What Areas Should You Focus On When Healing Your Thyroid Health?

Are you struggling with symptoms related to a thyroid or metabolism condition? It might not be a straightforward answer.

If you find yourself dealing with low energy, fatigue, brain fog, poor memory, and digestive issues, these could be indicators of something more complex.

When you add cold hands/feet, dry skin, and hair loss to the mix, it might signal a hypoactive thyroid. Interestingly, some clients don’t see improvement with standard medications. Others exhibit hypoactive thyroid symptoms, but their lab results fall within the normal range, pointing to a seemingly normal thyroid. Then there are those who address each symptom separately with medications and supplements.

While it’s common to point fingers at the thyroid, it’s typically not the sole piece of the puzzle—whether there’s thyroid damage or an underlying autoimmune condition.

If you’re on the lookout for unconventional therapies or desire more than a reliance on pills, explore where you should direct your focus to heal your thyroid.

 

Find The Root Of Your Problem To Address Your Thyroid Issues

The thyroid runs our metabolism, but our symptoms might not be all about the thyroid. Instead of digging into what’s really going on—like imbalances in our gut, brain, adrenal glands, or overall cellular health—we end up stuck with lingering symptoms.

What usually happens? We blame the thyroid for metabolism issues, treat those symptoms alone, and when that doesn’t work, we get sent to “specialist” in a specific organ or condition.

The problem is, this process rarely tackles the real issue.

This narrative feeds into the idea that we have to get sick before kicking the bucket, and that diseases are just inevitable parts of life. But here’s the truth: If we actually tackle what’s causing our problems, we’re setting ourselves up for a way healthier life.

 

Addressing Your Thyroid From A Holistic Standpoint

Taking a holistic approach to address the thyroid, or any organ, allows us to consider the person as a whole instead of just treating symptoms. This method reveals imbalances that contribute to dysfunction in these organs.

Not every thyroid problem is solely about the thyroid.

By examining all organ systems—such as the immune system, digestion, detoxification pathways, the nervous system, and emotional health—we can pinpoint the stressors that lead to disease. Identifying and addressing these stressors in the weak areas of the body promotes balance, ultimately yielding the desired results as a natural outcome of good health.

Of course, there’s a systematic process to accomplish this. That’s why so many people fail when they try to do it on their own. Most people I talk to have spent thousands of dollars trying to figure out their health on their own, when they could have hired a mentor to guide them through the process instead. Skip the heartache and empty wallet that comes with DIYing your health. Schedule some time to chat about your health with me today.

 

Why Is Thyroid Health Vital?

Your thyroid health regulates metabolism and energy production in the cells. It’s important for tissue repair, cardiovascular health, bone density, cholesterol levels, temperature regulation, and energy levels.

 

Two Types of Thyroid Conditions

When it comes to thyroid health, there are two different types of conditions – primary and secondary.

 

Primary Thyroid Condition

A primary thyroid condition is when the gland itself is not functioning at optimal levels. In these cases, medical supervision is required. When you include healthy lifestyle factors through nutrition, proper supplementation, the reduction of deficiencies, the use of stress reduction techniques, and gut healing strategies, you will improve your primary thyroid condition.

 

Secondary Thyroid Condition

A secondary thyroid condition is caused by toxicity from other areas in the body. This can also be due to chronic stress and inflammation in the body. Since this type of thyroid condition is caused by poor lifestyle habits or toxicity, medications typically will not bring the thyroid into balance because the thyroid isn’t the problem. The key here is bringing balance into all the organ systems of the body so you can experience health. When you address this from a holistic standpoint, medication may not be needed.

 

What Areas Should You Focus On When Healing Your Thyroid Health?

When someone comes to me with thyroid, metabolism, energy, or even autoimmunity, these are my biggest areas of focus:

  • Brain
  • Adrenal glands
  • Liver
  • Gut

 

Your Brain

Thyroid communication starts in the brain. The hypothalamus responds to the low thyroid hormone in the body and secretes thyrotropin releasing hormones (TRH). It sends a message to the pituitary gland to secrete thyroid stimulating hormones (TSH). TSH stimulates the thyroid to release more thyroid hormones into the bloodstream to bring the levels up.

Keep in mind, TSH is a pituitary marker – not a thyroid marker. If your doctor is only looking at TSH to measure the health of your thyroid, you will not receive accurate results as to whether or not your thyroid is making enough hormones. Looking at TSH alone is a shot in the dark and does not give an accurate picture of thyroid health.

