“I love how people understand that thyroid disease is a life-altering chronic illness.”
Recent statistics state that more than 60% of the population across the world is likely to have impaired thyroid gland function. The curious and obvious question is – why?
Before getting to that, it is important to understand why thyroid is important and what it can do to you if imbalanced. The thyroid gland plays the role of a “Head of Operations” in the body. It decides energy utilization and distribution and constantly liaises between the external environment, immune system, and all other metabolic interactions. For this to happen properly, you need an adequate amount of micronutrients and macronutrients, mainly selenium, iron, iodine, and vitamin B complex. If these vitamins and minerals go missing in your busy and imbalanced lifestyle – your thyroid may be deprived of the power to function.
The sad part is this cause is usually overlooked and not even considered. When you are diagnosed with a thyroid problem, your focus stays on improving the hormone levels, not the cause, making you dependent on medications forever.
To understand what has caused the thyroid imbalance, it is important to understand what nutrients are missing. Of course, your blood test can also tell you what is missing, but it can give you a fair idea of the nutrition level in the last few months and can vary depending on your food intake. We need to get fair statistics of your nutrition level in the past few years and that which cannot be easily altered immediately.
Your hair is that part of the body to which your metabolism gives the last preference, and hair also has an excretory function. Thus a hair mineral analysis can tell you exactly the status of your health and what nutrients you are missing.
A hair mineral analysis test detects the thyroid function well. A hair mineral test is far more sensitive than a serum test and can reveal causes that give rise to thyroid symptoms. A hair mineral analysis test can detect subtle thyroid imbalances in the body.
Hair mineral analysis helps in detecting:
1. How well the hormones pass from the blood into the cell. This is called cell permeability.
2. How effectively the hormones act on the cell. If there are toxins in the body, this will prevent the thyroid hormones from increasing the metabolic rate at the cellular level.
Hair mineral analysis shows the mineral ratio in the body. In particular, the calcium/potassium ratio depicts the thyroid function in the body. It shows the hormones’ reactions at a cellular level. Higher the Ca/K ratio, the lower will be the thyroid function. The thyroid function is responsible for the energy levels in the body. If the thyroid is sluggish, then the energy levels will be low.
There are many causes of thyroid dysfunction. Some of them are:
There could be numerous symptoms of thyroid dysfunction. Some of the thyroid symptoms could be similar to symptoms of other diseases, making it hard to say if you have thyroid or not. There are two types of symptoms, one relating to too much thyroid hormone, called hyperthyroidism, and those related to less thyroid hormone, called hypothyroidism.