By Alane Stieglitz-Wincek, ND, CNC, Atlanta, GA
Your thyroid and weight are linked tightly together!
Have you ever wondered why two people who eat the same food look totally different? One is skinny, and the other is overweight? It usually comes down to the metabolism and, more specifically, the thyroid and weight.
I loved my group of friends from high school. We all ate together in the cafeteria, and of course, some people ate healthier than others. Still, I wonder why some of my friends seemed to gain weight fast, and others never did.
When I go to the local fitness center, I hear people discuss weight loss challenges. Exercise really seems to help some people drop weight, but others do not. Their shape changes as they get fit and trim, but the scale does not decrease.
In my practice in holistic nutrition, I have learned a lot over the last 30+ years regarding the thyroid gland. There is plenty of powerful evidence linking the thyroid and weight.
The main problem I saw was when clients would come in frustrated with their weight and tell me that recent thyroid testing showed their thyroid is fine. A chill goes up my spine as I know it is not true each time that happens. And my concern for the client’s health overall goes way up.
In traditional medicine, the stimulating thyroid hormone, or TSH, needs to be 4.5 or higher for a diagnosis of hypothyroidism. In functional medicine or holistic medicine, a healthy TSH level is 2.0 or under! So, what happens to all people with a TSH of 2.0 through 4.4? It is elementary; they are told to eat less, exercise more, and deal with fatigue, hair loss, anxiety, and depression. However, a TSH of 2.2 or higher is supported naturally with dietary adjustments and maybe a thyroid supplement in my world.
The thyroid and weight struggle are real for many people. And when it is not treated, the next thing that tends to happen is high cholesterol levels and then high blood pressure.
Not everyone has a thyroid and weight problem. Yes, some people do simply overeat, which is why they are overweight. This article is about the people struggling and genuinely working hard to lose weight and just cannot.
The other thyroid and weight concern is a free level of T3, which is not always tested or treated. I feel the free and bio available thyroid hormone is the most important to help with the thyroid and weight. I like Free t3 to be at a 3.0. If it is 1.0 or 2.0, the client may be struggling with weight and energy.
Lastly are the two thyroid antibodies that I test for thyroid and weight challenges. If any of the two are positive, I take them off gluten and other grains and watch the person drop weight and start to feel fantastic.
If you think you could have a thyroid and weight battle, please reach out and make an appointment so I can help you.
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Medical disclaimer: Nutritionally Yours is not a medical clinic. Testing cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor. We have a nutritionist, naturopath and a medical doctor on staff to help you feel your best.