Thyroid Hormone, Leptin, and Coordination

By Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

January 25, 2013

Thyroid Hormone, Leptin, and Coordination
Impaired coordination may be a first sign of sluggish thyroid function. If you are you bumping into things too often, you may have sluggish thyroid due to faulty leptin function.

Based on signals that come into your subconscious brain from around your body, your hypothalamus gland decides how much thyroid hormone should be made. It then makes thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH), which is sent to your pituitary to make some thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), in turn telling your thyroid to get in gear and make some thyroid hormone.

New gene science1 shows that your brain's decision to make TRH in the first place is controlled entirely by leptin. If you are gaining too much weight or stuck at a weight that is too high, leptin is not working right . You can get leptin working properly by being in a proper weight loss trend or by maintaining a healthy body weight, which in turn will promote normal and healthy thyroid function.

The good news is that you don't have to be at a perfect body weight before leptin starts to work properly; you just have to be moving consistently in the right direction.

The researchers also found that TRH not only signaled the production of TSH and consequently thyroid hormone, but that it also goes to your cerebellum (the physical motion control center in your brain) and activates normal function. Thus, if you are low on TRH it will show up as being clumsy. Now you can add "lack of coordination" to the list of sluggish thyroid symptoms that are very important to nip in the bud to maintain optimal health.

Basic nutritional support for healthy thyroid function includes l-tyrosine, selenium, iosol iodine, manganese, zinc, iron, and B-vitamins. Following the 5 Rules of the Leptin Diet improves leptin hormone balance and weight loss efforts.

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