Hypothyroidism (or low thyroid function) is a commonly undiagnosed issue. The condition is when the thyroid gland (located at the base of your neck) is not releasing the needed amounts of thyroid hormones. The thyroid is considered a “master gland” and is responsible for crucial hormones that travel throughout the entire body and turning nutrients from our food into useable energy the body needs. So, when it is under-functioning, it can produce a multitude of symptoms and disruptions. Symptoms of hypothyroidism include mood disorders (like depression and anxiety), brain fog, hair loss, digestive issues, sleep problems, weight gain and other metabolic changes, low immunity, heart function alterations, fatigue, constipation, cracked skin, respiratory complications, and more.
Here at Modern Holistic Health, we will run a panel of tests to determine if a patient is experiencing hypothyroidism. When we see imbalance in the thyroid, we will first try to determine the trigger. A few of the causes of hypothyroidism are: poor diet (especially one lacking in selenium and iodine), leaky gut syndrome, lack of exercise, prolonged stress, pregnancy, certain medications, overusing medications, genetics, hormonal imbalances, and inflammatory diseases like Hashimoto’s.
Once we work with our patients to isolate the cause, we establish a plan to support the thyroid. This usually begins with a customized dietary regimen and supplement plan focused on an anti-inflammatory diet. For instance, it is particularly important that those patients who are diagnosed with Hashimoto’s follow a gluten-free diet.
Hypothyroidism is known to be a silent epidemic as many individuals have had the condition for years undiagnosed and some without even showing any symptoms. And, because there isn’t a one-pill-fixes-all for the issue, conventional medicine frequently won’t diagnose or can’t treat the issue. Additionally, because many cases of hypothyroidism aren't due to an actual problem with the thyroid, but are a consequence of an out-of-sync immune system, many doctors do not test for the antibodies that demonstrate the existence of underlying autoimmune issues.
Therefore, one cannot simply work to suppress the symptoms a patient is experiencing from an underactive thyroid gland, but must work to isolate the cause of the hypothyroidism to begin with. If you think you might be experiencing any symptoms of hypothyroidism or just would simply like to better understand how your thyroid is functioning, we would love to work with you on a diagnosis, report, and/or work on a holistic plan to get you feeling better again.