First step running a thyroid hormonal panel: TSH, T3, T4, free T3, reverse T3 and thyroid antibodies. In addition, it is important to get the accurate DHEA, DHEA-s, E1, E2, E3, Progesterone, Testosterone, SHBG, cortisol.
Here is a list of medications that affect thyroid function and absorption:
Iron, calcium, aluminum hydroxide, colestyramide, sucralfate, raloxifene, phenobarbital, phenytoin, carbamazepine, rifampin, rexinoids, methimazole, beta blockers (propranolol), glucocorticoids, dopamine agonists, metformin, lithium, iodide, amiodarone, iron, acid blockers.
How does other hormones influence the thyroid hormone? Yes!
All hormones in the body play a domino effect on the each other. For example estrogen will increase the amount the thyroid binding globulin the body produces.
- Estrogen dominance will decrease the conversion of T4 to T3.
- Adrenal fatigue will decrease T3 and T4.
- Excess cortisol suppresses TSH
What leads to hypothyroidism? Toxins
Toxins: organophosphates pesticides, Hexachoorbenzene, radiation, dental x-rays, heavy metals, Soy diets, Brassicas, Lifestyles, medication (Amiodarone, Theophyline, Betablockers)
Avoid: chlorine, fluorine, bromine
Detoxifying the thyroid
Finding the root cause why thyroid is malfunctioning in either producing too much or too little hormones is very important. The best approach is detoxifying the thyroid and then nourishing the thyroid so this gland is able to produces its own necessary supplies of hormones.
Reducing the stress
Under the stress body stops converting T4 into T3 (active hormone)
Nourishing the thyroid
Deficiencies leading to hypothyroidism: in vitamin A, B12, vitamin E, selenium, iodine, zinc, iron
Thyroid gland requires minerals and nutrients as building blocks for making its own hormones and function properly. Thyroid gland uses these building-blocks to make the thyroid hormones on its own. The thyroid hormone T4 (thyroxine) needs to be converted to the active form T3 (triiodothyronine) which enters in every cells and this conversion requires in its biochemical substrate all these minerals and nutrients. In addition, thyroid needs to be balanced out with hypothalamus, pituitary and adrenal as part of HPA axis for better function.
Nutrigenetic approach to health testing sample:Practitioner Appendix – Hormone Panel