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Do You Have a Low or Sluggish Thyroid?

"The thyroid gland is the bus driver.
When it pulls to the side of the road, the other glands come with it."  
David Brownstein, M.D., author, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders

It is estimated that almost 40% of all Americans have a thyroid imbalance. Even if tests results are “within normal limits”, you can still have symptoms if your thyroid is not working at the optimal level. The range of “normal” for thyroid tests is wide. You want to be at the HIGH end of normal to be truly healthy. In addition, even if your test is normal, you can have what is called subclinical hypothyroidism. Your thyroid is the metabolic regulator of every cell in your body. Don’t suffer needlessly with a thyroid imbalance!

If you have symptoms of a sluggish thyroid, You Need Thyroid Support! The sooner you support the thyroid, the better chance you have to keep its function normal throughout your lifetime.

SYMPTOMS OF LOW THYROID

  • Weight Gain/ Inability to lose weight despite your best efforts

  • Extreme fatigue

  • Depression / sadness

  • Muscle Spasm

  • Hair loss

  • Low libido

  • Outer 1/3 of your eyebrows is missing

  • Cold hands, feet

  • Muscle spasms

  • Dry brittle hair

  • Dry skin

  • Infertility

  • Dry, gritty eyes

  • Sinus infections

  • Candida

  • Skin Disorders

  • Muscle Loss

  • Low Immune System

  • Irregular Periods / Heavy Bleeding





WHO ELSE NEEDS THYROID SUPPORT?

  • People with moderate to severe adrenal fatigue
  • People who are taking thyroid medication, but still have signs and symptoms
  • People who have nutritional deficiencies (Extremely common in our population due to poor farming techniques and overuse of fertilizers on our crops and fluoride in our water.)
            Mineral deficiencies can lead to a hypothyroid state
  • People who drink a lot of coffee ~ you need to re-add important trace minerals
 

I recognized that I had symptoms of low thyroid even though I had never been tested. I began to take a product called
Thyro-Balance and in just 3 days I felt better! Friends commented that I even looked better. I finally have an answer
for all of you suffering from the same symptoms!    
 Barbara Hoffman, Founder Progesterone Research Network

 


CAUSES OF HYPOTHYROIDISM

  • Worldwide, the number one cause is low iodine in the diet. Iodine is essential for the thyroid to produce its hormone.
  • Exposure to toxins through processed or contaminated foods, xenoestrogens
  • Nutrient Deficiencies: B-12, B-6, Zinc, Selenium, Vitamin A, Iron
  • Anxiety / depression
  • Stress (a major factor)
  • Medications: SSRI’s, Beta Blockers
  • Birth control pills; synthetic hormones
  • Chemotherapy / Radiation
  • Low Adrenal State
  • Aging
  • Fluoride intake
  • Surgery
  • Diabetes

HYPOTHYROIDISM IS ASSOCIATED WITH:

  • 260% increased prevalence of heart disease
  • Inability to lose weight; if your metabolism is low, you can eat 900 calories per day and still be unable to shed pounds
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • 200% increased risk of miscarriage
  • Ovarian Cysts
  • PMS
  • Psoriasis
  • Arthritis
  • Acne
  • ADD/ADHD – if you know of a child diagnosed with this, suggest they have their thyroid checked!

BLOOD TESTS FOR THYROID

Blood tests are often inaccurate and do not distinguish between a hormone imbalance and a true thyroid disorder. Then what happens? Most women are put on synthetic thyroid medication. OR your thyroid test comes back “within normal limits” and you are told there is nothing wrong with your thyroid gland. The symptoms will persevere and get worse. Thyroid hormone exerts its influence on every cell in the body inside the cells while blood tests only measure the circulating thyroid hormone levels outside the cells.

Conventional medicine primarily relies on the TSH blood test to diagnose hypothyroidism. The TSH test is very sensitive to T4. In fact, if T4 levels become elevated, TSH levels will fall. Therefore, when doctors use lab values to diagnose hypothyroidism, the patients with elevated TSH tests are primarily treated with T4 products to lower the TSH values. However, if the body is unable to convert the inactive T4 to the active T3, symptoms of hypothyroidism can remain even thought the blood test (TSH) is normal. You can have signs & symptoms of hypothyroidism even with normal T4 and TSH levels.

 

Thyroid experts admonish, “Don’t treat the test, treat the patient.
Normal tests don’t mean a normal thyroid.”

 

SOY INHIBITS THYROID

Be careful with soy products. In recent years soy has become enormously popular, due to the reports that Asian women have less reported breast cancer than Western women. However, processed soy is not the answer! Processed soy products have been shown to reduce the conversion of T4 to T3. In a recent study, daily soy consumption resulted in symptoms of hypothyroidism in 50% of human subjects tested. These symptoms resolved one month after stopping the soy

Note: Fermented soy products (miso, tempeh) did not have the negative effect. THESE are the products consumed by Asian women, not the processed soy products such as soy nuts and soy nutrition bars.
Soy milk and soy baby formula are also among the culprits

ESTROGENS INHIBIT THYROID

Oral synthetic hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and Birth Control Pills often lead to hypothyroidism. They contain estrogens and increase thyroxine-binding globule which decreases the amount of thyroid hormone available for your body to use. Estrogen Dominance or increased estrogen levels can lower circulating thyroid hormones and inhibit the conversion of T4 to T3.

Estrogen dominance is probably the reason there is so much hypothyroidism in Western countries.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have estrogen dominance, chances are likely that your thyroid is being inhibited and needs support.

