Your thyroid gland is one of the most important organs in your body. Located at the base of your neck, the Thyroid gland produces three crucial hormones:
The Thyroid gland releases a continuous stream of these three hormones which affect the function of practically every cell and organ system in your body.
Thyroid hormones activities include:
The following diagram reviews the effects of thyroid hormones in the body
So what can go wrong?
Hyper and Hypo- Thyrodism
The thyroid gland is often likened to the accelerator of a car. Depending on how much pressure is applied, the speed of the car will increase or decrease.
Hyperthyroidism is akin to increasing pressure and speed, so the thyroid gland secretes too many hormones and can result in:
Hypothyroidism is like reducing the pressure and therefore speed causing the body to slow down from the reduction of hormone production and can result in:
The immune system can also produce antibodies against the thyroid gland. This, in combination with other factors can result in autoimmune thyroid disease.
Hyperthyroidism resulting from an autoimmune disorder is known as Grave’s disease.
Hypothyroidism resulting from an autoimmune disorder is also known as Hashimoto’s disease.
Some clients with Hashimoto’s can experience a combination of both extremes as there may be irregular production of thyroid hormones depending on the damage to the thyroid gland.
What causes Thyroid Dysfunction?
There are many diet & lifestyle factors that can affect Thyroid function and cause dysregulation including:
Assessing Thyroid Function
It is important to consider the whole picture when looking at Thyroid health.
During the consultation, we discuss all your symptoms and family history to provide a complete picture of your experiences. Dietary analysis, eating patterns and lifestyle factors can all contribute to your thyroid and overall health, including to stress and anxiety – which may impact your adrenal function, which may require support.
Functional tests can provide evidence of underlying dysfunction or pathologies.
Specific Thyroid markers I look for include:
Other markers that are important for Thyroid function include:
Supporting Thyroid Function
It is important to understand if your need stems from
My focus is on ensuring your Thyroid health is supported by using a combination of an individual nutritional therapy programme, which is specifically designed to your personal needs, lifestyle suggestions and nutritional supplements if indicated.
I will help you identify the foods that will support your health and those that may be negatively impacting your condition, which will help support your body in resolving any dysfunction you may be experiencing.
Deepti, B. Babu, S. Kumar, H. et al. Undermined Part of Thyroid in Human Health, Journal of In Silico & In Vitro Pharmacology, 2016, 2:3.