The conventional treatment approach for a low thyroid is thyroid hormone replacement medication. However taking a thyroid medication does not address the real reasons WHY your thyroid is underactive.
If you’re having a hard time recovering your thyroid health you may want to delve deeper. Uncovering the root causes could make a big difference to your long term health and wellbeing.
The Real Reasons WHY Your Thyroid Is Underactive
Could one or more of these risk factors be the reason you have an underactive thyroid?
+ You’re not getting enough thyroid supporting nutrients from your diet.
The idea that you can get all your nutrients from your diet is fine in theory. However, it’s almost impossible in the real world. Low nutrient food, environmental toxins, poor digestion, and strenuous exercise can cause multiple nutritional deficiencies.
+ You’ve unknowingly been consuming thyroid damaging foods.
The highly processed, nutrient deficient foods that now fill our supermarkets are extremely damaging to the thyroid. The biggest threats are sugar, soy, artificial sweeteners, and processed ‘vegetable’ oils.
+ You are deficient in some basic thyroid nutrients.
A nutritional imbalance makes you susceptible to developing a thyroid disorder. For example, your thyroid may struggle with day to day function when you are deficient in iodine, selenium, and zinc.
+ You’ve got a malabsorption problem.
When it comes to your nutritional health, it’s not just what you eat, it’s also about what you absorb. If you eat a healthy diet but your digestive system is not effectively processing vital nutrients your wholesome diet is not doing you much good.
+ You’ve been overdoing the raw cruciferous vegetables.
In their raw state this class of vegetables have potential thyroid-suppressing properties. They contain plant compounds known as goitrogens. For example; if you have been adding kale to your daily green juice you may want to read more about cruciferous vegetables and optimal thyroid health.
+ Your thyroid is under autoimmune attack.
When your immune system attacks your thyroid it sparks inflammation and ongoing damage to the gland. Over time the thyroid produces less thyroid hormones. Hashimoto’s disease is a common autoimmune disorder and the leading cause of hypothyroidism in women.
+ You’ve got a co-existing chronic infection.
There can be striking similarities between the symptoms of hypothyroidism and chronic infections. Is the onset of your thyroid dysfunction linked to a previous infection? For instance, a lingering viral infection, Lyme’s disease, or some other type of chronic infection can lead to persistent fatigue, and other debilitating symptoms.
+ Thyroid disrupting chemicals are causing havoc.
Toxins easily find their way into the thyroid via the bloodstream. How do you know if you are experiencing a toxic build up? Symptoms include fatigue, joint and muscle pain, frequent headaches, bloating, and chemical sensitivities.
+ Too much stress and anxiety is taking a toll on your thyroid.
Extreme stress can set off an underlying thyroid problem. It’s generally accepted the five biggest stressors in life are; divorce, the death of a loved one, injury or illness, getting fired, and retirement.
+ You have an underlying adrenal fatigue problem.
The truth is hypothyroidism can be due to loss of function of another endocrine organ. One of the most frequently overlooked causes is adrenal fatigue. For this reason, low adrenal function and hypothyroidism often go hand-in-hand.
+ You have a family history of thyroid problems.
Unfortunately thyroid problems do run in families which puts you at risk of developing a thyroid disorder. Research shows genetics play a prominent role in determining thyroid hormone concentrations, and susceptibility to autoimmune thyroid disease.
+ You have a diagnosed MTHFR gene mutation.
An increasing number of individuals are being diagnosed with the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) genetic defect, or polymorphism as it is sometimes termed. For those with this genetic defect they may have trouble converting folic acid into a usable form. As a consequence the folate dependent pathways which support numerous processes within the body can become impaired. You can read why folate is important for overall health and vitality here.
+ You have a faulty liver.
Did you know your liver receives 30% of the blood circulating in your system every minute? The liver plays a vital role in detoxing your body and storing nutrients. In addition, the liver plays an important role in thyroid hormone metabolism. Hence your thyroid health is dependent on a well-functioning liver.
+ It’s a gut microbiome problem.
The state of the complex ecosystem within your digestive system is inextricably linked to your overall health. To demonstrate, poor gut health can set off a range of health problems from food cravings to depression, even an increased risk of developing an autoimmune thyroid disorder.
+ You have an underlying food intolerance.
Food sensitivities can activate a variety of physical and psychological symptoms. More specifically, common food ingredients can aggravate a thyroid disorder. The main offenders are gluten, food additives, soy, eggs, and dairy foods. Avoiding gluten is particularly important if you have been diagnosed with an autoimmune thyroid disorder.
+ You have a history of physical trauma to the thyroid, or pituitary gland.
Whiplash, concussion, or other traumatic injuries can damage the thyroid, pituitary and/or hypothalamus. The problem is, any type of physical injury to these glands will interfere with normal function.
+ You’ve been diagnosed with Sheehan’s syndrome, also known as post-pregnancy hypopituitarism.
This little known syndrome affects women who lose a life threatening amount of blood, or suffer dangerously low blood pressure during childbirth. This lack of oxygen flow to the pituitary causes permanent damage. To clarify, your pituitary produces thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) which is vital to help regulate thyroid hormone production.
+ You’re being zapped by electromagnetic radiation.
Electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones, X-rays, microwave ovens, and Wi-Fi devices can zap your thyroid. For example, research has already established that the electromagnetic fields emitted by mobile phones may be detrimental to the thyroid.
When you identify the real reasons why your thyroid is underactive it’s possible to address the individual root causes head on. This approach makes it easier to create a treatment protocol that will help you finally regain your health and vitality.