Thyroid Symptom Patterns and Body Type
The thyroid gland controls your metabolism. If you are feeling tired, lethargic, slow, and cannot even get out of bed, you are not alone. According to the American Thyroid Association, “More than 12 percent of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime. An estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease. Up to 60 percent of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition.”
Many make the fix to thyroid problems seem simple. We see the “solution” in two camps. In the first camp they say, “You Need Thyroid Hormones (T3 or T4)!”. In the other camp they say, “You Need More Iodine!” There is a fundamental flaw that both camps may be missing — these approaches can cause muscle breakdown. There is a growing and radically safer approach that hinges on the belief that the body is pretty smart. We think that the body is slowing itself down on purpose.
Why would the body slow itself down you may ask? To keep from eating away at it’s own muscle tissue. The hallmark of the thyroid type is low muscle mass, poor protein digestion, and pitting of the skin (cellulite). If you speed up the ability to metabolize protein with synthetic hormones or iodine without fixing the underlying protein digestion, you could be in for some serious side effects!
The Thyroid Symptom Pattern
Thyroid symptoms are either from too fast of metabolism or too slow metabolism. Because we have stuff to get done, like yesterday, then we do not have time to listen to our bodies and provide rest and relaxation. Instead we whip the tired horse (that’s our thyroid gland) with stimulants. Sugar, simple carbohydrates (breads and pasta), caffeine (soda, tea, coffee), and drugs become our preferred delivery methods. Therefore, a tired thyroid becomes a vampire, looking for its next fix.
As metabolism slows down then everything slows down… thinking, digestion, energy, speech, reflexes, depressed emotions, willingness to work, hair growth, etc. You name the function, then the thyroid will slow it down. Many things can cause the thyroid to slow-down but a few main reasons should be ruled out with lab testing.
The first and most obvious is undigested protein. Protein is the building block of the body. Without it, we starve and when we starve, we slow down. The next reason our thyroid glands slow down is usually because of where we live. For example, Burlison Clinic is in the “Goiter Belt”, named after the expanding thyroid looking for iodine. We get iodine from the ocean. If you live in the middle of the United States far from iodine and not supplementing it, then you will start to slow down. T4 and T3 are named after the molecules of iodine. T3, the active hormone has 3 molecules of iodine and T4, you guessed it has 4 molecules of iodine. Finally, the conversion of inactive thyroid hormone (T4) to its active form (T3) mostly happens in the liver. If the liver is overburdened, then this conversion can be poor.
Thyroid Body Type
The thyroid body type is two-fold. Hyper or Hypo and yes, you can be both at the same time. Many doctors think that all thyroid issues start hyper (even as children) before the the thyroid gets so tired that it becomes hypo. With a slow metabolism and poor protein digestion you start to see the outer third of the eyebrows thin out, in fact, all hair becomes coarse, dry, and thin. You also see uniformed weight gain. This is when the body puts on weight all over, including the fingers.
As the thyroid goes searching for more iodine, it expands. You can notice this growth on the neck with a signature double-line. Many find dry patches near the eyes with dry and cracking nails. Studies show that this could be because of the poor protein metabolism from a stressed stomach and pancreas, and incomplete fat digestion from a stressed out liver. Finally, with poor protein metabolism the body will start to steal protein from tissue, including the skin. This can be seen as cellulite or “pitting”.
Do these body changes and a slowed metabolism sound familiar? If you match some of these symptoms and body composition patterns, then you should take the questionnaire and see where to start testing to find your priority. Testing is key to understanding how tired your thyroid glands are and what steps may be necessary to recover their function.
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