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Stress: A one-two punch to the thyroid

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Last month I wrote about the endocrine system and how adrenal overload can cause fatigue, weight gain, and eventually affect the thyroid. This month, I’d like to focus on how life’s stresses impede the production and utilization of thyroid hormone and what you can do about it.

You already know that long term, chronic stress is one of the most common factors for adrenal dysfunction. When adrenals suffer, it influences other related endocrine organs, such as pituitary and hypothalamus. Collectively, this is called the “HPA” axis, or the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis, which works on a feedback system. The

Five ways for thyroid support

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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

Why do you need selenium?

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Most people probably don’t think much about their trace mineral status. We only need tiny amounts of these micronutrients, so aren’t we getting enough from our diet? Maybe not. There is one trace mineral you should be paying attention to if you have thyroid problems, especially autoimmune thyroiditis, such as Hashimoto’s. It’s selenium.

Selenium concentration is higher in the thyroid gland than in any other organ in the body, and, like iodine, selenium has super-important functions in thyroid hormone production and balance throughout the body. Selenium-dependent enzymes are needed to convert T4, the inactive form of thyroid hormone, to

When taking iodine, be sure you’re getting enough selenium

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Good health is often about proper balancing.  This is especially true when it comes to thyroid function which can become unbalanced in a variety of different ways.   Seesaws are built to balance weight, and a little weight added in the right place at the right time may help balance the seesaw, but adding too much weight in the same spot can make the seesaw unbalanced.

In a similar way, everyone needs iodine to make thyroid hormones  (iodine is also very important in breast tissue [70% improvement in fibrocystic breast disease](1) and other tissues of the body).  On the other hand, iodine

Could low selenium be contributing to your low body temperature?

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Could low selenium be contributing to your low body temperature?
Is low selenium keeping you from a normal body temperature?

A recent study was performed on 70 women with autoimmune thyroiditis (Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis) which causes elevated TPO antibodies.  36 patients were each given 200 mcg / day of selenium for 3 months and T4 to keep their TSH levels normal.  Then, tests showed that the TPO antibodies had dropped 40% in the patients that had taken the selenium, while the TPO antibodies increased by 10% in the 34 patients who had not.

Furthermore, 9 of the