How healthy is your thyroid?
I commonly see patients who have had their thyroid blood tests done, and told that they are all good. The problem is, they still feel fatigued, and know that something is not quite right.
Sub-clinical hypothyroidism is fairly widespread, but is often not recognised by your GP, as they will only look for overt signs of thyroid disease on your blood tests. As a Naturopath, I look to support people in optimal health, and just because you might not yet have thyroid disease, your thyroid might need some support to prevent it from moving this way in the future.
The medical reference range for a thyroid assessment is:
TSH 0.5-5.00, – But ideally we want to see it around 1-2
T4 10-20 – ideally >15
T3 0.5-4.00 but ideally should be a 3:1 ratio to T4.
thyroid antibodies: ideally less than <60
Symptoms of a sluggish thyroid can present as: cognitive decline, cold hands and feet, dry skin, fatigue, weight gain, inability to lose weight, hair loss, depression, constipation, infertility, ovulation failure, miscarriage, muscle cramps and weakness, swelling and fluid retention.. to name a few.
There are many factors that interfere with our thyroid function:
Inflammation, oestrogen excess, aggressive caloric restriction (really low carbohydrate diets), environmental toxins, stress, and nutritional deficiencies.
The thyroid also needs the liver to work efficiently to help regulate thyroid hormones. The liver can often become overtaxed from an increased workload of processing medications, environmental toxins, too much sugar and excess alcohol. Liver function should always be assessed and supported when addressing thyroid health.
So, what is needed for optimal thyroid function?
There are some key nutrients that your thyroid needs to work effectively: these are iodine, zinc, selenium, iron, and vitamin B2.
You also need to make sure there are no hidden causes of inflammation in your body, such as poor gut health or stress, as this will greatly affect your thyroid function also.
If you are experiencing these symptoms, come and see one of our practitioners in clinic for a comprehensive assessment of your health and thyroid function.
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Your Body is an Orchestra by Monica Roberts
Today I went with my elderly relative to her rheumatologist . Oh my God! Seriously!!. Here’s what transpired..
DR: Good afternoon.
Dr: How are you?
Us: Well you know not so good… she gave her story.. She’d been in hospital quite sick.
Dr: Oh thats too bad.
Me: U think! ( I didn’t say that)
Me: Do you think that there is a possibility that an infection like Lymes disease could be at the base of this case. Could we arrange some kind of test. Me knowing that she’s had a history of bacterial overgrowth, tick bites and ross river fever.
Dr: There is no such thing as Lymes disease in Australia.
Me: Is it possible to get her tested for infections, bacterial, viral any other parasites.
Dr: You would have to see the infectious disease Dr for that.
Me: OK, Well she has some bowel issues and seems to play a role in her attacks, what do you think of the bowel or imbalance of bacteria having an impact?
Dr: Well you would have to see a gastroenterologist for that.
Me: How about her diet, do you think that it needs addressing?
Dr: I’m not sure how that would be, but you could see a dietitian I suppose.
Me: REALLY !! (i didn’t say that either).
Me: IN MY PRIVATE THOUGHTS.. DID YOU NOT know that the body is an orchestra, and all of our organs, brain, blood, tissues, skin are linked, each having an effect on each other. Diet, lifestyle, bowel, brain, stomach, lungs, heart Shall I go on. You can’t look at one isolate organ to treat a person!. So times up, 10mins.. pay lots of money and off we go, with one more pain management drug to her 4 already.
Ok so I’m on my high horse. I know there are some excellent Dr and practitioners out there doing amazing things, but at times I get very frustrated.
Imagine if we all worked together, what we could achieve.
Your wellbeing matters, and all of you is connected to all of you, you are not JUST a heart or a bowel or a lung.
Todays Chat with Monica.
A client has had a spontaneous reaction to allergies. One weekend he decided on a getaway. Whilst he was away and got bitten by mosquito, and then suffered immune deficiency.
He came to see me and asked me:
‘Why does this happen?’
‘I’m usually really well.’
‘No body else got the virus!’
Well our health is like stacking the deck. Or sometimes like falling dominoes.
We don’t just get sick, we don’t just suddenly have heart attack, or hormonal disruption, or diarrhea. Usually there are many factors that slowly stack up.
This is what happens: Let’s say you get stressed, more than usual. Then you have a few bad nights of not sleeping and your social commitments are high. You don’t eat well because you are busy. Your body’s resistance starts to fall, inflammation starts to rise, hormones start to deplete and your body’s ability to repair becomes compromised. Your ability to cope decreases. It just takes someone walking past you with a cold, and before you know it… Your sick!
We can minimise our body’s responses by remembering to breath deeply right into the belly, eat well, loads up on the greens, and get really good sleep.
See you in the clinic.
Your wellbeing matters.
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