A well functioning thyroid is critical for a healthy metabolism, good immune system, temperature regulation, and cell energy production. Unfortunately most doctors just test the TSH and do not look at the actual thyroid hormone levels (T3 and T4). Even if they do look at them, the doctors are happy if you are in the “normal” range, they do not realize that optimal values are different than normal values.
If you gain weight easily, or have a hard time losing weight, your thyroid may not be optimal. Thyroid imbalance can also present as dry skin or hair, constipation, hair loss, fatigue, or brain fog. You may also have swelling around the face and then a thickening in your arms and it may spread throughout the body. You may be sensitive to hot or cold, have brittle fingernails, have joint pain, etc.
If you think you may have a low thyroid, get your levels checked and your symptoms evaluated by a physician trained in bio-identical hormone balancing. Thyroid replacement can be done safely and naturally with the use of desiccated thyroid. Desiccated thyroid is a natural form of thyroid hormone. This type of thyroid replacement most closely replaces what your body is missing.