Thyroid disorder is a common health problem, affecting more than 25 million Americans. Half of these people don’t know what they can and are supposed to do.
Hypothyroidism or an underactive thyroid gland is responsible for 90% of thyroid problems.
A butterfly-shaped and located on the front of the neck, this gland releases hormones which regulate the body temperature, libido, and many other functions.
This means that if their functioning is disrupted, it can cause various health complications.
Signs of Hypothyroidism:
- Weight gain
- Joint and muscle pain, tendonitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome
- Hormonal imbalance
- Anxiety and depression
- Cool hands and feet even in warm temperature
- Dry and cracked skin, brittle nails, baldness
- Swollen neck, snoring, hoarseness
- Brain fog and memory loss
How Does the Thyroid Work?
The thyroid gland secretes TRH and TSH hormones which encourage the production of T3 and T4 hormones in the gland. When there is enough T4, it signals the gland not to secrete more.
The thyroid creates 85% of T4, which is converted into the body into T3, a hormonal responsible for digestion regulation and the regulation of body temperature, personality, and many other functions. Hashimoto’s is a type of hypothyroidism and it is a severe autoimmune illness.
Hypothyroidism- commonly misdiagnosed?
Thyroid gland problems are not easy to diagnose. This is the main reason why many doctors fail. In addition, you will need an extensive research and testing because problems with the thyroid can’t be spotted with one or two tests
Optimal Value Ranges for Thyroid Tests
- TSH 1-2 UIU/ML or lower (Armour or compounded T3 can artificially suppress TSH)
- FT4 >1.1 NG/DL
- FT3 > 3.2 PG/ML
- RT3 less than a 10:1 ratio RT3:FT3
- TPO –
- TgAb – < 4 IU/ML or negative
How to Improve the Thyroid Function
- Sleep 8-10 hours per night
- Take high-quality multivitamin supplements with iron, selenium, zinc, and vitamins B and D
- Cut off gluten from your diet, especially if you have Hashimoto’s
- Take iodine and tyrosine supplements regularly
- Do yoga or meditate so you can manage stress
- Avoid the excessive consumption of cruciferous veggies
- Make sure to filter the water you drink to remove fluoride, chlorine, and bromide from the body
- Replace amalgam fillings if you have them.