Living with Thyroid DIS-ease - With Natural Solutions

Published on 22 June 2023 at 13:54

Are you Hypo or Hyper? 

How I went from a 167 THS read to a 14 in just a few months

Have you ever found yourself in a situation so astonishing that it left you utterly speechless?

Did you know that complications concerning the thyroid gland can result in disruptive hormonal imbalances and a range of significant health issues? Personally, I was completely unaware that I could even face such medical challenges or understand their origins until I found myself deeply entrenched in a state of thyroid-driven psychosis. It turns out that there are two primary thyroid imbalances that could manifest:

Hypothyroidism arises when the thyroid gland produces an insufficient amount of thyroid hormones, leading to symptoms like fatigue, weight gain, cold sensitivity, skin irritation, hair loss, and sluggishness. On the contrary, hyperthyroidism unfolds when the thyroid gland excessively produces thyroid hormones, causing symptoms such as weight loss, rapid heart rate, anxiety, and heat intolerance. The thyroid gland is responsible for synthesizing hormones (triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4)) that play a key role in regulating metabolism, growth, and overall body development. These hormones intricately manage energy production, body temperature, and the functioning of organs. When issues arise within the thyroid, imbalances can ensue, contributing to a variety of health conditions.

I was truly taken aback when my test results revealed a thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) level of 167, well beyond the typical reference range of 0.4 to 4, contingent on specific factors. This occurred during a time of intense illness, a period when my world seemed to be collapsing around me. To elaborate, I am a certified Reiki practitioner who had diligently followed multiple wellness programs aimed at fostering a healthier lifestyle. However, despite my efforts, life seemed to take a drastic downturn. The revelation was overwhelming; I hadn't been prepared for these results and struggled to grasp the significance of thyroid dysfunction or its seriousness.

The reality hit me hard – I needed to take medication for the rest of my life to support my thyroid function. This prospect was deeply troubling as I had hoped to avoid relying on medication for a solution.

I embarked on a journey with a Naturalistic Doctor (ND) who conducted a battery of tests to uncover allergies, potential toxicities, viral factors, and other imbalances that might have contributed to my alarming thyroid reading. The revelation was astounding – many of the foods I regularly consumed triggered allergies, and my system was grappling with several other imbalances that impeded the production of vital thyroid hormones (T3) and (T4) necessary for proper bodily function.

Guided by the ND, I began integrating a combination of prescribed medication and natural supplements, a blend that not only improved my well-being but also helped manage my thyroid levels. I've included the links in this article to products that were instrumental in this transformative process – they practically saved my life. Furthermore, I intend to share additional insights in the Resource section of this site, focusing on strategies that helped me regulate my thyroid. Empowerment stems from knowledge – the more you learn, the more you can influence your own symptoms and work toward a healthier lifestyle, regardless of the challenges you face. Feel free to leave a comment below if you're interested in learning more about how I've continued to progress and evolve in managing this condition.

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