Tracking your hypothyroid symptoms and signs

Tracking your signs and symptoms can provide vital information and clues to whether your treatment plan, your medication levels, supplements and even lifestyle changes are effective or not.   Doctors use “symptoms” and “signs” in a very specific way: Symptom: something that you, the patient, feels or complains about. Sign: a specific observation or measurement that […]

The damaged thyroid: when you are diagnosed too late

The (scary) statistics about hypothyroidism [1]: An estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease. Women are 5 to 8 times more likely than men to have thyroid problems. One in eight will develop a thyroid disorder during her lifetime. Then, let’s add the following statistics [2]:  In iodine-sufficient regions, autoimmune thyroid disease […]

How your cortisol fluctuates and how it impacts your energy

Following from yesterday’s email about cortisol and that it is an important ingredient for your energy levels: Your cells need glucose, together with T3 hormones, to produce energy.  The glucose level in your blood is managed by cortisol. However, cortisol fluctuates during the day, and our quality of sleep also affects our cortisol levels.  Here’s how it works […]

The link between blood sugar levels, thyroid hormone levels, and your energy

Fatigue is a symptom that can have many underlying causes. While too little thyroid hormones (T4, T3 or both) could be cause, what if your thyroid hormones levels are “normal”?  What then? Hello cortisol. You may know cortisol as your stress-coping hormone.  Did you know that your cells contain mitochondria, which is like the cell’s energy […]

Disrupters of the balance between Free T3 and Reverse T3

Free T3 hormones are the active hormones that our cells can use for energy and other metabolic functions. Reverse T3 plays an important role, in keeping the balance in our body and ensuring that there are not too many T4 thyroid hormones in your body. But some things can throw this balance out.  According to […]

The important role of Reverse T3, and when it goes wrong

During the process of converting the inactive T4 hormones to the active T3 hormones, the body converts some of this T4 into another hormone called Reverse T3. Reverse T3 (shortened to rT3) plays an important role.  It acts like a balancer – to make sure that there is not too much T4 going around in […]

Enough T4 is not a guarantee for good health

The thyroid gland produces mainly T4 thyroid hormones and a little T3 hormones.  But these two types of hormones play very different roles in your body. First, T4 has very little biological action of any significance, according to Paul Robinson, author of the book Recovering with T3.   T4 is more of a storage hormone, or […]

Are your thyroid hormones reaching your cells?

Once your thyroid gland produced thyroid hormones, these hormones must reach its end destination: the cells in your body. Think about it this way: the thyroid hormones must catch a ride on a bus to get to its destination.  There are plenty of busses to make sure that this happens.   The bus is actually called […]

Are your genes the reason your thyroid is underactive?

“Your genes load the gun.  Your lifestyle pulls the trigger.”  – Mehment Oz  You may have the genes for an underactive thyroid, Hashimoto’s, or even other conditions or diseases.  But for most of us, having the genetics doesn’t mean that we will have the disease.   Epigenetics is the science of how genes are influenced by […]