September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month, so with the help of Dr. Stephanie Seitz from the SCNM Medical Center whose patient care work focuses on thyroid care, women’s care, and gastrointestinal health, we’re giving you information about thyroid health and how to support it. For more information or to book an appointment with Dr. Seitz, visit us here or give us a call at 480-970-0000, select option 2.
In recent times, we’re seeing greater visibility on concerns surrounding thyroid function. Oftentimes, we see that thyroid concerns come up when we experience sudden weight gain. This bring to question, what does the thyroid actually do? The thyroid is a gland that sits right below your Adam’s Apple and secretes important hormones such as thyroxine. Thyroxine is also called “T4” and can help to regulate your metabolism, temperature, and support your body’s growth and development.
Thyroid malfunction falls under two main categories: hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. When Hypothyroid malfunction occurs when your thyroid functions to a lesser degree than what your body needs. Signs of this include weight gain, hair loss, dry skin, cold intolerance, irregular menses, and increased fatigue. Hyperthyroid occurs when your thyroid is over functioning. Signs include heat intolerance, increased appetite, anxiety, absent menses, heart palpitations, and increased appetite.
If you’re looking for natural ways to support your thyroid health, selenium is a great nutrient to support your thyroid and can be acquired naturally by eating Brazilian nuts. Vitamins such as B vitamins and vitamin C can also support thyroid health. L-tyrosine, an amino acid, can be taken to support thyroid health by way of hormone production. If you’d like to learn more about thyroid health and which supplements are best for your body, visit with your naturopathic provider today!
For more information or to book an appointment with Dr. Seitz, visit us here or give us a call at 480-970-0000, select option 2.