Low Thyroid: A Major Factor in Weight Gain
Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped organ that wraps around the base of your throat. It is incredibly important for controlling metabolism and proper body weight.
The classic signs of a sluggish thyroid:
Weight gain, lethargy, low-level depression, poor quality hair and nails, hair loss, dry skin, fatigue, cold hands and feet, and constipation.
The sad fact is, half of all people with hypothyroidism are never diagnosed.
Tests for hypothyroidism are incredibly unreliable. Why is that?
Much of it has to do with misinterpretation and misunderstanding of lab tests, particularly TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone). Most physicians believe that if your TSH value is within the range of "normal," your thyroid is fine. But more and more physicians are discovering that the TSH value is grossly unreliable for diagnosing hypothyroidism.
And the TSH range for "normal" keeps changing!
In an effort to improve diagnosis of thyroid disease, in 2003 the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists revised the "normal" TSH range as 0.3 to 3.042. The previous range was defined as 0.5 and 5.0, which red-flagged only the most glaring hypothyroidism cases.
However, the new range is still not wholly reliable as the sole indicator of a sulky thyroid gland. You simply cannot identify one TSH value that is "normal" for every person, regardless of age, health, or other factors.
At Abundant life Life we’ve found that many clients have low thyroid function. Not to mention the fact that nearly everyone is deficient in iodine, which is literally the “fuel” for the thyroid. Iodized salt may contain enough iodine to prevent goiter (enlargement of the thyroid) but is grossly inadequate for actually allowing the thyroid to thrive and be perfectly healthy.
Top causes of low thyroid
- Metal toxicity (Metal/mercury fillings seem to leach down onto the thyroid more than any other organ in the body; possibly because the thyroid is not protected with a layer of fat as are other internal organs)
- An ALLERGY to thyroid hormones (yes, even to synthroid or levothyroxin!) I find that ALL my clients on thyroid medications or who have low thyroid have become allergic to their own thyroid hormone, in which their body destroys it to about 35% of its optimal performance. This means their metabolism cannot rise above 35%; meaning unless they eat less than a third of what a “normal” person would eat they cannot even lose weight!!
Do you know anyone who falls into that category?! Even when their doctor increases their Synthroid they cannot lose weight. Their immune system is destroying it nearly as fast as it takes it in.
Why would this be? The main reason seems to be that it is a product of a gluten allergy. The molecular structure of gliadin, the protein portion of gluten, closely resembles that of the thyroid gland. The majority of my clients have a gluten allergy, and this sets them up for a T4 allergy also. Once we clear their allergy to gluten, AND T4, their thyroid is able to heal and work correctly.
Schedule an initial appointment which will check for what is affecting your thyroid, plus check all organs in your body!
We will check to see if you are indeed allergic to your own thyroid hormone; if so, our laser technology can CLEAR the allergy so your metabolism can rise as high as possible! The evaluation will also reveal your iodine level and any metal & chemical toxins, food allergies, and any other stressors. Rest assured that there is a true, lasting solution to a sluggish thyroid and metabolism!!