Thyroid and Metabolism

Thyroid and metabolism affects the health of your skin, energy levels, mood swings, and depression. 

T3 (triiodothyronine) hormone

Triiodothyronine is produced by your thyroid and controls your overall metabolism. 

What does T3 do? 
T3 alters the metabolism of the body. T3 affects how protein is manufactured, activity of cells, and is essential for growth and well being. Without sufficient T3, you could develop hypothyroidism. Too much T3 and you could develop an overactive thyroid. 

Hormones T3 and T4 
Your thyroid actually produces two hormones, T3 and T4 (thyroxine), but T3 has the greatest influence on your thyroid and metabolism. 

What is metabolism? 
Your metabolism is the rate at which your body burns calories. 

Increased T3 production increases your metabolism so you burn more calories per day. This is why skinny people typically have low body fat levels and difficulty gaining muscle. Their metabolisms are very high so they burn a large amount of calories. 

Decreased T3 production slows your metabolism so that you burn fewer calories. 

Thyroid regulating T3 
Your thyroid regulates T3 production based on many things, including health, stress, exercising too much, and of course diet. 

Thyroid and Metabolism

T3 and your eating habits

How much you eat plays a very large part in T3 levels. 

Eating a consistently large amount of calories will keep T3 levels stay fairly high. If you decrease your calories too drastically, your body will reduce T3 production to slow your metabolism. It does this to help conserve calories, preserve muscle mass and maintain body fat levels. 

In times of low calorie dieting, your body tries to conserve as much as it can to survive. Low T3 levels means very little fat is being burned. Since T3 also helps regulate protein synthesis, low levels of T3 will likely keep you from building new muscle mass. 

Low calorie diets 
During long-term, low calorie dieting, your T3 levels can drop by as much as 30%. Your body also begins to lower noradrenaline production by almost 50%. 

Exercise 
Exercise and increased protein intake will also help in keeping your metabolism elevated. 


Boost your thyroid and metabolism naturally

Here are 8 ways to boost your thyroid and metabolism naturally. 

  • Eat breakfast. 
    Not eating breakfast slows down your metabolism and makes your body think it's starving. Going 8 to 10 hours straight without eating will slow down your metabolism. 

    It's best to eat the majority of your food earlier in the day. 

    Dinner should be your lightest meal, and some experts recommend you don't eat after 8 p.m. Not eating any later than 3 to 4 hours before bedtime helps your body process and burn the food when you're aware and moving around and burning more calories per hour.


  • Don't starve. 
    Dropping your calorie intake below 1,000 calories a day will signal to your body that you are in starvation mode, and will slow down your metabolism.


  • Get enough B vitamins. 
    If you are suffering from lack of energy, you need to make sure that you are getting enough B vitamins. To ensure you're getting enough B vitamins, consider taking a B complex, plus a separate sublingual B-12. 

    Also, getting plenty of vitamin A, E, and C is important for a healthy thyroid dietbecause these vitamins contain important antioxidants.


  • Eat smaller meals more frequently. 
    Eating small, frequent meals keeps your blood sugar stable and provides a steady source of energy to fuel metabolism.


  • Consider relaxation techniques that improve energy. 
    Acupuncture and relaxation techniques such as yoga, tai chi, qigong (pronounced chee-gung), and Reiki, can all help in adding and balancing energy. In qigong, tai chi, and yoga, gentle movements are used to move energy along the energy pathways of the body.


  • Get enough anaerobic exercise. 
    Anaerobic exercise early in the day will help raise your metabolism all day.


  • Build muscle with resistance exercise. 
    At least two to three times a week, you should add weight training or progressive resistance exercise that builds muscle. Muscle burns more calories than fat. In fact, fat doesn't burn any, and the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn. 


  • Drink plenty of water. 
    Drinking 8 8-ounce glasses of water every day helps your energy burning process, thyroid and metabolism work more effectively.

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