There are many people that have issues with their thyroid. Official statistics show that there are at least 25 millions of Americans that suffer from issue, but not all are aware of it. This gland (Thethyroid) is located in your lower part of the neck and its function is to regulate digestion. Hypothyroidism is a condition which represents 90% of all thyroid disparity. The thyroid is related to every function of the body, so in case it does not work properly it can cause serious problems to other organs in the body.
These are the 10 signs you should be aware for under-active thyroid:
- Low sex drive, hormonal imbalances, and PMS
- Quick weight gaining
- Constant tiredness and fatigue
- Anxiety and depression, moodiness and other type of psychological issues
- Swelling in the neck, dry voice and snoring
- Problems with concentration and memory
- Loss of hair, dry skin and weak nails
- Abnormal sweating and sensitivity to high temperature
- Constant feeling of cold
- Pain in the muscles and joints, tendonitis
This is how the thyroid works
The hormone production by the thyroid is a result of the constant communication of two glands in the brain, the hypothalamus and pituitary organ. The production of TSH Releasing hormone TRH is made by hypothalamus. This is a sign for the thyroid gland to produce T3 and T4 depending on the need. Then it releases hormone which is called thyroid stimulating hormone TSH.
This thyroid organ produces about 85% of T4 hormones. This hormone is known that it is non-active type. When this T4 hormone is produced there is a small amount of it which is changed to T3 which is considered the active hormone. This T3 hormone changes into Free T3 (FT3) or Reverse T3 (RT3). This FT3 hormone is responsible for increase in your digestion system.
One of the most spread types of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. This is type of infection of the immune system which results with serious problems for other organs.
There are many negative effects as a result of thyroid imbalance, but doctors are still not paying attention to their patients in regards to it and the seriousness of thyroid imbalance.
It is a problem for patients when it comes to thyroid imbalance because specialists are usually doing one or two tests (T4 and TSH) to screen for problems. There is a need for them to do FT3, RT3 or thyroid antibodies. They only use the ordinary lab reference as their guide instead to pay more attention to the patients manifestations.
Here is a list of best lab thyroid tests and values:
LAB THYROID TESTS
- Free T4
- Free T3
- Reverse T3
- Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPOAb).
- Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TgAb).
OPTIMUM THYROID LAB VALUES
- TSH 1-2 UIU/ML or lower (Armour or compounded T3 can artificially suppress TSH).
- FT4 > 1.1 NG/DL.
- FT3 > 3.2 PG/ML.
- RT3 less than a 10:1 ratio RT3: FT3.
- TPO–TgAb– < 4 IU/ML or negative.
Here is a list on how to improve your thyroid function:
- You should consume iodine and tyrosine supplements because it supports the process of change of FT4 to FT3
- You should consume food that is gluten free. In case you have been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s you should avoid using vegetables
- Consider using additional multivitamins that are rich with iodine, zinc, vitamin D, vitamin B, iron and selenium
- Take care of your adrenal organs by exercising yoga or use of adaptogenic herbs
- Take a good night sleep between 8-10 hours
- Get rid of all amalgam you might have
- Do not consume anything that contains fluoride, chlorine and bromide
- Do not consume large amounts of cruciferous vegetables
- Pay more attention to your working digestive system
- Do the entire test mentioned above and make sure you have doctor that really cares for your health.