A Holistic Approach to Wellness
Thyroid imbalance is underreported and undiagnosed and can wreak havoc...on women, since the majority of thyroid issues are in women. The thyroid is a small butterfly shaped gland in your neck...small, but vital and powerful!
When your thyroid is our of whack, fatigue is the top symptom. With 20 years since my first hypothyroid diagnosis, I can say that when your numbers are off you feel terrible, all the time. That MD said, "haven't you noticed that you are unusually tired?", which of course my response was that I worked long hours and had little kids at home...of course i was tired!
The thyroid gland is the major regulator for energy for your entire body, affecting many things, but especially your metabolism. Our thyroid gland is critical to so many functions in our bodies – it produces hormones that regulate our metabolism, balance other hormones (e.g. sex hormones), and maintain a balanced calcium level, which is critical for bone health.
Hypothyroid means your thyroid is under producing thyroid hormones so energy and metabolism also run low. Your doctor may test some thyroid levels: TSH, T4 and T3, along with antibody levels. On top of that, I like to see my Free T3, Free T4 and reverse T3, which many Functional MDs use.
Symptoms include (but not limited to):
Your system is running on a reserve tank and it can affect all bodily systems. You feel lousy! The most common type of hypothyroidism is due to an autoimmune condition, called Hashimoto’s Disease.
On the flip side....
Hyperthyroid means your thyroid is over producing thyroid hormones. This can cause someone to feel overly revved up and in overdrive. Symptoms may include
There is also an autoimmune cause of hyperthyroidism, called Grave’s Disease.
If you suspect a thyroid imbalance, have your medical provider do a thyroid panel to make sure levels are in optimal range.
To maintain healthy thyroid function, make sure you get enough of these nutrients: iodine, selenium, zinc and the amino acid tyrosine. Iodine deficiency is one of the main causes of hypothyroidism.
The adaptogenic herb, ashwagandha, is also very helpful for good thyroid function!
Foods that support healthy thyroid function:
• Sea vegetables, such as kelp.
• Chlorella and algae
• Good fats such as avocado and coconut oil (especially helpful for hypothyroidism)
• Omega-3 fats, such as salmon and sardine.
• Foods rich in antioxidants (fresh fruits and vegetables) to help neutralize oxidative stress.
To support my thyroid function, and the conversion of T4 to T3 (active thyroid hormone), I use a supplement called
THYROID MAINTENANCE (use practitioner #5165284853). It contains the necessary cofactors and helps improve your thyroid health.
A health diet and lifestyle is the number one way to help your thyroid...contact me for a holistic health consultation!
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