Thyroid Health Evaluation
The thyroid gland, the little butterfly-shaped gland in your throat, has several important responsibilities, including pacing the beating of your heart and how fast your body burns calories. It does this by producing and secreting two thyroid hormones: [mostly inactive] thyroxine (T4) and [small amounts of active] triiodothyronine (T3).
When needed T4 is typically converted in the liver, kidney and other tissues to active T3. The primary action of thyroid hormone is to raise the body’s metabolic rate — that is, to increase the rate of oxygen consumption and energy expenditure.
Thyroid hormone is also essential for normal growth and development in children, interacts with other hormones to modulate carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism, and controls other important biological functions.
To help maintain a healthy thyroid, vitamins and minerals that support normal thyroid hormone levels should be a part of your regular diet or be consumed in supplement form if your diet doesn’t provide adequate amounts. Some needed nutrients include (but not limited to)†:
- Iodine -(the most important nutrient related to thyroid health and function)-thyroid uses iodine to produce hormones.
- Vitamin A -(most often associated with good vision and healthy skin and teeth) but it also plays a role in thyroid hormone metabolism.
- Vitamin D -Research shows that hypothyroidism is often accompanied by vitamin D deficiency.
- Selenium -an essential mineral that plays several important functions in the body, including the metabolism of thyroid hormones. Maintaining normal levels of selenium in the body is also key to helping to prevent thyroid disease
- Zinc -helps the body convert inactive T4 hormone into active T3 hormone. Hence zinc deficiency can adversely affect thyroid function.
- Iron -sufficient iron levels are also critical to thyroid health. Like selenium and zinc, iron helps the body convert inactive T4 hormone into active T3 hormone.
Despite the sensitivity of all the tests physician can give a patient today, a patient with symptoms of a minimally underactive thyroid or hyperactive thyroid will still appear normal with blood work. Everything is with its limitations. With that, people will then seek alternative therapies after exhausting the conventional route.
We perform Iodine testing [in office, same day], have client record their findings as well as have them complete Barnes Thyroid Protocol over the next 5 days.
Details and Instructions are discussed in person
Service Available for Walk-Ins
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†Statements have not been evaluated by The Food and Drug Administration. Products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Information and statements made are for educational purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your General Practitioner. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.