The thyroid gland is a master regulatory gland – controlling growth and activity on many levels in the body.
Did you know that the thyroid, reproductive and nervous systems are all closely linked?
Hypothyroid means an under-active thyroid and Hyperthyroid identifies an over-active thyroid. Symptoms of hypothyroid dis-ease can include weight gain, lethargy, depression and brain fog; while weight loss, blood pressure irregularities, insomnia and palpitations can be symptoms of hyperthyroid dis-ease. Hypothyroidism may result in elevated blood fat profiles (cholesterol) – one of the cardiovascular risk factors that contributes to the 300% increased risk of heart attack these patients suffer.
The thyroid hormone is indirectly responsible for controlling the metabolism of sugars and fats within the body. Thyroid hormone also plays a role in regulating gut and kidney function; promoting optimal absorption and re-absorption of nutrients; and is closely interwoven with functions of the nervous system, immune system and other hormone functions – for example: low libido.
Stress and adrenal hormones may directly impact other hormones and thyroid function. There is an association between thyroid function, blood sugar regulation, brain function for life (memory, moods and concentration) and the two major functions of the liver – fat burning and detoxification.
Without healthy regulation of the thyroid, liver and blood sugar; it’s almost impossible to feel well, have energy, and lose weight. Thyroid dysfunction is often overlooked when people suffer constipation or sluggish bowels.
While thyroid dysfunction is also believed to be associated with approximately 25% of female infertility and 15% menstrual cycle disorders. Hypothyroidism may be associated with abnormally heavy or prolonged bleeding, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis – all associated with infertility.
Healthy thyroid function is vital in reproduction. It appears thyroid receptors on the ovaries may play an important role for healthy development of the lining of the uterus and maintenance of pregnancy.
In males – hypothyroid has been associated with low levels of testosterone, poor sperm parameters and sexual dysfunction.
Throughout pregnancy, the demand for thyroid hormone increases; vital for the health of the mother and important for mental and intellectual development of the baby. In the holistic treatment of thyroid and infertility disorders, there are many important aspects to consider. These may be achieved with a personal assessment, tests and treatment program using nutritional and herbal remedies, natural therapies and colonic irrigation.
Phone 07 4153 4112 to make an appointment with one of our caring and experienced Naturopaths & find out if there are indications your thyroid is affecting your health or how you feel.
DISCLAIMER – The advice in this article is of a general nature only and Nurtura Health expressly disclaims all liability arising out of the improper use of the information provided. Please consult your health practitioner regarding these important health issues.