Thyroid and metabolism affects the health of your skin, energy levels, mood swings, and depression.
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.
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 and increased protein intake will also help in keeping your metabolism elevated.
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