Thyroid Health


What You Need to Know About Your Thyroid Health

If you are tired of feeling sluggish, fatigued, and overweight, it could be related to your thyroid health.

As a Holistic Health Practitioner, I take a functional and holistic approach to thyroid health while concentrating on natural treatments and remedies. Instead of solely looking at a patient’s health problems as a disease, I focus on maximizing the patient’s HEALTH, imbalances, and dysfunction. My team and I investigate the causes that lead to health issues, which finally show up as symptoms. By eliminating these causes, the symptoms should not return. My goal is to restore balance to the body’s physiological POWER, so that my patients enjoy lifelong, optimal health.

Through years of practice, I have found that focusing on the causes behind thyroid-related health issues, rather than symptoms, is a better approach to improving your overall health. Conventional medicine usually turns to prescription medicine to treat symptoms without looking for the root cause. The problem is that medications simply mask symptoms while doing nothing to address any underlying issues. Therefore, the symptoms tend to come back and often require medications for life.

At the BodyPro Wellness Center, we investigate the cause of your thyroid dysfunction, and maximize each step of the inner workings of your thyroid function in order to magnify your health and vitality. As a result, you’ll burn fuels to create energy to thrive and function.

Recommended Natural Hypothyroidism Treatment

  • Remove gluten from your diet. Food intolerances such that come from wheat, cause inflammation and disrupt thyroid function. Follow a grain free diet.
  • Avoid all dairy products, A1 casein protein (i.e., cow’s milk) as well as A2 beta-casein protein (cows, goat or sheep milk). Milk products with these proteins also cause inflammation and disrupt thyroid function by mimicking gluten.
  • NO BPA (Bisphenol A). Use BPA-free plastic bottles, or drink out of a glass or stainless steel.
  • Restore cell health and detox your body of harmful metals. Take a combination of Milk Thistle, Turmeric, Chlorella, and Cilantro.
  • Eat kelp or an organic liquid iodine to supplement your iodine levels. (Not recommended for patients with an autoimmune condition, as iodine can make the condition worse.)
  • Eat foods that are rich in Selenium, such as Brazil nuts, salmon, sunflower seeds, beef, mushrooms, and onions.
  • Lower your cortisol levels and take adaptogen supplements, such as Ashwagandha and Tulsi.
  • Decrease carbohydrates, sugars, and grains from your diet. Replace these foods with healthy fats, such as coconut oil, coconut milk, avocado oil, avocado, grass-fed beef, wild salmon, chia, flax seeds, and hemp seeds. These foods will help promote hormone balance.
  • Remove mercury amalgam fillings. Find a holistic dentist to remove amalgam fillings safely (http://holisticdental.org/find-a-holistic-dentist).

Thyroid Defined

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located in the front of the neck that makes thyroid hormones. Thyroid hormones regulate the way the body uses energy and is essential for metabolism and overall health.

How Prevalent is Thyroid Disease in the U.S.?

According to the American Thyroid Association, the prevalence and impact of thyroid disease are as follows:

  • More than 12 percent of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime.
  • An estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease. Up to 60 percent of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition.
  • Women are five to eight times more likely than men to have thyroid problems. One woman in eight will develop a thyroid disorder during her lifetime.
  • Most thyroid cancers respond to treatment, although a small percentage can be very aggressive.
  • Undiagnosed thyroid disease may put patients at risk for certain serious conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, and infertility.
  • Pregnant women with undiagnosed or inadequately treated hypothyroidism have an increased risk of miscarriage, preterm delivery, and severe developmental problems in their children.

Major Contributing Factors for Thyroid Disease

1. Toxicity: Radiation and Heavy Metal exposure
2. Deficiency: In Iodine and Selenium
3. Food Intolerance and Sensitivities: Gluten, Dairy, Whey, Yeast, Rice, Millet, and Corn
4. Hormone Imbalance: High Cortisol from Stress, Low Protein and Low Fat Diets, Too Many Carbs
5. Infections: Viral and Bacterial

Thyroid Problems Undetected

Most often patients who have hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid where the thyroid does not produce enough hormone) present with the following symptoms:

  • Depression
  • Extreme Fatigue
  • Forgetfulness
  • Weight Gain

These are pretty generic symptoms and often go undetected because either the symptoms mimic many other ailments or they are so slight that they go unnoticed. If you take a closer look at your symptoms, you may notice that they have been gradual and worsening over time. The more silent signs of hypothyroidism, include:

  • Sleep Changes (More Tired, Frequent Naps)
  • Change in Bowel Habits (Constipation)
  • High Cholesterol
  • Thinning Hair (Eyebrows)
  • Brain Fog (Mental Fatigue, Subtle Memory Loss)
  • Weight Gain (Gradual, Clothes are Too Tight)

Generally, the symptoms of hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid where your body is producing too much hormone) include:

  • Irritability
  • Nervousness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Unexplainable Weight Loss
  • Vision and eye issues
  • Sleep disturbances and problems

And more specifically, when taking a closer look, you may notice these other gradual symptoms over a period of time:

  • Anxiety (Hypervigilance)
  • Random Sweating (Increased Body Temperature due to Increased Metabolism)
  • Sleep Changes (Insomnia/Metabolism is Revved Up)
  • Change in Bowel Habits (Not Diarrhea, Increase in Frequency)
  • Increased Appetite (Weight Loss)

Diagnosing Thyroid Disease

The following tests should be performed for proper diagnosis.

  • Spot Urinary Iodine Test – tests your morning urine to see how much iodine is present.
  • Blood Tests, Including
    • TSH
    • Free T4
    • Free T3
    • Reverse T3
    • T3RU
    • Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TP0Ab)
    • Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TgAb)

These last two tests are thyroid antibody tests for autoimmune thyroid diseases, such as Hashimoto’s and Graves’ diseases.

Thyroid Scan

Take the Functional Medicine Approach for Lifelong Optimal Health

With the increased prevalence and impact of thyroid disease in the U.S., you need to advocate for your own health. Get tested and consult a qualified, holistic medical professional to get to the source of your imbalance.
Sources:
https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/endocrine-diseases/hyperthyroidism
https://www.thyroid.org/media-main/about-hypothyroidism/
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hypothyroidism/diagnosis-treatment/diagnosis/dxc-20155353
http://www.rd.com/health/conditions/thyroid-disease-signs
https://www.thyroid.org/thyroiditis/

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