Weight loss issues, fatigue, constipation? The Thyroid Gland and what you need to know!
Our Thyroid gland (a gland that is located in the neck, below the Adam’s apple), has an incredibly important job within our body; it regulates the speed at which we burn energy within our bodies (our metabolism). Here at Midlands Kinesiology, clients present with symptoms of either an over or under active thyroid.
We see people most commonly with an ‘Underactive’ Thyroid and symptoms of this include:
-Unable to lose weight/ being overweight
-Low energy/ Fatigue/ Brain fog/ Poor memory
-Hair, Skin & Nails brittle/ poor quality
-Problems with menstrual cycle
An overactive thyroid is less common, but some of the symptoms are:
– Weight Loss
-Sweating a lot
How does the thyroid gland work??
The Thyroid produces two main hormones (Chemical Messengers) Thyroxine (T4) and Triiodothyronine (T3). These control a host of bodily functions; regulating metabolism, menstrual cycle, body temperature, body weight, cholesterol levels and heart rate.
T4 (Thyroxine) is often produced in high amounts, however, it has the least effect on our cells. The body needs to convert T4 to T3 as it is the most active hormone, and has the most effect on our metabolism.
The pathway for thyroid hormone production is known as a ‘negative feedback’ pathway. What this means is when thyroid hormone levels are low, glands are stimulated to release more T4. (See diagram below) When levels are high, the system shuts down and stops producing T4.
My blood test says my thyroid is normal, but I still have symptoms!?
Most doctors will do blood tests for TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) and TT4 (Total T4). However, even though T3 is the most active hormone, it is not routinely checked in Ireland.
When a person is prescribed thyroid stimulating medication, it will only work on a T4 problem and increase T4 levels. So quite often we will see people who say that they’ve been prescribed thyroid medication, but their symptoms remain unchanged. That could indicate that the person may actually have a T3 or reverse T3 problem.
What is reverse T3?
T4 hormone must be turned into T3 for metabolism to work affectively, as T3 is the much more potent or active hormone. Sometimes T4 is turned into Reverse T3, a form of T3 believed to be metabolically inactive, which means it does not work.
The reason for the change to RT3 is that physical, emotional and environmental stress can inhibit the deiodinating enzyme (chemical messenger) in peripheral tissue, preventing T4 reducing to T3.
Instead, more Reverse T3 is produced. Because RT3 is metabolically inactive, clients with high RT3 will usually present with hypothyroid (underactive thyroid) symptoms.
Heavy metal toxicity and adrenal stress can be the cause of this. Biokinesiology can help to identify exactly what is going on with your body and along with food and nutritional testing, your thyroid can be helped to function normally again
How can Biokinesiology help my Thyroid problem?
Biokinesiology looks at many different factors affecting the thyroid and endocrine system.
Toxicity, especially heavy metal toxicity can affect thyroid function. Metals such as mercury (in amalgam fillings), Aluminium, Lead, Arsenic, Antimony and Cadmium can all throw out our thyroid function. Biokinesiology tests to see if any of these metals are playing a part in your hypothyroidism and we can recommend metal chelators to detox your body if they show as relevant. We also check for Viruses which may also be affecting the thyroid and body.
Nutritional and Enzyme Testing:
Through muscle testing, your body will indicate to the practitioner which vitamins or minerals are lacking and affecting your thyroid function. There are specific nutrients which support the thyroid in particular: Zinc, Iron, Iodine, Tyrosine, Selenium, Iodine, Copper, Essential Fatty Acids.
As part of a biokinesiology session, we also check your enzymes which break down the food you eat, and allow your body to absorb and utilise the nutrients. If you are not absorbing nutrients correctly, you will not be producing hormones that are of good quality, hence your thyroid may not be functioning optimally. For example: Hormones are made from proteins. If you are not digesting proteins correctly (which break down into amino acids), then your body will not be making good quality hormones. This has a knock-on effect throughout the body and may also affect fertility (egg and sperm quality, our ability to cope with stress, our sleep and feel good hormones as well).
We also focus on gut health, and anyone diagnosed with Hashimotos Thyroiditis, which is an autoimmune disease, can benefit from biokinesiology and our ‘leaky gut’ protocol. This aims to repair the digestive tract, preventing toxins from entering the blood. As with any autoimmune disorder, the body produces antibodies to fight our own antigens, essentially ‘attacking’ itself. Gut health has been linked to autoimmune disorders, and healing the gut using nutrition and probiotics (good bacteria) is the first place to start in terms of any autoimmune disease.
Stress and Adrenal Fatigue
Many people who present with Thyroid issues also have a problem with their adrenal glands. Our adrenal glands produce another hormone called cortisol which helps our body cope with stress.
Chronic stress is a huge part of our lives now, and it is certainly a big factor in contributing to a low functioning thyroid. Excess cortisol can in turn inhibit the production of TSH and the conversion of T4 to T3. Inhibition of the Thyroid can happen quietly over time, but then the symptoms can begin to rise. A biokinesiology session can identify what your adrenal glands need in terms of support. We recommend nutrition (vitamins/ minerals) and also sometimes homeopathic remedies which give proven results.
Female Hormone Imbalance
A condition known as ‘Oestrogen Dominance’ can lead to symptoms of Hypothyroidism. When there is too much Oestrogen in the body in relation to Progesterone, it affects the conversion of T4 to T3, thus resulting in low levels of T3. Again, in the case of hormonal imbalance, we look at the hormone pathways in the body, and identify where the problem is in your body. Every body is different, and an individual treatment plan is put in place for you.
If you have symptoms of an under or over active thyroid and would like to book a biokinesiology session or have a free phone consultation to see if we can help you, get in touch with us! Call Maeve on 09064 00184 or 0852841802 or pop us an email to Midlandskinesiology@gmail.com