When your thyroid isn’t functioning properly, it impacts your whole body and well-being. As a practitioner of naturopathic medicine, Dr. Michelle Walter understands the importance of healthy thyroid function and holistically approaches thyroid issues. Located in North Bend, Washington, Dr. Walter works to regulate your thyroid gland to reduce your symptoms. Call or schedule an appointment online at NOBU Integrative Medicine to see what Dr. Walter can do for you and your thyroid.
What does the thyroid do?
Located in your endocrine system, in the front part of your neck, your thyroid stores and produces hormones, including thyroxine. Thyroid hormones impact almost all of your body’s organs and regulate your metabolism, particularly your weight and energy levels.
When your thyroid stops functioning correctly, it results in unexplained weight loss or gain and fatigue. Other symptoms include:
- Dry, rough skin
- Dry, coarse hair
- Memory loss
- Cramps and constipation
- Fertility issues
What causes thyroid issues?
Thyroid issues, which may be rooted in stress, are caused by imbalanced hormones or an imbalanced endocrine system. The two main kinds of thyroid issues are:
Hypothyroidism occurs when your thyroid is underactive and produces too little thyroxine. A variety of conditions can cause it, too, including:
- Graves’ disease
- Toxic adenoma
- Plummer’s disease
When hyperthyroidism occurs, it accelerates your metabolism and can lead to:
- Sudden weight loss
- Rapid heartbeat
- Excessive sweating
Hypothyroidism occurs when your thyroid is underactive and produces too little thyroxine. It’s also caused by a variety of conditions, including:
- Iodine deficiency
- An inflamed or sluggish thyroid
- An autoimmune disorder
Hypothyroidism slows your metabolic rate and is associated with:
- Sudden weight gain
- Becoming easily chilled
- Irregular periods
- Increase in cholesterol levels
How are thyroid issues treated through naturopathic medicine?
Dr. Walter and other naturopathic medicine physicians treat thyroid issues by working to regulate the thyroid gland and balance other hormones. Taking a holistic approach, Dr. Walter may recommend:
- Dietary modifications
- Herbal supplements
Dr. Walter recommends switching to a whole food diet that focuses on nutrient-dense foods. She also suggests eliminating white flour, sugar, and processed foods from your diet. Cutting stimulants, such as tea and caffeine, can also help.
Dr. Walter may recommend regular exercise, which improves total body function. By engaging in just 20-30 minutes of moderate physical activity a day, you may be able to help stabilize your thyroid. Engaging in stress-reduction exercises, such as meditation and yoga, works to reduce stress, which also helps thyroid function.
If you’re tired of the traditional, synthetic hormone replacement treatment for your thyroid issues, it’s time to find a solution instead of masking the symptoms. Call Dr. Walter’s office or schedule your appointment online and be one step closer to total body health and wellness.