What is T3? T3 (Triiodothyronine), is the most active thyroid hormone, that gives you energy throughout the day, and is created by the body’s conversion of T4 (Thyroxine). This is why doctors will often prescribe a T4 only medication (e.g. Levothyroxine) for patients who are hypothyroid, because the T4 will be converted to T3 by the body which in turn alleviates the symptoms of hypothyroidism. However, not everyone’s body works perfectly, and some people do not convert T4 into T3 effectively, and instead create an inactive form of T3, known as Reverse T3 (RT3). High levels of RT3 can cause real issues with the thyroid and energy levels as it actually blocks the T3 that our body needs and relies on to feel good. What Causes Reverse T3? There are many things in life which can cause our bodies to create RT3, however some of the most common causes are stress, inflammation, and very low carb
Thyroid nodules are extremely common, although most people who develop them will be unaware of their presence. For some however, thyroid nodules can be a sign of a serious health issue. What are thyroid nodules, and when should we be concerned about them enough to seek treatment? Thyroid nodules are hard lumps which occur on the thyroid gland, behind the Adams apple and can contain fluid. They are often discovered during a medical exam, or when noticeable symptoms occur, like pain, discomfort in the throat, swelling, or difficulty swallowing or breathing. Although most thyroid nodules are benign growths, others can affect thyroid hormone production (Thyroxine), or even develop into cancer. For this reason, it is important to take any changes in the thyroid seriously and seek treatment if necessary. What are the symptoms of thyroid nodules? One of the most common symptoms of thyroid nodules, is a slight swelling of the neck. This can also be
For people that need to take thyroid medication or supplementation, it can be difficult to stay on a consistent dose as there are many things in life that can affect how our thyroid functions, and just how much additional, supplementary thyroid we need. One of the most common factors affecting our thyroid function is stress. But how does stress affect the thyroid, and what can we do about it? How stress affects your body For many people, 2020 has been a rather stressful year so far, and this can affect how your body functions in many ways. And aside from feeling more anxious, stress can cause many, very real physical affects in your body. For example, stress can cause metabolic changes and make it easier to put on weight and harder to lose. Stress can raise your blood pressure and even lead to heartbeat irregularity. Stress can lower your immune system and make you more
The TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) is by far the most common thyroid test and is often used to diagnose hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, or to make decisions regarding thyroid treatment. However TSH results can be affected by a number of things, including taking a natural thyroid glandular like Thyrovanz. The range for TSH is considered normal between 0.4 and 4.0 milliunits per liter (mU/L) depending on the lab used. Levels above this can lead to a diagnosis of hypothyroidism, and levels below this can be an indication of hyperthyroidism. However when taking a natural thyroid glandular like Thyrovanz at optimal levels, TSH will generally become suppressed, i.e below range. The reason for this is that the body is receiving an outside source of thyroid hormones, and this sends a signal to the pituitary gland (which produces TSH) to lower TSH output as there is already enough thyroid in the system. How can I obtain accurate results if TSH
There are many reasons to be wary of modern gluten, but is going gluten free best for your thyroid? Most of us are aware that people who suffer from celiac disease must avoid gluten as eating it can cause a severe (even fatal) reaction. There is also an increasing awareness of how gluten can affect the thyroid, and those with an auto-immune thyroid disorder. In this article we’ll look at why this is and the benefits of avoiding gluten altogether. Humans have eaten gluten containing foods like wheat, barley, and rye for thousands for years and for the most part it has sustained us pretty well. That is until modern farming and hybridization radically changed the grains we eat into something very different, and made many people sick in the process. Many people experience this as gluten sensitivity and symptoms can range anywhere from a mild stomach upset to chronic inflammation, heart palpitations, and severe
In recent years the number of health advocates promoting low carbohydrate and ketogenic diets have exploded, offering simple ways to lose weight, reduce inflammation, and control blood sugar. But are low carb and keto diets good for people who have a thyroid condition like Hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s? The short answer is no, but let’s look at why this is. For a long time, we were told that carbs were good and to avoid saturated fat as this lead to disease. But as saturated fat consumption went down and chronic disease rates skyrocketed, it became clear that the science on this was wrong and consumption of the right fats was actually good for you, and perhaps the over consumption of carbs, especially sugar was more of an issue. While there is a large degree of truth in this, the current trend of cutting almost all carbs from the diet is presenting a new set of problems. Drastically
As with any natural thyroid supplement, there are many different ways to take your dose and often this means trial and error until you find what works best. The first thing to know is that Thyrovanz will take at least 4 hours+ to peak in your system and will have a gradually diminishing effect for days afterwards. With this in mind it is often best to make dosage increases very slowly as the full effect of these changes can take about a week to be realized. In addition to this, as the natural thyroid dose is increasing, the body is also adjusting its own TSH output (usually down) in response to the additional source of thyroid hormone, and when these two factors are combined the time-frame for adjustment can stretch into weeks. Being patient and prepared to make small changes is often the best approach to establishing the right dose. The other benefit to making small
The thyroid gland is much more essential than most are taught growing up. Sure, you may have learned about the brain, the heart, our lungs, and your joints, but you likely did not gain a thorough understanding of the thyroid before reaching adulthood. Understanding thyroid health along with conditions such as hypothyroidism is essential whether you have been diagnosed with an underperforming thyroid or an autoimmune disease which has inadvertently impacted the health of your thyroid. With a clear understanding of the thyroid and conditions associated with it, implement a healthy and nutritious diet to keep flares and imbalances at bay as you work towards providing yourself and your thyroid some relief.What is the Thyroid's Job?The thyroid gland is responsible for regulating the hormones in the body by making thyroid hormones and secreting them equally into the blood. It is located in the front of your neck, with glands on both sides beneath the jaw.