The causes and effects of low energy and how we can treat it naturally
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Usually the cause of low or fluctuating energy levels is low thyroid and adrenal production. If you have a noticeable energy lag in the afternoons about 2pm to 3pm – this is a strong indicator of thyroid/adrenal dysfunction. Be aware that this will probably not show on a medical blood test which can be notoriously inaccurate.
There are usually a combination of issues creating thyroid and adrenal dysfunction.
Firstly, when the liver and kidneys are overloaded with toxicity, the toxins run around the bloodstream and start to infiltrate the hypothalamus. This part of the brain doesn’t have as good a blood/brain barrier as the rest of the brain and is very susceptible to toxins in the bloodstream. The toxins cause the hypothalamus to partially shut down, which affects the signalling between the hypothalamus and the pituitary (master gland). This inhibits the pituitary to send the right signal to the thyroid, which then prevents the message being sent on to the adrenals. The outcome is a low or fluctuating thyroid and adrenal function. Resulting in the classic afternoon adrenal failure and/or general low energy levels.
Secondly, toxicity especially bromide, fluoride, chloride, block the iodine receptors of the thyroid. This inhibits the thyroids’ ability to uptake iodine and hence produce thyroxine. This is intensified in women, who need a lot more iodine than men as they require higher amounts of iodine for breast and ovary health. The modern diet is very low in useable iodine. Most of the iodine in table salt has evaporated, by the time it is being used.