Weight gain, hair loss, exhaustion, constipation, cold intolerance, and depression from an under-active thyroid can leave you upset and discouraged, especially when you’re told your labs are “normal”. Similarly, the weight loss, anxiety, intolerance to heat, rapid heartbeat, insomnia, and tremors associated with an overactive thyroid are equally distressing. What if you suffer from symptoms of both, which is sometimes the case with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis? Addressing the symptoms even when the labs say otherwise is essential to addressing thyroid dysfunction. This is when you listen to your body over your labs (which mostly are not done right to start with!) – your body is the ultimate feedback mechanism which can’t be overlooked or ignored.
The thyroid is the master regulator of metabolism in the body, but it’s influenced by the stress, gonadal, and blood sugar regulating hormones. Additionally, leaky gut, infection, food allergies and sensitivities, and exposures to certain toxic chemicals or metals also impact thyroid function and health.
If you are on thyroid medication and still suffer from symptoms or have symptoms with ‘normal’ lab values, then one or more causes isn’t being addressed. Taking a comprehensive approach to assess and treat all potential causes is central to restoring and maintaining thyroid health.