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
Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition in which your immune system targets your intestinal cells. Researchers have found a strong relationship between this illness and thyroid disorders. There is also a known increased risk of developing autoimmune thyroid disorders in individuals who experience symptoms of (or have been diagnosed with) celiac disease.
3. Low-Calorie Diet
Although many low-calorie diets are advertised as “healthy,” it is smart to stay away from them if you have a thyroid condition. Low-calorie diets have been known to damage your thyroid health.
If the body doesn’t receive the energy it needs to function properly, it goes into a state of starvation. When this happens, the adrenals start producing cortisol. Studies have found that women who were on a very low-calorie diet had reduced T3 levels by 66%.
Inflammation is one of the most common suspects of thyroid dysfunction, but it can often go undetected. Inflammation can come with many of the underlying causes of thyroid issues, which include stress, deficiencies in nutrition, and autoimmunity. These factors can either be a cause of inflammation, or they can be the result of inflammation. Either way, they go hand in hand. Make sure to pay attention to any pain or discomfort you might experience; it could be signs of an underactive thyroid.
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.