Having Trouble With Weight Loss? Maybe It’s Your Thyroid

This is a very complicated topic so contact me for more information. I’ll try to be relatively direct here.


Your hormones are what depict how your body is going to function and what you are going to look like. If your personal trainer can’t give you a solid answer on how to manipulate your hormones; fire them on the spot and come talk to me.


Although insulin and cortisol affect your metabolism, thyroid hormone is the most pertinent hormone that depicts your metabolism. It’s kinda a big deal.


How the thyroid works

The hypothalamus has body sensors to test the environment; it sends info to the pituitary. The pituitary sends messages to different glands; one of which is the adrenal gland. The adrenal gland uses cholesterol to produce different hormones like epinephrine, cortisol, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. On a side note, cholesterol in your food is necessary to produce hormones.


Cortisol is the enemy for most people. Cortisol is an amazing anti-inflammatory and gets produced when the body is under stress. This is great for short term purposes only. Cortisol reduces thyroid stimulating hormone from the pituitary. Thyroid stimulating hormone tells the thyroid to produce T4. The more cortisol you have the less thyroid hormone you have.


T4 gets produced in the thyroid and gets converted to the active thyroid hormone, T3, in the liver, kidneys, intestines, and lungs. The T4 gets taken to these organs via thyroid binding globulin. Selenium and iodine are essential in this T4 production and T3 conversion. Selenium can be found in smelt, herring, scallops, and Brazil nuts. Selenium also detoxifies mercury. T=thyroid, 3=3 iodine molecules.


Some of the problems that cause low thyroid hormone

Polyunsaturated fats, pesticides, preservatives and other toxins in our food. These increase inflammations and the greatest anti-inflammatory we have is cortisol. Once again; high cortisol equals low thyroid hormone.


Nutrient deficiencies. Selenium, B vitamins, Vitamin D and A, iodine, omega 3’s, and zinc.


Things that bind to thyroid binding globulin. Fluoride in our water, chlorinated water, bromide in flour, estrogen (birth control pills), pesticides, commercially produced meat and vaccines.


Other foods that cause inflammation. The top 7 are corn, soy, dairy, sugar and other sweeteners, gluten, peanuts, and eggs with gluten leading the pack. Gluten is found in rye, wheat, barley, spelt, oats, and kamut.


These are the symptoms of low thyroid

·        Sluggishness in the morning

·        Poor concentration and memory

·        Low-grade depression

·        Dry skin

·        Hoarse voice

·        Thinning hair

·        Coarse hair

·        Being very sensitive to cold and having cold hands and feet

·        Low body temperature

·        Muscle pain

·        Weakness or cramps

·        Low sex drive

·        Fluid retention

·        High cholesterol


Fixing your low thyroid

Avoid certain foods and make sure to eat certain foods. Foods to avoid are toxins and allergens. Toxins are pesticides and preservatives in food. Mercury is really bad and is found in bigger fish like tuna. Selenium detoxifies mercury.  Also avoid chlorinated/fluoridated water. Eating nutrient rich organic foods and filtering your water is best practise.


Obviously people under chronic stress have high cortisol levels and therefore low thyroid hormone. Probably the most common cause of low thyroid hormone these days. Whatever is stressing you out you’ll need to find a way to eliminate it. Also proper meditation or yoga is very beneficial.


“One warning is that if your adrenal glands are burned out from long-term stress, treating the thyroid without supporting the adrenal glands through relaxation and adaptogenic herbs (such as ginseng, rhodiola, or Siberian ginseng) can actually make you feel worse.” (Dr. Mark Hyman)


Exercise is important not only as a stress relief but it stimulates thyroid hormone production. Come see me for a free consultation for best results.


I have to take a step back and explain something super important for those that have trouble with weight loss. As you lose weight the pesticides in fat cells get released into the body. These pesticides are detrimental to thyroid hormone production. The way to get rid of these pesticides is to sweat. I recommend hot yoga. If you’re having a lazy day maybe consider the sauna. Both involve a stress relief and both make you sweat.


Get the nutrient your thyroid needs. Selenium, iodine, zinc, vitamins A and D, and omega 3 fats. Ultimately, if you have a thyroid problem you might have to take a medication to fix it.  It might not be permanent if you see the right doctor. Synthroid is a synthetic T4 replacement and may or may not work for you.  Armour thyroid is T4, T3, and T2. Many doctors hold the outdated belief that Armour thyroid is unstable. That used to be true but not anymore.


“Sometimes, once all the factors that disturbed your thyroid function have been corrected, you may be able to reduce or discontinue the dose. As with any treatment, always work with a physician experienced in using medications to treat your thyroid.” (Dr. Mark Hyman)


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