What does my thyroid do?
Your thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland located in your neck. This small gland has a big job! Your thyroid is responsible for:
- maintaining body temperature
- activating each and every cell of the body
- assisting in the function of every gland and organ
- influencing cell growth including hair growth and healthy skin
- influences heartbeat and rhythm
- helps children to grow
- influences peristalsis and moves the bowels
When thyroid hormones become either too high or too low chemical reactions all over the body are thrown off.
If your thyroid becomes sluggish and does not produce enough hormone (hypothyroidism) or the conversion of T4 to T3 is insufficient symptoms can include:
- feeling cold, especially the hands and feet
- dry skin
- dry and lackluster hair or hair falling out
- weight gain even on a low calorie diet
- brain fog
- bradycardia (slow heart rate)
If your thyroid produces too much hormone (hyperthyroidism) symptoms can include:
- feeling nervous or anxious
- difficulty concentrating
- feeling too warm especially when others are comfortable
- fast heart rate especially at rest or the heart skipping a beat
- losing weight especially when not trying
How do you diagnose a thyroid imbalance?
An accurate and complete diagnosis requires a complete thyroid blood panel including TSH, Total T4, Free T3, T3 Reverse, T3 Uptake. If autoimmune is expected a Thyroid Autoimmune Panel may be needed as well.
Knowing how to read the panel and decipher what it all means is important and is more complicated than seeing a low or high TSH.
How do you treat a thyroid imbalance?
Like all of the body’s systems, a well balanced diet high in fresh vegetables and some fruits as well as whole grains, good fats, and quality protein is essential. There are a few foods that may need to be limited or eliminated if your thyroid is sick. High quantities of goitrogenic foods are not indicated. Most goitrogens are from the cabbage family. Soy is also a real problem for all thyroids. Gluten is another potential problem as upwards of 80% of people with Hashimoto’s Thyroid Disease are gluten sensitive or gluten plays a role in the autoimmune process.
Most health food stores are full of a variety of thyroid support supplements. A good whole food supplement can be helpful but one thing that you may want to avoid is anything with iodine. The long debate over iodine supplementation and thyroid is too complicated to present here but if you feel the need to supplement iodine, make sure that you do not have Hashimoto’s Thyroid and use natural food sources. The supplements that we use here at Integrated Wellness help support proper thyroid function and proper conversion of T4 to T3 safely, through natural herbs and botanicals.
As most people are aware that stress makes everything worse. Thyroid dysfunction is no different. Learning to manage stress can help restore normal function to some thyroid conditions.
Under functioning adrenal glands can also be a real stress to the thyroid. If you are diagnosed with a thyroid condition, make sure that the adrenals have been properly assessed.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement
If correcting lifestyle problems, dietary concerns and supplements haven’t helped to correct your thyroid condition, it is possible that you will need to take thyroid hormone. There are two primary kinds, synthetic and bioidentical. At Integrated Wellness we use bioidentical supplements as they more closely resemble what your body is use to and can be measured in the thyroid hormone blood test.
How Healthy is Your Thyroid?
Schedule Your $79 Thyroid Assessment
Or call 801-292-9355
Assessment will help to identify conditions such as Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism, and Hashimoto’s.
Includes Blood lab analysis of the following tests:
- – TSH
- – T4
- – T3
- – T3U
- – Free Thyroxine Index
- – Thyroid Antibodies