By Larisa Belote
Have you ever wondered why your blood work looks normal but you still do not feel well? It takes 10, 20 or 30 years before your blood work may become abnormal. You went to your doctor all those years saying that you don’t feel well, your energy is low, your body temperature is low, or that you have a sudden weight gain, constipation or even hot flashes which are all symptoms we don’t attribute to thyroid. It is estimated that 90% of America has thyroid issues and most go undiagnosed.
The key is to understand that these symptoms are attributed to thyroid despite what your blood work looks like. When the blood work becomes abnormal, your doctor gives you thyroid replacement hormone and 9 times out of 10 your blood work becomes normal, however, you still don’t feel well. Let’s explore why this happens.
Three reasons why your blood work can be normal and you still don’t feel well.
1. T4 thyroid hormone does not convert to an active thyroid hormone called T3.
T4, a stored and not an active hormone in the cell and must be converted to T3, the active hormone. If this conversion does not take place, then the message to the cell will never get through. ONLY active T3 can be used in the cell. The hormone most doctors give as a replacement hormone is T4. The conversion from T4 to T3 takes place in the liver. If your liver is stressed by toxic overload, then the conversion may not take place. Your blood work will look normal because the pituitary gland in your brain is signaled that there is enough of the T4 in your system and tells the thyroid that all is well. Your blood work is normal, but you are not.
2. Active T3 can’t be used due to blunted receptors on the cell
Active T3 cannot be used in the cell because the receptors to the T3 on the cell are blunted. Hormone problems are not necessarily problems with hormones themselves, but rather the receptor to the hormone. Similar to Type II Diabetes, where the diabetic has plenty of insulin but the receptors to the insulin are blunted and unable to “hear” the message in order to allow the glucose in the cell, and therefore the glucose cannot get into the cell to produce energy. That condition is referred to as insulin resistance (meaning the cell is “resistant” to the hormone insulin). T3 resistance works the same way. It is like having plenty of gasoline but not being able to get it into your car. Your cells are literally starving for T3, however, due to the feedback mechanism, the pituitary gland in the brain gets a message that there is adequate T3 and signals the thyroid that everything is ok and therefore your blood work will be normal.
3. Potential Autoimmune condition called Hashimoto’s Disease
Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune condition where the body is attacking itself. It is estimated that 80% of thyroid conditions are autoimmune related. Most of these conditions also go undiagnosed, because correct blood work is not done to check for autoimmune hypothyroid. The reason for this is because the treatment is the same, whether you are hypothyroid or autoimmune hypothyroid.
Larisa Belote, Health Practitioner & Certified Detox Specialist is a strong believer that your body is a smart machine and can heal itself given a chance and the right set of tools. Call/Txt 732.996.6963 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for a FREE 20-minute consult and discover how to restore cellular energy so you can get your life back.