How Stress Affects Your Thyroid and Ultimately Your Health
Your thyroid gland is largely responsible for the regulation of your metabolic functions. If you suffer from chronic (or even occasional) stress, there can be a significant downstream effect on the efficiency and processing quality of your thyroid.
Given the thyroid xxx it is not surprising that this is in large part due to hormones.
When you are experiencing stress, your body naturally produces a hormone called “cortisol”, and when your thyroid is over-whelmed with cortisol it becomes far less effective.
Like with all hormonal issues, there are a number of ways you can support yourself so that the resulting downstream effects may be minimized.
The Stress to Thyroid Connection
A strong bond for potential adversaries.
Your thyroid gland is the primary power-house behind hormone production throughout your life. Together with your adrenal glands, they work to keep the body balanced as you age and life circumstances change.
Some of these changes could be result of life-altering events such as Menopause or even a constant presence of stress – both of which have a direct impact on hormone production and ‘hormone balance’.
As we evaluate the overall wellbeing of our thyroid, one hormone practitioners will keep a close eye on is cortisol.
When we experience stress, our brain recognizes the situation and excretes a corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH). This sends a signal to our pituitary gland (located at the base of the brain) to direct the adrenal glands to produce cortisol.
Ultimately, this chain reaction reduces the levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) which will impact the production of T3 and T4 hormones.
You may have heard the term “T3 and T4 Hormone” – but they are overlooked in their importance to your health.
What are T3 and T4 Hormones?
The thyroid produces a hormone called triiodothyronine, known as T3. It also produces a hormone called thyroxine, known as T4. Together, these hormones regulate your body’s temperature, metabolism, and heart rate.
Thus, impaired production of these critical hormones can lead to a number of symptoms, which may include but are not limited to:
- Weight gain
- Unwanted Hair Loss
- Brain Fog or Depression
- Temperature Irregularity
Our practitioners are very well-versed in hormone health and recognize the clinical and sub-clinical signs of imbalance which may be impacting your daily life.
Beyond that, we are acutely aware of emotional wellbeing. That is why during your course of care with Curos Health, you will see our attempts to mitigate your stress and give you tools to manage anxiety.
The great news is that many commercial insurance companies are starting to take note of the correlation between stress, hormone health and overall wellbeing. This means many of the cutting-edge therapies we employ will be covered in large part (if not entirely) by your insurance.