Why Thyroid Health is Important

A healthy thyroid is typically unnoticeable – you likely feel energetic, vibrant, and like your best self. On the other hand, poor thyroid health can cause problems with many different areas of daily life. In fact, you may not even know that your overall unwellness is tied to a thyroid condition unless you consult an experienced thyroid expert. Here’s what to know about thyroid health, what to watch out for, and how you can improve it with the help of our providers.

What Does the Thyroid Do?

The thyroid is located in the front of the neck near the trachea. It takes iodine present in the foods you eat and converts it to hormones like T3 and T4 which support the metabolic system. By doing this, your thyroid regulates the rate at which your body uses energy, breaks down food, and grows and changes throughout your life. For being such a small and unassuming gland, your thyroid is actually responsible for many important aspects of your day-to-day functioning.

What Triggers the Thyroid to Activate?

The thyroid doesn’t produce hormones like T3 or T4 all the time. When the thyroid produces hormones it is a very delicate balance of reaction and activation. It’s thought that a group of proteins called deiodinases control thyroid activity by activating or inactivating certain hormones. Although there are many ways the thyroid manages hormone levels, it’s thought this may play a role in thyroid-related illnesses.

Signs and Symptoms of Thyroid Problems

Some thyroid diseases go undiagnosed because many patients don’t realize their symptoms may be linked to the thyroid. There are many different thyroid conditions including thyroiditis, Hashimoto’s disease, Grave’s disease, and more. Thyroid problems are broadly broken down into two categories: hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. They refer to an overactive and underactive thyroid respectively and their symptoms can present differently.

Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism

  • Weight loss
  • Sleeping problems
  • Muscle weakness
  • Anxiety and irritability
  • Heat sensitivity
  • Abnormal or ceased menstrual cycle
  • Enlarged thyroid

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Hoarse voice
  • Cold sensitivity
  • Dry or coarse hair
  • Forgetfulness
  • Heavy or frequent menstrual periods

How to Improve Your Thyroid Health

There are ways you can improve the function of your thyroid if you’re living with a thyroid disease. One of the first steps is meeting with your provider and developing an appropriate diet for your condition, which may mean incorporating dairy-free, gluten-free, anti-inflammatory, or nutrient-dense recipes. Secondly, your provider can help you select the right supplements to support thyroid health. Finally, you can make certain lifestyle changes like managing stress and avoiding caffeine.

Additionally, hormone replacement treatments can be beneficial for people with thyroid diseases. Natural thyroid treatments can replenish levels of hormones produced by the thyroid, alleviating symptoms and supporting your body’s overall health. At Hybrid Medical Solution, our expert providers can help you develop a personalized lifestyle plan to support thyroid health and live a more vibrant life.

Schedule a Consultation

If you’re experiencing symptoms of thyroid disease or want to explore the best treatment options for your circumstances, our providers can help. Schedule a consultation at our Boca Raton, FL office by calling or filling out our online form.

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