You would be surprised at how many thyroid conditions naturally resolve themselves once the adrenals have been properly nourished and supported.
Your adrenals live on the endocrine system and they produce estrogen, progesterone, cortisol, cortisone, adrenaline, epinephrine, norepinephrine, and dopamine. They are located on top of your kidneys and they are an integral part of the immune system and to the functioning of your thyroid.
The adrenals are considered the batteries in the human body. They are responsible for our energy levels and endurance and can keep the body going and going and going. Like that little Energizer Bunny from the television commercials in the 80’s.
If that reference is too old for you, try this one. When you purchase a toy for the kiddies it simply won’t run without the batteries. And, neither will we.
The adrenals also help us recover from disease.
It’s imperative that while we’re focusing on healing the thyroid, we fully support our adrenals. If our internal batteries (adrenals) run low, we won’t be able to heal any condition.
Many of the symptoms of thyroid disease are also symptoms of adrenal fatigue including:
- Brain fog
- Low-blood pressure
- Poor immunity
- Hair loss
- Depression and anxiety
- Decreased sex drive
Adrenal fatigue is one of the major contributors to thyroid disease – especially hypothyroid. When the adrenals are exhausted, this naturally slows the body down into a hypothyroid state. The body is conserving energy for survival. It is protecting itself.
The body is perfectly designed and filled with internal wisdom. It does specific things to protect itself and preserve homeostasis and balance.
Some of the underlying factors that contribute to adrenal fatigue and disrupt the functioning of the thyroid are:
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Recurring illnesses
- Chronic infections
- Constantly on “go” without adequate rest periods
- Sleep deprivation
- High sugar/carbohydrate intake
- Excessive caffeine and stimulants
- High stress (both physical and emotional)
Number one on the list is nutritional deficiencies. That’s pretty easy to understand. If the physical body isn’t getting what it needs to survive the system starts breaking down.
Many people suffering with thyroid disease also suffer from anemia, b12 and vitamin D deficiencies.
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Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.