Today, We’re talking about Thyroid Testing, can thyroid tests be wrong. So you’re feeling tired and it’s a lot more than just what a good night’s sleep can help.
Your energy is low… You’ve gained a little weight… And for some reason you just can’t seem to stay warm. You feel moody and getting yourself to workout is becoming more and more of a challenge.
You don’t feel well and finally you go to the doctor. He thinks it may be your thyroid, so he does blood work. But when it comes back… He says your TSH is normal and your thyroid is just fine.
He sends you on your way with a clean bill of health. Tells you to take some vitamins, get some sleep and offers you a prescription for antidepressants and sleeping pills.
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone
If it’s NOT your thyroid what could it be? That’s a great question and the answer is… It probably IS your thyroid. Unfortunately, most doctors only look at TSH when they run a thyroid test.
TSH stands for Thyroid Stimulating Hormone and I’ll explain more about what it is in just a moment. But first, it’s important to realize that close to 30 million people suffer daily with thyroid issues…
And approximately half of those people have no idea why they feel so crappy.
In fact, one in eight women will suffer from some sort of thyroid issues at some point in their lives, and the number of people struggling with a dysfunctional thyroid is growing every year.
Low levels of thyroid hormones is the most common issue.
And it’s usually associated with foggy thinking, a depressed mood, weight gain, digestive issues, dry skin, hair loss, trouble regulating body temperature, hoarseness to your voice, menstrual problems, infertility, muscle stiffness and pain, and other symptoms.
When you think about it…this can be quite a BIG problem. Because every cell in your body has thyroid hormone receptors. Which means that your thyroid gland governs ALL of your major body systems.
Including your brain, digestive system, cardiovascular system, bone health, blood cell production and every other organ in your body.
It also influences cholesterol and nutrient absorption, temperature regulation as well as your overall metabolism. So basically, the thyroid determines how efficient the entire system is.
If it’s not working well… The entire system begins to misfire. How does this happen? Well, thyroid physiology is pretty complex. That’s why so many doctors miss the call.
They use a few standard tests like TSH and T4 and if it’s within normal ranges…that’s as far as they go. The problem with that is that these tests only pick up a fraction of the REAL thyroid issues out there.
See, whenever the body can’t make enough usable thyroid hormone it increases what’s known as Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH). This in turn pushes the thyroid to make more thyroid hormone.
The problem is that a LOT of thyroid problems exist even when TSH is normal. In fact, this is way more common than most people realize.
Just what is considered “normal” on a thyroid test? Which brings me to another problem with the TSH standard thyroid test.
This test often will show up in the normal range, in spite of thyroid problems it’s just not picking up. Frankly, looking at TSH levels is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to diagnosing thyroid issues.
Thyroid Hormones T3 and T4
See, your body makes two primary thyroid hormones. T3 and T4. As much as 94 percent of the hormone made in the thyroid gland is T4. The remaining 6% is T3. T3 is the active form of thyroid hormone and your body needs to convert T4 into T3.
If your body is efficient at converting the T3 to T4 then you’re good. But if it’s not…
Then problems begin to arise. However, your TSH could be perfectly normal and you’d never know. That’s because a lot of people have trouble converting T4 to T3. That’s why it’s often necessary to get what’s known as a “complete thyroid panel”…
This type of lab test looks at T3 and T4 levels as well as other essential components of thyroid function. So what causes thyroid issues in the first place? Well, believe it or not, the liver and gut both play a key role in the conversion of T4 into T3.
That’s why gut health is so important. And your liver metabolizes your hormones, filters out toxins, and cleans out your blood.
When waste products build up in the liver, they’re sent to the gallbladder or your digestive system for removal. And because thyroid issues can impact the entire body… When your thyroid isn’t working well…everything is SLOW.
Your liver, gallbladder and digestive system all act sluggish. And a liver overflowing with toxic sludge cannot convert T4 into T3 very well, so easy to see how this becomes a vicious cycle.
Your gut bacteria also play an important role. 20% or more of the T4 to T3 conversion happens in your gut. But you must have healthy gut bacteria.
