Doctor Andy’s Wellness Corner
By: Andy Marrone, D.C.
Redmond Ridge Chiropractic
Thyroid Health and Enzymes
Most people are unaware of the importance of how digestive health affects the health of our overall body. Many diseases can be traced to a breakdown in the digestive process. Over 70 percent of your immune system resides in your gut, and digestive health plays a vital role in your health including digestion, nutrient absorption, detoxification, elimination, hormone metabolism and energy. In fact 99% of your body’s neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) are actually created by the digestive process. As part of this, the digestive process plays a crucial role in thyroid health and function.
In order for the thyroid to function properly, the hormone released by the thyroid has to be converted into its active form. Where does this happen? In the digestive tract, there is an intricate balance of bacteria. If that balance is not properly maintained, this hormone cannot be converted to it’s active form, meaning thyroid function is ineffective. Many people think that probiotics are the answer. While they can be part of the answer the true answer lies in BALANCE of bacteria, not jut feeding the body more.
A healthy balanced bacteria, however, is not enough. In order for thyroid hormones to be converted to their active form, enzymes are required (called deiodinases).
Other issues in the gut can lead to thyroid dysfunction as well. Our digestive tract is lined with lymph (immune) tissue known as GALT (Gut-Associated Lymphoid Tissue). Food sensitivities, undigested proteins, leaky gut, and infections can cause stress to the GALT from bacteria, yeast and parasites. These GALT afflictions can cause a major stress response, which raises the cortisol production by your adrenal glands. Cortisol will cause a shift in thyroid hormone metabolism – increasing the inactive form of thyroid hormones and causing an imbalance.
Only a wellness practitioner certified in Enzyme Nutrition is trained to test for such imbalances and can recommend the appropriate enzymes to support healthy gut, thyroid and adrenal (cortisol) function.
After many years of clinical practice, Dr. Marrone has forged a remarkable career as a practitioner, educator and lecturer. His extensive knowledge of functional enzyme nutrition has made him a much sought after practitioner. If you are suffering from health problems that nobody seems to have the answer to, or are sick and tired of the revolving door approach of modern medicine, give Dr. Marrone a call to set up a consultation.