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Healing Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormones. This can lead to a range of symptoms, including fatigue, weight gain, and depression. Hypothyroidism is usually treated with medication. Functional medicine and integrative medicine can offer alternative and complementary approaches to traditional treatment that can address the root causes of the condition and support the body's natural healing process.

A functional and integrative medicine approach may use comprehensive lab testing to identify nutrient deficiencies, food sensitivities, and other factors that can contribute to the condition. Dietary and lifestyle changes to support thyroid function, such as a nutrient-dense diet, stress reduction techniques, exercise, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and mind-body therapies such as meditation and yoga can also be helpful.

Here are some examples of how functional medicine and integrative medicine can be used to treat hypothyroidism:

  1. Nutritional support: Nutrient deficiencies, particularly iodine and selenium, can contribute to hypothyroidism. A nutrient-dense diet and supplementation to support thyroid function may be necessary.

  2. Addressing gut health: Did you know that the human body carries more bacteria than human cells? The gut is closely linked to thyroid function, and imbalances in gut bacteria can contribute to hypothyroidism. A functional medicine approach involves identifying and treating gut dysbiosis or imbalance to improve overall health and thyroid function.

  3. Reducing inflammation: Chronic inflammation can impair thyroid function. Dietary and lifestyle changes are often recommended to reduce inflammation and improve thyroid function.

  4. Stress management: Stress can impact thyroid function by disrupting the hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid axis. A functional medicine and integrative medicine approach involves identifying sources of stress and implementing stress-reduction strategies to support thyroid function.

  5. Medication optimization: Optimizing the medication regimen and ensuring that the medication is effectively managing symptoms is very important as well.

It's important to note that hypothyroidism can have many underlying causes, and a functional medicine and integrative medicine approach may involve a combination of the above strategies to effectively manage the condition. We can work with you to address the root cause of hypothyroidism and come up with a personalized plan for your treatment.

If you are interested in exploring these approaches to managing your hypothyroidism, please reach out to us!


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