Do You Really Have Hypothyroidism?

Everything metabolism seems to be the hot topic these days.

As pioneers in the arena of healing metabolic breakdown, one of the common trends we are witnessing is the self-diagnosis of hypothyroidism (please see disclaimer below). People are even going as far as to buy thyroid meds over the internet…and dose themselves! Scary game to play (and one we strongly caution against), but not what we are here to talk about. What we want to talk about is whether or not you really have hypothyroidism.

Lets not loose site of the fact there are several forms of thyroid disease and all are going to be treated differently based not only on the form, but also and more importantly, the person.

There are many factors in day-to-day life interfering with the health and function of the thyroid. Assessing what those may be in your life, can help you determine whether you are suffering from a true thyroid deficiency or you are simply not regulating your blood sugar throughout the day. We bring this up because it is something we are seeing alot of in clinical practice.


What Affects Thyroid Function?

Life. How we live. How we eat. How we move. How we think.

The body is in a continuous cycle of build up (anabolism) and breakdown (catabolism). When one exceeds the other, homeostasis or balance is out of order, symptoms set in, and dis-ease takes over. It is finding a balance between the two that creates life and allows the body to thrive. Balance is not easy to come by these days, and the effects of chronic imbalance are being reflected in the health and vitality of the greater population. Most people are in a catabolic/breakdown state all of the time.

How do you know if you are more catabolic or anabolic?

Simple. If you experience one or more of the below symptoms, chances are, you are in a chronic state of breakdown – your reserves are depleted and your body is unable to make clear communication with itself. In other words, things have become chaotic.

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Tired and wired
  • Can’t sleep
  • Never feel rested
  • PMS
  • Weight gain
  • Inability to lose weight
  • Emotional blahs
  • Constipated
  • Dysbiosis or Candida
  • Skin issues
  • Night sweats
  • Hot flashes
  • Achy muscles and joints
  • And more…

How can you assess this?

Body temperature and pulse. When the body is in a catabolic state it has no other choice but to compensate with adrenaline and cortisol. This compensation leads to an altered body temperature and pulse. According to Philip G. Young MD, people with hypothyroidism compensate with adrenaline up to 30x more than the normal amount. Chronic states of compensation lead to a damaged metabolism, affecting not only the availability of fuel (adrenals), but also the burning of fuel (thyroid).

Nutrition is the foundation for health and can be very effective or very ineffective on the health of the metabolism and the function of the thyroid, bringing us to the purpose for this blog. When the body is not being met with the proper energy and nutrients it is not able to meet the demands being placed on it. Food in the proper form, frequency and balance reduces stress on the system and restores energy production in the body.

When one is not eating in balance to meet ones basic metabolic needs (anabolism/catabolism), the body compensates…lets break it down.

  1. The adrenal glands regulate the availability of fuel (food). If there is not enough fuel coming in, they become over active and then over time if over stimulated, they become under active.
  2. The thyroid regulates the burning of fuel. If there is no fuel, the body compensates with other hormones to try to meet the needs of the thyroid, BUT, these hormones in excess actually inhibit thyroid hormone conversion.

There you have it. Lack of fuel over time shuts down the conversion of thyroid hormone, as it is dependent on glucose for this conversation. So, if we don’t take in enough fuel, the thyroid doesn’t have any fuel to burn, thus, our metabolism slows down leading to the diagnosis of hypothyroidism.

So the questions remains- do you really have hypothyroidism?

Well, it is pretty simple. Assessing your body temperature and pulse is going to give you your answer.

Eating the right foods in the right frequency to meet the daily metabolic demands of the body assists in regulating blood sugar throughout the day, taking the body out of a compensation state. Regulation of the blood sugar reduces the excess production of stress hormones the body requires to compensate for what it is not getting, the ability of the body to produce fuel is not longer being interfered with and the metabolism begins to regulate.

As a more appropriate nutrition foundation is set and the body continues to adapt back into normal energy production (balanced anabolism and catabolism), the body begins to generate more heat energy and temperature and pulses begin to increase.

Note***What we are explaining is not going to be true for everyone but what we are finding is it is true for most. If you are suffering from low thyroid symptoms, we encourage you to explore your nutrition first.  Whether you end up needing medical intervention or not, your body will have a much more supported foundation for the effects of thyroid medication.

As noted by Dr. Bieler in, ‘Food Is Your Best Medicine’, – “Many patients with liver impairment and weak adrenals have low basal rates, although their thyroids are hyperactive. These patients react very poorly to thyroid therapy, and they may be driven into nervous breakdown or states of heart trouble from such treatment.”

People are prematurely being placed on thyroid medication. Without the proper foundation to support the interrelationships of the thyroid, adrenals and liver (and every other system in the body), the results can lead you down a vicious rabbit hole.

Disclaimer: We are not MDs, we are not claiming to be MDs, nor are we playing MD. We are not recommending anyone to go on a medication, to go off a medication, nor are we diagnosing anyone, nor saying anyone’s diagnosis is medically incorrect. All we are doing is informing/educating.

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Share Your Thoughts

  1. Jim Allen

    I have been hypothyroid most of my life. It’s hard for me to lose weight and have been overweight all my adult life. My temp is always low and my pulse is very low. Resting pulse is anywhere from as low as 28 to 50, although when demand increases as in exercising my pulse adjusts to meet the demand. However, my energy level is at the upper limits almost all the time, as in I’m hyperactive and bouncing off the walls. I eat a very healthful diet, mostly organic and mostly vegetarian with some fish and cheese. I take 100mcg of synthroid daily.
    Any ideas?? Thanks.

    November 3, 2015 • 1:56 pm •
  2. Nkeiruka Nancy

    im having thyroid issues. it has not really bulge out but i do feel it inside my throat and it makes me uncomfortable. i dont want it to come out and i dont want to undergo anything surgery. what will i do to suppress it. thanks

    October 11, 2017 • 10:44 am •
  3. Lanka

    Very important.but i had a yhyroid surgery before one year ago.

    July 13, 2018 • 7:41 am •