Low Testosterone, Adrenal Fatigue and Gut Health

The Link between Inflammation and Low Testosterone and Erectile Dysfunction

EMedicine Health online states that 67% of men age 40 have at least some trouble with erectile dysfunction and that number increases an average 12% for each decade of life afterwards, with men age 79 reporting 90% ED.  In 2007 it was estimated that 18 million men suffered ED in the United states, while in 2020 that number had increased to 33 million. The number of men age 20-40 reporting some incidence of ED is 52%. As you can see, it is a bigger problem than is actually acknowledged.

What are the causes?

A study in 2019 published by Harvard Health indicated that chronic inflammation is actually the primary cause. The study reports that often, ED is the first sign that is reported regarding Low Testosterone, heart disease, Venous Insufficiency or Kidney disease, but is often overlooked. This may be due the way in which it is reported. (8) Many men in their 20’s to 50’s won’t report difficulty obtaining an erection. They won’t even report low sex drive, or premature ejaculation. What they report is a general sense of fatigue. Weight gain. Loss of motivation. Interestingly, blood work is not often done at this stage. In 47% of cases the patient is prescribed an antidepressant like a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI). 

relations and ED

The study went on to say that medications such as Viagra, Cialis and other vasodilators that were prescribed could actually be more damaging long term. This is because the younger the patient, the higher the risk of further damage to the blood vessels. You see, the Blood Vessels in the Penile tissue are the smallest and have the thinnest walls. If you cause them to “Blow out” before age 50, you have a problem beyond age 50. Not only that, But there are significant risks. Curing the problem might be better than the medication. The medications can have side effects of Stroke, heart attack, loss of hearing and vision. 

Where does Chronic Inflammation start?

In the blog published in January titled What is Leaky Gut and Do I Have It? I go over what happens when the gut is under attack. This attack can be from the environment outside the body, or the things that you place into the GI system.  If you are unsure of the symptoms of Inflammation here are some examples:

How do you know if you have a leaky gut?

  • constipation that is chronic and have difficulty going to the bathroom for a bowel movement 2-3 times a day 
  • bouts of Diarrhea that come on especially after a meal or seem out of the blue
  • If you have joint pain in the mornings
  • Joint stiffness in the mornings
  • Headaches, particularly migraines
  • Hives
  • Itchy dry skin, even with lotion
  • Autoimmune disorders like chronic fatigue, adrenal fatigue, eczema, 
  • Allergies to food and environment
  • Sinusitis, ear infections, Sinus infections
  • Runny nose
  • Acne

How Does inflammation in the Gut and the Rest of the Body Affect Testosterone and ED?

To start, the gut must have the ability to absorb certain nutrients to produce hormone precursors, Neurotransmitters and Hormones themselves. It turns out that Serotonin (80%  of it), which is the feel good neurotransmitter, is produced in the gut. IT is also required to obtain an erection. If you lack serotonin or you are taking serotonin sparing drugs, Like SSRIs, you will likely have a decreased ability to obtain an erection. 

A study published in 2016 (10)  indicates that Obesity and a high fat/high calorie diet are both reported to result in changes to gut bacteria and intestinal wall permeability, leading to the passage of bacterial endotoxin (lipopolysaccharide- LPS) from the gut to the blood system (metabolic endotoxaemia), where it initiates systemic inflammation. Endotoxin is known to reduce testosterone production by the testis, both by direct inhibition of Leydig cell steroidogenic pathways and indirectly by reducing pituitary Luteinizing Hormone drive.

The problem is that the low T promotes a decrease in good gut bacteria and an increase in non-ovarian Oestrogen production (4). This then leads to further inflammation and lower testosterone. And the cycle continues. The Cycle in itself can lead to Heart disease, Spider Veins, Stroke, and ED. 

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(1)Blumberg, R., and Powrie, F. (2012). Microbiota, disease, and back to health: a metastable journey. Sci. Transl. Med 4:rv137. doi: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3004184
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(5)https://ro.co/health-guide/ed-in-your-20s/#how-many-men-in-their-20s-have-ed
(6)Sooriyamoorthy, T., & Leslie, S. (2021). Erectile Dysfunction. [Updated Aug 12, 2021]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Retrieved Dec. 8, 2021 from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32965924/
(7) https://www.health.harvard.edu/mens-health/which-drug-for-erectile-dysfunction
(8) https://www.statista.com/statistics/1248479/effects-of-ed-on-relationships-among-us-men/
(9) https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/004024.htm
(10) Gut Endotoxin Leading to a Decline IN Gonadal function (GELDING) – a novel theory for the development of late onset hypogonadism in obese men
Kelton Tremellen https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4918028/
(11)Dopamine and serotonin: influences on male sexual behavior, Elaine M Hull 1, John W Muschamp, Satoru Sato
(12) https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/medicine-and-dentistry/estrogen-metabolism

 

 

Gut Health and Hormones: Gut Health Part 3

So now that I know leaky gut exists, What else should I know?

