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Cortisol and Thyroid Imbalances _Final

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>> Hi, welcome back. Now that you have an idea of what hormones can do when they're properly balanced in the body, let's talk about what it looks like when that harmony gets thrown off. The endocrine system works in a delicate balance to deliver the right kinds of hormones in the perfect amounts to different receptor sites throughout the body. Remember the orchestra analogy, think of just one player being out of tune and how that would diminish the performance of the whole orchestra. The endocrine system works in a similar way. When just one hormone is thrown out of balance, it can throw off your entire system. This sounds scary, but the good news is that there are an abundance of natural solutions for getting your hormones back on track. This is where you come in as a Health Coach. You can't heal something if you don't know what the problem looks like. So in this module, we're going to be taking a look at the most common hormone imbalances. In this lecture, you'll learn about imbalances related to cortisol and the thyroid gland. These are incredibly common and often occur in conjunction with other imbalances. So they're important to get a good grasp on. Let's get started by taking a look at cortisol. There are two types of imbalances that can occur here. Let's start with high cortisol. As you know cortisol is your body's main stress hormone. So it should come as no surprise that overproduction of this hormone is quite common. Every time the body experiences a stress, big or small, the adrenal glands pump out cortisol to help the body deal with what it perceives to be a life-threatening event. Cortisol is always looking out for our best interest, but it's a little too overprotective sometimes and this backfires in the long run. As we explained, whether a lion is chasing you or you're sitting in traffic, your adrenals are producing the same response. Unfortunately, for many women, the alarm bells never turn off and they get stuck in a perpetual state of unrelenting stress and high cortisol. This is especially true for those type A personalities. Besides that unrelenting, emotional, mental, or physical stress, there are few other causes of high cortisol. Let's take a look. A major one is food allergies or sensitivities. The most common offenders are wheat and other gluten containing products, dairy, corn, soy, and sugar. Notice how the foods people tend to crave and overdo the most are the ones that most commonly cause negative reactions. It can be a total bummer for your client to find out that the cookies in milk that they look forward to for desert every night is actually making them sick. This is why many people find that their health and mood improves when they cut wheat or gluten from their diet even though they don't have celiac disease. Of course, the body can react with an immune or inflammatory response to just about any food. So the best way to assess what the body reacts to is with an elimination diet or extensive food sensitivity testing. Over exercising, extreme dieting, and eating disorders also raise cortisol. Just like those nightly Oreos can impact your cortisol, on the other side of the coin, starving the body of calories and nutrients can have detrimental effects on blood sugar balance that triggers cortisol release and taxes the adrenal glands. Also, the body can interpret two much intense exercise as stress. This is because the body can't tell the difference between running a marathon or running away from a pack of wolves. So how can you know if the client is suffering from high cortisol? The most common symptoms include feeling tired and wired like you feel like you should be able to sleep but can't, difficulty falling or staying asleep, increased belly fat or the dreaded muffin top, sugar cravings, difficulty concentrating, anxiety or nervousness, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and decreased fertility. Now let's talk about the flipside of cortisol imbalance, low cortisol. We usually think of problems with cortisol occurring when there's too much of this hormone, but cortisol levels are also problematic when output is too low. This is most prevalent in people who have run the course of having high cortisol output for so long that their adrenal glands respond by lessening production and output of cortisol. The adrenal glands simply can't keep up with the chronic levels of stress anymore. Imagine having to run a race which after many miles still has no visible finish line anywhere in sight. Eventually, you'd have to slow down or take a break to conserve energy or just give up because you're feeling so worn out. Low cortisol output happens when your adrenals are just simply exhausted. Low cortisol is also common in people who have experienced extreme trauma, those with Addison's disease, which is an autoimmune condition where the adrenal glands can't produce enough cortisol, and sometimes aldosterone as well. And those with congenital adrenal hyperplasia, this refers to a collection of genetic disorders that can affect the adrenal glands. Symptoms of low cortisol include fatigue ranging from chronic low level to crippling fatigue, difficulty staying asleep, feeling unrested, even after a good night's sleep, difficulty waking in the morning, dizziness, especially when going from sitting or laying down to standing, low blood pressure, decreased stress tolerance, crying for no apparent reason, and depression or feelings of negativity and an inability to cope. So to recap what we've covered so far, cortisol is our stress hormone and imbalances can take the form of too much or too little cortisol production. Too much cortisol can occur as a result of chronic, mental, physical, or emotional stress, or food allergies. Too little cortisol is a long-term effect of chronic stress. The adrenals give up and can no longer produce cortisol. Low cortisol can also occur as the result of trauma, Addison's disease, or congenital hyperplasia. All right, let's switch gears now and discuss low thyroid. Thyroid issues are one of the most common hormonal disorders affecting millions of people in the US alone. According to the American Thyroid Association, an estimated 20-million Americans have some form of thyroid disease and up to 60% of these people are unaware of their condition. Scary, huh? This is something to pay extra attention to for when you're with your female clients since women are five to eight times more likely than men to have thyroid issues. It's estimated that one in eight women will develop thyroid disorder in her lifetime. The most common of these issues is low thyroid. There are two ways this can happen. One, the thyroid is simply isn't producing enough thyroid hormone. Both low and high cortisol will slow down the production of thyroid hormones. Two, the thyroid is pumping out the inactive form of thyroid hormone, T4, and the body can't convert it to that active form T3. Common causes of low thyroid are Hashimoto's thyroiditis, which is an autoimmune condition where the body sees the thyroid gland is foreign and calls for an immune response to attack it. Stress because high cortisol levels slow down thyroid function. Endocrine disrupting chemicals, synthetic chemicals referred to as xenoestrogens are commonly found in plastics and can disrupt thyroid levels. And nutrient deficiencies, particularly deficiencies in selenium, iodine, vitamin D, and certain amino acids. Symptoms of low thyroid include dry skin and hair, hair loss, brittle nails, cold hands and feet, sensitivity to cold, fatigue and depression, stubborn fat that can't lose or unexplained rapid weight gain, heavy periods, low sex drive, and infertility or miscarriage. To summarize what we just covered, low thyroid is one of the most common hormone imbalances, and it's particularly prevalent in women. Hashimoto's thyroiditis, stress, endocrine disrupting chemicals, and nutritional deficiencies can all lead to low thyroid which has a variety of unpleasant physical and mental symptoms. Notice that cortisol and thyroid imbalances can both be brought on by a variety of chronic stressors. This means that interventions to help your clients manage their stress can be really helpful in restoring balance to their hormones and to their lives. Do you know anyone who's experienced a cortisol or a thyroid imbalance? What do their lifestyle look like? Do they make any modifications to their lifestyle upon receiving a diagnosis? What do you think needed to shift? Share your reflections with us in the Facebook group, and let's get a good discussion going. Thanks for tuning in, see you next time.

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Cortisol and Thyroid Imbalances _Final

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