That thing called the thyroid. You know you have one. You probably even know where it is. It’s located right in the base of your throat. You may know it has something to do with your metabolism. It does, but there’s so much more to the thryoid. Let’s make sure you grasp the wide-ranging importance of this highly complex organ of yours.
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland which wraps across your throat. It secretes several hormones. They’re called thyroid hormones. And like a butterfly, the thyroid can drive transformation for every woman and man in either a positive or negative way.
When your thyroid is functioning on all cylinders it is one of your best tools for a healthy quality of life, and slowing the aging process. When your thyroid is not operating efficiently, it leaves you wondering and worrying, “Is this what getting old is gonna be like?”
Along the days and nights of your life’s journey, your thyroid is the great regulator of so much of how you feel. This includes things you don’t even think are medical. For example:
Temperature. Those women who are always freezing? They probably have a thyroid acting like a thermostat with no power connected to it.
Energy. Do you need a nap? Need to hit that snooze button every morning? Feel forced into relying on caffeine just to get through the day? Are you constantly fighting fatigue? Thyroid.
Metabolism. Forget about bread and ice cream. Does it seem like even eating celery turns to fat for you? Do you have belly fat you can’t seem to beat? Thyroid.
Brain Function. Is your memory not as good as you remember it? You’d better write this down. Note to Dr. Karen: Please check my thyroid.
Mood. Stressed? Depressed? Sad? Mad? Do you not enjoy life like you once did? Is there less of the real you? Thyroid.
Hair and Nails. Thinning or brittle hair? Brittle nails? Hair and nails not growing like they once did? Thyroid.
Like the brain it is designed to serve so closely, your thyroid is a very complicated organ. Exactly how, when, and why a thyroid begins to break down is a multi-faceted process which can vary greatly from person to person. There is so much which can go wrong with this organ from thyroiditis to hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, Graves disease, Goiter, and more. The thyroid also requires multiple steps to do its jobs in making the end products your body needs.
The two main hormones secreted by the thyroid are called T3 (triiodothyronine), and T4 (thyroxine). Many traditional doctors prescribe medication only replacing T4, assuming it gets the thyroid to do what it should in converting to T3. Also, they often take a wait and see approach with patients having low normal thyroid levels, even though the patient is clearly showing all of the symptoms of an underperforming thyroid.
To Thine Own Self & Patient’s Thyroids Be True
Dr. Karen has had great success with thyroid stabilization treatment in both men and women. She regularly prescribes a combination of T4 and T3 because it guarantees the thyroid gets the T3 it needs, but is obviously no longer producing on its own power. In layman’s terms, this approach also helps patients to feel better much more quickly, and to overcome those draining symptoms which have been destroying their quality of life.
Patients who have been regulated with T4 hormone in the past quickly report a world of difference when their medication is switched to an effective dose of T3/T4. Women and men alike see what they were missing and swear by the positive changes it has made in their lives.
The Thyroid: Great Regulator and Great Protector
Your properly functioning thyroid is more than just a great regulator. It also serves as one of the body’s most powerful protectors. For instance:
- The thyroid is designed to breaks down fat. This helps you with maintaining healthy body weight, and keeping cholesterol levels where they should be.
- It fights against heart disease, heart attack, hypertension, and stroke.
If it seems like you have thyroid symptoms, and you want to explore how to get back to functioning with the quality of life you want, call Dr. Karen now at Feel Great Arizona to make an appointment. You and your thyroid may soon be so happy you did. Call (480) 941-1952.