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What Causes High Reverse T3 (RT3) – a Major Driver of an Underactive Thyroid?

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If you are experiencing the typical signs and symptoms of an underactive thyroid but your Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, free T4, and even your free T3 appear to be normal you may want to consider checking your reverse T3, which is an inactive form of T3.

 

This article answers the question ‘what causes high reverse T3’.

 

Firstly, what does a high reverse T3 mean to your health?

 

Too much reverse T3 can trigger a range of symptoms associated with an underactive thyroid such as fatigue, depression, hair loss, muscle weakness, low blood pressure, and a slower than normal pulse rate.

 

The single reverse T3 test is included in the top 5 thyroid blood tests that are most useful to check your thyroid health. Many integrative doctors and Naturopaths now consider the reverse T3 blood test to be essential to effectively diagnose and manage hypothyroidism.

 

What causes high reverse T3 (RT3)? {There are 5 key reasons}

 

+ Unrelenting physical and emotional stress.

 

Ongoing stress and anxiety cause cortisol to soar. Cortisol is the hormone that helps you cope with stress.

 

There is a flip side to having excessive amounts of cortisol circulating in your blood stream. High cortisol inhibits normal thyroid hormone activity. This leads to an excess amount of reverse T3 being produced.

 

Health experts propose this is a protective response to slow metabolism and conserve energy during times of prolonged stress. Your body knows it simply cannot survive on high alert for too long. It can lead to burnout.

 

+ Extreme, or yo-yo dieting.

 

Cutting calories in an effort to lose weight sparks the body’s hard wired famine response. Your body feels the need to conserve energy when food becomes scarce and it achieves this by putting the brakes on your metabolic rate.

 

The easiest and quickest way your body can slow your metabolic rate and thereby conserve energy is by producing a massive amount of reverse T3.

 

+ Low iron is leaving you tired and breathless.

 

Chronic iron deficiency is a common finding of an underactive thyroid. This deficiency needs to be addressed as a lack of iron impairs proper thyroid hormone metabolism. More specifically, low iron decreases healthy conversion of thyroxine (T4) to more active triiodothyronine (T3).

 

Adequate levels of iron are especially important to help fight fatigue as this mineral is required by your red blood cells to carry oxygen around your body. When iron is low your oxygenation levels are low and your body cannot utilise T3 at a cell level.

 

+ Long term exposure to toxins.

 

Toxins such as heavy metals, pesticides, and industrial chemicals switch on a physical stress response. Toxins also have serious effects on your thyroid health.

 

At a cellular level toxins can block the thyroid cell receptors so the thyroid hormones cannot perform their job, and toxins can enter the thyroid causing damage to the actual thyroid tissue.

 

These factors sabotage day to day function of your thyroid leading to an underactive thyroid. Over time the stress of dealing with toxins and the diminishing function of the thyroid can activate far greater production of reverse T3.

 

+ Systemic illness is a factor.

 

It is difficult to recover from reverse T3 dominance when a chronic underlying illness is not addressed. When your body feels under threat by a long standing illness it slows metabolism. Your body hits the ‘hibernation’ button to lessen the impact of a chronic illness.

 

For example, a latent viral infection may be causing widespread problems. This can lead to chronic fatigue syndrome which is often associated with over production of reverse T3.

 

If you have low T3 you should get your reverse T3 checked, especially if you have some type of long standing illness. On testing it’s typical to see low T3 and high reverse T3.

 

Treating excess reverse T3 secondary to a specific chronic illness is best discussed with a skilled healthcare practitioner.

 

Watch this Video Below Here from Dr.Richard Hagmeyer – How High Reverse T3 Causes Symptoms Associated with an Underactive Thyroid

 

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Are Iodine Supplements For Thyroid Health Really Safe?

 

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Author Bio:

 

Louise O’ Connor, the author of The Natural Thyroid Diet –The 4-Week Plan to Living Well, Living Vibrantly, who is a specialist in Thyroid Health. She is a highly regarded Australian Naturopath and founder of Wellnesswork.

 

The Natural Thyroid Diet goes beyond diet advice and offers practical and effective ways to achieve healthy thyroid levels within just a short period of time. For more details, Click on The-Natural-Thyroid-Diet.com

 

Revealing Here an Extensive List of Hypothyroidism Symptoms

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Hypothyroidism Symptoms

 

Hypothyroidism is most well-known for its relationship to your metabolism and oftentimes weight gain or the inability to lose weight. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when you begin to look at the multitude of various hypothyroidism symptoms ranging from digestive to sensory symptoms.

But also keep in mind that different people develop different symptoms. There is no one set pattern of symptoms that all hypothyroid people progress through. It all has to do with how your body responds and compensates.

One person might gain 30 lbs. and be unable to lose it no matter what. And the next person may develop heart palpitations or chronic depression.

If you find yourself suffering from any of these symptoms then you have to strongly consider that you very well might be hypothyroid. And I encourage you to take an active role in your health because all too often we place our health in the hands of others who don’t have our best interests in mind.

So, do yourself a favor and educate yourself, or find someone who is willing to educate you on what is really happening with your body and what the underlying cause of your health problems really is. Only then can you make an educated decision as to what is best for your health.

