Doctors often prescribe the synthetic hormone T4 to treat hypothyroidism. T4 is a storage hormone meant to convert to T3, the active hormone. This conversion is meant to happen mostly in your liver and your gut, plus a healthy thyroid produces about 10% T3.
Why is just taking T4 problematic?
The big problem with taking just T4 is that it's quite possible that your thyroid already produces enough of it, and the problem is in the conversion from T4 to T3.
Most doctors don't check to see if the conversion is happening efficiently. Because taking T4 does not mean you have enough T3, many people who take T4 medications continue to experience symptoms like depression, anxiety, weight gain, fatigue, aches and pains, high blood pressure, hair loss and more.
So then, doctors prescribe even more medications to "fix" these symptoms. But the root cause is still there. This situation may seem hopeless, but the truth is that when you discover the cause of your imbalanced thyroid, you can repair it naturally and effectively.