Could Your Adrenals Be Holding Back Your Thyroid?

I’ve been learning about the thyroid for years. Ever since I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s (autoimmune hypo thyroid) I was intrigued by the thyroid and its huge effect on the body. I delved into information about how to support the thyroid and what to do in order to reduce symptoms. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I started really paying attention to my adrenals though. I knew it was all connected – both the thyroid and adrenals are parts of the endocrine system, but I didn’t seek out information solely on adrenals because my concern was primarily my thyroid.

That all changed when suddenly my doctors starting mentioning Adrenal Fatigue when they looked at my lab results. I started working with a Naturopath and she told me that I had slight Adrenal Fatigue and that we needed to work on that along with the thyroid. I was familiar with the symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue and I knew it could be detrimental if ignored for a long time. What I didn’t realize was how much it could be holding back my body from recovering my thyroid.

About a month ago, I had my labs done and my thyroid antibodies were high – over 1,000 (healthy is under 40 generally speaking). I didn’t know if this was an improvement or not because the lab didn’t give me an exact number, just >1,000. I wanted to know an exact number because last year from July 2012-December 2012 my antibodies were app 6,000! So for me 3,000 would be a happy improvement even though it would still be way too high. At the same time that I got these lab results, I had my first appointment with a new doctor. He had suggested that before addressing the thyroid inflammation, we should focus on some adrenal support. He suggested a supplement for adrenal support and recommended that I continue my current diet which is gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free. He also recommended finding more time to relax in my day, AKA stop running my adrenals down so much! Gotta love when the dr. basically prescribes naps and relaxation time!

I left the appointment with new hope that I would be able to get my body balanced soon. He warned me that with such high antibody levels, it may take as long as a year to get them down and it would probably require getting back on thyroid medication. I hoped that medication wouldn’t be necessary as I like to do things with diet and lifestyle changes as much as possible to avoid drugs and toxins.

A month went by and I had my labs redone to get an actual number for my antibodies. I was pleasantly surprised at my next appointment! My antibodies had dropped from >1,000 to 260 in just weeks! My doctor explained that this was extremely rare, especially without the use of a thyroid medication. I think he was as surprised as I was.

So although 260 is still considered high, I am celebrating the progress! It just goes to show that if you have a healthy diet & lifestyle your body can recover faster.However, you have to address the whole body, not just the parts. Now I can see that my body was trying to recover but it just needed a little more support in an area that I had not considered. I think that everyone can recover this quickly if they choose to. It doesn’t have to be a rare occurrence – we can make it the norm if we give the body the tools it needs & reduce the toxic load in our lives.

So what do I do to have a healthy lifestyle?
I have eliminated as many toxins in our household as possible. We don’t use toxic cleaners or nasty chemicals.
I eat a clean diet & stick to being GF, DF and SF. I try to eat whole foods as much as possible and we always get organic to avoid the endocrine-disrupting pesticides and GMOs. I like to know who my farmers are.
I use essential oils for thyroid support instead of medication. When I stopped my thyroid medication, I quit cold turkey. I tested these oils to see if I would end up flat on my back, unable to get out of bed in a few days. I had tried stopping my meds a few times before but after 5 days I would always end up non-functitonal. So I tried again, but this time I tried using therapeutic grade essential oils to replace the meds and I actually felt better without my meds than with them. I have no doubt that they contributed to my healing in a major way.
I believe in the power of the body to heal itself. We just have to get tuned into what our body is saying. The body is a magical machine and will do amazing things if we allow it to.

So if you have thyroid issues, try focusing in on your adrenals. See if perhaps they need a little more attention. When those little adrenals are shot, not much else can happen. You may end up with a prescription for naps and vacations (not too shabby) and you might allow your thyroid to heal itself in the mean time!

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About Kehau Martinez

Kehau Martinez is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and environmental advocate. Following her heart, she decided to become a health coach to empower other women who struggle with thyroid and adrenal imbalances. Today, she supports women who have thyroid imbalances to lose weight, increase energy and thrive. Kehau received her Health Coaching training at Integrative Nutrition in New York City and is certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She holds a B.A. in Communications from Chapman University as well as certifications in Animal Communication, Reiki, Spinning® and the Access Consciousness Bars®. Additionally, she is certified in Raindrop Technique® and uses genuine, therapeutic-grade essential oils to perform this application of oils which detoxifies the body, empowering it to restore balance and promotes spinal health. Kehau leads workshops, teaches classes and offers one-on-one and group health coaching sessions as well as individual sessions for Raindrop Technique® or The Bars®.
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