The thyroid is a small gland located in the base of the neck that produces hormones to regulate metabolism and enables many other functions in the body.
The two most commonly tested hormones the thyroid produces are T3 (triodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine). When these two markers are either too low or two high, they create dysfunction in the body leading to the following symptoms:
Hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid doesn’t produce enough hormones. Symptoms include:
- weight gain
- hair loss
- joint pain
- high cholesterol
- low body temperature
- dry skin
- poor circulation with cold hands and feet
According to some research, 40 percent of the population suffers from some kind of low thyroid function. Older women who use medications or who suffer from other health concerns are most at risk of developing hypothyroidism.
If left untreated, more serious complications such as autoimmune diseases, impaired brain function, obesity, and chronic pain can occur.
While less common than hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism is a condition where your thyroid over-produces hormones, and can also cause serious complications. Symptoms include:
- unexplained weight loss
- thinning hair
- high amounts of perspiration
- emotional extremes
- high appetite
- heart palpitation and/or fast heartbeat
Treating Thyroid Disorders
Both men and women can experience symptoms of thyroid dysfunction, but are often times told their labs are normal, not indicating any issues. This is because modern medicine only looks at one or two markers, not testing for the full range of hormone levels, leaving individuals undiagnosed and susceptible for developing more complicated conditions.
At Whole Body Health, we take a more thorough approach, accurately addressing all markers to determine the cause of the symptoms in the first place. Using a combination of diet, supplements like Thyroid Food, and lifestyle changes, we are able to develop a tailor-made plan to balance the hormones and help your thyroid start functioning the way it should.
Think your thyroid is out of whack but your labs are normal?