An underactive thyroid can affect heart rate,
Symptoms for an underactive gland include tiredness, lack of concentration, poor memory and muscle aches, while an overactive gland can be spotted by eye problems, hair
Its that pesky STRESS word again….
Have you got thyroid problems – Are they diagnosed?
Are you on medication for thyroid issues ?
Are you aware the HUGE impact the food you eat
has on the thyroid?
So, what is the thyroid and what does it actually do?
The thyroid gland sits at the base of the throat and
produces the hormone, thyroxine.
Thyroxine primarily tells cells to speed up their energy production – metabolism.
When you are in a state of prolonged stress and your cortisol is high in response to this stress, thyroxine levels fall dramatically.
This is because the adrenal hormone cortisol, is directly antagonistic to thyroxine.
The thyroid is trying to conserve energy by
in response to an emergency situation.
Don’t forget – your body cannot tell the difference with stress from being stuck in traffic to stress as you are in life threatening situation – the chemical response is always the same.
As a result, thyroxine levels fall.
Lots of people suspect that their battle with
weightloss is down to a poor metabolism
& thyroid disfunction.
Nutrition and food choices
The Thyroid tests measure two things:-
Thyroid stimulating hormone – TSH
the level of thyroxine
TSH is produced by the pituitary gland and it tells the thyroid gland to produce more thyroxine.
It produces two types of thyroxine.
T4 is a pre-hormone that gets converted into T3 which is the active hormone.
T3 is the one that counts.
When cortisol levels rise under stress, TSH levels fall so there is less stimulation of the thyroid gland.
It is important to recognise that cortisol stops the inactive T4 from converting to the active T3.
So, low TSH and low T3 are indicators of prolonged stress.
What can you do?
1: Eat a diet rich in vegetables, good fat, moderate lean protein to help lower stress and cortisol – Follow one of the Kick Start plans they will really help.
2: Work on sleep hygiene to help lower stress.
3: Try Yoga, Pilates, Meditation & daily walks to
Getting your nutrition on point is
What Can Harm The Thyroid
Soy and Your Thyroid – I always asked about soy every day
Genistein is particularly harmful for
A daily dose of genistein as low as 30mg can affect normal thyroid function. High consumption of isoflavones such as soy burgers can bring the total daily genistein intake to over 200mg.
Have you been diagnosed with any Thryroid issues ?