So you’ve already been diagnosed with a thyroid problem. That’s the first step, but a diagnosis is not a cure. The only way to appropriately deal with and correct your thyroid dysfunction is to understand what caused it in the first place.
Thyroid replacement therapy will offer you a great short-term solution, but you won’t feel better until you address the underlying cause of the illness.
Using functional medicine is a great approach to treatment because it pinpoints the root of the imbalance. Now you can know why you are suffering from a thyroid disease. And when you know why, you can work to reverse it and take back control over your health.
Here are five causes that could be the root behind your thyroid issue.
One of the main causes behind thyroid dysfunction is infection. Infection can greatly hinder thyroid function if it causes long-term inflammation, chronic stress, or reduced digestion. Some of the main infections that are known molecular triggers for autoimmune and thyroid issues are as follows:
- H. pylori
- Hepatitis C
2. Celiac Disease
There is a known relationship between celiac disease—an autoimmune condition in which the body’s immune system attacks intestinal cells—and autoimmune thyroid disorders. Research has shown an increased risk of autoimmune thyroid disorders in those with celiac disease and vice versa.
3. Low-Calorie Diet
Low-calorie diets are extremely dangerous for thyroid health. When the body does not receive enough energy, it defaults to a state of stress (starvation), and the adrenals produce cortisol. Researchers have found that women on a very low-calorie diet had a 66% reduction in active T3.
Inflammation goes hand in hand with thyroid dysfunction. In part, this has to do with the underlying cause of the thyroid condition: stress, nutritional deficiency, and autoimmunity. All these factors can cause inflammation or be a result of inflammation. Therefore, pain and discomfort are common when suffering from a low thyroid disorder.
Of course, there are many potential causes of low thyroid function, and so it is very common for the main trigger, whether it be adrenal fatigue or a blood sugar imbalance, is missed. Thyroid dysfunction symptoms also often mirror the symptoms of other illnesses, and so some individuals suffering from thyroid problems might receive a diagnosis for depression, chronic fatigue, or bipolar disorder instead.
Pay Attention to Your Thyroid
Your thyroid is a crucial part of many of your body’s important processes from sleep regulation, mood stability, energy, maintaining a healthy weight, skin, hair, bowel movement regularity, and nail growth. That being said, it’s important that you pay attention to your body. Don’t ignore the signs or suffer through symptoms; it’s advisable to seek out a functional medicine practitioner who can provide you with comprehensive and accurate testing, give you a proper diagnosis, and offer you individualized and effective treatment options.