What is the thyroid function

In the case of hypofunction as a result of Hashimoto's thyroiditis, supplementation with selenium can even lower antibody levels. (The higher the specific antibody level, the more pronounced the disease.)

Also zinc is very important in the case of an underactive thyroid. Zinc - just like selenium and copper - is required for the production of thyroid hormones. A lack of zinc can cause an underactive thyroid.

Conversely, the thyroid hormones are necessary for zinc to be well absorbed, so that an underactive thyroid increases a zinc deficiency.

For those affected by hair loss, it is important at this point that both - hypothyroidism and zinc deficiency - can be a cause of hair loss. If you take thyroid hormones (levothyroxine), the hair loss often does not improve as long as the zinc deficiency is not remedied. In any case, nutritional supplements with zinc in combination with a zinc-rich healthy diet are required here.

Iron is also an essential mineral for thyroid health. It is used directly to make thyroid hormones, so an iron deficiency also weakens the thyroid.

Also read: The right diet for Hashimoto's thyroiditis.

9. Cause of hypothyroidism: intestinal flora disorder (dysbiosis)

Since 20 percent of the inactive T4 in the intestine is converted to active T3 and a healthy intestinal flora is required for this conversion, a dysbiosis (intestinal flora disorder) can inhibit this conversion. Dysbiosis disrupts the activity of 5`-deiodinase, so that the conversion is hindered. Under-function symptoms become noticeable.

An intestinal rehabilitation is therefore also an important measure in the case of an underactive thyroid. We have explained here how you can restore your intestinal flora: Build intestinal flora

10. The cause of hypothyroidism: high homocysteine ​​levels

Homocysteine ​​is a toxic intermediate product in protein metabolism that is quickly broken down into harmless substances in a healthy organism. Folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12 are required for this breakdown.

If one or more of these substances is missing, homocysteine ​​levels rise - and high homocysteine ​​levels are a risk factor for e.g. B. arteriosclerosis, but also for symptoms of hypothyroidism, as they lead to thyroid hormone resistance.

The usual thyroid values ​​are of course inconspicuous here. Because the thyroid is working normally. Only the body cells no longer accept the message from the hormones.

A vitamin B12 deficiency is likely to be the case with stomach problems or when the person concerned takes the acid blockers already mentioned.

Folic acid deficiency, on the other hand, occurs when raw vegetables are rarely eaten or generally few green salads and vegetables are eaten. Folic acid is contained exactly there, but its quantity decreases sharply when the corresponding vegetables are cooked.

11. Cause of hypothyroidism: cell phone radiation and exposure to mercury

A very unknown cause of an underactive thyroid is, on the one hand, exposure to mercury and, on the other hand, cell phone radiation, whereby both factors can also be closely related.

If the cell phone is used to make calls directly to the ear, it is also very close to the jaw. There, cell phone radiation can now dissolve mercury vapors from existing amalgam fillings. However, mercury can lead to an underactive thyroid.

Basically, the thyroid is one of the radiation-sensitive tissues. This is why cell phone radiation can put a strain on the thyroid gland and impair its functions directly - that is, without going through the mercury. You don't even have to be one of those who use the phone a lot, as a study showed. Infrequent phone users (up to 20 minutes a day) were also affected.

We have described details here: Mercury as a cause of hypothyroidism

12. The cause of hypothyroidism: fluoride

Fluorides from mineral water rich in fluoride, fluoridated table salt or dental care products can inhibit the function of the thyroid gland. We have listed all the details on this subject here, including options for removing fluorides: Fluorides block the thyroid

13. The cause of hypothyroidism: phenylketonuria

Phenylketonuria (PKU) is a congenital metabolic disorder that affects one in every 9,000 people. In the case of newborns, the check for PKU is carried out immediately, as otherwise - without the appropriate special food - brain development would be disturbed.

In PKU, the enzyme phenylalanine hydroxylase has only limited functionality. In a healthy body, it is responsible for converting the amino acid phenylalanine into other substances, e.g. B. for conversion to tyrosine. Tyrosine is the precursor of the thyroid hormone T4. Understandably, PKU can lead to hypothyroidism.

Therapy for hypothyroidism must be adapted to the cause

The mentioned possible causes of hypothyroidism show that - to put it more elegantly - it seems extremely incompetent to only look at the thyroid gland or a few of its values ​​when looking at thyroid symptoms.

The thyroid is influenced by the immune system, the brain, the stress hormone balance, sex hormones, diet and numerous environmental factors (environmental toxins, cell phone radiation, etc.), so it would be wise to include all of these factors when diagnosing hypothyroidism.

Only then can a helpful therapy tailored to the individual affected be put together from holistic measures - if necessary in combination with medication.

An overview of the possible holistic measures for hypothyroidism can be found here.

Never forget: like any other organ, the thyroid gland has enormous self-healing powers that only need to be awakened.

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