Although millions of women are suffering from underactive thyroid, most don’t realize
that the real causes of their thyroid problems also involve other hormone-producing
glands. It’s no coincidence that low thyroid problems most often appear in women
at menopause or with adrenal fatigue or other endocrine issues — from PMS to fibroids.
Low thyroid is also associated with diabetes, autoimmune disorders and low vitamin
D levels. This is because your thyroid is at the center of your endocrine system,
intimately connected to all your other hormonal centers.
The thyroid connection
The thyroid, adrenal glands, and ovaries are all part of the same brain-body axis,
known as the hypothalamic-pituitary-axis. That’s why the thyroid can affect so many
other hormonal systems in the body and, in turn, those other hormonal systems can
affect the thyroid.
Your thyroid is intimately involved with regulating many key bodily functions, including:
- Metabolizing food
- Storing and using energy
- Controlling weight
- Modulating temperature
- Supporting brain function
- Regulating sleep rhythms
- Supporting fertility and pregnancy
- And more!
Just as the thyroid influences all of the above systems, it is also affected by
hormonal changes in the body. For example, high levels of the stress hormone cortisol
can inhibit both TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) and the thyroid hormone T3. This
means that women who’ve been dealing with long-term stress are especially susceptible
Estrogen is a hormone that enhances thyroid function. If estrogen levels are low,
thyroid releasing hormone (the hormone that stimulates TSH) also goes down. This
is one big reason so many women in menopause and perimenopause end up with thyroid
When it comes to preserving thyroid function, the conventional approach is too late
If you go to your doctor with a thyroid-related issue, the conventional approach
is to test TSH. If your TSH is in what’s considered the “normal” range, your doctor
will likely say you’re fine — even if you’re not feeling well. And it’s probable
that you’ll be offered no suggestions for food, supplement or lifestyle adjustments.
But if you wait until your TSH is in the abnormal range, your doctor will likely
start you on supplemental thyroid hormone medication. At this point, you’re usually
feeling so horrible that supplemental thyroid hormone will be needed. And
once you go on thyroid medication, it’s very hard — if not impossible — to get off.
In conventional medicine, there is rarely any consideration for your endocrine system
as a whole, making it out of the question for a doctor to suggest dietary or lifestyle
changes that might make a big difference before the situation gets worse. Yet there
are ways to support your endocrine system and particularly your thyroid function
before it is too late.
Support your entire endocrine system to promote healthy thyroid function
Our approach is to see the thyroid as a central gland in your endocrine system.
Some important first steps include keeping track of your symptoms — what they are,
and how severe and/or frequent they are — and your own thyroid test results. If
you notice a gradual increase in TSH over time, it’s likely that your endocrine
system is stressed and your thyroid is struggling to make enough of its hormone
— even if your TSH numbers still appear to be within the normal ranges on the lab
The holistic approach is to provide support for the entire endocrine system right
away and let your body correct itself. You can do this by changing your eating habits
a little, taking a high-quality multivitamin, and by using thyroid-supportive herbs.
We offer a phytotherapeutic product called T-Balance that contains all the minerals
and herbs essential for optimal thyroid function. We also provide a detailed guide
on which stress-relief and dietary changes help the most, as well as one-on-one
phone support. This approach has been tremendously successful.
Keep track of your symptoms and provide support right away
Often women don’t notice thyroid symptoms when they first appear. There are more
obvious symptoms like weight gain, cold intolerance, and fatigue. But there are
also some less obvious signs like skin changes, joint pain, menstrual problems,
feeling foggy headed, and constipation. Start by taking our
Thyroid Health Profile to measure your thyroid health and be sure to intervene
early if you notice signs that your thyroid is slowing down.
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