Hypothyroid

The thyroid gland, also known as the master gland of metabolism is located at the front of the neck.  This gland produces two important hormones, T3 and T4.  These hormones have many important functions including regulating metabolism and oxygen consumption.  Hypothyroidism is a thyroid deficiency that can occur at any age and effects up to 10% of woman (1).

Signs of Thyroid Dysfunction:

Depression
Difficulty loosing weight
Dry skin
Headaches
Fatigue
Sensitivity to cold/ often feeling cold
Recurrent infections(2)

 

If you have been having these symptoms, you may want to consider having your thyroid tested (via blood test) by your doctor.  TSH, T4, T3 and thyroid antibodies are the tests required to investigate thyroid function.

There are many natural supplements to encourage the functioning of thyroid including iodine (found in seaweed), selenium, zinc, copper, vitamin C and iron.  If you have low thyroid or suspect your do, discuss treatment plans with your naturopathic doctor for boosting your thyroid and encouraging proper metabolism!

1.Merck Manual, 18th ed. 2006 Merck Research Laboratories, Whitehouse Station, NJ.
2.Murray, T. and Bongiorno, P “Hypothryoidism” found in: The Textbook of Natural Medicine by Pizzorno J and Murray M. 2006 Churchill, Livingstone, Elsevier, St Louis Missouri

 

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