How The Pill and Plastic Impact Your Thyroid Health

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This article will cover thyroid health and the impact of certain pills like “The Pill” and plastics.

Drinking from plastic water bottles, or taking “The Pill” can cause hypothyroidism by raising levels of estrogen hormone in your body.  The same can be said about menopause drugs which contain the same synthetic estrogen ingredients or commercial cattle injected with estrogen hormones to make animals heavier at the point of sale.

The Estrogen Pill Connection

In humans, these hormones known as The Pill raise estrogen, and estrogen holds fat. This sounds counterintuitive, but men frequently have high levels of estrogen, especially if they have prostate problems but that’s another article. My point is excess estrogen causes too many transporters, or taxis which bind up your active thyroid hormone. When bound like that, thyroid hormone is completely unavailable to your cells which is where you need it.

Scientifically termed “thyroid binding globulin” or TBG, these transporters drive your thyroid hormone around your blood and drop it off at your cells to wake you up and burn off that foot-long sub you had last night.
When TBG is high, free thyroid hormone (Free T3) is low and you will have symptoms of hypothyroidism, more specifically you are what I call “thyroid sick.” You can read more about TBG here on Medscape.

Book Thyroid Healthy V1

I talked about this in my Thyroid Healthy book. In case you didn’t realize this, I want to remind you that hypothyroidism is a risk factor for premature birth, low birth weight, miscarriage and poor fetal neurological development. You may be interested in my other article, 2 Essential Nutrients You Must Have Before Pregnancy.

Since the popular (relatively useless) TSH blood test doesn’t mirror how you really feel, and fails to reflect intracellular thyroid levels, I suggest two special blood tests which paint a better picture:

Sex Hormone Binding Globulin or SHBG

Expanding on the intriguing connection between sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) levels and thyroid hormone, particularly in women, unveils a complex interplay that significantly impacts health. SHBG is a protein produced by the liver, playing a pivotal role in transporting sex hormones like estrogen and testosterone through the bloodstream, regulating their availability to body tissues. The suggested SHBG level for optimal health underscores the need for a balanced hormonal environment, with women having a higher threshold (<70) compared to men (<30), reflecting the differential impact of sex hormones across genders.

The relationship between SHBG and thyroid hormone is particularly pronounced in women due to the intricate balance between estrogen, thyroid hormones, and insulin. Elevated levels of estrogen, as seen during certain phases of the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, or with estrogen therapy, can increase SHBG levels.

Similarly, optimal thyroid hormone levels are crucial for maintaining the right SHBG levels, as thyroid hormones directly influence the liver’s production of SHBG. Therefore, a low SHBG level in women can be a marker for various underlying issues: It may indicate hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone levels), hyperinsulinemia (high insulin levels, often a precursor to diabetes), or low estrogen levels.

Causes of Hypothyroidism

Causes of HypothyroidismMake the Switch

There are a few simple things that help. For one, you can switch out your plastic water bottles for glass bottles. You can buy grass-fed, organic free-range meats more frequently.

As for the pills, it’s a little tougher. You can find an alternate form of hormone replacement or contraception. You can ask doc about natural over-the-counter aromatase inhibitors like chrysin or DIM. You should try different thyroid pills or add some T3 to build up higher levels of T3 hormone. Most of all, don’t resign yourself to “this is just my life” or “my doctor is really nice so I can’t speak up for myself.” I believe you can get well.

Never resign yourself to symptoms that leave you feeling less than healthy, sexy and energetic!