Thyroid. Weight Gain. Hair Loss
All of these terms fall together when we think about thyroid dysfunction, but there are a lot of reasons why each symptoms is important. There are also many ways to support the thyroid without medicating it first.
The Blogs of the last few weeks had focused on weight management and goals around weight. This can be considered an extension, but for different reasons. The thyroid is the endocrine gland primarily responsible for metabolism. Many don’t know this, but the thyroid gland can control heart rate, sleep cycles, hunger cycles, sweet tooth, salty cravings, and kidney and bladder function. Your thyroid also can have an impact on mental clarity, focus, memory and mood. (1)
HPA-axis: Health in balance
The thyroid, anterior pituitary gland and hypothalamus create that HPA axis in conjunction with the adrenal glands and are a self regulatory system for maintenance of glandular function and hormone production in the body. The HPA axis is stimulated primary by signals released from the liver. When given the right stimulus, with all the available nutrients in surplus, the system is flawless. IF there is a lack of nutrients, or there is toxic load increase in the liver, the system hits some bumps. Those bumps can cause major health issues.
Hypo- Low Thyroid:
This condition occurs for many reasons. There is a subclinical hypothyroidism that many times goes undiagnosed until a problem arises, but is often still last to be treated. People with hypothyroid often suffer feeling cold all the time. They have cold hands and feet, even if it is 100 degrees outside. Bradycardia, or a rather slow heart rate at rest is also a symptom. Now many athletes have bradycardia, but most don’t also feel cold all the time. slow heart rate at rest is looking at someone who drops often into high 40s or low 50s after being at rest lying down for 10 minutes. Weight gain is a symptoms of low thyroid. Constipation. This, as discussed in the last blog, is a huge factor. Many think not voiding fecal matter for 1-2 days is normal. IT. IS. NOT. People also often feel tired, lack of desire, lack of motivation.
Hyper- Fast or high Thyroid
Some might think this is what they want. I can introduce you to a few people who can tell you that if this persists longer than a month, you want it to stop. Tachycardia. The opposite of Bradycardia. You can see resting heart rates above 120. Now, if your not sure what that feels like, go for a run walk for 30 minutes where you run for 1 min walk 1 min. And try and cary on a conversation. It’s HARD. It’s EXHAUSTING. And let’s say you are a nurse who must wear scrubs, lab coat, Procedure covering gear, shoe covers, hair covering, face covering, and talk through discharge instructions with each patient. Are you sweating yet? Imagine this daily. Usually, the doctors will ask for you not to exercise until it is regulated as well. That would be awful for many who use exercise as a mental health boost. These people also often have muscle weakness, intolerance to heat, tremors, and diarrhea.
How do you Support Thyroid Naturally?
- Eat a healthy well balanced diet with a lot of fruits and vegetables. (15 vegetable, 5 fruit/day0
- Get enough protein (males 2.4 g/kg body weight per/day; females 1.9g/kg body weight/day)
- Have some protein come from collagen.
- Set a sleep schedule
- Use a Good Quality Vitamin.
- Each iodized salt
- Eat crustaceans (selenium, iodine and zinc all support thyroid).
- Eat Brazil Nuts (4/day for selenium requirements)
- Get tested Early and Often.
- As young as 18 but before age 24. (normally recommended at age 32)
- Run a FULL Thyroid panel (most run TSH and Total Thyroid)(2)
- Reverse T3
- T4 Total
- Free T4
- Resin F3 Uptake