Issue # 84 March 21, 2013
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Today, Connie Rogers is going to explain how thyroid disorders affect your skin and what you can do to improve both your skin and your thyroid.
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Your Skin & Thyroid Connection
By Connie Rogers
The levels of thyroid hormones are an important factor to consider as a part of anti aging and health. Many sugary, fatty, refined and highly processed foods, do more than just add unwanted weight. Nutrition, not age determines the quality and resiliency of every organ, cell and system in the body. As a result, your eating habits are a major contributor in how quickly you see and feel the effects of aging.
The thyroid is a major gland in the endocrine system and affects nearly every organ in the body. It regulates fat and carbohydrate metabolism, respiration, body temperature, brain development, cholesterol levels, the heart and nervous system, blood calcium levels, menstrual cycles, skin integrity, adult hippocampal neurogenesis and more.
(Canaris GJ, Manowitz NR, Mayor G, Ridgway EC. The Colorado thyroid disease prevalence study. Arch Intern Med. 2000;160(4):526-534)
In the last century we have tipped the scales of food production technology with mass produced goods made of concentrated sugars and refined flours. The money saved on natural food production is now needed to pay billions of health care expenses associated with metabolic disorders. (taken from -Technology, Diet, and the Burden of Chronic Disease,” David Ludwig, M.D., Ph.D)
How well your body renovates and repairs organs, tissue and DNA determines how you age on a cellular level. When the body needs new materials used for repairs, it must use what you give it, and that is your food. The quality of that food determines the quality of the repair.
Certain foods, such as gluten-containing breads and baked goods, can negatively affect thyroid balance and cause acne.
Dr Kharrazian explains that Hashimotos is first and foremost an auto-immune disorder, where you are attacking the thyroid like foreign tissue. So you need to start by dealing with the environmental trigger that starts the auto-antibody attack against the thyroid. The primary trigger? Gluten, and it’s many related substances like gliadin. (Taken from Dr Datis Kharrazian, and his book “Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms?)
Acne can result from blood sugar issues and chronic inflammation. These trigger hormonal reactions that lead to increased sebum production, blocked pores and overgrowth of acne-causing bacteria. Gluten can contribute to acne. It can damage the small intestine, cause inflammation which could lead to nutritional deficiencies and an increased toxic body load (through leaky gut syndrome).
Sugar ages the skin and excites the thyroid. Sugar adds to mood disorders, inflammation and is Endocrine Disruptive. Sugar can disrupt the sebaceous glands, cause acne, create dryness and add to premature aging.
Excess Sugar “High” triggers insulin ( a hormone) to deal with excess glucose. Daily Sugar Spikes can destroy adrenal function, challenges the Thyroid & the Endocrine System.
The human body evolved with a limited ability to break down sugar, and very limited access to it in concentrated forms, so processing the comparatively giant loads we consume nowadays puts a huge strain on our systems. Excess sugar loiters in the blood and causes trouble by latching onto protein molecules, an age-accelerating process called glycosylation that causes cellular aging.
In today’s world, skin rashes and thyroid problems have ties to ingesting fluorides. The U.S. National Research Council has stated that fluoride exposure can affect thyroid function. Someone who ingests a great deal of fluoridated water may be at risk of developing thyroid problems. As a chemical, it has been associated with acne-like bumps that form around the mouth. Dubbed perioral dermatitis, this skin disorder is often mistaken for acne.
Fluoride also interferes with your cellular process, as well as causing the release of superoxide free radicals in resting white blood cells. Minor infections take longer to throw off and cause more serious illness. (taken from John Yiamouiannis, The Aging Factor, Health Action Press, 1993:p32)
When people are bombarded with fluoride, in the form of fluoridated water, toothpaste and mouth rinses, muscles and elements of connective tissue, particularly collagen fibre and bone tissue, undergo degenerative changes.
The most readily identifiable feature of soft-tissue fluorosis is extraordinary general fatigue, which is frequently linked to thyroid deficiency.
Calcium levels diminish as fluoride levels in the body rise; the gastrointestinal tract mucosa is damaged, causing irritable bowel syndrome; and blood fluoride levels rise continuously with prolonged use of fluoridated toothpaste. (taken from http://www.nofluoride.com/what_doctors_donot_tell.cfm)
The health of the adrenal gland can dictate the health and recovery of many types of disorders including thyroid and skin issues. When we talk skin, one can suffer from dry itchy rashes, thin skin, aging or dry scalp and fingernails. (A fingernail is produced by living skin cells in the finger)
When under stress, both men and women release epinephrine and cortisol. With both skin and thyroid disturbances from adrenal stress one can have issues with sleep disturbances which today are quite common. Stressed adrenals can be one reason why the body hangs onto weight. Sleep disturbances can bring on more stress. With unhealthy sleep habits and excess stress, our cortisol levels can wreak havoc. As you sleep, the skin eliminates toxins. Without a good nights sleep unhealthy toxins may accumulate.
A Solution: Healthy food, sleep patterns and exercise choices may help rejuvenate your skin and balance your thyroid health.
In addition to the obvious impact exercise has on weight and metabolism, a study of patients with Graves’ disease found that a structured exercise program showed dramatic improvements in fatigue levels, and significantly more patients were able to successfully stop taking antithyroid medications without a relapse. (Cutovic M, Konstantinovic L, Stankovic Z, Vesovic-Potic V. Structured exercise program improves functional capacity and delays relapse in euthyroid patients with Graves’ disease. Disabil Rehabil. 2012;Epub ahead of print)
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