Welcome to the 2. post in my On a Post Birth Control Journey. Today I wanna talk to you about the thyroid.
What is the thyroid and why is it so important?
The thyroid is a small, butterfly shaped endocrine gland located in our throat, that is responsible for our mood, metabolism, energy and a lot of other things in our body. When the thyroid is imbalanced you may experience symptoms like depression and brain fog, dry skin, hair loss and general discomfort making you feel older than you should. AND you may be cold all the time, especially on hands and feet.
Women are five to eight times more likely than men to develop a thyroid disease. In fact, a lot and I mean A LOT of women have this condition without knowing about it. It also does not really help to keep hearing that it’s all in your head. Here’s an idea, it may not be? 😀 Deep inside you know if you feel unwell and you should tune in that and listen to yourself and what your body is trying to tell you.
In general, your thyroid produces the T4 hormone (sparing you the fancy titles here :D), which must be converted into the T3 hormone for your cells to be able to use it. Now, comes the interesting part. Your gut is one of the major thyroid hormone conversion sites in your body (apart from the liver). It takes the inactive hormone and activates it, leaving you energetic and happy throughout the day. Here’s the problem: if your gut is inflamed, your microbiome is imbalanced, the nutrients from food etc. are never really absorbed by your body, and/or you have a leaky gut. This means that the activation process will be impaired or not function at all. And without active thyroid hormone, your gut can’t function optimally. So it’s a vicious cycle. “If thyroid hormone levels fall too low, the body doesn’t produce enough hydrochloric acid, the gallbladder doesn’t work properly and the gut doesn’t move (= constipation).” (Brighten, 2019)
How can it be imbalanced?
Heavy metals, infections, stress, inflammation, autoimmune disease, nutrient deficiencies and MOST IMPORTANTLY medications such as the birth control pill.
Hypo- vs. Hyperthyroidism
There are 2 primary thyroid diseases, hypo- and hyperthyroidism. Hypothyroidism is when your thyroid is not working enough and is more common than hyperthyroidism. In contrast, hyperthyroidism is when your thyroid is working too much.
Symptoms (from Dr. Brighten’s book):
How do I fix it?
You can’t fix your thyroid without fixing your gut. There is an intimate connection between the 2. I will post about it in separate posts because it’s easier to break it down but in general you wanna look into gut health, your adrenal glands through adrenal nourishment and adaptogens, a liver detox, thyroid-boosting nutrition, exercise and stress reduction and the reason why you have this dysfunction in the first place.
The most important nutrients for thyroid health are selenium, iodine, essential fatty acids, magnesium, zinc, iron, and vitamins A, B, and D. You can begin to support your adrenals with the following adaptogenic herbs: Maca, Eleutherococcus Senticosus, Gotu Kola, Rhodiola, Ashwagandha, Cordyceps, Licorice Root, and Reishi Mushroom.
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