Your Thyroid gland’s impaired function is one of the main causes of low metabolic energy in the body.
If you’re having trouble losing weight, feeling low on energy and stamina, have aches and pains (especially in the hands and shoulders and neck areas), vacillating between hot and cold all day, having night sweats or hot flashes… have fat deposits on your body (upper arms or neck area or high back), then your thyroid and adrenal glands are simply not functioning like they should at optimal levels…. despite what any “normal” or “standard” blood testing is showing when you go to your regular medical doctor!
Every process that goes on inside your body requires ENERGY. When the body doesn’t have enough energy to function properly, each component of the body will malfunction in its own unique way. For example, if the brain has too little energy, thought processes such as memory and focus become impaired. Another example is... Your body operates at an optimum temperature of 98.6 - if your temp goes lower than that, energy is impaired throughout your entire body even by a few degrees. The easiest test for low functioning thyroid is to take your temp first thing in the morning before you get out of bed. If it’s below 98.0 they you have a low functioning thyroid gland and most probably low functioning adrenals as well.
Symptoms of low metabolic energy: low body temp, low energy or fatigue, weight problems, slow wound healing, depression, anxiety, poor memory - focus - concentration, sleep disorders, frequent infections (skin, sinus, bladder, yeast, etc), allergies, autoimmune diseases, fibromyalgia, generalized aches and pains, headaches, low libido, infertility, low or high blood pressure, constipation, digestive disorders, numbness in hands or feet, vision disturbances, dry skin, acne, hair loss, brittle or coarse hair…. EVEN high cholesterol!
The human thyroid gland is located in the front of the lower part of the neck. All the blood in the body passes through the thyroid gland every 17 minutes. Because the cells making up this gland have an affinity for iodine during this 17-minute passage the gland’s secretion of iodine kills weak germs that may have gained entry into the blood through an injury to the skin, the lining of nose or throat or through absorption of food from the digestive tract. Strong, virulent germs are rendered weaker during their passage through the thyroid gland. With each 17 minutes that rolls around they are made still weaker until finally they are killed off IF the gland has its normal supply of iodine! If it does not, it cannot kill harmful germs circulating in the blood as Nature intended it to do! This is why individuals with lower functioning thyroid develop sinus issues that never clear up, have numerous infections, impaired gut function, etc.
If you’ve been taking Levothyroxine or Synthroid... you’re taking T4 only. Your doctor is most probably monitoring your TSH only (in some cases they might monitor T4 along with the TSH). No one is bothering to look at the real true FUNCTION of your thyroid system. Your doctor is ASSUMING that your body is converting T4 into enough FREE T3 to do the job. (We all know how much trouble we get into when we “ASSUME” anything!!!!) The ONLY way to determine the FUNCTION of your thyroid system is to look at and monitor the following levels:
TSH, Free T4, Free T3, Reverse T3, ratio of Free T3/RT3, TPO (thyroid peroxidase antibodies), Thyroglobulin, Thyroglobulin anti-bodies, Ferritin
Probably 75% of my clients that are on Synthroid or Levothyroxine have either Thyroid Resistance or Hashimoto’s autoimmune thyroiditis and have never been diagnosed by their regular medical doctor properly... and therefore are NOT getting “treated” correctly! Most medical professionals don’t bother to test for autoimmune diseases involving the thyroid because there is no drug protocol to “cure” it nor do they know what causes it. If you’re on thyroid meds and still having issues or if you have any of the symptoms noted above….
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