Thyroid issues are very common. There is hyperthyroidism, or overactive thyroid function, and hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid function. Hyperthyroidism may include irritability, muscle weakness, sleeping problems, a fast heartbeat, heat intolerance, diarrhea, enlargement of the thyroid, and weight loss. Hypothyroidism is characterized by poor ability to tolerate cold, a feeling of tiredness, constipation, depression, and weight gain.
Once all issues that require urgent medical attention are ruled out (infection, malignancy, inflammatory autoimmune disorder,etc.), functional medicine can be vital to finding out the cause and correcting any issues found. Let’s take a look at some of those possible causes.
A review of a person’s social habits and lifestyle can give clues as to potential causes of thyroid issues. Common causes include poor nutrition, consuming wheat/gluten, low iodine intake, and excessive stress.
A full assessment of these potential causes and many more is done as part of the functional medicine consultation. Modifying health damaging lifestyle habits is vitally important to each person’s care plan.
Underlying Root Causes
In addition to investigating a person’s daily habits, specialized testing can be done to identify any sub-optimal functions in the body as well as any nutrient deficiencies.
Here is a list of common underlying causes of thyroid issues that can be exposed by testing.
- Nutrient deficiencies (especially omega 3’s, B-vitamins, iodine, and selenium)
- Chronic infections (abnormal gut bacteria, parasites, viral)
- Toxic exposure/poor detoxification (mold, chemical exposure, heavy metals)
- Hormone imbalance (thyroid, adrenal, sex hormones)
- Poor gut function leading to systemic inflammation(flora imbalance, leaky gut syndrome)
If you are suffering from thyroid issues, schedule a consult today to find out more about our program. Our approach is simple. Modify lifestyle factors and test and address any issues that are interfering with the ability of your body to function optimally. Often when this is done, the body will heal itself and correct the dysfunction.