An overactive thyroid is considered HYPERTHYROID and often shows up on blood work with a LOW TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone). Traditionally, hyperthyroid individuals experience:
An underactive thyroid is considered HYPOTHYROID and often shows up on blood work with a HIGH TSH. The most common symptoms associated with hypothryoidism are:
In my experience, few people ever fall into just one of these categories. I have seen people with normal blood work and all of the symptoms of hyperthyroidism, and people with high TSH and no symptoms at all! But the complexity of the human body is so intricate that the thyroid rarely ever acts alone. What I mean by this, is that when one organ is under stress, the body will take resources from other organs to compensate and meet the overall demands. Before considering treatment for just the thyroid, consider these other systems that can affect thyroid function:
Another very important thing to consider if nutrient status and the possibility that some of the most important nutrients in thyroid function could be deficient. Consider these nutrients like a ticket to travel through a toll booth on a highway. If the toll booth runs out of tickets to give, then cars will be backed up on the highway and nobody will reach their destination. But as soon as you can refill the stock of tickets, cars can move through and the regular flow of traffic will resume. Without the right nutrients, the thyroid cannot do its job and the process comes to a standstill. Here are some of the most important nutrients to consider in thyroid function:
As you can see, there are many nutrients involved in thyroid function and many ways that deficiencies can affect thyroid function. For your best results, consult your healthcare provider to find out exactly how much of these nutrients you need to take and the best way to maintain your thyroid at its optimal function.
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