Is it really my thyroid…or is it just me?

When looking to optimise your thyroid function, many think it’s just about your blood test results (bloods) but it is extremely important to monitor how we feel as well. We need our bodies to be at their best to help as there are so many little steps in “the thyroid process” – so many opportunities for things to just go wrong without realising it. It could still be your thyroid.

Signs and symptoms of a poorly managed thyroid:

  • Weight gain or difficulty loosing weight
  • Tiredness
  • Sluggishness
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Poor concentration
  • Dry skin and or dry hair
  • Depression
  • Constipation

Thyroid bloods test levels of TSH, fT4 and fT3 levels in the blood, which is useful, however we need to be sure that T4 and T3 are getting into our cells to actually make an impact. There are no T4 receptors in the body, T4 needs to be converted to T3 to have an action and all of the T3 receptors are inside cells not outside. We also need to be able to make our own good quality T3 receptors, that are also tuned and sensitive to receiving the T3 for action, everyone is different.

Consider the “health” of our cell membranes which also need nutrients/factors to function properly and again PCB’s, toxins and rancid fatty acids can block movement of thyroid hormones into the cells. We need to be sure our T4 and T3 are getting into the cells/tissues and not just being found in our blood.

Adequate production of thyroid hormones requires a good source of protein in the diet, with a goods digestive system able to isolate the amino acids from the protein. Then we also need adequate amounts of iodine, zinc, selenium, vitamins B1, B2, B12, B6 and C as well to name a few.

Progesterone is needed to assist the conversion of T4 to T3, then we need Vitamin A and E to help with the production of TSH from the pituitary gland, TSH stimulates the thyroid to produce T4, T3, and some T2 and T1 as well – missing any of these will result in a low functioning thyroid.

It’s all about considering the whole picture and understanding that good thyroid function is more than just TSH, fT4 and fT3 bloods.

Please contact us via e mail info@pharmaceutical.co.nz if you would like to discuss how to optimise your thyroid function.

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