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What are the best supplements for hypothyroidism?

There are so many thyroid supplements out there and it can be very confusing. I know when I started on my thyroid journey many years ago, it was overwhelming because there are so many different supplements and so many different recommendations for them.

I wanted to also point out that I am very cautious about throwing people on supplements without knowing if they need them.  I do testing with my clients that work with me so we can create a plan of supplements based off of their own individual needs. 

I do think testing is a better route to go, but I wanted to give you an idea of some things that I think a lot of people with a slow thyroid could benefit from and what you can do about it.

So, one of the first things that I love to utilize inside of working with someone that has a slow thyroid is potassium. Potassium is so important. One of the reasons is it helps with thyroid hormone conversion. It helps with sensitizing thyroid cells, and it's often overlooked. It's not one that's really tested for. 

I test for it inside my thyroid program with the hair tissue mineral analysis testing, and almost everyone that I work with, it's low.  Keep in mind, that you need about 4,500 milligrams every single day of potassium, just for normal function so supplementing with it can be very important. 

You can get it from foods, obviously, but a lot of times, it's really hard to get 4,500 milligrams a day. So, I love supplementing with it. I love utilizing a chelated form of potassium because it's more absorbable.

Another one of my favs is magnesium. The majority of the women that I am working with are usually pretty stressed out. They are tired of all the back and forth with doctors and not getting answers and  by the time they come to me, most of them are deficient in magnesium. And again, we can see that on the hair test.

One of the big things I like magnesium for is it's very calming. It's your calming mineral. I recommend Magnesium that is chelated, glycinated, or buffered.

Let's talk about probiotics. I think, is always essential as well.  Wehn talking about your gut flora, you have good bacteria and bad bacteria. When there's a lot of bad bacteria, as opposed to the good bacteria, it can cause something like dysbiosis. Your gut function is going to be off. About 20% of your thyroid hormone conversion happens in your gut, so it's really crucial to make sure you're addressing gut stuff. One of the ways is a probiotic.

There's so many probiotics out there.  I am a big proponent of spore-based probiotic. I think they're more diverse. They survive the pH and the temperature of the gut. 

I also love tyrosine because it helps with making thyroid hormone. So, a lot of people with hypothyroidism are deficient in it.  You can't necessarily test for this one but it is very important one to consider. 

I also want to discuss combo products.  So, there are so many thyroid combo products out there that have herbs and some of these minerals that I was just talking about. It can be one of those scenarios where it can be a good and bad scenario for you. So, I do like some thyroid combo products, I think they're really good. but I am cautious too.  One of the reasons is a lot of these thyroid combo products have a lot of iodine in them.

I work with a lot of people with Hashimoto's, and when you have Hashimoto's, iodine can sometimes cause a flare up. Also a lot of them have copper and I don't recommend that as well when you're struggling with hypothyroidism and trying to get the thyroid more optimal.

Selenium is another important for thyroid function because it helps with thyroid hormone conversion. You can get it in supplement form or by eating a Brazil nut everyday.

Supplementing can be tricky and confusing. If you need help with that, then please reach out to me.  

You can also grab my FREE guide on 5 Causes of Hypothyroidism right here.

Causes of an underactive thyroid

I was never told that there were things that I was actually doing or things happening to my body that were actually slowing my thyroid down. Instead I was just thrown on medication. Unfortunately, the medication was just pretty much a band-aid. 

I was never told about all the things that could actually be slowing my thyroid down. Something else to also consider, you don't need to have a diagnosis of hypothyroidism to actually have a slow thyroid. And this is what I started realizing when I got certified in functional medicine. I noticed that there are actually a lot of things that can slow your thyroid down, that you're not being told.

It's not being talked about, and it does not have to show up on a blood panel. So typically you get diagnosed with hypothyroidism when your TSH is really elevated. TSH is your thyroid stimulating hormone. And unfortunately if that is the only thing they're checking and it looks totally normal, you're told your thyroid is normal. For so many women, the reality is that it is NOT normal. especially if you're having slow thyroid symptoms.

