Stress causes your hormones to constantly work harder than they need to and prevents weight loss! It also leads to many other hormone imbalances that can mimic some of the same symptoms of thyroid dysfunction. Therefore it is very important to incorporate stress management techniques into your daily routine.
Exercises including walking, yoga, pilates, and resistance training allow your hormones to be naturally supported. With the thyroid gland specifically, exercise has been shown to boost thyroid function.
High quality supplements are needed for proper thyroid metabolism and function. Supplements like vitamin D, zinc, iodine, omega-3 fats, and selenium support your thyroid and adrenal glands.
By using a high-quality probiotic, you are increasing gut health. This allows for thyroid-supportive nutrients to be absorbed from the foods that you eat and enter into the bloodstream and be available for thyroid health.
Sometimes it takes 5 weeks for laboratory testing to show changes that reflect thyroid disease, so even if you have had negative testing in the past, you can still ask your medical provider to send you for testing, especially if your symptoms have lasted for months! If you want to speak with a medical specialist, an endocrinologist is your best option since they focus on hormones within the body.
Thorough thyroid testing includes: TSH, Free T-3, Free T4, TPO, and anti-thyroglobulin antibodies. Other testing to ask your medical provider to consider: Check for celiac disease with the celiac panel, consider heavy-metal toxicity testing, and check your vitamin D level. Treating any underlying medical causes like thyroid dysfunction, gluten allergy, heavy-metal toxicity, and nutritional deficiencies will allow your body to begin the healing process.