Hormones - Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

Hashimoto’s is a condition of the thyroid where antibodies, created by the body, attacks the thyroid gland and creates a condition of hypothyroidism. Although Hashimoto’s can be a common cause of a sluggish thyroid, not all cases of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto’s. The diagnosis often comes from a collection of symptoms and bloodwork results.

The conventional treatment of Hashimoto’s is Synthroid (also known as levothyroxine). Although it can be quite effective at correcting lab values, more attention should be paid to addressing the cause of Hashimoto’s.

Naturopathic Doctors can help provide a more well-rounded approach to treatment by addressing these underlying causes. These may include:
• Focusing on gut health – ensuring nutrients are properly absorbed and assimilated
• Immune support – addressing factors implicated in antibody development
• Stress factors – improper stress management can negatively impact thyroid function
• Toxin exposure and accumulation – minimizing toxic load and supporting the body’s ability to properly detoxify
Whether you have recently been given a diagnosis of Hashimoto’s or have been “treated” for Hashimoto’s for years with medication, your Naturopathic Doctor can help. With proper monitoring and supportive treatment options, you can not only live symptom-free but with the peace-of-mind that you are optimizing your thyroid and health in the best way possible.