As an integrated medical clinic, the approach our providers take to thyroid dysfunction is multifaceted and varied, just like the individuals who we see.
Thyroid dysfunction can present in many forms. Hypothyroidism, having too little thyroid function, and hyperthyroidism, too much thyroid function, are two firms if well known thyroid disease.
While we at Nature Cures Clinic utilize standard evaluation techniques in caring for patients with thyroid dysfunction, we also evaluate for diet & stress, both of which can have startling influence on thyroid function.
The thyroid, a butterfly shaped gland that sits slightly below the Adam’s apple is a delicate powerhouse that produces hormones that influence nearly every organ, tissue, and cell in the human body. Subsequently, when problems arise with the thyroid, many other body systems suffer.
Triggers for thyroid dysfunction may include adrenal stress and oxidative stress, natural aging, and pregnancy. Adrenal stress and oxidative stress are signs of your body’s decreased ability to respond appropriately to stress.
Nutrition also plays an important role in the care and management of thyroid function. Several nutrients are involved in managing thyroid health, specifically iodine, iodide selenium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin C, magnesium and zinc.
Iodine is essential for thyroid function. Iodine is actively absorbed into the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormones. Too much or too little iodine can have dramatic effect on thyroid function / dysfunction. Iodine rich foods include: sea vegetables, scallops, yogurt, and eggs.
Selenium is another important component of a healthy thyroid. It is a cofactor for the production of thyroid hormones. A micronutrient, selenium contributes to antioxidant functions in the body. Selenium is found in tuna, shrimp, barley, tofu, and other food sources.
If you or someone you know has thyroid dysfunction, give Nature Cures Clinic a call at 503-287-4970
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- The George Mateljan Foundation. Iodine. The World’s Healthiest Foods website. 2014. Available at: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=69. Accessed August 20, 2014.