How do you thyroid, your diet and your training interact?
Why are athletes dealing with all types of hormone issues?
Individual X trains multiple times per week, some times twice per day and they eat a very healthy but low calorie diet. On top of their time at work, they have an above average stress level. Throw all of this into a pot and you have some tired athlete with high cortisol. They visit their doctor who tells them that they have a hypo-thyroid (slow thyroid) and their Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) is very high. As a result, their MD wants to put them on thyroid medication.
Now I'm not a doctor and I don't play one on the internet but I know about hormones and exercise. Let's take a look under the "hood" and why I always recommend a TSH blood test.
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone is produced by the pituitary gland in you brain that then signals your thyroid, that butterfly sized gland, in your neck to produce both T3 and T4,
If T3 is not converted to T4 your brain will tell your thyroid gland to produce MORE TSH than normal to uptick the T3-T4 conversion.
But why doesn't anyone stop to ask why the T3-T4 conversion is sluggish or less than optimal?
Why are thyroids burning out?
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