A healthy thyroid gland produces the exact amount of thyroid hormones needed to keep all these important functions in your body balanced, including your metabolism.
Unfortunately, there are many reason why your thyroid may become damaged which can bring on symptoms of sluggishness and weight gain just to name two symptoms.
Common imbalances or conditions fall into two categories, when thyroid gland produces too much hormone (hyperthyroidism) causing you to use up nutrients and calories too quickly or when the thyroid doesn’t produce sufficient hormone (hypothyroidism), resulting in your body slowing down and not converting energy well, causing weight gain and fatigue.
The common symptoms of hyperthyroidism include extreme or quick weight loss, nervousness and excess sweating, infrequent periods, eye issues, skin issues, muscle weakness, and a fast heart rate.
The common symptoms of hypothyroidism include unexplained weight gain or having trouble losing weight, sluggishness, heavier periods, brain fog, dry skin and hair, sensitivity to cold, slower heart rate, fatigue, more frequent and stronger menstrual periods, memory issues, and dry skin and hair.
What causes thyroid imbalances or disease?
There are many things that can compromise thyroid health. Nutritional factors, environmental toxins, pregnancy, and genetic factors can all play a role in thyroid disease of thyroiditis. Depending on the type of thyroid imbalances or disease, most people experience multiple factors creating their symptoms.
In some cases, genetic factors can impact your thyroid, like in the case of Hashimoto’s disease. Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disease that can trigger genes by a stressful, life-changing event, gut issues such as leaky gut, or even a stealth infection.
Apart from more serious autoimmune thyroid condition, women can contract thyroiditis after giving birth, this is also referred to as postpartum thyroiditis.
Nutrition also impacts your thyroid functions. A diet high in sugar, junk foods, inflammatory foods like gluten and poor quality fats, regular alcohol consumption can all disrupt thyroid health. Deficiencies in important thyroid nutrients, like iodine, selenium, and zinc can also be to blame.
The Conventional Approach To Treating Thyroid Issues
Worldwide over 200 million people have some type of thyroid disease and it’s on the rise. While everyone is susceptible to thyroid disease, women are 7 times more likely to have issues with thyroid imbalances.
The conventional approach to thyroid health is not preventative. While most conventional practitioners will test for thyroid health using a blood test, this is only part of the equation when it comes to protecting your thyroid. If the case of hypothyroidism and lack of sufficient thyroid hormones, hormone replacement which may be needed. However, replacing hormones is a delicate balance. Most traditionally-trained clinicians will use synthetic hormone replacement therapies such as thyroid medications that can actually bring on more unwanted side effects and not give you the proper balance you need. There is also no way to test if you have the correct amount of hormone when using synthetics which is why many people deal with so many symptoms.
In addition, the conventional treatment approach does not test or look at the other factors that cause thyroid imbalances, like heavy metal and gut issues, which is why you may have hormones issues in the first place.