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The Reasons Why Your Thyroid May Not Be Working

The Reasons Why Your Thyroid May Not Be Working

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The Reasons Why Your Thyroid May Not Be Working

Have you ever wondered why your thyroid may not be working? Millions of people suffer from thyroid conditions, but many of them are not aware of it. If you are among those individuals who are still experiencing a thyroid problem despite medication, it is probably not just because you are getting older or you are depressed.

 

Here are the most common reasons why your thyroid may not be working properly:

·      Digestive Dysfunction

Most thyroid medications come in tablets with a number of inactive ingredients and additional fillers. One that many individuals struggle with is cellulose, a fiber component used as the bulk material for the tablets themselves. This can pose a problem for individuals who have weak digestive systems. They are unable to completely break down the fibers, so the thyroid hormones contained in the tablets are not absorbed or released. When your digestive tract cannot break down the tablets, you cannot obtain the benefits of the medication.

·      Decreased Absorption

The hormones produced by the thyroid are sensitive to several medications that alter the absorption or activities of T4. These may include commonly prescribed drugs such as antibiotics, antifungals, antacids, diuretics, pain medications, cholesterol-lowering medication, antiarrhythmic medications, diabetic medications and hormone replacements. There are also some foods that may decrease the absorption of thyroid hormones, including the high-fiber and soy-based foods. Calcium and iron supplements may also inhibit the functions of thyroid hormones. According to drug manufacturers, it is always best to take your medication four hours after or before you have ingested other drugs, food or supplements that can affect their effectiveness.

·      Inflammation

Inflammation significantly inhibits the functions of your thyroid hormone. Addressing this means identifying the underlying causes of inflammation, like toxins, stress and poor diet. Thyroid resistance is one reason why your thyroid is not working despite the medications that you are taking. One of the best things that you can do is to work with a qualified functional health practitioner to address or uncover chronic inflammation.

·      Elevated Reverse

This is extremely common for many individuals dealing with thyroid issues. Elevations in stress reverse T3 formation from the inactive T4, simultaneously decreasing the active T3 formation. So, while you’re taking your thyroid medication and thinking that your thyroid problem will be resolved, you may not convert T4, which contains useable thyroid hormones. The full dosage of medication for your thyroid function increases the reverse T3 formation and may mean that you are only able to utilize of ¼ of it. Therefore, it will just have ¼ of its overall therapeutic effect.

When it comes to taking care of your thyroid functions, it is always important to keep in mind that talking to a doctor is the first option for everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Breathe Your Thyroid Healthy

How to Breathe Your Thyroid Healthy

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Yes, when I am in my yoga class, I DO think about how the poses are affecting my system.  One of the beautiful things about yoga is how it supports our lymph system and helps to balance the energy flowing through our body.  So I like to think of yoga as a technolgy that is putting things back into balance for me!

Here is why:

All the tissues in your body have thyroid receptors. If your thyroid is not working well, it can cause a range of signs and symptoms beyond those resulting from another health issue. It is common to consider the functioning of your thyroid glands in the cases of constipation, fatigue, dryness, chilliness, and weight gain. But your thyroid can also be suspect in fibromyalgia, depression, muscle aches, foggy brain and even gastrointestinal dysfunction.

 

The thyroid gland is an endocrine organ that has an important role in the chain of hormone-producing glands. Other glands, such as the gastrointestinal, adrenal, and hypothalamus, also have profound impacts on your health, but the thyroid is the easiest to measure and gauge.

How Yoga Helps in Reducing the Symptoms of Thyroid Disorders

Yoga can be effective in maintaining the health of your thyroid glands. The various twisting and compressing stretches of yoga massage your thyroid and instructing it to release thyroxin, which can greatly impact your body’s metabolism. Yoga techniques can help you better cope with the signs and symptoms in general and helps to balance our throat chakra (which is one of the energy imbalances with thyroid issues).

However, as with any exercise regimen, consult a doctor before you begin yoga as a treatment for any thyroid issues. Also, yoga should not be considered a substitute for medications. Yoga may, in some cases, though, reduce the need for specific types or dosages of medications.

Here are a few basic yoga asanas practices to keep your thyroid healthy.

·      Shoulder Stand or Sarvangasana pose

This is one of the most commonly recommended postures for individuals with thyroid problems. The pressure from the pose simulates your thyroid to function more effectively. It can also help stimulate other glands near or in the head, like the pineal glands and the pituitary gland, which have an indirect impact on the functions of your thyroid gland.

·      Plough or Halasana pose

The meaning of Hana is “plow.” This pose resembles the Indian plow and may also be called “halasana.” This yoga position improves the condition of your thyroid gland because it provides compression to your neck while stimulating the thyroid.

·      Inverted or Viparitakani Pose

Viparita means “reverse,” while Karni means, “by which.” This yoga pose can help your thyroid gland maintain or improve its health because it encourages balance. It can also help relieve symptoms or complications resulting from a hypoactive thyroid gland. This pose is the most effective asana for thyroid disorders.

·      Fish or Matsyasana pose

Matsyanasa, or fish pose, delivers adequate stretching in your neck and stimulates your thyroid gland. This yoga pose is a must when it comes to maintaining the good condition and proper functioning of your thyroid.

Either play with these at home if you are familiar with them, or take yourself to a yoga class and start implementing some of these amazing poses into your practice!  Your breath into your body is one of the most healing things you can do to support your body coming back into its natural state of well-being.

In health & happiness!
Angela