Unfortunately, around 25 million Americans are affected by thyroid problems and half of these people aren’t completely sure what they can and should do. An under-active thyroid gland, that is, hypothyroidism, is responsible for 90% of thyroid problems. This gland is butterfly-shaped and it’s located on the front of the neck. It’s crucial for the overall health as it releases specific hormones which regulate the body temperature, libido, etc. so, when their functioning is impeded, our health is in danger.
The Most Common Signs of Hypothyroidism
- Joint and muscle pain, tendonitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome
- Hormonal imbalance
- Weight gain
- Cool hands and feet even in warm temperature
- Swollen neck, snoring, hoarseness
- Anxiety and depression
- Dry and cracked skin, brittle nails, baldness
- Brain fog and memory loss
How Does the Thyroid Work?
This gland secretes TRH and TSH hormones. The latter encourages the production of T3 and T4 hormones in the gland. When there is enough T4, it signals the gland not to secrete more. The thyroid creates around 85% of T4, an idle type of hormone unlike T3, which is more dynamic. In the body, T4 is converted into T3, which is a pivotal hormone in charge of digestion regulation, and the regulation of personality, body temperature, and many other functions. Hashimoto’s is the most common kind of hypothyroidism and it’s a dangerous autoimmune illness.
Hypothyroidism- commonly misdiagnosed?
Thyroid gland problems are not easy to diagnose and this is why a lot of doctors fail. What’s more, problems with the thyroid cannot be spotted with one or two tests, but an extensive research and testing is needed.
Optimal Value Ranges for Thyroid Tests
TSH 1-2 UIU/ML or lower (Armour or compounded T3 can artificially suppress TSH)
FT4 >1.1 NG/DL
FT3 > 3.2 PG/ML
RT3 less than a 10:1 ratio RT3:FT3
TgAb – < 4 IU/ML or negative
How to Improve the Thyroid Function
- Take quality multivitamin supplements with zinc, iron, selenium, and B and D vitamins
- Try excluding gluten from your diet, especially if you have Hashimoto’s
- Take iodine and tyrosine supplements daily
- Filter the water you drink to remove bromide, fluoride, and chlorine from the body
- Replace amalgam fillings if you have them
- To manage stress, do yoga or meditate
- Sleep 8 to 10 hours per night
- Avoid consuming cruciferous veggies too often
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