Low Thyroid Function

Low thyroid is known to be extremely common, but it’s a largely unexpected illness. Even when it’s suspected it usually still goes untreated. And when treated, it’s not usually not taken as seriously as it should be. 

You deserve to feel strong, living a full and healthy life. It can be a frustrating experience being burdened by this life sapping illness. 


Does your environment contribute to low thyroid?

Both men and women are pressured to stay busy, work harder and harder demanding more of themselves. With the pressure to get more done in less time, this increased pace of life makes people more exhausted and stressed out. Along with an increased contamination of air, food, and water, many people are actually developing a chronic low energy illness. 

This energy illness most commonly strikes the thyroid gland. If this gland is hampered by illness, thyroid hormone production is reduced and every bodily function is diminished. 

What functions that are affected vary from person to person. For some people, energy level is the most common thing affected. For others it could be body temperature, personality or mood, or a lower resistance to infection. 

While some people have many symptoms and others only have a few, the lay term for the condition is low thyroid. 

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Thyroid Hormones Triiodothyronine T3 and Thyroxine T4

There are two thyroid hormones, triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). The thyroid gland produces and releases T4, which goes to the liver, where it is converted into T3. T4 is essentially a storage hormone and doesn’t perform the tasks of T3. T3 is the active form of thyroid and is responsible for most of its functions. 

Any problem resulting in lack of T3 will create low thyroid symptoms. Unfortunately, in most medical communities, most doctors only perform thyroid tests for T4 because it’s known as the barometer of a persons metabolic health. What’s important to realize is the fact that a person can have a perfectly normal level of T4 and still be lacking sufficient thyroid hormone because of the inability to convert T4 to T3. Unless your body can properly convert T4 into T3, you will lack the essential ingredient for a properly acting metabolism. 


Thyroid gland acts like a gas pedal for the rest of the body

The thyroid hormone circulates through the bloodstream and enters each cell. The thyroid hormone causes a complex protein hormone to interact with your DNA in a different way than if the thyroid hormone wasn’t present. In doing this, the thyroid hormone regulates cell temperature, function, and growth. Therefore, the thyroid hormone controls every chemical reaction and every organ in the body. Without the thyroid hormone, the body would cool off and slow down to the point of death. 

Symptoms of thyroid problems range from annoying to debilitating. The most common cause of low thyroid function is low dietary iodine. Low levels of thyroid commonly occur when a person isn’t consuming enough iodine to make sufficient quantities of thyroid hormone to fuel the body cells. 

In the US, low iodine isn’t as common for thyroid problems  because extra iodine is put into various foods such as table salt and bread dough. 


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