In traditional medicine,
Many patients have a condition called
Role of Thyroid
The thyroid gland produces two thyroid hormones: T4 (thyroxine) and T3 (triiodothyronie). Ninety-five percent of thyroid hormone produced is T4 and present is T3. T3 is active so the majority of thyroid hormone produced as a result of one iodine being cleaved from T4. T4 is inactive so the majority of thyroid hormone produced is actually inactive. Most of the T4 is converted into T3 in the liver. Hormone replacement therapy keeps your production normal for years to come.
lowering of cholesterol
- Prevention of goiter
- Improvement in overall symptoms
- T3-T4 preparations have greater stability compared to T4
- Absorption of T4 varies from 35-67%, compared to 95% for T3
T3-T4 medications may improve the necessary conversion of T4 to T3
Many conditions inhibit the conversion of T4 to T3 making it more difficult for plain T4 to do its job. Such conditions include: aging, hormone deficiencies, T3 deficiency, stress and digestive troubles. T3 is the most important thyroid hormone and is the active hormone in target cells. Mortality studies show in general, it’s the level of T3 and T4 that determines survival.
- Childhood- Typically see thick trunk, larger chest and abdomen, smaller limbs, obesity, hyper-laxity of fingers, delayed/poor sexual development, heavy birth weight, recurrent infections as a child, and learning disability.
- Adult- Normal trunk but swollen and obese, hyper-lordosis (bottom of spine curves towards abdomen), atrophic sexual characteristics.
Signs and Symptoms of Hypothyroidism:
- Weight gain, swollen all over or puffy, bloated abdomen, slow digestion, constipation
- Prone to ear, nose, and throat infections.
- Morning fatigue, feels best in evening
- Cold intolerance, poor circulation, inability to sweat when warm
- Tendency towards snoring, trouble getting out of bed in morning, sleepy during day
- Poor appetite, tendency to drink caffeine, decreased thirst, decreased urination
- Dry or slowly growing hair, hair loss, loss of outer third of eyebrow
- Headaches, worse in morning, ear ringing, hoarse voice in am
- Muscle and joint stiffness on awakening, diffuse muscle and joint aches worse in the morning
- Nocturnal feet and leg cramps, carpal tunnel syndrome, lumbar pain
- Mental slowness, apathy and lack of interest, morning depression, slow thinking and reaction, easily distracted, poor concentration, poor attention, poor memory, and school performance
- Tendency towards the following diseases: cardiovascular disease, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, heart failure, infertility, obesity, diabetes, depression, memory loss, Alzheimer’s, respiratory infections, and possibly cancer
How to increase thyroid treatment:
- Eat at least 1500-2500 calories per day
- Eat organic Paleolithic type foods: fruits, veggies, modest amounts protein, meat, poultry, eggs, and, fish
- Eat foods rich in iron (beef, chicken, liver, and spinach) and iodine (seaweed, seafood, and cranberries) Iodine, magnesium, zinc, copper, selenium, and Vitamins B2, B3, and B6 are required for good thyroid function
- Get adequate rest, avoid sleep deprivation, prolonged stress, and excessive physical activity
- Avoid low calorie and low-fat diets
- Avoid processed foods, alcohol, vinegar, caffeinated beverages, milk, excess animal protein
- Fiber rich foods may decrease thyroid levels. Balancing other hormones such as growth hormone, testosterone, insulin (diabetics), DHEA, melatonin, progesterone, small amounts of cortisol.
- Inhibitors may include estrogens and high amounts of cortisol
Make Hormone replacement therapy part of your life.