FIVE Connections between Bile Flow and Thyroid Function

  • If not absorbing fats, you can’t make thyroid hormones
  • Finland study: hypothyroidism 7x more likely in people with decreased bile flow
  • Bile triggers release of the enzyme that converts T4 to T3
  • Gut bacteria plays a role in T4 to T3 conversion
  • Thyroid hormones relaxes sphincter of Oddi, which controls flow of bile into the small intestines