Northern Beaches naturopathy belief is not to nurse symptoms but to treat the cause of imbalance.

Thyroid health

The thyroid gland is controlled by the pituitary gland which is the master controller of the endocrine system.

The thyroid gland secretes hormones to regulate our metabolic processes,growth and energy.

The  thyroid  starts by releasing Thyroid stimulating hormones ( TSH) which then prompts the T3 and T4, 2 primary hormones .

T3 is more active than T4 but is produced in much smaller quantities , essentially if we have low levels of T3 and T4 result in a reduced metabolism .

An enlarged thyroid gland is called a ‘goitre’ a deficiency of Iodine in the diet is as common cause along with endocrine disturbers.

In attempt to produce more Thyroid hormones the gland gets larger and larger .

 

Over active Thyroid - (Hyperthyroidism)

 An overactive thyroid glands is where it produces too much T4 and T3 into the bloodstream causing the embolism to speed up .Graves diseases is the most common cause which is known as an auto immune disease .

Symptoms >

Rapid pulse

Shortness of breath

Temore ( shaking hands)

Sweeating and sensitivity to heat 

Weightloss despite an increased appetite 

Nervousness , anxiety 

Diarrhoea 

Bulging eyes 

Goitre Fatigue 

 

Under active Thyroid ( Hypothyroidism )

An under active thyroid releases too little T4 and T3 reducing the metabolism to slow down.The most common cause is Hashimoto’s disease.

Symptoms > 

Fatigue 

Constipation 

Hoarse voice

Feeling cold even on warm days 

Unusual weight gain 

Depressed 

Puffy face 

Hair loss 

Dry skin 

Brain fog 

Goitre.

 

Supportive tips for balancing the thyroid gland 

 

1) Check your nutrient levels for proper functioning Selenium,Iron, Zinc ,Vitamins A, B2, B6 and B12 , D ,Potassium, Copper, Chromium.

2) Assess serum levels with a comprehensive thyroid test including antibodies and urine Iodine. Treat high levels of reverse T3.

3) Assess and treat cortisol and/or estrogen excess.

4) Balance protein levels; decrease if excessive and increase if inadequate.

5) Buy organic foods to reduce toxicity and endocrine disturbance .

6) Reduce excessive consumption of soy products, cruciferous vegetables, walnuts and alcohol, gluten, excess seafood - high mercury ( only have wild caught fish and farmed trout).

7) Consider some herbal medicines such as Withania, Coleus, Nigella .

8) Reduce excessive exercise and adopt better stress management .

9) Drink purifed water, Fluoride may interfere with T3 production.

10) Reduce chemicals in the home and for skin care as they affect the endocrine system and worsen thyroid function .

Please seek professional advice before starting any treatment and be careful to monitor levels .