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Hypothyroidism Functional Medicine: A Foundation of Knowledge

Finding effective hypothyroidism natural treatment starts with a basic understanding of your endocrine system.

The endocrine system consists of –

  • Pituitary gland
  • Thyroid gland
  • Pancreas
  • Ovaries/testes

These organs secrete a variety of hormones including growth hormone, insulin, thyroid hormone, estrogen, testosterone, etc. The hormones produced in the endocrine system regulate a variety of functions in the body, including metabolism, growth, reproduction, and development.

Three hormones are produced by the thyroid gland-

  • T3 (Triiodothyronine)
  • T4 (Thyroxine)
  • Calcitonin

T3 and T4 are used by the body to regulate energy and metabolism. As these hormones enter the bloodstream, they are transported throughout the body. They are found in almost every type of cell, across all organs and systems.

Symptoms of Thyroid Problems

Hypothyroidism is considered the “Great Masquerader” because many of its symptoms resemble symptoms of numerous other diseases. Hypothyroidism refers to an underactive thyroid, as the American Thyroid Association explains. Hyperthyroidism, an overactive thyroid, is another all-too-common issue.

When you are suffering from thyroid problems, the chemical makeup of your body changes. This may result in hormone imbalance. Some common symptoms of thyroid disorders include –

  • Weight Loss or Weight Gain – When your thyroid is not functioning properly, metabolism will change. Your metabolism can slow resulting in weight gain, or it can rev up, resulting in weight loss. Dietary changes alone will not correct your metabolism.
  • Muscle Cramps – Many individuals suffering from thyroid problems will experience muscle weakness, especially in the hips and shoulders. Muscles stiffness, muscle cramps, and a slow down in reflexes are also common.
  • Cognitive Changes – Concentration difficulties are common in individuals suffering from thyroid problems. You may also experience memory issues.
  • Hair, Nail, and Skin Issues – When you have a thyroid issue, your hair, skin, and nails can be affected. Skin can become dry, nails can become brittle, and hair can become coarse.
  • Mood changes or Depression
  • Muscle aches, Joint stiffness, Fatigue
  • Heavy or irregular menstrual periods
  • Headaches

Unfortunately, all of these symptoms associated with thyroid health can be experienced with other health conditions, including diabetes, menopause, and more.

If hypothyroidism is not controlled in a timely manner, a number of health problems can occur. That includes increased cholesterol levels. High cholesterol can lead to cardiovascular problems, depression and other mood disorders as well as lowered mental functions. Additionally, long-term hypothyroidism can cause peripheral neuropathy, which is nerve damage that causes pain, tingling and numbness.

Identifying your symptoms is especially important for effective natural treatment for hypothyroidism. Holistic thyroid doctors can help define the issues you face. Then, they can help you address the issues impacting your health with natural hypothyroidism treatment.

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Types of Thyroid Disorders

You can experience three types of problems with your thyroid gland, according to the National Library of Medicine and Informed Health. Those are an underactive (hypothyroidism) thyroid, an overactive (hyperthyroidism) thyroid, and growths. These include cysts, nodules, and malignant tumors at the thyroid gland.

When suffering from hypothyroidism, your metabolism slows down. When metabolism slows, your body cannot burn all of the calories consumed, causing weight gain.

When suffering from hyperthyroidism, the reverse occurs. Metabolism speeds up and the body burns more calories than consumed, resulting in weight loss. Finally, thyroid growths can cause the thyroid to produce too much or too little thyroid hormones.

A functional medicine approach to hypothyroidism can help you overcome such issues.

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Causes of Hypothyroidism & Thyroid Disorders

Hypothyroidism has a number of potential causes. That includes autoimmune disorders such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (the most common cause in the US). Other causes of low thyroid function include –

  • Thyroid surgery
  • Radiation to the neck and head
  • Certain medications
  • Pregnancy
  • Iodine deficiency
  • Certain congenital defects and pituitary disorders
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Treatment and Management of Thyroid Disorders

Managing hypothyroidism and thyroid disorders is based on your individual health, genetics, hormone levels and medical history.

Your physician will recommend some specialized blood tests to evaluate your thyroid levels. This includes a TSH, free and total T4 and T3 levels, and thyroid antibodies, as the Cleveland Clinic explains, to check for autoimmune or Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism. Optimal lab ranges for these may differ from normal conventional ranges.

Additionally, other laboratory testing may be done to identify possible causes or associations with hypothyroidism, including male and female hormone assays, adrenal hormone assays, vitamin and mineral deficiency evaluations and evaluations for drug, chemical or heavy metal toxicities.

Based on your history and test results, your integrative thyroid doctor may recommend numerous thyroid natural treatment options, including:

  • Natural thyroid replacement or supportive supplements
  • Correction of hormonal imbalances
  • Conventional synthetic hormone replacement
  • Correction of vitamin and mineral deficiencies
  • Diet and nutrition improvements

In order to lose weight, its best to make healthy lifestyle modifications like a daily exercise regimen and a low calorie, nutritious diet. In addition to this, practicing stress relief techniques and taking nutritional supplements will get the body as healthy as possible.

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Your thyroid hormones affect every aspect of your well-being. Our integrative practitioners use a functional medicine approach to improve your thyroid function and restore your energy levels. Our team of medical professionals will help you address the root cause of your thyroid issues, reverse the effects of an imbalanced thyroid, improve your overall health, and help you reach a healthy body weight and maintain it.

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