Hypothyroidism 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped endocrine gland that is normally located in the lower front of the neck. The thyroid's job is to produce thyroid hormones, which are secreted into the blood and carried to every cell in your body. The thyroid hormones regulate our metabolism by helping the body utilize energy effectively. These hormones are essential for many daily functions carried out by our bodies.

 

There are times when this gland either produces too much thyroid hormones which is known as hyperthyroidism and times when not enough hormone is produced, this is known as hypothyroidism.

 

What Is Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is the most common thyroid problem that we see at NDH and many people go undiagnosed for long periods of time because the symptoms often overlap with the feeling of  just being tired and busy or run down. By the time you finally seek help you feel both physically and emotionally exhausted.

Hypothyroidism is an underactive thyroid gland, which means that your thyroid is unable to make enough thyroid hormones to keep the body running normally. There are many causes for this and understanding these causes forms the basis for how we manage this condition at NDH.

 

How Do I Know If I Have An Underactive Thyroid?

Hypothyroidism can be hard to recognise at first because many people live with minor or major symptoms of hypothyroidism put it down to feeling 'run down' or 'old age' for years without ever really knowing what the cause is.

 

There is a long list of symptoms that can relate to a hypothyroid. Do you experience any of these?

  • Fatigue

  • Easily Gain Weight

  • Puffy Face, Droopy Eye Lids

  • Infertility

  • Excessive Menstrual Bleeding

  • Intolerance to Cold, Cold skin

  • Brain Fog, Memory Problems & Difficulty Concentrating

  • Thinning or Loss of Outer - Third of Eyebrows

  • Tightness and swelling of Neck

  • Premenstrual Tension

  • Reduced Libido

  • Depression

  • Slow Reflexes

  • Muscle Weakness, Aches or Cramps

  • Thinning Hair on Scalp, Armpits, Pubic

  • Loss of Appetite and Constipation

  • Dry Skin, Hair & Brittle Nails

  • Absence of Periods

 

Why Would I Get An Underactive Thyroid.

Unfortunately women are 10 times for more likely to develop a hypothyroid in their lifetime than men. One study showed nearly 6 percent of women over the age of 60 had hypothyroidism, and some experts believe that further 20 percent have subclinical hypothyroidism. This is mainly due to the fact that menopausal and hypothyroidism symptoms often mimic each other, therefore many women escape the hypothyroidism net and are misdiagnosed.

 

Some of the causes include:

  • Autoimmune disease known as Hashimotos disease.

  • Radiation or surgical removal of the thyroid gland due to an overactive thyroid or cancer of the thyroid.

  • Inflammation of the thyroid.

  • Nutritional deficiencies such as iodine and selenium.

  • Oestrogen dominance

  • Acute stress and anxiety.

  • Oxidative stress and inflammation.

  • Food allergies especially gluten.

  • Toxcicity.

 

How Can Naturally Dynamic Health Help.

Naturopathy takes a holistic approach to your health, assessing the 'whole person' and using accurate diagnostic testing to identify the causes and contributing factors to your condition.

 

Assessing the thyroid with blood tests is the only accurate way to check how your thyroid is functioning and depending on the results a personalized treatment plan is provided to either help support and restore function for a subclinical underactive thyroid or support medical prescription of thyroxine for a diagnosis or hypothyroidism. This is to ensure that your cellular tissues are able to utilize the thyroxine well.

 

It maybe necessary to recommend further blood or saliva tests to help determine the underlying causes other than just thyroid hormone levels.

 

Based on this, your naturopath will advise particular dietary and lifestyle adjustments, as well as prescribing herbal and nutritional medicines tailored specifically to your symptoms and the underlying issue(s).

 

Their Approach May Include:

  • Optimising thyroid function

  • Balancing hormones

  • Stimulating fat loss

  • Normalising your body's immune response

  • Increasing your body's ability produce energy

  • Releasing toxins from your body

  • Don't Ignore Hypothyroidism

 

Left untreated, hypothyroidism can lead to excess weight, debilitating fatigue, aching muscles and stiff joints, infertility and many more health problems. So Don't you deserve the very best health care? make an appointment today with one of our experienced, caring naturopath's at Naturally Dynamic Health, and find a natural solution to your hypothyroidism. You can make an appointment online , email us , or phone us on 0260210557

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