Did you know that mental fog can be caused by Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism?
Hashimoto's can cause a wide array of symptoms affecting the entire body.
It seems impossible that one part of our body (a gland) can cause symptoms spanning from memory loss to weak muscles.The reason the thyroid gland can make our lives so miserable is that every cell in our body has a receptor site specifically for thyroid hormone.
Whether the body is making too much or too little thyroid hormone can change how these cells function leading to these symptoms:
COMMON HASHIMOTO'S SYMPTOMS
- Mental fogginess (loss of clarity)
- Tiring easily from reading, driving, working
- Memory loss
- Rapid/Sluggish heart rate
- Sleep disturbance (unable to fall asleep or stay asleep)
- Low motivation
- Irritability and mood swings
- Loss of balance leading to falls
- Dropping things easily (loss of muscular strength)
- Intestinal symptoms (constipation, diarrhea, bloating)
How Hashimoto’s May Affect Brain Function
Hashimoto’s may cause brain-based symptoms:
- mental fog
- loss of motivation
- memory loss
- and tiring easily from simple tasks like reading
Under-managed Hashimoto’s may impact our brain health for several reasons:
The brain requires sufficient thyroid hormone to function optimally. Too little thyroid hormone impacts the brain at the cellular level. Improving absorption and utilization of thyroid hormone can help normalize function. The nature of subclinical hypothyroidism makes it difficult to diagnose using standard thyroid tests. In fact, extensive blood work is generally required. This is how some people can go for years, enduring body pain that never leaves them--all because their thyroid is actually impaired but doesn't appear to be according to standard thyroid tests.
The "hay-wired" immune system can also attack the brain.
Tamping down the immune system can slow progression or reduce severity of symptoms by helping reduce inflammation of the brain. Reducing inflammation can have wide ranging positive effects
How We Are Different
- Nutritional Status - What vitamins and minerals are you getting, and are they being absorbed effectively?
- Hormonal Status - How are certain hormones like thyroid hormone levels and absorption, insulin, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone affecting the thyroid?
- Nervous System - How is the brain impacting the thyroid and vice-versa?
- Intestinal Status - Do you have a leaky gut and is it affecting the thyroid?
- Immune Status - Is your body able to eliminate toxins that impact the thyroid? Are you generating enough anti-oxidants?
- Inflammation Status - Is your body chemistry contributing to inflammation that causes pain and fatigue?
- Food Sensitivities - Which foods are hurting your body and impacting the immune system?
If you would like to have more information or to set up a consultation and see how we can help you reduce the effects of hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism, give us a call at (586) 731-8840 to schedule an appointment.
To see if you are a candidate for our care, call for a consultation today. Call 586-731-8840.
For more details about the natural approach I take with my patients, take a look a the book I wrote entitled: Reclaim Your Life; Your Guide To Revealing Your Body's Life-Changing Secrets For Renewed Health. It is available in my office or at Amazon and many other book outlets.
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