18 Root Causes of Thyroid Conditions Revealed
Many people with thyroid disorders believe they are stuck with their diagnosis for life. Most of it is due to the ignorance of their doctors, who are simply not equipped to do the ONLY THING that would make resolving thyroid conditions possible.
The ONE THING is their inability to IDENTIFY and ADDRESS the ROOT CAUSE(s) of thyroid disorders.
After years in practice, I learned that the only way to health is by knowing what causes thyroid disorders, rather than chasing after symptoms and trying to achieve perfect labs.
And here’s the truth – unless you resolve these root causes, a healthy thyroid will always be out of your reach.
I’ve identified eighteen common culprits that cause thyroid conditions. In today’s post, I will lift the veil of mystery to show you some of these culprits. But before I do, let’s get you some facts.
What’s a Thyroid?
The thyroid gland is a small butterfly-shaped endocrine gland located at the base of your neck. It produces hormones that regulate metabolism, heart rate, and body temperature.
Thyroid Disorders & Their Symptoms
Hyperthyroidism is the condition of an overactive thyroid gland. It happens when the thyroid gland produces TOO much thyroid hormone.
The symptoms of an overactive thyroid gland – hyperthyroidism – are weight loss, increased appetite and thirst (polydipsia), fast heart rate/tachycardias. Hyperthyroidism can lead to a host of other problems such as anxiety or panic attacks due to the high levels of adrenaline being released from adrenal glands into circulation.
An under-active thyroid – diagnosed as hypothyroidism – can cause fatigue – feeling tired even after getting enough sleep; dry skin and hair; brittle nails, weight loss, thinning hair, muscle weakness, and cramps in hands and feet.
A person suffering from hypothyroidism may also experience constipation because their body isn’t absorbing nutrients properly through food intake. Along with tens of other symptoms, hypothyroidism can lead to infertility – a truly heartbreaking symptom for millions of couples.
Hashimoto’s disease is a condition in which the body’s immune system attacks and destroys healthy thyroid tissue.
A person with this autoimmune disorder will have antibodies that attack their own cells by mistake. The symptoms of Hashimoto’s are similar to hypothyroidism but can be more severe and can lead to depression and anxiety disorders, panic attacks, and the development of other autoimmune conditions.
Grave’s disease is a condition in which the thyroid gland becomes overactive, just like with hyperthyroidism. However, with Grave’s the immune system attacks and destroys healthy thyroid tissue.
The symptoms of Grave’s are similar to hyperthyroidism but can be more severe and lead a person with this condition into developing other autoimmune conditions, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. The most common symptom is an enlarged thyroid gland in the neck that may cause difficulty swallowing and, at times, even breathing.
Other symptoms include weight loss despite increased appetite; anxiety disorders like panic attacks, and depression.
If left untreated thyroid conditions can lead to more serious health problems like heart disease, cancers, goiters, Thyroid Eye Disease, and even lethal thyroid storms.
Thyroid Eye Disease (TED) is a rare condition that can cause bulging eyes, double vision, and swelling of the eyelids. If the root cause of this condition is not found and addressed, TED can lead to loss of vision and eye pain.
A Thyroid Storm happens when the thyroid gland releases too much hormone, causing excessive thirst, high blood pressure, and an increased heart rate. If not caught and treated on time, this can lead to a coma or even death.
It’s estimated that about 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disorders, and the number is on the rise. Some of it is due to not being properly diagnosed, and some, due to being over-diagnosed and overtreated by medical doctors.
The Unsolved Mystery
The broadly accepted theory is that thyroid conditions might be caused by an overactive or underactive thyroid gland and can either be caused by or lead to the development of autoimmune disorders such as Hashimoto’s or Grave’s disease.
However, outside of speculating on certain mineral and vitamin deficiencies and some environmental factors, very few doctors and scientists know or understand what causes an overactive or underactive thyroid or autoimmune form of these conditions. This leads to over- and underdiagnosis of patients, overtreatment with medications and surgeries, which fall short of resolving the TRUE root cause(s) of thyroid disorders. So, the patients’ symptoms persist, and they keep struggling to live day to day without any relief from their condition.
I used to be one such patient. It took me five years to get a diagnosis, and when I finally did, my doctors gave me NO hope of recovery.
Too stubborn to accept their limited expertise and under-informed opinion, I set out to do the impossible – identify the root cause of what was making me sick, address it and heal myself.
I am glad I did! If I listened to them, I would not be writing this article.
However, because I became my own advocate and took my health into my own hands, I now feel better in my forties than I did in my late twenties.
And since healing myself, I’ve helped thousands of women and men from all over the world do the same – get their health and their bodies back on track, so they could enjoy the lives they work so hard to build.
As of today, my practice has an over 95% success rate because I first lead my clients through the process of identifying the root cause of their conditions, and only then developing a personalized plan to help them address it, instead of chasing after one symptom at a time like most other practitioners do!
The Secret Sauce
Identifying the root cause of thyroid conditions is the only way to get your health back. More labs, more meds, surgeries, and supplements will NEVER give you the health you truly desire.
Through years of practice, I’ve identified 18+ culprits that might be costing you the quality of life. Here are 6 of them:
1. Early life
Your mother’s health and pregnancy. The way you came into this world – C-section vs. vaginal birth. And your early childhood nutrition. They all matter.
