A delicate relationship exists between the thyroid and your gut. We’re going to take a moment and dive deep into this relationship and the impact on your thyroid health.
Before we dive deep, let’s review a little bit of physiology.
Let’s look at the element in your brain called the pituitary. Your pituitary releases a hormone called Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, TSH. This is what the lab tests are based off of when you go to a medical doctor for a thyroid problem.
Then we have your actual thyroid itself. TSH is going to tell the thyroid when to activate. When the thyroid goes active, it’s going to secrete two main hormones. The ratio of hormone secretion looks like this:
- 93% is T4 hormone
- 7% is T3
Now here’s where the first relationship to your gut occurs. This 93% of T4 actually has to be converted into T3. About 80% of that hormone is going to the gut which includes the stomach, small intestine, colon, pancreas, liver, gallbladder, etc.
If you’ve got a breakdown in your gut, your body can’t convert thyroid hormones properly and that’s going to lead to hypothyroid symptoms from the gut.
That’s the first relationship.
Your Immune System
The second relationship has to do with your immune system.
Approximately 70%-80% of your immune system is actually found in your gut.
If you have bad gut function, you’ve got an immune system that’s on constant 911-panic mode. Guess what’s going to happen?
Your immune system’s going to turn against your thyroid. It’s actually going to attack your thyroid and cause auto-immune thyroid symptoms.
We explore these aspects of thyroid health in-depth with our patients and we get to the bottom of the actual thyroid dysfunctions. Feel free to explore our thyroid articles and see if we can help. Then fill out our appointment form and let’s start the conversation.