Millions of people around the world suffer from thyroid-related illness. The thyroid gland is so vital for our health. Every cell in our body has receptors for thyroid hormone. It is connected to many dots including metabolism, digestive health, brain chemistry changes, liver detoxification, and adrenal hormone metabolism. There are two types of thyroid hormone disorders – the overproduction of thyroid hormone which is known as hyperthyroidism and inadequate production of thyroid hormone which is known hypothyroidism. The study shows that women are 10 times more prone to develop hypothyroidism than men.
The following are some of the common symptoms of hypothyroidism:
- Weight gain
- Dry skin
- Hair loss
- Increased sensitivity to cold
- Muscle aches, tenderness, and stiffness
- Joint pain
- Menstrual irregularities
- Brain fog
- Elevated blood cholesterol level
- Impaired memory
- Slowed heart rate
Have you ever thought why women are susceptible to developing thyroid disease than the men? This is mainly because women need to go through lots of hormonal cycles during their lifetime. The hormone shifts during the puberty, pregnancy, and perimenopause are three of the most common times that can make her susceptible to the disease. The most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States is an autoimmune disease, around 90% of the people who are diagnosed with hypothyroidism have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune condition. The imbalances in female sex hormones – the changes in prolactin and estrogen levels also play a significant role in developing the disease.
The pregnancy can be a challenge for the immune system. The flip-flopping shifts in the hormones and immune system during and after the pregnancy can be the reasons for developing the thyroid diseases during the postpartum period. The nutritional deficiencies can be another reason. When the body prioritizes to give the nutrients to the baby, it may leave the mom with nutritional deficiencies.
Prolactin is a hormone produced in the pituitary gland which is situated at the bottom of our brain. There is evidence that the elevated prolactin levels can increase the pro-inflammatory cytokines and weakens the immune system. The prolactin helps to produce breast milk (lactation) It also has many other jobs which include growth and development, behavior, ovulation and immune regulation. Prolactin irregularities can lead to hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s disease. Making too much prolactin can lower the progestogen and the dopamine levels. The low progesterone levels can lower the production of thyroid hormone.
There will be a considerable amount of decrease in progesterone production during the time of peri-menopause and menopause among many women. When the progesterone is low, the estrogen levels comparatively high which can lead to a condition called estrogen dominance. The elevated estrogen levels can increase the inflammation, and it can also inhibit the conversion of T4, the inactive form of thyroid hormone into T3, the active form of thyroid hormone. Stress is a major factor for estrogen dominance. The other factors include excess body fat, too much emotional or physical stress, a diet high in processed food, birth control pills containing estrogen, environmental toxins, and chemicals in the skin and hair care products we put on our body a daily basis can lead to estrogen dominance. The ovaries and uterus need healthy thyroid function to function properly.
In order to outsmart the Hashimoto’s disease, you need to listen to your body. You need to find out the triggers. The triggers can be gut problems like food sensitivities or other digestive issues, chronic physical or emotional stresses, or toxins. You need to draw your own roadmap to the recovery by removing the toxins, nourishing your body with the right nutrients, and removing all the stressors.
I have a step by step program to heal the disease, where I’ll be working with you to find out the triggers, we will be working together on the functional medicine matrix to map out your unique road to recovery. I’ll help you to achieve the optimal health you once had. Don’t hesitate to contact me
To your health,