Can heavy metals affect weight loss?
Have you ever heard that metals can cause an issue with your thyroid and weight loss?
I notice a pattern here with three particular metals that I notice pop up quite a bit on testing and these women also have a sluggish thyroid. So I'm going to give you my top three that I see so commonly and tell you the connection to the thyroid and metabolism.
Mercury is the first one I want to talk about. Mercury is a tough one because it's in tuna and salmon which are healthy foods. Unfortunately, if you have a lot of that it will overload the amount of mercury in your body as well. Dental amalgam also can cause a mercury overload as well. But the problem is that mercury acts similar to iodine and we know iodine is needed to make thyroid hormone T3 and T4. So if you have a lot of mercury present it's going actually bump out the iodine and take the place of it. Keep in minbd that mercury unfortunately can't make T3 and T4. You need iodine for that. So, the problem with that is when you have mercury overload then you're not going to get enough T3 and T4 production basically because of the lack of iodine.
Another one that I want to talk about is lead. Now we know lead was in paint many, many years ago. The unfortunate thing with lead is once you've been exposed to it it typically sticks around and it doesn't usually leave your body on its own. The problem with lead is it diminishes thyroid hormone function as well as thyroid hormone production. So it really can wreak havoc on your thyroid function.
And lastly a really common one that I see as well is arsenic. Now arsenic is something that's naturally in our earth's crust but the other thing is it's also now being used for things like textiles, glass production, pigments and so on. Unfortunately, arsenic competes for selenium. So it'll take whatever you're supposed to be using for selenium, which helps make thyroid hormone and take the place of that. So you end up getting a lack of thyroid hormone as well, because you don't have enough selenium to create that.
So those are my top three that I see super commonly, especially when I do hair tissue testing on these women. I see these three pop up very commonly and that can be a connection with why they're gaining weight because their thyroid is actually slow.
I would consider looking at metals if you are struggling with thyroid function and things like weight gain, fatigue, and hair loss.
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