Your thyroid is a butterfly gland that sits in your throat and it orchestrates the speed of every metabolic pathway within your body. This includes the speed of detoxification, oxygenation, heart rate, blood pressure, reflexes, digestive function, thermostat, speed of thought, skin cell turn over… and you guessed it! The speed of your metabolism!

Due to our modern-day world we live today thyroid disorder are all too common and can result in an under active thyroid (hypothyroid) or an over active thyroid (hyperthyroid). 

Visit our clinic Nourish Me Naturopathy in North Sydney or call to make an appointment for our specialised naturopathic treatment for thyroid disorders. Feel free to call us at 1300 657 730.

Symptoms of an under active thyroid include:

  • Weight gain (despite eating well and exercising)
  • Fatigue
  • Mental fogginess
  • Poor concentration
  • Cold body temperature
  • Reduced libido
  • Menstrual disorders
  • Constipation
  • Dry skin
  • Dry and brittle hair

Symptoms of hyperthyroid include:

  • Weight loss
  • Heat intolerance
  • Insomnia
  • More frequent bowel motions
  • Irregular or absent periods
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety and nervousness

If you have a diagnosed thyroid condition, or think you may have a thyroid condition, it is paramount the underlying cause is identified and treated correctly by a certified thyroid naturopath at Nourish Me Naturopathy in North Sydney.

Causes of thyroid disorders include:

  • Iodine deficiency – Your thyroid hormones are made out of iodine, so a deficiency in iodine will result in a deficiency of the hormones.
  • Autoimmunity – Where your immune system sees your thyroid and/or pituitary gland as a foreign body so attacks it, leading to either Hashimoto’s or Graves’ disease.
  • Poor liver function –Your thyroid hormones are predominantly converted in your liver, thus, a sluggish liver or any liver disease will greatly impact thyroid health
  • High estrogen – High levels of estrogen bind to thyroglobulin binding protein and prevent it from doing its job. Thyroglobulin binding protein is the protein that carries thyroid hormone from the blood to inside the cells to work at the cellular level.
  • Nutritional deficiencies – A deficiency in one or more thyroid hormone conversion co-factors will result in poor thyroid function.
  • Heavy metals and high toxic load – These can either damage the thyroid, cause autoimmunity, or bind to other essential nutrients and further excrete them out of the body.
  • Poor digestion or gut dysbiosis – 20% of the thyroid hormones are produced in the digestive tract, therefor, por digestion will negatively impact the thyroid.

Disorders of the thyroid gland respond very well to naturopathic treatment as it addresses the underlying cause of the symptoms and the disease states. At Nourish Me Naturopathy our naturopath is very experienced in healing thyroid disorders and would love to help you too!