If not functioning adequately, the thyroid and adrenal system are responsible for many disorders.
Abnormal thyroid function – both too high and too low – can be the result of a nutritional deficiency and/or interestingly is often the result of an autoimmune phenomenon – when your own immune system is stimulated to attack your thyroid gland inappropriately. Graves’s disease causes hyperthyroidism – an overactive thyroid gland. Hashimoto’s disease causes hypothyroidism – an underactive thyroid gland. It is not only essential to support your thyroid and balance your thyroid hormones, it is also imperative to identify the triggers that are inappropriately stimulating your immune system. Patients with one autoimmune disorder are at least three times more likely to develop another autoimmune disorder if not properly treated.
The list for symptoms of abnormal thyroid function is huge.
Basically, if you ask – “Could this be attributed to abnormal thyroid function?” – The answer would be yes.
The most replaced thyroid hormone is called Thyroxine– known as T4. Thyroxine is converted to Triiodothyronine– known as T3 –which is the actual ACTIVE thyroid hormone. For multiple reasons including nutritional deficiencies and environmental toxins, some people are unable to adequately convert T4 to T3. These people convert too much of their T4 to Reverse T3, another thyroid hormone. Reverse T3 can block the action of T3 causing symptoms of low thyroid function. In this case, just taking T4 can make you worse. The treatment is improving conversion of the inactive T4 to the active T3 and treating with T3 if necessary.
The adrenal glands, two little glands, one on the top of each of your kidneys, work closely with the thyroid gland. Importantly, they are the body’s source for cortisol and are a major producer for both female and male sex hormones. Strong healthy adrenal glands are essential for optimal aging. The goal is to remove the triggers that adversely affect adrenal function like stress itself, sleep apnea, infection, food allergies, glucose intolerance, nutritional deficiencies, toxins, and heavy metals. Stress management guidance includes nutrients necessary for maximal adrenal function and calming herbal supplements to support the brain’s signaling to the adrenal glands.
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