A Quick Note on Hypothyroidism Testing Flaws

 

And keep in mind that most thyroid test options are flawed and oftentimes lead to a false negative hypothyroidism diagnosis. And so millions of people go untreated or are improperly treated for various other related symptoms that stem from underlying hypothyroidism.

Because of this, I often recommend what is called a therapeutic trial to confirm your own diagnosis. This is where you follow a proper hypothyroidism treatment protocol including the right hypothyroidism diet and monitor your symptoms.

If your hypothyroidism symptoms improve then you can confirm that your speculation was correct.

Below I’ve listed a very comprehensive set of hypothyroidism symptoms that are broken down into categories which shows you just how extensive these symptoms can be.

General Hypothyroidism Symptoms:

 

  • Fatigue or Excessive Tiredness
  • Weight Gain or Inability to Lose Weight
  • Obesity
  • Excessive Weight Loss
  • Cold Extremities
  • Swollen Neck or Goiter
  • Loss of Stamina
  • Afternoon Energy Crash
  • Low Morning Temperature
  • Edema
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Dry and/or Gritty Eyes
  • Slow Recovery
  • Inability to Exercise
  • Trembling, Jittery, or Shivering Feeling
  • Hoarse Voice
  • Cold Sweats
  • Lack of Coordination
  • Heavy Eyelids

Sleep Related Hypothyroidism Symptoms:

  • Insomnia
  • Poor Sleep Quality
  • Waking Up Feeling Unrested
  • Difficulty Getting Out of Bed in the Morning
  • Frequent Nightmares
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Excessive Snoring
  • Night Sweats

Sensory Hypothyroidism Symptoms:

 

  • Inability to Concentrate
  • Slowed Reflexes and Reaction Time
  • Sensitivity to Light and/or Sun
  • Sensitivity to Hot and Cold
  • Sensitivity to Strong Odors
  • Sensitivity to Loud Noises
  • Blurred Vision

Hair, Skin, and Nail Related Hypothyroidism Symptoms:

 

  • Puffiness or Swelling of Eyes, Face, Hands, Feet, and/or Ankles
  • Hair Loss
  • Brittle Hair
  • Loss of Eyelashes
  • Loss of Eyebrow Hair (outer portion)
  • Brittle, Flaky, or Peeling Nails
  • Dry, Flaky, or Course Skin
  • Pale and/or Yellowish Skin Pigment
  • Dark Circles Under Eyes
  • Orange Calluses
  • Bruise Easily
  • Acne
  • Rashes and Various Skin Conditions

Digestive Hypothyroidism Symptoms:

 

Heart Related Hypothyroidism Symptoms:

 

  • High Cholesterol
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Slow/Weak Pulse (under 60 bpm)
  • Fast Pulse (over 90 bpm at rest)
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Heart Disease
  • Bleeding/Clotting Issues

Immune Related Hypothyroidism Symptoms:

 

  • Recurring Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
  • Recurring Upper Respiratory Infections
  • Fungal and Candida Infections
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Asthma
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Cancer

Mental Hypothyroidism Symptoms:

 

  • Panic attacks
  • Poor Memory
  • Confusion
  • Restlessness
  • Mental Sluggishness
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Slowed Speech
  • Difficulty Learning New Things
  • Poor Concentration
  • Phobias
  • Loss of Motivation
  • Light Headedness
  • Vertigo or Dizziness
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Epilepsy or Seizures

Emotional Hypothyroidism Symptoms:

 

Pain Related Hypothyroidism Symptoms:

 

Women’s Health Related Hypothyroidism Symptoms:

 

Men’s Health Related Hypothyroidism Symptoms:

 

Hopefully all of these symptoms of hypothyroidism have opened your eyes and given you a better understanding of the importance of detecting and properly treating hypothyroidism in order to properly restore and maintain your health.

Most people, doctors, and healthcare professionals fail to make this connection and far too often the underlying cause of your health problems is missed or misdiagnosed.

Your thyroid is responsible for so much more than increasing your metabolism and helping you to lose weight. It plays an important role in balancing and producing hormones, reducing cholesterol, reducing inflammation within your body, fighting cancer, reducing your risk of autoimmune disease, keeping your brain energized and mentally alert, and slowing the natural aging process.

So many of the hypothyroidism symptoms listed above can be both easily avoided or easily eliminated when you learn how to properly restore the function and health of your thyroid. And it always begins with properly educating and empowering yourself to take control of your health.

Watch this Video Here – Hypothyroidism – Causes, Signs, Symptoms, Remedies, Treatment and Pictures of Hypothyroid Gland

Author Bio:

 

Tom Brimeyer – The author of Hypothyroidism Revolution – is a practitioner of functional medicine, health researcher and author on nutrition, hormones and hypothyroidism.

 

His personal mission is to inspire and educate people to take control and achieve true health by correcting their hypothyroidism and underlying causes of their health problems instead of being stuck relying on doctors and drugs that merely cover up their symptoms while their health continues to suffer.

 

For more details on his program, click on HypothyroidismRevolution.com

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