What you need to know about your thyroid…part two

Thyroid problems account for a significant part of my naturopathic practice and I believe they are becoming more common and are often under diagnosed or not diagnosed until damage to the thyroid has occurred.

In part one of this two part series of blogs, I talked about the role of the thyroid, the nutrients required for thyroid health and the some of the factors that can contribute to thyroid disease.

Thyroid disease can result in an under or overactive thyroid and while some of the symptoms are, not surprisingly, opposite, some are quite similar.

Not everyone who experiences these symptoms has hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism and not everyone experiences all symptoms. We are all unique and therefore different. Before rushing into any kind of treatment, it is important that a thorough investigation has been done to ensure the cause of your symptoms has been identified.

Signs and symptoms of underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)

Some of the more common symptoms include:

  • fatigue and loss of strength
  • weight gain
  • constipation
  • depression
  • hair loss
  • poor memory and cognition (brain fog)
  • loss of libido
  • low body temperature (less than 36.5degC)

Signs and symptoms of overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)

Some of the more common symptoms include:

  • fatigue and loss of strength
  • anxiety or nervousness
  • heart palpitations
  • increased heart rate
  • diarrhoea
  • insomnia
  • poor concentration
  • weight loss

The key things you need to know about thyroid health

Thyroid problems can affect both men and women although it is more common in women and occurrence seems to increase with age.

Autoimmune thyroid disorders like Hashimoto’s disease or Graves’ disease can present with similar symptoms but have a dysfunctional immune system at their base. Addressing the reasons for this autoimmunity and dampening the autoimmunity using nutritional and herbal treatments can be very helpful.

The world of thyroid health can be very complex and confusing and a bit daunting but that’s where I can help.

Here are the key points I want you to know:

  • Your symptoms are real, even if your tests say everything is “normal”. It is possible to dig deeper to work out what is causing your symptoms. Typically, the testing done by your GP in the first instance is very limited (TSH) and doesn’t really delve into the various components of thyroid health. There is so much more to understand about thyroid health than thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH).
  • There is a great deal that can be done to improve your symptoms by addressing your nutrition, digestion, immune function, heavy metal or chemical toxicity, stress levels and other contributing health issues.
  • Even if you are already on medication which is helping your symptoms, it’s wise to address the underlying causes. For example, a nutritional deficiency which is affecting thyroid function is probably affecting other aspects of your health too and thyroid medication may not address that.
  • Nutritional and herbal medicine have a lot to offer in addressing the underlying causes of your health problems in addition to providing symptomatic relief.
If you aren't happy with your health, and you think it could be due to your thyroid, make a naturopathic appointment or call to find out more on 03 9620 9503.
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