Hormones.

Those pesky little signalers in your body that drive every process. They are affected by leaky gut.

In fact, there are now studies that link the diagnosis of PCOS and Leaky gut. (1) They show that women who have leaky gut are more likely to suffer from lack of diversity in the biome, but also that they suffer from the inflammatory processes surrounding leaky gut. The imbalance in the microbiome plus the leaky gut lead to estrogen dominance.  One study even suggests that some of the gut bacteria are pro estrogen forming. Which means that they will break down the cholesterols from the food you eat and use them to produce more estrogen.

But its not just Estrogen. Turns out that poor gut health is a leading cause of LowT as well. Testosterone is also produced in part by nutrients that we ingest and can absorb. (2) When the gut is leaky, it creates inflammatory cascades that decrease function of the gonads. The reduced function decrease Gonadotropin hormone. This hormone triggers production of testosterone. Lack of testosterone has been linked to

  1. Erectile dysfunction
  2. Heart Disease
  3. Stroke
  4. Decreased Muscle Recovery, repair, rebuilding
  5. Gynecomastia
  6. Breast cancer in men

Medication or Supplements?

Well, Lets be honest. When was the last time a pharmaceutical company gave you a drug that cleared up all your problems and created none.

Recently, I have even seen some of the LowT clinics prescribing the use of metformin.  And sure, The research for Obese Males with Type II diabetes shows that (3)

  1. It decreases cholesterol
  2. Decreases obesity
  3. Decreases inflammation
  4. Can improve overall heart health
  5. Changes the gut bacteria ratio

But guess what: IT LOWERS TESTOSTERONE

So that same physician that is giving you testosterone is giving you metformin. Then you have to up the testosterone dose, making it more expensive. Long term, the use of metformin also showed in healthy males to cause Erectile Dysfunction. (4) Seems odd that the same guy is writing you a prescription for the two. Sure, 12 weeks of cycling on and 6 months off may help with someone with high cholesterol. But research shows those problems with ED start around 12-18 weeks.

Are you willing to risk morning sex for 6-pack abs? I know which one I’d rather have….

Supplements that boost testosterone, lower blood sugar, cleanse the liver and lower cholesterol: Berberine (taken from the peel of Bergamot oranges), Bergamot and Turmeric. (5)

 

So which do you want?

When is the last Cure we had in the US?

When is the last time you heard a list of side effects that nearly scared you to death?

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(1) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28045919

(2) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4918028/

(3) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7751595/

(4) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5296448/

(5) https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2213434415300256#:~:text=Thus%2C%20bergamot%20extract%20alone%20or,in%20patients%20with%20cardiometabolic%20disorders.

 

Gut Health: Part 2 Stomach or Intestine?

How do you know if it is the small intestine or the stomach?

 

Well, this can be a challenge, but we can move in a direction to see which one it is. The easier way to determine is to see WHEN the symptoms happen. The problem with this approach is that most of us are Overfed and Over feeding too often. 

 

For years, the lie has been perpetuated that you need 5 small meals a day. That it keeps blood sugar stabilized and that it helps the gut “know how to work”

 

The truth,

if you read the series on Reactive Hypoglycemia, is that eating 5 small meals a day ruins insulin sensitivity and decreases the body’s ability to burn fat for fuel. The other truth;

  • It takes 4 hours for the stomach to empty. 
  • It takes 6-9 for the small intestine to empty
  • It takes 2-4 hours to transit in the colon. 

If you wake up at 6 and go to bed at 11 that isn’t enough time to eat 5 meals a day. 

Why?

 You need 20 hours of time to eat 5 small meals. 

Why? 

Because your stomach needs to be empty before you add more to it. 

Why? 

Because it has to rebuild the Acid required to break down food. 

Why?

Because if you don’t have the right amount of acid, you can not break the food down enough for the enzymes from the small intestine to work. 

