Thyroid Function

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The thyroid gland is an important organ that regulates body metabolism.

When it’s not functioning at optimum capacity, you may experience a range of symptoms brought on by thyroid disorders, including weight gain, fatigue, depression and poor digestive function.

The thyroid is located in the front of the neck just below the voice box (larynx). The thyroid gland secretes two main thyroid hormones – thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) – that influence every cell in your body. They maintain the rate at which your body uses fats and carbohydrates, help control your body temperature, influence your heart rate and help regulate the production of protein. Your thyroid gland also produces calcitonin, a hormone that helps regulate the amount of calcium in your blood. 

Thyroid dysfunction occurs in men and women, though women are much more predisposed to problems due to hormonal fluctuations, including pregnancy and menopause.  Thyroid problems can present as Hyperthyroidism, Hypothyroidism, Graves Disease and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis with or without goiters (nodules).

How’s your thyroid function?

Do you suffer from any of the following symptoms?  If so, you could be suffering from thyroid dysfunction – take our free thyroid screen now to find out more!

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  • Weight gain (especially around the middle)
  • Memory loss
  • Candida
  • Stress
  • Poor digestive function due to low HCL(stomach acid)
  • Depression
  • Bad menopausal symptoms
  • Infertility
  • Fibroids
  • Fibrocystic Breast Lumps
  • Thyroid problems
  • Heavy metal toxicity
  • Breast Cancer
  • Low immunity

What are the long-term risks of thyroid dysfunction?

Australians who suffer from a under active thyroid gland will often experience the following symptoms:

  • 50% increase in developing alzheimers
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Depression
  • Foggyness
  • Memory loss
  • Muscle pain
  • Low stomach acid production & food intolerances
  • Poor cognitive function (lower productivity, low self confidence, low motivation, low concentration)
  • A much more difficult menopause
  • Increased sensitivity to the cold
  • Infertility

What’s the solution?

Iodine is a mineral required for thyroid hormone production, however in Australia, a vast majority of people are deficient in their iodine consumption.  Similarly, the trace mineral and antioxidant called selenium is required for thyroid hormone conversion, but is widely absent from Australian soils.

Simply supplementing your intake of iodine and selenium is not advisable, as there are many other reasons for thyroid dysfunction.  It is also imperative to know a person’s natural iodine level before dosage of iodine can be established.

Your body is unique, so it’s our aim to provide you with a treatment plan as individual as you are.  This includes discovering the reasons why your thyroid is under- or over functioning, so we can get to the root of the problem before commencing with treatment.

Read more about Iodine Deficiency here

To read more about our range of Diagnostic Testing for thyroid function and more, please click here

We can test your thyroid function and iodine levels at our clinics in Subiaco and Busselton – please call 9381 7611 to book and appointment, or click here to contact us.