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convoluted relationship of leaky gut to hypothyroidism & anorexia

What do anorexia & hypothyroidism share?

What do anorexia & hypothyroidism share?

Why care about hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism means either your thyroid secretes inadequate supply of hormone  T4 or T4 is inadequately converted to T3 by your liver.

The more of the following symptoms you have the more likely you suffer from hypothyroidism:
chronic fatigue,
hair loss,
weight gain,
rough skin,
greying hair
autoimmune disease(multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, sarcoidosis, Sjogren’s,Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis)
high cholesterol

brain fog.

Thyroid hormones effect all your other hormones, including insulin, cortisol, and sex hormones: estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, and T3 and T4 control metabolism in every cell of your body, so you need your thyroid healthy to enjoy quality of life.

T3 lowers cholesterol levels, regrows hair, and signals fat burning to keep your body lean.

the following can significantly throw your T3 levels off balance:
nutritional imbalances,
toxins, allergens,

( due to higher cortisol levels competing with thyroid hormones)

chronic complications, may include thyroid cancer, hypothyroidism, and hyperthyroidism, which today are three of the most prevalent thyroid-related diseases.

What do anorexia & hypothyroidism share?

Hypocrates wrote “Health begins in the gut” and even our thyroid seems bound by this phenomenon. A leaky gut, one that allows food particles to escape into the body cavity outside of the digestive tract, tends to cause an autoimmune response which often harms thyroid function. Some such diseases linked to a weakened thyroid include Hashimotos and goiter.

The situation gets more complex due to thyroid’s direct influence on those same tight junctions responsible for keeping an impermeable gut. T3 and T4 , thyrotropin releasing hormone (TRH) and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) all influence the development of the GALT( gut-associated lymphoid tissue). In other words once both the gut and thyroid get out of wack this turns into a vicious cycle 🙁

FYI Psychiatric disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, schizophrenia and Alzheimer more often than not are paired with leaky gut and permeable brain membranes(aka brain fog). Excessive permeability is thought to predispose people to those disorders, rather than be the effect of those disorders.  Successful reversal of gut permeability tends to also result in reversals of those linked disorders!

treatment for hypothyroidism: break the cycle

Since poor thyroid health leads to poor gut health and vice versa, to work this paradox, you have to bring both your gut health and your thyroid hormones to functional levels simultaneously. This probably would require exterior intervention. In other words, temporary supplementation of natural thyroid hormones of porcine or bovine origins to allow your gut to heal before you can expect your thyroid to heal itself.

Acupressure and reflexology done several times a week can also stimulate your thyroid to function optimally. This manual supplementation can hasten thyroid function recovery so as to avoid and minimize side effects of hormone supplements. If your hypothyroid condition is not immediately life threatening and allows time for trial and error you may opt to wait to start on hormone replacement therapy and instead do only these manual treatments.

Hyperthyroidism my also seem challenging to bring into balance. However, acupressure has successfully done so without negative side effects. Try it! Remember: consistency and patience wins the race 😉


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supplemnts to consider
iodine( seaweeds)
dietary raw coconut oil(in moderation or topically)
dessicated thyroid (and possibly artificial hormone replacement)
acupressure points
leaky gut diet

learn more about diet healing for thyroid: low inflammatory diet and managing cholesterol with UV light!

The Thyroid-Gut Connection