SUFFERING IN SILENCE
Located below your Adam’s apple is a butterfly-shaped gland called the thyroid. This small but complex gland produces hormones that are responsible for the most basic aspects of body function, impacting every major system in the body. Thyroid hormone acts directly on the brain, gut function, the cardiovascular system, bone health, red blood cell function, liver & gall bladder function, steroid hormone production, glucose metabolism, cholesterol metabolism, protein metabolism and body temperature regulation. Therefore, maintaining proper levels of these hormones is important to your overall health and functioning.
WHAT IS HYPOTHYROIDISM?
Hypothyroidism is an often overlooked condition, associated with an underproduction of thyroid hormones. Surprisingly, most physicians do not evaluate or test properly in order to treat hypothyroidism, leaving its victims to suffer in silence. I know. I was one of those patients for many, many years.
Hypothyroidism affects over 20 million people here in the U.S. and over 200 million worldwide. One in eight women will experience hypothyroidism and more than half don’t know they have it. Autoimmune conditions (where the body turns on itself & attacks a tissue it thinks is a foreign invader) such as Hashimoto’s Disease or Graves’ Disease are increasing at alarming rate.
DO YOU EXPERIENCE THESE SYMPTOMS?
- Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
- Cold hands and feet, consistent body temperature below 98.O F
- Low blood pressure
- Brain fog, forgetfulness
- Dry skin, cracked or brittle nails
- Weakness, muscle aches & joint pain
- Fatigue despite proper sleep and rest
- Hormone imbalances such as PMS, irregular periods, low sex drive, infertility
- Mood issues such as anxiety or depression
- Hair loss, thinning outer third of eyebrow
WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?
To reverse your thyroid condition, you must work with a qualified Functional Medicine Provider who will uncover the root of your thyroid imbalances. We order comprehensive thyroid lab testing, (not just TSH) to discover your true thyroid metabolism. Next, we do a thorough assessment of your diet, heavy metal & environmental toxin exposure (such as chlorine), vitamin & mineral intake, gut function and adrenal status. Then we work together to create a personalized nutritional & lifestyle plan to heal your thyroid and recover your health and energy.