|Hypothyroid Causes Weight Gain and
The thyroid is an endocrine gland located in the front of the neck. It secretes thyroid
hormone which regulates protein synthesis, growth, temperature, oxygen
consumption of cells, and metabolic rate. When thyroid hormone levels are low,
signals from the brain tell the thyroid gland to release more thyroid hormone in the
form of T4. Thyroid hormone is very influential over a person's ability to burn fat
therefore low thyroid is a very common cause of weight gain.
How does the Thyroid Work?
Here is the simplified version that will give you a good understanding of proper
1. Your brain determines that your body’s metabolism is not working fast enough,
perhaps because your body temperature drops.
2. Your brain sends a signal from the pituitary gland to the thyroid gland in the
form of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH).
3. TSH tells the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormone in the form of T4.
4. Once in the blood stream, T4 travels to the liver where it can be converted into
a more active form of thyroid hormone called T3.
5. The T3 will then bind to different tissues in your body (muscle, heart, brain,
etc.) and causes the metabolism of those tissues to increase.
6. Body heat rises as does overall metabolic rate.
7. Your brain is satisfied and stops releasing TSH.
What is Hypothyroid?
Hypothyroid (low thyroid) refers to decreased function of the thyroid gland or of the
thyroid hormone itself. If the function of the thyroid is compromised in any of the
steps described above, one of the first symptoms you might experience is fatigue due
to decreased energy production or metabolism. With a decreased metabolism, it
makes sense that hypothyroid is a common cause of weight gain. Other symptoms of
hypothyroid include emotional instability, mental sluggishness, muscle weakness,
muscle tremors, nervousness, anxiety, cold intolerance, dry skin or hair, puffy hands
or face, loss of the outer third of the eyebrow, joint aches, muscle cramps, and
Hypothyroidism can significantly affect ones life and a healthy thyroid gland is vital to
overall health for many reasons.
What can cause hypothyroid?
There are many reasons for low thyroid. Autoimmunity, specifically Hashimoto’s
hypothyroidism, is a condition where your immune system is attacking the thyroid
gland. Autoimmune thyroid is the most common cause of hypothyroidism, yet it
remains wildly undiagnosed by mainstream medicine. To properly treat
hypothyroidism we must know the true cause of it. There are many blood tests that
need to be completed and evaluated before determining the course of treatment. The
majority of hypothyroid patients have only had TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) and
T4 levels tested, but this is not enough to determine the cause of hypothyroid. This
leads to ineffective treatment and potentially an autoimmune disorder that is left
unattended to. If you have a disorder that is destroying your thyroid gland, you need
to know about it so it can be dealt with properly!.
Nutrient deficiency can cause hypothyroid. There are many nutrients (Mg, Fe, Zn,
Tyrosine, etc.) that are required for the thyroid to work properly. When you are
deficient in a nutrient, one or more of the step described above might fail, resulting in
hypothyroid. Simple testing can determine the exact deficiency that could be causing
your low thyroid. Once the deficiency is identified, supplementing with high quality
nutrients will be the key to regaining thyroid health. One of the most important
nutrients for thyroid function is Iodine because it, along with tyrosine, is one of the
basic building blocks of thyroid hormone.
How would I know if I am Iodine deficient?
Sub-optimal Iodine levels are very common in America today. Testing reveals that
many people do not get enough Iodine to meet their total body needs or for optimal
thyroid health. Iodine is not only concentrated in the thyroid, but also in breast tissue,
prostate, testes, ovaries, stomach and the sweat glands of the skin. Often, individuals
with low Iodine do not sweat as much as normal. Those low in Iodine are susceptible
to thyroid disorders as well as hormonal imbalance, irregular or painful menstruation,
indigestion, fibrous cystic disorders of the breasts, ovaries (PCOS), testes and
prostate and eventually cancer in those respective tissues. Testing reveals that some
people require very high doses of Iodine to re-establish normal iodine levels in their
bodies. Testing Iodine levels is very simple, accurate and inexpensive. The test will
tell you if your body is starving for Iodine or if your body can not properly absorb
Iodine. The treatments for either case are very simple and inexpensive as well. A
months supply of Iodine can cost as little as $4-5. Often this is all it takes to get
someone's energy back and to trigger healthy weight loss, not to mention the
reduction in cancer risk.
Caution: You should NOT take high doses of Iodine without being properly tested for
Iodine deficiency. If you have autoimmune thyroid disease, Iodine can make it much
Toxicity can also be a root cause of hypothyroid. Here are a few chemicals that can
have a toxic affect on the thyroid.
• HRT and Birth control
• PCB, BPA, Phthalates
• Mercury, Arsenic
• Fluoride, Bromide
• Benzene, Toluene
• Recreational Drugs and Alcohol
Excess estrogen can cause your body to release a protein called thyroid binding
globulin (TBG). As its name suggests, TBG will bind to circulation thyroid hormone.
Once bound to TBG, the thyroid hormone is rendered useless and the metabolism
continues to suffer. For this reason, excess estrogen (and excess TBG) can be
considered a cause of hypothyroid.
Poor conversion of T4 (thyroid hormone) into the more active form (T3) is a very
common cause of low thyroid function. If conversion of thyroid hormone is not
sufficient you will have all of the signs and symptoms of low thyroid. Poor thyroid
conversion can be caused by Adrenal Fatigue (excessive stress leading to low
cortisol production), exposure to certain chemicals, and nutrient deficiencies (Se, Zn,
Vit. D, etc.). Poor conversion is not true hypothyroid so it will not show up on standard
thyroid blood tests (TSH, T4). Luckily, we can easily test for thyroid conversion
problems and the underlying causes.
As you can see, there are many potential causes of hypothyroid. Uncovering the true
cause of your low thyroid is the crucial first step in finding the best treatment for you.
Natural Treatment and Diet for Hypothyroid
As with any illness, diet and nutrition play a huge role in rehabilitating your thyroid.
Food is our fuel; unless you provide your body with quality fuel then your body will
begin to fail. A diet of processed food heavily laced with chemicals and additives will
not provide your body with the specific nutrients that you need to complete the
thousands of tasks occurring every single second in your body. A poor diet can
create a toxic environment within your body and your health will decline. To help
increase the nutrients specific to the thyroid it is advisable to get on a hypothyroid
Exercise can play a big role in thyroid health. In fact, exercise has been shown to
increase T4 production. The right type of exercise is very important as well. Too
much cardio can often increase adrenal fatigue, leading to increased symptoms of
hypothyroid. We recommend a combination of burst training, interval training and
strength training for our patients in a customized ratio that is compatible with their
individual metabolism. We use both metabolic testing and genetic testing to determine
the exact type of exercise that best fits each individual.
Detoxification and other lifestyle modifications will also be utilized where appropriate.
Remember, the cause dictates the treatment so if a toxin is causing you to have low
thyroid, then detoxification may be the best treatment plan for you. If your hypothyroid
is caused by low iodine or another nutrient, then diet and supplementation would
obviously be a part of your plan. Everyone is different so we feel like their natural
thyroid treatment plans should be equally unique.
How do I get Evaluated for Treatment?
Call Complete Health and Weight Loss today for a complete thyroid analysis.
If you are having trouble losing weight and have symptoms of low thyroid but
you do not live in the Dallas Fort Worth area, we can still help you through
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