Although relatively small, the thyroid gland plays a huge roll in the way our body functions. It is considered the ‘master gland’ of metabolism since it produces the hormones that play a vital function in almost every metabolically active cell in your body. The thyroid also plays an important role (along with the pituitary and adrenal glands) to balance stress, improve energy output and effectively burn calories. When the thyroid isn’t functioning properly your body can’t effectively regulate temperature and energy levels leading to fatigue, weight gain and even hormone dysregulation.
Hypothyroidism occurs when your thyroid gland isn’t working as well as it should. Symptoms of low thyroid function include:
- Weight gain or trouble losing weight
- Inability to tolerate cold weather
- Hair loss
If you think that you may have a thyroid condition it’s important to properly assess your thyroid levels in order to determine the best treatment to correct your symptoms. Conventional testing typically only measures your TSH levels – which is actually related to your pituitary gland function and is not the best indicator of thyroid status.
At your appointment, I will test a whole panel of markers in order to get a truly accurate reading of your thyroid function, including:
- Free T4, a precursor to active thyroid hormone
- Free T3, the metabolically active form of thyroid hormone
- Anti-thyroid peroxidase antibodies, an autoimmune marker
- Reverse T3, a form of thyroid hormone that occurs under chronic stress
My goal is to help optimize your thyroid function, encourage weight loss outcomes and improve the way that you feel. Naturopathic medicine can help reverse thyroid disease by providing the building blocks and co-factors needed for thyroid hormone production, supporting the adrenal glands, balancing the immune system and improving general thyroid function.