Thyroid, Hypothyroid & Fatigue
Thyroid Function and Hypothyroid
Your thyroid gland tells every cell in your body the rate at which it should function. Having too little hormone, called hypothyroidism, can lead to fatigue, hair loss, depression and much more.
This is a problem for more than 10 million Americans-of whom 8 million don't know it. Having too much hormone, called hyperthyroidism, races your engine, so you feel all revved up-as if you were burning out. This problem affects some 4.5 million Americans, but at least 600,000 of them have yet to be diagnosed.
Feeling tired and chilly, having constipation or losing your hair, can mean your thyroid is underactive-but these could also come from overwork, or aging, or a dozen other causes. Feeling totally tense and overworked could mean an overactive thyroid-or just plain stress.
Hypothyroidism is an often missing diagnosis and is often worth checking into. Although typically diagnosed through blood tests, we like to also underarm basal body temperature over 97.8, an
Iodine Loading Test and or a sub lingual Thyroid Test
If you suspect hypothyroid you can try one of the thyroid support formulas. You can monitor the effectiveness by
logging the basal temperature or by rechecking thyroid function through blood or saliva. The blood test is considered the most accurate When checking blood hormone levels we feel it is important to
check TSH, T3 and T4.
Iodine is not only necessary for the production of thyroid hormones, it is also responsible for the production of all the other hormones in the body. Adequate iodine levels are essential for proper immune system function. Iodine contains potent anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic, anti-viral, and anti-cancer properties. Iodine is also effective for treating fibrocystic breast and ovarian cysts, fatigue, hemorrhoids, headache and migraines, excessive mucous production as well as the many conditions related to thyroid disorders.
If iodine is found to be deficient, many times reversing the iodine deficiency can result in improving or even curing these hypothyroid related conditions. Thyroid medications can actually exacerbate an iodine deficiency and with proper iodine treatment the medication can often be reduced or eliminated altogether.
Signs and Symptoms of Hypothyroid
- Chronic fatigue and weakness
- Weight Gain or difficulty losing weight
- Hair loss or coarse, dry hair
- Dry and rough skin
- Intolerance to cold
- Abnormal menstrual cycles
- Decreased sex drive
- Memory loss
- Depression and irritability
- Muscle cramps
- Under arm morning temperature less then 97.8
The Many Causes of Fatigue
Fatigue can have many causes. Overcoming fatigue, on a consistent basis requires that the underlying causes be understood and addressed. Below you will find the most common causes of fatigue. Generally when these areas are addressed energy levels come up and the feelings of vitality and well being increase.
In our clinic we ask a number of questions on every visit to asses the overall subjective experience of health and well being. These questions are on a scale of 1-10 with 7 being what we consider good health. Many of our patients come to us because their subjective experience of energy and vitality is below 7, often below 4.
If your energy levels are below 7/10 or if you want to raise your energy levels even higher then you may want to consider the following areas. The list is not exhaustive but does cover the vast majority of cases.
- Adrenal Fatigue & Adrenal Exhaustion
- Blood Sugar Imbalances
- Food Allergies and Gluten Sensitivity
- Heavy Metals
- Hormone Depletion
- Mitochondrial Dysregulation
- Neurotransmitter Exhaustion
- Vitamin/Mineral/Fatty Acid/Amino Acid Deficiencies
- Yeast and Fungus Infections
If you are uncertain as to which products or programs to use or which tests to take; or, if you would like additional help:
- Contact us with a brief question.
- Arrange a phone consultation with Dr. Forrest.
Call ( 408) 354-4262