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    Do you feel fatigued, lethargic, and sluggish, especially when you wake up in the morning? Do you have poor-quality, cracked nails? Are you cold all the time? Do you have dry skin, coarse hair, or hair loss? Are you depressed? Are you constipated? Do you have muscle and joint pains? 


    If you answered yes to any of the above, you may be one of the 38 million Americans with low thyroid function. 


    In today’s episode of a new series I’m calling Know Your Numbers, I dive deep into thyroid dysfunction. I discuss why millions of people suffer with undetected thyroid issues, how conventional medicine misses the mark in measuring thyroid levels, how Functional Medicine treats hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, and much more.


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    Here are more details from the episode (audio version / Apple Subscriber version):

    • Symptoms and prevalence of hypothyroidism (4:29 / 2:29)
    • Autoimmune thyroid disorders: Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and hyperthyroidism (7:37 /  5:37)
    • What does a healthy, hypo- and hyper- thyroid gland do? (8:55 / 6:55)
    • Risk factors for thyroid problems (15:58 / 13:58)
    • Gluten and other drivers of thyroid problems (17:40 / 15:40)
    • How conventional medicine misses the mark with thyroid testing and treatment (22:15 / 20:15)
    • The Functional Medicine approach to thyroid testing and treatment (25:21 / 23:21) 
    • Addressing poor thyroid function using diet, lifestyle, and supplements diet (28:59 / 26:59)





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    🔑 Key Takeaways

    • Monitoring and interpreting your own lab results can help you optimize your health, detect potential issues early, and make necessary lifestyle changes for better well-being.
    • Proper thyroid function is crucial for overall health and well-being. Comprehensive thyroid testing, along with proper nutrition, is important for accurate diagnosis and effective management of thyroid issues.
    • Thyroid issues can significantly affect weight, mood, and overall health. It is important to address the root cause, such as autoimmune disease or hormonal imbalances, to improve wellbeing.
    • Thyroid health can be influenced by factors such as celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, endocrine disrupting chemicals, heavy metal exposure, nutritional deficiencies, stress, inflammation, and imbalances in gut microbiome. Screening for these issues is crucial for proper diagnosis and treatment.
    • Proper testing, including hormone levels and antibodies, is crucial in accurately diagnosing and treating thyroid issues. Personalized treatment, addressing root causes and lifestyle factors, is essential for optimal thyroid health.
    • Removing inflammatory foods, reducing exposure to toxins, and incorporating nutrient-rich foods and supplements can improve thyroid function and manage chronic stress.
    • Engage in stress-reducing activities, prioritize sleep and exercise, avoid toxins in food and water, reduce indoor air pollution, and work with a functional medicine doctor to maintain thyroid health.

    📝 Podcast Summary

    Understanding and Taking Control of Your Health Through Lab Tests and Data Analysis

    Understanding and monitoring your own lab tests and biological data is crucial for optimizing your health. Traditional healthcare often overlooks important lab tests that can provide valuable insights into your well-being. By interpreting your own lab results and understanding the optimal ranges, you can take control of your health and make necessary lifestyle changes. Waiting until symptoms or diseases arise may be too late, as the transition from wellness to illness can be detected decades in advance. Accessing and comprehending your own health data allows for self-care practices and early intervention. Hypothyroidism is a common, underdiagnosed, and potentially life-threatening condition that can have a significant impact on overall health and weight. It is important to recognize the symptoms and seek appropriate medical attention.

    The Thyroid's Vital Role in the Body and the Importance of Comprehensive Testing

    The thyroid gland plays a crucial role in regulating various functions in the body. It acts as the master regulator of metabolism and controls energy production, fat burning, and body temperature. Additionally, it is involved in growth, development, heart function, muscle and bone health, brain function, mood, and reproductive health. When the thyroid is not functioning properly, it can lead to a range of issues such as low energy, weight gain or loss, mood swings, and fertility problems. It is important to have comprehensive thyroid tests done, including TSH, free T3, free T4, and thyroid antibodies, to accurately diagnose any thyroid problems. Proper nutrition, including sufficient selenium, vitamin D, and vitamin A, is essential for optimal thyroid function.