When I started working with clients one-on-one, I would run other labs besides a blood test and they showed a completely different picture than what the doctor was telling them.

So let's talk about some things that could be slowing your thyroid down. So first and foremost, stress is a huge one. I talk about this incessantly with my clients. Stress has to be managed!  Remember, your adrenal glands and your thyroid and your sex hormones all interplay with each other. They're like a triangle and all interacting with each other. So if one is off, the other one's going to be off more than likely.

The thyroid usually is one that always ends up paying the price especially when you have chronic stress. Stress releases cortisol. That's your natural way that your body tries to attack stress. Unfortunately, when cortisol keeps getting released like that, it will eventually affect the thyroid. And the way that it does this, is it will affect the conversion of your inactive thyroid hormone, which is T4, to your active thyroid hormone, which is T3.

And a lot of times, not only does that happen, but it actually sends it backwards. It reverts the T3, your active thyroid hormone back to something called reverse T3. That's not active.... it's inactive. So people feel really crappy. And that's why when people get really stressed out all of a sudden, they're like, "I'm gaining weight." or "My fatigue is through the roof." or "My hair's falling out."  It is because your thyroid is actually being slowed down because of this chronic stress. 

Also think about foods that you're eating. If you're eating really, really poor quality food, this is a stressor on the body, it can also create gut inflammation. If you're eating things like gluten, soy, dairy, and sugar....these can sometimes really affect people with a slow thyroid because those things are all inflammatory for your body.  It will tell the thyroid to slow down, because your body doesn't like it.

Also let's talk about your sleep. If you're not getting enough sleep, that is your rest and repair time.  This is when the adrenals are supposed to kind of chill out, so they can start to replenish.  If you're only getting a couple of hours of sleep, it's not going to help your thyroid. So, you definitely have to figure out what's causing the sleep issues, and make adjustments.  

What's your liver health like?  Remember, this is where most of the thyroid hormone conversion happens If you have a really sluggish liver, it will be pretty hard to help with thyroid hormone conversion. The liver can get bogged down if you have too many toxins coming in and if you're not nourishing it with good foods.  The thyroid hormones will definitely be affected.

And lastly, what about your gut health?  This is an area where more thyroid hormone conversion actually happens.  Around 20 percent happens in the gut. So if the gut is inflamed and not being nourished, this can affect thyroid hormones as well.   Also, if your gut flora is off, that's going to affect it. If you have something like a parasite, bacteria, or even candida, that is going to inhibit thyroid hormone conversion.

Also, it's common with hypothyroidism to have something called leaky gut.  And if you have something like Hashimoto's which is the autoimmune side of hypothyroidism, it's really common to have something like leaky gut because there's this autoimmune response and inflammatory response, and it just feeds off of it. So, the hypothyroidism could be causing some of the gut issues and the gut issues could be causing some of the issues, creating hypothyroidism. It works both ways.

So those are just a few of the things that could be slowing down your thyroid.  These are the things that I feel like you can start working on it, and change to boost your thyroid health. 

 If you need help with that, then please reach out to me.  

You can also grab my FREE guide on The Secret to Reading Your Thyroid Blood Test right here.

All you need to know about thyroid medication!

 I get asked a lot about thyroid medications including what medications I've taken in the past and what I'm taking now. And even what worked and what didn't work.  I want to give you some insights so you could make a better educated decision on the thyroid medication that you're taking or if you want to talk to your doctor about it as well. As always, you need to talk to your doctor about this.

 I want to talk a bit about thyroid hormones first.  You have active thyroid hormone and you have inactive thyroid hormones.  T4 is inactive and T3 is active thyroid hormone. Remember, you only make about 20% of the active thyroid hormone so you have to convert over from T4 to T3.   This is the reason why medication that only has T4 in it sometimes is not very beneficial for people.  Most people with hypothyroidism cannot convert over to T4 to T3. There are a lot of things that can affect thyroid hormone conversion but with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's, they have a really hard time with this conversion.

