Imagine the horrors of learning that a food or beverage that you consume on a daily basis is tainted and leading to your own demise. This can especially frustrating for those who take recommendations from experts and nutritionists, only to learn that they are placing their health at risk over the long term.
While soy milk is often suggested at a healthy alternative to regular milk, did you know that regular consumption of this seemingly healthy beverage can do major damage to your thyroid? Finding out that you have potentially made the wrong choice is definitely a frustrating moment.
So why should we be wary when it comes to soy milk all of a sudden? First of all, it contains a large amount of pesticides and may also cause the body to experience a Vitamin B12 deficiency. It contains substances that have been linked to the clotting of blood and may even support the development of breast cancer.
The phytic aid that soy milk contains not only harms the body, but also serves to inhibit the positive effects of other vitamins and minerals that the body takes in. Zinc, calcium, iron, copper and magnesium cannot be processed in the same manner as we have become accustomed to when we consume soy milk.
Studies have been performed with the use of lab rats and these studies conclude that soy milk can have detrimental effects on our health, as the rats experienced painful lesions and ulceration when they consumed soy milk.
We strongly urge you to reconsider any soy milk consumption that you are currently partaking in on a daily basis and we also urge you to please share this very important story with your closest friends and family members, so that they can safeguard themselves against the dangers of this so called “healthy” product.
10 signs of an under-active thyroid:
1. Fatigue after sleeping 8 to 10 hours a night or needing to take a nap daily.
2. Weight gain or the inability to lose weight.
3. Mood issues such as mood swings, anxiety or depression.
4. Hormone imbalances such as PMS, irregular periods, infertility and low sex drive.
5. Muscle pain, joint pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, or tendonitis.
6. Cold hands and feet, feeling cold when others are not, or having a body temperature consistently below 98.5.
7. Dry or cracking skin, brittle nails and excessive hair loss.
9. Mind issues such as brain fog, poor concentration or poor memory.
10. Neck swelling, snoring or hoarse voice.
How does your thyroid gland work?
Thyroid hormone production is regulated by a feedback loop between the hypothalamus, pituitary gland and the thyroid gland. Hypothalamic thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) stimulates pituitary thyrotropin (TSH) synthesis and secretion.
In turn, TSH stimulates production and release of T4 and T3 from the thyroid gland. When enough T4 is produced, it signals to TRH and TSH that there is enough thyroid hormone in circulation and not to produce more.
About 85% of the hormone produced by our thyroid gland is T4, which is an inactive form of the hormone. After T4 is made, a small amount of it is converted into T3, which is the active form of thyroid hormone.
To complicate matters, T3 also gets converted into either Free T3 (FT3) or Reverse T3 (RT3). It’s the Free T3 that really matters in all of this, since it’s the only hormone that can attach to a receptor and cause your metabolism to rise, keep you warm, keep your bowels moving, mind working, and other hormones in check. The role of Reverse T3 is not well known, however, I do see it elevated in persons under extreme stress and those who have mercury toxicity.
And finally, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease, is the most common form of hypothyroidism and its numbers are rising annually. An autoimmune disease is one in which your body turns on itself and begins to attack a certain organ or tissue believing its foreign.
I routinely screen all of my patients for autoimmune thyroid disease by ordering Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPOAb) and Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TgAb).