I recieved this email from a reader, Krista, who wanted to start on a figure competition diet but was having some concerns with her thyroid because a recent blood test found those numbers to be low. I thought you might benefit from my response.
Subclinical Thyroid Numbers and Competing.
Recent studies show that subclinical, undiagnosed, hypothyroid disorders are more common than Type 2 diabetes. Let that sink in since we know that Type 2 diabetes is considered a health epidemic. So what do we call subclinical thyroid disorders?
When your doctor talks to you (or doesn’t) about your thyroid they are talking about certain biomarkers
TSH-thyroid stimulating hormone
T3 and T4-Your thyroid hormones.
TSH is a hormone secreted by your pituitary gland and it essentially signals your thyroid to produce a certain amount of thyroid hormone. This is based on the amount of thyroid hormone in your blood. If you are on thyroid med, your TSH will drop because your pituitary sees an increased amount. If you have low thyroid hormones in your blood, your TSH will be high.
While looking at T3 and T4 is helpful, it does not give a indicator of FREE T3 and T4 which is the ACTIVE thyroid hormone NOT bound by protein.
A subclinical thyroid disorder is defined by having a high TSH but T3 and T4 numbers in the normal ranges. Most doctors are baffled at this.
Low Thyroid Symptoms
Most people are familiar with Symptoms of low thyroid,-you feel tired and sluggish, you gain weight easily or can’t lose weight. Depression, brain fog and mood disorders as well as cold intolerances are all seems as well.
Digestive function is off as well. T3 hormone is needed of produce stomach acid and intestinal motility. Low T3 leads to increased risk of SIBO
Low thyroid hormone increases cardiovascular disease risk and LDL oxidation-high cholesterol on a low fat diet anyone? Thyroid health impacts your hormonal system, immune system and metabolic function as well as reproductive and cognitive function.
What can you do?
-Start sleeping more
-Actively manage your stress
-Add pink himalayan salt to your food
-Eat plenty of green veggies
-Remove gluten, diary, corn and soy