 

When the enzymes don’t work properly, You get large food particles pressing against and tearing against the lining of the small intestine. When that happens, you get weakening of the lining of the small intestine and leaky gut. 

 

Notice at the TRUTH section that it takes 4 hours for the stomach to empty. This means that if you get pain in the first few hours after a meal it is the upper digestive system. The stomach, Gall bladder or liver. It is acid related or enzyme related. 

 

If you get beyond 4 hours and start having GI issues, it is likely small intestine. Common symptoms can be found in the previous blog, but bloating, gas, and undigested food parts are a big part of this. You can also see rashes, acne, and hair breakage. 

 

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What is Leaky Gut and Do I Have IT?

What is Leaky Gut?

 

As I sit  here at Starbucks drinking a coffee that is not organic I contemplate the fact that I am writing to you about gut health while trying to destroy mine. 

 

You see, Leaky gut is the process by which inflammatory foods attack the lining of the gut and make it too thin. That process causes the cell junctions to break and then whole food particles, enzymes and bile to leak out into the body. 

 

What happens when enzymes meant to break down food substances and Bile leak into the body?

 

Bad, Bad things. 

 

The symptoms of leaky gut are far and wide, and typically treated by symptom management, not cause resolution. Medications like steroids, Immuno-suppressants, gas-aids, Pain killers, muscle relaxers and anti-acids. All of these have severe side effects that not only make the gut issues worse, but lead to a cascade of other health issues. Some of those include sleep disruption, bone demineralization (weakening), Brain fog, weakened immune system, death of glands, hormone dysregulation, ulcers and more. 

 

How do you know if you have a leaky gut?

  • constipation that is chronic and have difficulty going to the bathroom for a bowel movement 2-3 times a day 
  • bouts of Diarrhea that come on especially after a meal or seem out of the blue
  • If you have joint pain in the mornings
  • Joint stiffness in the mornings
  • Headaches, particularly migraines
  • Hives
  • Itchy dry skin, even with lotion
  • Autoimmune disorders like chronic fatigue, adrenal fatigue, eczema, 
  • Allergies to food and environment
  • Sinusitis, ear infections, Sinus infections
  • Runny nose

 

How do you treat it? 

The first way to treat anything is to get rid of the triggers and then work on repairing the tissue. This process, depending on how much damage is present, can take months to years. Most of our clients find relief within 6-10 months using a specific protocol. That protocol includes supplements, Mindset work, Nutritional strategies and specific coaching. They focus on understanding the deeper nervous system triggers as well as the superficial things like food and environmental triggers. We want to make sure that it is a whole person approach, because no system in the body functions without the other. 

 

If you are interested in our Healthy Sexy Gut Vitality Program, we can book a Free Health Strategy Call  to see if we are a good fit to work together. 

 

While this is not a weight loss program, some people will lose weight through the time due to the nutritional strategies employed. 

Hangry: Part two


Reactive Hypoglycemia looks like:


Sweating, headaches, Feeling Faint, Pale skin, Shakiness, Nausea, need to eat every few hours.(2)


But why?


Poor Insulin Sensitivity, Adrenal Fatigue, And poor management of Blood Sugar.


Insulin Resistance:


Unfortunately, due to SAD and lack of a central family, we are seeing Insulin Resistance occur as young as 4 years of age. This is a recent development, but comes with the increase in fast food, expansion of the aisles of processed goods, increased sugar, and poor management of children’s behavior. It is thought that at least one third (1/3rd) of Americans, even those that appear healthy, are insulin resistant. (3)


Insulin Resistance is a Hormone Imbalance. It is basically the body’s rejection of a hormone at the cellular level. This is important primarily because the entire job of insulin is to shuttle Blood Glucose from the Blood into the Muscle where it can be used for energy. If this does not happen, the body will store sugar as fat. This means that Obesity is a Hormone Dysfunction. If we can fix the hormone issue, we can fix the obesity issue.


What else goes wrong with insulin resistance?


Glucose is free to move around. EVERY blood vessel in the body has a corresponding nerve. Glucose is Toxic to Nerves. They actually prefer Ketones.
The Exposure to glucose is what causes neuropathy. So, if you are someone who suffers from Hangry and weird tingling in the hands or feet, it is likely you have insulin resistance.


What the American Diabetes Association has to say:


Insulin resistance and Diabetes are a PROGRESSIVE disorder. This disorder happens due to the lack of the body’s response to insulin. It requires that a person eat every few hours to maintain blood glucose. They will eventually need insulin to manage said blood glucose and increasing doses over time.


