What You Need to Know about How Stress Affects Your Thyroid & Why Your Thyroid Condition Might be Going Undiagnosed

What You Need to Know about How Stress Affects Your Thyroid & Why Your Thyroid Condition Might be Going Undiagnosed

The American Thyroid Association states that 1 in 8 women will develop a thyroid disorder, and women are 5 to 8 times more likely than men to develop thyroid problems.

These are just the numbers of people diagnosed, but many are going undiagnosed. Why? Because clinicians have different views on what to test for, when to test and sometimes just ignore women’s concerns about their changing health.

I bet you know someone who has a thyroid disorder, or maybe you have one yourself, right. And for women over 40, the rate of thyroid disorders increases.

So, what’s stress got to do with it your thyroid?

When our brain is getting triggered by stressors, it releases something called Corticotropin Releasing Hormone, CRH.  When CRH is high, it actually inhibits thyroid function, specifically Thyroid Stimulating Hormone. With less TSH, your thyroid is producing less of the active thyroid hormones that keep all of your metabolic functions in check.  

Result? Possibly hypothyroidism, which looks like weight gain, brain fog, brittle nails, dry skin, decreased libido, constipation, inability to concentrate, insomnia and menstrual irregularities.

I’ve made you a video to explain the basics of this and what I think you REALLY need to know!

I talk about the science behind how stress negatively affects your thyroid function in this video as well as why many women are going undiagnosed. I also talk about what to ask for when you get tested and why you may run into resistance. You can watch it here:

If you’re struggling with a thyroid disorder, think you are, or just know your hormones are out of balance, then we should chat. I offer complimentary 30 minute calls to talk about your health concerns and to see if my offerings for hormonal health consultations are the right fit for you.

You can learn more about that here: Women’s Hormonal Health Consultations

Adrenal Fatigue: Do You Have It? What Are the Signs? How to Treat Them?

Adrenal Fatigue: Do You Have It? What Are the Signs? How to Treat Them?

Waking up and feeling no incentive, no inspiration to get out of bed and start the day may sound like a normal everyday occurrence; but, what you may not know is that it could be a sign of issues in the inter-workings of your body. You may think you just have sleep issues or that you are worn out and tired. You suddenly feel tired in the middle of the day and just pass it off as too much accumulated stress.

No! This way of life shouldn’t be the case and shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Women everywhere tend to overlook these signs. When in reality, they may be symptoms to a budding medical condition. A medical condition that feeds on lack of motivation, overwhelming stress, and chronic fatigue: I’m talking about Adrenal Fatigue.

Adrenal fatigue is a much more common condition than you might think. The idea is that exhaustion within the adrenal glands causes a lack of cortisol hormone production in the bloodstream, which in turn causes extreme fatigue.

Let’s take a look at what exactly adrenal fatigue is; and, why is it so important for women to know the signs today!

Taking A Look at Adrenal Fatigue as A Medical Condition

Now, Adrenal Fatigue is not officially recognized as a medical condition or disease. It is observed as a pseudo-condition which is wildly educated upon, but cannot be further proved at this point in time. However, many medical professionals still advise patients on how to deal with its very real symptoms and reactions.

Much like any other ailments, there are notable symptoms, causations/correlations, and treatment methods. All of these we will talk about later…

Some professionals tend to believe that adrenal fatigue runs hand in hand with post-menopause stress and accommodation; while others believe that it is a condition simply caused by a malfunction in hormone production in the liver and various glands. Either way, it is obvious in the medical world and the everyday woman’s world that adrenal fatigue causes real problems for real people; and, it needs a proper solution.

Spotting the Symptoms

The symptoms of adrenal fatigue range between a variety of physical and mental aspects; however, there are a few more common signs. These are the items that have been seen constantly throughout the recorded cases of patients with adrenal fatigue:

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Inability to sleep / insomnia
  • Trouble finishing tasks
  • Lingering Stress (Physical, Emotional, and/or Mental)

 

Each of these symptoms can have a heavy effect on the production of cortisol, as it slows the progression of chemical trade-off. The proper chemical hormones in the body does not recognize or differentiate the need for cortisol in the adrenal glands; thus, it stops sending and producing it efficiently. This leads to constant bouts of fatigue, which then leads to the inability to fall asleep and a lack of motivation to get up and be active in the morning.