Plus, a healthy microbiome is vital to your immune system, the creation of hormones like serotonin that help balance your mood, good digestion and of course the conversion of T4 to T3.
When our diet is less than ideal, it can lead to an overabundance of bad bacteria and yeast production.
When there is too much of the bad bacteria and not enough of the good bacteria it can lead to a decrease in active thyroid hormone.
Other factors that lead to inadequate thyroid hormone conversion include the use of antibiotics, gut health issues that cause inflammation like gluten sensitivity and other food allergies as well as certain medications.
If you suffer from a known digestive issue like celiac disease or gluten sensitivity you’ll probably also suffer with some sort of thyroid issue.
High levels of stress can also affect thyroid function due to an increase in the stress hormone cortisol. Low levels of serotonin and dopamine, two key brain hormones can also lead to a decrease in active T3 conversion.
And nutrient deficiencies can also play a role. Iodine, selenium and zinc are vital to proper thyroid function, so deficiencies in these minerals can cause thyroid disorders.
As you can see, your diet plays a significant role in thyroid health and function. When we eat poorly and flood our systems with sugar, high glycemic carbs, processed foods and harmful chemicals…
Not only does it cause issues with our gut bacteria and lead to bad bacterial overgrowth… But it can also lead to a nutritional deficiency and ultimately low thyroid function.
And because thyroid hormones govern your metabolism… Low levels can cause you to gain a lot of weight…So what can you do to help support a healthy thyroid? For one thing you can include iodine-rich foods in your diet.
Seaweeds like dulse, kelp, and nori are one of the richest sources of iodine, along with wild-caught fish like tuna, cod and shrimp, and raw dairy and eggs.
And while some people purchase iodine-enhanced salt, some studies show that it can actually have the opposite effect. In some countries where iodine has been added to table salt, rates of autoimmune thyroid disease have actually gone up.
The key to adding iodine to the diet is to balance it with selenium as the combination of nutrients will help thyroid function. Selenium is one of the most important minerals for a healthy thyroid, and helps balance levels of T4 hormones, while helping convert T4 into T3.
Selenium rich foods include things like Brazil nuts, spinach, yellowfin tuna or halibut, canned sardines, grass-fed beef, turkey, and beef liver.
Zinc is another important mineral. It’s a catalyst for many different pathways in the body and essential for digestive health, and for converting T4 to T3.
It is also valuable for immune function, tissue healing (internally and externally), and the production of TSH. Zinc is also extremely helpful in healing and tightening the intestinal junctions in the gut that contribute to intestinal permeability, or ‘leaky gut’.
That’s why increasing your zinc levels may help reduce your symptoms and even lead you towards remission! Finally, there are a few other nutritional deficiencies that also play a role in thyroid dysfunction.
These include deficiencies of vitamin D, vitamin A, and vitamin E. Another important factor in dealing with thyroid issues is managing stress.
Physical and emotional stress can elevate the hormone cortisol and put your body into a chronic state of ‘fight or flight’. And cortisol can damage the thyroid gland and adrenals.
Managing stress is tricky because so many of the things that can cause stress are hard to remove from our lives. That’s why it’s important to do things that help ease the effects of stress.
Like getting a good eight hours of restful sleep, meditation, exercise, and making time to relax with friends and family. You can also use adaptogens like Ashwagandha to help minimize the harmful effects of stress.
In summary, Can thyroid tests be wrong. Thyroid problems will affect weight, appetite, moods, fertility, digestion, energy levels, and libido. The key is to optimize your nutrition by adding foods rich in key nutrients like iodine, selenium and zinc.
Cut out processed, sweetened, starchy foods and conventionally raised foods. Minimize stress by exercising and meditation.
And if you really want to cover all your bases adding in a thyroid specific supplement like THYROZINE can be extremely helpful.
THYROZINE is rich in all of the nutrients we’ve discussed and it includes a clinical dose of KSM-66 a patented form of Ashwagandha clinically proven to help minimize the effects of chronic stress.
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