Let’s talk about how our thyroids are affected by stress!
Let’s talk about your thyroid and stress!
Good thyroid health is closely connected the health of your glands that produce your stress hormones – your adrenals. These tiny glands are located on top of your kidneys.
Chronic stress is the enemy of a happy and balanced hormonal system.
Sustained levels of stress increase the amount of cortisol (the stress hormone) that your adrenals produce. And when you’re constantly stressed and not doing anything to reduce your stress levels, this causes a disruption to balanced thyroid hormone production.
Here’s the science: Chronic cortisol production means you produce less free T3 and too much reverse T3, which blocks thyroid hormone receptors.
What do I mean by chronic stress?
These are things that place stress on your body: not getting enough sleep, not eating enough fruit and vegetables, dehydration, excessive levels of cardio, shallow breathing, physically and emotionally abusive relationships, constant worry, amongst many others.
Doing things to act as a counterbalance to stress is essential for balanced hormones!
We all live busy lifestyles so some amount of stress is normal – it’s when you’re not doing anything to offset that stress, that issues can arise.
How do you manage your stress?
Do you want to you know more about your thyroid? Schedule in a 30 minute Hormone Health Review with me!