    Understanding the Impact of Thyroid Issues on Wellbeing

    Thyroid issues, such as hypothyroidism and autoimmunity, have a significant impact on overall wellbeing. When the thyroid is too low, metabolism slows down, causing weight gain, difficulty losing weight, and feeling constantly cold. Additionally, individuals may experience high cholesterol, low mood, low libido, and other related symptoms. These issues are often caused by an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto's, which can go undiagnosed for a long time. Elevated thyroid antibodies are prevalent in the population, affecting even health-conscious individuals. On the other hand, excessive thyroid hormones can result from Grave's disease and lead to increased metabolism, weight loss, and other symptoms. Women, especially during pregnancy and menopause, are at greater risk. Factors such as gluten sensitivity, genetics, and other autoimmune conditions can contribute, emphasizing the importance of addressing the root cause in functional medicine. The prevalence of thyroid issues may be increasing due to changes in our environment, particularly the type of gluten consumed.

    The Impact of Various Factors on Thyroid Health

    There is a strong connection between thyroid health and various factors. Celiac disease, as well as non-celiac gluten sensitivity, can cause thyroid issues due to molecular mimicry between gluten and transglutaminase found in the thyroid gland and gut. Endocrine disrupting chemicals, such as those found in food packaging and personal care products, can interfere with thyroid gland function and hormone transportation. Heavy metals like mercury and lead can also impact thyroid hormone levels. Nutritional deficiency, particularly in nutrients like selenium, iodine, and vitamin D, can affect thyroid function. Stress, inflammation, and imbalances in gut microbiome can also disrupt thyroid health. It is important to screen for these issues as they are often undiagnosed or ignored in conventional medicine, which typically only tests TSH levels.

    Importance of Comprehensive Testing and Personalized Treatment for Thyroid Issues

    Proper testing is crucial for accurately diagnosing thyroid issues. Many doctors only test TSH and neglect other important hormones like free T3. Thyroid antibodies, which indicate autoimmune issues, are often not tested as well. Understanding the reference range is also important, as optimal levels may differ from the standard range. Prescribing the right thyroid hormone is essential, as some individuals cannot fully convert T3 to T4. Functional medicine examines the problem comprehensively, including root causes like gluten sensitivity, cortisol levels, inflammation, and nutrient deficiencies. Examining other factors like sex hormones, liver enzymes, and heavy metals is also important. Treating the thyroid issue through personalized lifestyle changes, diet, and supplements is crucial. Lastly, various factors like stress, nutritional deficiencies, infections, medications, and environmental toxins can all contribute to abnormal thyroid biomarkers.

    Addressing Thyroid Function with Functional Medicine

    Addressing thyroid function using a functional medicine approach involves removing inflammatory foods such as ultra-processed foods, artificial sweeteners, trans fats, and gluten. The gluten-free diet has shown to reduce thyroid antibodies and improve TSH levels. It's also important to reduce exposure to environmental toxins like mercury in fish and use guides from the Environmental Working Group to minimize pesticide exposure. Cook cruciferous vegetables to reduce their goitrogenic effects and keep soy consumption low. Focus on eating real whole foods, following an anti-inflammatory diet, and balancing blood sugar levels. Adding the right nutrients like iodine, selenium, omega-3 fats, vitamin D, and B12 is crucial. Taking supplements like a basic multivitamin, omega-3, magnesium, and vitamin D may be necessary. Additionally, adaptogens like rhodiola and ashwagandha can help manage chronic stress and improve thyroid function.

    Lifestyle Practices for Thyroid Health

    Lifestyle practices play a crucial role in maintaining thyroid health. Engaging in activities such as meditation, yoga, and journaling can help reduce stress and promote relaxation. Prioritizing sleep and exercising regularly, including proper strength training, can support hormone balance and glucose control. Avoiding toxins in foods, using the Dirty Dozen guide, and filtering water can also contribute to a healthier thyroid. Reducing indoor air pollution and utilizing therapies like red light therapy may have positive effects on thyroid function. It is important to work with a functional medicine doctor to ensure proper medication and monitoring. Remember to listen to your body's symptoms and check hormone levels regularly, as thyroid health affects both men and women.

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