Stress – Thyroid – Adrenals – Reproduction

It’s all connected

We all know that stress isn’t good for our health, but what we often do not realise is that there is an intimate connection between stress, adrenal function, thyroid function and reproductive issues.  Continuous stress leads to high levels of stress hormones which not only negatively impact on thyroid function, but also on reproduction and weight management.

Thyroid medications alone are often not effective

Seventy percent of people taking thyroid replacement medications continue to complain of symptoms.  It is not unusual to have concurrent presenting symptoms of both low adrenal and low thyroid functions. 

Low thyroid function due to adrenal fatigue

Low hypothyroid symptoms often include low body temperature, fatigue, dry skin, weight gain, and fluctuating emotions.  Often these symptoms do not resolve even when taking thyroid hormone replacement therapy because the adrenal and other factors have not been addressed.

Adrenal fatigue is a common cause of secondary hypothyroid function.  Over long periods of physical, emotional or mental stress, the adrenal glands become exhausted and so does the person.  If long periods of stress are not balanced by healthy food, plenty of rest and recuperation, the adrenal glands are not fully able to maintain energy, organ function, immune function and inflammation regulation.  This can contribute to a range of chronic health problems and low immunity. 

When both adrenals and thyroid are weak, thyroid medication may be increased to the point of toxicity – heart palpitations, constant feelings of ‘wired and tired’ with ongoing fatigue, inability to maintain quality sleep, feeling anxious throughout the day.  Internally, the adrenals continue to weaken and metabolic imbalances, weight gain, increased sluggishness continue.  Fortunately, secondary hypothyroidism can be reversed once the underlying adrenal fatigue is resolved.

What is the connection?

Both the thyroid and adrenal glands are involved in secretion of hormones – molecular messengers that instruct distant organs how to behave.  The thyroid gland produces the right amount of thyroid hormones to regulate metabolism – how fast cells burn energy and produce proteins.  The adrenal glands produce stress hormones that regulate stress responses.  Both these organs function as complex sensors, continually responding to ever-changing conditions within the body.  They continuously relay information back and forth between the brain and the body.

Thyroid hormones play a much wider role in the body’s functioning.  Low levels of thyroid hormones negatively affect digestive tract motility, cause decreased production of red blood cells, increase risk of heart attack by up to 300%, and have been linked to muscle-wasting and fibromyalgia.  Inversely, elevated cortisol (adrenal stress hormone) is associated with impaired production of thyroid hormones as well as insulin resistance and increased inflammation.

Not only stress causes thyroid problems

Environmental chemicals, heavy metals, plastics, bromides, fluoride and smoking disrupt thyroid hormones.  Avoiding chemicals and toxins wherever possible is becoming more important as our body struggles to cope. 

 If you experience any of the following symptoms, please arrange a thorough health check:

  • Fatigue
  • Cold intolerance
  • Weight gain
  • Memory loss
  • Poor concentration
  • Depression
  • Infertility or severe menopausal symptoms
  • Hair loss
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety

 With proper assessment and treatment, these symptoms can be resolved.  Call 07 5530 1863 today!