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Your Thyroid is Crucial for Your Vitality

Updated: Aug 21, 2022

It’s a tiny, butterfly shaped gland, weighing about 15 grams, located at the base of the front of our neck. This powerhouse organ is mighty and tenacious in all that it does for the entire body and it’s worth appreciating.

I’m referring to our exquisite Thyroid Gland. Despite its small size, this gland is the main metabolic regulator for every organ and cell throughout the body. In other words, how we convert our food (fuel and nourishment) into energy to grow and maintain our bodies is highly dependent on the thyroid gland.

In honor of January being tagged as The National Thyroid Awareness Month, I’ll be reveling over this important endocrine key player.

Thyroid conditions are extraordinarily prevalent amongst females with the most common thyroid disorder being Hashimoto’s Disease or Autoimmune Thyroiditis resulting in decreased or Hypo-Thyroid Function.

Essentially, this means that the body’s immune system has gone amiss (due to many health risk factors) and is now attacking and overreacting to its own organs – a.k.a. Autoimmune Disorders. In this case – the unsuspecting thyroid becomes the target.

And quite frankly, the immune system often reacts to several other organs during Hashimoto’s which is why patients often feel terrible throughout their bodies. To add even more gasoline to the inflammatory fire, one autoimmune disorder can increase your risk for getting another autoimmune disorder.

So, what happens to the body when you have Hashimoto’s induced hypothyroidism? The metabolic rate dwindles. Initially, the symptoms are mild – often years before you even realize what’s happening and even longer before you actually get a diagnosis….if you get a diagnosis at all. Here are some common symptoms of a dysfunctional, sluggish thyroid gland:

  1. Relentless Fatigue

  2. Weight or Fat gain

  3. Brain Fog & Difficulty Concentrating

  4. Constipation or IBS

  5. Dry Skin & Hair

  6. Hair Loss

  7. Colder Body Temperature

  8. Increased Water Retention: i.e. Hands and Feet

  9. Heartburn

  10. Joint and/or Muscle Aches

  11. Systemic Inflammation

  12. Depression and/or Anxiety

  13. Mood Swings

  14. Difficulty Coping w/Stress

  15. Female Hormone Cycle Irregularities

  16. Higher Blood Pressure

  17. Higher Total and LDL Cholesterol

  18. Elevated Glucose

  19. Sleep Disturbances

  20. Enlarged Thyroid: Interfering w/Swallowing & Speaking

  21. And others…

Having a thyroid disorder can be debilitating, frustrating, confusing and downright maddening. What makes it even worse, is when you visit with your conventional doctor who only runs a TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) that is solely produced by the Pituitary Gland and it comes back “Within the Normal Range.”

You are sent away with…”You’re fine.” “Your labs are normal.” Just eat less and exercise more.” OR “Here’s synthetic T4 only – come back in 6 months.”

I hear this from patients ALL OF THE TIME. And I truly feel their emotional pain.