What is the Thyroid?
Your thyroid is a small gland found at the base of your neck, just below your Adam’s apple. The thyroid produces two main hormones called triiodothyronine (T-3) and thyroxine (T-4). These hormones travel in your blood to all parts of your body. The thyroid hormones control the rate of many activities in your body. These include how fast you burn calories and how fast your heart beats. All of these activities together are known as your body’s metabolism. A thyroid that is working right will produce the right amounts of hormones needed to keep your body’s metabolism working at a rate that is not too fast or too slow. An overactive thyroid, known as hyperthyroidism, occurs when the thyroid glands make more thyroid hormones than the body needs. This can result in symptoms ranging from irregular heartbeat or pounding of your heart, muscle weakness and increased sensitivity to heat. Hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid, is by far the most common. In fact, some estimate that as many as 1 in 7 adults suffer from hypothyroidism.
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
Symptoms of hypothyroidism tend to develop slowly, often over several years. At first, you may just feel tired and sluggish. Later, you may develop other symptoms of a slowed down metabolism, including:
- Unexplained weight gain
- Dry skin and hair
- Hair Loss
- Puffiness or swelling in the face
- Muscle aches and weakness
- Heavy menstrual periods
- Brittle hair and nails
- Cold intolerance
What causes hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism is a form of hormonal imbalance; in this case the thyroid gland is under-productive. Envigor8 will check for a hormone deficiency before beginning any treatment.
How is hypothyroidism treated?
Envigor8 optimizes your thyroid levels based on a combination of your laboratory results and thorough symptom evaluations. We begin with a target range and adjust your dosage based upon follow-up laboratory results and frequent consultations.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, a simple blood test is the best place to start to get on the path of feeling more energetic and balanced.
Call us today at 801-987-9777 to schedule your blood test and restore your health.