How Detoxing Your Gut and Liver Will Revive Your Thyroid
I’m dedicating the month of September to detoxing, cleansing and letting go.
It’s an important subject and one that brings some of the biggest turn-around to people with thyroid conditions.
Western Medicine Doctors Are Not Trained On Gut And Liver Health
Let me start off by talking about the gut, the liver and your thyroid. I will share information with you that most doctors, nutritionist, herbalist, and even most naturopaths and nutritionists do not tell you. It is obviously not done intentionally; they just don’t know this as western medical schools and nutrition schools do NOT teach us this.
One way to heal is to take your health into your own hands. Once you do that, you will feel empowered to act upon it.
Most of us struggle with our thyroid issues because our current medical system does NOT offer a sustainable solution apart from giving us a pill. The more progressive, proactive doctors and holistic practitioners, in the best case, will mention things like probiotics, getting off gluten, or taking B12 injections. These are good starting points but they don’t address the root cause of your disease.
There are many things that impact the thyroid and this is why it’s not an easy condition to manage and heal. This is WHY I do NOT work on anything else but the thyroid.
Getting To The Root Of Your Disease: LIVER-GUT-THYROID Connection
So let’s look into some of the root causes of the disease. I want to let you in on one piece that is HUGE. HUGE. And no doctor will tell you why and how to fix it.
OK, here we go: it’s your GUT and your LIVER. The health of your gut and your liver is directly linked to your thyroid health. As a thyroid nutrition coach, I consistently see people with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s Disease ALSO having multiple digestive issues.
Once you fix your digestive issues, you will experience a surge of energy, weight loss, clarity of mind, enthusiasm, clear skin, depression and anxiety going away – this is just to name a few.
How do you know if you have digestive issues or your digestive system needs help?
- You experience bloating, gas, constipation, burping, lose stool, diarrhea or acid reflux.
- You crave certain foods; sweets, salt, chocolate, starches, and you feel like they control your life.
- You have been on antibiotics and many medications in the past.
- In more serious cases, you might have: Celiac’s, Crohn’s or IBS.
- You have parasites (which most people think they don’t!).
If you are experiencing any of these, it’s pretty clear that your gut needs your help.
How important is it? SUPER important. Let’s just say it this way: we will never be able to manage your thyroid health without you having a healthy gut. Remember, in my work, I’m not interested in giving you a meal plan to make you lose weight. We will go to the root cause of your problems.
The Role Of The Gut In Thyroid Health
1). This is where the immune system lives
You firstly need to know that 90% of thyroid conditions are auto-immune diseases. So if you are suffering from hypothyroidism, you are very likely having Hashimoto’s Diseases, even though you might have not been diagnosed with it. What an autoimmune disease means is that your immune system is self-destroying your thyroid. As a result of this destructive attack, the thyroid slows down and this is why you are feeling so bad.
Now, what you also need to know is that: the immune system lives in YOUR GUT.
Do you see the connection now? We will never have a healthy immune system and a healthy thyroid if we have all this bloating, constipation, and food cravings.
It’s key to know that the GUT is lined with the Gut-Associated Lymphoid Tissue which is responsible for our immune system. If you are experiencing any of digestive issues I described, your immune system is suppressed at this point too.
2). The gut converts T4 to T3 (what your body needs)
The second reason to have a healthy gut is to properly convert the inactive T4 thyroid hormone to the active T3 (more on that below).
3). The Gut Absorbs Vitamins and Minerals
The third reason is: our gut is responsible for the absorption of nutrients; vitamins and minerals. Most people with thyroid conditions are deficient of many vitamins, Vid D, B12, selenium, iron are just a few to name. So most people reach for an easy solution: supplements. Here is the problem: when you are experiencing digestive issues, the supplements are NOT getting absorbed. So, you are literally just paying for expensive pee and poo.
Also, when we absorb the vitamins and minerals, we feel satisfied with our meals much quicker, we therefore, you eat less and… lose weight!
4). The gut-and-brain connection
The gut is called the second brain by alternative medicine, because there are more neurotransmitters here than in the brain. Serotonin which is the “happy hormone” is 70% produced in the gut, not in the brain. But, when we experience digestive issues, that second brain takes a beating too, and therefore it affects our mood and our memory.
Why Are You Experiencing Digestive Issues?
You are not alone here; so many people experience digestive issues: they are mainly due to: food intolerances (meaning food you eat and it does not agree with your gut and it therefore creates the havoc). It can be candida that is a nasty yeast overgrowth in the gut. It could be usage of antibiotics that kill the bad and the good bacteria in the gut.
Is this beginning to make sense to you now? Are you connecting the dots why you are healing on Synthroid alone?
What about your liver? Why having a healthy liver makes it so important in thyroid health?
1). Metabolism of hormones
You see, hormones and toxins are metabolized in the liver and excreted in the form of feces through the GI (gastro-intestinal) tract. Remember that the majority of thyroid hormone is converted into its active form in the liver. This means your inactive T4 gets converted to the active T3.
T3 is the hormone that is used by your body and gives you energy, clarity of mind and metabolism, which in other words means: losing weight. So, if you liver is sluggish, you are NOT converting T4 (or Synthroid, which is the synthetic T4) to T3. I hope you now understand one of the reasons why taking Synthroid is still not helping you to feel 100%.
2). Vehicle to Expel Toxins
The second thing you need to know about the liver is that it is an organ that is vastly responsible for excreting toxins out of our body. If you are suffering from Hashimoto’s Disease, this means you are having an autoimmune disease. You need to know this: most people with autoimmune diseases are also very toxic. I don’t want you to feel bad and guilty. It’s not your fault. Most of us trust the food makers, government, the health organizations and doctors for guidance. Yet, we are not getting the support we deserve.
There Is Hope. But, You Need To Take Your Health Into Your Own Hands.
This is why you need to get educated and take things into your own hands. And once you do, I promise you it is a very empowering experience! You will never feel confused, helpless, frustrated with anyone, because you will know what to ask, say and do.
Detoxifying the liver and the gut will provide a significant boost to any thyroid patient. A proper detox protocol needs to be adopted to produce the right results. No quick pills and supplements will produce sustainable results.
Magdalena is a creator of Thyroid Detox which is a 12-day guided detox program teaching how to do it in a safe, step-by-step and effective manner.
For more details, view 3 FREE educational videos and listen to a call “7 Toxins Sabotaging Your Thyroid” on www.ThyroidDetox.com.