The thyroid and thyroid hormones main function is to regulate metabolism and provide energy, but they also has a significant influence on the entire body.
Thyroid hormones are released and signaled by communication between the brain and thyroid gland—which is an endocrine gland in the form of a butterfly found in the lower front of the neck.
While there are many thyroid hormones, the ones that traditionally of concern are TSH thyroid stimulating hormone, triiodothyronine and thyroxine (also known as T3 and T4). T4 is turned into the active T3 in cells, and it reaches the body organs through the bloodstream.
The most common issue linked to the thyroid is hypothyroidism—which is the state of an underactive thyroid, that is the gland does not produce sufficient hormones to regulate the necessary body functions.
It can be a result of numerous internal and external factors, but the most common cause is Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune condition in which the thyroid is attacked by the immune system itself.
Hypothyroidism can be manifested by numerous different symptoms, including dry skin, brittle nails, fatigue, hair loss, weight gain, body temperature irregularities, feeling cold, poor reflexes, depression, brain fog, and mood swings.
However, as these symptoms can also indicate other diseases or ailments as well, this is one of the reasons why hypothyroidism often goes undiagnosed by doctors.
When it comes to the standard of care for thyroid testing conventional protocols can fall short. There is a critical flaw in the conventional test to diagnose hypothyroidism. This test, known as the thyroid stimulating hormone test or TSH test, actually measures the level of a pituitary hormone, TS, in the blood.
However, this test does not show the amount of T3 or T4 in the blood, as the pituitary hormone directs the thyroid gland to produce and release thyroid hormones.
Hence, this is a flaw as numerous patients experience the symptoms listed above but still have a normal TSH result, so they consequently are prescribed to take medications that do not treat their root problem and even suffer from their side- effects.
For better results, the levels of T3 and T4 should be individually examined. Moreover, it is of vital importance to be sure that T4 is being turned into active T3 and that the T3 enters cells in order to regulate the function of the body organs.
Both internal and external factors lead to thyroid disorders, as they may result from a combination of certain aspects like immunity, diet, hormones, stress, immunity, and dealing with our very toxic environment.
Reseting your thyroid health requires a more full-body approach as the thyroid gland is impacted by your other hormones, your brain, and gut health. Getting the right testing may also include some gut testing as well, as the gut is responsible for converting T4 (the inactive form) to T3 (the active form). Working with a practitioner who specializes in advanced thyroid and gut testing along with the knowledge to interpret the labs is key. Following a protocol that will support your thyroid health with proper diet, detox, and stress management can help you to get your energy back and heal your thyroid imbalances.
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