Thyroid disease is becoming more common, with environmental toxins, viruses, and lifestyle significantly impacting the function of the thyroid gland. Thyroid disease is most common in women, but does affect men as well. You can have too low or too high thyroid function with thyroid disease. Low thyroid function would have symptoms of weight gain or no ability to lose weight, low energy, dry skin, hair loss, and constipation. High thyroid function symptoms include unintentional weight loss, diarrhea, anxiety and panic, and racing heart to name a few. Getting to the bottom of the imbalance and working to heal that can improve your thyroid function.
The Most Common CAUSES OF Thyroid Disease (hypo, hyper, autoimmune)
- Nutrient deficiencies from an imbalanced diet or poor digestion/absorption of food.
- Imbalance between the hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid (HPT) axis and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis.
- Environmental exposures to endocrine disruptors: Toxins, viruses, bacteria, molds, electromagnetic frequencies (EMF).
THE INITIAL INVESTIGATION May Include
- Assess diet and test nutrient levels in blood and/or assess for food reactions.
- Assess stress levels (mental, emotional, and physical) and measure thyroid and adrenal hormone levels and balance.
- Assess potential environmental exposures and measure immune markers as well as levels of toxins in the blood or urine.
- Lifestyle changes to decrease stress along with counseling and personalized stress management techniques.
- Dietary counseling for low inflammation and optimal nutrient levels.
- Nutritional supplements and herbs to support thyroid glands, detox, digestive health, and/or nutrient levels.
- Individualized detox protocol including hydrotherapy.