What is it that actually fails in the body the moment you become hypothyroid as a result of chronic stress?

FitnessMike

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That might sound like a silly question for some, but what actually goes wrong when you become hypothyroid induced by stress?

Is it thyroid getting physically damaged if stress is chronic?

Why so many struggling with recovering their under active thyroid?
 

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Following with interest.

My uneducated guess would be that cortisol damages the thyroid gland in the same fashion it catabolises muscle.
 

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I don't know if thyroid gets damaged. I think it's protectively downregulated for possibly two reasons 1) insufficient carbs and protein, so metabolism is down regulated to prevent you from eating up your own body tissue and 2) too much PUFA, which breaks down rapidly and causes damage in the presence of heat, so body lowers thyroid in order to keep things cool

But RP says after a certain point the hypometabolism becomes more damaging than the stress itself, which is why he recommendeds taking thyroid to break out of the bad loop.
 

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Just about anything can go wrong as a result of stress, and just about anything that can go wrong can result in symptoms of hypothyroidism. It's rarely one singular thing that fails, rather, your whole body begins to fail together, since organs and glands are interdependent on the functioning of each other. People are struggling with fixing their symptoms because they're only focused on fixing their symptoms. Often they have no real idea what's the most underlying cause of their continued distress.
 

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I don't know if thyroid gets damaged. I think it's protectively downregulated for possibly two reasons 1) insufficient carbs and protein, so metabolism is down regulated to prevent you from eating up your own body tissue and 2) too much PUFA, which breaks down rapidly and causes damage in the presence of heat, so body lowers thyroid in order to keep things cool

But RP says after a certain point the hypometabolism becomes more damaging than the stress itself, which is why he recommendeds taking thyroid to break out of the bad loop
If its only down regulation, that would indicate that we can up regulate thyroid function no matter how badly it gets?
 

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If its only down regulation, that would indicate that we can up regulate thyroid function no matter how badly it gets?
the problem is there's a million different things out there that keep it down regulated, which keeps you in a downward spiral. allergens in the food, pufa, added iron, bad jobs, low vitamin d, nutrient deficiencies, protein deficiency, life stress, bad bacteria, yeast infections, radiation, emf, heavy metals. not only does low thyroid make you more reactionary to these, but all those also lower thyroid. so it's a double whammy. it's not very easy to uprregulate it when it's already really poor
 

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Following with interest.

My uneducated guess would be that cortisol damages the thyroid gland in the same fashion it catabolises muscle.
it is likely some cortisol related effect... when my thyroid function was poor/cortisol was high... my reproductive organs shrank a lot, as well as likely thyroid, and even the eyes were smaller and shrunken looking
 
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