So What if they are wrong? What if you fasted, taught the body to function on Ketones?


What if you lost weight? What if you felt Less Brain Fog? What if you didn’t need the insulin? 2 short years ago it would have saved you $2000-$3000/year. The cost of insulin, a drug that the pharmaceutical industry and the ADA says is life sustaining, had gone to over $300/unit. In 2021 congress had to step in and voted to cap insulin at $35/month. That is still $420/year. And the government has a say in your health. The same government that helped write the food guide pyramid.

The one that says you need more processed grains than real food.

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Adrenal Fatigue


This is a REAL disorder. It basically occurs with time, but can occur due to an illness. The adrenal glands sit on the kidneys. They produce cortisol in response to stress. The stress should be short lived and easily managed. The state of chronic stress that we are in now has made this disorder so common that no one knows what normal is anymore.


You shouldn’t need a cup of stimulants to get going in the morning.


You shouldn’t need caffeine or food between lunch and dinner to get through the afternoon slump


You should be able to wake up easily without an alarm


You should have enough stored energy to get you to at least 4 hours of being awake before stimulants or food are needed.


What happens?


Normally, you would wake up and around 30 minutes later your cortisol would spike and hold. Then it would start to slowly decrease over a 12 hour window.


At the end of the 12 hour window your body would start producing melatonin and you would want to sleep.


What is actually happening in most of the population:

Cortisol spike occurs but is approximately 1/3 of normal. Then it declines so rapidly that melatonin starts being produced around 6 hours after waking.


When stress comes you should see a short spike. What we see clinically is that the spike does not occur.


How does it relate to Reactive Hypoglycemia?


Normally: those little spikes to stress would allow adrenaline and cortisol to carry you to the next meal without Hangry.
Since your body is starting off in the rear of taxes, it can not carry you.

The adrenal glands control the thyroid. Or the Engine. Not enough gas, the engine stops.

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5 Steps to Stop Hangry:


Better known as Reactive hypoglycemia
1. Fast. The hunger and satiety ( I’m Full) Hormones function on a 12 hour window. You should aim to eat in 10 hours of the day or less. 3-4 days a week you should aim to eat in 8 hours or less. You should also stop eating 2-3 hours prior to bed. This allows your body to work on digesting food prior to bedtime so it can work on restoring your body while you sleep.


2. Water: Depending on where you live in the country you need 80-120 oz of water. More if you exercise a lot or work a manual labor job. The first thing you take in during the day should be 32 oz of lukewarm water that has a pinch of sea salt or electrolytes that don’t have added sweeteners and lemon in it. This is to help flush out the toxins from the liver and the Kidneys that your body worked on overnight.


3. Don’t drink caffeine, especially if you need all the garbage in it, until you have been awake for at least 2 hours. This gives your adrenal glands a chance to come on-line and start healing. This allows your body to restore normal cortisol levels. This allows your Thyroid to function better. This allows your brain to understand the world before you stimulate it. For those of you who use your morning cup of joe to Poop, we have some other things to discuss regarding your gut.


4. Protein. Each meal you have should contain a clean, lean source of protein that is 4-8 ounces, depending on your size, amount of physical activity and your health state.


5. Vegetables and Fruit: you need 15 servings or 7.5 cups of vegetables and 5 servings or 2.5 cups of fruit Each Day. That means that you likely need 6 ounces of vegetables and 4 ounces of fruit at each meal, plus snacks that consist of fruits and veggies.


6. Healthy Fats: Nuts like almonds, walnuts, pecans, Pistachios. Fruits like Avocado. Oils like Olive, Coconut, and Avocado. every day should be eating in no more than 1/2 cup. Total.


7. Eat with patience. Take time to chew your food. Sit down and eat the meal. Take a walk afterwards.

8. Don’t drink more than 8 ounces with your meal.


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1 U.S. Department of Agriculture, “2012 Census Highlights: Farm Economics,” ACH12-2, May 2014. See also Environmental Working Group, Farm Subsidy Database, https://farm.ewg.org.
2 https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetes/expert-answers/reactive-hypoglycemia/faq-20057778
3 https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/insulin-and-insulin-resistance

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Hangry? Shaky? Do You Need to Eat Now, Or Else?

Hangry?

