Comprehensive Thyroid Testing
Your thyroid gland is often over looked for it's importance as it controls the metabolic rate in your body. It is the primary gland controlling your metabolic rate. Your thyroid gland produces hormones that influence all functions in your body, including all organs and cells are affected by the thyroid gland.
If left untreated, can lead to heart disease, infertility, muscle weakness, osteoporosis and in extreme cases coma or death. Its estimated that half of the cases in the United States and Canada remain undiagnosed.
Thyroid related fatigue begins to appear when you cannot sustain energy long enough, especially when compared to a past level of fitness or ability.
If your Thyroid foundation is weak, sustaining energy output is difficult. You will notice you just do not have the energy like you used to.
Hypothyroidism, known as under active thyroid affects some 80% of people with thyroid disease.
Common symptoms of hypothyroidism include fatigue, forgetfulness, depression, constipation and changes in weight and appetite.
How do you know if your thyroid is not functioning properly?
Your body talks. Sounds funny but it sure does. It tells you in the form of symptoms. Are you experiencing fatigue, poor recovery, hair loss, constipation, dry skin and hair , cold body temperature, depression, weight gain despite proper diet and exercise, cannot sustain energy long enough, muscle weakness, sensitivity to cold, loss (particularly) from the outer part of your eyebrow, brittle nails, cold hands and feet and of course the list goes on
What can you do about it?
If you are not having a comprehensive thyroid panel run you are missing key information. You may even been told by your physician that are are "fine" and your levels are "within range" but you are experiencing symptoms. I am here to tell you it is not FINE, your lab ranges should be in the functional ranges bringing you to optimal levels not sub par. AND IT IS NOT IN YOUR HEAD! What you are feeling is VERY REAL, so lets get you back on track and balanced out.
MARKERS INCLUDED ON THIS TEST:
- Free T3
- Free T4
- T4 Total
- Thyroxine-Binding Globulin
- Anti-Thyroglobulin Ab
- Anti-TPO Ab
* Reverse T3 is also available
Why you want to get your Thyroid Tested?
Answer? Kinda not really but sorta.
First, let’s do basic thyroid review. The hypothalamus uses TRH to tell the pituitary to make TSH. Then TSH stimulates the thyroid gland itself. The two main thyroid hormones are T4 (largest percent) and T3 (smallest percent but most active and does the things).
T4 converts into T3 via deiodinases. You have 3 main ones - D1, D2 and D3. Why do you care?
Have ever felt MASSIVELY hypothyroid or looked at the symptoms online and thought, “that’s me!” Only to be told your TSH is normal thus...you are “normal?”
D2 is primarily concentrated in the pituitary. If it’s happy, T4 becomes T3 and the TSH is happy or normal. TSH is ONLY REFLECTIVE of T3 IN THE PITUITARY. Not the T3 in your toe or skin cells or intestines or ovaries. Nope.
D1 is primarily what converts T4 into T3 out in your cells. Lots of things (stay tuned) turn down D1 but not D2. This means your brain is happy so your TSH is normal but D1 out in the cells in our body is NOT happy so you have LESS T3 IN YOUR CELLS.
Seriously - then your D3 converts T4 into rT3 which is inactive. So If your D1 is decreased and D3 is increased, your active T3 goes down and you feel “not normal” or like crap.
Reminder, D1 primarily converts T4 into T3 in your cells of your body. D2 does this in your pituitary. If your D2 is happy and functioning okay, your TSH is normal. But, if your D1 is not happy, you miss out on T3 in your cells and you get symptoms (weight gain, cold, dry skin, hair loss, depression, infertility, etc) but a normal TSH on labs.
What slows down D1 causing less cellular T3? Emotional stress, high cortisol, calorie restriction, leptin resistance, insulin resistance, diabetes, inflammation, low iron, low testosterone, chronic pain, environmental toxins like plastics and more.
How many of you with hypothyroid symptoms have one of those things? Maybe you’re in chronic pain? Or have gut inflammation? Or autoimmune? Perhaps you’re overweight and have leptin/insulin resistance? Maybe iron deficient or need testosterone?
Now your D1 slows down and your D3 (not in your pituitary) increases and this guy increases rT3 which is not only inactive BUT blocks T3 bonding sites in your cells. It’s a double whammy! 🤬
Meanwhile you are told your labs are “fine.” 🙄
Let’s recap: cellular hypothyroidism occurs when the TSH is normal but the you have all sorts of symptoms because the T4 is not converting into T3 our in your cells and/or T4 is getting deactivated to rT3. This is done through things called, deiodinases.
How do you test it? Right now, most people run just a TSH. ( and we don't want to do just that) . Please test TSH plus the free T4 and free T3 AND you also have to test rT3.
And, for sure test the thyroid antibodies.
Okay now understand a healthy free T3/rT3 should be above 20. If it’s not, you have a cellular problem!
If you know someone struggling with thyroid issues, don’t hold back! Send them my website so they can learn how to be proactive about their health and their labs! ♥️