The Thyroid Gland – The little powerhouse that can affect so many of your day-to-day functions, is totally underestimated.
All too often I see people with the debilitating symptoms of fatigue – no matter how much sleep they’re getting, “waking up tired”. They struggle to get out of bed and through the day. Trying to focus and stay mentally alert is a challenge. Motivation for anything is a distant memory and they feel teary or depressed a lot of the time. Weight is creeping on yet they feel they are eating less and less. Constant sugar cravings and relying on coffee to get through the day. Constipation is also a common part of this scenario. Their hair is thinning or when they brush their hair, way more than normal is coming out and ending up in their brush.
They may have already had blood tests to check their thyroid, but the results come back “within the normal range”.
“The normal range” is an extremely wide range. Even if your results are at the bottom end of “normal”, you will be told “your thyroid is normal”. So how is it that you can be experiencing all these symptoms (of sub-optimal thyroid function) yet the blood tests show nothing.
Likewise, people may be on thyroid medication and still feeling these symptoms.
What is going on?
Let’s delve a little deeper.
The thyroid gland – this small butterfly shaped gland in your throat is responsible for the energy of every cell in your body. So if the energy is not getting to the cells in your brain, your digestive system, how your body burns calories, let alone getting to the cells of your hair – you can see how one tiny gland can affect every area of your health. Fertility can also be affected by sub-optimal thyroid. Menopausal symptoms can be worse. In some cases, anxiety can be purely because your thyroid is out of balance.
The “usual” blood tests only test a third of the overall picture of thyroid function (TSH). If this falls into the wide normal range, no further testing is done .
The thyroid function is intricate. There are two other major hormones that determine whether the thyroid is “firing” correctly – they are T4 and T3. T4 is the holding tank for the active hormone T3. Yet rarely is the T3 included in “normal” testing. If you are receiving thyroid medication eg thyroxine it is only the T4 component of the thyroid system. Then your body is supposed to be able to convert that T4 to the active T3. There are a number of issues that will stop that from happening. For example, insufficient other hormones to help the conversion (eg: progesterone) ; or a lack of the nutrients that will help to convert the T4 to the T3.
This is an area I have specialised in for over 20 years. The whole answer does not lie in just taking one tablet to help one third of the equation, then hope that your body is or can produce the rest of the hormones/nutrients to make it all work in harmony.
When I request blood tests for clients, I get the whole picture. I want to see the levels of all the hormones that make up thyroid function as well as any other possible underlying hormonal imbalances. Then we can address each area that is having an impact on your overall health. And that can be different for each person. Equally, there are different herbal and nutrient formulas to help balance out the required areas. We are all individuals and the health plan is as individual as each person. No one-size-fits-all approach.
Professional Natural medicines are extremely effective to help support your overall health and nourish and bring about balance of the issue addressing the underlying cause, as much as possible.
I use the Bio-resonance testing that I have in my clinic first to see which hormones are the most probable areas that need support. This then helps me to determine which blood/saliva tests are required. When we have a complete overview of the areas needing support, we can the go about putting together a succinct, streamline and easy-to-follow health plan to get your health back on track.