The thyroid is a gland located at the front of your neck just above where your collarbones meet. While it’s small in structure the thyroid does HUGE things for your body. I like to think of it as the fuel that makes the body parts all work together.
The thyroid system is a bit intricate and experts differ on optimal hormone levels. The pituitary gland (in the brain) starts the thyroid by sending down a hormone. This hormone stimulates the thyroid to make its special hormones. The gland makes two forms of thyroid hormone—T4 and T3. The gland makes a small amount of T3 which is the active form—or as I call it “the good stuff”. The gland mostly makes T4 which does very little for you at the cellular level. Its main job is to turn itself into T3. Unfortunately, many people cannot effectively turn T4 into T3. They walk around with plenty of inactive T4 and are told on blood tests that their thyroid is fine. But your thyroid is not fine until you have enough of the good stuff- T3.
Patients with non-optimal thyroid levels often experience the following symptoms:
* Poor sleep
* Always feel too hot or too cold
* Dry skin
* Weight gain
* Low metabolism
* Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness
* Pain, stiffness or swelling in joints
* Thin or splitting nails
* Thinning hair
* Poor focus and concentration
* Impaired memory
Every patient in our hormone program gets their thyroid levels—T4 and T3 evaluated. We optimize T3 with medication that safely fixes the issue and improves a patient’s quality of life. It is the tiny little pill that can make all the difference.