By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Russell Shein
TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) is the first thing measured when looking for the health of the thyroid gland. The two major hormones produced by the thyroid are T3 and T4, which help control brain development, growth, and metabolism. Hypothyroidism is when the thyroid gland is under-active. This can lead to weight gain, fatigue, dry skin, constipation, hair loss, generally feeling cold, or frequent periods. Hyperthyroidism, on the other hand, is when the thyroid is overactive. This can lead to weight loss, rapid heart rate, anxiety, diarrhea, generally feeling hot, or irregular periods.
TSH levels help to show whether thyroid issues are linked to a damaged thyroid gland or some other issue. The medical range for TSH is 0.5-4.0. At Nutritionally Yours we believe in a functional approach to thyroid health. This means that even if your thyroid is at 2.0, which is technically within range, it is starting to get close to being sluggish. It is better to start gently supporting the problem properly with nutrition and supplementation before it becomes a major problem needing medication. This means that in the functional approach we keep you healthy as a whole, rather than waiting until a problem is at its worst. We have at at home thyroid test that checks all the necessary levels needed for optimal thyroid function.
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Medical disclaimer: Testing cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.
“Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH)”. WebMD. N.p., 2016. Web. 22 May 2016.
Updated by: Brent Wisse, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team. “TSH Test: Medlineplus Medical Encyclopedia”. Nlm.nih.gov. N.p., 2016. Web. 22 May 2016.