When it comes to thyroid health, there is always a trigger to the thyroid not functioning properly. It will either be a production, conversion, destruction or interference issue. These issues dysregulate the thyroid gland and can cause many unwanted symptoms in the body. The only way to know which four issues you may be dealing with is to get tested! Today, traditional medical doctors will only check TSH levels, which is your Thyroid Stimulating Hormone. This only checks stimulation; it does not actually check the function of the thyroid. They only check this hormone because production is the only thing they can treat with their medications. T3 levels are one of the most important things to check, as this is the only hormone thats active in order for you to regulate your metabolism, heart rate, menstrual cycle, body temperature, digestion, and helps with the development of your brain and immune system. It is very important to check the overall function of the thyroid.
What Testing Do I Need?
In order to get the full picture of the function of your thyroid you need to have a full thyroid panel! This would consist of testing the following: TSH, T4,T3, T3 Resin, Reverse T3, TPO, thyroglobulin antibodies, estrogens, cortisol levels as well as checking the pituitary function. As thyroid testing is important if you are experiencing symptoms of hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, most issues of the thyroid actually lead all the way back to the gut! It is rarely only a thyroid issue. It could also be linked back to the adrenal glands.
How Could It Be A Gut Issue?
Dr. Holly tells her story of her battle against Hashimoto’s disease which is an autoimmune thyroid issue that was induced by her recent pregnancy. She was experiencing a destruction issue. Although her thyroid was not functioning properly, this was not the biggest problem. Her thyroid was actually experiencing the effects from a parasite that she contracted years ago that was reeking havoc on her gut and her immune system. She has not been able to take the necessary measures to kill the parasite due to pregnancies and breastfeeding. This parasite has been acting as a constant infection in her body which then led to the autoimmune issue in her thyroid. With this being said, it is important to look at the overall health of your body to find the root cause of any issue you are experiencing!
Symptoms Of A Thyroid Disorder
Listed below are some symptoms of Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism. Please contact us if you experience any of these symptoms and are in need of testing!
Hypothyroidism: Trouble sleeping, being tired and fatigued, difficulty concentrating, dry skin, depression, brittle nails, anxiety, constipation, sensitive to cold temperatures, joint pain, frequent heavy periods.
Hyperthyroidism: Trouble sleeping, restlessness, rapid heart rate, anxiety and irritability, sweating, tremors, loose stool, hard to lose weight, eyes bulging.
Quick but important tips: If you experience any of these symptoms, the first step is to take out gluten, synthetic food and reduce sugar
If you would like more information on how to receive these tests and plans, please contact our office via email, phone, or in person.