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Thyroid, Problems, Symptoms and what causes them

Updated 3-27-2020

Located in the lower part of the neck, and approximately 2-1/2 inches wide, the thyroid glad regulates the rate at which the body burns food and controls the production of certain body tissues such as nails and hair  The thyroid gland also regulates body temperature, breakdown of carbohydrates, mental clarity and well-being, energy levels and even vitamin absorption.  Cholesterol levels, hair texture, nail strength, suppleness or dryness of the skin and sex drive are all directly influenced by the thyroid. 

The thyroid gland releases a combination of several different hormones.  Their names aren't as important as their purpose - to speed up the metabolism of the body.

Metabolism refers to the rate or speed at which, or the degree to which, the body breaks down food and changes it into living tissue and energy.  Metabolism is controlled by hormones. 

Thyroid Nodules

Thyroid nodules are solid or fluid-filled lumps that form within your thyroid. The great majority of thyroid nodules aren't serious and don't cause symptoms. 

Thyroid cancer accounts for only a small percentage of thyroid nodules.

Thyroid Nodules - The Nutritional Deficiency Connection

What to do about Thyroid Nodules?

What are low thyroid symptoms? 

The major consequence of a sluggish thyroid is a slow metabolism.  Everything is slower. Brain processes can be suppressed, triggering depression, lethargy and a general apathetic feeling.  A loss of libido (sex drive) can occur with a slow thyroid. It could also cause a complete loss of the menstrual cycle in women.

Another manifestation is feeling of being tired all the time, despite sleeping long hours.  This is chronic fatigue  Its distinct feature is feeling more awake in the morning but ready for bed at 8 PM.  The thyroid also controls the oil glands and blood flow to the skin.  A sluggish thyroid can mean dry skin and dry, brittle hair. With a thyroid problem, a person could attempt to curl her hair and not be able to maintain the curl.  She might even lose the outer third of her eyebrows. 

Since the thyroid gland controls metabolism, in a non-optimum state it begins to drive body temperatures to well below normal, causing cold hands and feet. 

Because everything is slower, the body will demand quick energy as in carbohydrate cravings, especially starches like bread, and sugary carbohydrates. Carbohydrates (sugar is a carbohydrate) such as breads, pasta, cereals, crackers, pancakes cookies, alcohol, etc.etc..are craved. 

Typical thyroid symptoms are: weakness, fatigue, lethargy, sleepiness, need for mid-afternoon naps, generalized weight gain, sagging skin under arms, chin or midsection, low/poor appetite, craving bread, pasta, chocolate and sweets, high cholesterol, brittle nails with vertical ridges, hair stiff and dry, hair loss or thinning hair, dry skin, puffiness around eyes, sagging eyelids, outer eyebrows thinning or absent, slight rosiness or reddening of the face, poor short-term memory or focus, depression, apathetic (loss of hope), difficulty making decisions, low body temperature, cold intolerance, cold feet and/or hands, loss of libido, loss of menstrual cycle, indentations on sides of the tongue, thickening of the tongue, voice deeper and rougher in sound.

What is the Cause of thyroid problems? 

Causes of Thyroid Dysfunction

When the Thyroid is the problem.

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Here is information about a Causes of Thyroid Dysfunction Fatty Liver and the Thyroid

What is Hypothyroidism?

What is a Normal Thyroid Range?

Have you had a blood test and told you're thyroid is fine? Why Your Blood Tests Keep Showing as Normal?

Sometimes blood tests will indicate the thyroid is normal, but all the symptoms say it isn't. This is known as Wilson's Syndrome.  If you body temperature is low, but the blood tests say it's not the thyroid.  The reason for this is that the thyroxine is T4.  Each molecule has 4 iodine.  In order for your body to use the thyroxin, the body must convert it to T3 (yes, 3 iodine attached).

If your body isn't converting the T4 to T3, the blood tests will show that there is enough thyroxin in the blood but it isn't being used.   

It works like this: 

  • The Hypothalamus stimulates the Pituitary gland to produce Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH).
  • TSH stimulates the thyroid gland to produce T4 (thyroxine).
  • T4 is the raw material used to make the active thyroid hormone T3.
  • T4 is also converted to Reverse T3 (RT3) which is physiologically inactive.
  • 80 percent of the active thyroid hormone T3 is produced outside the thyroid gland, in the tissues of the body.
  • T4 is converted to T3 by an enzyme called 5′ Deiodinase.
  • This enzyme is inhibited by stress, acute and chronic illness, fasting, cortisol (steroid), and other things.
  • Under stress and fasting, the body converts less T4 to T3 and more T4 to T3 to conserve energy (with less T3, the cells of the body slow down).
  • T4 is converted to T3 in the liver. 

Underlying Causes of a Sluggish Thyroid Gland
Dr. Eric Berg DC

Almost everyone has heard about the impact that an underactive thyroid gland can have on a person’s ability to maintain a healthy weight.

Hypothyroidism is the underactive production of the thyroid hormone. This hormone directly impacts the body’s metabolism, causing the body to put on weight uncontrollably.

It’s NOT Really Your Thyroid

What many people don’t realize is that the majority of hypothyroid issues are not primary conditions. What this means is that the condition has an underlying “other” source that causes it.

The key to improving the thyroid is to find the real root of the problem. This article will take a brief look at a couple of common causes of an underactive thyroid.

Damaged Liver or Gallbladder Problem

The thyroid gland produces an inactive hormone that has 4 iodine molecules attached to it called T4. The hormone then travels through the liver, where enzymes within the liver strip away one of the iodine molecule, activating the hormone to T3.

Eighty percent of the thyroid function occurs through the liver. When the liver is damaged, it negatively impacts the ability of the liver to strip away the iodine molecule, which leaves the hormone in inactive mode. Even with a healthy liver, a low production of bile will also make it difficult for the liver to properly process thyroid hormone.

One common remedy is to use my Gallbladder Support (see below), which has bile salts as this will help the conversion from T4 to T3.

Estrogen

High levels of the hormone, estrogen, in the body will also interfere with the thyroid’s ability to function properly. Often, women who have recently given birth suffer from hypothyroidism because of the estrogen spike that takes place post partum.

High levels of estrogen interfere with the thyroid because estrogen competes with the thyroid for the thyroid receptors.

Estrogen can also negatively impact the liver’s ability to process the thyroid hormone, as well as block the production of bile, which would also create an underproductive thyroid gland.|

The hormone produced by the thyroid is extremely important to the body’s metabolic processes. If the thyroid is not functioning properly, it can be almost impossible to properly maintain and manage your body’s weight.

The key is to understand that in almost every case (except radiation exposure), hypothyroidism is the secondary symptom to a primer or to an underlying cause.

The remedy for this is to consume more cruciferous vegetables as they are anti-estrogenic. But of course, add some sea kelp just to make sure the iodine is available.

Video Dr. Berg What is behind a Sluggish Thyroid

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