Are you struggling with:
- Weight gain even with a low calorie diet
- Brain fog
- Chronic fatigue/low energy
- Need abnormal amounts of sleep to function
- Hair loss
Hypothyroidism is an underactive thyroid gland. This becomes a major issue for the body because the thyroid gland is the command center for enzymes, metabolism, and body temperature. It is estimated that 27 million Americans have hypothyroid. If your thyroid gland is not making enough thyroid hormone, many body systems are affected.
The thyroid gland controls and maintains the metabolic rate in the body. So if you are suddenly gaining weight or constipated, the thyroid gland might be to blame. It is also known for being the temperature regulator of the body. A common symptom of hypothyroid is having cold hands and feet. The thyroid gland also regulates the rate of enzymatic activity in the body. When the thyroid gland slows down you may also start to notice foggy thinking, fatigue, or even acid reflux.
May people today have diagnosed hypothyroid but a new category has recently surfaced called “subclinical hypothyroid.” This category looks at a much narrower lab range and specific thyroid markers (not normally run). People start to experience low functioning thyroid well within the “normal” laboratory range. The traditional reference ranges have not caught up with the clinical literature for diagnosing and treating thyroid issues. Most patients will experience most of the symptoms of low functioning thyroid for years before their thyroid markers are outside of traditional reference range, leaving them physically miserable. We are able to catch thyroid issues before they become pathological and correct them using supplements and diet.
Autoimmune Thyroid (Hashimoto’s)
Are you struggling with:
- Heart palpitations
- Increased pulse at rest
Hashimoto’s Disease is a condition in which your immune system attacks your thyroid. The thyroid gland is part of your endocrine system, which produces hormones that control enzyme reactions, metabolic rate, and temperature regulation in the body. 14 million Americans are estimated to have Hashimoto’s. Autoimmune hypothyroid has a mix of both hyper and hypo-thyroid symptoms.
We have begun to understand that when a patient has full-blown Hashimoto’s, or any other autoimmune disease, it is not a stand alone disease. The more we learn about autoimmune disease, the more we realize that autoimmune diseases run together. So if your immune system has dis-regulated enough to start attacking one gland in the body and has lost self regulation, then it is potentially attacking other organ systems.
It is very important to find the root cause of the immune dis-regulation. It could be a specific antigen, virus, bacteria, inflammation, food intolerance, mold, heavy metal exposure, environmental exposure, yeast or any combination of the above. The current medical standard of treatment for Hashimoto’s is to put a patient on synthetic thyroid hormone, yet never addressing the key components of the immune system. In removing the specific issue(s) we will help the patient feel better, decrease immune response, and slow destruction of the thyroid gland.