By Dr. Christi Alsop at Santa Fe Soul Center for Optimal Health
Healing your thyroid is a journey. I should know I have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.
It is in remission now but my thyroid journey started 21 years ago after my first child was born. As a Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM) my path of discovery included applying my knowledge of natural health such as, diet therapy and supplements, to help support and heal my thyroid.
You know where the thyroid gland is located, right? It is at the front of the neck just below the Adam’s apple (larynx). The two lobes are shaped on either side of the windpipe (trachea). A healthy thyroid gland would not protrude or be outwardly visible on someone’s neck.
Th thyroid gland is part of your endocrine system. Its main purpose is to produce hormones that regulate the body’s metabolic rate, as well as, heart and digestive function, muscle control, brain development, mood and bone maintenance. In order to fully function, it must have a balanced supply of iodine from a diet.
There are several ways your thyroid gland can get sick. You might have heard of these disorders: Hyperthyroid, Hypothyroid, Grave’s disease and Autoimmune. The two most common are Hyperthyroid and Hypothyroidism in adults’ results in decreased metabolic rate. Symptoms include fatigue, intolerance of cold temperatures, low heart rate, weight gain, reduced appetite, poor memory, depression, stiffness of muscles and infertility.
As a DOM, I can recognize Hyperthyroidism in patients when they tell me they have an intolerance to heat, weight loss, increased appetite, increased bowel movements, irregular menstrual cycle, rapid and irregular heartbeat, palpitations, tiredness, irritability, tremor, hair loss and retraction of the eyelids resulting in a ‘staring’ appearance. Some triggers for the thyroid to malfunction have been oral contraceptives, antibiotics, acid blockers, toxin exposures, virus, chronic stress.
Here are some simple solutions to get you started on your journey to a healthier thyroid:
- Diet therapy – Avoid wheat and dairy. Do a self-test for these and other food allergies.
- Vitamin therapy – Zinc, seleomethionine, iodine, tyrosine, and vitamin b’s
- Herbal Therapy – can also help the thyroid gland and symptoms. Such as ashwagandha, oil of oregano, licorices, also vera, turmeric, probiotics as in saccharomyces boulardii, black seed oil
- Acupuncture – can also help for symptoms of thyroid disorders such as fatigue, stress, and constipation.
It is important to know; you can change your thyroid health naturally. Have patience and know we are here to help you on your journey. Call for your appointment today: 505.474.8555.