amounts of sugar. Healing and supporting gut health does wonders for addressing the underlying cause of the autoimmune attack, as well.
The encouraging thing about all of this is that by focusing on a nutrient-dense diet and reducing toxin exposure in your environment will address each of these 3 issues. If you're not sure how to get started on applying these principles to your own health plan, let's chat!
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