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YOUR THYROID

I HAVE BEEN THERE

 

Hi Friends,

Here’s the deal - I have been there. I have had many of the hypothyroid symptoms you are experiencing. Personally, I must still be very diligent in my health practices, diet, and lifestyle to maintain good health and balance.  

 

In addition to what you may be experiencing physically and/or mentally, there is nothing worse than having massive confusion piled on top of that. Feeling like you just do NOT understand how your body is working (or not working) is even more frustrating and overwhelming and maddening!

NOT GETTING ANSWERS IS MADDENING

 

It seems like everywhere you turn, you are getting conflicting information and it leaves you paralyzed in your decision making.  

 

I know this because I was YOU. I was not getting answers...from anyone! The only way I could dig my way out was to begin learning and understanding and then implementing change.

SO I AM HERE TO BRING CLARITY!

 

It just happens to turn out, I love learning this stuff! Maybe you don’t - and that’s why I am here for you!  I can help you...you are not alone.  

 

But in the meantime, I wanted to provide some basic thyroid-focused information to help take some of the overwhelm out of the picture and get you thinking about the fact that the WHOLE body is at play here. Your thyroid does not function in isolation.  

THYROID PANEL MARKERS

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The hypothalamus messages the pituitary, which then sends hormone messengers to the thyroid gland instructing it to produce thyroid hormone

The thyroid gland secretes T4, T3 and rT3 into blood stream where they bind to Thyroid Binding Globulin (TBG)

YOUR THYROID AND THE REST OF YOUR BODY -- A TEAM EFFORT

The HPA Axis (hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal) operates in tandem with the thyroid system

The liver produces the Thyroid Binding Globulin (TBG), which delivers the thyroid hormone to your cells

The liver is the primary site of T4 to T3 and rT3 conversion

The circulatory system is the transport system for the TBG to deliver the thyroid hormones to the cells/tissues

Healthy gut flora is required to produce an enzyme that produces T3. T4 is also converted to T3 in the gut, amidst healthy gut flora

Since we must look at the body as a whole, versus separate and independently operating bits and pieces, we need to consider the function of other areas to understand the big picture; therefore, it is helpful to look at other functional lab work which may include:

 

FOOD SENSITIVITIES

Understand what foods may be causing a huge inflammatory reaction (yes, could even be “healthy” foods), intestinal permeability and further health complications.

GUT PATHOGENS

 

Get a better picture as to your overall gut health and find out if there is a pathogen that is stressing out your adrenals.

HORMONES

 

Find out if your hormones are out of balance and causing anything from fatigue, to mood swings, to weight gain, etc.

MINERAL BALANCES

 

Learn where you stand with key minerals and how that is impacting how you feel.  

And more...depending on your unique situation

Here’s why we need to run a full thyroid panel!

 

Oftentimes, your doctor will only check your thyroid function with a TSH test (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone).  The problems with this approach are:

  1. TSH is only one piece of the thyroid puzzle.  The additional markers help to give us much more of a complete picture as to what might be going wrong.

  2. TSH does fluctuate throughout the day. TSH is the hormone that the pituitary gland releases to tell the Thyroid gland to produce more thyroid hormone, so depending what your blood levels are of the Thyroid hormone at that very moment in time, the course of action for your thyroid health will be determined with this one piece of information.  

  3. The standard reference range is sooooo incredibly broad.  These reference ranges are averages of all people tested, which I’m sure you can understand include very sick people.  So if your TSH value falls into the standard range, that surely does NOT mean your thyroid is functioning properly anyway.  

 

The other lab markers which are listed below give us a much broader picture of what is going on within your body and your thyroid function and they allow us to determine what course of action can help you the most. 

Full Thyroid Panel includes:

TSH

TOTAL T4 (THYROXINE)

FREE T4

TOTAL T3

FREE T3

REVERSE T3

THYROGLOBULIN

THYROID BINDING

GLOBULIN (TBG)

THYROID PEROXIDASE ANTIBODIES (TPO)

ANTI-THYROGLOBULIN ANTIBODIES (TgAb)

THYROID STIMULATING IMMUNOGLOBULINS (TSI)

Amount of TSH produced by pituitary gland 

Total T4 levels - bound and unbound

Free T4 - unbound and available for conversion

Total T3 levels - bound and unbound

Free T3 - unbound and available to cell receptors

Reverse T3 opposes the biological action of active T3

The protein precursor to thyroid hormone synthesis where iodine is stored (used as a tumor marker)

Transport protein for T4 and T3

Antibodies that attack thyroid peroxidase

Antibodies that attack thyroid thyroglobulin

Antibodies that attack TSH receptors

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sarah@ruleyourhealth.biz  |  ruleyourhealth.biz

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