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Is Your Thyroid Sabotaging Your Heart Health? Find Out the Connection

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Conventional medicine will have us believe that having an issue in one area of the body does not impact others. This is false. We are not just a collection of organs and parts that act independently of each other. Whether we break an ankle or have an inflamed gallbladder, there are multiple systems involved in repairing and restoring function, while still constantly fighting for homeostasis (your body wants to keep you alive and in balance).

There are, however, key players in the body that help orchestrate this balance. If there is a dysfunction in one of these key players, the trickle-down effect impacts multiple systems and throws you out of balance.

The thyroid is one of the most significant hormone conductors in the body. If the thyroid is off, it impacts energy, digestion, cognitive ability, reproduction, cardiovascular health and more.

For today, we will focus solely on cardiovascular impact, but if you have any issues listed above, we strongly encourage you to do some testing to get to the root cause of any dysfunction.

How the Thyroid Impacts Heart Health

  • Cholesterol: LDL, HDL, Triglycerides
    Low thyroid function (hypothyroidism) disrupts HDL, LDL conversion pathways and receptors, causing a rise in cholesterol.
  • Heart Rhythm Problems
    Overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) or hypothyroidism can disrupt heart rhythm by triggering atrial fibrillation, palpitations, racing heart, skipped beats, flip-flops, or slow heart rate.
  • Inflammation
    We associate hyper/hypothyroidism with oxidative stress and Inflammation. Inflammation increases our risks of heart disease, stroke, cancer, etc.
  • Diabetes
    We can link hyper/hypothyroidism to blood sugar dysregulation, which impacts the cardiovascular system, hormones (adrenals, pancreas etc.), and the immune system.
  • Congestive Heart Failure
    Thyroid hormones T3 and T4 have cardioprotective aspects, therefore any disruption to their production can damage cardiac function.

Strategies to Support Thyroid Function

There are several ways you can support your thyroid (and overall health).

  • Sunshine
    Sunshine directly on the neck will help charge up your thyroid gland. Get outside for some fresh air and sunshine to reap many health benefits.
  • Sleep
    Sleep is vital for good health. If you are not getting enough sleep, you are sabotaging your body’s ability to detox and repair itself.
  • Physical Activity
    Physical activity assists in immune function, detoxification, and improves circulation. We require these for proper thyroid function.
  • Paleo Diet
    Proper nutrition is crucial for optimal functioning. Without key nutrients and fuel, your body will eventually malfunction. We call this disease.
  • Reduce Stress
    Stress is detrimental to adrenal and thyroid function and is depleting to the body. Determine ways that work for you when addressing the stress in your life.

Remember, we can connect everything. Take care of your health from the top down and alignment/optimal health will follow.

If you would like help to reframe your health and lifestyle, talk to one of our health coaches today. The first consultation is FREE.

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