As this fatigue begins to spiral downward, it becomes harder for the person to properly finish tasks and goals. With a lack of motivation and lack of proper rest, the body begins to slowly give out and become heavy and tired all the time. And sadly, all of these symptoms and physical reaction connect back to the leading symptom of adrenal fatigue, stress.

 

Dealing with Stress and Adrenal Fatigue

As the body encounters everyday bouts of stress and anxiety, the adrenal glands let out a healthy dose of the hormone, cortisol. Women who have adrenal fatigue, however, have a lack in release of this hormone, causing stress to build to intolerable levels until it cannot be dealt with at all.

In this situation, it is positive for women to understand that their bodies produce lower levels of cortisol on a daily basis. Sufferers can usually aide in relieving a part of this stress by adding mediation, deep breathing, and/or mild exercise to their daily routines. Having a time set aside of clearing the mind and destressing the body, gives off a happy feeling in the brain that releases serotonin. This hormone counteracts the cortisol not being distributed in the body by leaving them happy and content, so there is no focus on unwarranted stress.

Some other methods include surrounding oneself with essential oils and a peaceful environment. Both seem to also do the trick of shutting of stressful thinking in the brain while also relaxing the tense buildups in the body from lack of good sleep.

Lesser Known Symptoms

Although, it is rather unanimous that the leading cause of adrenal fatigue is stress, there are a few lesser known symptoms to also look out for.

Here is a quick list of signs to look out for:

  • Body aches (particularly in the back and chest)
  • Lightheadness
  • Low blood pressure
  • Low blood sugar
  • Craving salty snacks constantly
  • Sudden lowered immune system health
  • Joint and muscle pains
  • Newly formed allergies
  • Anxiety / Anxiety attacks and episodes
  • Depression

 

Seeking Treatment

Sadly, adrenal fatigue can be a little hard to treat nowadays. More often than not, destressing methods are used to cope with the condition rather than cure it.

Here are some successful methods of treating adrenal fatigue:

  • Practicing meditation / yoga / deep breathing daily
  • Planning your days and tasking by top productivity/prority
  • Creating obstacle situations which force you to get out of bed (such as setting an alarm without snooze and placing it far out of reach)
  • Walking outside during the day for minimum 30 minutes a day

These methods have been shown to work with many other women living with adrenal fatigue; however, it is important to choose a treatment method that not only makes you happy and healthy, but one that is also safe for your body and your mentality overall.

I’ve been working with women with this condition for years.  I’ve recently been incorporating a very potent medicinal mushroom formula into my client’s lives and this has made a tremendous difference in how they feel.  They report feeling like their brain fog is gone, they can get up in the morning without difficulty and have sustained energy during the day. And the sleep, oh, the ability to sleep is the big one!

If you’re interested in learning more, please leave a comment or reach out to me directly.

Staying Aware

Knowing the signs of adrenal fatigue and how to try and decreases your levels of stress, is only the beginning of the process. This condition may not be medical proven yet, but there is an obvious correlation that keeps it being researched and trialed today. This condition is rather common among women from ages 30 to 60, so it is important to know what you can do to prevent it.

 

References:

Body Logic M.D. – Adrenal Fatigue in Women

Web M.D. – Adrenal Fatigue

Mayo Clinic – Adrenal Fatigue: What causes it?

Hormones.com – Adrenal Fatigue: Myth vs. Fact

Adrenal Fatigue Solutions in Women’s Health

 

Healthy Fats for Fast Hormone Balance

Healthy Fats for Fast Hormone Balance

Increasing good quality healthy fats in your diet increases your chances of balancing hormones.

This means clearer skin, weight loss, regulated menstrual cycles and less PMS.

There are 4 foods that should be included in your daily diet if you seek a balanced hormone production.

They are:
Coconut contains lauric acid, which is incredibly healing to the skin and exceptionally beneficial for hormonal production.

I include this in the form of cooking with coconut oil.
Avocados. They’re rich in healthy fat that helps our body absorb and use nutrients They are also full of fiber, potassium, magnesium vitamin E, B-vitamins, and Folic acid which all aid in balancing hormones.

I add these to salads, spread on sandwiches and eat whole with a bit of olive oil dripped on top.
Raw butter/ghee provide a rich source of vitamins A, D, E and K2.

These nutrients are key building blocks for hormonal production.
Egg yolks contain choline and which are crucial for creating healthy thyroid hormones.

Eat the whole egg!! No whites only if you want good hormone balance!!

Hopefully you have fun incorporating these healthy fats into your daily diet! See how your mood, skin, and hormones shift for the positive!!