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Thyroid Disfunction

How do you know if your Thyroid is out of balance?

Your Thyroid is a small, butterfly shaped gland in the middle of your throat.  For something that plays such an important role in our body, we are probably unaware of its existence until there is a problem.  

Often the first symptoms that might alert you that your thyroid is not working optimally is weight gain or cold hands.  These can easily be explained by other things and often blood tests can return 'normal' results.  

Your thyroid is very important - think of it like a manager of your metabolism and that includes:

  1. Blood sugar regulation

  2. fat metabolism

  3. cell replication and turnover

  4. temperature control

  5. sleep/wake cycles

You can see why it's necessary to have it functioning well!

There are many factors involved in thyroid function beginning with a part of your brain called your pituitary gland.  Here, a hormone is released that stimulates the production of thyroid hormones at the gland itself and these then go on to effect various parts of your body and functions.  All these processes rely on important nutrients such as iodine, zinc and selenium  as well as iron and magnesium.  As well as this, increased cortisol production and systemic inflammation can cause damage to the gland and lead to loss of hormone production.  

You may have also heard of thyroid conditions such as Hashimotos and Grave's Disease.  These are autoimmune thyroid conditions where there something has caused the person's immune system to attack their thyroid gland.  Inflammation is also a major culprit here with underlying infections from viruses or bacteria leading to such effects.

Some of the symptoms that you may experience if your thyroid is not functioning optimally include:  

  1. Weight gain

  2. Fatigue

  3. Poor circulation

  4. Hair loss

  5. No period or long cycles

  6. Constipation

Testing for thyroid imbalances commonly involves only Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH).  This is the hormone produced by your pituitary gland located in your brain.  It responds in a feedback loop to the hormones produced at your thyroid gland (T4 and T3) and is often the last hormone to be effected.  The other factor to take into consideration is the reference range for testing, with only people falling outside this being considered to have overt thyroid disease.  Unfortunately, many people return results that indicate suboptimal thyroid function and they often respond very well to supplementation of nutrients for thyroid hormone production.

The key to improving your health is through diet and lifestyle

Herbal medicine and nutritional supplements are also used to:

  1. Support your nervous system

  2. Provide essential nutrients for thyroid function

  3. Reduce the inflammatory response

  4. Improve your energy and sleep

  5. Support your digestive system

Learn more about your thyroid and how you can improve your health.  Contact Larissa to make an appointment for a consultation.