Every day, thousands of people leave their doctor’s office confused and frustrated.
Their doctor is telling them that their thyroid levels are ‘normal’ and ‘everything looks fine’. Inside, however, these people feel terrible. They know something isn’t right and they desperately want to make a change for the better.
Without a clear path to health, these confused and frustrated patients fall through the cracks. Their symptoms are a medical mystery, and no action is taken to resolve their condition, because lab work is ‘normal’ despite obvious symptoms of thyroid dysfunction.
Eventually, within a few months or maybe years, their vague symptoms have turned into more serious conditions. So they go back to their family doctor, and now they may just be sick enough for the blood work to show up ‘abnormal’.
Does this concern you? It should!
Why wait until the body is screaming for help? Instead, let’s pay attention to the whispers of our symptoms.
Here are common hypothyroid signs and symptoms to flag:
- Weight gain or increased difficulty losing weight
- Coarse, dry hair
- Dry, rough, pale skin
- Hair loss
- Cold intolerance
- Muscle cramps and frequent muscle aches
- Memory loss
- Abnormal menstrual cycles
- Decreased libido
For many suffering patients, testing will eventually show that their blood levels for the thyroid marker ‘TSH’ (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) are out of range. This is the first and only lab test that is run to assess thyroid function. However, TSH is not made in the thyroid and does not give the whole picture of thyroid function.
Often, the patient’s symptoms are quite advanced by the time abnormal blood levels of TSH are found. The doctor is finally able to make a clinical diagnosis. Even at this point, the root cause of the problem is not investigated or addressed.
Drugs will be prescribed to the patient. These will mask the symptoms, but the root cause of the problem continues to eat away at the patient’s health.
There is also a difference between a patient’s thyroid marker being in ‘normal’ range and ‘functional/optimal’ range.
Where do you want your numbers? On the high or low end of the range, or in the optimal range with the best functionality?
Your Thyroid Functionality
Within our thyroids, we produce:
- 95% T4 inactive thyroid hormone
- 5% T3 active thyroid hormone
- T4 is converted to T3 (60% in liver, 20% in gut, 20% in kidney)
- This reaction is dependent upon the nutrient state of Zinc and Selenium and the health of these supportive organs
For our thyroid to function properly, T3 must bind to the receptor site on the cell. This requires Zinc, Vitamin A and exercise. Properly bound, T3 acts on the mitochondria of the cell and increases energy production in the cell.
The mitochondria must also be in good working order to make energy and keep up with all aspects of thyroid function. Mitochondria require B Vitamin, Carnitine, and Lipoic Acid to function effectively. Poor thyroid function will be reflected in our brain, muscles, and sex organs because these have the highest concentration of mitochondria and greatest need for energy production.
For optimal thyroid function, we need to have sufficient nutrient status to convert inactive T4 to active T3 hormone, and the nutrients for receptors and optimal mitochondria status. We also need the liver, gut and kidney working optimally. Is your doctor testing for any of these co-factors to optimal thyroid function?
Stress interferes with thyroid function. Stress steals the T3 hormones and converts them into RT3 (reverse T3). RT3 bind to the T3 receptor sight and block the active thyroid (T3) from having an impact on the cells.
What is your daily level of stress? Could it be impacting your thyroid function?
Getting to Optimal Thyroid Function
We need to start looking at the thyroid differently, accounting for the whole picture of the individual’s bodily systems and nutrients that govern optimal thyroid function.
Tests need to be done earlier, and more thoroughly.
Do you want to have greater understanding of your thyroid function?
Don’t wait for your body to get sick and start screaming for help. Take action, while it is still whispering to you that something isn’t quite right.
Get tested and act – today!
YOUR ACTION STEPS
- Get a full thyroid panel done (TSH, T3, T4, Reverse T3, Antibodies to Thyroid Tissue). This can be requisitioned by your Naturopathic Doctor
- Take your first morning temperature. This is an easy way to see if your body temperature is low (normal is 36.5–37.5 °C or 97.7–99.5 °F). Low body temperature will indicate a thyroid dysfunction
- Share this article with your female friends! 1 in 3 women suffer from poor thyroid function
- Check out my upcoming free workshop on the 6 Overlooked Causes of Thyroid Disease and Hashimoto’s. On Feb. 13th at 7pm, I will be sharing how to support your thyroid naturally and the process of my Naturopathic Personalized Approach