One woman in eight will develop a thyroid disorder during her lifetime.
Women are five to eight times more likely than men to have thyroid problems.
These are outstanding statistics for a disorder that is, in fact, preventable.
The thyroid is a small, butterfly shaped organ that is found in the lower part of your neck. It is a large gland and a crucial part of your endocrine system. The Endocrine system is a collection of glands in your body, that secrete chemicals called hormones directly into your blood system. The Endocrine system works in partnership with your nervous system and brain, controlling your body functions such as immunity, digestion, reproduction, metabolic rate, blood pressure, and even your happiness.
Important functions of the thyroid gland:
1. Produces a hormone that is responsible for your metabolism which controls your body weight.
2. Controls how effectively you will produce energy or burn calories, as it is responsible for producing glucose from the food you eat.
3. Regulates vital body functions such as: menstrual cycles, breathing, body temperature, heart rate.
4. Influences the body growth and development, and it is important for healthy pregnancies.
The earliest signs and symptoms of low thyroid functions or Hypothyroidism can occur several years prior to lab studies being abnormal.
Early sings of Hypothyroidism are:
- Weight gain and insulin resistance
- Fluid retention
- Headaches and migraines headaches
- Menstrual irregularities
- Dry skin
- Puffy face
- Cold hands and feet
- Fatigue and low energy
- Hair loss
- Iron deficiency anaemia
A few of the Functional Medicine lab studies that evaluate thyroid functions at our clinic are:
- antithyroglobulin antibodies
- Animicrosomal antibodies
- Antithyroidperoxidase antibodies
- Thyroid binding globulin
Hashimoto Thyroditis is the most common reason for under active thyroid. Unfortunate enough, it is also the most common underdiagnosed autoimmune disease that we see at our Functional Medicine practice.
Therefore, a Functional Thyroid blood panel is often recommended as a part of our thyroid optimisation programs.
As DC, MS, DHSc Datis Kharrazian says in his book “Why do I still have Thyroid Symptoms”, “Hashimoto is not a disease of the thyroid but an immune disorder “ .
Health concerns that can trigger the Hashimoto Thyroditis are:
Vitamin D deficiency
We advocate for your thyroid gland as a vital body part.
At Daria Tiesler Functional Medicine we always support what your General Practitioner or Endocrinologist prescribe. We will work in collaboration to support the treatment prescribed by your doctor.
Additionally, we shall take further steps and measures to understand your medical and lifestyle history and create a personalised thyroid supporting program. We shall work on optimising the thyroid functions by using Functional Medicine, Nutritional Therapy screening and assessing methods that look at the root cause of your Thyroid health issues.
Our work is always supported by the scientific findings and their application for the best benefits of your health and wellbeing.
Thyroid and Nutrition
The production of hormones, and especially the thyroid hormone, is dependent on nutrition. Which means, you are basically what you eat. Therefore eating a rainbow of whole and natural foods provides nutrients like Zinc, Selenium, Iron, Iodine, vitamin C, B6, B2, vitamin D, and E that are needed for the healthy thyroid hormone production and its conversion from inactive to active.
Does your breakfast normally consist of a croissant and coffee?
Do you feel tired around 10am?
For lunch, do you normally eat on the run or purchase lunch every day?
Do you feel like crashing in the afternoon and pick yourself up with candy or more coffee?
If you answered yes to one or more of the above questions then you’re at risk for thyroid issues. My intention for you is to incorporate more healthy options into your lifestyle which will then crowd out unhealthy options. For example, instead of another cup of coffee at 10am try a handful of almonds or a green apple which will give you fiber and energy. In the afternoon, munch on some berries a piece of dark chocolate or a small pack of crisps.
Eating whole food is a joyful and nourishing experience. Always start with the idea that every meal is an opportunity to nourish rather than deprive. There are so many colourful, fresh food choices and I strongly encourage you to use the colours of the rainbow as a nutritional guideline. In order to support your thyroid functions, it is always important to find out which food could be adding extra stress and loading your body with inflammation through observation. We encourage organic choices or at least free range as much as possible, as there are numerous studies suggesting a link between the quality of the food and thyroid/body functions.
Did you know that 20% of your thyroid health depends on your gut health?
During the years, we have learned that our clients are worried about feeling lonely or not fully understood at times, when on their way to a better health. When joining Daria Tiesler Functional Medicine you will feel supported all the way through the process.
Book your 20 min free initial consultation and discuss we us your health story and together we can create your Thyroid Personalised Program that will support your health and life.
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