What is the Thyroid and how does it work?The thyroid is a gland situated at the base of the throat that is responsible for a myriad of hormonal and endocrine processes in the body. It is often referred to as a master gland of the Endocrine system because it is responsible for so many different and important bodily functions.
How do I know if I have Thyroid issues? What symptoms should I expect?There are over 200 non-specific thyroid symptoms that can be experienced whether the gland is under or over acting. By far and away we see many more patients being bothered with a sluggish or under functioning thyroid gland. This condition is known as hypothyroidism.They can range from afternoon fatigue, weight gain and hair loss to cold feet. Thyroid symptoms can often be asymptomatic. Some things you can be on the look out if you are having difficulty in getting pregnant, brittle nails, hair loss, constipation and digestion issues, difficulty in losing or gaining weight, dry skin, cold hands and feet, cracked heels, fatigue, insomnia, libido issues, anxiety, irritability and fluid retention.There are several nutrients that should always be considered for optimal health with their use being especially helpful for maximizing thyroid function: magnesium, progesterone, iodine, selenium, zinc are just a few.
How can we help?Testing: By actually checking your blood for ALL the parameters related to unearthing an improperly functioning thyroid gland. To accurately ascertain if and what is happening to your body there is the foundational tests that should be run at the lab.
Often times when I see a new patient who has brought conventional labs, it is like looking at a puzzle with missing pieces. You know there is an issue, but there is simply not enough information to really understand what is happening metabolically to get the entire picture.What should be run?: Our foundation blood testing already include an advanced thyroid work (TSH, free t3, free t4, total T4 and T7). From my clinical experience, I therefore, recommend a detailed testing of the thyroid including TPO/APO antibodies to be performed on people suspected of having a more advanced thyroid issues. Reverse t3 can be completed in more complex cases of thyroid malfunction. If your your health practitioner falls in the category of just running the TSH and total levels of t3 and t4. This is going to give you incorrect/incomplete data on the best course of action to take with maximizing the health of your thyroid.
Balancing stress is critical to a healthy body. Often easier said than done, speaking your truth or saying what you need to say, in those instances can be the best medicine. Say it with love and in the most non-violent and non-judgmental manner can often be liberating to your psyche a very substantial way to bring about drastic healing to your malfunctioning endocrine system. Not speaking your truths and subsequently internalizing anger wreaks havoc on your body and immune system causing much damage especially when our stress level stays elevated for years on end.
Taking the right supplementation: Be cautious of taking synthroid. Is been proven is NOT the most effective medication to use but seems to be a favorite to be prescribed even with it making people feel either no or just minimally better not to mention it does have some pretty undesirable side effects. There are much safer alternatives, but most important is understand what supplement is needed in order to make your whole body healthy base of your total lab work, this will guarantee a better outcome with your thyroid.
Conclusion: The thyroid is a very complex issue. Do your research and contact us to help bring you back into balance and optimal health. There is a lot to know about the thyroid and many people are being incorrectly treated for this.
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Dr. Edgardo Vargas