Hypothyroidism is a common chronic condition caused by an underactive thyroid gland. If you’ve just been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, you’re probably curious about what caused it and how you can treat it.
Even if you haven’t been diagnosed yet, you may be experiencing symptoms like weight gain, fatigue, and achy joints. Many people experience the symptoms of an underactive thyroid gland for years before receiving a proper diagnosis and treatment. Let’s take a look at what you need to know about hypothyroidism.
What Is Hypothyroidism?
Your thyroid is a small gland located in the lower front section of the neck. This gland produces thyroid hormones that are then distributed through the bloodstream to other tissues in your body. An underactive thyroid gland can cause a chemical imbalance that disrupts metabolism, heart rate, and body temperature.
Hypothyroidism may be caused by a number of factors. It is most likely a result of an autoimmune disease, thyroid surgery, or radiation therapy. Women, especially women over 50, are at the greatest risk of developing hypothyroidism. Other risk factors include:
- Having Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (an inflammatory autoimmune disease)
- A family history of thyroid conditions or autoimmune disorders
- Past thyroid surgery or treatment for hyperthyroidism
Symptoms of hypothyroidism vary, and a doctor’s visit is necessary for a proper diagnosis. A blood test for Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH) is the simplest way to receive an accurate diagnosis.
Here are some of the most common symptoms associated with hypothyroidism:
- Difficulty keeping warm and a heightened sensitivity to cold
- Sudden, unexplained weight gain
- Fatigue and lethargy
- Unexpected mood swings
- Dry skin
- Depression and forgetfulness
How to Treat Hypothyroidism Naturally
There is no cure for hypothyroidism, but there are treatment options that can help manage the disease. Synthetic hormone treatments are one option, but there are risk factors associated with those treatments.
There are hypothyroidism natural treatment options that may help you feel better without the need for synthetic hormones. Many of these treatments are lifestyle and dietary adjustments that promote overall wellbeing. A qualified functional medicine doctor can help you with a treatment plan, but some effective natural treatments include:
- Massage and acupuncture to stimulate natural healing
- Yoga and meditation
- Dietary adjustments (adding healthy fats, fiber, and protein while reducing gluten and sugar)
- Addressing nutritional imbalances
- Exercise to offset joint and muscle pain, improve mood, and promote more restful sleep
Your Next Steps
If you’re suffering from symptoms of hypothyroidism, schedule a consultation before beginning hypothyroidism treatment. Once you discuss your symptoms with the doctor, the team at the Pollack Wellness Institute can offer you a number of treatment options and lifestyle adjustments to manage your hypothyroidism.
There is no reason to suffer from low energy, depression, and pain. Your health is our top priority, so call us today to start the healing process.