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How healthy is your Thyroid?

31 August 2015

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Your thyroid plays a part in nearly every metabolic process and when the thyroid isn’t working you won’t feel well!  This small gland shaped like a butterfly sits below your Adam’s apple and in front of the windpipe. When the thyroid is it’s normal size, you can’t even feel it.


The thyroid secretes several hormones, collectively called thyroid hormones. It requires adequate selenium, iodine, zinc, B vitamins and antioxidants for optimal function.  Thyroid hormones act throughout the body, influencing metabolism, growth and development, and body temperature. During infancy and childhood, adequate thyroid hormone is crucial for brain development.  Unfortunately, the thyroid gland is uniquely sensitive to drugs and environmental chemicals which may affect its proper function. Identifying this is just one of the ways that our clinic can step forward to support you and your thyroids health and wellbeing.

More than 20 percent of women over the age of 60, have subclinical hypothyroidism. Many more women present to our clinic with several of the symptoms listed below, wondering why they do not feel well or no longer have the spring in their step that they used to have.

Some signs and symptoms that your thyroid may not be working optimally

  • Fatigue
  • Increased sensitivity to cold
  • Constipation
  • Dry skin
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Puffy face
  • Hoarseness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Elevated blood cholesterol level
  • Muscle aches and pain
  • Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints
  • Heavier or irregular menstrual periods
  • Thinning hair
  • Slower heart rate
  • Depressed mood
  • Impaired memory

At the clinic we regularly treat and support people with existing Thyroid disease .

If you are perhaps just not feeling well and recognise symptoms from the list above , it may mean you have a tired thyroid that needs to be nourished and supported back to wellness.    We have strategies at the clinic to support people with existing thyroid conditions such as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Graves’ Disease, right through to people just starting to experience some of the first symptoms of a sluggish and stressed thyroid.

Whether you are feeling tired and are just not sure why, or you have existing thyroid imbalances and disease, we can support you around your medical program and return you to feeling energetic and well.   In closing it is important to note that there are many reasons why some of the above symptoms may be occurring.   Many imbalances in the body can cause some of these symptoms.   Make an appointment with Tracie or Kate so that we can work with you towards you feeling well again.

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