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Treatment of Thyroid Dysfunction
Many people in today’s highly stressed, toxic environment have low functioning thyroids. In fact, almost 90% of the population has a low-functioning thyroid. Unfortunately, the typical tests used in the medical community to detect thyroid mal-function do not detect any problems. This is known as sub-clinical hypothyroidism – wherein people are always very tired and feel run down and don’t know why.
The symptoms for low thyroid function are:
1) A run-down feeling all the time
2) Unable to sleep through the night
3) Enlargement of the thyroid gland noticeable with palpation (feeling with your hands)
4) Greasy skin and acne
5) Heart irregularity
Diagnosis – The easiest way to diagnose low thyroid function is to take the basal temperature under the arm pit in the morning before getting out of bed. The basal temperature is the body’s base temperature at rest. The thyroid is responsible for maintaining this temperature above 97.4 under the arm. One of the functions of the thyroid is to maintain body temperature at normal levels at all times.
Basal temperature procedure – Place your digital thermometer next to your night stand before you go to bed. When you wake up in the morning, place the thermometer under your arm. When the thermometer sounds, read the temperature. Any number less than 97.4 degrees Fahrenheit is considered low thyroid function. This is a very easy process used to discover if you have a low functioning thyroid.
Causes – Stress!!!!!! Usually the person is very over-stressed with normal life responsibilities. Soccer moms, dads at work, children at school all have significant stress. The adrenal gland is the stress gland which begins to falter and causes the thyroid to take over the stress-management function. The thyroid begins to falter and moves the person into low thyroid function.
Treatment – The treatment is the same for low thyroid as it is for hyper-thyroid function. When we treat this problem naturally, we use the same supplement for both conditions because the supplement brings the gland to a normal function whether high or low function. We call this taking the gland to homeostasis or balance. Herbal and homeopathic remedies have the ability to bring about homeostasis for an organ.
Finally, eat right by cutting down on simple carbohydrates, drink one half your body weight in ounces of water each day, get plenty of exercise and rest, breathe clean air and think good thoughts. You will help your thyroid repair and you will feel a greater sense of health.