It’s now a well-established fact that C-section babies are at a disadvantage compared to vaginally born babies, and can develop allergies and chronic conditions throughout their lives because they absorb the hospitals’ bacteria at birth, rather than beneficial bacteria found on their mother’s vaginal walls.
Not all is lost, however, with proper tools, even as adults, we can tip the scales in our favor.
2. Genetic Mutations
Still a little-known fact in the medical community, but genetic mutations, triggered by environmental factors, stress, and a poor diet, can cause thyroid disorders. Knowing how to diagnose and address these mutations is a very important key to resolving the symptoms they might cause.
If you have a thyroid condition you probably have heard from your doctor that selenium and iodine help your thyroid function. However, this is only partially true. And this partial truth can lead to a worsening of your thyroid condition.
Did you know that iodine deficiency is not very common in the developed countries? And that, in fact, it is iodine OVER-consumption that can lead to developing Grave’s, Hashimoto’s, and even goiters?
While deficiencies ARE responsible for creating poor thyroid health, they go above and beyond iodine and selenium. And the best way to address them is NOT with isolated supplements that you find in your local supermarket! The best way to address MULTIPLE nutrient, mineral, and vitamin deficiencies is by adopting a healing diet, AND by healing your gut.
4. Your Diet
One of the major cornerstone issues of poor health is one’s diet. While you might have heard poorly supported, but well-marketed myths that Paleo or Keto diets are great for resolving thyroid conditions – NOTHING can be further from the truth! In fact, they are the WORST diets to consume if you want to achieve LASTING health.
There is a ton of science I can give you to prove this, and in fact, I dedicate 5 hours in the 360° Foundations course, now available in the 360° Life App, to do just that, but I can tell you based on:
- Common sense
- Human history
- Personal and professional experience, and
- Scientific facts
…that a Whole Foods Plant-Based diet, which needs to be customized for each individual, based on their medical history, is the only true and sane way to achieve a REVERSAL of thyroid disorder symptoms.
Now, while a healing thyroid diet is VERY important, there is MUCH more that goes into RESOLVING thyroid conditions for good. Other root causes must be considered in order for you to achieve a FULL resolution of ALL of your symptoms.
5. Gut Health
One such root cause is your gut health. A healthy gut starts in your early life, from the first breath you take as you come out of your mother’s birth canal. And then it’s built stronger through breastfeeding and a great plant-based diet. However…
If you were fed formula, had a C-section birth, and were fed a SAD (Standard American Diet), you, my friend, are at a horrendous disadvantage. You were set up to develop various chronic conditions, which only get worse with age.
And because the medical system is NOT set up to help you heal, you will end up taking medications that will further destroy your gut biome.
Did you know, for example, that contraceptives have a VERY negative effect on your gut health? A little-known fact that Big Pharma won’t tell you about, but I will. The use of contraceptives did not only destroy my gut flora which induced frequent urinary tract infections (UTIs) but also brought on a pituitary tumor. No such thing as blissful ignorance!
And did you know that if your gut health is off, and you have more of BAD than GOOD bacteria, you are more likely to struggle with weight?
And the same imbalance of your gut flora can lead to malabsorption and deficiencies even if you are taking multiple supplements?
And this, in turn, can lead to multiple health conditions, including thyroid disorders?
Thankfully, not all is lost! By addressing the diet, stress, and fixing the gut imbalance, there is a way for you to reverse your thyroid condition symptoms.
How are you doing so far? Shocked? I was too! But there is more…
I am not going to have the time or space to cover ALL of the 18+ Root Causes of Thyroid Conditions that I utilize when working with my clients, but shall we do one more?
6. Beauty Treatments
Oh, yes, the holy cow and the bane of female existence.
Beauty treatments, such as botox, fillers, and implants lead to a toxic overload on your body and your thyroid gland.
Botox is a known poison that is injected into the skin to paralyze muscles, and fillers are made of a toxic cocktail that can cause cancer.
Injectables may seem like an attractive and easy fix for wrinkles or sagging facial features but they come with serious risks! They can trigger an autoimmune response and cause or worsen thyroid conditions. The more permanent the treatment, the worse the outcome.
Did you know that there is a condition called Breast Implant Illness (BII), sometimes also referred to as autoimmune/inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants (ASIA)? While your plastic surgeon will not tell you this, let me tell you that breast implants cause an autoimmune response – your body is literally working to get a foreign object out itself, which can lead to hundreds of possible symptoms and multiple conditions.
BII/ASIA impacts each individual in their own unique way. Symptoms can include:
- joint and muscle pain
- chronic fatigue
- memory and concentration problems
- breathing problems
- sleep disturbance
- rashes and skin problems
- dry mouth and dry eyes
- hair loss
- gastrointestinal problems.
Sound much like the symptoms of thyroid or autoimmune condition, don’t they?
But a lot of the symptoms of BII are also associated with connective tissue disorders, such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and scleroderma too.
How are you doing now? Feeling a little overwhelmed or would you like to know MORE about these root causes and get the other twelve along with the know-how of addressing them, so you can have your life back?
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