Tired of feeling like a slug, even though your health is supposed to be fine?. An astonishing number of people have several symptoms of low thyroid, yet their ‘tests come back “normal”. One of the biggest problems people have is weight control. Are you one of the many people who struggle to manage your weight? Do you feel like your metabolism has slowed down or is somehow working against you? Is your thyroid the problem? Perhaps – or perhaps not – we must investigate to learn more before we can discover the answer.
Symptoms of Low Thyroid Include:
- Weight gain – regardless of eating well
- Low energy
- Dry skin and hair
- Hair loss
- Cold Intolerance
- Brittle nails
- Low pulse and blood pressure
- Reduced sweating
- Trouble losing weight
About Your Thyroid Gland
Your thyroid gland requires key nutrients like iodine, and vitamins (especially B). When you take medications or are under stress; or eat a diet low in essential nutrients; you will not have enough nutrients for your thyroid gland to make sufficient thyroid hormones.
Stress creates reverse T3; a metabolism blocker. Stress also makes you convert less T4 (the hormone your thyroid gland makes) to T3 (the active thyroid hormone).
Another key nutrient for thyroid function is selenium.
Thyroid Hormones: T4 and T3
Your thyroid gland makes T4. Your body then needs to convert this into the metabolically active T3 hormone by a process called ‘de-iodination’.
Your body needs trace minerals and nutrients to make and use this life sustaining hormone in your body. Iodine, selenium, B vitamins, and other micro nutrients vital to this process.
Your stress hormone cortisol affects the making and conversion of T4 to T3.
Stress can also cause your metabolism to slow down, by enabling a process similar to hibernation. A thyroid blocking occurs, and everything slows down…. your mood, your gut, your metabolism.
But there is a way to test this process, measure this process and then treat it.
Reading Thyroid Test Results
All blood tests have a ‘range of normal’. But these tests have both an upper end of normal and a lower end of normal. Generally speaking, just being in the normal range may be considered satisfactory by many professionals. We want your results to place you in the normal range too.
But we also focus on helping individuals move up into the higher range of normal, since quite frankly, when it comes to your health – the higher range of normal is a much better place to reside.
Even If your body is used to being ‘ high normal’ , if something happens that causes you to slip down to ‘low normal’, you will probably become concerned about not feeling as well as you did before.
When patients are tested, the TSH is usually the only level tested.. This is how your brain senses if you have enough circulating hormone. However, it is now well known that a TSH is not adequate to decide whether or not you really have a a suboptimal thyroid function. That is why T4 (thyroxin) and T3 (tri-iodothyronine) are so important in measuring this process and obtaining vital information.
Thyroid and Optimum Health Assessment
At [Better] Medical Centre, your Optimum Health Assessment will look at your TSH, your T4 and your T3, to ensure we obtain as much meaningful information as possible, for an in depth evaluation of your thyroid function. Sometimes the truly significant answer is found in the details rather than the general outcome. We will also help you learn how to feed your hormones and enhance the function of your hormones.
Contact [Better] Medical Centre today by calling (403) 237 2353 or -emailing client services at Better Medical Centre to book your assessment or to join one of our seminars about this subject.