Hypothyroidism occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck that regulates everything from body temp to metabolism.
Thyroid stuff is tricky, as there isn’t a “one thing.”
Numerous factors need to be looked at, including: nutrition, exercise, lifestyle habits, environmental exposures, nutrient deficiencies, liver health, gut health, adrenal health, stress, & more.
Common nutrient deficiencies often include iodine, selenium, zinc, b vitamins, vitamin A, vitamin D, & tyrosine.
In addition to hypothyroidism, where the thyroid is simply running sluggish, there can also be an autoimmune component called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis – where the body actually attacks the thyroid gland.
Which is why it’s so important to check TPO/TGAB values – we can sometimes spot hypothyroidism early due to antibody presence. Also important to monitor over time, as the goal would be to get those antibodies in remission (:
They say Hashimoto’s accounts for 90% of hypothyroidism cases in the US.
If looking to rule out thyroid stuff, it’s important to work with your doctor to pull comprehensive testing. At minimum, this would consistent of TSH, Free T3, Free T3, TPO, TGAB, and Reverse T3. Solely TSH or TSH + Free T4 is not really adequate information for a proper diagnosis.
“Free” = the amount of hormone actually available to do it’s job in the body, which is why it’s important to check those (rather than “Total” values).
Reference ranges can be super large and outdated here. So make sure to work with a functional/integrative doctor or Endocrinologist who considers more updated /optimal reference ranges.
Worth mentioning that chronic low-calorie eating may result in sub-clinical thyroid function.
The body’s job is to figure out how to survive, so it makes sense that during a dieting phase or as a result of chronic dieting, metabolism would slow and thyroid function would decline.
Curious to learn more? Check out Izabella Wentz Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis & Hashimoto’s Protocol. Avivva Romm’s Adrenal Thyroid Revolution is wonderful as well ♥️