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Is My Thyroid Broken?

There isn’t a week that goes by without hearing a client say “my thyroid is broken” or “not working”. For many that is the case but not for everyone.

As many of us know, our thyroid controls many important functions in the body and affects every single cell in the body.

Signs and symptoms of a potential thyroid problem:

  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss
  • Trouble with brain function, such as memory loss or difficulty concentrating
  • Weight gain
  • Constipation
  • Poor circulation
  • Cold intolerance
  • Puffy face and swollen eyelids particularly bags under the eyes despite getting enough sleep
  • Swelling of the feet, legs, and hands
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Low body temperature
  • Low blood pressure

(NOTE:  These symptoms are similar to a hormone imbalance – you need to rule this out)

Looking at the thyroid hormones to understand why we might have a thyroid problem:

  • T4. The T4 hormone is the inactive thyroid hormone. It doesn’t do anything on its own; it’s converted into the T3 hormone.
  • T3. T3 it’s the active thyroid hormone. T3 goes out to the entire body and every cell.
  • Reverse T3. Sometimes the body will convert the T4 hormone into a reverse T3 hormone, Instead of being converted to T3. This hormone does nothing except limiting the conversion of T4 to T3. The increase in rT3 typically happens when there is inflammation or immune response. Causing the body to want more T3 and increases TSH to produce more T4. Supply and demand increase

Important labs:
·      TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone)
·      Free T3 and Free T4, Reverse T3
·      thyroid antibodies (anti-TPO & Tg) to Rule out Hashimoto’s
·      Iron labs (Ferritin, % Saturation, serum iron, and TIBC),

(all of these labs can be run by Dr. Danby, ND, however, will not be billed by OHIP)

Additional labs that are of importance:
·      24 hour Saliva cortisol (not blood),
·      B12 and folate, magnesium, potassium, Vitamin D3 (25-Hydroxy),
·      MTHFR gene (to find out if you’re using your folic acid and B12 correctly)
·      Thyroglobulin if thyroid cancer is suspected.
·      Ultrasound

How can my Thyroid Go Wrong?

Nutrient deficiencies:

Over 50% of the population isn’t getting the necessary nutrients for basic body functions. THIS IS SCARY!

  • T4 to T3 conversions affected by nutrient deficiencies, such as deficiencies in iodine* (use Hamelin salt vs. iodine to increase this), iron, zinc, selenium and Vitamins A, B2, B6, and B12.
  • Inadequate T4 levels include deficiencies of zinc, copper, Vitamin A, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C.
  • Nutrient deficiencies can also be affected by medications, fluoride, stress, poor absorption, gluten ingestion and chemical exposure.

Increased Stress, Inflammation, and Immune response:

  • Stress includes: to increased adrenaline, aging, low-calorie consumption, diabetes, toxic metal exposure, prolonged illness and stress
  • Increased inflammation and immune response from poor diet, high-stress levels, chemical exposure, dysbiosis, leaky gut (see digestive system section for more information)
  • All increase the conversion from T4 to rT3 – limiting the amount of T3 available.

Liver Function

  • How nice have you been to your liver over the years? 60% of T4-T3 conversion takes place in the liver.
  • Fatty liver is on the rise; we are seeing more and more children being diagnosed with Non-Alcoholic Fatty liver due to an increase in sugar intake!

Treating the Thyroid with Naturopathic Medicine & Functional Medicine

Our first challenge is to find the Root Cause of the problem; we need to identify why the thyroid is not functioning as well as it should be.  This is critical to restoring thyroid function.

Dr. Danby is here to help you every step of the way!

CLICK HERE to book in with Dr. Danby to learn how you can restore your thyroid function naturally!

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