More than a thousand years ago, the Hippocrates said that all diseases really begin in the gut.
Today, studies are increasingly finding that this statement may be true, with scientific evidence pointing out that the general well-being of the gastrointestinal system seems to play a role in the regulation of the immune system and many other functions of the human body.
In fact, the health of the gut may even play a role in the effectiveness of certain pharmaceutical drugs used to treat some diseases1.
The same factors may apply when looking at the Thyroid gland. This gland is located in the neck of the human body and secrets hormones that play essential roles in regulating metabolism. These hormones are called Thyroxine and Triiodothyronine. The Thyroid gland makes more Thyroxine than Triiodothyronine, but Thyroxine is considered an inactive form of Thyroid hormone.
The body is able to convert Thyroxine hormones into Triiodothyronine, the active Thyroid hormone, however. In many cases, Thyroxine is also rather referred to as the prohormone of Triiodothyronine2.
This is where things get interesting – according to some of the more recent scientific studies that have been conducted, the gut may even have an impact on Thyroid health.
The connection may also go the other way around, however. In this post, we take a look at how gut health and Thyroid health are connected.