Thyroid Problems

What is it?
The incidence of thyroid problems has increased in the past decade with many people remaining undiagnosed. Thyroid problems particularly affect body weight, fertility and bowel health causing undue stress to the sufferer.The thyroid is the butterfly shaped gland located in the neck. It regulates metabolism and temperature balance in the body. However, as there are thyroid hormone receptors on every cell in the body its influence on other functions in the body is profound.Symptoms of irregular thyroid function include but are not limited to:Low

  • Tired and sluggish, lethargic
  • Dry hair and skin
  • Increased need for sleep
  • Weak muscles
  • Constant feeling of cold
  • Poor memory
  • Depressed (mood changes easily)
  • Slow thinking

High

  • Tachycardia (rapid heart beat)
  • Palpitation (skipping of heart beat)
  • Insomnia
  • Shakiness
  • Increased sweating
  • Brittle nails
  • Loss of appetite

Treatment

Thyroid problems such as hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism and autoimmune thyroiditis can have many underlying causes making the treatment of these conditions challenging and complex.

Simply measuring thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) is inadequate for getting to the true nature of the condition and for addressing the root cause. Low thyroid function can be secondary to other causes such as adrenal fatigue and these must be investigated for accurate diagnosis and treatment. At Sivanna Health we look at thyroid in a more integrative manner, and it s relationship to other hormonal imbalances. Addtional testing may be required hence alter the treatment regimen.

Some of the areas reviewed in the treatment of thyroid problems

Stress levels: As stress hormones influence thyroid hormones and pituitary health, this important area is addressed in treating the thyroid.
Diet: Multiple nutrient deficiencies can be present in thyroid problems and must be corrected for optimal thyroid health
Gluten and other intolerances: Gluten intolerance in particular is investigated in thyroid problems. Functional testing can help rule out intolerance and gut health issues that contribute to thyroid dysfunction.
Lifestyle: The lifestyle choices we make influence our wellbeing and our hormone levels.