The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland that sits on the low part of the neck. It produces hormones that regulate the body's metabolic rate as well as heart and digestive function, muscle control, brain development, mood and bone maintenance.
Thyroid problems are common, with a certain percentage of the population having some level of hypothyroidism. This occurs when the thyroid gland is underactive and doesn’t produce enough hormones. Symptoms of underactive thyroid include fatigue, anxiety, depression, cold sensitivity, constipation, dry skin, hair loss and unexplained weight gain.
Iodine deficiency is the most common cause of thyroid disease worldwide. Here in Australia, autoimmunity is the commonest cause of thyroid dysfunction.
Enhancing digestive function and restoring hormonal balance through diet & lifestyle changes can help to resolve thyroid dysfunction. Hormone replacement may be required, based on testing.