Just over a month ago I posted ‘part 1 of the connection between adrenal and thyroid health’, of which was focused on our adrenals. As I previously said in my last post, adrenals and thyroid are like best friends and need to be working together for optimal health. They both supply essential hormones to the body. If your adrenals become fatigued, the thyroid then steps up to release more hormones and if the thyroid becomes sluggish, the adrenals then release their hormones to make the body work. When they both become out of balance because of being overused and not replenished correctly, we end up feeling tired, weak, depressed, unable to lose weight, (which then make us more depressed as we don’t have the energy to do anything about the weight), moodiness, hair loss, irregular menstrual cycles, and brain fog.
So today, I am going to chat about our thyroid and how to support it to help us feel our best.
A short synapsis of how our thyroid works:
The thyroid gland uses iodine from our food/water to reproduce 2 main hormones,(T3 and T4). (They do have longer medical names, but these are easier to remember)…These 2 hormones regulate the speed of which your metabolism/cells work. T3 and T4 are regulated by your TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) which is released by your pituitary gland. When your T3 and T4 levels drop the pituitary gland will signal the release of more TSH, which then stimulate the release of more T3 and T4 and vice versa when we have too much T3 and T4, the pituitary releases less TSH therefore releasing less T3 and T4. These thyroid hormones regulate our breathing, heart rate, body weight, menstrual cycles, body temperature among other major body functions.
During your routine physical with your Doctor, he/she will usually do a TSH test on your bloodwork to determine if your thyroid is functioning normally. (This is never really a great indicator and a T3 and T4 test should also be done). Many times you can still have symptoms and signs of thyroid imbalance even though your bloodwork and TSH levels come out ‘normal’. (like me 🙂 ). This is called subclinical hypothyroidism.
So here is an at home test to help check your thyroid function…
BBT (Basal Body Temperature) method:
- Have a thermometer at your bedside and when you wake in the morning take your temperature (reach gently as sudden movements can jump start the thyroid) from under your armpit
- Keep track of this for 3 weeks (not during your menstrual cycle, if you are still getting your periods)
- Normal should be 36.2C – 36.8C ( 97.3F – 98.2F)
**Constant low temperatures would indicate a thyroid imbalance**
So now, I know you are wondering, well how do I support my thyroid. Well there are many ways to help. I had mentioned previously that the thyroid only uses iodine to produce T3 and T4, so iodine rich foods are highly important. Good quality sea salt for cooking, seafood, seaweed, kelp. But if those don’t sound appetizing to you, having an iodine supplement will also work along with the following:
- fruits and vegetable
- Vitamin C
- B Complex
- Multivitamin with nutrients for thyroid health (Vitamins C, B2, B3, B6, A, E, Zinc, Selenium)
- Thyroid support supplement
Keeping your adrenals in check (see Part 1) and of course exercise of your choice along with decreased stress reduction through yoga, meditation or some form of self care.
Again I do stress that this information is not meant to self diagnose but that through this 2 part series, it will help bring awareness to how you are feeling and know that this is not ‘normal’ to have these symptoms. My hope is that you can educate yourself to be and feel your best. If you feel that this is you, please talk to your health care practitioner.