Welcome to the podcast Fibromyalgia Real Solutions with Amanda Love. You are listening to episode 14 The Connection Between the Gut and Thyroid Gland Part One.
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My name is Amanda Elise Love and I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia 9 years ago which influenced my decision to enter the field of nutrition and now I am a Registered Holistic Nutritionist who works with those who are suffering from fibromyalgia.
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If you have heard my other podcast episodes especially episode 13 on “What is Leaky Gut,” I hope you are starting to realize that gut health and overall good health are very closely connected.
Today we are going to look at the very important connection between the gut and thyroid.
The thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland that is located at the front of the throat.
As small as it is you wouldn’t expect it to create hormones that play such a major role in our health. First and foremost, these hormones regulate our energy levels which are called metabolism.
In addition to regulating our energy levels here are a few more functions that the thyroid hormones have. They
Regulate blood pressure
Build Immune strength
Influence sleep patterns
Determine weight and
Detoxify the body
The thyroid gland can malfunction in two ways. The first is hypothyroidism which is a lack of thyroid hormones. This can result in an autoimmune disease called Hashimotos. The symptoms of Hastimots’ include extreme fatigue, weight gain, brain fog, mood swings, headaches, and depression.
The other malfunction of the thyroid is hyperthyroidism which occurs when too much thyroid hormone is produced. The name for this is Graves Disease.
Here are some symptoms of this malady –
Heart palpitations and
The third disease of the thyroid gland is goiter which is not common anymore in the western world. It is due to a lack of iodine in the diet. Here are some of the symptoms
swelling at the front of the throat.
These three thyroid imbalances can demonstrate themselves as autoimmune problems including fibromyalgia.
These autoimmune maladies have genetic and environmental factors that are part of the origin of these disorders. Environmental triggers find entrance into our bodies by way of the gut. If you have a leaky gut many more toxins enter the body. Let me remind you that more than 80 percent of our immune system is located in the gut. So our gut health affects the health of our thyroid gland where part of our autoimmune disorders arises.
The following statement is accurate and true. Gut health is directly connected to the health of our thyroid which results in the autoimmune disease when they malfunction.
Many people with a variety of autoimmune conditions test positive for a leaky gut. Also , recent studies show that people with autoimmune disease have altered gut bacteria. To learn more about Leaky gut check out podcast “Episode 13 called “ What is leaky gut .”
This conversation about the connections between our gut health and our glands. Brings to mind a statement that I have heard many times. “Well, I have multiple health problems in addition to fibromyalgia so how can anything help me ?” These people do not understand that there is a connection between these different body systems. So when you help and support one body system it helps other body systems to function better. For example, the thyroid gland is part of the Endocrine system and in the gut, there are endocrine receptor cells that receive information from the thyroid. So you see, strange as it seems, these systems interact and do not act independently of each other.
Now let’s look at the specific hormones that the thyroid produces. First, there is T- 4 which is the inactive form that the body converts to T-3 which is the active form.
Guess what ?! The GI tract contains bacteria that help convert T4 into T3. Now, if there is a malfunction or breakdown here this process is affected. It can also cause disruption in the production of the active form of T-3 altering it which is called “ reverse T-3’’. Reverse T-3 looks like the real T-3 but does not work the same. Actually, a person with this condition can have normal lab tests unless a specific test measuring “reverse T-3” is done. If T-3 levels are high a person has hypothyroidism.
Another thing you should know is that the thyroid gland does not act alone but is part of a feedback loop called the hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid connection known as the HPT Axis.
This is how it works: the hypo-thalamus monitors our level of T-3. If our T-3 levels are low then it signals to the pituitary to release thyroid releasing hormone known as TRH. Then, TRH tells the thyroid to release more T-3. So what happens if there is a breakdown in this HPT Loop? It appears that this is a contributing factor in the development of autoimmune conditions such as fibromyalgia. Usually, when there is a breakdown in this loope it comes from the thyroid itself. However, that information will have to wait for another podcast due to the length of that matter. When all is said and done, what you need to know most is that gut health and thyroid health are closely connected.
Due to this association, it is possible for many-body systems to be affected in a negative way. These include problems and symptoms such as Celiac Disease, leaky gut, heartburn, autoimmune syndromes, hypo and hyperthyroidism and many more.
So when a person tells me that there is no way that their FMS can be helped due to multiple health issues, I tell her about the connection between the health of her gut and her body systems which affect her health in a major way. Then I can only hope that she will grasp the picture so she can begin to regain her health with my guidance and support.
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