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.

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

  • depression

  • dry skin

  • fatigue

  • feeling cold

  • forgetfulness

  • hair loss

  • infertility

  • loss of drive

  • loss of outer third of eyebrows

  • menstrual abnormalities

  • sensitivity to cold

  • slowed metabolism

  • weakness

  • weight gain

Symptoms of hyperthyroidism

  • anxiety

  • eye protrusion

  • fatigue

  • hair loss

  • heat intolerance

  • heart palpitations

  • increased appetite

  • irritability

  • menstrual abnormalities

  • weight loss

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)

  • Thyroid Surgery

  • Radiation Therapy

  • Medications

    • for example: Lithium used to treat psychiatric disorders

  • Pregancy

    • during pregnancy or post-partum

  • Iodine Deficiency

CAUSES OF HYPERTHYROIDISM

  • Grave’s Disease

  • Excessive Iodine

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

    • Nutritional Deficiencies

    • Anemia

    • Eating Habits

    • Blood Sugar Imbalance

    • Food Sensitivities

    • Poor Stress Tolerance

    • Environmental Toxins


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

  • Thyroid Antibodies:

    • 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.

 
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Wellness Packages

initial session

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

coaching packages

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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