YOUR WEIGHT AND THE ADRENAL/THYROID CONNECTION
You are convinced that your thyroid isn’t working as well as it should.Your weight isn’t shifting despite watching your carb intake and going to the gym. Your paunchy middle seems to be getting worse and you feel tired, overwhelmed, frustrated and flat. Dr Google sums it all up perfectly in one succinct word- HYPOTHYROIDISM.
Trouble is, the latest blood results don’t indicate the need for extra thyroid support. All your thyroid m…easurements are still within range and even though you are convinced that it IS your thyroid, your doctor simply tells you that you need to eat less, exercise more and perhaps consider taking an antidepressant
THIS SCENARIO IS NOT UNCOMMON!!
The sad thing about this is that the investigations often stop here and the patient learns to accept their weighty fate – but it doesn’t have to be like this!
We are seeing a truckload of people in this same predicament but it is not their thyroid that is the problem, it is their ADRENALS!
Most people who read our blogs get that the adrenals provide us with much needed energy and a good stress response via the secretion of a variety of hormones. So how does this relate to our thyroid?
The adrenals give us energy. The thyroid controls our metabolism which requires energy. Basically speaking, metabolism entails all
The trouble is the latest blood tests don’t confirm your assumption. T
the chemical processes by which a plant or an animal uses food, water, etc., to grow and heal and to make energy.
The body is smart. If the adrenals are not fuctioning like they should because stress- physical, emotional, mental – has taken its toll on us then our feedback system tells the thyroid to slow down to help conserve energy. How smart! In cases like these, your thyroid results may be at the lower end of the range however to supplement with thyroid hormones at this stage would only exacerbate the problem and will likely decrease your natural thyroid function further.
The best solution in this instance is to support the adrenals. If stress continues and the adrenals remain unsupported, the thyroid will continue to sympathise and our metabolic rate will remain suboptimal. If left untreated for too long, then true hypothyroidism can result.
Are you a thyroid or adrenal person or are you a mixture of both?