I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard or read some variation of the question:

“Why are my hormones all over the place?”

Many of us feel like our hormones are in complete chaos, and causing all sorts of problems in our body.

Believe me, I’ve felt that way too.

My goal in doing this is to educate and empower. I want you to understand what’s going on in your body, to have the information you need to make decisions or choices that you need to make, and to be able to know what changes to make to feel better.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to teach you about every single hormone in your body.

I am not an endocrinologist!

But I will teach you about the ones to watch out for, what to be aware of, and what you have the power to work on yourself!

The good news is that the approaches to work on for most of these are almost exactly the same! You’ll see why when we get into the details.

Thyroid Hormones

The thyroid is an organ in the neck that is responsible for regulating your metabolism. And while that sounds “simple”, it’s most certainly not simple. It basically turns the energy in your body up, or down.

There are actually several thyroid hormones involved in the thyroid process overall, but here is what happens when your thyroid isn’t doing what it’s supposed to be doing.


If your thyroid is slow (which is also known as hypothyroid), you might notice the following symptoms:


If your thyroid is overactive (also known as hyperthyroidism), you might notice the following symptoms:

Both states can interfere with sleep!

Blood Work

The way to diagnose thyroid conditions is through a blood test.

TSH – also known as thyroid stimulating hormone, this is the baseline test for thyroid function

Free T4

Free T3

Antibodies – there are two types of antibodies associated with the thyroid that can be screened for. High levels of these present can mean there is an autoimmune component to the thyroid disorder.

Most doctors will only test for TSH. There are complicated reasons for this but getting a comprehensive picture is always in your best interest. So, if you have the option to test for all of these, definitely take it!

Another thing – it isn’t uncommon to notice symptoms of hyper or hypothyroid, have your blood work tested, and have everything come back completely normal. This can make people feel really unsettled sometime. They don’t feel well, but everything looks “normal”. I promise, the symptoms that you’re feeling is real. Sometimes lab work needs to be re-run. Sometimes more in depth lab work needs to be run. And sometimes you might need a second opinion.

How Does The Thyroid Interact With Other Hormones?

I’ve mentioned previously that all of these wonderful hormones are connected! And the thyroid is a very common link. It does seem to be susceptible to influence from a variety of hormones. Here are a few examples:

There are many other things in our environment that can disrupt thyroid function:

How to Optimize Thyroid Hormones

General Recommendations

And like I keep saying in all of my other blogs, all of my global recommendations apply to the thyroid as well.

Hormones, and thyroid hormones in particular, can feel really overwhelming. And they can be very complicated.

But the best way to get them optimized is to work on the things I just talked about – stress, sleep, eating food that fuels you, and moving every day.

And if you need help with the sleep, head on over here to check out my free on-demand workshop: Secrets to Sleeping Well (https://bit.ly/3UoqxXh)!

Elizabeth Brothers Health