What Exactly Is Hypothyroidism?
When the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormones, this is known as hypothyroidism.
Hashimoto’s disease is the most common cause of hypothyroidism.
Some people are born with it, which is known as congenital hypothyroidism. This condition frequently goes unnoticed in its early stages, but it can lead to:
There are numerous reasons why thyroid gland cells cannot produce enough thyroid hormone. From most common to least common, here are the major causes.
Surgical removal of a portion or the entire thyroid gland.
Some people with thyroid nodules, thyroid cancer, or Graves’ disease require partial or total thyroidectomy. People will become hypothyroid if their entire thyroid is removed. If a portion of the gland is preserved, it may be able to produce enough thyroid hormone to maintain normal blood levels.
Thyroiditis is a thyroid gland inflammation caused by an autoimmune attack or a viral infection. Thyroiditis can cause the thyroid to release all of its stored thyroid hormones into the blood, resulting in hyperthyroidism (excess thyroid activity) for a short time before the thyroid becomes underactive.
Iodine in excess or deficiency
Iodine is required for the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormone. Iodine enters the body through food and travels through the bloodstream to the thyroid. Keeping thyroid hormone production in check necessitates the proper amount of iodine. Excessive iodine consumption can cause or worsen hypothyroidism.
The immune system, which protects the body from invading infections, can perceive thyroid gland cells and their enzymes for intruders and attack them in some people’s bodies. Then there aren’t enough thyroid cells or enzymes to produce thyroid hormone. This occurs more frequently in women than in men. Autoimmune thyroiditis can develop suddenly or gradually over time. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and atrophic thyroiditis are the most common types.
Natural Treatment Alternatives
Natural treatments take into account lifestyle and environmental factors that may influence thyroid hormone production and symptoms. These treatments should be tailored to your specific type of hypothyroidism and symptoms.
Some supplements help with common deficiencies in hypothyroid patients. The amount you need depends on your vitamin and mineral levels. Some supplements that may be beneficial include:
Zinc: According to some studies, zinc supplementation can affect thyroid function.
Iodine: Thyroid hormone production requires iodine, which must be obtained through diet or supplements. Most Americans get enough iodine from their diet, which includes iodized salt.
Vitamin B-12: Autoimmune thyroid disease is associated with autoimmune disorders, pernicious anemia, and atrophic gastritis, all of which can lead to vitamin B-12.5 deficiency. A lack of B-12 can result in symptoms such as fatigue.
Selenium: When combined with zinc, selenium has the potential to improve thyroid function. Selenium aids in the conversion of T4 to active T3.
Symptoms of hypothyroidism, such as fatigue, weight gain, and bloating, can be alleviated by eating a nutritious, balanced diet that promotes a healthy weight.
Even when taking hypothyroid medications, weight gain may occur, but a calorie-controlled diet can help.
A registered dietitian can assist you in developing a healthy eating plan.
These foods include, among others, the following:
Yoga and meditation
Some experts believe that certain yoga poses, such as shoulder stands and inverted poses with the feet elevated above the heart, increase blood flow to the thyroid gland. Yoga is also thought to reduce stress, which can exacerbate hypothyroidism symptoms.
Similarly, guided meditation may be beneficial to the thyroid as a stress reliever.
Our customized wellness plan
Our comprehensive diagnostic tests will identify the source of your symptoms, while your personalized recovery and wellness plan will heal your thyroid, whether it is due to a glandular or autoimmune problem. We will create a customized wellness plan based on The Five Pillars of Health to help you restore your gland function as much as possible.
We will reduce your inflammation, flush out toxic chemicals, properly stimulate your thyroid, improve circulation and thyroid function, balance your hormone levels, and reduce stress by using herbs and acupuncture. We will also reset your immune system so that it can function adequately rather than interfere with your glands and organs.
Furthermore, our nutritional counseling will equip you with the necessary tools for avoiding inflammatory foods and beverages.
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