Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that sits at the base of your neck and is responsible for producing thyroid hormones, which are vital for many critical functions in the body. You can think of your thyroid as the controller of metabolism, but thyroid hormones also regulate your heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, menstrual cycle, and breathing.
Hypothyroidism is a slowing down of the thyroid resulting in lowered amounts of thyroid hormones.
Hyperthyroidism is a speeding up of the thyroid resulting in elevated amounts of thyroid hormones.
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune reaction where the body attacks the thyroid and can result in a hypothyroid condition.
You can use nutrition and lifestyle changes to improve your thyroid condition.
So what do we do?
we must address the root causes in order to heal
Symptoms of Non-autoimmune hypothyroidism
loss of drive
loss of outer third of eyebrows
sensitivity to cold
Symptoms of hyperthyroidism
Symptoms of hashtimoto’s thyroiditis
It’s possible to experience a combination of the listed hypothyroid and hyperthyroid symptoms.
Causes of hypothyroidism
Autoimmune Hypothyroidism (Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis)
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CAUSES OF HYPERTHYROIDISM
CAUSES OF HASHIMOTO’S THYROIDITIS
The root cause of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis can be related to the following:
Genes: having specific genes that make you susceptible to developing an autoimmune condition
Gut: intestinal permeability (leaky gut) that disrupts the immune system
Triggers: specific triggers that turn on your genetic expression
Underlying Medical Conditions
Blood Sugar Imbalance
Poor Stress Tolerance
Solutions from Composed Nutrition
A root cause approach to wellness - we develop a holistic plan that considers your body, mind, and lifestyle.
Complete the Comprehensive Health Assessment to identify your potential root causes.
Uncover thyroid imbalances through functional lab testing:
Often in conventional medicine you will get your thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) tested.
I use a comprehensive functional thyroid panel that includes TSH plus your thyroid hormone levels and thyroid antibodies to look at the whole picture of the thyroid and detect a potential autoimmune reaction.
TSH: hormone produced by the pituitary gland in the brain to signal to the thyroid to produce more thyroid hormones if low levels are detected
hypothyroidism: high TSH
hyperthyroidism: low TSH
T4: inactive thyroid hormone
T3: active thyroid hormone
TPO - thyroid peroxidase antibodies + TG - thyroglobulin antibodies
to assess for an autoimmune response (if elevated) to the thyroid gland
Implement personalized nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle recommendations to heal symptoms related to the thyroid:
Set a balanced nutrition foundation
Include individualized herbal + nutrient supplements to support your thyroid
Tailor your exercise routine to your energy + hormone levels
Incorporate a morning + night routine
Learn how to set healthy boundaries to protect your energy
Identify tips for more restful sleep
Discover stress management techniques
Reframe negative self-talk + tune into your body
Explore spiritual practices like mindfulness + meditation
We will consider all pieces of the Body Balance wheel to achieve optimal health and get you feeling like yourself again.
A 60-minute video chat or phone call to develop your Personal Health Plan:
Comprehensive Health Assessment Review
Nutrition + Supplement Recommendations
Exercise + Lifestyle Guidance
Lab Test Recommendations
Personalized Recipe + Action Step eBooks
30-minute follow-up calls with unlimited email + text accountability between sessions to:
Celebrate successes + explore barriers that came up
Discuss what's working/what's not working
Explore your goal progress + adjust as necessary
Set a plan of action for the week/month ahead
Review lab test results + next steps
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