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There are a number of reasons why your thyroid may be not working its best:
Stress in any form
Number one and one that affects most people in this day and age, with highly stressful jobs or just the amount of things that we have to juggle with now a days. Stress, in any form, can decrease thyroid function due to an increase in the levels of our main stress hormone, cortisol. Normally, once the stress is over, cortisol levels return to a healthy amount; but when stress continues, the stress response becomes out of balance, affecting thyroid function as well as other hormones, digestion, immune function and the nervous system.
Deficiences in Nutrition
My next main culprit is deficiencies in nutrition. The thyroid uses nutrients to make the thyroid hormone T4 and then further nutrients are then required to convert this into the active thyroid hormone, T3. If you are deficient in any, or all, of these nutrients, your thyroid may not be able to create enough active hormone (T3).
The main nutrients that are required for this process are: iron,selenium, zinc, tyrosine and iodine. Yet the over consumption of iodinecan also slow the thyroid gland, so it’s important to have help from a practitioner to determine the best dose for you.
Methylfolate is also important for the production of active thyroid hormone, as are probiotics.
Thirdly, Autoimmunity is important. If your immune system starts making antibodies that act against your thyroid gland diseases such as – Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, a condition can occur that is triggered by gluten and leaky gut which in itself can slow down your thyroid function.
Other causes can be due to medications, genetic diseases, surgery and issues with the pituitary gland (in the brain).
Menopause Nutritional Programmes:
What can I say, “the menopause,” a taboo word that both men and women don’t wish to discuss yet us ladies suffer in silence. It’s a reality check that your body is changing. This is a time to take care of yourself by making healthy lifestyle choices., and that where I fit in, to help you make the right choices for you.
Diabetes II and Weight Management Nutritional Programmes
Making a few lifestyle changes can dramatically lower the chances of developing type 2 diabetes. The same changes can also lower the chances of developing heart disease and some cancers. Excess weight is the single most important cause of type 2 diabetes. Being overweight increases the chances of developing type 2 diabetes seven fold.
Pregnancy Life Stages Nutritional Programmes
We will review where you are at in your life stages whether that is fertility, pregnancy or post birth. We will write a nutritional programme and work with you weekly or bi weekly for four sessions to support and educate you during this time. We will also look at addition nutritional support if required and any other aspects required.
Why is the Thyroid Gland important?
The thyroid gland has a very important job and is located in your neck. Its job is of setting the speed of your metabolism and your bodies temperature, so no small task! If your temperature is low and your metabolism runs slowly, then your thyroid may be under-functioning. The thyroid also affects many other areas in the body, including other hormones, the digestion, and the nervous system.
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