So many people are confused and concerned when their doctor says “you may need to go on thyroid medication”. So many women are already taking them and they don’t understand why they still feel off. They’re usually dealing with brain fog and bloating and wonder if it’s more than just their thyroid… In this video, I’ll share why hormonal imbalances can often start in the gut and what to do about it!
The conventional approach to treating hypothyroidism is to prescribe thyroid hormone replacement without really examining why you have hypothyroidism in the first place.
Doctors typically test your TSH or thyroid-stimulating hormone in your blood work, which is part of the routine test.
What many people don’t know is that the standardized test doesn’t cover your other thyroid hormones, including free T3 and free T4. This standard test also doesn’t cover any kind of gut issues which are oftentimes the catalyst for hypothyroidism.
It’s important to understand that there’s a reciprocal gut-thyroid connection, they both have to be healthy for you to be symptom free. When one is off, usually the other one suffers too.
Many people have bacterial overgrowth, yeast infections, like Candida, or conditions like leaky gut, or small bacterial overgrowth that can send your thyroid into a tailspin for several reasons.
Even though TSH is being sent from your brain, your cells aren’t getting what they need. I also see people who think they have their thyroid problems under control because they’re on medication.
Since conventionally trained doctors rarely test for microbial health, (as it is not standard protocol) many gut issues are unintentionally ignored.
In fact, there are so many people out there taking thyroid medication without considering how the current state of their gut health may be undermining their thyroid.
Some people find themselves with full blown autoimmune conditions, after many years of being on thyroid medication, not realizing that gut imbalances and lifestyle factors that cause autoimmune diseases went untreated.
What we have discovered from working with so many patients is that correcting your gut imbalances and even adrenal issues, mainly your stress hormones, allows your thyroid to stabilize.
We also see in the testing that your TSH, T3 and T4 normally means some thyroid medication isn’t necessary if you approach the problem at its root.
In the rare cases where medication is necessary, we can explore the right amount of a thyroid replacement so you can avoid side effects.
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