The amazing women that I see in my practice on a daily basis are often struggling with things like weight issues, tiredness, poor sleep, heavy periods, hot flushes, digestive issues, hair loss, anxiety and mood swings….just to name a few.
One of the most common denominators in women’s issues is Hormone Imbalance.
So let’s talk THYROID…..
Thanks to a very helpful questionnaire, and my favourite technique – Kinesiology, when a client has a Thyroid imbalance, it will show up very quickly during the Initial Visit (whether via skype or in person). Once we’ve established this we will then talk about whether further testing needs to be done.
I have to say that in many cases when a client says to me “my Thyroid’s been tested and it’s fine”, many of them actually end up having a Thyroid issue (and probably have had for some time).
This is because we have an epidemic of “Subclinical Hypothyroidism” in our society right now. In other words, many of us have a low thyroid function which is not recognised as such because it’s still within the accepted medical range. And not only that, I believe it’s one of the major reasons why we have so much trouble losing weight and keeping our metabolism “firing”, not to mention feeling generally crappy, foggy-headed and tired with muscle aches and pains and a lowered immune system (and the list goes on)!
This isn’t an exhaustive list but it’s some of the more common symptoms. And you don’t have to have all of these to have a Thyroid issue.
Here’s a list of some of the most common “culprits”:-
There are a few reasons for this…
1/ A basic blood test will screen for TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) and if this is within the accepted medical range (approx 0.4-4), then your Thyroid function is considered “normal”.
But this is not necessarily correct….this reading tells us how hard your body is working to stimulate your Thyroid gland to make more Thyroid Hormone (T4). If the TSH reading is consistently above 1.5-2, many of us in the “natural health world” will generally assume that Thyroid function is actually low and could do with some much-needed support.
2/ Also, a TSH test is actually a reading of what your Hypothalamus and Pituitary glands are is doing in relation to your Thyroid, and this level may change quite dramatically from day to day. So, in reality, it’s not THE most accurate reading. And it doesn’t actually test the THYROID itself.
3/ When a standard Thyroid test is done, we’re missing some very important information about the Thyroid Gland, namely…..
The above 4 parameters show us what’s REALLY going on with our Thyroid at any given time, and is a very valuable test to have done if there are ongoing symptoms related to a Thyroid “malfunction”.
I recommend 2 things:-
The test that Dr Broda Barnes invented is known as the Barnes Basal Temperature Test.
It’s very simple and gives a good idea of your basal metabolic rate (and this is indicative of how your Thyroid is functioning). It’s very easy:-
This gives you some valid info to discuss with your GP or Natural health care practitioner.
This includes TSH, T3, T4, Reverse T3 and Thyroid Antibodies (Peroxidase Antibodies, Thyroglobulin Antibodies, and TSH Receptor Antibodies). This is the “ants pants” of Thyroid testing. It may be tricky through a GP though unless they have a good reason to request it.
I request several levels of this test quite often through an integrative lab in Melbourne. It just depends on symptoms and what we think is happening as to whether we test all or some of the parameters.
The process is easy. It’s simply a matter of taking your request form to QML (or another recommended pathology centre if you’re outside of QLD) and it’s done quickly and efficiently…..yep, it’s a blood test. The cost ranges between $50-$175 (depending on how many of the above parameters we get tested).
This is not covered by Medicare, but if you’ve been struggling with a possible thyroid issue, this information is SO important to have. Once we know what’s really going on, we can focus in on the issue and actually fix the problem. The result = feeling fabulous again !!
It’s really important that we establish the underlying causes of a Thyroid Imbalance and make sure we’re dealing with all of them. The underlying causes can vary from person to person but the most common that I see are:-
Here’s some of my favourite and most commonly used remedies:-
Some companies produce great formulas with a combination of most of these nutrients too 🙂
What else can we do?
So, if you’ve been wondering about your Thyroid function and would like to chat about your symptoms and look at a plan of action (with no obligation to make an appointment), I offer a 15-minute free phone chat where we nut out what’s happening for you and help you with a plan for the next step to take. If you’d like to take advantage of this, then simply email me on firstname.lastname@example.org with YES PLEASE and we’ll make a time that suits you.
Wishing you health and happiness,
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