Dr. Fazylova, functional and integrative medicine doctor and Staff at Radiance Aesthetics & Wellness of NYC offer a treatment for Thyroid Dysfunction, Hypothyroidism consisting of herbal supplements, nutritional vitamins and minerals, bioidentical hormones and other medical treatment options.
What is a Thyroid Gland?
The thyroid gland is located in the front of the neck, and it has two sides or lobes. This tiny butterfly-shaped organ is a powerful energy and metabolism machine in our body. It affects almost all body functions and regulates the metabolism, which turns food into energy.
The thyroid gland acts like the body’s sensory barometer. The main function of the thyroid is converting calories and oxygen into energy. It helps to regulate blood pressure, metabolism, body temperature, growth, and heart rate.
Malfunctioning Thyroid Gland
If the thyroid gland is malfunctioning and not producing enough hormones, our whole body slows down.
Malfunctioning thyroid gland symptoms are:
- Intolerance to cold
An overactive thyroid, on the other hand, can cause symptoms of an increased metabolism such as:
- Heart palpitations
- Intolerance to heat
What Causes Thyroid Dysfunction?
There are multiple causes for thyroid dysfunction, starting with genetics. If you have a family member with a history of thyroid disease, your chances of developing a similar disease in the future are much higher.
Other causes might include previous surgery to the thyroid gland and certain medications such as:
- Sulfa drugs
- Estrogen dominance
- Birth control pills
Our toxic environment also has a direct impact on your thyroid health. Excessive amounts of fluoride, chloride, and bromide added to our water and our food interfere with your iodine function, which might predispose you to decreased thyroid function.
What are the Symptoms of Thyroid Dysfunction?
Symptoms of thyroid dysfunction vary depending on an individual, and since adrenal fatigue often accompanies thyroid dysfunction, many of the symptoms of these two conditions overlap.
Below is a partial list of the most common symptoms people with imbalanced thyroid hormones experience.
|Cold intolerance—especially hands and feet||Feeling hot|
|Weight gain||Problems falling asleep|
|Decreased libido or sexual dysfunction||Forgetfulness|
|Dry hair and dry skin||Elevated heart rate and heart palpitations|
|Brittle nails||Anxiety, nervousness, or irritability|
|Decreased menstrual flow||Menstrual problems|
|Swelling in the front of the neck (goiter)||Change in bowel function—loose stool|
You don’t have to experience all of these symptoms to be diagnosed with a thyroid imbalance. Having only 3–4 symptoms might be a sufficient indication of your thyroid function. Take a Thyroid quiz to find out if you have a thyroid imbalance.
Diagnosing Thyroid Dysfunction
If your thyroid quiz led you to suspect that you might be developing a thyroid imbalance, you are one step closer to your recovery.
To confirm your diagnosis of Thyroid imbalance we might need to perform a blood test to measure levels of thyroid hormones such as TSH, free T3 and T4, total and reverse T3, thyroid peroxidase antibodies, and antithyroid antibodies can be done.
If you happen to have an enlarged thyroid we might recommend an ultrasound of your thyroid to detect any cysts and nodules that you might have developed. A 24-hour urine collection might be ordered to check your iodine levels if we suspect you of having an iodine deficiency.
Self-test at Home to Confirm Thyroid Imbalance
You can also perform a self-test at home to confirm your thyroid imbalance. To do this, you need a thermometer to perform a basal body temperature test. Check you temperature using a regular mercury thermometer early in the morning before you get out of bed. Hold the thermometer for 10 minutes in your armpit, and record your temperature.
Repeat this test for at least 3 days. Make sure to perform this test when you are not ovulating, starting on day 3 of your cycle. Healthy individuals usually have a basal body temperature of 98.4oF and above. If your basal body temperature is below 97.8oF, you might have an under active thyroid.
Treatment of Thyroid Dysfunction
To restore your thyroid, we might offer a nutritional counseling and prescribe you a treatment consisting of herbal supplements, nutritional vitamins and minerals, bioidentical hormones and other medical treatment options available. In our practice we use an individual approach to help restore the thyroid function of our patients.
We utilize natural thyroid hormones, such as Nature-Throid among the others, to adjust the doses of the medication and achieve optimum results for the patient.
We also recommend testing and treating underlying adrenal fatigue while treating thyroid dysfunction. Thyroid medication causes an increase in metabolism and places an increased demand on adrenal function and cortisol production.
Therefore, individuals with adrenal fatigue will not be able to meet the increased metabolic demand and will feel much worse after taking their thyroid medication. If this is the case, adrenal function should be restored first before initiating treatment for thyroid imbalance.
What can I do to help to heal my thyroid?
First, it is important to modify your diet and lifestyle to decrease your stress levels and to provide your body with enough support to heal itself. Some foods affect thyroid gland function and should be restricted from your diet.
Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, mustard, and kale are considered goitrogenic, which means they might interfere with thyroid hormone production. Other products on the list are soy isoflavones, millet, strawberries, spinach, and peaches.
To decrease the goitrogenic effects of cruciferous vegetables, you should eat them cooked or steamed; soy products should be fermented or cultured and paired with iodine containing seaweed products such as Kombu or Nori.
Decrease Exposure to Toxins
Another effective way to restore your thyroid is to eliminate or decrease your exposure to products that have high levels environmental toxins such as fluoride, chloride, and bromide. Since these elements are present in tap water, purchasing a water filter is a good solution.
There are also some supplements that might benefit you if you have a thyroid imbalance include:
- Vitamins A, C, E, and B complex
- Coenzyme Q10.
- Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb that has been shown to benefit adrenal and thyroid gland function and is recommended to patients with those imbalances.
In our practice we will provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan including lifestyle modification, proper nutrition, appropriate dosages of medications and supplements to help you heal your thyroid dysfunction and achieve your optimal health.
Dr. Fazylova and Staff at Radiance Aesthetic & Wellness strive to provide a holistic and individualized care to help you on your journey to a better health and vibrant appearance.
Do you have questions? To receive more information and to learn if you are a candidate for a Thyroid Dysfunction Treatment, please contact Radiance Aesthetic & Wellness. If you would like to schedule an appointment with the top Thyroid Dysfunction, Hypothyroidism Specialist in Midtown NYC, Dr. Natalya Fazylova, please call our office.
Radiance Aesthetics & Wellness
NYC Holistic Health & Wellness Specialist
903 Lexington Avenue, Suite 1A
New York, New York 10065