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The Canadian Thyroid Foundation estimates that 1 in 10 Canadians suffer from a thyroid condition, and as many as 50% may be undiagnosed. The thyroid gland acts like the body’s internal thermostat regulating our metabolism and organ function. The hormones it produces (T3, T4) control everything from our metabolism and body temperature to our mood and menstrual cycles. Having the right amount of thyroid hormone production for your body is essential to your well-being.

Hypothyroidism, a condition that occurs when not enough thyroid hormone is produced, is the most prevalent form of thyroid disease. When your thyroid slows down, every other organ and system in your body also slows down. The top three early warning signs of an underactive thyroid are: fatigue, constipation, and weight gain. Other symptoms may include:

  • brain fog, hair loss, intolerance to cold, muscle aches and cramps, pain, stiffness or swelling in the joints, infertility, heavy or irregular menstrual periods, depression, trouble with memory, concentration or focus, slow heart rate, elevated cholesterol levels, puffy face, dry and scaly skin, and brittle and splitting nails.

Factors that can cause or contribute to an underactive thyroid including genetics, high stress, nutrient deficiencies, heavy metal exposure, and excessive dieting. High levels of stress hormones can block the activity of thyroid hormone in the body. It also prevents the conversion of thyroid hormone to its active form. Iron and iodine are the building blocks to make thyroid hormone, while zinc and selenium are needed convert thyroid hormone to its active form. Excess mercury levels can block thyroid hormone receptors and prevent the activation of thyroid hormones. When the body is in a fasted or starving state, the levels of T3 (our active thyroid hormone) decrease in order to conserve energy by up to 50%.

There are many naturopathic treatments to keep your thyroid gland working optimally, and to support your thyroid when there are early warning signs of a thyroid dysfunction. If you suspect you have a thyroid problem, or would like to investigate your thyroid function further, please contact the clinic or ask at your next appointment.