Dr. Jenna's Hypothyroid Plan
Hypothyroidism is when the thyroid gland, which is in charge of our metabolism, is low functioning. The thyroid receives signals from the brain that tell it to either increase or decrease the output of thyroid hormones (T3 and T4.) Low functioning thyroid is very common and one of the essential things I test for in annual lab work. Some of the major symptoms of a low functioning thyroid include: weight gain or inability to lose weight, fatigue, slow reflexes, intolerance to cold or cold hands and feet, hair loss, and brain fog. One of the most common types of hypothyroidism, particularly in women is an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto's thyroiditis. This is where the body's immune system attacks the thyroid, preventing it from functioning properly.
Top 3 causes of hypothyroidism
- Chronic stress
- Lingering low-grade viral infections, Epstein Barr Virus (The virus that causes mono) is particularly suspect.
- Heavy metal toxicity and other environmental toxin exposures, also gluten is a big culprit when it comes to Hashimoto's.
The initial investigation
- Assess diet and other sources of toxin exposure and stress levels.
- Assess the immune system through a detailed history as well as blood work.
- Measure heavy metal levels in blood and urine.
- Assess thyroid-specific nutrient levels in blood and urine.
- Anti-inflammatory diet and Lifestyle changes to manage stress.
- Supplements and herbs to support the body's stress response and the thyroid gland
- Antiviral protocols that may include supplemental nutrients, herbs, diet changes, and hydrotherapy.
- Heavy metal chelation (removal) therapy and detox protocols.