Are your hypothyroid symptoms actually symptoms of low bio-available copper?

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Hi, I'm Tina!

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.

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What if the symptoms of hypothyroidism are ACTUALLY symptoms of low-bioavailable copper? The hypothyroid and copper connection is definitely one I see again and again with our clients. Do any of these symptoms resonate with you? 

  • fatigue
  • weight gain
  • anemia
  • hair loss
  • dry skin
  • high cholesterol
  • brain fog

Here are some other symptoms of copper dysregulation:

  • Acne
  • Mood swings
  • Graying hair
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Poor eyesight 
  • Chronic headaches
  • Mind racing 

We see this combination of symptoms quite often with our 1:1 clients, especially when they are struggling with fat loss and feeling their best. If this sounds like you, please read on! 

First, let’s look at the importance of Vitamin A and its role in producing bio-available copper…

So why is Vitamin A so important? 

Cliff’s Notes: Your liver stores copper and the only way it can be converted to its usable (bio-available) form (aka ceruloplasmin) is with Vitamin A (retinol). 

Vitamin A (retinol) is only found in animal-sourced foods, such as fatty fish, liver, eggs, raw dairy, cheese, and butter. 

FYI: This vitamin A is different from what you find in plants, which is why consuming animal products on the regular is important for overall health, including the conversion of T4→ T3 for my thyroid ladies! 

I personally use Rosita Cod Liver Oil and PaleoValley Organ Complex to get my vitamin A, copper, B vitamins, and more! 

How to boost bio-available copper:

  • Eat more retinol-rich foods (mentioned above)  
  • Eat more copper-rich foods: oysters, shellfish, whitefish, bee pollen, mushrooms, organ meats, etc. 
  • Eat more whole food C: citrus fruits, papaya, bell peppers, strawberries, etc. 

FYI: Vitamin C contains tyrosinase, which stimulates the liver to produce bioavailabke copper. 

And, finally, be sure to eliminate things that deplete copper, such as GMOs, ascorbic acid, HFCS, glyphosate, stress, diuretics, pain meds, excess iron, calcium, zinc, and vitamin D. 

If you’re struggling with the symptoms above, we can help! We love running the Hair Test Mineral Analysis (HTMA) on our clients to give them insights into what’s going on with their mineral status.

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