Brain Function and Your Thyroid

Hello Everyone,

Thyroid Secret #12: Brain Function

Brain function is extremely important in treating the thyroid, as I’ve mentioned in other secrets. The brain controls every bodily function.  Your pituitary drives the thyroid gland.  It releases TSH.  The part of your brain called the hypothalamus drives the pituitary.

Our brain needs two things to survive and thrive:  Fuel and Activation.

Fuel is glucose and oxygen, which is why we it is so very important to practice your deep breathing exercises, especially while incorporating certain exercises.  That will address the glucose of the equation through dietary handling:  now lets address the importance of oxygen.

As you age, your ability to utilize oxygen decreases by one percent per year each year after the age of 25.  If you are 50 years old, you have lost 25% of your ability to utilize oxygen in your body.  This is called oxidative phosphorylation, which is a big fancy three- dollar term meaning you’re not using oxygen as well as you did when you were younger.  Again, this is why we utilize the deep breathing exercising to help oxygenate your cells.

Secondly, the neurotransmitter serotonin plays a major role in thyroid function.  There is a place in your brain called the hypothalamus and there is something called the periventricular nucleus.  I know these are big fancy three dollar words, but it is critical that you know this if you are suffering with thyroid symptoms.   Serotonin acts on the hypothalamic periventricular nucleus in the central nervous system and what it will do is make you have low thyroxine-stimulating hormone or low TSH.

Taking thyroid hormones for these problems is not going to do ANYTHING for you. It will most likely make your symptoms much worse.  Dont get me wrong.  I am not saying to stop taking your medication (that is called practicing medicine without a license) but you need to be aware of what is happening to your body.

I am saying be aware of what is hapenning to your body because once you start asking your medical doctor why you are taking these medications, many of them will look at you like you are crazy, like you have a psychosomatic illness, which means to them….”it is all in your head” adn the only thing that you need is an antidepressent.

The biggest influence on seratonin is blood sugar.  That is why we addressed blood glucose in Thyroid Treatment Secret #11. So if you are hypoglycemic, insulin resistant, or diabetic, it is vitally important that you maintain your blood sugar levels within an optimal range.

This is why it is important to eat healthy.  Don’t skip meals.  Quit eating junk food!  Everyting you eat junk food you are literally eating away at your thyroid and you are making your problem much worse.

By consuming a poor, junk food diet, you will increase your thyroid symptoms:  feeling tired or sluggish; inability to lose weight; cold hands and feet or insomnia.  You will gain weight easily.  You will have difficult, infrequent bowel movements, you’re depressed, have a lack of motivation and morning headaches that wear off later on in the day.  The outer third of your eyebrows are getting thin, your skin or scalp are dry, you have mental sluggishness, you’re nervous; your emotional and you have night sweats.

You have all of these symptoms and yet your labs are “normal” in the eyes of your medical doctor. Remember, those labs need to be within the optimal or functional range.

Don’t suffer another minute, call the office at 862-2224 to schedule your free evaluation.

Have a great day,

Dr. Sean Price


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