Your Thyroid - Some things to think about

3 Apr 2017 9:08 AMLicensee Person
Your Thyroid - Some things to think about

coping with thyroid complaints and disease

Thyroid Health – Part 1 –

 

Being a naturopath with hashimotos i have managed to avoid taking thyroid medications for over 20 years. Thyroxine (Oroxine/Eutroxsig) is prescribed for patients who have had a total thyroidectomy or who suffer from an underactive thyroid gland, hypothyroidism. Oroxine/Eutroxsig is a synthetic form of the hormone thyroxine (T4) and It is the closest form of thyroxine to what a healthy thyroid gland produces.

The thyroid gland, found in your neck, is one of the largest glands in the endocrine system. The main function is to control how your body responds to other hormones, makes certain proteins, and controls how fast your body uses energy. Hence one of the first indicators of thyroid issues is overwhelming fatigue.  It also controls your body’s response to hormones, influencing your mood.

The thyroid has a huge importance in the body as it influences your body temperature, mood, and your metabolic rate. It produces triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). It also produces calcitronin, which has a role in calcium homeostasis.  

Every day life influences your thyroid health and just because it doesn’t show up as an irregularity on your blood test it doesn’t mean that you don’t have thyroid complications.

  • Stress and adrenal glands. High cortisol levels can reduce the conversion of T4 to T3, which is essential. Lets face it we all have form of stress in our lives and now it’s time to manage it for the sake of your thyroid.
  • Hormone levels. High oestrogen can interfere with thyroid hormone production. If you have severe PMS or problems with your periods you may want to address this in a little more detail.
  • Leaky gut syndrome. When your gut lining ‘leaks’, food fragments can escape into the bloodstream, causing the body to react with an autoimmune response. This, in turn, can lead to the rise of thyroid antibodies. Thyroid antibodies are associated when you have hashimotis which is an autoimmune condition with hypothyroidism.
  • A high intake of iodine (including iodine supplements) can, in some cases, ‘feed’ the thyroid antibodies. Iodine is a tricky one when it comes to thyroid as some conditions benefit greatly and others it can almost be deadly.
  •  Environmental toxins and heavy metals such as mercury toxicity. Do you live close to the freeway or taking an inadequate fish oil containing undeclared amounts of mercury?
  • Gut parasites. This is more prevalent than you realise. Listen to your ‘gut’. Do you have any bowel issues or stomach bloating?
  • Vitamin D levels. This plays a role in immunity, and low vitamin D levels are associated with autoimmune conditions. If you have auto-antibodies in your system then Vitamin D is a must.
  • The state of your immune system. We all know how important it is to have an healthy immune system not only for thyroid health but general health. This is more imperative when you have auto-immune conditions.
  • Experts say gluten can trigger thyroid diseases, especially Hashimoto’s. This means bread, cakes, biscuits and the likes. Did you know that a lot of store bought sauces contain gluten?
  • Goitrogenic foods. When eaten in excess or in their raw state, foods like cauliflower, broccoli, kale and soy can affect the thyroid. More on this on my next blog. On what food to eat and those to be wary of.

If any of these are issues in your life then maybe your thyroid needs a little TLC. I will be blogging about Hashimotos the symptoms and what to look out for and personal experiences with the condition.