If you have been suffering from fatigue, increased pain, unexplained weight gain, muscle weakness, dry skin, and constipation, you might be experiencing a thyroid dysfunction — either hyper or hypothyroidism. Because the thyroid is responsible for manufacturing and regulating a wide variety of hormones, any malfunction in this small gland can throw your body out of whack.
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Importance of Thorough Testing
While symptoms do tell you a lot, it’s important to get tested to ensure that this is indeed what you’re experiencing. Other conditions can mimic these symptoms, causing your treatment methods to fail and your condition to linger.
Some physicians will tell you that simply testing your thyroid alone is enough, however, it isn’t. Tests give you a baseline answer about what is going on, but can’t offer full spectrum body analysis and what you need to get it back to health. For that, you must turn to other tests. Here are a few of the most important.
There exists a commonly cited myth that the sun supplies Vitamin D in abundance, and that simply by walking across the street you can soak up all you’d ever need. That’s not so, unfortunately, and the myth has contributed to many a low thyroid condition. While the thyroid produces hormones, all of those hormones require the presence of Vitamin D in order to function effectively.
Luckily, it’s easy to be tested for this deficiency through a simple blood test. Unfortunately, some doctors believe that it’s not necessary, so it may be hard to get insurance to pay for it. Keep looking for a physician that will order this test as medically necessary: It’s critical that you measure this function.
Your doctor will read the results for you after the test. You’re looking for levels higher than 40 ng/dl. Some experts recommend supplementing if you’re any lower than 70 ng/dl. This is the best course of action if you’ve already noticed thyroid issues.
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Hypothyroidism may be caused by or may cause, several other malfunctions in the body. A thorough look at these malfunctions can paint a more accurate picture of what is causing your hypothyroid issues so that you can treat the root causes rather than simply addressing the symptoms, which is not a comprehensive enough approach.
If you want a complete look at your overall thyroid wellness, here are some other indicators you should check:
- Antioxidant markers
- B Vitamin markers
- Prevalence of bacteria
- Neurotransmitter metabolism
- Fatty acid metabolism
- Energy production
- Carbohydrate metabolism
- Detoxification indicators
- Yeast and fungus levels
- Methylation markers
Most of these can be tested with a blood test, and all can be determined using simple lab samples that your primary care provider can collect in-house, then send out to a specialized lab for evaluation. Again, not all physicians may agree to this, so you may need to find a thyroid specialist in order to get your tests covered, but it’s worth the extra work.
Your gut is key to a proper immune functioning and to protecting your body from a wide array of toxins, parasites and more. When you eat, drink and breathe, various compounds and organisms enter your body. Some are not harmful, while others are. Your gut is responsible for letting the harmless and nutritious elements through the intestinal walls and into other parts of your bloodstream, and for blocking others and eliminating them from your body in the form of waste.
Unfortunately, the leaky gut syndrome is prevalent in today’s society. This is largely a result of the Western diet, but may also arise in response to other factors. Whatever the cause, it poses the danger of allowing harmful bacteria or toxins through the intestinal lining and into your bloodstream, where it can wreak havoc with hormones and bodily systems. If you have thyroid issues, it’s critical to check your gut.
Tests include checking metabolic function, nutrient absorption, inflammation and bacteria balances, among other things.
Lastly, it’s critical to examine your cortisol and adrenal levels. These stress hormones, in high doses, can impact your thyroid. Again, these are simple tests involving blood, saliva or urine and can be collected by your doctor.
Watch this video by Dr. Dan Pompa to understand better why you acquire a thyroid dysfunction:
No matter what, if you have thyroid symptoms, it’s time to get going and learn what can be done to help you fix your levels and live the healthiest possible life. It’s important to conduct thorough testing to detect any thyroid dysfunction you may have.
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