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ImageLet’s Talk Thyroid 

Have you ever pondered your thyroid? From its perch at the front of your throat, this butterfly-lookin’ endocrine gland monitors your body’s metabolism, aka how every single cell creates & uses energy. 

Metabolism is often thought of along with weight loss, but it’s also important in temperature regulation, growth/development, immune regulation and digestion… pretty much anything that requires energy, which is everything. 

Wow. That’s quite a responsibility.

Luckily, the thyroid doesn’t work alone. It’s intimately connected to your adrenal glands, digestive system and various brainy bits. When one member of the team falters, the others must pick up the slack. And over time, all the teammates can get tired and peter out.

While there are at least 5 reasons why the thyroid can peter out, most doctors only test for one lab value that doesn’t give the whole story. Thyroid health responds well to nutritional changes (especially going gluten-free), but it’s imperative to dig for & treat the root cause. The root cause determines the best treatment, and determines which common treatments could actually be harmful! 

Here’s list of some common signs & symptoms of thyroid dysfunction:

  • Cold hands/feet
  • Poor eyebrow growth (outer third is thin)
  • Swelling under eyes, or of eyelids
  • Hoarse voice
  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss (especially around the face)
  • Brittle nails
  • Cold intolerance
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Dry skin
  • Elevated cholesterol
  • Hypertension
  • Fatigue
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Poor memory
  • Infertility
  • Irritability
  • Low blood pressure
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Muscle cramps
  • Muscle weakness
  • Nervousness
  • Slower heartbeat
  • Throat pain
  • Weight gain

Go ahead. Lovingly pat the front of your neck. Tell your thyroid you’ve got its back. You appreciate it and will do your best to give it what it needs. Give me a call if you need help with figure out what that is!

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