Instead, acquire a full thyroid panel, and work with someone who understands how to interpret it to help you function optimally.
You can see the type of results this type of investigation will give someone by reading Tina’s story here .

 

Your Adrenal Glands

Your adrenal glands play a significant role in this picture—they receive signals from the hypothalamus and pituitary. Beyond managing stress, they also play a crucial part in regulating blood sugar and controlling mineral levels.

Unfortunately, our adrenal glands are taking on our chronic stress state.

Whether it’s mental, emotional, physical, environmental, or internal stress within the body—adrenals are the unsung heroes maintaining balance. However, the current scenario has left them overburdened, leading to the release of excessive cortisol. Consequently, the body begins to break down, causing your thyroid gland to slow down and conserve energy.

The key takeaway? To unlock the full response from your thyroid, you must address both your stress levels and adrenal health.

Unfortunately, you may miss this point because you may not feel stressed. That doesn’t mean your adrenals aren’t stressed.
The body wants to maintain balance; help it by addressing those disease processes from a holistic standpoint.

 

Your Liver

The liver is responsible for the conversion of T4 (inactive thyroid hormone) to your active form of thyroid T3. If there’s a problem with this conversion, then the T3 will remain low – leading to symptoms related to a hypoactive thyroid. This hormone gives your body fuel. When it’s low, you feel sluggish.

The liver also produces a substance called thyroid binding globulin – which prevents thyroid hormones from being immediately absorbed into the cells surrounding the thyroid gland. In addition, the liver distributes and transports thyroid binding globulin into other areas of the body. When there’s a malfunction in this area, it can cause the T3 levels to appear high or low.

Thankfully, there’s a sweet spot when it comes to your hormones. You don’t want them too high or too low. When the liver is doing its job, these thyroid hormones will come into balance. Utilize functional lab tests to discover if you have a liver issue and map out a healing plan with me.

 

Your Gut

My favorite area to talk about is the gut because as Hippocrates said, “it is the window to disease”.

This is foundational when it comes to thyroid health. 20% of the free T3 that is used by the body is produced in the gut. Your good friendly bacteria play a huge role in the conversion of your active T3.
Your gut is made up of billions of bacteria; they can either help us or harm us.

The good bacteria helps to nourish us.

On the other hand, bad bacteria produce toxins that make us sick. Poor diet, inflammation, medications, toxicity, food sensitivities, and low stomach acid can stress the gut. It leads to a condition called leaky gut – which allows toxins and other unwanted particles to pass into circulation. This puts stress on the immune system and causes an inflammatory response throughout the body.

When food proteins spill into circulation where they don’t belong, the body begins to elicit an attack. Many of these food proteins look very similar to our organs, so the body may begin to attack specific organ systems. This leads to autoimmunity. And autoimmunity does not go away. While you can live symptom-free with autoimmunity, it is a condition you must work on to remain healthy.

 

My Recommendations For Healing Your Thyroid Health

If you want to start healing your thyroid health, here’s what I recommend:

  1. Work with someone to access the right lab tests. Your doctor orders a lab test as a way to diagnose and treat a specific symptom or condition. Those lab tests do not address underlying causes of disease. Functional practitioners, like myself, use lab tests to see a clear picture of what may be causing a disease or condition. You want to make sure you address your brain, adrenals, liver, and gut.
  2. Throw out the processed foods and focus on nutrient-dense foods that heal the organs. Try to include more good healthy grass-fed meats, organ meats, wild-caught fish, healthy fats (like ghee, coconut oil, avocado), dark leafy greens, and colorful vegetables into your diet.
  3. Get your ZZZ’s. Get in bed by 10pm. The first half of the night is when the body is repaired, and the second half is for the brain. Don’t skip this!
  4. Eliminate stress – not just emotional stress. Make sure you’re addressing physical stress as well as internal stress. The internal stress will require that you invest in yourself by hiring a guide.
    If you’ve been spinning your wheels for years trying to figure out how to get healthy on your own, and you’re still stuck in the same place you were years ago, it’s time to address your health in a holistic way.
    What is your other option?

Are you going to spend the next five years doing the very same things that get you nowhere?

What would your life look like if you actually reached your health goals?

If you’re ready to tackle your thyroid, metabolism issues, autoimmunity, or any other chronic condition head-on, schedule a discovery call with me to strategize a game plan.

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