The connection between our thyroid & gallbladder

Similar to how our hormones interact with our gallbladder, our thyroid impacts gallbladder function and our gallbladder impacts how we use thyroid hormone in the body.

From The Thyroid’s View:
Our thyroid health has a big impact on cholesterol metabolism. Hypothyroidism can lead to high cholesterol and poor cholesterol metabolism for many. This disruption in cholesterol metabolism leads to saturated bile and reduces bile flow. This leads to an increased risk for gallstones as well as bacterial overgrowth. The downstream impact of this is possible SIBO, inflammation in the gut, gallstone formation, and impaired gallstone function.

From The Gallbladder’s View:
Our gallbladder releases bile into the digestive system. This is essential to breakdown and absorb fats and fat soluble vitamins. Vitamin A is important for activating thyroid hormone receptors. Fat soluble vitamins, in general, are important for converting T4 to T3 (active thyroid hormone). Having a healthy balance of gut bacteria and a functioning digestive system is also important for converting T4 to T3. We also need to move bile easily so that we can get rid of estrogen and toxins otherwise they recirculate, which can lead to less available thyroid hormone and hypothyroid symptoms.

Learn more about the gallbladder and how to support it in this episode of the Are You Menstrual? Podcast where I interview @gallbladder.nutritionist.

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Amanda Montalvo

Amanda Montalvo is a women's health dietitian who helps women find the root cause of hormone imbalances and regain healthy menstrual cycles.

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