Thyroid Healthy Tips To Keep your Thyroid In Tip Top Shape
Thyroid dysregulation is absolutely rampant today. Cases range from severe (cancers) to mild. The sheer numbers of americans diagnosed each year is staggering. Shockingly, diagnosis seems to elude a far more staggering number of people. I fell into that catogory myself. Eventually, I learned more and took action when no conventional doctor dug deep enough to find the issue. That is just how I “roll.” If you don’t find the problem, I will find it myself.
It would not be the first time I have had to do this.
The Symphony Is Only As Good As The Conductor
Human bodies in their infinite wisdom are self contained organisms that know how to care for ourselves when given the right environment. As humans, we are self healing animals and we have been given all the tools we need to survive. We make white blood cells that can attack and engulf and invader. We have a process called “autogphagy” in which our bodies litereally take out the cellular trash. Get rid of the old to make way for the new.
Makes perfect sense. We were after all, divinely designed. Unfortunately we were not meant to handle the numerous types of substances in our environment that we are now faced with. Sadly, our “cleaning mechanism and systems” do not get an operating system upgrade like our Smart Phones do.
The human glandular system works like a well orchestrated symphony when functioning as designed. Thyroid glands and glands in general are a good example of this orchestration. The highest forms of communication take place at the level of the human cell. In the case of our thyroid there is a “sentinel” who get the message out.
This means that the next “player” in the sypmphony has to interpret with accuracy what the first guy told him to play. They take in raw materials and turn them into usable “fuel” for this complex system that controls everything from body temperature, degestion, the making/secreting of hormones and so many more functions. Interestingly, these gland even work together to slow us down or speed us up. But in the case of the thyroid gland, the instrument is only as good as the conductor. Let me make that more clear.
Hit it Maestro!
There are 5 steps in the process that begin in a tiny gland in our brain called the hypothalamus.
The hypothalamus (a pea-sized gland in the brain) monitors the levels of thyroid hormone in the body and produces thyrotropin releasing hormone accordingly or TRH. Below the hypothalamus is the anterior pituitary gland. This action produces TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone.)
TSH then calls upon our thyroid gland (which produces thyroxine. Thyroxine is know as (T4) which converts to a language our body understands better. Triiodothyronine know as (T3) which ultimately becomes the most important player here as it it is the ACTIVE hormone our bodies listen for. This is where the music and careful orchestration begins.
Let the Music Play
T4 is converted into the more active T3 by the deiodinase system (D1, D2, D3) in multiple tissues and organs, but especially in the liver, gut, skeletal muscle, brain and the thyroid gland itself. Here is where T3 turns into an inactive form of thyroid hormone in the liver. Transporters carry the T3 and T4 to our tissues. The transporters are called Thyroid binding globulins (TBG). Once in the tissues they are cleaved from their carrier and become FREE. Free T4 and free T3 to be exact, which can now bind to thyroid hormone receptors (THRs) and exert their metabolic effect. We must measure what is ACTIVE to really understand what is USABLE thyroid hormone that available to do it’s job.
Sadly, many things can go wrong with this process. Imagine that something as simple as your toothpaste can confuse this delicate process by tricking the body into thinking that is has all the thyroid hormone it needs. Bettter yet, imagine having numerous keys that all fit into the lock of your door but only one of them turns the key and let’s you in. We can only fit one key into the lock at a time right?
Fluoride, chlorine and bromine are all culprits which fit into our thyroid receptor. Many times these molecule get to the target first leaving no room for our own hormone. These imposters don’t work the way our own hormone does. These 3 substances are know as HALOGENS .
Plasticizers like BPA, heavy metals like mercury and many other chemicals found routinely in our environment disrupt or confuse the natural symphony of our bodies. The result? You feel fatigued, cold, depressed, achy and gain weight. You may lose your hair or part of your eyebrows. Uncomfortably dry skin becomes a problem despite lotions and potions. The real tragedy is that should you consult your physician, he may not run all the testing needed to pick up on the deception. Here lies the main issue. “You cannot find something if you are not looking for it.”
Most doctors today do only a basic thyroid panel and miss situations where our bodies may be making antibodies to our own thyroid gland. We can become “under attack” from our own defense system. How cruel! We may have trouble converting T4 into it’s active counterpart T3. As with any complicated system, many things could go wrong.
Following the Right Path
Have you ever heard the expression ” if you want something, then follow the steps of the person doing what you WANT to do ?” I took that advice in 2012 after listening to a demure woman who cured her own “Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.” Interestingly, this autoimmune condition is one in the same as most any person with LOW thyroid function. I learned most all cases of low thyroid fall under the title of Hashimoto’s. Most all cases are immeditaly are treated with thyroid drugs. Sadly, they don’t really always have to be.
A few more supplements would get added to my regime. A whole lot was REMOVED from my daily routine as well. Namely, toothpaste with flouride was out the window. Body washes, dryer sheets and all plastics gone too. I had to make sure that most of the things that were within my control were non-toxic and natural.
Mercury fillings- most of those had to go as well. Scarily, removing them can be as much of a problem as leaving them in. I still have a few left to go. I ate lots of cilantro, took some chlorella and soaked in detox baths consisting of epsom salt, himalayan pink salt and baking soda. Ousting those toxins from my tissues became my life’s mission Coffee enemas and dry skin brushing became several times weekly habits. Dammit, I was going to get better. Dr. Isabella Wentz’ book ROOT CAUSE came out just a year or so afterward and gave so much insight into what to do and how to do it.
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