The role of thyroid hormone

Thyroid hormone is important for our metabolism and energy levels. If you have a deficiency in thyroid you may experience fatigue, foggy thinking and weight gain. Some estimates say one in seven adults have a thyroid deficiency, yet they are often missed. Treatment for low thyroid involves nutrition, including adequate selenium, vitamin A and iodine, and hormone therapy if needed.

You also need to make sure the adrenal glands are functioning properly; otherwise treating the thyroid without addressing an adrenal problem will make you feel worse. Adrenal fatigue results from a long period of stress, which depletes the adrenals of normal cortisol production. Treatment for adrenal fatigue includes getting enough sleep, getting back on track nutritionally, decreasing sources of stress, and for extreme cases, bioidentical cortisol in the short term.