Thyroid disorders are very common and affect around 25 million Americans, half of which do not know how to treat them.
The thyroid gland is in the shape of a butterfly and is located in the front part of the neck. It is extremely important for overall health as it releases specific hormones that regulate various aspects of the health, like the body temperature, digestion, libido, etc.
Hypothyroidism, or the condition of a reduced activity of this gland, is responsible for 90% of thyroid issues. These are the most common signs of this disorder:
- Joint and muscle pain, tendonitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome
- Weight gain
- Depression and anxiety
- Hormonal imbalance
- Cool hands and feet even in warm temperature
- Swollen neck, snoring, hoarseness
- Dry and cracked skin, brittle nails, baldness
- Brain fog and memory loss
The thyroid gland releases TRH and TSH hormones, and the second stimulates the production of T3 and T4 hormones in the gland. It produces 85% of T4, which is an idle type of hormone, while T3 is more dynamic.
The body converts T4 into T3, which is a pivotal hormone that regulates digestion, body temperature, mood, personality, and numerous other functions. One of the most common types of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto’s.
Thyroid disorders are not easily diagnosed, and this requires an extensive research and testing. We give you the optimal value ranges for these 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
The following tips will help you improve the function of your thyroid gland:
-- Sleep 8-10 hours every night
-- Take quality multivitamin supplements which contain selenium, zinc, iron, and B and D vitamins
-- Take tyrosine and iodine supplements every day
-- Avoid gluten, especially if you have Hashimoto’s
-- Do not consume cruciferous vegetables too often
-- Filter the water you drink in order to eliminate bromide, fluoride, and chlorine from the body
-- Replace amalgam fillings
-- Try meditation and yoga in order to manage stress