Thyroid Treatment: Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism
When it comes to achieving balance in your body, you might not immediately consider the importance of your thyroid gland. However, it plays a significant role in your overall well-being. The specific treatment for thyroid-related issues varies depending on your symptoms. If you’ve been feeling excessively fatigued, gaining weight despite a healthy diet and exercise routine, or experiencing heightened levels of anxiety and irritability, your thyroid could be the cause. Fortunately, there are several natural treatment options available to address thyroid imbalances.
Thyroid issues are one of the most commonly diagnosed medical conditions in the country — in fact, the American Thyroid Association (ATA) estimates about 20 million Americans have some type of thyroid disease — but the ATA also estimates that up to 60 percent of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition. The reality is that many people attribute their most troubling symptoms to non-thyroid causes like getting older, going through menopause, or simply feeling depressed — and as a result, suffer unnecessarily instead of getting appropriate thyroid treatment.
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Located in the neck just below your Adam’s apple, the thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped organ. Typically weighing less than a single ounce, the thyroid gland plays a big role in the way our bodies function. The thyroid gland regulates metabolism, weight, energy, body temperature, bowel function, mood, and skin and hair growth.
The thyroid gland’s primary function is to absorb iodine and combine it with an amino acid to create thyroid hormones. When functioning normally, you can’t feel the thyroid under the skin; an enlarged thyroid that you can see or feel, called a goiter, may indicate underlying thyroid issues.
Thyroid issues can affect people of all ages and races. However, certain groups are at a higher risk for developing thyroid issues, including women, those over the age of 60, and those who suffer from autoimmune diseases like type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus.
Overactive Thyroid: Hyperthyroidism Symptoms
If your thyroid is overactive and produces more thyroid hormones than your body needs — a condition known as hyperthyroidism — you may experience a variety of symptoms, including:
- Weight loss
- Heart palpitations
- Stomach upset and diarrhea
- Sweating, oftentimes excessive
- Extreme hunger
- Intolerance for heat
At Nava Health, we offer comprehensive natural thyroid treatment options specifically designed to address these symptoms. Our treatments effectively manage hyperthyroidism symptoms, allowing you to regain a higher quality of life.
Underactive Thyroid: Hypothyroidism Symptoms
On the other hand, if your thyroid is underactive and doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormones, you may experience a completely different yet equally frustrating set of symptoms, including:
- Fatigue/extreme tiredness
- Sensitivity to cold
- Weight gain and/or difficulty losing weight
- Dry hair/hair loss
As with hyperthyroidism, Nava’s natural hypothyroidism treatment can assist in mitigating these symptoms and returning you to good health. We offer a holistic thyroid treatment approach that takes into account the interconnectedness of your body and focuses on restoring balance and optimal function to your thyroid gland.
Testing for Thyroid Issues
Most physicians rely on thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) testing to measure thyroid function. However, TSH tests only gauge the level of one aspect of thyroid health. It is also important to measure the actual output of your thyroid gland – T4, or thyroxine, and T3, or triiodothyronine. Additionally, thyroid antibodies can be produced, causing an autoimmune attack on your thyroid, resulting in symptoms of thyroid dysfunction. For a more complete picture of your thyroid health, it is important to get additional testing.
A Holistic Approach to Thyroid Treatment
At Nava Health & Vitality Center, we go beyond traditional TSH testing, conducting a battery of thyroid tests designed to pinpoint potential thyroid illnesses. Our advanced data interpretation techniques help us to accurately assess your thyroid function and determine which therapies may lead to the best health outcomes.
Depending on our findings, we may suggest approaching your thyroid imbalance issues through specially compounded prescription drugs and premium-grade nutraceuticals or alternative thyroid treatment. Nutritional counseling may also help you explore how a hypothyroidism diet can impact your thyroid imbalance.
Don’t accept anything less than feeling your absolute best. There is a solution to alleviate thyroid imbalance issues and reclaim your energy and vitality. Reach out to one of our compassionate and knowledgeable Certified Wellness Consultants today. They will provide you with information about Nava Center’s holistic approach to restoring thyroid health and achieving overall wellness.