GOOD NEWS: A regimen of bio-identical hormones and thyroid support presents a holistic treatment plan for your thyroid

 

John R. Lee, M.D. noted that patients taking natural progesterone and also
taking thyroid medication often needed a reduced dose of thyroid
medication after a few months on the cream. After 20 years of observation,
Dr. Lee concluded that estrogen dominance inhibits thyroid hormone activity.

Progesterone counter-balances excess estrogen,
often correcting thyroid imbalances.

Proper balancing of the hormonal system with natural hormones
is integral to the thyroid healing process.
Remember, “Progesterone & Thyroid are Best Friends”
Progesterone activates thyroid!

 


VITAMINS & MINERALS & HORMONES THAT NOURISH THE THYROID

Whether or not you are on thyroid medication

  • Iodine – imperative for the body to make thyroid hormone

  • Selenium – conversion of T4 to T3 is dependent on selenium (a common deficiency)

  • Zinc – helps levels of T3

  • Vitamin C – helps in conversion of T4 to T3

  • Vitamin A & E – improves thyroid function

  • Vitamin B12 – adequate levels are imperative for a properly functioning thyroid. This is an extremely common deficiency in the United States

  • Natural Progesterone

  • DHEA: Dose for women: 2-5 mg /day Dose for men: 5-10 mg/day (physiologic dose)

  • Pregnenolone: 10-20 mg / day

KEEP YOUR THYROID HEALTHY

● Avoid artificial sweeteners. Avoid substances containing Aspartame which may contribute to thyroid problems (NutraSweet, Equal). Also avoid Sucralose (Splenda). There is a connection between aspartame and thyroid disorders. Xylitol is a wiser choice.
● Eat enough protein. Protein is essential for hormone balance as hormones are synthesized from protein.
Inadequate protein intake can cause hypothyroidism because T4 cannot convert to T3
● Drink adequate amounts of water. The thyroid needs hydration.
To calculate recommended intake of water:
     1. Divide your weight in pounds by two. This is your recommended intake in ounces
     2. Number of ounces __________/8 == ________ glasses of water per day
● Take a good thyroid supplement containing iodine.

IODINE

In studies it has been shown that 95% of hypothyroid patients are iodine deficient.
Why the deficiency?

  • Stigma of using salt; less than 50% of US households use iodized salt

  • Diets without ocean fish or sea vegetables

  • Vegan and vegetarian diets

  • Bromine in food and drinks such as Gatorade & Mountain Dew (inhibits iodine)

  • Bakery products, bread, pasta and cereal that contain bromine

  • Exposure to fluoride

  • Declining mineral levels in soil used to grow our food.

Iodine is essential for the production of all the hormones in the body (adrenals, ovaries, testicles, etc.)
Iodine deficiency is also linked to: Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer & Ovarian Cancer
Benign thyroid nodules contain 56% of the iodine content as compared to normal thyroid tissue
Malignant thyroid nodules contain 3% of the iodine content as normal thyroid tissue.
When you are looking for thyroid support, a supplement containing iodine is imperative.

TESTOSTERONE & THYROID

Low testosterone and low thyroid are usually related. A recent study found that hypothyroid men with low testosterone levels had their testosterone levels returned to normal upon taking thyroid hormone

COMMON THYROID MEDICATIONS

Here is what you should know if you are currently taking thyroid medication.
Synthroid, the most common thyroid medication, is a synthetic form of T4. However, many people do not convert T4 into T3 and thus will continue to be hypothyroid even on the medication. Armour Thyroid (natural desiccated glandular thyroid), Nature-Thyroid and Westhroid contain both T4 AND T3, so you may want to ask your doctor to switch you to this product if you are on Synthroid. At least you can ask him/her to let you have a trial run of using it to see how much better you might feel. Often blood tests will improve with Synthroid, but symptoms will not improve. In this case, many patients are simply told, “Well, you must be depressed” and no change is made to their medication. People tell me they have “gotten my life back” when they switched to Armour thyroid. Also, remember, many people have had thyroid function return to normal after a few months of using progesterone cream.
An excellent product for thyroid support is called Thyro-Balance. Users report benefits in just 3-5 days.

SUPPORTING YOUR THYROID FUNCTION CAN EFFECTIVELY TREAT YOUR SYMPTOMS

It is my experience that when the thyroid is not healthy, the following happens to most people:

  • Anti-depressants / anti-anxiety medications are often prescribed

  • Weight loss stimulants are used abundantly to get off the extra pounds

  • People try to “perk up” with caffeine and sugar

These will only make your condition worse. Thyroid support can eliminate the need for any of this.

Dr. James Wilson is one of the nation’s foremost leading experts on thyroid. He advises that the thyroid cannot work at its optimal level without specific nutrients in order to produce T3 & T4. Millions of Americans are not getting these vital nutrients and therefore have either low thyroid or a sluggish thyroid. That is why he formulated the product Thyro-Balance which contains all of the nutrients needed to support this vital gland.

ADRENAL HEALTH IS IMPERATIVE FOR PROPER THYROID FUNCTION

Are you taking any thyroid medication? If so, we must be sure your adrenals are balanced. Low adrenals prevent proper T4 to T3 conversion. If you do not have balanced adrenals, and take thyroid hormone which increases the body’s metabolism, you can overload the poorly functioning adrenal glands and precipitate a failure of the adrenal glands. If you feel worse on thyroid medication, you probably have adrenal fatigue. Does coffee make you nervous? If so, you may need adrenal support before taking thyroid medications according to David Brownstein, M.D., a thyroid and adrenal expert.

If you are taking Thyroid Hormone and believe you have any form of adrenal fatigue, please contact us for the Adrenal Fatigue Handout at (877) 539-6200. Your adrenals should be treated first, THEN your thyroid OR they should be treated at the same time.