Hypothyroidism is a condition in which there is a deficiency of the active thyroid hormone that regulates the energy production within our cells. This condition is epidemic in the United States; affecting 1 in every 5-6 adult women. The thyroid gland is located in the front of the neck; it releases hormones that regulate metabolism in every cell of the body. Because of this wide effect, dysfunction within this system can result in a multitude of symptoms, including:
- Thinning Hair
- Brain Fog
- Dry Skin & Brittle Nails
- Weight Loss Resistance
- Decreased Libido
- Sleep Disturbances
- Menstrual Problems
- Cold Sensitivity
The Thyroid gland and the action of its hormones are influenced by many factors including our genetics, diet, lifestyle, type and amount of exercise, stress levels, food sensitivities, and even gut function to name a few. There can also be dysfunction at different levels of the glandular activity, so diagnosis and treatment can be complicated. Finally, there is debate within the medical community as to the best treatments, testing tools and even how to diagnose this condition. Conventional Medical Providers are often underdiagnosing and improperly treating this health condition.
Due to the complexity of thyroid function and all the considerations listed above, when there is dysfunction, there is not a “one-size fits all” treatment plan. Many do well with conventional synthetic thyroid replacement, but those that continue to have symptoms or have the autoimmune form of Hypothyroidism often need a more holistic approach. This may involve dietary changes, nutritional supplements and/or alternative or compounded thyroid medications, like Armour or NP Thyroid that include a T3 component.
If you are looking for that more personal or individualized approach to Thyroid health, then New Horizon Hormones could be your answer. As an Integrative Practitioner, I will help educate you on the different options available, we will discuss the pros and cons of these treatments and then will prescribe and monitor you to find your most optimal plan of care and get you feeling your best.