Take Your Life Back: Where are you in Your Hypothyroidism Journey?
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Symptoms of Hypothyroidism : Use this checklist to see if any of the symptoms you are facing relate. If you know for sure you have hypothyroidism then please read our treatment for Hypothyroidism.
We hear it all the time in the office, “I just don’t feel like ME!” or “It feels like I’m moving through life like its quicksand, everything is just harder to do.” Why is that the case when the Thyroid Gland is involved?
When we say, thyroid affects our metabolism. WHAT THAT REALLY MEANS is that thyroid hormone controls the level of function of every cell. It’s the energy, it’s the Power for the cells. Our cells all know what their job is. No one has to tell a stomach cell how to make stomach acid. It just needs the power or energy to do its job. AND THAT’S WHAT THYROID HORMONE IS.
So what might be a symptom if thyroid hormones aren’t at the correct level? Any symptom in your body, any system or any organ may be involved. Thyroid hormone controls the amount of activity of every cell in your body. So here are some other areas of the body that Thyroid Hormone impacts. There are a lot of commonalities.
Hypothyroid (when your thyroid is producing too few hormones)
· Achy joints
· Cold hands and feet
· Hair Thinning/Loss
· Morning Headaches
· Problems sleeping
· Weight gain
Hyperthyroid (when your thyroid is producing too many hormones)
· Hot flashes
· Night sweats
· Rapid/ irregular heart beat
How we Diagnose Hypothyroidism
The standard thyroid panel usually includes TSH and T4 only. They look at what the brain is telling the thyroid gland to make in terms of hormones. That is the TSH, which is important. If you are lucky they also look at T4. Remember T4, must first be converted to T3 for the cells to utilize it for energy. Generally T3 is not looked at and that is because there is not a medication to address increasing T3 production on its own. T4 must first be converted to T3 for the cells to use.
TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone)
TSH is released by the pituitary gland and regulates production of Thyroid Hormones. TSH increases when T4 drops and decreases when T4 levels are elevated. The functional range is 1.8-3.0 mU/L.
Free T4 (Thyroxine)
T4 measures the levels of the T4 hormone in the bloodstream. It does not provide information on the body’s ability to change it into the active tyroid hormone (T3). Functional Range is 6-12 ug/d.
Free T3 (triiodothyroxine)
This test is the best measure of active thyroid hormone’s availability to the cells. Functional range is 300-450 pg/ml.
rT3 (reverse triiodothyroxine)
This test measures the amount of T4 that is converted into an inactive form of T3. The production of rT3 generally occurs in high stress situations. Functional Range is 90-350 pg/ml.
TBG (Thyroid Binding Globulin)
TBG measures the amount of protein in the blood to transport the thyroid hormones to the cells. Increased testosterone levels can lower the TGB levels, while elevated estrogen levels can raise TGB levels. Both case produce hypothyroid symptoms. Functional range is 18-27 ug/dl
Thyroid Antibodies indicate the body’s immune system is attacking itself and if an autoimmune thyroid condition is present.
TPO Ab (Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies)– TPO antibodies can be evidence of tissue destruction. Elevated TPO antibodies can be indicative of Hashimoto’s disease, and they are also detected in many Grave Disease patients.
TGB Ab (Thyroglobulin Antibodies)– Is another common target for Hashimoto’s disease.
If you have already been diagnosed with Graves’ disease and you have elevated TGB Ab, it means that you are more likely to eventually become hypothyroid. TGB Ab are positive in about 60 percent of Hashimoto’s patients and 30 percent of Graves’ patients.
TSI Ab (Thyroid-stimulating Immunoglobulins)– are elevated in the majority of Graves’ disease patients. The higher the levels, the more active the Graves’ disease is thought to be.
How we help your body Manage Hypothyroidism (Our Process)
What is the Treatment for Hypothyroidism?
How to Boost Thyroid Health
1. Avoid gluten. Gluten is overly acidic, genetically modified, overproduced, and more often than not, devoid of nutrients (especially in the United States.). In the United States, our wheat contains three times the amount of gluten than the wheat in Europe or South America. It causes increases immune antibody production in those with elevated TPO levels.
2. Avoid soy. Soy blocks the uptake of iodine to the thyroid, thereby depleting it of the essential nutrients it needs to function. This means no tofu, soymilk, edamame, and to avoid the use of soybean oil.
3. Reduce Stress. Every person has numerous stressors, many of which are unique to their own circumstances. However, our attitude towards these stressors often has far more affect than the stressors themselves. We can control how we deal with those and how we manage that. It is also important to take time to unwind let your mind slow down and lower your heart rate. This will send your brain the message that it can scale back the cortisol levels. Put yourself first for small periods of time throughout the week. 10-15 minutes of self-care will make a noticeable difference in your overall sense of calm and well-being. Remember, those who need self-care the most are generally those who are not getting it!!!
4. Balance your blood sugar. It’s important to understand that if you have either high or low blood sugar, you probably have some degree of insulin resistance. This can depress thyroid function. The best way to begin to regulate blood sugar is to eat a low-to-moderate carbohydrate diet (to prevent the blood sugar fluctuations), and to eat frequent, small meals every 2-3 hours (to ensure a continuous supply of energy to the body). Once you have begun to regulate your blood sugar levels, we will address how to safely lengthen the times between meals.
5. Sleep More. A top reason for disruption in healing a thyroid or adrenal dysfunction is a chronic sleep debt. All of our hormonal systems run on a circadian rhythm, and as we work toward resetting our hormones, we must do our part with winding down and getting to bed by 10pm.