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 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 is looking 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 reference ranges have not caught up with the clinical literature of when we should be diagnosing and treating thyroid issues. Most patients are experiencing most of the symptoms of low functioning thyroid for years before their thyroid markers are outside of reference range, leaving them 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 enzymes 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 hypothyroid symptoms.
We have started to learn 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, we realize that autoimmune diseases run together. So if your immune system has disregulated 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 cause of the immune disregulation. It could be a specific antigen, virus, bacteria, inflammation, food intolerance, mold, heavy metal exposure, environmental exposures, 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 but never addressing the key component of the immune system. In removing the offending issue will help the patient feel better, decrease immune response, and slow destruction of thyroid gland.