A few months ago I wrote an article about the thyroid and its significance in controlling hormones. What I didn’t perhaps realize is just how important the thyroid is and how it may explain why we have Endometriosis.
It all began with an annoying thing called allergies. I actually thought I would be fine this year but they were shocking! I had really bad, itchy eyes and they were so swollen and sore! It was horrible. Anyways, so I left a comment on my Facebook page, asking anyone if they could give me a solution. One of the girls suggested that it might be related to my thyroid. I hadn’t even considered the connection, to be honest! I have also not been that good with taking my kelp, as I suggested in my previous post and have totally underestimated the importance of our thyroid in the whole picture of Endometriosis.
A healthy thyroid produces hormones that control a person’s metabolic rate. In essence, the thyroid acts as the body’s gas pedal. A hyperthyroid (overactive) causes the body’s systems to run too hot and too fast. A hypothyroid (underactive) causes the body’s systems to run too cold and too slow. The effects of low thyroid and low body temperature can be devastating because for every one degree decrease in body temperature the base metabolic rate decreases by approximately 6%. It is not uncommon for a person to have an average temperature that is two to four degrees below normal. This correlates to a 12%–24% reduction in overall metabolism. No wonder we feel tired and depressed!
Here is a list of symptoms with underactive thyroid:
- Thrush – or Candida… this is massive. Please read this article on candida and how this in turn affects Endometriosis!
- Heart palpitations
- Sore breasts
- Stomach bloating/digestive problems
- Motion Sickness
- Itchy skin
- Low sex drive
- Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
- Brittle, split nails
- Swelling puffiness of the eyes, face, arms or legs—I can totally relate to that one!
- Poor concentration
- Menstrual problems
Okay, I don’t know about you but I have had 99% of those in my life or at the moment! Wow!
So, what are some of the causes of hypothyroidism?
- Mercury from our teeth!
- Diet containing wheat, sugar and caffeine. Wheat and Gluten intolerance has been closely linked to hypothyroidism. Millet should also be avoided.
- Soy is terrible for the thyroid!
- Toxins in the environment/ food etc.
- Lack of iodine and selenium in our diets, due to poor soils (common in New Zealand and Australia)
- Ongoing medication and drugs such as the contraceptive pill can influence our thyroid function.
- Hashimoto’s disease—this is an auto-immune disease where the body attacks the thyroid gland, making it inflamed and less likely to do its job.
To me it seems fairly obvious based on these two lists that hypothyroidism is closely linked to Endometriosis. Question is, what came first? The hypothyroidism or the Endometriosis? Hmm… interesting!
In my previous blog entry I talked about how our immune system may be the ultimate reason why we have Endometriosis. So, do we therefore also have Hashimoto’s disease? Is it all just the immune system that needs to be addressed?
Could it be that we developed hypothyroidism from mercury, the pill, soy, toxins, lack of iodine or selenium (they feed selenium to cows to avoid them getting endo!) and then… we developed Endo because of that?
It would be interesting to find out just how many of us have hypothyroidism along with endo to assess how closely related the two really are.
Thing is, many of us probably don’t even realize we have it. So, I will be doing a test with you next week—gotta do it on the second day of my period. This will assess whether I have hypothyroidism for sure… even though I have all the symptoms. Then you can do it too, when your monthly comes around.
Then I will be exploring some natural alternatives to treating it because once again… the last thing I want to do is take a funny hormone to regulate my thyroid! Now that would be slightly contradictory!
Would love to hear your thoughts on this stuff! It is so interesting to see how it is linked together!
What is even more interesting is that it is very much hereditary….