Thyroid regulates the production of energy & metabolism.
Hypothyroidism – or low thyroid – is when you have an underactive thyroid – a common disorder when your thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid hormone.
Your thyroid plays a major role in how your cells use energy from food, along with regulation of your metabolism, your ability to respond to temperature ranges, your heartbeat, how well you burn calories – and above all – how much energy you have to last you all day.
If you don’t have enough thyroid hormone, your body processes slow down. Which means your body makes less energy, and your metabolism becomes sluggish; ie HYPO thyroid. When your thyroid is under-functioning or hypothyroid, you gain weight despite your best efforts, you become constipated, your mood goes flat, you feel tired and lethargic and just don’t have the same motivation and vitality to get you through your day. These symptoms are often passed off as ‘getting older’, or ‘hormonal.’
Most Thyroid conditions are never successfully treated because the underlying stress and toxicity is not addressed.
Stress and its impact on your adrenals – and therefore on all of your endocrine system – impacts your thyroid.
As the thyroid is a very sensitive organ, toxicity will affect it. Have you developed food sensitivites over the years? These will be contributing to your thyroid condition, and if not treated will degenerate into thyroid auto-immune conditions like Hashimotos. For improvement of these symptoms many women with weight or depression or poor motivation just need natural support of the underlying thyroid dysfunction.
It is essential to address these symptoms – which Naturopaths call sub-clinical thyroid – to avoid further deterioration of your thyroid gland into a full thyroid problem.
Unfortunately the medical profession doesn’t recognize your body’s symptoms when your thyroid is struggling to maintain balance and normal function. The medical profession only takes action when your thyroid has deteriorated to the point where you need medication, and possibly surgery. This is detected via blood tests. Many women have the experience of hearing their thyroid blood tests are ‘fine’. Yet they are still dragging themselves through the day and are having problems losing weight.
The good news is the ‘sub-clinical’ stage of your thyroid’s deterioration can be greatly assisted via Naturopathic practices, and possibly avoid progression into a full-blown thyroid problem. Always bring a copy of your thyroid blood tests to your Naturopath, as our ranges of thyroid dysfunction are different from the medical profession.
There are other ways of catching this cascade of deterioration before you have a thyroid crisis. Find out if you have sub-clincal thyroid symptoms – take this quick quiz.
How Adrenal Fatigue relates to thyroid?
One of the triggers that affect thyroid function is how hard your adrenal glands are working.
These organs sit on top of your kidneys and are triggered by stress. Their function is to respond to stress by releasing essential cortisol stress hormone for your body to ‘run from the tiger’.
Unfortunately big and little ‘tigers’ are overly present in our modern way of life. Your poor overworked and overwhelmed adrenal glands become weakened by overuse, and eventually malfunction. A bit like the way diabetics have a worn out pancreas from too much processing of sugar – adrenal glands becomes insensitive and depleted in their ability to respond to cortisol stress.
Treating your adrenals is essential for restoring your thyroid function.
Your adrenals send cortisol hormone messages to your thyroid every time stress is triggered.
Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue and Low Thyroid are similar, with some adrenal variations like swollen ankles, craving salt, high or low blood pressure, insomnia – to name a few.
Like under functioning thyroid, the medical profession doesn’t recognize adrenal imbalance until the adrenals are completely shot – a condition known as Addisons Disease.
Therefore as sufferers are unlikely to receive adequate diagnosis they are often left bewildered, frustrated, untreated and living a half life as they just don’t have the energy or motivation to live their life to the full. Often they may be put on anti depressants.
The good news is there are ways to naturally rebalance your adrenals and your thyroid. These include nutrition restoration and lifestyle adjustments.
Thyroid & Adrenal Connection
To effectively resolve the cycle of symptoms both organs need to be treated simultaneously. Ideally you need to address your lifestyle triggers, but this is not always possible initially for many people. I offer free stress management as my personal gift to everyone treating themselves naturally as i have seen how important it is to address this at the same time as treating your adrenals and thyroid.
As well as dealing with stress, your nutrition intake and uptake and removing toxins are required to restore vitality and function. It is essential to take the right nutrients, of the right quality in the right dose to repair damaged adrenals and thyroid. I offer only what i have personally trialled myself and with my clients. Yes like you I have had to treat myself for adrenal and thyroid health.
Please get started as soon as possible to stop further deterioration of your adrenals and thyroid. The longer these essential organs struggle and suffered, the longer the treatment, so it is always better to get started as soon as possible.
I look forward to helping your restore your adrenal and thyroid function, and getting your life back. You owe it to yourself, your family, your work and your community to be fully functioning at your best. Just get started now. Little steps are better than doing nothing.
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