Your thyroid plays an integral role in your metabolism. If your thyroid is not working properly, many of your other bodily functions will be out of whack.
Unfortunately, often when people go to their doctor for help they are told their thyroid test results were within the "normal" range of traditional medical standards. Their thyroid may be on the low side of normal but not enough to merit treatment.
And Then Comes Cortisol...
When your body is stressed it produces cortisol (it is your body's stress survival hormone). Cortisol commands your body to keep energy (sugar) circulating in the blood so just in case you suddenly need a burst of energy it will be there ready to use. (That's part of the flight or fight in a human's makeup.)
High cortisol levels keep your cells from absorbing insulin and sugar from the blood, but it may also keep your cells from absorbing the T3 thyroid (triiodothyronine) your body needs to keep functioning as it should. This would also be the reason your blood test show your thyroid is working fine, however you still have all the symptoms of low thyroid.
Elevated cortisol levels not only make your body insulin resistant (think type 2 diabetes) it may also makes your body resistant to your T3 thyroid hormone. It's a double whammy and a vicious cycle. The more your cortisol levels go up, the more resistant you become and the more resistant you become the more stressed your body becomes and the more cortisol it will produce.
So What Can You Do to Reduce Your Cortisol and Boost Your Thyroid?
For people with 'normal' thyroid levels and all the symptoms of hypothyroidism (low thyroid) there are a number of steps you can take to improve the quality of your life. Supplemental nutrients such as selenium and iodine, along with other vitamins and minerals, will put you on the road to feeling better and losing weight. Of course with any thyroid treatment, the improvement will not be overnight. It will take time, but some symptoms should improve within the first few weeks.
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