Are you tired all the time with poor energy, but yet you can’t sleep? Hot and cold? Are you having trouble getting to a healthy weight? Struggling with infertility? Is your appetite out of control? Are you moody? How’s your memory? Your hypothalamus could very well be the problem.
All of this is controlled by your hypothalamus. Here are three ways to see if your hypothalamus is the problem.
#1 Identify the root cause of your symptoms and find out if the hypothalamus is the real problem.
In the late 90s, I saw a lot of hormonally challenged patients who were diabetic (insulin-resistant) and had metabolic syndrome. There was obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high inflammatory markers. Patients had hypothyroidism or suffered from autoimmune thyroiditis, plus many other autoimmune issues. Things like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, eczema, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Gut issues like IBS, colitis, and gastritis meant my patients couldn’t sleep and their memory and focus were poor. Depression and anxiety then set in and their adrenals were shot as well. Most people were on prescription drugs and all wanted a natural way to treat their health issues.
I tried to determine the root of their health issues and came across a study of fat white mice. The researchers found that these mice had many of the same symptoms my patients did. So they sacrificed the lab mice and found that their POMC was really low. POMC, or proopiomelanocortin, is a hypothalamic hormone that controls your adrenals, your thyroid, your glucose metabolism, and fat storage. POMC also controls your day-night cycles, and your happy neurotransmitters called endorphins.
My patients’ hypothalamus was clearly the problem.
So why treat your symptoms when you could be treating the root of your problem?
#2 Interpret Your Blood Work Comprehensibly
The problem is that we can’t measure your POMC without a biopsy of your hypothalamus. Assessing your hypothalamus is like field biology. If I see coyote scat on the trail, I don’t need to see the coyote to know that a coyote passed by this way.
So how can we look at your hypothalamus function using simple bloodwork?
Hypothalamic POMC function is determined by measuring a few key blood levels — DHEA-S, C-peptide, HGBA1C, TSH, fT4, fT3, prolactin. That’s it. Get your blood drawn and fast between 8-9 am. If one or more of those are not at optimal levels, your hypothalamus may be the problem. It’s not just one gland that’s not working properly, it’s your master controller. And it usually indicates miscommunication between your body and your hypothalamus.
A full thyroid blood test is a good measure of hypothalamic miscommunication/hypothalamus problems.
Your TSH is highly sensitive to your T4 and T3 levels. If thyroid hormone production is low then your TSH will be high. And visa versa. But what if your TSH, fT4, and fT3 levels are all on the low end of normal? What if they are on the high end of normal? That’s not optimal. It’s a negative feedback system, meaning your TSH should be opposite of your T4 and T3 levels. I see this all the time when patients come in with their bloodwork. They’ve been told by their health care provider that their bloodwork looks fine, but yet they feel like crap.
#3 Treat Your Core Imbalance
You’ve probably been given something for your symptoms, whether it was a prescription drug or a natural alternative. But is it really treating the root cause of your health issue? Do you feel any better? If you take thyroid hormone replacement will you ever be able to make it on your own?
I don’t like to give my patients bandaids for each symptom. I prefer to address their dysfunctional hypothalamus.
There’s not much out there to treat hypothalamic disorders. That’s why I created nutritional hypothalamic support. It’s worked wonders in addressing the root cause of my patients’ hormonal imbalances. It supported the maestro of their entire symphony of hormones – the hypothalamus.
Genesis Gold is the foundation of my practice and has been since 2003. It’s a synchronistic blend of natural phytonutrients and amino acids formulated to support your hypothalamus. When your hypothalamus gets what it needs to function optimally, all of your hormones, neurotransmitters and immune factors come into balance.
If you have any questions regarding whether your symptoms are related to your hypothalamus, join us in our Hormone Support Group where I address your questions live. Access the free group by signing up for our Hormone Reboot Training, an online course that will give you the tools you need to heal.