The Importance of a Healthy Thyroid

You wake up -- still tired. 

You start bargaining over small tasks in your head…there’s not that much laundry to do...

Just as you contemplate the things you can (continue to) push off, you remember the pile of undone to-do’s still lurking on your desk. Where you used to be filled with vitality, motivation, and the stamina to get things done, now you find yourself exhausted, barely able to get through the day.

Or maybe you’ve been carrying around some extra weight for a while now and you’ve committed to getting rid of it -- for good. But no matter how many changes you make to your diet and how much exercise you do, you just can’t seem to lose stubborn body fat.

It’s like you’ve hit a plateau before you’ve even begun.

Understanding the Thyroid

Serious fatigue and issues with losing weight are two red flags that could indicate an issue with the functioning of your thyroid.

Your thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland in your neck that produces hormones responsible for regulating all of the metabolic processes in your body--from your digestive system to your circulation.

Unfortunately, millions of Americans are suffering from thyroid conditions and taking symptom-masking prescription medication for their issues. Hypothyroidism, or a slowing down of thyroid functionality is the most common condition. When the thyroid slows, circulation, metabolism, and detoxification can also slow down, causing a wide range of serious symptoms.

Understanding How Your Thyroid is Functioning

Basically every cell in your body undergoes a metabolic process--and thus is affected by the hormones produced by the thyroid. This means that you can experience symptoms of a dysfunctional thyroid in almost every bodily system. This wide range of symptoms means it’s easy to misdiagnose a dysfunctional thyroid and receive treatment for conditions you don’t even have.

Another reason that a dysfunctional thyroid goes undetected is because of the laboratory tests medical professionals use to determine how well the thyroid is working. Often, these tests are not sensitive enough to pick up on how well your thyroid is doing -- instead they only test positive once you are already dealing with a very serious problem.

In fact, if your thyroid fails one of the standard diagnostic tests, you have most likely been negatively affected by this dysfunction for years.

The good news is that if you suspect or are able to detect a low functioning thyroid, you can take proven steps to bring your thyroid function back to healthy levels.

Concerned About Your Thyroid? 

Are you suffering from any of these symptoms of an unhealthy thyroid:
  • Low Mood
  • Inability to Lose Weight
  • Slowing of Pulse
  • Apathy
  • Puffiness Under Eyes or Ankles
  • Loss of Hair at End of Eyebrow
  • Thinning Hair
  • Brain Fog
  • Muffled Hearing
  • Cold Hands & Feet
  • Dry Skin
  • Slower Reflexes

Waiting Too Long for Help

If these symptoms go unchecked over time, your thyroid function can simply continue to decrease, making all of the symptoms worse.

One of the hidden consequences of low thyroid is depression. When we can’t do our work productively or function properly in our roles at home, it takes a serious toll on your overall well being.

Thyroid issues can also begin after a pregnancy, which is an extremely vulnerable time for a new mother. There’s perhaps no greater pain than a mother bogged down by fatigue that can’t find the energy to be attentive to her children’s needs.

Low thyroid can also appear when individuals have undergone prolonged dieting or intense exercise regimens. It’s particularly indicated if you’ve been committed to a healthy lifestyle but just can not seem to lose weight no matter what you do.

Once a decrease in thyroid function has reached these levels, it can lead to profound fatigue and loss of motivation in life. This can severely affect your ability to reach your goals and be present in your relationships. Individuals with serious thyroid conditions have difficulty keeping up with their daily tasks and responsibilities, and can even end up unable to have stable employment and provide for their needs.

There is Another Way

You can learn to heal yourself naturally through changes in your diet and through nutritional supplements.

By discovering exactly what is going on with your thyroid, you can empower yourself and improve your long-term health outcomes based on how you address your thyroid issues.

When your thyroid is healthy...

  • Your immune system will function better
  • Your body will stay properly detoxified
  • Your energy levels will be restored

Time and again, we’ve witnessed people who’ve taken the time to truly tackle their thyroid deficiencies, not only improve their own lives, but improve the lives of everyone around them.

Root Causes of Unhealthy Thyroid

So what are the potential root causes of a thyroid that is not functioning properly?

A central cause is prolonged states of stress on the body. This stress could be caused by issues at work, in your relationships, or based on the demands being put on your physical body.

When you are subjected to prolonged stress, the hypothalamus receives a signal to release the hormones cortisol and adrenaline. These are the hormones responsible for a fight or flight reaction in the body, focusing all of the body’s processes on survival. This focus on survival is what causes the normal functioning of the thyroid to decrease.

Another root cause of an unhealthy thyroid can be leaky gut syndrome. This is when your digestive system can spill proteins, bacteria, and other toxins into the bloodstream, which causes our immune system to become overactive.

If you have any predisposition to weakness in the thyroid (which could be noticed through a family health history), this overactivity of the immune system can attack the thyroid and cause it to malfunction.  

What Else Can Lead to Unhealthy Thyroid?

