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Adrenal-Thyroid Connection

When your adrenals are constantly stressed, this sets off an autoimmune, inflammatory response in your entire body. The adrenal-hypothalamus-pituitary feedback loop regulates the secretion of cortisol. All of your organs and your immune system are impacted negatively by the resulting constant assault of cortisol. Low adrenal function can actually cause someone’s thyroid problem to be much worse than it would be otherwise.

When people with both low thyroid and low adrenal function are put on thyroid hormone alone, they sometimes feel worse. If you have low adrenal levels and take thyroid hormone by itself, the increased metabolism may accelerate the low adrenal problem. Also, interactions between the hormones are sometimes as important as the direct action of the hormone itself. Some adrenal hormones assist in the conversion of T-4 to T-3, and may assist in the final effect of T-3 on the tissues. Some scientists believe that even the entrance of thyroid hormone into the cells is under the influence of adrenal hormones. If your adrenal level is low enough, you could benefit by taking both adrenal and thyroid support together.


  1. Deborah Gaddy

    I am 62 years old and very active. I have been taking synthesis for 10 years. five years ago I was diagnosed with insulin resistance resistance. I have managed my blood glucose very well with a plant based diet free of grains and my normal crazy active self! I garden, walk, bike, beach walk, fish, boat, etc. I have problems with my fasting blood glucose but respond fairly normally during the day. I am not able to tolerate a lot of fruit however. What would your recommendation be for someone like me for a modification to your recipe for
    adrenal support ?
    LOVE your books and emails!

    • Follow the eating plan in my book The Anti-Inflammation Diet.

  2. Rebecca Jordan

    Do you have a suggestion for a thyroid supplement that goes well with vitality renew?


  3. Hello Cherie

    I’m a 54 year old man, who doesn’t eat a lot, and whose Thyroid tests have always resulted with “normal” readings. I did the thermometer-under-the-arm test, though, and the results were abnormal.

    Do you have a juicing/meal replacement plan to attack my Adrenals and Thyroid? I would like to lose 40 lbs.

    Thanks so much

    • Jon, The meal plans are in The Juice Lady’s Remedies for Stress and Adrenal Fatigue and my Thyroid Disorders book.

  4. roberta potter

    How do I address this with my doctor? I am not wealthy therefore I am unable to hop from one Dr. to another. I have been on Levothorokine for over 15 years. My symptoms keep getting WORSE.
    Is it true that thyroid med actually contributes to bone thinning? I am 75 years. Can’t afford any of your books. Sorry.
    Thanks for any help you can offer.

    • Many doctors do not understand nutrition and natural approaches to medicine, therefore it is difficult to have this type of discussion. The key is the right nutrients and diet to correct the issue–in this case heal your thyroid. It is true that just taking thyroid medication without addressing the root cause will impact bone health. The thyroid produces calcitonin, which participates in calcium metabolism. When this hormone is low it will affect bones. Follow my protocol and eat no sweets and very little grain; eat no bread and take coconut oil.

  5. My legs are horribly swollen, probably an adrenal problem with stagnant toxins! I have low throid problems, even tho my tests show it’s normal! I am on .150 mg thryoxine, but I think I might have Lymphodema in my legs/ankles…

    • Try mixing raw apple cider vinegar in water for swollen legs.