Understanding the Thyroid: Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s, and Treatments to Help
Friday 01/19/2024

The thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped gland in the front of the neck. It produces hormones that regulate functions like your metabolism, heart rate, and body temperature. When the thyroid is not functioning properly, it can cause various symptoms, including fatigue, weight gain, and difficulty concentrating.

My upcoming book, Restore, shares detailed explanations of how your hormones affect your quality of life and how the thyroid relates to their balance or imbalance. This article shares what you need to know if you’re hoping to tune into your thyroid and hormonal health.

Signs the thyroid isn't functioning properly

When your thyroid isn’t functioning properly, it can cause an array of symptoms that can significantly impact your daily life and overall well-being. Here are five common ones to look out for:

1. Feeling excessively tired and lacking energy despite getting enough sleep is a common symptom of an underactive thyroid. This fatigue can be persistent and interfere with your daily activities.

2. Unexplained weight gain, especially when you haven’t made any significant changes to your diet or exercise routine, can be a symptom of hypothyroidism. The thyroid gland plays a crucial role in regulating metabolism, and when it’s underactive, metabolism slows.

3. Problems with concentration and forgetfulness can also be frequently present with an underactive thyroid. This mental fogginess and inability to focus can disrupt your work, schooling, and daily tasks.

4. An underactive thyroid can also affect your digestive system, leading to constipation. Thyroid hormones help regulate the movement of food through the digestive tract, and when they are deficient, it can cause sluggish bowel movements.

5. Feeling weak and achy muscles can be another sign of hypothyroidism, especially in the arms, legs, and shoulders. Muscle fatigue can also make it harder to perform everyday activities and can contribute to exhaustion.

The effects of Hashimoto's and Hyperthyroidism

Hashimoto's thyroiditis is the most common cause of hypothyroidism or an underactive thyroid gland. It’s more common in women than men and typically develops between the ages of 30 and 50. Symptoms of Hashimoto's can include fatigue, weight gain, constipation, muscle weakness, and depression. In some cases, Hashimoto's can also lead to goiter, or an enlarged thyroid gland.

Hyperthyroidism is less common than Hashimoto's thyroiditis and is often diagnosed in women between the ages of 20 and 40. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism include weight loss, increased appetite, anxiety, irritability, and difficulty sleeping. In some cases, hyperthyroidism can also lead to goiter.

Both Hashimoto's thyroiditis and hyperthyroidism can be diagnosed with a blood test. I recommend speaking to your physician about doing this blood test if you’re experiencing symptoms of either condition.

Supplements to support thyroid balance and function

Selenium, iodine, zinc, vitamin B12, and turmeric are all essential nutrients that affect your thyroid’s function. Selenium is necessary for the production of thyroid hormones, and the thyroid gland uses iodine to produce these hormones. Zinc is involved in the metabolism of thyroid hormones, and vitamin B12 is necessary for the production of red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the thyroid gland. Turmeric has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can help to protect the thyroid gland from damage.

Taking supplements or eating foods enriched with these nutrients can help support thyroid balance and function. As always, it’s important to talk to your doctor to determine the right options for you.

Treatment through Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)Pellets

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) pellets are a safe and effective treatment option for many individuals with thyroid imbalances. These pellets provide a consistent dose of hormones, ensuring optimal thyroid function. Unlike synthetic hormones, the natural hormones used in BHRT pellets are identical to those produced by the body, minimizing the risk of side effects. BHRT pellets last for serval months, providing a convenient and long-lasting treatment option.

One of the key advantages of BHRT pellets is their personalized nature. Each pellet is customized to the patient’s specific needs based on comprehensive blood testing and a thorough evaluation of the individual's symptoms. By tailoring the treatment, BHRT pellets provide optimal results with minimal side effects.

If you are experiencing symptoms of a thyroid imbalance, I encourage you to consult with a qualified healthcare professional. Thyroid Disease treatments are provided at all Optimal Bio locations. Reach out to schedule a consult with a BHRT Hormone Specialist to learn more about how you can achieve optimal thyroid function and improve your overall health and well-being.

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