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What is Hypothyroidism?

January 29, 2018

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck. It is known to help our metabolism.

Did you know that 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with Hypothyroidism in their lifetime? As many as 59 million Americans have a thyroid problem, but the majority don't even know it yet. I consider that an epidemic.

If you are experiencing symptoms of fatigue, unexplained weight changes, brittle or dry hair, dry skin, irregular menstrual cycle, fertility problems, constipation, depression or anxiety, please have a thyroid panel done.

A proper thyroid panel should include TSH, Free T3, Free T4, Thyroid peroxidase antibody (TPO), Thyroglobulin antibody (TG Ab), Reverse T3.

Another important piece of the puzzle is that most of you don't feel well while on the prescribed medication. That’s because the body works as a whole, it is not separated by “organ systems.” Just because the numbers look pretty, doesn’t mean that everything is running perfectly in your body-especially if you still have uncontrolled symptoms. If you suffer from hypothyroidism, please also look for sex hormone abnormalities as well as adrenal fatigue. These diagnoses run together & are often the reason hypo or hyperthyroid patients cannot heal. You must treat the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal dysfunction & correct any sex hormone imbalance. These all function together to control metabolism, immunity, sleep and mood. The body functions as a whole!

If you are having thyroid issues here are some tips to start following:

  1. Drink filtered water and consume at least half of your body weight in pounds as ounces daily 
  2. Focus on eating a low carbohydrate moderate protein and higher healthy fats diet to strengthen immunity
  3. Exercise is a must to increase microcirculation and decrease inflammation
  4. Eat brazil nuts or add in a Selenium supplement
  5. Reduce stress by doing yoga or meditation. You can also add in adaptogenic herbs to help reduce stress 
  6. Make sure your VitD, Zinc & B12 levels are in normal range. These are precursors to making thyroid hormones