Conversion of t4 to t3 thyroid hormone
Your body must convert T4 into T3 (the active form) in order to use it. If the conversion of T4 to T3 is poor, then you may experience some of the common hypothyroid symptoms like fatigue, depression, sensitivity to cold temperatures, difficulty concentrating, and more.
Root Cause Medicine
Root cause medicine aims find out why you have a specific diagnosis and then treats and prevents disease at the root cause rather than just managing symptoms.
Foods that Help Balance Hormones
The foods you eat have a large impact on hormone balance. Insulin, testosterone, estrogen, and thyroid hormones are all influenced by the food.
Hashimoto's and Infertility
Hashimoto’s is also the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States and can contribute to infertility in both men and women.
Gut Health and Hormones
The gut plays a crucial role in maintaining hormonal balance in the body. Gut health can influence hormones such as estrogen, thyroid, insulin, and serotonin.
Hashimoto's Functional Medicine
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune thyroid disease leading to progressive damage and inflammation of the thyroid gland. Functional medicine treatments include reducing inflammation, optimizing gut health, and reducing stress levels via a personalized approach.
Resveratrol for Hair Loss
Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant that may help reduce hair loss and support new hair growth by lowering inflammation, androgens, and insulin levels. It is important to address the root cause of your hair loss when supplementing with Resveratrol.
Ashwagandha for PCOS
Ashwagandha is an adaptogen that helps the body respond to stress and supports normal hormone production. It may help women with PCOS by balancing cortisol levels, lowering blood sugar, reducing anxiety, and supporting thyroid health.
Case Study: Thyroid
This case study reflects a member's experience at Root with names and details modified for privacy.
Common causes of feeling wired include high cortisol, low progesterone, poor sleep, and thyroid dysfunction. Treatments include eating the right foods, stress management, sleep hygiene, supplements, and getting the right labs drawn.
Hypothyroidism and IBS
If you have IBS, you may be more likely to also have hypothyroidism. One small study found that 19 percent of people with IBS also had a thyroid disorder.
Hashimoto's vs. Graves'
Hashimoto’s and Graves’ are both autoimmune disorders affecting the thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland located at the front of your neck. In both of these conditions, the body creates differing antibodies that attack and damage the thyroid gland.
Supplements for Hashimoto's
Foundational lifestyle changes, like eating an anti-inflammatory diet, getting adequate sleep, and managing stress, are instrumental in treating this condition. However, we also see patient success when using certain supplements for Hashimoto’s like zinc/selenium, antioxidants, vitamin D, and probiotics.
Anxiety and Hormone Balance
Imbalances in progesterone, thyroid hormones, cortisol, and vitamin D may all cause or worsen your anxiety. Treatment of these imbalances may include diet, lifestyle modifications, supplementation, and/or medication when needed.
Normal Thyroid Levels But Still Have Hypothyroid Symptoms?
Using TSH only misses the mark because it’s not measuring actual thyroid hormone levels. TSH doesn’t tell us how well thyroid hormones T4 and T3 are being produced and then converted to its active form (T3)
Hypothyroidism Meal Plan
An effective hypothyroidism meal plan includes adequate calories, protein, fat, and carbohydrates. Aim to eat at least 3 cups of non-starchy vegetables per day, and consider trialing a gluten-free diet, especially if you know or suspect you have Hashimoto’s.
SIBO and Hypothyroidism
SIBO and hypothyroidism commonly occur together. One study found over 50 percent of the subjects with hypothyroidism also had SIBO compared to just 5 percent of healthy controls.
Why am I not losing weight?
Difficulty losing weight is the number one concern we hear from most of the women applying to work with us.
Intermittent Fasting and Hypothyroid
Limiting your eating window often results in lower calorie intake. While this may be helpful for weight loss, calorie restriction has a significant impact on your thyroid.
PCOS and Thyroid
Women with PCOS are three times more likely to also suffer from Hashimoto’s thyroid disease than the general population. Polycystic appearing ovaries can also be a clinical sign of hypothyroidism.
Autoimmune Disease After Pregnancy
Researchers aren’t 100 percent certain why women experience more autoimmune disease in postpartum. However, there are many complex hormonal and immune-related shifts that occur during pregnancy.
How is MRT different from other food sensitivity tests?
MRT is different from other food sensitivity tests because MRT captures ALL types of food sensitivity reactions (type III and IV). MRT indirectly measures the release of inflammatory chemicals called mediators.
5 Common Women's Health Problems That Can be Treated with Functional Medicine and Nutrition
Here at Root, we treat a variety of women’s health conditions with functional medicine and nutrition. Here is a list of 5 conditions we commonly work with: Hashimoto's thyroid, polycystic ovarian syndrome, irregular periods, irritable bowel syndrome, migraine
Why we should take stress seriously and 5 tips to manage it
Studies show that high social stress puts us more at risk for chronic disease mortality than smoking. And recently, JAMA published a study showing that life stressors increase our risk of developing autoimmune disease.