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Thyroid Health

Thyroid Function

The thyroid is a small gland in the neck that produces hormones, mainly thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), which regulate metabolism and energy in the body. Thyroid disorders can lead to conditions like hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, goiter, thyroiditis, and thyroid cancer.

Proper thyroid function is crucial for overall health and well-being. It is important to work with a healthcare professional to develop a personalized management plan for functional hypothyroidism. At Serene Infusion & Wellness Lounge, we customize a plan to bring you to optimal thyroid health and function.

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Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is when your thyroid gland doesn’t make enough hormones. This can make you feel tired, gain weight, feel cold, and slow down mentally. It’s treated with medicine to replace the missing hormones and is managed with regular check-ups and a healthy lifestyle.

 

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Hypothyroid Therapy

Hypothyroid therapy is the treatment for hypothyroidism. The main treatment is medication, usually levothyroxine, to replace the missing hormones. It helps reduce symptoms like fatigue and weight gain. Regular monitoring and consistency in taking the medication are important for effective treatment. Lifestyle factors like a balanced diet also play a role in managing the condition.
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Functional Hypothyroidism

It is a condition where the thyroid gland is not functioning properly, but not to the point of being considered hypothyroidism.
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Functional Hypothyroid Management

The management of functional hypothyroidism through lifestyle changes, supplements, and diet.

Who Can Benefit?

Patients who may find significant benefits from Hypothyroid Therapy include those with the following symptoms:

  • Mood swings
  • Menses mood changes
  • Depression
  • Irritability, “on-edge” all the time
  • Fatigue, waking tired, poor sleep, daytime nap
  • Use caffeine to stay alert
  • Thinning hair, eyebrows, lashes
  • Dry, itchy skin, rough/scaly elbows
  • Frequent early AM headaches, brain fog, loss of focus
  • Neck feels swollen/full/knotty
  • GI problems, esp IBS, constipation
  • Muscle aches, pain, weakness, cramping
  • Numbness in hands/feet or PF, CPTS-frozen shoulder

Benefits of a Healthy Thyroid

A healthy thyroid plays a critical role in maintaining overall well-being and proper bodily function. Benefits of a healthy thyroid include:

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Regulated Metabolism

Thyroid hormones control the body’s metabolic rate, which affects how efficiently the body converts food into energy. A healthy thyroid helps maintain a stable weight and energy levels.

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Optimal Energy Levels

Proper thyroid function ensures that you have adequate energy for daily activities and prevents excessive fatigue.
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Healthy Heart Function

Thyroid hormones help regulate heart rate and blood pressure, contributing to a well-functioning cardiovascular system.
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Balanced Body Temperature

The thyroid helps regulate body temperature, ensuring you stay within a normal temperature range.
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Mood Regulation

A healthy thyroid plays a role in stabilizing mood and mental well-being. Thyroid disorders, if left untreated, can lead to mood swings, depression, and anxiety.
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Maintained Digestive Function

Proper thyroid function aids in maintaining a healthy digestive system and preventing constipation.
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Normal Skin and Hair Health

Thyroid hormones support the health of the skin and hair, helping to prevent dryness, brittleness, and hair loss.
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Regulated Menstrual Cycles

Thyroid function influences the regularity of menstrual cycles in women. An imbalance can lead to irregular periods.
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Healthy Bone Density

Thyroid hormones are essential for maintaining bone health and preventing conditions like osteoporosis.
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Optimized Immune Function

Thyroid hormones play a role in supporting a well-functioning immune system.
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Balanced Cholesterol Levels

Proper thyroid function helps regulate cholesterol levels, which can contribute to heart health.
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Normal Fertility and Reproductive Health

Thyroid hormones are crucial for reproductive health, and an imbalance can affect fertility and pregnancy.
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Prevention of Thyroid Disorders

A healthy thyroid is less prone to disorders such as hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, reducing the risk of related symptoms and complications.

Essential Ingredients for Thyroid

 

Iodine | Vitamin D | Iron | Protein
Healthy gut/digestion/absorption | Proper nutrient support is required for healthy thyroid function

Helpful Lifestyle Changes

The following lifestyle changes can be helpful for people with functional hypothyroidism:

 

  • Eliminating gluten and dairy: Gluten and dairy can interfere with thyroid function.
  • Getting enough sleep: Sleep is essential for overall health and well-being, including thyroid function.
  • Managing stress: Stress can worsen thyroid function.
  • Exercising regularly: Exercise can help to improve thyroid function

Helpful Supplements

The following supplements that can be helpful for people with functional hypothyroidism:

 

  • Iodine: Iodine is essential for thyroid hormone production.
  • Vitamin D: Vitamin D deficiency is common in people with thyroid problems.
  • Iron: Iron deficiency can also interfere with thyroid function.
  • Zinc: Zinc is important for thyroid hormone metabolism.

Helpful Dietary Changes

The following dietary changes can be helpful for people with functional hypothyroidism:

  • Eating a balanced diet: A balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is essential for overall health and well-being, including thyroid function.
  • Avoiding processed foods: Processed foods are often high in unhealthy fats, sugar, and salt, and they can contribute to inflammation, which can worsen thyroid function.
  • Eating plenty of protein: Protein is important for thyroid hormone production.

Thyroid Health FAQs

How often will I need to see my doctor for follow-up care?

Most people with hypothyroidism will need to see their doctor for follow-up care every 6-12 months. This is to monitor thyroid hormone levels and make sure that the dose of levothyroxine is correct.

Are there any foods that I should avoid if I have hypothyroidism?
There are no foods that you need to avoid completely if you have hypothyroidism. However, some foods may interact with thyroid hormone replacement therapy and make it less effective. These foods include:
● Soy products
● Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts)
● High-fiber foods
● Coffee and tea
If you are concerned about any foods that you are eating, talk to your doctor.
Additional resources:

American Thyroid Association: https://www.aace.com/

Thyroid Foundation of Canada: https://thyroid.ca/

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK519536/