So the conventional way to address a slow thyroid (elevated TSH on a blood test) is they get put on something like Synthroid.  Remember that's T4 only. So what I see happening is a lot of people get on these medications and they feel crappy. Not only do they feel crappy, they don't feel any different. They don't feel better sometimes  and they can actually feel worse. More than likely, they're not converting their T4 medication over to T3.

Another reason why a lot of people end up getting put on T4 only  medication is the conventional way for doing a blood panel for your thyroid panel is usually only checking TSH. And then every once in a while, the doctor may throw a T4 in. But a lot of times they are not checking T3 which is your active thyroid hormone is.  And because they're not checking T3 on a blood panel, they can't prescribe T3. So they only prescribe a T4 medication because that's what the doctor is only checking.

Remember, if you're working with a functional medicine doctor they are more likely going to do more work with you.  You are going to get a full panel and you will probably be put on medication that has T4 and T3 in it if you need it.

So what are the T4 only medications? The typical medications that people end up getting put on is something like Levothyroxine or Synthroid. Unithroid is another  one that is becoming more common more as well as Levoxyl. And then Tirosint is also gaining popularity. The one thing I do like about Tirosint is it has no fillers in it. So it's actually a very natural T4. So if your doctor refuses to not put you on any T3 and they only want put you on T4, then go for something like Tirosint because it is more natural with no fillers.  Unfortunately, if you have a conversion issue that's won't matter too much since you actually still need  some T3

What about T3 medications?  Cytomel and Liothyronine are just straight T3 but keep in mind these are synthetic medications. They're not natural medications. They have fillers and other things in them that sometimes people won't absorb that medication the best.

The combo medications are amazing because they have T4 and T3 in them and they're way more natural. These are things like Armour, Nature-Throid,  and NP-Thyroid.

Another option is compounded and that's what I have to do now. One of the reasons why I had to go to a compounded medication was because I needed a more specific amount of T4 and T3.  

So something to keep in mind with medications is that a lot of those synthetic medications have a lot of fillers in them.  Some of these things are gluten, lactose, corn, sucrose and dyes.

Hope this information helps you. I would love to know if you have or had ever taken thyroid medication or if you currently are.....what's working for you? 

 Want to know more? Please reach out to me.  

You can also grab my FREE guide on The Secret to Reading Your Thyroid Blood Test right here.

Hormonal Gut?

I recently did a video that was on birth control use with thyroid function and I talked a little bit in there about the connection with gut health, but I wanted to go a little bit more in depth here and give you some more insight into it and maybe a few tips as well of what you could do with it.

Here are a few little facts here that are a little eyeopening! There is a large connection with gut health and hormones. Think about this fact, 80% of your immune system actually is housed in your gut. So that's why when your gut is off, you can get a lot of inflammation, as well as auto-immune conditions.

Hashimoto's thyroiditis is the autoimmune aspect of hypothyroidism, and that's why there's such a massive connection with gut health and the thyroid...... because there's so much immune system inside your gut tract.

The other thing to also keep in mind, there's 80 million neurons that are housed inside your gut. That's a lot of neurons and I don't know if you've ever heard this, but your gut is your second brain.  Your gut can function independently of what your brain is doing because it has so many neurons. So that's why, again, it's so important to make sure that you're really honing in on your gut health and taking care of it.

If the gut health is poor, it can throw pretty much everything in the body off. So that's one of the things that I want to talk about is how it is connected to the thyroid and your hormones in general.

A lot of your hormones are actually metabolized and eliminated through your digestive tract. So think about something like estrogen. When you use estrogen, you need to get rid of it. You can't have it re-circulating. It's not a good form of estrogen and it can give a lot of women estrogen-dominant symptoms.

