The thyroid gland is a small gland, typically weighing less than one ounce, located in the front of the neck. It is made up of two lobes that lie along the windpipe (trachea) and are joined together by a narrow band of thyroid tissue, known as the isthmus.
The thyroid releases thyroid hormones which regulate the metabolism, growth, development, and body temperature. The two most common thyroid conditions are Hypothyroidism (under-active thyroid) and Hyperthyroidism (over-active thyroid).
Hyperthyroidism is a term that denotes that the thyroid is producing an excess of T3 and T4 which speeds up the body’s metabolism.
Hyperthyroidism symptoms may not become obvious for a while and can be sometimes be mistaken for other conditions if hyperthyroidism is not correctly diagnosed. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism can be very individualized. Common symptoms include:
- Weight loss, despite eating a good amount of food
- Fatigue, muscle weakness
- Rapid pounding of the heart
- Anxiety and/or irritability
- Trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep
- Increased sweating & sensitivity to heat
- Changes in bowel patterns, especially more frequent bowel movements
- Less frequent menstrual periods with lighter than normal menstrual flow
- Tremor — usually a fine trembling in your hands and fingers
- An enlarged thyroid gland (goiter), which may appear as a swelling at the base of your neck
- Increased appetite
- Skin thinning
- Fine, brittle hair
Natural Treatment for Hyperthyroidism
Increasingly, many people are wary of a life-long reliance on drugs or therapies which seem overly aggressive to treat their thyroid. More than ever, the general public is looking for more natural treatments for hyperthyroidism.
When a patient is suspected to have a thyroid disorder a comprehensive thyroid profile is ordered, in the form of a blood test. The test results will give precise measurements of TSH, Free T3, and T4 and their ratios to each other. Low TSH levels with high levels of thyroid hormones T3 and T4 are commonly found in hyperthyroidism. We also perform a bio-energy test that confirms the blood work results because we have found that blood work can vary and sometimes gives an inaccurate picture on any given day.
Finding and Treating the Underlying Cause
If hyperthyroidism is found to be the condition, the factors causing the over-stimulation of the thyroid gland will be evaluated. We have found over the years that thyroids don’t normally over-stimulate without reason and for this reason, it’s important we try to identify the underlying cause.
For example, we will look for:
- heavy metals present in the area of the thyroid
- systemic toxicity from other environmental toxins
- hidden infections such as in the mouth, teeth, or any place in the body such as Epstein Bar or Herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6)
- autoimmune conditions, such as Graves’ disease, which is a common culprit
- immune system dysfunction
- thyroid nodules, which are lumps in the thyroid gland
- inflammation of the thyroid gland
- food allergies
- leaky gut syndrome
- hormonal imbalances
- history of drugs including interferon and amiodarone.
- overconsumption of iodine, from supplements or medications containing iodine (these can cause goiter and create thyroid problems)
Treatment and correction of an overactive thyroid require addressing the correct source of the problem.
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Action Steps You Can Take
- Clean up your diet – eat whole foods, and experiment with following a paleolithic diet, eating lean proteins, fresh vegetables, and limiting or avoiding processed foods. Limit your intake of sugars. Eliminate artificial food flavorings, sugars, dyes. Eliminate common food allergens, such as gluten, dairy, soy. Limit or eliminate pre-packaged foods as these often contain preservatives and unhealthy substances that can lead to a leaky gut.
- High-quality supplements – start with a broad vitamin and mineral complex and try the unique amino acid supplement, Perfect Amino.
- Exercise – exercise is great for your body. Our bodies aren’t meant to be sedentary and decline if not used. Exercise has so many benefits, increasing strength, stimulating hormone production, improving circulation, and reducing stress.
- Stress reduction – stress can contribute to thyroid problems, so let’s look over your life and make a list of the items causing you continual stress. Try to work out a handling for each of these areas. Take baby steps, no matter how small, to start feeling empowered and to take back control of these situations. Take some deep breaths. Most people don’t breathe! Enjoy some laughter with comedy. Finds ways to make life less serious. Make a plan for your life! Set some goals and take some action toward them.
If you’ve taken steps on your own but still feel you need help, come see us and we’ll help you resolve this issue quickly.
We Can Help You Overcome Hyperthyroidism Naturally
We have been correcting thyroid conditions naturally, such as hyperthyroidism for more than 25 years. We have helped many patients regain their thyroid health and we would love to help you, too.
Conventional Medical Treatment
We don’t recommend conventional medical treatment and prefer to take a more conservative, natural, and less damaging approach to thyroid treatment. But let’s take a look at your available options in conventional medicine for hyperthyroidism:
- radioactive iodine causes the thyroid gland to shrink. Unfortunately, this shrinkage causes the thyroid activity to slow considerably and may lead to hypothyroidism occurring.
- anti-thyroid medications – can reduce the symptoms of hyperthyroidism but the drugs can cause serious liver damage and can lead to increased susceptibility to infection.
- beta-blockers – mask symptoms. They only reduce the rapid heart rate and help prevent palpitations but side effects may include fatigue, headache, upset stomach, constipation, diarrhea, or dizziness.
- thyroid surgery (thyroidectomy) – most of the thyroid gland is removed. Risks include damage to vocal cords and parathyroid glands and the patient will require lifelong treatment with levothyroxine (Levoxyl, Synthroid, others) to supply your body with normal amounts of thyroid hormone.
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A thyroid that is not functioning properly can produce odd symptoms and really make you feel bad. Globally 200 Million people have thyroid issues that are often misdiagnosed or overlooked.
We’re the best natural thyroid specialists in Tampa and have been healing thyroids naturally for over 20 years. Contact us today!