Thyroid Disorders

The thyroid gland is an essential endocrine gland located in the lower portion of the front of the neck. It produces three vital hormones: thyroxine (commonly known as inactive T4), triiodothyronine (commonly known as active T3), and calcitonin. These hormones play a crucial role in regulating the body’s metabolic rate, including the burning of fats and sugars, protein synthesis, and developmental processes, particularly during infancy. Additionally, they also impact the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, which influences the body’s response to stress and its resilience levels.

As every cell in the body contains thyroid hormone receptors, excessive or inadequate amounts of these vital hormones can affect every major organ, leading to a myriad of symptoms.

Thyroid problems are more commonly found in women than in men.

The thyroid gland plays a critical role in maintaining metabolic balance and overall well-being. Its hormonal secretions influence a wide range of bodily functions, making it a crucial component of optimal health. Any imbalance in thyroid hormone levels can have far-reaching effects, underscoring the importance of proper thyroid function.

3D Illustration Concept of Human Body Glands Thyroid Gland Anatomy


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Functional Medicine takes a holistic approach to thyroid evaluation, employing a comprehensive approach to assess thyroid health. Rather than solely relying on conventional laboratory tests for diagnosing thyroid conditions, functional medicine practitioners utilize a diverse array of tests to obtain a more thorough and detailed understanding of the patient’s thyroid function. This approach allows for a more comprehensive evaluation of thyroid health and aids in developing a more personalized and effective treatment strategy.

To effectively address and treat hormonal imbalances, it’s crucial to first identify the root cause, which could stem from an issue with supply or an absolute deficiency. The treatment goals should revolve around comprehending the underlying mechanism behind the thyroid dysfunction and implementing appropriate measures such as dietary modifications, lifestyle adjustments, and targeted supplementation to restore balance.

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Our functional medicine practitioners have accumulated years of experience in focusing on the root cause of disease, addressing any underlying imbalances rather than merely treating surface-level symptoms.