How Do Thyroid Disorders Affect the Body?

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So your thyroid gland makes actually several hormones, but the common one that we look at is T4. Which has four iodines in it as a hormone and T3, and those are the two main thyroid hormones. The most common as a big structural group, it's good to think of the thyroid as either over active or under active.

The thyroid hormone is responsible for your metabolism, for generating heat. It's responsible for many things, but metabolism is the one that most people think about. Because when people loose weight, they sometimes it's possible that when there's a lot of weight loss, it's possible that you have too much thyroid hormone, and when there's weight gain, it's possible to don't enough.

So that's a common thing people will come in to talk to me about. So, too much thyroid hormone, it's called hyperthyroidism. And people can have palpitations and feel the heart racing. Often the eyes will be very wide. The eyes look like they are, I know I say bugging out, but what's that they look like.

It's called exophthalmos in medical terminology. So more commonly than hyperthyroidism though is hypothyroidism, which is too little thyroid hormone. And people feel sluggish, they feel cold. Their hair can be falling out and gaining weight. Those are really the most common symptoms that people experience when they have a low functioning thyroid.

There's a whole list of reasons why a person can have. In functional medicine, it's more interesting actually to me to know why. So I might come in and see the thyroid is not functioning, it's either under functioning or over functioning. But I want to know why? Do you have toxins in your body like mercury? Do you have an autoimmune thyroid condition? Is that part of the problem? And then there's a lot of other why's that we have to go deeper, to say why do you have that? And what's causing your immune system to do that.

So sometimes foods can be triggering inflammation in the thyroid gland. Anything that triggers inflammation in the thyroid glands can cause it not to work right. So we ask a lot of why questions.