Three Ways Inflammation Causes A Sluggish Thyroid

Three Ways Inflammation Causes A Sluggish Thyroid

Your thyroid gland controls a number of processes in your body including energy, weight, and hormone balance as well as being a key component of the endocrine system. The ultimate effect of hypothyroidism, whether it’s caused by iodine deficiency or autoimmunity, is to decrease the amount of thyroid hormone available to the body. The conventional approach for its treatment is to simply give more hormones, either synthetic or bio-identical.

Hormone Replacement: Does it Work?

But does it work? The answer is Not Much! The conventional approach falls short because it ignores the underlying cause of the problem.

Inflammation: Fix the Cause

To address the Thyroid you must understand inflammation. First, inflammation suppresses the hypothalamus-pituitary-thyroid (HPT) axis. Inflammation disrupts the production and regulatory mechanisms of thyroid hormones. Thyroid medication will increase the levels of T4 (and possibly T3), but it doesn’t address the other effects of HPT axis suppression.

Second, inflammation decreases both the number and sensitivity of thyroid hormone receptors. If there aren’t enough receptors, or they aren’t sensitive enough, it doesn’t matter how much thyroid medication we take. The cells won’t be able to use it.

Third, inflammation decreases the conversion of T4 to T3. T4 is the inactive form of thyroid hormone. The body has to convert it to the active T3 form before it can be used.

Most synthetic hormone medications on the market are T4. If you give a T4 medication (like Synthroid, Levoxyl, Unithroid, etc.) to someone with inflammation, it’s not going to work because they can’t convert the T4 to T3. The only way to do that is to address the problem at its root by regulating the immune system and decreasing inflammation.

How To Regulate Your Thyroid

The solution is to assist your body to heal naturally, balance the immune system and decrease inflammation in the body.

A great resource to reduce inflammation is turmeric. This is found in high bio-available doses of Daily Defense along with other powerful detoxifying and cellular strengthening nutrients.

Another natural resource is coconut oil. 50 percent of the fat content in coconut oil is a fat rarely found in nature called lauric acid. Your body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, which has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-protozoa properties. Lauric acid is a powerful virus and gram-negative bacteria destroyer, and coconut oil contains the most lauric acid of any substance on earth!

Coconut oil has a direct effect in suppressing inflammation and repairing tissue, and it may also contribute by inhibiting harmful intestinal microorganisms that cause chronic inflammation. I use coconut oil to cook with, in all types of recipes, in coffee, in green shakes, pretty much everywhere I can use coconut oil I do.

Correct the cause and you will see the change in your health!

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