Do you have cold hands? Cold feet? Do you get the shivers? Do you feel like no matter what, you just cannot tolerate the cold?
Could be your thyroid.
Your thyroid is your body’s thermostat. When you get cold, your body signals for more thyroid hormone to regulate your body temperature. Too much thyroid hormone can make you hot, and too little thyroid hormone can make you cold.
This has been studied in people that live in extreme conditions, such as the Arctic Inuit Populations. Research found that in their extreme cold living conditions, they consumed more thyroid hormone and it was essential for helping them adapt to the cold and keep their body temperatures up. They were successful in adapting to the cold because they could make more thyroid hormone to increase their body temperature.
So what if you can’t keep up with the increased thyroid hormone demand? This could be the case if you are low in thyroid hormone from either too much stress or an autoimmune condition that affects the thyroid gland called Hashimoto's.
If you cannot produce enough thyroid hormone, you may be cold for one thing! But also, low thyroid function will contribute to hormone imbalance.
We talked about how anemia causes hormonal imbalances. So how does iron-deficiency anemia play a part in thyroid function?
Iron is needed to form the protein, heme, which is responsible for carrying oxygen on our red blood cells. What is not often talked about is that heme is also important for forming other things besides red blood cells. It is also involved in forming the enzyme thyroid peroxidase which helps you make thyroid hormone!
No Iron = No Heme = No Thyroid Peroxidase = No Thyroid Hormone = Feeling Cold + Hormonal Imbalances!
This has been confirmed in animal studies where low iron-deficient anemic rats had lower thyroid hormone levels and impaired temperature regulation.
This has also been seen in a study with iron-depleted women. In response to cold temperatures, they had a blunted increase of thyroid hormone which impaired their ability to regulate their body temperature.
If you struggle with keeping your thyroid levels in range, make sure to check your iron and anemia related blood measures (serum iron, serum ferritin, TIBC, percent of transferrin saturation, MCV, MCH, RBC, HBG, HCT). If an iron-deficiency is indicated, you may not have the amount of heme needed to make your thyroid hormone.
This is especially important in the colder months when there is an increased demand for thyroid hormone necessary to keep your body temperature up.
Keep your thyroid levels up for healthy hormone balance and to keep warm!!
If your blood work values are out of these ranges in any of these areas, it could indicate impaired heme synthesis:
Hemoglobin High Performance Values:
*Low levels may indicate low heme levels
Hematocrit (HCT) High Performance Range
*Low levels may indicate low heme levels
RBC Count High Performance Lab Values:
*Low levels may indicate low heme levels
MCV High Performance Value:
*Low levels may indicate low heme levels
Serum Iron High Performance Value:
*Low levels may indicate low heme levels
Ferritin High Performance Value:
*Low levels may indicate low heme levels
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