Factors That May Affect Thyroid Health

The thyroid gland is a small, butterfly shaped gland located in the lower front side of your neck and is involved in so many complex processes that take place inside your body. It affects your health in so many ways.

  • It plays a crucial part in controlling your metabolism, regulating your body temperature and for energy production.
  • It also has an enormous influence on your mood and emotions.
  • It is also involved in your body’s fat and bone metabolism.
  • Your cholesterol and triglycerides, gallbladder and liver functions and your body’s fat burning capability are also influenced by how well your thyroid gland functions.

If you want to make sure that your thyroid gland is functioning at its optimum level the following key health issues have to be taken into consideration:

Blood Sugar

Having too high or too low levels of blood sugar can negatively impact your thyroid health. Individuals who have difficulty keeping their blood sugar levels within normal or healthy levels will most likely be suffering from dysglycemia.

Poor diet is one of the major reasons why an individual will have too low, too high or fluctuating blood sugar levels all throughout the day. If nothing is done about this, a person puts themselves at a high risk of insulin resistance or diabetes.

Unfortunately, if a person has difficulty managing his own blood sugar levels his adrenal glands will also be affected. Poor blood sugar control not only wreaks havoc on your adrenal and thyroid health but it can also cause inflammation in your digestive tract. When this occurs, a leaky gut may start to take place thereby weakening the immune system which also causes further undue stress to the thyroid gland.

Consequently, the thyroid will no longer function properly resulting in hypothyroidism – all these health issues because of poor blood sugar control.

Adrenal gland health

Night shifts at work, competition, workplace pressure and relationship tension are just some of the many contributing factors that lead to too much stress which can definitely put one’s adrenal glands under siege. In addition to emotional stress there are also other things that can affect the health of your adrenal glands and these may include environmental toxins, chronic viral and bacterial infections and food sensitivities.

Adrenal stress can cause thyroid dysfunction especially when cortisol levels become too high. The adrenal and thyroid glands are very dependent on each other. Incorrect function in either will affect the proper operation of the other.

Gut health

Most of our diseases usually begin in the gut. This is because our intestinal lining comprises almost 70% of our immune system. Therefore, if an individual has a gut problem, then it also means that he has an immune system problem. When a person is suffering from a food intolerance, gut infection or leaky gut he also becomes at risk of having autoimmune diseases such as hypothyroidism.

Bio-identical hormones

These bio-identical hormones are often used mostly by women such as hormone creams, pills and lotions, estrogen patches and birth control pills. If a woman’s body has accumulated too much of these bio-identical hormones her thyroid hormone will find it difficult to penetrate the cells to perform its function. Therefore, even if the woman is on thyroid medication she will still be at risk of hypothyroidism because the thyroid hormones will be deprived of the chance to do their job as they are no longer granted access to the cells.

Hormone creams can accumulate inside the body, putting added burden on the liver as it tries to detoxify these unwanted hormones. These products can also adversely affect the adrenal glands and the thyroid gland.