Are you always tired? Gaining weight? Eating soy? Then you might want to look into your thyroid!
That butterfly shaped organ in your body is something you may be taking a prescription for right now!
Raise your hand if you’re on thyroid meds! 🙋
Did you know that your thyroid uses iodine to create the hormones T3 and T4? These hormones regulate your body’s temperature, metabolism and heart rate. Think about it as the organ that helps convert your food into energy and gets you going every day! More on those hormones another time, though.
I want to talk about soy, instead. Many of you may be using soy as a substitute for dairy (or just simply in your stir fry!), but it's got some unhealthy impacts.
Soy, while super tasty, is also super negative to your thyroid as it inhibits the absorption of iodine.
Remember that your thyroid needs iodine to make necessary hormones for your body to give you energy? Without the proper iodine absorption, your thyroid has to work harder.
Now you’re tired each day. Your body starts to sag - it takes everything you’ve got just to make it another minute. Another hour.😩
Then your pituitary gland and hypothalamus have to get involved!
Think of your hypothalamus as the top dog in the situation. It’s the boss. It notices that not enough hormones are being produced, so it tells the pituitary to do something about it. Your pituitary, not wanting to get into trouble with “the boss”, releases a thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) to get the thyroid to produce more T3 and T4.
But wait! The thyroid CAN’T produce those hormones, because it doesn’t have the necessary iodine to create them!
Now do you see the problem?
The pituitary is beating a dead horse, pardon the idiom.
In other words, your thyroid is now overworked but not producing the desired results; so the pituitary continually sends out more and more signals to work harder.
Your poor thyroid.