There are a number of toxicities and deficiencies in our diet that can lead to thyroid dysfunction. Heavy metals like mercury, cadmium, bromides, and arsenic can contribute to issues with the thyroid. These metals can affect the body in various ways, contributing to immune dysfunction and increasing inflammation in the body. Ultimately, this can lead to thyroid deficiencies.

Birth control pills can also contribute to malfunctions in the thyroid, as they can cause hormonal levels to be imbalanced.

Another often overlooked fact is that you need essential minerals and nutrients that you need to maintain a healthy thyroid are iodine and selenium. A lack of these minerals in your diet can contribute to symptoms related to the thyroid.

The Best Way To Get To the Root Of Your Thyroid Issues

It’s time to take control of your health and body. There’s always an underlying imbalance that is preventing you from feeling well. Be honest with yourself and your lifestyle and commit yourself to making a change.

The best way to identify the root of your imbalance is by arming yourself with the most detailed information possible about exactly what is going on inside of your body. The Thyroid + Adrenal + Hormones test provides you with a wealth of valuable information to do exactly that.

This test can identify the exact levels of TSH, T3, and T4 in your body, which indicate how well your thyroid is functioning. Additionally, it looks at 10 antibodies that may show an imbalanced immune system. This all-in-one lab assesses your cortisol stress levels, potential estrogen imbalances, and vitamin D levels. It also evaluates any potential thyroid toxins and whether you are missing the minerals outlined above.

When you order these diagnostics through our website, you’ll receive in-depth information about your results as well as a 30-minute health coaching call to help you understand the implications of your test.

Other diagnostic tools that can be useful when you’re working to keep your thyroid healthy is the Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) and the Organic Acids Test (OAT). The HTMA checks your body for heavy metals and additional stress markers. The OAT analyzes your gut activity and vitamin deficiencies. Using these diagnostic tools together, you’ll know specific information you need to keep your thyroid functioning at the highest level throughout the rest of your life.

Ways to Keep Your Thyroid Healthy

If you’re not ready to complete our functional medicine at-home lab testing, there are other options available.

Our highest recommendation to address a range of underlying issues that are causing conditions like an unhealthy thyroid, is the Dr. Cabral Detox. With this, you can choose to do a 7-day detox to jump start any subsequent health protocol, or our full 21-day program that provides the deepest level of full body detoxification possible.

This detox program in one of the most scientifically researched in the world, with documented results from over 150,000 client visits in Dr. Cabral’s private wellness practice. This detox combines the science of Functional Medicine with powerful ancient healing traditions to eliminate the underlying causes of many conditions, while helping you lose weight and start to regain your whole body health.

After completing a detox program, it is always recommended to continue to support the needs of your body on a daily basis. The Level 3 Daily Foundational protocol was specifically formulated to keep your body healthy and filled with vitality. This system provides you with all of the minerals and nutrients that you need to stay in hormonal balance.

Another great supplement specifically for thyroid health is the daily Thyroid Support supplement which was scientifically developed to maintain healthy thyroid function, promote the synthesis of thyroid hormones, and improve cellular sensitivity to thyroid hormones. 

Case Study: 11 Years of Hypothyroid

Sarah, a Dr. Cabral Detox community member, had been navigating hypothyroid for 11 years. Through the detox program and paying attention to her TSH levels, she stopped taking synthetic thyroid medication and was now taking a natural thyroid replacement medication. She’d been seeing progress boosting her thyroid’s health using the detox program and watching her diet, but what else could she do?

The answer? Dig deeper.

In functional medicine, it’s essential that you equip yourself with as much data about your body’s functioning as possible. Every organ in our body is part of a system of interconnected organs. The thyroid is a vital part of the endocrine system, which is responsible for producing and regulating hormones in the body. We can treat the thyroid, but if there is a deeper hormonal imbalance, the thyroid will continue to be low-functioning. When we know how all the systems in our body are working, we can seek balance and equilibrium in all areas, and ultimately achieve wellness. 

Once Sarah took her Thyroid + Adrenals + Hormones test, she recognized that she needed to focus on bringing her adrenals back in balance in order to achieve the results she was looking for in relationship to her thyroid. After months of a focused program, she is now off of her thyroid replacement medication completely and enjoying energy and productivity levels she hasn’t experienced in years!

Why Thyroid Health is So Important

Do not underestimate the importance of your thyroid on creating whole body healthy. Our thyroid is one of the most important organs we have, as it is responsible for regulating the activity of almost every cell in our body.

When our thyroid is not functioning properly, it can be difficult to get anything in our lives done. And once thyroid function begins to decrease, it doesn’t get better on its own. The thyroid is such an essential part of the overall functioning of your body that when it’s in trouble, so are you.

That’s why we urge you to take your health into your own hands today!

To learn more about what exactly is going on within your own body click here for the Thyroid + Adrenals + Hormones test.

We wish you much health & happiness,
The Equilibrium Nutrition Team


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