Symptoms of low thyroid function may include:
- low energy
- inability to concentrate or memory problems
- cold intolerance
- poor digestion, constipation, etc.
- sleep disorders-either sleeping too much or too little
- brittle nails
- hair loss
- low libido
Unfortunately, thyroid disorders are often missed by standard medical care. Testing is often focused on limited testing such as TSH, which has limited value when trying to conditions as complex as thyroid disorders. However, functional thyroid testing can often reveal functional imbalances in the thyroid, such as autoimmune thyroid and subclinical hypothyroidism. When these disorders are treated, energy levels increased sleep improves, and often patients can come off of other medications like antidepressants. Sometimes thyroid medications are not needed, and the thyroid needs to be supported nutritionally with nutrients such as iodine, selenium, and L-tyrosine.
Ubiquitous toxins such as glyphosate and heavy metals can affect the thyroid, and if present a comprehensive detox plan is often beneficial.
A common problem with the thyroid is Hashimoto's thyroiditis, or autoimmune thyroid, often linked to Leaky Gut Syndrome, a condition where proteins can leak out into the bloodstream. When this happens through a process of molecular mimicry the immune system inappropriately tags these proteins as foreign. Some of these proteins resemble the thyroid tissue, and autoimmune thyroid can result. Therefore strict avoidance of gluten and meat is often necessary to resolve Hashimoto's thyroiditis as well as a comprehensive gut healing program.
Mold toxicity can have an adverse effect on the thyroid and if suspected functional mycotoxin testing is needed.
Often the mitochondria as well as the adrenals are involved in thyroid health. Therefore support in these areas is often warranted.