The thyroid gland is small but mighty, producing essential hormones for metabolism and growth. Unfortunately, an estimated 20 million people in the U.S. have a form of thyroid disease, and many don’t even realize they have it. Going through life with untreated thyroid symptoms, such as anxiety, difficulty sleeping, and muscle weakness, can be frustrating, to say the least.
With a holistic approach to thyroid management, you can overcome these symptoms and restore the health of your thyroid. Read on to learn more.
Understanding Common Thyroid Disorders
Let’s first talk about the basics of today’s most common thyroid disorders: hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, thyroid nodules, and goiter.
- Hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid, occurs when the thyroid gland produces too little thyroid hormone. The symptoms of this disorder include fatigue, cold sensitivity, dry skin, and weight gain, among others.
- Hyperthyroidism, or overactive thyroid, occurs when the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone. This causes symptoms like unexplained weight loss, rapid heartbeat, sweating, and tremor.
- Thyroid nodules are small lumps that form in the thyroid gland and can be benign or cancerous.
- A goiter is an enlargement of the thyroid gland.
What Does Thyroid Management Involve?
A holistic approach to thyroid management can help you avoid the side effects and possible complications of prescription medications. Your physician will start by determining the underlying causes of your disorder. By getting to the root of your symptoms, we can more effectively restore normal thyroid function.
After pinpointing the factors that are contributing to your disorder, your physician can recommend management strategies. Your plan may include meditation, herbal supplements, dietary changes, acupuncture, homeopathy, or yoga, among other methods.
Lifestyle factors like diet, exercise, and sleep are closely linked to thyroid function. With personalized lifestyle adjustments, a holistic practitioner can help manage your thyroid disorder without the need for medications or invasive procedures.
At Mind Body Spirit Care, we have an individualized, holistic approach to thyroid management. Schedule your appointment online today!