What is so important about the thyroid?  The answer is cross talk. The thyroid had cross talk with so many systems in the body and when it fails, one feels like she is “falling apart”. Frequently thyroid hormones are prescribed carte blance in an attempt to fix all the other systems along with the thyroid. Not good.The problem is that thyroid hormones may not be truly needed, possibly causing more problems than solutions. Thus there are millions of sufferers out there taking medications, feeling no better or even worse. The thyroid is so complicated that it can only be evaluated by looking at all bodily system through a thorough history and lab analysis.

Let’s take a look at some of the functions of the thyroid: (1) Gastrointestinal (GI) function – one of the main complaints of hypothyroisiam is constipation. Poor thyroid function slows down gut motility so that food slows down in the digestive tract. This can lead to compromised gut immune function allowing bacteria, viruses, and inflammatory processes to set in. (2) Gall bladder and liver function – this is your toxin filtering system where the liver filters, cleans, and detoxifies hormones. The gall bladder then removes the waste products.  In the liver, T4 or unusable thyroid hormone is converted to usable T3.  Hypothyroidism slows liver function and results in lower T3 production (3) bone metabolism – the thyroid manufactures a calcium regulating hormone called calcitonin and when it fails, calcium levels are affected (4) male sexual function – hypothyroidism in men leads to low sex drive, impotence, and low sperm count (5) Insulin (blood sugar) function- the brain uses most of the glucose produced in the body. Consequently when the thyroid is low, people absorb glucose slower and, consequently, have slower brain function. This leads  to “brain fog” and memory difficulties (6) Cholesterol or lipid function – when the thyroid is underactive, one makes fat faster than they burn it. This causes cholesterol, triglycerides, and LDL (low density lipoprotein) to elevate and store fat (7) inability to lose weight – when the thyroid is low, the adrenal system fails to produce the epinephrine and norepinephrine hormone for fat burning . At the same time, hypothyroidism diminishes Human Grown Hormone (HGH) so muscle loss occurs.

Stay tuned for part 6 where we will continue with the functions starting with #8

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