What exactly is hangry? It’s that past the point of no return irritation that occurs because your body is having a response to Blood sugar levels. Usually, they’ve dropped below what the system wants and the Adrenal Glands are not able to help by boosting Cortisol. Many people think this is just a day in the life. They spend most days with moments of Hangry, and think that it’s normal. Usually, it happens when they get distracted and forget to eat. Or, when a large group decides to do an activity and no one can decide on a meal or restaurant. Sometimes it occurs due to poor food choices the day before and inability to regain control so the immediate reach is for sugary or starchy foods.

I am here to tell you: IT IS NOT NORMAL

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So Why Is it So Common?

The Standard American Diet, or SAD for short.

You see, SAD says that we are supposed to eat

  • grains
  • Starches
  • Legumes
  • Very small amounts of Proteins in comparison
  • Small amounts of Veggies and Fruit in comparison
  • Dairy is the only fat listed…. What about nuts and avocado?

Why is it Wrong?

The Food guide pyramid is developed by the USDA. Agricultural Goods are one of the highest GDP products, other than healthcare, in the United States at 5.2% or just over $1trillion. Also, the government subsidizes GRAINS more than any other agricultural good in the United States(1). More than half of the $20 Billion a year in fact goes to subsidize grains in the States. Can you see the conflict of interest?

Then, let’s talk about those pictures. Do you see any actual whole grains? I don’t.

What I see are products that were processed so far that the body can not recognize them. Products that have sugar and preservatives added. How much does that picture look like this one?

The answer: NOT AT ALL. And why is that? Many reasons. The primary being that they don’t look appealing. Second, they are hard to digest. The process of Processing them leads to depletion of the actual fiber and nutrient dense Germ portion of the grain. All that is left is the starch or endosperm. With the fiber removed, you must treat the grain to get the body to further digest it and not turn it to sugar. Not sure? Look at this image:

 

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So what is Reactive Hypoglycemia or HANGRY?

What it actually is is the process by which you can long term develop Type II diabetes.

Gluconeogenesis:

This is the process by which the liver, and to some extent, the kidneys produce Glycogen, or Blood Sugar.

During the process, all Organisms, including plants, fungi and bacteria, take the chemical pyruvate and turn it into glucose. Notice, I said ALL organisms. When was the last time you saw a Mushroom eating a slice of bread? Tree Moss eating a Blueberry Muffin? Clovers eating a bowl of rolled oats?

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1 U.S. Department of Agriculture, “2012 Census Highlights: Farm Economics,” ACH12-2, May 2014. See also Environmental Working Group, Farm Subsidy Database, https://farm.ewg.org.
2 https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetes/expert-answers/reactive-hypoglycemia/faq-20057778
3 https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/insulin-and-insulin-resistance

Healthcare Spending in United States Out of Control

Drivers for Health care spending differ across top income earning countries

In 2016 the Total cost of Healthcare in the US was 17.8% of the GDP, according to a study published in JAMA, and was double that of other similar high income countries.

What was evaluated:

  1. Overweight and Obese Population: the US was the top by 20%, with 70.1 % of the population falling in the overweight to obese category. With obesity comes a link to 63 other significant health conditions, including high blood pressure, colorectal cancer, Heart disease, Metabolic syndrome (diabetes included), and Back Pain
  2. Average population of smokers: we did well here coming in second to last at only 11%
  3. Average number of Hospital beds per capita: equal to other countries
  4. Average number of physicians per capita: equal to other countries
  5. Imaging: we image across all types at three times the rate of other countries.
  6. Insurance coverage: 90% of US compared to 99% of other countries, but higher in private insurance at 55% of Americans.
  7. Administrative costs of Care: 8% in US compared to 1-3% in other countries
  8. Pharmaceuticals: $1444 in us per person compared with $466-$933 in other countries
  9. Salary of Physicians: US avg $218k, Other countries $88k-150K

What does it mean?

  1. We allow too much oversight from the industry in the healthcare space.
    1. The pre-approval process is set in place by the insurance companies.
    2. Authorization of care is set by a protocol based on research that is not up to current standard of practice
    3. we are allowing business manager to practice medicine without a license by setting the protocols in place.
  2. Medicare needs a tax hike
    1. In order to allow providers to see medicare patients they need a rate hike
    2. A rate hike would be driven by a tax increase
    3. the last time income tax payable to medicare and social security occurred was 1990. That was 31 years ago. 
  3. Stop allowing pharmaceuticals to drive healthcare
    1. The only way to CHANGE your health is to CHANGE your living
    2. Processed foods are not Nutrient dense.
    3. We are thee most overfed, under nourished society in history
    4. Stopping the drug industry from advertising and giving kick backs to government officials and physicians is a start
    5. starting to actually take responsibility for health is the true STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

50% more spending, Sicker population

Last year, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services reported that the total amount spent on healthcare was $4.8TRILLION. That accounts for 18% of the GDP. Yet, we suffered more than most countries in the pandemic. the previous year, 2019, the cost for health care grew almost 5% and were 17.7% of the GDP.

