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BIOptimizers - Awesome Health Podcast

Feb 23, 2023

Hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid gland fails to produce enough hormones to regulate the body’s metabolism. 

Common symptoms of hypothyroidism include:

  • Fatigue
  • Dry skin
  • Depression
  • Hair thinning
  • And slow metabolism. 

Iodine deficiency is the number one predictor of hypothyroidism. 

Iodine is an essential element required by the thyroid to produce thyroid hormones. When there is inadequate iodine, the thyroid cannot produce these hormones and hypothyroidism can result. 

This can be especially dangerous for infants, as an iodine deficiency during the early stages of life can lead to cognitive and physical impairments.   

Iodine deficiency can be caused by an inadequate intake of iodine-rich food, eating a diet high in goitrogenic foods, or drinking contaminated water. 

It can also occur due to a lack of iodine in the soil and iodine depletion in the environment.

What are the different hormones involved in the thyroid?

Thyroid hormones play an important role in the body’s endocrine system and affect many different bodily functions. 

So, what are the different hormones involved in the thyroid? the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, and thyroid all work together to regulate thyroid hormones. 

The hormones that the thyroid produces are thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). T3 is the active form of the hormone, while T4 is the inactive form that needs to be converted by the liver into T3 for it to be used. Both T3 and T4 are formed from the element iodine, so iodine deficiency can lead to hypothyroidism. 

Stress can also lead to thyroid disorders. This is because the hypothalamus-pituitary-thyroid access (HPT) and hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal access (HPA) can convert T4 into reverse T3 during periods of heightened stress. This has the effect of slowing down the metabolism and further aggravates the symptoms of thyroid dysfunction.

What does Sara think about conventional beef and pork?

Sara is a passionate advocate for healthy living and healthy eating, and she believes that conventional beef and pork are not the healthiest options. 

For one thing, Sara points out that conventionally raised beef and pork have been fed estrogen and GMO grains, which can have detrimental effects on your health. 

Additionally, these meats often contain toxins from radiation, halogens, fluoride, bromide, and chlorine, which can further impede the liver's ability to detoxify any medication taken for thyroid issues.  

Sara recommends looking for wild animal proteins such as bison, lamb, and wild fish instead. 

She strongly believes that these proteins, when sourced from organic, sustainable sources, are much healthier alternatives and can improve your overall health both mentally and physically. 

She points out that wild animal protein is much easier to cook and doesn’t have to be as expensive as many people might think. 

To further emphasize the importance of these proteins, Sara reminds us that we are what we eat and our diet plays a big role in our overall health. 

Sara also advises paying attention to the foods your family consumes to ensure everyone is eating nutritionally. 

She encourages her clients to look for signs that their bodies might be reacting positively or negatively to certain foods and adjust their diet accordingly. 

Finally, Sara emphasizes the importance of teaching your children why it’s important to eat healthily so that they can own their behavior and have control over their health.

In this podcast you will learn about:

  • The number one predictor of hypothyroidism
  • Consequences of not treating a thyroid problem
  • The different hormones involved in the thyroid
  • How does stress affect the body's metabolism
  • The role of the liver in thyroid function
  • The healthy foods that can now trip up our detox
  • The different ways you can do a keto diet wrong
  • And so much more.


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