Looking back, and knowing what I do now, I could have saved myself a world of trouble.To say that I made my fair share of mistakes when I first began dealing with my own thyroid issues would be an understatement.Yet, that’s also why I’ve spent years devoting my life to helping hypothyroidism sufferers.I don’t want others to make the same mistakes that I did.And I certainly don’t want you to either.I’d rather save you from the world of trouble that I went through.After working with so many clients, I’ve come to realize just how many mistakes people are making every single day as they struggle with this devastating condition.
Whether you’re dealing with Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s, have had a thyroidectomy, or gone through radioactive iodine (RAI) treatment.And I can guarantee that you’ve been misled by one or more.Let’s get started with mistake number one…
- Mistake 1: Believing That Your Thyroid Gland Alone Is the Real Problem:Now, don’t get me wrong and let me be clear.Your thyroid is definitely involved.But, is your thyroid really responsible for your hypothyroidism?Or, is it the victim of bigger underlying problems?Talk to just about any doctor or look up the definition of hypothyroidism and you’ll likely get this same answer.
People are led to believe that hypothyroidism is simply a result of a dysfunctional thyroid gland.But there’s so much more to it than that.With hypothyroidism, you can’t just look at your thyroid gland alone.You have to look at your entire Thyroid Hormone Pathway.When addressing your entire Thyroid Hormone Pathway, we need to evaluate if your poor thyroid function is the result of…
- Your thyroid gland being blocked from releasing thyroid hormone.
- Your liver not being able to convert your thyroid hormone into the active form.
- Your carrier proteins not being able to transport your thyroid hormone to where it needs to go.
- Your cells receptors being blocked from allowing thyroid hormone into your cells.
- Your cells not being able to use what thyroid hormone you do have available.
Mistake 2: Believing That a “Normal” Thyroid Test Means You’re Normal:The bottom line with thyroid testing is this…Based on research, we know that your TSH should be less than 1.5.Yet, the TSH test itself is unreliable for a number of reasons.While TSH does rise as thyroid function declines, it can also be artificially suppressed by a number of factors including long term stress.And it’s well known that T4 only medications can artificially suppress your TSH too, while failing to provide any improvement to your thyroid health.So, if your TSH is above 1.5, even if it’s within the normal test range, then you’re very likely hypothyroid.And if you’re TSH is 1.5 or below, you’re still not out of the woods yet.
You still need additional testing to properly assess your thyroid function and determine if your TSH level is reliable or if it’s being artificially suppressed.The good news is that we have a free thyroid testing training protocol that shows you how to test your own thyroid function more accurately, for free, and from the comfort of your own home.
Mistake 3: Failing to Use Thyroid Hormone Multiple Times a Day:If you’re using a T4 only medication like Synthroid or Levothyroxine then this doesn’t much apply to you.But you still need to know this because at some point in time, you’ll likely need to switch to a medication containing T3 that can help you far more.The half-life of the T4 thyroid hormone is quite long.So, you can take it once a day at any time and it won’t make much of a difference. Your T4 levels will remain stable regardless.
If you’re using desiccated thyroid or a medication or supplement containing T3, then this does apply to you.The half-life of T3 is relatively short.So, once it’s absorbed it only works for the matter of hours before you lose it and its benefits.If you take it only once in the morning then by around lunch time it will be out of your system.And this is the reason people oftentimes feel better in the morning after taking their medication and then feel worse by the afternoon or as the day goes on.Keeping T3 stable and not letting it drop is important for a number of reasons.And to do that we need to use T3 in appropriate amounts multiple times a day.
Mistake 4: Blaming Your Hypothyroidism on Your Gut Problems: Much like the flawed “adrenal fatigue” theory, many people are wrongly blaming their thyroid condition on their gut issues.And much like the case of adrenal fatigue, it’s your thyroid condition that’s causing your gut issues.Not the other way around.And this is also explained through research.For starters, research has shown that hypothyroidism sufferers are very susceptible bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine, often referred to as SIBO.Now you know the truth of why so many people depend on probiotics today.And that’s just the beginning.At the same time, research has also shown that this bacterial overgrowth causes damage to your intestinal lining and a loss of enzyme production.
It’s also important to understand that every cell of your body relies heavily on thyroid hormone to properly energize and perform its necessary functions, including the cells of your digestive tract.When the cells of the digestive tract can’t properly energize, they lose their rigid cellular structure enlarging the gap junctions of your intestinal lining, which further leads to digestive leakiness.And now you know the truth of why many hypothyroidism suffers develop leaky gut and lactose intolerance… both of which can be corrected by fixing the underlying cause, which we do and do so effectively.I have had clients with severe digestive issues, some which have been medical mysteries that have seen incredible improvements by simply addressing restoring their Thyroid Hormone Pathway and thyroid function.