How Can I Balance My Thyroid?
The thyroid and adrenal glands regulate multiple functions throughout the body. If thyroid hormone and cortisol levels are not right, the rest of the body will not function correctly; these critical hormones are just as important as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and growth hormone.
Many patients, especially women in their 30s and 40s, are diagnosed with hypothyroidism or an underactive thyroid by their primary care physician or endocrinologist. These doctors only diagnose cases of overt hypothyroidism or severe hormonal deficiencies; we call it clinical hypothyroidism. If a patient has some or all of the classical symptoms of hypothyroidism but the results of blood tests show that levels are within the normal range, no thyroid replacement therapy is given for symptomatic relief.
So, what happens to patients that test on the low side of “normal” and/or suffer from symptoms of hypothyroidism? These patients have sub-clinical hypothyroidism. Estimates suggest that 20–40% of the population suffers from sub-clinical hypothyroidism. In medical school, we were taught that there is no such thing as “sub-clinical” hypothyroidism, and that only patients with overt thyroid deficiencies should be treated. The philosophy was that patients are either deficient or not; everything in the middle is normal. With the advent of anti-aging medicine, everybody is treated to ensure that they reach an optimal hormonal balance and the hormonal levels of their youth. Whether you have sub-clinical or clinical hypothyroidism and a severe or mild deficiency, you do not have to endure your symptoms of hypothyroidism and the negative effects they cause.
What Are The Symptoms of Hypothyroidism?
A “sluggish” thyroid can cause a range of symptoms including cold hands and feet, chronic fatigue, hair loss/thinning, low libido, depression, and weight gain and an inability to lose weight. These are all symptoms of slow metabolism. Sufferers might also experience pale/leathery skin, stiff joints, atherosclerosis, easy bruising, muscle cramps, persistent lower back pain, mental sluggishness, emotional instability with crying spells, temper tantrums, mood swings, and an increased susceptibility to colds, viruses, and respiratory illnesses.
How Does An Underactive Thyroid Affect The Other Hormones in the Body?
Because hormones regulate each other, a deficiency in one can create excesses of another, and vice versa, thereby creating numerous possibilities for hormonal imbalance and unhealthy symptoms. Imbalances of estrogen, progesterone, and cortisol are linked to low thyroid. Approximately 80% of hypothyroid patients have low cortisol or “adrenal fatigue” and vice versa.
Why Do Patients With An Underactive Thyroid Struggle to Feel “Normal” After Treatment?
Thyroid replacement therapy (especially using synthetic hormones such as synthroid and levothyroxine etc.) improves some of the symptoms of hypothyroid patient; however, it is common for patients to not feel as good as they did before. This is because they are not treated completely! They may be treated for their thyroid deficiency, but all the other hormones that are out of balance or expressed abnormally are overlooked. It is crucial to test ALL hormones and treat ALL hormonal imbalances at the same time to return to peak health.
How Do I Know If I Have An
If you experience two or more of the symptoms below, you may benefit from natural thyroid supplementation:
- Tired all the time
- Weight gain
- Poor concentration
- Brittle hair and nails
- Cold hands and feet
- Inability to lose weight
- Mood changes
- Slow pulse
- Hair loss
- Thinning skin
- Aches and pains
- Low libido
What If I Am Already on Thyroid Replacement Therapy?
First, we will test the levels of your thyroid hormones and gather data on all your symptoms to determine how you are responding to your current therapy. We will then switch you from synthetic to bioidentical thyroid replacement therapy and fine-tune the dose. It is important to also test your cortisol, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and GH levels to detect any imbalances and treat them accordingly. At AAI Rejuvenation Clinic, we always the entire patient, not just the test result.
How Can I Balance My Thyroid?
Although it might seem overwhelming, you can normalize your hormone levels and feel like you again, as long as you have the supervision and guidance of a qualified physician.
Here is a step-by-step guide of what you can expect from thyroid replacement therapy at AAI Rejuvenation Clinic:
- Identify your symptoms.
- Test your thyroid levels (this involves 5–7 blood tests, not just the one usual test that your general practitioner normally orders.)
- Find a board certified doctor in anti-aging medicine who specializes in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
- Detoxify to help your thyroid to work at its maximum potential.
- Supplement with nutraceuticals (pharmaceutical-grade nutritional supplements that are prescription strength, free from harmful contaminants, and are actually absorbed by the body). This is only way to ensure that your body has the building blocks it needs to regenerate and function correctly.
- ALWAYS use a bioidentical thyroid hormone that has the exact chemical structure as the hormones produced by the body and is derived from a natural source.
- STOP using all synthetic hormones, including Premarin, Provera, Progestins, and birth control pills, pellets, injections, and intrauterine devices. These all contain synthetic hormones that can cause hormonal imbalances and affect the thyroid.
- Use only “hormone-free” foods and products.
- Minimize stress and use stress-handling techniques like yoga, meditation, and prayer.
- Stop smoking ASAP.
- Eat more fiber.
- Get 7–8 hours of deep, restful, uninterrupted sleep per night. This is the only way to ensure that body tissues regenerate after use during the day.