T4 converts to T3. Some people are only low in T3 due to it not converting well from the T4 storage hormone. Our livers take a beating killing all these critters and from the "ammo" we use to do this. Thus liver detoxing is important for thyroid health too.www.naturalendocrinesolutions.com/articles/do-you-have-a-t4-to-t3-conversion-problem/
20% of the conversion of T4 to T3 takes place in the liver, and so if you don’t have a properly functioning liver then this can also cause problems with the conversion. And just because the liver enzymes look fine on a blood test doesn’t mean that you don’t have any liver problems. While these tests can be helpful to rule out any serious liver conditions, if someone’s liver has a reduced ability to detoxify due to other factors, such as all of the toxins we’re exposed to through the food we eat and the environment, then this can reduce the liver’s ability to convert T4 to T3. So if someone has a problem converting T4 to T3, then a liver detoxification program may be beneficial.
Adrenal Problems. Having high cortisol levels can affect the conversion of T4 to T3. A lot of people have this problem, and in most cases it is due to stress. So it is of course important to do a good job of managing one’s stress levels. And if one has high cortisol levels, then in addition to proper stress management, certain herbs may be necessary on a temporary basis to help lower the cortisol levels, such as a combination of Ashwaganda and Rehmannia."
***My thoughts on anxiety: Its also quite often a combination of adrenal issues........... and brain chemical imbalances (neurotransmitters) or its blocked pathways.
Gaia has quite a few relaxation "mixes", this one looks pretty good. These are all general nervous system calming herbs....a good place to start, a natural and affordable "band aid" of sorts that work for many but dont get to the cause. BUT if it works, great. If not......look further:
Adrenals. Anxiety "surges" are quite often from over worked adrenals. A 24hr saliva adrenal test help take some guesswork out of it ($150 from ZRT labs). Tired adrenals can sometimes show up as low and high in different parts of the day and can overreact from the smallest stressor, leaving you with anziety for hours.
Gaia also has a few adrenal or stress mixes with the more "adaptogen" herbs, or try separately:/draxe.com/7-adaptogen-herbs-to-lower-cortisol/
holy basil is the calmest one of most of these.
Ever had neurotransmitters tested? Genetics, hormones, and how "toxic" our bodies are have a direct effect on these. Fine tuning brain chemistry is best not rushed and best with one supplement at a time until you know the reaction. You can go direct with the nuerotransmitter influencing amino acids like 5-HTP, Gaba or L-theanine. The amino acid methionine, or its "short cut" SAM-e are more for depression, but have been known to help anxiety as well. The mineral salt Lithium Orotate in small 5mg doses kind of "
opens up" most or all of the neurotransmitters pathways and is not to be confused with the more powerful phyc med lithium. Note: none of these amino acids should be combined with Rx meds similar to Zoloft.
Sometimes supplements from one of these above areas are are all thats needed, sometimes all three of these areas. The "mixtures" like what you purchased are a good quick try, vs individual supps.
I have tried many of these and eventually learned what individually worked best for me (cheaper too) as I had anxiety and adrenal issues for the long haul. I still take a few as needed.
My personal favs were holy basil and 5-htp when anxiety was at its worse point. The more I improved, the more sleepy these made me.
Then I changed to the calming, yet non-drowsy effects of amino L-theanine combined with relaxing passion flower for longer lasting effects.
Today, I can only use 5-htp or holy basil if I'm really revved up as I'll get sleepy from it, guess thats a good sign.
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