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Fatigue, lethargy, exhaustion…

No matter what you call it, it’s one of the most common complaints I hear from people suffering with diseases fueled by inflammation.  Oddly enough, most folks don’t realize that inflammation  is frequently at the root of their problem.

There are two common reasons we struggle with fatigue and one is commonly overlooked or misdiagnosed.

First, it’s no surprise to you that stress creates fatigue, right?  The constant swings of high and lows leave the body depleted.  When you are locked in stress (also known as the flight or fight response), the body calls on the adrenal glands to produce cortisol. 

Cotrisol does not exist on its own, the body must make it.  In order for your system to produce cortisol it gathers what it needs from micronutrient stores in the the body. If there is not enough to go around, shortfalls can occur in other areas thus creating unexpected issues.  Exhaustion is one of them.  If you are in a state of chronic stress the shortfalls accumulate quickly.  Common micronutrient deficiencies prevalent in chronic stress sufferers are Vitamin C and a handful of B vitamins. 

You hear me talk about deficiency a lot.  It’s the #1 contributor to illness.  When the body doesn’t get the nutrients it needs to function, let alone repair and thrive, illness occurs.  Micronutrient deficiencies are very common for people who live in a state of chronic stress.  

It’s not just what you’re eating that’s creating inflammation but what’s “eating you.” Inflammation is the body’s response to a threat. Over time chronic stress becomes a threat to the body and inflammation is the outcome.

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The second most common fatigue culprit is oftentimes misdiagnosed thyroid issues.  While many of us understand that thyroid dysfunction is frequently the cause of fatigue, improper thyroid testing leads to improper diagnoses and thus improper thyroid medication.  Your doctor might tell you that your thyroid is ok, but is it really? The testing paradigm has shifted in the last decade.  Is your current doctor up to speed?  Many are not.   

Many of us with hypothyroid symptoms (sluggish/slow) have trouble converting the thyroid hormone T4 to its “active” and energy producing hormone T3.  Out of date thyroid diagnostic testing typically only tests for TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone).  That test does accurately reflect how you’re converting from T4 to T3. 

Prescribing sluggish thyroids with straight T4 in hopes of it turning into T3 doesn’t cut it any more.  We need to understand why the person isn’t converting and if they aren’t, then they need to be given a T4/T3 combo.  I see it happen all the time. ALL THE TIME.  People change overnight when they start getting what they really need.

The combo T4/T3 drug is commonly referred to as “naturally desiccated thyroid hormone” and comes in a variety of forms.  Traditional Rx sells it under the names Armour, Nature-thyroid and WP thyroid. . 

Don’t get me started on why it is so difficult for the Industrial Medical Complex to get up to speed on new testing, but mostly the problem is pharma’s hold on the industry.  Pharma says give them synthetic T4 and doctors do as they are told.

If you are seeing a doctor and suspect you have thyroid issues, you must be having this full panel of tests done at minimum.  This is from Isabella Wentz’ website and she is a trusted thyroid resource.  If your doctors are NOT doing these tests then they aren’t getting an accurate view of what is really going on with your thyroid.   

Isabella Wentz

This information is intended to be nothing more than a guide, not a diagnostic tool. If you need more help planning your next right medical step, I’d love to help you. It can be overwhelming deciding what you should do if you don’t have the information you need to make informed decisions.  Let me help you.  Click here to learn how I can.

The thyroid is the gas pedal of the body. It sends out a signal to all your organs and tissue. Make sure you understand clearly where your thyroid health is at.  Long-term this can be catastrophic. It matters to every single organ in your body.

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