The thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped organ that sits at the base of the neck in front of the windpipe. The thyroid gland makes thyroid hormones. In order to make these hormones, the thyroid must first uptake iodine from the blood stream.
These hormones regulate the rate of metabolism and affect the optimal function of many other systems in the body. Women are 5X more likely than men to have thyroid issues.
Doctor Steve Bittorf’s Approach and Testing
Dr. Steve believes in a comprehensive approach between conventional and alternative healing methods in balancing thyroid levels. He will consider all body systems and lifestyle in determining the best plan of care. Most doctors rely on a TSH and T4 test. However, more comprehensive testing including a free T4 and free T3 and reverse T3 can often pinpoint what standard tests miss.
Common Thyroid Symptoms
- cold hands & feet
- depression, anxiety, irritability
- gaining/losing weight
- exhaustion, sluggishness
- water retention
- hair loss, coarse skin
- loss of libido
- constipation, diarrhea
- enlarged neck
- rapid heart beat
- memory problems
- enlarged eyes
Vitamins and Minerals Important for Proper Thyroid Function
- Vitamin D
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