Have you ever wondered why your blood work looks normal but you still don’t feel well? 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.
1. Autoimmune condition – this condition, most commonly called Hashimoto’s, simply means that your own immune system is attacking its thyroid.
2. T4 thyroid hormone may not be converting to an active form of thyroid hormone called T3. T4 hormone is produced and stored in the thyroid but it is not an active form of hormone. In order for T4 to be activated, it has to be converted to an active hormone called T3. The conversion from T4 to T3 takes place in the liver. If this conversion does not take place even though your blood work comes back normal (“normal” refers to TSH levels that doctors use to gauge so you should feel well), your brain still senses a normal level of T4 and therefore, shuts down the production. This may happen due to liver issues and selenium deficiency.
3. T3 receptor problem
T3 is an active hormone. In order for T3 to work, it has to communicate with the receptors on the cell, attach itself to the receptor and enter the cell and only then is allowed to do its job like tell your DNA what to do therefore you feel well. Then you gain a lot of energy, you don’t gain weight and you can lose weight. This works well only if T3 enters these receptors. The real problems are not necessarily problems with hormones themselves, but rather the receptor to the hormone.
There is an epidemic of something called Inflammation of the cell membrane which is the cause of the majority of degenerative diseases such as thyroid, diabetes, cancer to an extent and even the inability to lose weight. Inflammation of the cell membrane blunts the hormone receptors on the cell and prevents the cell from “hearing” the hormone so it can enter the cell.
Three main causes that increase cell inflammation of the cell are overconsumption of sugar and grains, bad fats and toxins. You have to fix the cell to get well. When the cell membrane is fixed, inflammation is reduced, only then you can get the toxins out and get the good stuff in. The hormones can now start communicating with the cell again. Remember, the symptoms you are identifying with is the reason why you are not feeling well, have no energy and not losing weight. Don’t just look at the blood test results and be satisfied. There are other tests that need to be done, there are definitely things that you can do that can make a big difference in your health.
Larisa Belote, INHC, AADP, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach is a strong believer that your body is a smart machine and can heal itself given a chance and the right set of tools. Contact Larisa to set up an appointment today to discover how to reduce inflammation, gain energy, get rid of toxins from your body so that you can fix the cell to get well and start feeling great! Call or text 732.996.6963 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: www.stepbystep-wellness.com
This article appears in the March 2020 issue of Natural Awakenings Monmouth/Ocean edition. Click here to subscribe :)