Even without a pandemic, we are not healthy. With cancer, Obesity, High blood pressure and stroke leading as causes of death.

 

 

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  9. Fatigue
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Thyroid Dysfunction: Overall Health Part 2

Thyroid and Hair Loss

Many people start to suffer what is called hormonal alopecia. It is the systemic loss of hair from all over the body with the loss, or gain, of certain hormones. The most common type of hair loss for women is due to thyroid dysfunction. The areas that we typically notice is the thickness of mane hair, or a shrinking ponytail. But, eye lashes coming out and or thinning of the brows, particularly the outer 2/3’s is fairly significant and should be noted. It IS A REASON to have you thyroid tested.

In Many cases, thinning brows, or a slimmer ponytail might be your only true indicator that the thyroid is struggling. This is because the sleep issues in the current day and age are rampant. Devices, job and school requirements and stimulant intake disrupts what we consider “normal sleep”. Since most think 1 bowel movement every 2 days is normal, this may also be missed. (See Previous Blog). Weight fluctuates for many college students and athletes as they exit high school and collegiate sports as well, so that might not be a great indicator.

Why Is my Hair Thinning a symptom?

Because the hair grows sin 4-6 week cycles, If you are not able to maintain growth due to poor thyroid function, you will start to see global sparseness in the hair. The patterns is across the entire scalp, not just the top or the front. It is related because the thyroid controls the ongoing functions that support the system as a whole to remain WHOLE. If you are lacking in nutrients required, you will start seeing hair loss sooner than diagnosis. This is because “Sub-Optimal” levels of thyroid can lead to long term damage.

What Can I do about Hair Loss and Hormones? (1)

  1. Take a Quality Muti Vitamin 
  2. Take Extra Vitamin D and Know your levels (25OH-VitD should be between 50-80, 30 is considered normal)
  3. Get 15 Veggies and 5 fruits Daily
  4. Get Enough Protein (1.9kg/pound females; 2.4g/pound males)
  5. Get some Protein from collagen
  6. Sleep 8-10 hours daily
  7. Eat iodized salt
  8. Eat crustaceans (selenium, iodine and zinc all support thyroid).
  9. Eat Brazil Nuts (4/day for selenium requirements)
  10. Get tested Early and Often.
  11. As young as 18 but before age 24. (normally recommended at age 32)
  12. Run a FULL Thyroid panel (most run TSH and Total Thyroid)(2)

 

  1. 1. https://www.endocrineweb.com/news/thyroid-diseases/thyroid-conditions-hair-loss-help#:~:text=What%20does%20thyroid%20hair%20loss,hair%2C%20and%20eyelashes%2C%20too.
  2. https://thyroidpharmacist.com/articles/need-know-thyroid-disease/

Thyroid Dysfunction: How does over all health affect this?

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?

  1. Eat a healthy well balanced diet with a lot of fruits and vegetables. (15 vegetable, 5 fruit/day0
  2. Get enough protein (males 2.4 g/kg body weight per/day; females 1.9g/kg body weight/day)
  3. Have some protein come from collagen.
  4. Set a sleep schedule
  5. Use a Good Quality Vitamin.
  6. Each iodized salt
  7. Eat crustaceans (selenium, iodine and zinc all support thyroid).
  8. Eat Brazil Nuts (4/day for selenium requirements)
  9. Get tested Early and Often.
    1. As young as 18 but before age 24. (normally recommended at age 32)
    2. Run a FULL Thyroid panel (most run TSH and Total Thyroid)(2)
      1. TSH

        Optimal versus Normal Thyroid Lab Values
        Comparison of Optimal versus Regular values
      2. TPOa
      3. T3
      4. Reverse T3
      5. T4 Total
      6. Free T4
      7. FTI
      8. Resin F3 Uptake
      9. TGB
1.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK500006/
2. https://thyroidpharmacist.com/articles/need-know-thyroid-disease/