So if you're really, really constipated and if the guts is inflamed, you're not going to clear that estrogen. And used estrogen, like I said, is not a good thing to have circulating back around in your body. You need to make sure that you're constantly having bowel movements so that you are getting rid of toxins and something like used estrogen.

Also keep in mind that your gut lining is like your intestinal barrier basically. So what can happen is when the gut health is really off and things are inflamed, it becomes permeable. This is something that can happen a lot with hypothyroidism, especially with Hashimoto's. Almost everyone with Hashimoto's actually does have something like this and it's called leaky gut. The particles leak out and the get in areas they're not supposed to go.

And what happens? It's an inflammatory response. Well, in an auto-immune condition, you're already in this inflammatory response and that's why people can actually develop Hashimoto's with or without even having just straight hypothyroidism to begin with because of leaky gut.  

Also when you have this really big imbalance of your good bacteria and your bad bacteria, that actually reduces the conversion of your inactive T4 to your active T3. So I've said this before, you only make about 20% active T3 so you have to have a conversion of T4 to T3. Well, a lot of that conversion can happen inside your gut. Over 20% of it happens there.

So because of that, if the gut flora is poor (gut dysbiosis) you're going to end up having a big reduction in thyroid hormone conversion. The other thing that also has a big contribution is when there's all this inflammation. it actually reduces the overall amount of your T3. T3 is that active thyroid hormone.

Everyone needs T3. It'll actually reduce that because when you have inflammation, you're gonna be under this chronic stress response. It causes cortisol to go up. Cortisol is your fight-or-flight. It's your stress hormone. Cortisol will go up. One of the things that cortisol does is it actually increases reverse T3.  This is when your active T3 reverts backwards to the inactive form of T3. And that happens a lot when there's a lot of stress going on or there's inflammation, particularly inside the gut. 

When you are constipated, you also can get a really large rise in thyroid-binding globulin which binds to your actual thyroid hormone. You're not going to have enough thyroid hormone to use then.  So just another reason why you need to make sure that you're addressing constipation and it's not lingering on for days and days at a time because that just starts adding up and you will have a big reduction in that active thyroid hormone then because of that.  

So what are some things that you can do about it? One thing to address the inflammation in the gut is to start eliminating any food sensitivities and inflammatory foods. And this is not always an easy one, but anytime you have gut issues going on and/or hypothyroidism, you really have to watch inflammatory foods. So things like gluten sugar, dairy, processed foods, even alcohol can be very, very inflammatory.

Something else to do is to repair the gut, using things like superfoods to settle the stomach lining down.  Things like bone broth, marshmallow root, aloe, and slippery elm are great for this!

And then nourish your gut as well. So you need to make sure you're getting lots of good probiotic and prebiotic foods.  Fermented foods are great for this.  If you have to utilize a probiotic itself in pill form, I do recommend something like a spore-based probiotic. They're very absorbable. They do really well on almost everyone.

So those are just some ways that you can address your gut health and try to make sure that you're boosting your thyroid function and your hormone function.  

Let me know too, what are your favorite tricks for your gut health? 

If you need help with that, then please reach out to me.  

You can also grab my FREE guide on The Secret to Reading Your Thyroid Blood Test right here.

How birth control affects the thyroid!

I get asked about quite often about the thyroid and birth control. I personally went through some of this myself actually. I didn't know it at the time but I started learning more about it as the years went on especially after I got certified in FDN.

I started learning that there is quite a connection between a slow thyroid and birth control and I already had hypothyroidism. So birth control didn't really help any of it.

So what I want to talk first about is what hypothyroidism is and what Hashimoto's. Hypothyroidism is basically a slow thyroid. It means your thyroid is not functioning properly. It could be the thyroid gland itself or it could be that the hormones are not properly working. There's a lot of reasons why your thyroid could not be functioning properly.

