Thyroid problems affect more than 25 million Americans, and about half of these people are not sure what they can and should do. Hypothyroidism (under-active thyroid), it responsible for 90% of the thyroid problems. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland on the front of the neck that is very important for our health. It releases certain hormones which regulate our body temperature, libido and more, so any kind of disruption in their production can cause quite a lot of damage to our health.
Here are the 10 main symptoms of hypothyroidism:
– Muscle and joint pain, tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome;
– Fatigue which appears even after you’ve slept properly overnight;
– Hormonal imbalance;
– Weight gain;
– Cool hands and feet, feeling cold even when it’s hot;
– Neck swelling, hoarseness, snoring;
– Emotional episodes, anxiety and depression;
– Dry and cracked skin, brittle nails, baldness;
– Brain fog, memory loss and loss of focus.
How does the thyroid work?
This gland secretes TRH and TSH hormones. The latter encourages 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 around 85% of T4, an idle type of hormone unlike T3, which is more dynamic. In the body, T4 is converted into T3, which is a pivotal hormone in charge of digestion regulation, and the regulation of personality, body temperature, and many other functions. Hashimoto’s is the most common kind of hypothyroidism and it’s a dangerous autoimmune illness.
Hypothyroidism – commonly misdiagnosed?
Thyroid imbalance problems are difficult to diagnose which is why many doctors often fail to diagnose them properly. In general, thyroid problems can’t be detected with a test or two – the problem requires extensive research and testing in order to locate the issue. Most doctors use ordinary lab reference ranges and utilize ideal lab qualities and temperature. However, in order to properly detect the problem, a person needs to be tested for TSH, Free T3, Free T4, Reverse T3, TPOAb and TgAb.
Here are the 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
TgAb – < 4 IU/ML or negative
Here are 10 ways in which you can improve thyroid function:
1. Make sure you are taking a high quality multivitamin with Iodine, Zinc, Selenium, Iron, Vitamin D and B vitamins.
2. Take a tyrosine supplement to help with the FT4 to FT3 conversion.
3. Go gluten-free! If you have Hashimoto’s, try going completely grain and legume free.
4. Deal with your stress and support your adrenal glands. The adrenal glands and thyroid work hand and hand. I recommend restorative yoga and adaptogenic herbs, which support the adrenal glands in coping with stress.
5. Get 8 to 10 hours of sleep a night.
6. Have a biological dentist safely remove any amalgam fillings you may have.
7. Watch your intake of raw goitrogens. There is a bit of a debate surrounding this.
8. Get fluoride, bromide and chlorine out of your diet and environment.
9. Heal your gut. A properly functioning digestive system (gut) is critical to good health.