What is subclinical hypothyroidism?

The thyroid is often called the master control gland of metabolism. When the thyroid functions suboptimally, hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormones) can occur causing symptoms like fatigue, brain fog, constipation, and cold intolerance. The question is, what happens if you've been told your hormones are "normal", but you still feel awful? This can sometimes be the case when we have subclinical hypothyroidism. Subclinical hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland produces insufficient thyroid hormones, but remains within the normal range. This can be commonly missed and may still cause hypothyroid symptoms like:

  • Constipation
  • Cold intolerance
  • Fatigue/brain fog
  • Dry skin
  • Thinning hair
  • Joint pain
  • Depression
  • Difficulty losing weight
  • Irregular periods

If you've been diagnosed with subclinical hypothyroidism and prefer a natural approach, there are several strategies you can consider to support your thyroid health.

Natural Treatment for Subclinical Hypothyroidism

First and foremost, paying attention to your diet is crucial. Incorporating foods rich in iodine, selenium, and zinc can benefit thyroid function. Foods like seaweed, brazil nuts, and legumes are excellent sources of these nutrients. Additionally, consuming a balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins can provide the necessary nutrients to support overall thyroid health.

Stress management is another key aspect to consider. Chronic stress can negatively impact thyroid function. Engaging in activities like yoga, meditation, or deep breathing exercises can reduce stress levels and support your body's natural healing processes. Prioritizing self-care and finding healthy outlets for stress can make a significant difference in managing subclinical hypothyroidism.

Lifestyle factors such as regular exercise and adequate sleep are vital for overall well-being, including thyroid health. Exercise should always include strength training to boost metabolism and improve thyroid function. Prioritizing quality sleep can also contribute to a healthy thyroid and overall hormonal balance.

Supplements and herbs may be another consideration to support thyroid health. For instance, ashwagandha, an adaptogenic herb, may improve thyroid function and increase hormone levels. It may also support the stress response from our adrenal glands which work in tandem with our thyroid. Bacopa is another herb that may benefit thyroid hormone levels and acts as a notropic, helping to improve cognitive function. Other supplements like vitamin D, selenium, and omega-3 fatty acids can support overall thyroid function. However, it's essential to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new supplements. This is to ensure they are safe and appropriate for you as an individual.

When to see a doctor:

While these natural approaches can help manage subclinical hypothyroidism, it's essential to monitor your thyroid hormone levels regularly and work closely with a healthcare provider. Low thyroid hormone symptoms often overlap with other conditions. It is best to consult a provider if you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above. They can help assess your progress, make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan, and ensure your thyroid health is effectively managed.

Remember, everyone is unique, and what works for one person may not work for another. It's essential to listen to your body and collaborate with a doctor to find the most effective natural treatment approach for your subclinical hypothyroidism. This is why our doctors at Natural Kid Doc aim to promote thyroid health and enhance your overall well-being by providing you with a whole-person approach.

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