The thyroid is a small butterfly shaped endocrine organ that sits right at the base of the throat. It controls many of the hormones secreted by the body, specifically, the thyroid gland controls how quickly the body uses energy, makes proteins, and controls how sensitive the body is to other hormones. A healthy thyroid requires many factors, such as a healthy endocrine system, stable hormone levels, good and balanced gut flora, and well functioning organs like the liver, kidneys and adrenals. The primary function of the thyroid is production of the hormone T4, T3 and calcitonin. Up to 80% of the T4 is converted to T3 by organs such as the liver and kidneys. T3 is several times more powerful than T4. In short, thyroid problems are a form of auto immune disease and often typical thyroid replacing hormones do not work efficiently enough to nourish the thyroid
The two main issues with the thyroid are known as hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Many factors distinguish the two, but in essence hypothyroidism is far more prevalent and results in the under production of both T3, and T4. Hyperthyroidism is the opposite, it is the over production of T3 and T4. In short;
– Hypothyroid symptoms include cold extremities, dry and rough skin, weight gain, fatigue, hair loss, intolerance to cold, constipation, decreased libido, edema, mood swings.
– Hyperthyroid symptoms include heart palpitations, weight loss, protruding eyes, excessive sweating, diarrhea and unusual sensitivity to heat.
Taking replacement thyroid hormones while not addressing the underlying immune imbalance is essentially useless. The best treatment may not work unless underlying hormonal and periphery organ health are not balanced. Infection at the thyroid and inflammation are two aspects that also need to be incorporated into any thyroid disorder.
A sluggish thyroid, hypothyroid, can be triggered by many unseen elements:
• A deficiency of iodine, as the thyroid will not produce enough hormones to function properly
• Autoimmune issues can cause thyroid issues
• Age, thyroid issues typically worsen with age
• MSG and an overabundance of omega 6 fatty acids
• Popular prescription drugs and medications such as pain killers, sleep aids, antidepressants, allergy medications etc.
• Halogen compounds such as fluoride, chlorine and bromine
• Candida, which toxifies the blood and inhibits all gland activity
• Vaccines, as they contain formaldehyde, heavy metals and other toxic adjuvants
• Radiation therapy and caffeine
• Menopause, pregnancy or hormone replacement therapy and family history
The adrenal glands and other endocrine glands have a direct effect on low thyroid as well. Adrenal fatigue is often the root cause of hypothyroidism. For example, if a person does not get at least 5 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night, the adrenals cannot recharge sufficiently, leading to adrenal exhaustion. The same holds true under stressful conditions or use of stimulants like caffeine. When the adrenals are continually stressed, the body ends up in a state of catabolism, it begins to break down and the result is adrenal fatigue.
Although the thyroid issues can be perplexing and overwhelming, once the endocrine system is re-balanced and all organs receive the proper quality nutrients necessary to create a balanced hormonal system, it can return a person’s health back to homeostasis. As such, the following is a partial list of elements necessary to assure that the body can heal itself.
• iodine, kelp and all sea vegetables
• B complex vitamins
• L-tyrosine, zinc and copper
• Magnesium, manganese and selenium