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10 Steps To Supporting Your Thyroid Naturally| Dr. Hagmeyer

10 Steps To Supporting Your Thyroid Naturally.

If you have been diagnosed with Thyroid disease or Hashimoto’s one of the most concerning symptoms affecting your quality of life probably include brainfog, weight gain, and fatigue.

at Dr. Hagmeyer.com, We hear more about the connection between thyroid and weight gain or thyroid and fatigue than any other symptom of low thyroid. What you may not know is that problems with the thyroid will influence much more than just your weight.

Because we find thyroid receptors on virtually every cell in the human body, thyroid hormones can influence things like cholesterol production, our heart rate, digestive function including gut motility, Neurotransmitters in the brain and even the strength and integrity of bone and muscles. 

If you have been recently diagnosed with Hashimoto’s or Hypothyroidism, here are some of the additional symptoms women we work with off suffer with; brain fog, difficulty focusing and attention, depressed moods, anxiety, headaches, sensitivities to food constipation, poor skin, hives, weak and brittle nails, heart palpitations and hormone imbalances. As you can see poor thyroid function can influence many parts of your body.

Many of the men and women we consult with, often fall into one of three categories. Many have been diagnosed with thyroid disease, are taking thyroid medication, but don’t feel much better. Other women have all the symptoms of thyroid disease but their doctor tells them there is nothing wrong with their Thyroid.

Subclinical Hypothyroidism

Some men and women have subclinical hypothyroidism. Subclinical hypothyroidism is a condition where TSH levels are a little bit above normal range. The thyroid hormones produced by the thyroid gland are still within the laboratory’s normal range.

The problem for many of these men and women comes down to what we call normal lab ranges” What is a normal lab range? The standard ranges for TSH and T4 are nothing more than averages of sick people who also have thyroid problems. You may not be as sick as those individuals who are further along with their thyroid disorder. But you still have a thyroid dysfunction, since your body is displaying these symptoms.

The last category of men and women we work with have an undiagnosed autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis This occurs when the immune system attacks the thyroid tissue and destroys it over weeks, months, and years.

For many of these individuals, they are still receiving thyroid hormones but nothing is being done to identify the triggers (see diagram below) of their autoimmune disease.

Recent research is showing that Hashimoto’s is the number one cause of low thyroid or hypothyroidism. If you think you may Hashimoto’s, Thre are a few articles I recommend you read.

  1.  “What every patient should know about Hashimoto’s”
  2.  “One of the most harmful things you could ever do to your Thyroid”

Many men and women who are already taking a prescription for an underactive thyroid, don’t realize that simply taking Thyroid Hormones like Synthroid, Levothyroxine, Armour, and Cytomel still fails to address the many causes behind thyroid dysfunction.

Functional Medicine and Natural Thyroid Treatment

Functional medicine is an approach that focuses on treating the root causes of disease rather than just managing symptoms. When it comes to thyroid conditions such as thyroid disease and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (an autoimmune condition that leads to hypothyroidism), functional medicine aims to address various factors that may contribute to these conditions. Here are some common strategies that functional medicine practitioners may use to treat thyroid disease and Hashimoto’s:

1. **Comprehensive Testing**: Functional medicine practitioners often order in-depth testing to assess thyroid function, hormone levels, nutrient deficiencies, immune function, and other factors that may be impacting the thyroid. This helps in identifying underlying imbalances and developing targeted treatment plans.

2. **Dietary Changes**: Functional medicine emphasizes the role of diet in supporting thyroid health. Adjusting the diet to include nutrient-dense whole foods, eliminating potential food sensitivities, and optimizing nutrient intake can be beneficial. Some practitioners may recommend autoimmune protocol (AIP) diet for individuals with Hashimoto’s to reduce inflammation and support immune function.

3. **Gut Health**: The health of the gut microbiome can influence immune function and hormonal balance, including thyroid function. Functional medicine may focus on improving gut health through probiotics, prebiotics, and addressing gut dysbiosis or leaky gut issues.

4. **Stress Management**: Chronic stress can impact thyroid function and autoimmune conditions. Functional medicine approaches often include stress-reduction techniques such as mindfulness, meditation, yoga, and other relaxation practices.

5. **Detoxification**: Supporting the body’s natural detoxification pathways can help reduce the toxic burden on the thyroid and immune system. This may involve lifestyle changes, supplements, and therapeutic approaches to enhance detoxification.

6. **Nutritional Supplements**: Individualized supplementation with nutrients like selenium, zinc, vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, and others may be recommended to support thyroid function and reduce inflammation in Hashimoto’s.

7. **Lifestyle Modifications**: Functional medicine practitioners often emphasize the importance of lifestyle factors such as adequate sleep, regular physical activity, and reducing exposure to environmental toxins in managing thyroid conditions.

8. **Medication Management**: While functional medicine focuses on a holistic approach to treatment, including lifestyle changes and natural therapies, some individuals with thyroid conditions may still require conventional medications such as thyroid hormone replacement therapy. Functional medicine practitioners may work in collaboration with medical doctors to provide comprehensive care.

10 Steps To Supporting Your Thyroid Naturally

Getting to the root cause of your Thyroid problem or Hashimotos requires some investigation. Here are 10 steps on how you can minimize and reverse thyroid symptoms while supporting your thyroid as well as your overall health. These are things that your Primary care doctor or endocrinologist will ignore.

 

IBS Keys Dr Hagmeyer

The 10 Steps To Optimizing and Supporting Your Thyroid Function.

1- Identify problems related to the barriers of the Gut (see our video here) and here

2- Identify inflammation and Support the Immune System Inflammation your Thyroids worst enemy and Glutathione why your Thyroid needs it

3- Identify any problems related to blood sugar dysregulation (see our video here) Learn How Low Blood Sugar Sabotages Healthy Thyroid Function

4- Identify specific Micronutrient, vitamin, and anti-oxidant imbalances (watch Dr. Hagmeyers video here)

5- Identify and eradicate hidden infections, and parasites, (Watch Dr. Hagmeyers Video Here)

6- Identify Hormonal imbalances related to the adrenal glands. 8 Dietary Changes needed to Support Your Thyroid and Adrenals  , 10 Steps To Optimizing Fertility when you have low Thyroid

7- Identify specific foods that you have sensitivities to. (see how Gluten causes problems), Cross Reactive Foods Gluten and CornMilk , Gluteomorphins and Casomorphins, Nuts Beans and Seeds

8- Identify hormonal imbalances related to the male and female steroid hormones.  (See Video here)

9- Support detoxification and liver function. (see our Video here)

10- Support the Hypothalamus, Neurological system and neurotransmitters. (see our Video here)

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