At my clinic, my typical management plan for someone with thyroid issues includes five steps. I would recommend finding a health care provider who also takes a holistic approach and will address each of the following:
Step 1: First, it's important to get a full and comprehensive assessment of your current health. This way you can develop an understanding of what needs to be changed in order to regain health. In addition to the blood panels, I have my patients undertake a stress and mood assessment, toxicity exposure review, and female hormone review—just to be thorough.
Step 2: Educate yourself on exactly what is happening and what needs to change to regain your health. It's important that we understand why the change is necessary and what to expect as a result of the changes. This makes for a sustainable program. So ask questions, do your own research, and be an active player in your health.
Step 3: Every good thyroid plan has a sharp focus on dietary change. Reform your diet so that it's as healthy as possible while still delicious and practical. I show my patients what to cook at home, how to keep it simple, and also what to choose when eating out.
Step 4: Explore natural medicines. Incorporating necessary nutrients and nutritional herbs will support your healing journey. In my clinic I use prescription-only natural medicines.
Step 5: The most important step is continuous review and reassessment. Make sure your program is working, change it when necessary, and find someone who will encourage you to stay motivated. For my patients, the review process includes a full-body scan to monitor changes in body composition, hydration, fluid retention, and cellular health.
Note: Serious conditions such as Graves' or Hashimoto's disease, which are autoimmune conditions diagnosed when the body develops antibodies to attack and destroy the thyroid, must be managed medically. Medication is a very important precaution and you must be under the care of an endocrinologist. However, even with these major conditions, dietary modification, lifestyle improvement, and the right nutritional medicines can have really profound effects on your body's ability to regain health and manage the condition.
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