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.
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.
Functional Hypothyroid Management
Who Can Benefit?
Patients who may find significant benefits from Hypothyroid Therapy include those with the following symptoms:
- Mood swings
- Menses mood changes
- 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:
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.
Optimal Energy Levels
Healthy Heart Function
Balanced Body Temperature
Maintained Digestive Function
Normal Skin and Hair Health
Regulated Menstrual Cycles
Healthy Bone Density
Optimized Immune Function
Balanced Cholesterol Levels
Normal Fertility and Reproductive Health
Prevention of Thyroid Disorders
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
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?
● 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.