Symptoms of Hypothyroidism:
Dry hair and skin
Inability to tolerate cold
Decrease in sex drive
Weight gain (or difficulty losing weight)
What are thyroid hormones?
Thyroid hormone levels are controlled by the thyroid gland and have a strong influence on metabolism. The thyroid gland produces several hormones: T1, T2, T3 and T4. The different numbers refer to the number of iodine molecules present in the hormone. The thyroid gland uses iodine found in the foods we consume to produce these essential hormones. Stress, imbalanced hormones and nutritional deficiencies can inhibit or increase the production of these hormones; both of which can cause severe problems. Thyroid hormone imbalance symptoms occur when the levels of thyroid hormones in the body are out of balance. Thyroid hormone imbalances are classified into two types:
Hypothyroidism: levels of thyroid hormones are too low
Hyperthyroidism: levels of thyroid hormones are too high
Low levels of thyroid hormones (hypothyroidism) are more common than excessively high levels (hyperthyroidism).
What do thyroid hormones do?
Thyroid hormones are responsible for regulation of metabolism; your survival depends on thyroid hormones as they significantly affect metabolic rate and body temperature. When levels of thyroid hormone lower, metabolism slows down.
Benefits of thyroid hormone balancing
Recent studies have revealed that most patients with thyroid hormone disorders experience some sexual dysfunctions, which can be reversed by normalizing thyroid hormone levels. Despite the associated changes in sex hormone levels, the high prevalence of ejaculatory disorders and their prompt reversibility suggest a direct involvement of thyroid hormones in the physiology of ejaculation.
It is extremely difficult to lose weight if you have low levels of thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormone supplementation is an inexpensive simple process. The two most common thyroid drugs are Armour and Cytomel. Armour contains both T4 and T3 while Cytomel contains only T3.
What are the affects of low thyroid hormone levels on aging?
As we age, thyroid levels decrease. Low thyroid levels cause a decrease in body temperature, lower-than-normal metabolism, increased cholesterol and increased body fat. Often undetected by traditional medicine, low thyroid levels make it very difficult to lose weight and can contribute to sluggishness, low energy and depression.
Thyroid hormone balancing is easy
At Rejuvenate Doctor thyroid hormone imbalances are detected by medical testing. Medical testing evaluates all major hormones (sex hormones, adrenal hormones and thyroid hormones) to determine which are out of optimal range. All hormones in the body work in synergy, if only a few hormones are replaced, the imbalance of other hormones may actually worsen. Rejuvenate Doctor integrates bio-identical hormone replacement therapy with proper fitness and nutrition for patients suffering from hormone imbalances. In addition, Rejuvenate Doctor offers other services to help with issues related to thyroid imbalances, such as weight loss. As your hormones, nutrition, fitness and lifestyle improve you will start to feel like your old self again with improved energy levels, increased sexual desire and an overall zest for life!