By naturopath Margaret Jasinska
Are you being treated for a thyroid condition and not experiencing the improvements you’d hoped for? Many of our patients are taking thyroid hormones yet continue to suffer with low energy, low mood and inability to lose weight. Your liver could be responsible.
Your thyroid gland produces two main hormones: T4 (also called thyroxine) and T3 (also called triiodothyronine). These hormones help to control your metabolic rate. They also have a huge bearing on your energy level and mood.
T4 is not the active thyroid hormone; it must be converted into T3 in your body in order to exert its effects. The majority of this conversion does not occur in your thyroid gland. Most T4 to T3 conversion happens in your liver, kidneys and muscles. If you have a fatty liver or a sluggish liver, this conversion will not be as effective. This can leave you feeling tired, depressed, puffy, overweight and with dry skin and thinning scalp hair.
If you are taking thyroid hormone medication in the form of thyroxine, it too must be converted into the active form in your body. All the same problems mentioned in the paragraph above could be happening. It is vital that you work on improving the health of your liver if you want healthy thyroid hormone levels.