I am often asked if the adrenals are important in relation to the thyroid. My answer is YES- very important! For such a small pair of organs, the adrenal glands have a lot of influence over our entire wellbeing. They are part of the endocrine system, a collection of tiny organs that work in concert to control the production and secretion of the chemical messengers produced in our body. Some of these include hormones and neurotransmitters, which send signals and instructions to different parts of our body. Similar to the conductor of an orchestra, who signals certain players on
Call it a spare tire, a pooch, or even a beer belly; despite the cute names, it’s still frustrating. Abdominal fat is associated with aging-related shifts in fat deposition, drops in sex hormone levels, and especially with chronic stress.
Here’s how it works: high blood levels of the main stress hormone, cortisol, change the way your body handles fat. Belly fat cells have more cortisol receptors on their surface than fat cells in other places in the body. They are primed to take in fat when cortisol levels are elevated. If you combine that with high insulin levels from too much
Standard clinical guidelines suggest that once people require thyroid hormone replacement, they will need to stay on it for life. That is not my experience, or the experience of the doctors you can locate on our website. Some people can indeed recover with proper support- here’s what I suggest.
1) Get stress under control.
High levels of stress hormones interfere with your body’s ability to use thyroid hormones properly and can damage the thyroid gland itself. Every person is unique in how they reduce stress. Some make more time for exercise, while others meditate or find ways to cut back
You’ve heard about this domino effect before. Chronic stress and ensuing adrenal dysfunction can adversely affect thyroid function, leading to fatigue (especially in the morning), disrupted sleep, body aches, low blood pressure, light-headedness, salt and sugar cravings and brain fog.
But did you know that the reverse is also true? Low thyroid hormone activity can lead to adrenal gland dysfunction. In fact, all parts of the endocrine system are interrelated and impact each other. It’s best known as the “HPA” axis- the intricate web of the endocrine glands- the Hypothalamus, Pituitary and Adrenal glands.
“Experimentally induced hypothyroidism is associated with
Despite the fact that alcohol and drug rehab has become commonplace, seemingly trendy in some cases, relapse rates remain abysmal. Fewer than half of the people who go through treatment make it three months without relapsing. Research shows that the people who are most vulnerable to relapse have real problems regulating their bodies’ stress response. They have what researchers call “dysregulation of stress pathways” or HPA-axis dysfunction. (HPA stand for hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal. These are the three big stress-regulating glands in the body, and all three work together.) People with HPA-axis dysfunction have high baseline levels of CRH, the hormone that calls
Adrenal fatigue, or dysfunction, is a condition (group of symptoms) that occur when your adrenal glands are having trouble keeping up with the demands being made on them. Normally, your adrenal glands mobilize your body’s response to stress by secreting hormones that regulate energy production and storage, immune function, heart rate, muscle tone and other processes that enable you to cope. But people’s capacity to handle stress varies tremendously, and chronic stress takes its toll on just about everyone.
Adrenal fatigue is not full-fledged adrenal insufficiency, a serious medical diagnosis that is accepted by mainstream medicine. But it is a