And then Hashimoto's is the autoimmune side of it. So that basically means that your body thinks your thyroid is a foreign invader that is not supposed to be there and it launches and they call it an auto-immune response. So they call it Hashimoto's thyroiditis.

So what's some of the big things that can happen with taking birth control pill. Unfortunately, there's a ton of women that take this and yes.....there's a time and place for it.  Unfortunately, the long-term effects are just not the best. So I am very cautious when people are taking it. I also suggest  you work with your practitioner very closely if you are taking it or you're wanting to come off of it.

One of the things to keep in mind is that birth control is synthetic. It is very inflammatory. When you have thyroiditis, something like Hashimoto's you're in an inflammatory autoimmune response. So taking something like birth control pill can be extremely inflammatory and just feed off of that and make that cycle even worse.

And then also in turn because of that that, it can contribute to immune dysfunction. So if you have straight hypothyroidism, some people end up creating something like Hashimoto's because they end up launching an auto-immune response.

So they now create this Hashimoto's scenario just by being on birth control pill.  Keep in mind, 90% of the people that have hypothyroidism actually have Hashimoto's. That is a really, really large number.

The other factor to also keep in mind with birth control pill is it can create a scenario of leaky gut. I'm sure you've probably heard of this. Basically, leaky gut is when particles leak through the intestinal lining. This creates an inflammatory response.  A lot of times that can happen from a birth control pill. It can happen from so many other things but birth control pill is one of the reasons it can.

So why is this so important when we start talking about gut health especially with the connection with thyroid and birth control? You need conversion to happen with your inactive T4 to your active T3. You actually need that to happen in your gut. About 20% of it actually happens in the gut. You only make about 20% active T3. If the gut is inflamed and it's not in a happy state because you are on hormonal birth control, you're going to have issues with conversion.

When you have hypothyroidism you already have those issues typically so you're just adding fuel to the fire.

The other thing that can also happen with birth control usage is you get a lot of nutrient deficiencies. Things like B6, B12, selenium, folate, and zinc. Those are all really important nutrients that you need and those become very deficient especially something like selenium.

Selenium is really needed for thyroid hormone conversion. It's one of the biggest ones that you need for that. Almost everyone that I've worked with I will see a pretty large deficiency in selenium when we do hair tissue mineral analysis.

So what ends up happening is you just get this vicious cycle. So the gut's inflamed for numerous reasons, then you add birth control pill to it which adds fuel to the fire. Let's say the thyroid's not already working right. Now you have a scenario where other things start happening like low stomach acid,  slow gallbladder function, and slow movement of your digestive tract. So all these things start happening because of hypothyroidism and they just create a vicious cycle where that makes the hypothyroidism worse.

So this is how women, when they have a slow thyroid, can actually get gut issues because of some of the things that I mentioned and why women on birth control can actually have both.

Birth control pill can raise thyroid-binding globulin hormone. This hormone binds to your thyroid hormone. That means there's less thyroid hormone floating around that you can actually utilize. Just another reason why you could get a really slow thyroid just from taking birth control, because it binds up the actually thyroid hormone that you need because the binding globulin is too high.

And speaking of inflammation....anytime there's inflammation, there's going to be a stress response. Your adrenals will launch cortisol and then your body thinks it's in a fight or flight mode.

I suggest working very closing with your doctor or practitioner if you are desiring coming off of birth control, especially if you have a slow thyroid or suspect you do.  And if you need more help with your thyroid while using birth control 

 If you need help with that, then please reach out to me.  

You can also grab my FREE guide on The Secret to Reading Your Thyroid Blood Test right here.

Losing weight with a slow thyroid

Most of the women that are coming to me have a weight loss issue.  They either are gaining weight or they can't lose weight. This is obviously super common with a slow thyroid. Pretty much everyone that I have worked with that has a slow thyroid, has a weight loss struggle. 

I know I struggled with it as well and it was a pretty long struggle actually. So I wanted to bring up a few points here that can kind of inhibit or slow that process down and what you can do about it. 

