#1 Low-Calorie Diet
Did you know that restricting your calories, for even just a couple of days, can drop your thyroid production? Imagine if you’ve been dieting for weeks, months, or years? Even if it’s just on and off. Calorie-restricted diets can impact the thyroid causing a slower metabolism in the long-term.
#2 Clogged Liver
Your liver has an important job to do. It’s responsible for converting a huge chunk of your thyroid hormone. And, if it’s clogged due to chronic exposure to toxins via alcohol, medications, processed foods, or other factors, it won’t do its job as efficiently as it should. This can then look like a thyroid condition.
#3 Adrenal or Cortisol Dysfunction
The HPA-axis (Hypothalamus, Pituitary, Adrenal Gland Axis) is one of the main control centers of the body. If there’s a dysfunction with your HPA-axis (typically caused by prolonged periods of stress or inflammation in the body) a domino effect occurs causing imbalance in the thyroid.
#4 Amino Acid Deficiency
For the body to produce thyroid hormone, particularly one called free T4, it needs an adequate supply of amino acids obtained from proteins. If you are not eating enough protein or absorbing it optimally then your body is NOT getting enough amino acids to create thyroid hormones in the first place. With Hashimoto’s, it is critical to support digestion and to consume plenty of protein for free T4. It may help manage the disease better.
Chances are pretty high that if you’ve ever dieted, one of these four things pertains to you in some way.
All of these things can present as thyroid issues and make losing weight difficult. Do you suspect something may be throwing off your thyroid? Let’s chat in the comments.