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Hypothyroidism and Leaky Gut Syndrome???

Issue # 68 January 24, 2013
 
 
Welcome to KnowYourThyroid.
 
I hope you are having a great day. It’s a balmy 16 degrees today in South Dakota. Yes, I know 16 degrees is cold, but it’s warmer than the 3 degrees we had for a high a couple days ago.
Besides, the winter sports fans love the cold and snow.
 
Today, Connie Rogers is going to explain how leaky gut syndrome is inter-connected with thyroid problems. Plus, a long list of ways we are upsetting the natural function of our systems, most of us unknowingly. 
 
Enjoy!
 
Corri
 
Hypothyroidism and Leaky Gut Syndrome???
By Connie Rogers
 
What is Leaky Gut Syndrome? LGS allows undigested proteins and fats to “leak” out of the intestine and into the bloodstream, where it sets off an autoimmune reaction. This irritation triggers increased cortisol secretion as your adrenal glands are alerted to an  increase in histamine levels (the histamine causes the inflammation, the cortisol is an anti-inflammatory).
 
What does this mean for people with tired adrenal glands? If you are constantly eating something that is causing inflammation you are asking your tired adrenal glands to continually maintain elevated cortisol levels to suppress the inflammation.
 
The most important endocrine glands which function in coordination with one another, are the pituitary, parathyroid, thyroid and adrenal glands. The hypothalamus links our nervous system to the endocrine system via the pituitary gland.
 
So what do being exposed to an abundance of endocrine disruptors cause?
  •      Weight Gain
  •      Obesity
  •      Diabetes
  •      Calcium Imbalance
  •      Metabolic disorders
  •      Thyroid disorders
  •      Inflammation
  •      Endocrine disorders
  •      and more…
 
Disrupting the endocrine system can occur in several ways. Some chemicals can mimic a natural hormone, even dairy and detergents (like Tide) are involved in fooling the body into responding to stimulus at inappropriate times (e.g., producing insulin when it is not needed). Other endocrine disrupting chemicals can block the effects of a hormone from certain receptors. Still others can
directly stimulate or inhibit the endocrine system, causing overproduction or underproduction of hormones. Certain drugs are used to intentionally cause some of these effects, such as birth control pills.
Some things we do can snowball into other issues. In many situations involving environmental chemicals, toxins and processed foods, an endocrine disruption is the result. Antibiotics may cause endocrine issues. Being on antibiotics for a long time can cause yeast infections. Yeast infections can instigate thyroid problems.
The main poisons for you to consider avoiding if you are seeking thyroid health are Chlorine, Fluorine, Pesticides, Mercury,Synthetic Estrogen, and synthetic drugs (like Premarin) which can have a negative reaction on your thyroid. Radiation and mercury from dental amalgam fillings alone can actually cause thyroid disease.
We have a delicate balancing act occurring in our bodies at all times- A pH balance!
When our bodies are to acidic we are more prone to illness. Being acidic, we can experience major trauma, to our thyroid gland, liver and adrenal glands. Many health problems are the result of the “typical SAD acid diet” including refined sugar, alcohol and high fructose corn syrup, which can affect our immune system ..High fructose corn syrup can be worse than sugar, as it increases insulin resistance and leads to weight gain and a fatty liver. If your diet consist of sugar and artificial sweeteners, they are highly acid forming, as is coffee, aspartame, excessive protein, dairy and fatty foods.
Calcium is important in maintaining your body’s “pH levels”. Leafy greens are excellent sources of calcium. Dr Colin Campbell PhD, professor of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University, has studied nutritional biochemistry for 40 years. “The absorption of  organic calcium takes place readily from the blood in its vital role of carrying out the metabolic processes in the body -intake should be from fruits and dark green leafy vegetable sources”.
Do you love your peanut butter? Ingestion of Goitrogens have been noted to block iodine. These not recommended for feeding our thyroid. Goitrogens in our diet are peanuts / peanut butter, soybeans, textured vegetable protein and soybean oil.
 
Unsaturated oils block thyroid hormone secretion and its movement in the circulatory system. When the thyroid hormone is deficient, the body is generally exposed to increased levels of estrogen.. I have seen clients going through menopause and are also prescribed thyroid medications at the same time. “Simply taking thyroid hormone replacement drugs does not feed the thyroid or correct the problem.” David Frahm, N.D. says, “instead of feeding the thyroid and bringing it back into full function in the body, they’re [medications] simply by-passing it.”
Excitotoxins are neurotoxic and endocrine disruptors. High intake of any excitotoxins can lead to abnormal learning, addictive behaviors and thyroid issues. MSG an excitotoxin, actually kills brain cells in the hypothalamus. As proven by Dr. John Olney in experiments so groundbreaking that American food companies took MSG out of baby food after the results of Olneys’ study were released to the public. Low and no fat milk products often contain milk solids that contain MSG.
Hopefully you are getting the picture that your diet plays a major role in your thyroid health.
Leaky gut can be the start of thyroid and adrenal problems. These can cause massive collateral damage in our bodies. Foods that are the most taxing on the thyroid and adrenals are foods most eat every day such as refined grains, wheat, sugars, alcohol, caffeine, processed foods, and hydrogenated oils. Spike your blood sugar several times a day-and you can be killing your adrenal function. On top of that, put anxiety, anger and fear and you have a soup of low adrenal/low thyroid function. This has a direct impact on poor metabolism, leaky gut and inflammation disorders.
 
A abundance of stress to our adrenal glands, can also be food intolerances, (something we eat daily without thinking), which can be culprits in hindering our attempts to feel better and have more energy. Dr. Blanchard suggests that environmental toxins may inhibit production of thyroid hormone, noting that dental x-rays (where the thyroid is improperly shielded) and toxic hemicals are possible culprits. Ken Blanchard, MD, PhD, board-certified endocrinologist in private practice in Boston and coauthor of What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Hypothyroidism
 
In my “Feed your Thyroid Program”- I address leaky gut, endocrine disruption, menopause, adrenals, sugar, candida, pH, eating as many whole organic foods daily and reduce consumption of toxic chemicals. When the body has been cleansed and has accumulated proper levels of
nutrients, the thyroid has a chance to begin working optimally again.
 
 
About the Author:
 
Connie is a Professional Health Coach, Author, Cosmetologist & Lifestyle Educator. She can be reached at 501 244 3607. Some of the most serious health problems of our time, such as diabetes, obesity, thyroid, hypertension, leaky gut and hormonal disturbances, are endocrine and
metabolic related. As a Health Coach, Connie specializes in these.
Her clients have found better ways to decrease their weight, balance their blood sugar and relieve their inflammation. They gain confidence having the necessary tools to remove toxins, create recipes and enjoy healthier skin as a side effect.
Connie is the owner of Bite Size Pieces the Cookbook