It’s more than likely you already know you have a thyroid issue, but knowing is just the first step to improving your condition.
Thyroid hormone therapy may help you feel better temporarily, but it does not fix the problems that exacerbated your low thyroid.
In order to repair your autoimmune thyroid disorder, you must identify and treat the underlying factors causing your disease.
In functional medicine, the approach to treating any disease finding the why. Why is your body experiencing imbalance? To do this, we look beyond symptoms and uncover the causes hiding beneath the surface.
Below are five major factors that could be damaging your thyroid!
Thyroid function can be hindered in many ways by infection in the body. Since any infection causes long-term inflammation, chronic stress, and reduced digestion, hypothetically, any infection can negatively affect the thyroid gland. However, there are certain infections with known molecular triggers for thyroid dysfunction and autoimmunity. Those types of infections are:
- H. pylori
- Hepatitis C
2. Celiac Disease
Research has shown that this autoimmune condition where the body’s immune system attacks intestinal cells has been linked to an increased risk of autoimmune thyroid disorders. Celiac disease can be hard to detect in individuals, so it’s important to be aware of the symptoms and how it can relate to your diagnosis.
3. Low-Calorie Diet
You may think that the less you eat, the better for your waistline, but that is simply not the case. Low-calorie diets can be detrimental for your thyroid health. Without adequate calorie intake, your energy wanes, and your body goes into starvation mode. Starvation is a state of stress which signals the adrenal glands to produce cortisol. Researchers have found that women on a very low-calorie diet had a 66% reduction in active T3.
Inflammation is a natural and useful immune response to protect the body. However, chronic inflammation has long been a major underlying factor of thyroid dysfunction. Stress, malnutrition, and autoimmunity all cause or result in inflammation. Failing to correct chronic inflammation will result in worsening symptoms of your low thyroid disorder.
Hypothyroidism is commonly misdiagnosed, mainly because symptoms can vary from person to person, making a low thyroid diagnosis more challenging to pinpoint. Often, thyroid symptoms get misdiagnosed as depression, fatigue, or bipolar disorder. Even when individuals are diagnosed, their other imbalances such as adrenal fatigue or blood sugar imbalance are overlooked.
Get informed and address the underlying causes.
The best advocate for your health is you. The thyroid hormone plays a vital role in the proper functioning of metabolic processes. Everything from sleep, mood, energy, and weight, to skin, hair, bowel movements, and nails are all affected by the thyroid.
If you are still experiencing symptoms, don’t accept it as your new normal. You can do more than simply take thyroid hormone supplements.
Do your research and get informed on the latest advances in low thyroid treatment. Working with a functional medicine practitioner will provide you with comprehensive testing, a proper diagnosis, and effective treatment to empower you to take control of your health.