If you want to lose weight, you have to focus on health first! (Part 2 of 3)
- The Thyroid and Your Health
Your thyroid is your “master metabolism gland”, however thyroid problems aren’t always a thyroid problem. It takes a physician with the proper knowledge and experience to help determine if you thyroid issue is primary or secondary.
Thyroid hormones act on almost every kind of cell in your body to increase cellular activity or metabolism. If there is too little or too much thyroid hormone, the metabolism of your entire body is affected.
Since the thyroid hormones T3 and T4 control cellular metabolism throughout the body, when there is not enough of these hormones for any reason, this metabolic function is affected and becomes impaired.
Since the thyroid gland regulates metabolism, there is a strong correlation between thyroid disease and weight. Weight gain is more severe in people with hypothyroidism (under active) due to an excess fat storage throughout the body and weight loss is common in people who have hyperthyroidism (over active).
Though it seems that thyroid hormones replacement could be an easy cure-all for weight control, the use of the synthetic hormone can potentially cause loss of muscle mass, which would be detrimental to a person’s overall wellness.
Here’s How to Address a Low Thyroid
- Determine and Treat the Underlying Causes — Identify and treat the underlying causes of hypothyroidism, like food allergies, gluten, heavy metals, nutritional deficiencies, and stress. We have testing to rule out different problems.
- Optimize Your Nutrition — Support your thyroid with optimal nutrition, including foods that contain iodine, saturated fat, zinc, omega-3 fats, selenium, trace minerals and more. Use targeted whole food supplements to support health thyroid function.
- Minimize Stress — Eliminate adrenal exhaustion and minimize stress by engaging in a comprehensive stress management program.
- Exercise — Engage in thyroid stimulating exercise, which boosts thyroid function.
The great news! You can reverse low thyroid and turn your thyroid into an energy manufacturing machine.
- The Adrenal Glands and Your Health
Your adrenal glands play a major part in maintaining a healthy body and metabolism. The hormones your adrenal glands secrete and regulate can either help you balance your hormones in favor of a high metabolism or they can have the opposite effect, shutting down your metabolism and resulting in loss of energy and weight gain, usually around the waist.
Your habits, food choices, exercise, and lifestyle determine how your adrenal glands behave.
Cortisol regulates glucose, fat, and proteins and helps keep the body’s metabolism in regulated. Cortisol is important in managing blood pressure and in controlling inflammation. However, long term cortisol in the blood stream can have long term deleterious effects not only on the adrenal glands but the hormonal system and whole body. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJlt3sAUTAo
Hormones such as, adrenaline, cause the “fight or flight” response. They also help mobilize sources of energy (glycogen), since energy is needed “feeding” this stress response. Should be a very short term reaction, but unfortunately for most people stressful lifestyle is chronic, which leads to chronic adrenal problems.
What can causes adrenal glands dysfunction? A lot of things: chronic pain, mental/emotional stress, food sensitivities, gastro-intestinal issues, blood sugar imbalances, infections (i.e. parasitic, bacterial), excessive exercise… basically, anything that is a perceived stress on the body.
First step in restoring your adrenal gland health, we must identify (stress survey and history) and we then work together to remove and manage the source of stress. This may mean removing correcting sugar imbalances, managing chronic pain, food sensitivities, addressing an infection, resolving physical/mental/emotional stress, or whatever it may be that is negatively impacting adrenal glands health.
We find that restoring adrenal gland health is one of the most difficult systems to restore, and almost impossible doing it on your own.