Thyroid and Gut Function


If you’re struggling with constipation, diarrhea, or stomach pain… it may be related to your thyroid. In fact, your thyroid might be a root cause for your current health issues. This is an example of how the body is a complex system and just focusing on the pain can lead to symptom management and never getting to the root cause of your problems. Remember too much thyroid hormone is just as bad as too little.

When we look at how gut and thyroid talk to one another, we always want to find the feedback loops. The two talk back and forth through many signals such as the conversion of T4 to T3 in the gut, gut flora and levels of inflammation in the gut. Let’s say, for example, you’ve got a bunch of inflammation from a parasitic infection (which reduces nutrients), the conversion of T4 to T3 can go down. Also, higher levels of inflammation could change the output of TSH from the brain. Furthermore, the gut’s ability to digest and absorb critical nutrients, like the Iodine and Selenium necessary for proper thyroid hormone health, is very important. All of these connections make it clear that you can’t have a healthy gut without a healthy thyroid, and you can’t have a healthy thyroid without a healthy gut. To restore proper function of the gut-thyroid axis, both must be addressed simultaneously.

In this program you’ll find out about:

  • In what ways low thyroid affects gut functions

  • Is your thyroid causing diarrhea or constipation

  • How thyroid and gut communicate