Thyroid hormones, such as TSH, T3 and T4, are tiny chemical messengers that travel through your body and affect nearly everything…from your metabolism and heart rate to weight loss or gain, mood, energy, and sleep. If you suffer from fatigue, brain fog, reproductive concerns, low mood, and/or have extra pounds that you just can’t shed, chances are you have an imbalance in your thyroid hormones.
Thyroid hormones work closely with reproductive hormones such as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone to affect your fertility, growth, menstrual cycle (if you’re female), muscle mass, and even your mood. They also communicate with the adrenal hormones cortisol and aldosterone to control your energy, sleep / wake cycle, blood pressure and ability to cope with stress.
With this much to control, it’s no wonder that having hormones out of balance can wreak havoc on your health. Thankfully, restoring that balance can help you regain your health so that you can feel great again.
Mary had always been cheerful, energetic and successful at her job. She ate well and exercised regularly. But over the past few years, she found her energy decreasing. She had gained weight without any apparent reason. She was irritable much of the time, and had difficulty focussing at work. She came to Healing Path looking for answers and started working with one of our naturopaths. Through careful listening, questioning, and some simple lab tests, her naturopath recognized that her thyroid hormones were out of balance and her adrenal function was beginning to slow. The naturopath offered dietary suggestions, herbal supplements, and acupuncture treatments, and within weeks, Mary’s energy started to improve. Within 6 months she had shed her excess weight and was back to her regular exercise routine. Mary felt like herself again!
If you are wondering if your thyroid hormones are out of balance, talk to Dr. Michael Torreiter or Dr. Rachel VandenBerg, the naturopaths at Healing Path Centre for Natural Medicine. They are ready to answer your questions and help you feel well again!
With the new regulations legislated for naturopathic doctors on July 1st, 2015, NDs were granted the right to prescribe natural thyroid hormones, as well as bio-identical estrogen and progesterone. Qualified NDs who meet the Standard of Practice for Prescribing are now in a unique position, as they can prescribe hormones alongside the therapies they have always recommended, and can coach patients in deciding on the most appropriate treatment approach. The NDs at Healing Path have passed the Ontario Prescribing and Therapeutics examination, meet the Standard of Practice for Prescribing and are trained to offer these hormone therapies.
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