UNEXPLAINED FATIGUE OR WEIGHT GAIN?
THYROID despite being a small gland, has massive implications for your health. It controls your metabolism, insulin, and cortisol, also it serves as the body’s thermostat — continuously regulating things like temperature, hunger levels, and energy expenditure.
Surprisingly, more than half of those (60 percent) in the world suffering from thyroid issues are completely unaware of the root of their problems, including weight gain or fatigue.
What Are the Most Common Thyroid Problems?
There are two main types of thyroid problems:
Hypothyroidism ( an underactive thyroid ) or Hyperthyroidism ( an overactive thyroid )
The two very important hormones produced by thyroid T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine) once released travel through the body via the bloodstream, converting oxygen and calories into energy. This energy is crucial for cognitive functions, mood regulation, digestive processes, a healthy sex drive, and much more.
The key is the right testing to confirm that, the thyroid is contributing to this whole lot of problems. Once you know this there are many ways to help correct thyroid problems.
Right Testing is crucial!
Besides TSH, you have to perform other essential tests including:
- free T3
- free T4
- thyroid antibodies
Also, some other associated problems such as gluten intolerance, heavy metals, food allergies, and deficiencies of zinc, selenium, vitamin A and vitamin D are to be looked upon. Leaky gut causes inflammation which causes autoimmunity and may lead to Hashimoto’s disease which in turn causes hypothyroidism.
An integrative approach is required that involves eliminating root causes of thyroid problems like reducing inflammation, eliminating certain foods, heavy metal detoxification, nutritional support, exercise, stress reduction, supplements, and optimizing thyroid hormone replacement.