The Thyroid, Adrenal, Hormone Connection

By: Carrie Dennie, ND, RAc

Are you feeling stressed, emotional, overwhelmed, or maybe experiencing weight gain, fatigue, or PMS?

Your Endocrine System could be to blame!

Your Endocrine system includes your hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenals, pineal body, and ovary or testes. There is a close and delicate connection between all of these organs, meaning an imbalance in one, could create an imbalance in the other.

Here’s a little more about this delicate interconnection:

The adrenal glands produce cortisol, the stress hormone, as well as DHEA to produce sex hormones like estrogen and testosterone; which are also produced by the ovaries and testes. The thyroid gland produces the thyroid hormones T4 and T3 to regulate how your body uses energy. These hormones are intricately connected and all regulated by hormones produced from and released by the pituitary gland. If one is out of balance it can affect the production of the others.

Here’s one example, as the full interconnection is incredibly complex:

If your body is under prolonged periods of stress, cortisol production will be prioritized by your endocrine system. The body may “steal” resources used to make thyroid hormone and sex hormones to make more cortisol. When this happens you may exhibit symptoms of low progesterone, estrogen and testosterone and even hypothyroid symptoms.

Long story short: you can’t balance one part of the endocrine system, while ignoring the others.

As Naturopathic Doctors, we take a holistic approach to assessing your health. We get a complete medical history and work up when addressing the symptoms mentioned above to understand the true underlying cause of your symptoms.

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