So, first thing that I wanna talk about is that you can not compare yourself to others. And I know you've heard that before, it applies to so many things, but when it comes to weight loss, you have to be super careful with that. Because even for me, what I noticed is you start comparing yourself to others.

I would compare myself to others that were on a weight loss journey, and I would compare it to people who also had a slow thyroid. So I'd say, "well they have a slow thyroid, so they're losing weight, why am I not losing weight?"

 Keep in mind, everybody is so individual and there could be so many other things going on in your body that they are not dealing with. You have to focus on you and that is it!

The other factor to also consider is weight loss should not be a primary goal as far as when you're trying to get healthy. Weight loss actually comes when it's supposed to come. So what I mean by that is if your only focus is weight loss and you're not focused on being healthy, having energy, being there for your kids, being there for your job, and all the things that your life is being affected by.... it's going to be hard to lose weight. And I will vouch for this. I was so focused on weight loss. 

When I was diagnosed at 22 years old, my only focus was weight loss. The weight loss wasn't happening and I constantly asked...."why is my weight going up? And why am I not able to lose it?"  I wasn't thinking about the other things that were affecting my thyroid and weight loss.  

The reason I talk to all of my clients about mindset in the beginning is because I want them to see that weight loss can't be their focus here. It's going to come when your body's ready. So keep that always in mind.  When your body is ready to lose weight it will lose it, if it is not losing it, there's a reason why it's not losing it.  There could be underlying things that you haven't uncovered yet. 

So that's why I do so much investigation and I do so much testing.  It can't just be calories in calories out. It does not work for thyroid people. You have to find out what is making that thyroid slow. 

So some of the issues that I do see when women are really struggling with getting that weight off especially with the slow thyroid is mineral imbalance.  It is common to see calcium elevated, potassium low, and magnesium low. And that's going to create a scenario where your body's in a metabolic state where it's slow. So you're kind of spinning on hamster wheel. 

The other thing is that it's a stressor on the body when you're trying to lose weight. If your body's in a stressed out state already a lot of times when people have hypothyroidism, it's already in a stressed out state. If that's happening, your body's not going to burn calories. Your body's not gonna focus on losing weight.  It needs to be healthy first. Adrenal imbalance and thyroid dysfunction are so closely connected. So if you're constantly stressed out all the time it's going to be really hard to lose weight. 

There could also be other things going on. Is your liver sluggish? How's your sleep doing? How's your gut health doing?  These can all affect the function of your thyroid and thyroid hormones.  

There's a lot of things in the body that are so interconnected with your thyroid, and if those things aren't investigated, trying to lose weight is very difficult. So don't get discouraged.  Make sure that  you keep digging for answers! Your weight loss journey can and will become much simpler! 

 If you need help with that, then please reach out to me.  

You can also grab my FREE guide on The Secret to Reading Your Thyroid Blood Test right here.

How to be grateful when you have health issues

Let's be real.....

It is not always easy to see and feel like you are getting better when you have health issues!

I can remember when every single day was a STRUGGLE! I couldn't keep my eyes open all day, I was scared to eat since I was constantly gaining weight, and my hair was falling out in clumps!

My thyroid was angry! And it was hard to feel like I was making progress! What helped me? GRATITUDE!

I decided that being grateful for all other things in my life (including a healthy thyroid that I envisioned) was the best way to get what I wanted!

Guess what? That is what showed up!

I reminded myself that I may not see the progress each day! And that I may not feel it each day!  But it was STILL happening.

Also, keep in mind that gratitude practice produces better mental health by shifting one’s attention away from toxic emotions, such as resentment and envy. When you write about how grateful you are to others and how much other people have blessed your life, it might become considerably harder for you to ruminate on your negative experiences.

Here are some ways to cultivate gratitude on a regular basis.

