The Pill Thyroid Connection

As I continue to focus on the thyroid this week, one connection I cannot ignore is the pill and how it impacts thyroid health. I have dealt with this one firsthand after coming off the pill and feeling awful.

How Does the Birth Control Pill Impact Your Thyroid Health?

  • Nutrient Depletions: selenium, zinc, B viamins are all needed for thyroid function.
  • Increases Thyroid Binding Globuling (TBG): things binds to thyroid hormone making it inactive and unavailable for use in the body.
  • Increases Inflammation–down regulates thyroid.

By replenishing nutrients in the body and support gut health & hormone balance post pill, you can regulate thyroid function.

Learn more in this eye-opening article by Dr. Jolene Brighten and check out my podcast on transitioning off birth control .


Lesson of the Week

How the Thyroid Works

Your thyroid powers every cell in your body. ⁣⁣​
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​The thyroid sets the pace for your body to function and operate. Like a car engine, it produces the needed amount of energy to move at whatever speed you want.⁣⁣
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​Your thyroid gland produces enough thyroid hormones that prompt your cells to function at a certain rate, or metabolic rate. ⁣⁣​
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​Just as a car needs fuel, your thyroid needs “fuel” to make these hormones as well. This “fuel” is none other than iodine! Your thyroid extracts this necessary ingredient from your bloodstream or oral intake of iodine. ⁣⁣​
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Although iodine is found naturally in food, it is often removed during food processing. As a result, we eat way too little iodine.⁣⁣
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​Just like how a car accelerator produces more energy, your body “accelerator” controls how fast it goes. This accelerator is no larger than a pea and is known as the pituitary or “master” gland. Located at the base of your brain, it controls your thyroid functions and all the other glands that make up the endocrine (hormone) system. ⁣⁣​
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​Together, they secrete hormones directly into the circulatory (blood) system to be carried to a distant target organ.⁣⁣

​🤯There is a thyroid receptor on every cell in your body!⁣⁣​
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​🔹Thyroid Hormone In The Body:⁣⁣​
​✅Controls metabolism ⁣⁣​
​✅Can slow down or speed up heart beat⁣⁣​
​✅Can raise lower body temp⁣⁣​
​✅Affects how fast food moves through the digestive tract⁣⁣​
​✅Controls how muscle contract⁣⁣​
​✅Affects production of follicles and ovulation⁣⁣​

Every cell in your body is impacts by the thyroid.

Let that sink in. Thyroid health is often something that is overlooked in women, especially since to be diagnosed the range goes from .4-4 milli-international units per liter. That’s a big range. And here’s the thing, it’s just the “normal” range. This doesn’t mean it’s optimal.

The optimal range for TSH is .5-2. And just because you’re above 2 doesn’t mean you need medication. There are SO many other areas to address for thyroid health before taking medication. We dive into a lot of those in this podcast episode and how you can optimize thyroid health.

I did a podcast episode on The Ali Damron Show and talked about all things Thyroid, please listen and let me know what you think!

What We Cover:

  • How your thyroid works in the body & why it’s important
  • Stress & your thyroid
  • PCOS and thyroid health
  • Toxins in the environment & your thyroid
  • Autoimmune hypothyroidism
  • How gut health impacts your thyroid
  • Tests for your thyroid

Learn even more about your thyroid in my free thyroid-mineral connection webinar!


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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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