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Are you FED UP with…?

  • Weight gain around the middle?
  • Feeling tired & exhausted in the morning?
  • Feeling Foggy?
  • Poor Memory?
  • Depression & Irritability?
  • Aching muscles & joint pain?
  • Muscle Cramps?
  • Feeling Cold?
  • Craving Sugar & Carbs?

If you answered YES to 3 or more of the above you may have an under active thyroid gland – even if you had ‘normal’ blood test results.

What is the thyroid?

Thyroid is part of the endocrine system and is located on your windpipe.

Every cell in your body has receptors for the thyroid hormones, with the majority in the kidneys, brain and skeletal muscles.

It is crucial for several mechanisms:

1. Your metabolism: Your thyroid function effects how much energy your body will “burn” or conserve. Hence, when the gland is under active or out of balance, you may gain weight easily and find it difficult to lose the extra kilos.

2. Temperature regulation: The thyroid sets an “internal thermometer” that balances your core temperature. When your gland is under active, you may be feeling cold even when it’s a warm day, whereas in case of an overactive gland, you will experience heat and excessive sweating even when it’s freezing outside.

Hypothyroidism, also known as under active thyroid disease, is the most common pathological hormone deficiency with increasing percentage as we age. It is also more common among females than in males. In Australia, 11.25 % of woman aged 52-60 suffer from under active thyroid, compared to 2.59% of males in the same age group.

Over 40,000 cases are diagnosed each year, approximately 35,000 females and 5,500 males.

How can you test your thyroid function?

Your GP will generally run a blood test for your thyroid stimulating hormone. Secreted from your pituitary, and not your thyroid, this hormone is supposed to regulate your thyroid activity. In many cases this is where the investigation stops: you may be told that your levels are within the normal range, however you continue to experience the symptoms! I believe that the current screening test is not telling you the whole story.

What else can be done?

Further testing is required to find out if you have an under active thyroid.

Your thyroid secretes 3 hormones: T4, T3 and Revers T3 (RT3).

Production of each hormone is inter connected and getting a complete assessment of you thyroid hormones levels will assist in investigating whether your thyroid is under active.

The role of Iodine Iodine is an essential mineral for healthy thyroid function. Iodine deficiency is considered a primary cause contributing to under active thyroid function.

Unfortunately in Australia and New Zealand, the soil is depleted of iodine, resulting in insufficient amounts of iodine in our diets.

Good sources of iodine include fresh seawater fish and seaweeds. In cases of established iodine deficiency, it may be beneficial to include iodine supplements as part of your diet. Iodine status can be assessed by specific urinary tests.

How we can help?

Utilising an integrative approach, combining both conventional and natural medicine our Naturopath Daliya Greenfeld will assess your health, and include referral for comprehensive pathology tests if needed.

Daliya will investigate your results and will explain in detail and an individually designed treatment plan to address your health concerns and needs. Special attention will be given to any medications you may be currently taking to ensure safety of treatment and your progress will be monitored and adjusted accordingly.Most importantly, you will experience a personal approach that focuses on you and your needs.

With a balanced thyroid your energy will increase, weight will start to shift and you will feel happier in yourself!

Book your Initial Consultation by calling us on 9533 6454 today!

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