1) Write a thank-you note. You can make yourself happier and nurture your relationship with another person by writing a thank-you letter expressing your enjoyment and appreciation of that person's impact on your life. Send it, or better yet, deliver and read it in person if possible. Make a habit of sending at least one gratitude letter a month. Once in a while, write one to yourself.

2) Thank someone mentally. No time to write? It may help just to think about someone who has done something nice for you, and mentally thank the individual.

3) Keep a gratitude journal. Make it a habit to write down or share with a loved one thoughts about the gifts you've received each day. I love using "The Freedom Journal" and the app on my phone called "Gratitude". 

4) Count your blessings. Pick a time every week to sit down and write about your blessings β€” reflecting on what went right or what you are grateful for. Sometimes it helps to pick a number β€” such as three to five things β€” that you will identify each week. As you write, be specific and think about the sensations you felt when something good happened to you.

5) Pray. People who are religious can use prayer to cultivate gratitude.

6) Meditate. Mindfulness meditation involves focusing on the present moment without judgment. Although people often focus on a word or phrase (such as "peace"), it is also possible to focus on what you're grateful for (the warmth of the sun, a pleasant sound, etc.).

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Your body is an amazing machine! It hears you! Thank your body and get ready for some amazing things to happen!

 If you need help with that, then please reach out to me.  

You can also grab my FREE guide on The Secret to Reading Your Thyroid Blood Test right here.

Should I eat carbs with a slow thyroid?

So is eating carbs good or bad for the thyroid?  This is such a hot topic. This is a topic that I get asked about a lot. Particularly, because I'm working with so many women who have hypothyroidism. So I thought I would do a video about this and give you a little bit more in depth explanation.

There's so much information out there about low carb and high carb, and it's really overwhelming. Especially, if you struggle with a slow thyroid condition.

So I wanna put some information together here for you that can guide you and help gear you towards the direction that's gonna benefit you the most. Now, obviously, everyone is very person specific.

I will give you my own personal story with it. I did try low carbohydrate. This was years ago, before I had gotten certified in health coaching. And my thyroid numbers were horrible. I ended up feeling really, really bad within a few weeks.

I just so happened to have a blood panel scheduled. And my doctor immediately was like, "What are you doing differently? 'Cause your numbers look really bad." And I knew it because I felt miserable.

So I decided to start researching, "Well, why did this happen?" And I found out a lot of stuff that I wish I had looked at prior to starting that journey of going low carbohydrate.  So here's some of the information that I think will help you.

First, keep in mind, that your liver has to do a lot of thyroid hormone conversion. This means you have inactive T4 and you have active T3. You have to convert a lot of T4 over to T3, because you only make about 20% active T3. A lot of people with a slow thyroid have a conversion issue. They cannot get that converted over.

The majority of that conversion happens in the liver. Well guess what? Your liver needs glucose in order to help that conversion to happen. So if you start going super low carbohydrate, you're not giving your body hardly any glucose at all. The body has an issue then with this conversion. The liver is drastically affected, because it doesn't have that glucose to help with that conversion process. So that is one really big reason why I'm very hesitant for anyone to go super low carbohydrate when you're struggling with a slow thyroid.

I really encourage you to be very careful and very cautious with going low carbohydrate unless your thyroid is really under control, which most people that come to me is not the case. So avoiding carbohydrates is not a good thing to do.  

Also, keep in mind, when you don't have those thyroid hormone conversions, a lot of times what happens is women start relying on other things to help with that and they utilize cortisol and they utilize things like adrenaline. When you start using all those types of hormones to give you energy, because you don't have your thyroid hormones, your body thinks it's in a stress response. And unfortunately, when that happens, you start to feel wired, but tired.

And that's why a lot of thyroid people that come to me they're in that stage where they're exhausted but can't sleep because they're actually trying to use their cortisol and adrenaline to combat not having enough thyroid hormone or thyroid function. Well, that can actually happen from going low carbohydrate because your body thinks it's in a stress response then, because there's not enough glucose there.

