THYROID

The thyroid produces hormones that are crucial for many functions in the body. If it is not functioning correctly, it can wreak havoc in your body.

What is the thyroid?

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.

Do you ever have any of the following thoughts?

  • I have dry skin and nothing seems to help it

  • I have thin, brittle nails that break easily

  • I have hair loss or the outer third of my eyebrows seems to be thinning

  • I am very sensitive to cold

  • I have fatigue, particularly in the morning

  • I experience brain fog

  • I have stubborn weight gain that I can’t seem to lose

  • I feel sluggish and tired

If so, you may be experiencing a thyroid condition.


SYMPTOMS OF THYROID CONDITIONS

Symptoms of Non-autoimmune hypothyroidism

  • loss of drive

  • loss of outer third of eyebrows

  • menstrual abnormalities

  • sensitivity to cold

  • slowed metabolism

  • weakness

  • weight gain

Symptoms of hyperthyroidism

Symptoms of hashtimoto’s thyroiditis

It’s possible to experience a combination of the listed hypothyroid and hyperthyroid symptoms.


TYPES AND CAUSES OF THYROID CONDITIONS

hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism: This is when the thyroid slows down resulting in lowered amounts of thyroid hormones.

Causes of Hypothyroidism:

  • autoimmune hypothyroidism (Hashimoto’s thyroiditis)

  • iodine deficiency

  • medications (for example: Lithium used to treat psychiatric disorders)

  • pregnancy or post-partum

  • radiation therapy

  • thyroid surgery

HYPERTHYROIDISM

Hyperthyroidism: This is when the thyroid speeds up resulting in elevated amounts of thyroid hormones.

Causes of Hyperthyroidism:

  • Grave’s disease

  • excessive iodine

HASHIMOTO’S THYROIDITIS

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: An autoimmune reaction where the body produces thryoid antibodies that attack the thyroid and can result in a hypothyroid condition.

Causes of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis:

An autoimmune condition can occur when a person has 3 factors present:

  1. Genes: having specific genes that make you susceptible to developing an autoimmune condition

  2. Gut: intestinal permeability (leaky gut) that disrupts the immune system

  3. Triggers: specific triggers that turn on your genetic expression

    • Underlying Medical Conditions

    • Nutritional Deficiencies

    • Anemia

    • Eating Habits

    • Blood Sugar Imbalance

    • Food Sensitivities

    • Poor Stress Tolerance

    • Environmental Toxins


Solutions from Composed Nutrition

We work together to identify the root causes of the symptoms you are feeling. You will first complete a comprehensive health assessment prior to our first appointment. We then begin the first session by reviewing what your assessment reveals about your health and get started on attainable changes to start seeing relief from your thyroid issues right away.

We focus on setting a balanced nutrition foundation and develop a plan that may include herbal and nutrient supplements and tailoring your exercise routine to your energy levels to ease your thyroid issues.

During our time together I will equip you with the tools to take control of your health. Together we will customize a plan that works best for you with your goals in mind.

We can discuss ways to reset your mind to ease your thyroid issues:

  • Incorporating a morning and night routine

  • Learning how to set healthy boundaries to protect your energy

  • Identifying tips for more restful sleep

  • Discovering stress management techniques

  • Reframing negative self-talk + tuning into your body

  • Exploring spiritual practices like mindfulness + meditation

We may also utilize functional lab testing to uncover potential imbalances related to your thyroid issues from the convenience and privacy of your own home. We will discuss the results, what they mean, and how to correct imbalances that may be at the root of your thyroid issues.

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.

Functional thyroid tests I use to help uncover thyroid imbalances:

  • TSH:  A hormone produced by the pituitary gland in the brain to signal to the thyroid to produce more thyroid hormones if low levels are detected.

  • T4: Inactive thyroid hormone

  • T3: Active thyroid hormone

  • Thyroid Antibodies: TPO - thyroid peroxidase antibodies + TG - thyroglobulin antibodies to assess for an autoimmune response (if elevated) to the thyroid gland.

We will consider all pieces of the Composed Nutrition wheel to achieve optimal health and get you feeling like yourself again.

 
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