Friday, December 20, 2013

Vital Information That Can Help You Understand Hashimotos

By Dr. Kevin

Hashimoto's Thyroiditis is the inflammation of the thyroid gland. However, that doesn't tell you much, does it? If you're like me, you want to know why it became inflamed and what you can do about it.

So, why does your thyroid gland become inflamed? There are a couple of possibilities: it can be overworked or your body is attacking it.

Where overworking is the cause, there are two scenarios that can best describe it.

A) T4 hormones are not being converted to T3 by the body( this is a hormone stored and released by the body). Of all hormones, it is considered the most biologically active.

B) The body in question has become incompetent at utilizing energy sources such as sugar and fat. This implies that the thyroid hormone is now being used as the substitute.

The first instance can best be described as a problem with conversion. This is because your body has refused to convert T4 hormone to its most active form known as T3. In the active state, it is the most used when it comes to operation and can be thought of as an energy source.

In a situation where this body is unable to get enough of the active hormone, it naturally sends a message to the brain. It will inform it that it needs more T4. It will reach a point where the thyroid cannot release any more hormones.

Such an occurrence can cause irritation.

The second cause is brought about by the inability of your body to use various sources of energy such as glucose and fat.

Immediately this happens, the body has to source for alternative energy sources such as T3. Thyroid glands can only give a certain amount before they become overworked.

However, the most common cause of thyroiditis is Hashimoto's.

Hashimoto's is an autoimmune disorder. An autoimmune disorder is when your own body attacks itself; the immune system is going haywire. In your case, your body is attacking your thyroid.

It is this attack that will lead to swelling. Regrettably, no easy answer can be provided on why this happens. There is however something that can be done about it.

Your doctor will most likely run tests and give you a pill, but this is not a complete treatment. Start by understanding your condition and what natural alternatives are available, including diet.

For a person with this condition, diet will play a big part in conversion of T4 in to T3. Supplements may also help, but it is recommended you start by dieting.

Always keep in mind that Hashimotos is a problem with the auto immune system. Common recommended ways to support this system is to provide it with all the required nutrients. Removal of offenders will also help in reducing this condition.

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