Also, keep in mind, that when you're in this vicious cycle where you're constantly utilizing cortisol for your energy levels, and you're not really utilizing your thyroid hormones, you store body fat. It's inevitable and it especially in women.... it goes to the belly.

I also advise taking baby steps when you decide to increase your carb consumption where you're doing a little bit more carbs each day. This is so important so that your body has time to adapt.  

Now when we're talking about carbohydrates, I'm not talking about these crappy carbs like processed carbs, sugar, and so on. I am  talking about starchy carbs and fruits, etc. Some people with a slow thyroid can tolerate grains. If you can tolerate grains, make sure they're gluten-free.

I really do encourage starchy carbs like potatoes, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, because they have a ton of really good things in them, especially potassium. Potassium helps with thyroid hormones. It helps with thyroid hormone conversion.  So make sure you're getting starchy carbs in too. You need a lot of potassium for everyday function. You need 4,500 milligrams for everyday function of potassium. So getting some starchy carbs in every day will absolutely help you with that. 

I hope this information helps you and can give you some answers about carb consumption in relation to hypothyroidism or a slow thyroid.  If you have symptoms like weight gain, hair loss, fatigue, anxiety and so very cautious cutting your carbs too low. 

If you need help with that, then please reach out to me.  

You can also grab my FREE guide on 5 Causes of Hypothyroidism right here.

What do toxins do to the thyroid?

Do you know that toxins can slow your thyroid down? And why your liver health is so important for your thyroid health? Then you must watch this video.

I will teach you:
* What can toxins do to your thyroid
* Why is liver health so important for your thyroid
* What can you do about it

Your thyroid gland is responsible for making T4 and T3. A large percentage of your inactive T4 travels throughout the blood stream and gets converted to active T3. Do you know where this conversion happens?

You guessed it..... THE LIVER!

This is why liver health is so crucial for your thyroid health and if you suspect that your thyroid is slow.  Your thyroid symptoms like weight gain, hair loss, fatigue, and anxiety could be from the liver being bogged down from toxins. 

Sometimes the liver alone can cause so many issues with your thyroid.  There is such a massive connection with hypothyroidism and a sluggish liver. 

There are toxins everywhere which we can't always control. So the liver needs to be in top shape to help flush these out so that the thyroid doesn't pay the price with less thyroid hormone conversion.

So what can you do?

Watch my video to learn how your liver is connected to your thyroid health and what you can do to address this.

If you need help with that, then please reach out to me.  

You can also grab my FREE guide on The Secret to Reading Your Thyroid Blood Test right here.

Why am I so tired in the morning?!

Do you know why the thyroid can make you so tired in the morning? And how its connection to the adrenals can affect this? Then you must watch this video.

I will teach you:
* How the thyroid make you tired in the morning
* The connection with the adrenal glands
* What you can do about it

When talking about fatigue, One would think this fatigue would make it easier to sleep at night, but often thyroid patients feel exhausted all day and then find themselves sleeping poorly at night.

This is because your thyroid is part of your body’s endocrine system, releasing hormones that control metabolism and regulate vital body functions (such as heart rate, body temperature, and breathing).

Low metabolism during the day contributes to daytime fatigue, and irregular hormones at night prevent the deepest, most important sleep cycles.

So the next morning can be brutal for so many people with a slow thyroid. It is a constant viscous cycle. Also, add in the adrenal gland function that is usually imbalanced and can make this fatigue even worse in the morning! 

And your other thyroid symptoms like weight gain, hair loss, anxiety and low mood can be even worse!

So what can you do?

Watch my video to learn how your thyroid could be causing your fatigue and the connection the adrenal glands and what you can do about it.

I hope you learned the importance of addressing your fatigue and the connection with the thyroid.

If you need help with that, then please reach out to me.  

You can also grab my FREE guide on The Secret to Reading Your Thyroid Blood Test right here.

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