|Hypothyroid Causes Weight Gain and more
The thyroid is an endocrine gland located in the front of the neck. It secretes thyroid hormone which regulates
protein synthesis, growth, temperature, oxygen consumption of cells, and metabolic rate. When thyroid hormone
levels are low, signals from the brain tell the thyroid gland to release more thyroid hormone in the form of T4.
Thyroid hormone is very influential over a person's ability to burn fat therefore low thyroid is a very common
cause of weight gain.
How does the Thyroid Work?
Here is the simplified version that will give you a good understanding of proper thyroid function:
1. Your brain determines that your body’s metabolism is not working fast enough, perhaps because your
body temperature drops.
2. Your brain sends a signal from the pituitary gland to the thyroid gland in the form of Thyroid Stimulating
3. TSH tells the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormone in the form of T4.
4. Once in the blood stream, T4 travels to the liver where it can be converted into a more active form of
thyroid hormone called T3.
5. The T3 will then bind to different tissues in your body (muscle, heart, brain, etc.) and causes the
metabolism of those tissues to increase.
6. Body heat rises as does overall metabolic rate.
7. Your brain is satisfied and stops releasing TSH.
What is Hypothyroid?
Hypothyroid (low thyroid) refers to decreased function of the thyroid gland or of the thyroid hormone itself. If the
function of the thyroid is compromised in any of the steps described above, one of the first symptoms you might
experience is fatigue due to decreased energy production or metabolism. With a decreased metabolism, it
makes sense that hypothyroid is a common cause of weight gain. Other symptoms of hypothyroid include
emotional instability, mental sluggishness, muscle weakness, muscle tremors, nervousness, anxiety, cold
intolerance, dry skin or hair, puffy hands or face, loss of the outer third of the eyebrow, joint aches, muscle
cramps, and constipation.
Hypothyroidism can significantly affect ones life and a healthy thyroid gland is vital to overall health for many
What can cause hypothyroid?
There are many reasons for low thyroid. Autoimmunity, specifically Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, is a condition
where your immune system is attacking the thyroid gland. Autoimmune thyroid is the most common cause of
hypothyroidism, yet it remains wildly undiagnosed by mainstream medicine. To properly treat hypothyroidism we
must know the true cause of it. There are many blood tests that need to be completed and evaluated before
determining the course of treatment. The majority of hypothyroid patients have only had TSH (thyroid stimulating
hormone) and T4 levels tested, but this is not enough to determine the cause of hypothyroid. This leads to
ineffective treatment and potentially an autoimmune disorder that is left unattended to. If you have a disorder
that is destroying your thyroid gland, you need to know about it so it can be dealt with properly!.
Nutrient deficiency can cause hypothyroid. There are many nutrients (Mg, Fe, Zn, Tyrosine, etc.) that are
required for the thyroid to work properly. When you are deficient in a nutrient, one or more of the step described
above might fail, resulting in hypothyroid. Simple testing can determine the exact deficiency that could be
causing your low thyroid. Once the deficiency is identified, supplementing with high quality nutrients will be the
key to regaining thyroid health. One of the most important nutrients for thyroid function is Iodine because it,
along with tyrosine, is one of the basic building blocks of thyroid hormone.
How would I know if I am Iodine deficient?
Sub-optimal Iodine levels are very common in America today. Testing reveals that many people do not get
enough Iodine to meet their total body needs or for optimal thyroid health. Iodine is not only concentrated in the
thyroid, but also in breast tissue, prostate, testes, ovaries, stomach and the sweat glands of the skin. Often,
individuals with low Iodine do not sweat as much as normal. Those low in Iodine are susceptible to thyroid
disorders as well as hormonal imbalance, irregular or painful menstruation, indigestion, fibrous cystic disorders
of the breasts, ovaries (PCOS), testes and prostate and eventually cancer in those respective tissues. Testing
reveals that some people require very high doses of Iodine to re-establish normal iodine levels in their bodies.
Testing Iodine levels is very simple, accurate and inexpensive. The test will tell you if your body is starving for
Iodine or if your body can not properly absorb Iodine. The treatments for either case are very simple and
inexpensive as well. A months supply of Iodine can cost as little as $4-5. Often this is all it takes to get
someone's energy back and to trigger healthy weight loss, not to mention the reduction in cancer risk.
Caution: You should NOT take high doses of Iodine without being properly tested for Iodine deficiency. If you
have autoimmune thyroid disease, Iodine can make it much worse.
Toxicity can also be a root cause of hypothyroid. Here are a few chemicals that can have a toxic affect on the
• HRT and Birth control
• PCB, BPA, Phthalates
• Mercury, Arsenic
• Fluoride, Bromide
• Benzene, Toluene
• Recreational Drugs and Alcohol
Excess estrogen can cause your body to release a protein called thyroid binding globulin (TBG). As its name
suggests, TBG will bind to circulation thyroid hormone. Once bound to TBG, the thyroid hormone is rendered
useless and the metabolism continues to suffer. For this reason, excess estrogen (and excess TBG) can be
considered a cause of hypothyroid.
Poor conversion of T4 (thyroid hormone) into the more active form (T3) is a very common cause of low thyroid
function. If conversion of thyroid hormone is not sufficient you will have all of the signs and symptoms of low
thyroid. Poor thyroid conversion can be caused by Adrenal Fatigue (excessive stress leading to low cortisol
production), exposure to certain chemicals, and nutrient deficiencies (Se, Zn, Vit. D, etc.). Poor conversion is not
true hypothyroid so it will not show up on standard thyroid blood tests (TSH, T4). Luckily, we can easily test for
thyroid conversion problems and the underlying causes.
As you can see, there are many potential causes of hypothyroid. Uncovering the true cause of your low thyroid
is the crucial first step in finding the best treatment for you.
Natural Treatment and Diet for Hypothyroid
As with any illness, diet and nutrition play a huge role in rehabilitating your thyroid. Food is our fuel; unless you
provide your body with quality fuel then your body will begin to fail. A diet of processed food heavily laced with
chemicals and additives will not provide your body with the specific nutrients that you need to complete the
thousands of tasks occurring every single second in your body. A poor diet can create a toxic environment within
your body and your health will decline. To help increase the nutrients specific to the thyroid it is advisable to get
on a hypothyroid diet.
Exercise can play a big role in thyroid health. In fact, exercise has been shown to increase T4 production. The
right type of exercise is very important as well. Too much cardio can often increase adrenal fatigue, leading to
increased symptoms of hypothyroid. We recommend a combination of burst training, interval training and
strength training for our patients in a customized ratio that is compatible with their individual metabolism. We use
both metabolic testing and genetic testing to determine the exact type of exercise that best fits each individual.
Detoxification and other lifestyle modifications will also be utilized where appropriate. Remember, the cause
dictates the treatment so if a toxin is causing you to have low thyroid, then detoxification may be the best
treatment plan for you. If your hypothyroid is caused by low iodine or another nutrient, then diet and
supplementation would obviously be a part of your plan. Everyone is different so we feel like their natural thyroid
treatment plans should be equally unique.
How do I get Evaluated for Treatment?
Call Complete Health and Weight Loss today for a complete thyroid analysis.
If you are having trouble losing weight and have symptoms of low thyroid but you do not live in the Dallas
Fort Worth area, we can still help you through phone consultations.
Complete Health and Weight Loss
5000 Legacy Dr. #240
Plano, TX 75024