It’s thyroid awareness month — and the Be Well blog is full of great articles to help you learn all about yours! Why would you want to know about your thyroid? Because it’s the small butterfly-shaped gland at the front of your neck that is responsible for a whole lot that happens in your body. It produces thyroid hormones which regulate the body’s metabolic rate, heart and digestive function, muscle control, bone density, brain development, and mood. When your thyroid is out of balance, many symptoms can occur, including weight loss or gain, foggy thinking, fatigue, hair loss, dry skin, among other issues. Sound familiar?
If you are experiencing a combination of these symptoms but haven’t been able to figure out what is going on, it’s time to ask your doctor to check your thyroid. Because the thyroid is kept in balance by the foods we eat and the lifestyle we lead, you want to find a doctor who will take a holistic approach to your thyroid management. An integrative or functional doctor can help you find the root cause of your imbalance and choose the medications, foods, supplements, and stress reduction methods that are best for your situation.
Get acquainted with your thyroid! Here are some past Be Well articles to help you get started.
Do you have seemingly unrelated symptoms that you can’t figure out? You’re feeling fatigued, but you chalk it up to being busier at work. Feeling a little down? You tell yourself that we can all get down when we’re tired. Losing hair, constipated, experiencing brain fog? Taken together, this cluster of symptoms can mean that your thyroid is under-functioning.
Learn about the modifiable factors, like vitamins, minerals, stress, and more, that can make your thyroid underperform — and how to correct them.
Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s are often thought of as a women’s health issue, but we cannot forget that males can suffer, too. In fact, Hashimoto’s is on the rise for men.
Even though millions of people suffer from thyroid disorders, conventional medicine continues to miss the boat. We talk to Dr. Amy Myers about why that is — and how to actually get a correct diagnosis and reverse thyroid dysfunction. (It includes her suggestions for a full blood work panel to ask your doctor for!)
Food and lifestyle choices have a big impact on your thyroid health — which is good news, because there are many things you can easily do on your own. Check out these eight tips ranging from food choices to speaking your mind.
This nutrient-rich smoothie using whole foods and healing adaptogens is a great way to naturally balance your thyroid.