Thyroid Hormone Restoration

Hormones are amazing chemical messengers of your endocrine system that play a significant role throughout your body and help dictate how you experience the world.  One of these key hormones secreted from your thyroid gland is thyroid hormone.  Thyroid hormone impacts virtually every cell in the body.  It is involved in production of energy and metabolism, brain health and mood, cardiovascular health, gut motility, libido and sexual function, the health of the immune system and more.  Thyroid hormone even impacts the level of other hormones in the body and it is conversely impacted by the status of other hormones. 

You might be wondering how you would feel if your thyroid gland is not functioning optimally?

Common symptoms of an underactive thyroid gland, hypothyroidism, include weight gain, fatigue, constipation, maldigestion, cold intolerance, insomnia, hair thinning, skin dryness, and menstrual irregularities.  

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease where the body's own immune system attacks the thyroid gland and destroys the tissue.  Although its symptoms most resemble hypothyroidism, you can also experience periods of hyperthyroid-like symptoms due to the flooding of the hormones into the blood stream as a result of tissue destruction. 

Common symptoms of an overactive thyroid, hyperthyroidism, include weight loss with increased appetite, fatigue, insomnia, nervousness, heart palpitations, increased frequency of stools or diarrhea and menstrual irregularities.  Grave's disease, is an autoimmune disease and the most common cause of hyperthyroidism. 

Often in a conventional setting, the health of your thyroid is assessed based on a single laboratory parameter, thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH).  While TSH is important because it tells the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormones, it usually does not give a complete picture of how well your thyroid gland is functioning. 

To better understand and address the underlying causes of your thyroid concerns, the doctors at Conscious Human Medicine provide the most appropriate and comprehensive thyroid hormone tests as well as taking into consideration your present symptoms, medical history, physical exam, and past labs and diagnosis. 

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