Hello, my name is NBH. I’m the director of education and research at NBH Lifetime Health. Today we’re going to talk about the thyroid. Thyroid problems are rampant across the United States and probably in other countries, too. The traditional conventional approach is to prescribe a drug called Synthyroid, Levoxyl, or Levothyroxine. These are synthetic forms of thyroid; they contain T4 and T4 only.
One of the problems with the synthetic thyroids is that they do only contain T4. T4 is an active form of your thyroid. So, when you give someone T4, you kind of assume or hope that it converts to the active form which is T3. *Now, free T3 works at the cellular level. That’s what gives you your energy, gives you your memory, your focus, and helps you lose weight. All these things are important factors of the thyroid.
Now again, the problem is that the T4 may not always convert that well to T3. Sometimes you may take a synthetic thyroid for a period of time and feel better because some of it is converting to the free T3. However, conventional medicine typically does not test your free T3. We at NBH Lifetime Health will always check your free T3, your free T4, and your TSH. All of these numbers are important to determine if you in fact if you have a low thyroid.
Again, why is that important? Fatigue, depression, lack of energy, inability to lose weight, all of these things are related to your thyroid. Sometimes ladies will complain of thinning hair, losing hair, loss of one-third of their eyebrow. All of these things again relate to low thyroid. So, it’s very important that you do a complete thyroid test. Now, if you’re on a synthetic thyroid, you may want to test your free T3 to find out if it’s working for you.